Scenes from Poland, Part One

Disclaimer: This page may contain affiliate links. Please review our full Terms and Conditions for more information and our Privacy Policy. Note that any pricing, operating hours, or other such information provided below may have changed since initial publication.

Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

We are quite full of shame to admit that prior to analyzing our flight options from New York to Anywhere, we had never even heard of Gdansk. While Poland has been a country that we’ve longed to see for quite some time, we expected to focus on the main centers of Warsaw and Krakow during our eventual visit, and little else.

So we really booked our ten day visit completely blindly, but the more we read about it afterwards, the more excited we got. And after our stay, we are completely hooked. Gdansk is a perfectly sized city, very economical by European standards, and there is so much to do in the area. We were floored to learn of the area’s stunning role in the continent’s history, adored the fine white sand of the Baltic beaches (who knew?) and have already amassed a ‘little more flesh to love’ thanks to the dangerously delicious Polish food and beer. It’s lively, it’s pretty, and just an easy city to “be” in.

Gdansk, Poland

We have so much to share!

But first, an introduction by way of video – another of our “travel trailers” – and the first of three that we will do in Poland to give you a unique sample of the country that go beyond our words and pictures. It features Gdansk, its tri-city partners of Sopot and Gdynia, and the largest castle in the world, Malbork.

If you have problems seeing this video from your reader or email, please click here to view it.

Similar Posts


  1. What a cool video! Loved it! Those guys are talented! I like how you carried on using the beat from their performance throughout the video. Nice.

  2. My brother is studying medicine at the university in Gdansk, and has been for five years – and I still haven’t managed to visit. Only one year left, so I’d better get moving…

  3. Great video, I loved how you left the guys playing in the background while the video kept moving forward. Listening to street performers is one of my favorite things to do when they are around. So much talent =)

    1. Thanks Lauren. I am really surprised at how cheap it is to be here compared to the rest of Europe. And I’m surprised that more people aren’t here as a result!

  4. I’ve wanted to go to Poland for a really long time. I met a lot of Polish people when I lived in London and they were all wonderfully friendly. The history of Poland fascinates me too. Glad you’re enjoying it! (I think I voted for you to go to Poland back when you had your reader poll last year so glad you finally made it there.)

    1. We’re glad we finally did too, and perhaps it is even better that we are here now and not last summer – given that the Euro Cup was going on here at the time. The history is so fascinating and makes the country such an interesting place to visit – extremely sweet yet bitter.

  5. I have always wanted to visit Poland. Never heard of Gdansk either but it looks so pretty. And beaches is not something I associated with Poland! 🙂

  6. Love that video and the drumming and how you’ve tied that to your video are the shots mostly photos sinc together together, always wanted to learn how to do this

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *