Vision of the Seas docked into Gdynia, Poland, on August 20, 2017. From here we had a tour set up for nearby Gdańsk, with stops at Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary’s Church), the Gdańsk shipyard (birthplace of the Solidarity Trade Union that helped bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union’s dominance over Eastern Europe), and nearby Westerplatte for a visit to the site of the Battle of Westerplatte and the memorial there dedicated to the Westerplatte defenders. Along the way we would also stop for a traditional Polish lunch that included pierogi.
So, as you can see, we have three weeks’ worth of blog articles for this fascinating area in the Baltic region. Today’s we’ll start with a taste of some Gdańsk scenery, such as the image below, taken near the Gdańsk Train Stations, of the Monument to Evacuated Children. The statue is titled The Departure, and commemorates the evacuation to the United Kingdom of 124 Jewish children in four groups of ‘Kindertransports’.
On Wednesday we’ll head out to the shipyard and the birthplace of ‘Solidarność‘. Until then, here are some more images of Gdańsk to whet your appetite: