"summer in the city means... cleavage cleavage cleavage" just like Regina Spektor sings.
In my hometown, Bydgoszcz it's still about 30degrees of Celcius, it's hot and sunny. Why not use this beautiful time and go somewhere?
Since I came here I always wanted to show some parts of my country. Why? The answer is really easy. Just because I am proud of our architecture, of our monuments, because there are still lots of people who don't know where Poland is (sad but true), what is our country like. And finally, I wanted to show you some of our beautiful places just because there are very few people here from Poland.
So let's start with Gdańsk
- maybe breeze from the Baltic sea will chill us in this hot summertime.
So as we can clearly see now we're in Pomeranian Voivodeship, known in Polish as województwo pomorskie
. Gdańsk, the regional capital, forms part of the Tricity of Sopot, Gdańsk and Gdynia.
The voivodeship also includes the narrow Hel Peninsula and the Polish half of the Vistula Spit.
Gdańsk is Poland's principal seaport as well as the capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. It is also historically the largest city of the Kashubian region. The city is close to the former boundary between West Slavic and Germanic lands and it has a complex political history with periods of Polish rule, periods of German rule, and two spells as a free city. It has been part of modern Poland since 1945. The city lies on the southern edge of Gdańsk Bay (of the Baltic Sea), in a conurbation with the spa town of Sopot, the city of Gdynia and suburban communities, which together form a metropolitan area called the Tricity (Trójmiasto), with a population of over 800,000. Gdańsk itself has a population of 455,830 (June 2009), making it the largest city in the Pomerania region of Northern Poland. Gdańsk is situated at the mouth of the Motława River, connected to the Leniwka, a branch in the delta of the nearby Vistula River, whose waterway system supplies 60% of the area of Poland and connects Gdańsk to the national capital in Warsaw. This gives the city a unique advantage as the centre of Poland's sea trade. Together with the nearby port of Gdynia, Gdańsk is also an important industrial centre. Historically an important seaport and shipbuilding centre, Gdańsk was a member of theHanseatic League.
Lets stop here. You can easily read more from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gda%C5%84sk
That's not my intention. I wanted to invite all of you on a walk trough some parts of the city where I study. Gdańsk has the city rights since 1263 so it's better to start from the historical part of the city.
Old town is the only part of Gdańsk where you can find many tourists (mainly from Germany) apart from sandy beaches at Gdańsk Bay. Lets say: Gdańsk look like a city with lot of history but I don't think there are many tourist who can imagine the old city lost almost 90% of original in march of 1945. (sorry for not including much history, but I'm sure you can find it in the internet).
Some time ago the first thing people noticed since they came to Gdańsk was the old railway station. Nowadays Gdańsk has it own airport in Gdańsk Rębiechowo (http://www.airport.gdansk.pl/
[because i didn't finish that blog in the summer and I recently found it. I'll just put some photos now ;)]
Symfonia apartments: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1007115
Mill Island project: http://tnij.org/mill_island