Sep 23

GDANSK, A GOTHIC PORT WITH AN AWESOME NIGHTLIFE (GDANSK)

Gdansk is a seafront city in Gothic style, where almost everything is painted gray and adorned with gold. Once a fishing village, today is an important sea port town on the Baltic Sea, where there live nearly half a million inhabitants.

If you visit the city in mid-June, it is likely that the weather is beautiful, perfect to ride slowly along the quay. This area is probably the most enchanting in Gdansk, although the cobblestone streets of the city will find many traditional Polish restaurants, pubs, craft shops and many other attractions.
The view of the keys of the city is seized by the Vistula River delta, the longest in Poland. Tall grass and green delta is highlighted by the blue waters of the Gulf. Work never ends here, from huge ships that go and come, to vendors selling merchandise over the freshest possible. Cobblestone bridges that stretch over canals city and there is even a restaurant built on one of them, famous for its incredibly tasty seafood they serve.

You should not miss the amazing Cathedral of St. Mary. It claims to be the largest brick building of its kind in the world, I can sit on seats 25,000 people. Once here, you can climb over 400 steps to reach the top. The incursion is not for the faint of heart, as some winding stairs are really steep. The feeling is really strange when you’re glued between churches, where you can almost see many of the details of ornamentation. In exchange for a tiny fee, you can take and lift.

The church tower has a height of 76.6 meters and can be seen from anywhere in town. It has a flat roof, and legend has it that a giant named Stolen used to come into town and use it as a chair. Platform that serves as the observer creates a very intimate atmosphere and to get there, you have much time to wait until your turn. Fortunately, there are days when the church is invaded by visitors. Once on the church roof, the view of the entire city and coastline simply cut your breath.

Another church that is worth visiting is the Oliwa Cathedral, which is an enormous organ with ropes and 1110 over 7,800 tubes. Cathedral hosts also tombs and incredible artwork.

National Museum in Gdansk, located in Suburbia Old Gothic art exhibit works from the 15th century is one of the most famous painting “The Judgement” by Hans Memling, stole countless nations (Napoleon’s troops, the Nazis and Russians) and that the right to repossess the city Gdansk. The building where the museum is now was once a Franciscan monastery and hospital for treatment of fever. Unfortunately, explanations of art works are only in Polish.

Fountain of Neptune, which depict the Neptune with trident in front of Arthur’s Court (Dwor Artus), symbolizes great relationship with the city Gdansk. Another characteristic feature of the city is represented by the entrance gates in it; built as defensive fortifications against invaders coming from the sea. You should really go on what was once the Royal Route, used for processions state, which lies along Dluga Street (Long Street) beginning at Upland Gate, one of the entrances to the city.

Gdansk shipyards (Stocznia Gdansk) is located in the north-west of the Old City, an area of Gdansk, not very attractive. Construction sites known as Lenin during the Soviet era Gdansk shipyards were the birthplace of the Solidarity protest movement, the early 80s there has become dynamic and courageous leader of Solidarity, Lech Walesa, who later was elected Poland’s president in 1990.

Another final detail of Gdansk is where he started the Second World War. Westerplatte, a small Polish garrison entered history through the heroic resistance that has proven for 6 days against a prolonged bombardment.

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May 12

LITHUANIA, A PICTURESQUE AND WARM COUNTRY ON THE BALTIC SHORE (LIETUVOS RESPUBLIKA)

Lithuania was the last country in Europe which adopted Christianity in 1387, and the first country of the former Soviet republics that declared independence in 1990.

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A small country hidden in a corner of Europe, near the Baltic Sea, Lithuania is the largest of the Baltic States but has the smallest coastline. Many connaisseurs state that both the surface of almost 65,000 square kilometers and population of about 3.4 million are similar to Ireland.

Located at the confluence of rivers Neris and Vilnia, Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, it is one of the most visited cities in Eastern Europe. The Old Town, a Baroque masterpiece, was included on the list of protected UNESCO in 1994. A while ago, Vilnius was named “Little Rome”, “Northern Athens” or “northern Jerusalem.” Here you can see about 40 different churches and architectural styles, building authentic Gothic, Renaissance, with classic features that have survived very well over time.

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Old Vilnius is small and cozy. Narrow streets and passages steps take you into the world of gardens decorated with flowers, churches and museums. It would be better to start your journey from “Dawn Gate”. The graceful painting of Holy Virgin Mary is the main attraction for believers worldwide. Going down the street Pilies and passing the town hall you have the opportunity to visit a variety of cafes and restaurants.

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Ask for the Artists’ Wall, which displays more than 100 wood, ceramic or glass plates decorated with information about domestic and foreign writers who visited Vilnius and found it the perfect place to write. Then take a moment to stop and listen to songs of the street musicians wandering through the maze of streets.

Among many other interesting things to do in your visit, discover the unforgettable summer experience – rustling sea and hot sand – in the Lithuanian oasis named the Curonian Isthmus. It was included in UNESCO in 2000 as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe.

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The stretch of sand that enters gently into the sea contains some picturesque fishing villages such as Juodkrantė, Pervalka and Nida. The narrow and elongated peninsula, washed by the waters of the Baltic Sea and Lagoon Curoniene reminds us of a desert. The locals named it Kursiu Nerija. Im 2000. it was included on the list of UNESCO heritages as one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Europe. The stretch of sand that emerges gently into the sea contains some picturesque fishing villages such as Juodkrantė, Pervalka and Nida.

Juodkrantė is worth visiting for its keys and piers, old restored cottage-style villas and the fishermen\s houses surrounded by beautiful gardens. Herons Hill / Garnių Kalnas is the home of one of the largest colonies of gray herons in Europe.

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Nida is blessed with a large number of sunny days per year. A unique feature of this place is the presence of wind vanes that were used to mark the membership of certain crafts to each village. The 2 km Pardinis route, starting from the Valley of Silence (Tylos Slenis) and passes by the lighthouse of Nida, is the largest Lithuanian coast.

The trail meanders to the point of observation from Pardinis, a popular attraction of the Curonian Isthmus; here you can admire the Baltic Sea and the lagoon together, while letting yourself mesmerized by the beauty of the sunsets and feel the unique chemistry of the two bodies of water.

The Naglai natural Reservation, an uncommon setting of moving dunes, stretches nine kilometers – from Juodkrantė to Pervalka.

Curonian Isthmus is a unique experience: rent a villa where you can find shelter against the desert wind coming from the dunes, swim in the Baltic waves and taste the fish caught by local fishermen: bream, bream and eel and you’ll realize why this place has become so popular among tourists.