Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Out of the Jurisdiction: Gdansk

 Gdansk, Poland, has a prosperous merchant history going back to medieval times, when it was
a cornerstone of the Hanseatic League.  

It is a world amber capital.

Charming amber stores are found all around Gdansk's Old Town.

World War II hit Gdansk hard, with 90 percent of the buildings damaged or destroyed.
It then suffered slow restoration in the post-War years under Soviet rule.

But, most of the city has been rebuilt since the 1991 end of the Soviet era.
Today the areas visited by travelers look great.

There are many fine architectural details.

A flag-waving demonstration closed off one of the main streets.
More about that on Friday.


Tanya Breese said...

gorgeous photos...can't wait to hear what the are protesting about...that one guy is looking right at you!

Bill said...

Nice photos! Looks like there was some kind of protest going on. Hope it wasn't too unfriendly.

Kate said...

The amber that is available in Poland is wonderful and your top photo proves it. .a beautiful display. You are having a terrific experience, Jack, and the photos are outstanding.

Sharon said...

I might have had to pick up one of those amber necklaces if I had been there.

William Kendall said...

The fourth shot is my favourite. This is another place I would love to see for myself someday.

RedPat said...

This is a whirlwind trip, Jack!

jennyfreckles said...

Interesting about the amber... I wonder why?