June 18, 2014 ~ Gdynia & Gdansk, Poland

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunrise: 4:10 am Sunset: 9:35 pm

Weather: High: 69F Low: 54 F Partly Cloudy

6:45 came very early today, did not like being awakened by the phone. While putting on my sneakers today I thought again why is one shoelace longer that the other and I actually looked at my shoes. I brought 1 from each pair! Never noticed before today. Breakfast was crowded because all ship’s tours were sold out. They said there wasn’t much to see in Gdynia and Gdansk was about 40 minutes away, so the best way to get there was on a tour. We took Panoramic Gdansk for 4 3/4 hours at $24 per person. This tour was a panoramic drive with a photo stop at the Oliwa Cathedral, almost 2 hours at Long Market, together with Long Street, and the Solidarity Monument (3 towering steel crosses commemorating those workers who died in the 1970 anti-communist riots.) The Monument to the fallen Shipyard Workers 1970 (Polish: Pomnik Poległych Stoczniowców 1970) was unveiled on 16 December 1980 near the entrance to what was then the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland. It commemorates the 42 or more people killed during the Coastal cities events in December 1970. It was created in the aftermath of the Gdańsk Agreement and is the first monument to the victims of communist oppression to be erected in a communist country. It was designed by: Bogdan Pietruszka, Wiesław Szyślak, Wojciech Mokwiński and Jacek Krenz.  We also saw Royal Route Long Wharf. Long Street ranks among the most beautiful streets of Gdansk. Passing through the Green Gate you see the Main Town Hall, beautiful 15th century merchant’s Palace of Artus Court and Neptune’s Fountain. We tried to find a place to have a Pierogi, but they were filled with funny things so we did not eat one. There were lots of shops to look at and we went to an amber store to see them polish amber. It was a beautiful day, weather wise.

Back on the ship we had lunch and then relaxed before getting ready for our last formal night tonight. Of course Ray was able to fall asleep and I was not. After a good dinner we went to the show lounge to see the singers and dancers in ‘Ovations’ featuring songs from different plays. I think this is the most flexible group of dancers we have seen but we have heard better singers. These singers were good, however. We skipped formal pictures with the captain. I was tired so went to see the sunset and then went to the cabin to read and Ray stayed up for the Liars Club which was at 11:30 pm. He said it wasn’t as good as the last one.

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