„I know Poland has coastline, but “beach” is the last thing I think of when imagining the Baltic”
What better way to have your feathers ruffled (should you happen to live on that coastline) than to hear a statement like that? What? No beach? I’ll show them beach.
So after reading this conviction from someone I was corresponding with, I dug out my photo album (switched on, sorry, clicked on, my iphoto file) and scoured through it for the best photos I could find of the ‘beach’.
As I was rummaging through this file, I did wonder, I must admit :”what DO foreigners think of when they think of, say, Gdansk?” I then recalled what I thought before I first came here in the bleak mid 1980’s. And yes, I must admit that I had expected Gdansk to resemble my image of a place like, say, Hull in the UK. Industrial, dreary, grey. So I can’t blame people for thinking of Gdańsk as a rather bleak decrepit shipyard town with little to offer in the way of tourist attractions.
Hence, too, the surprise of the many Irish and Spanish football fans who flocked out this way in 2012 during the European Football Championships, many of whom returned the following summer, for the beach on this occasion.
So, here’s a selection from my personal photo library. As someone who lives here, I try to avoid crowded beaches during the touristy season, which is why they look empty in most of these photos. Well, we may not experience anything like the war over beach towels between the Brits and the Germans on Spanish beaches, but we get our fair share of local and foreign visitors on our bit of the Baltic coast. And here’s why:
and a night shot (taken by Jerzy Witek):