As with most things, my love of travel comes from my Dad. After seven years since our last trip together, and him fast approaching his 50th birthday, we of course wanted to do something special for him and that meant organizing a surprise city break.
My Dad has been to quite a few cities in Europe so we wanted to find somewhere unique where we could create ever-lasting memories. Despite it being winter, we settled on Gdansk; located on Poland’s Baltic Coast. I couldn’t wait to travel and have this special time with my dad again.
We managed to maintain the destination secret until long after we had proceeded to the departure lounge. My sister brought four hand-decorated cupcakes which revealed where we were heading to. Ironically, my Dad recommended Gdansk to my sister for her own city break only a week before.
To truly experience the beauty of Gdansk, we took to climbing over 400 steps to the top of St Mary’s Church. This is one of the largest brick churches in the world and it was no easy feat to reach the top. The first half of the climb was on a very steep and narrow curved staircase with no handrails. Out of breath after only ten minutes, we pushed on for what felt like an eternity.
Eventually the stairs widened clinging to the walls of the tower and, after taking a few rest stops, we had made it. Despite the overcast weather, the view was worth it, even with the freezing cold breeze. You could see Ulica Dluga from the top with its stunning buildings; narrow and all different shades of pastel clearly influenced by the Dutch. Dad won’t be forgetting these views anytime soon!
The only way to recover was with half a liter of refreshing Polish beer and Josef K was the perfect place for this. We toasted to Dad’s milestone birthday amongst the quirky interior (think birdcages, cranes and 1920’s furniture) and we all knew Gdansk was the best destination to celebrate the occasion.
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