I enjoyed breakfast in the hotel and then decided to take a bit of a walk. Wow! Gdansk is beautiful.
Meanwhile I was admiring all the beautiful buildings along the street.
When I got to the town hall I found it was too immense to photograph within the confines of the street. I continued on and noticed an interesting building on a side street.
Back to Dluga Targ and more sightseeing.
Under the gate passage I found a poster of what Gdansk looked like at the end of World War II.
Turned back towards my hotel where I spent some time on the computer revising my travel plans for the week.
Leaving the hotel I went towards the Green Gate.
Downstream I saw one of the water trams arriving at the dock.
Return to Dluga Targ and stopped at the Sphinz Restaurant for obiad. Sphinz is a chain across Poland, perhaps rather like Applebees in the United States.
After obiad I walk over to St. Mary's Basilica. The guide book says this is the largest brick church in the world. I approached it from the southeast corner and by the time I had walked counter-clockwise just around half of it the north end where the entrance door is I became a believer. This is a huge building.
This church was started in 1343 and finished to its huge size in 1502. Then in 1572 it became a Protestant church which is remained until the end of World War II. That is was a Protestant church for about 400 years explains its "plainness."
One enters under the organ and choir loft.
To each side of the main aisle seating are many small chapels.
Some of the side chapels are as large as small churches.
And some are very small.
Seated in the second row of pews I got this view of the main altar.
Above is a more detailed view of the center of the altar polyptch, believed to date back to the 1510s.
To the left of the altar in another side area is the 15th century astronomical clock.
In this area, too, is a small piece of the original frescoes that decorated this church in its beginning as a Catholic church.
I very much enjoyed seeing this church. As I told my guide in Lublin last year, churches give one insight into culture and history.
Walked back to my hotel to see if e-mail had brought news confirming a change of travel plans. Then I took a nap.
Towards evening my goal was to have a meal at the Velevetka restaurant. This is a Kashubian restaurant. Many of the people in Minnesota with Polish ancestors link back to the Kashubians. Looking at the menu is seems Kashubian cuisine uses more fish than other parts of Poland -- quite logically because this area is close to the sea. Also it appears to me that more use is made of duck and goose than in other parts of Poland.
The restaurant is located in the cellar of an old building just across the street from the Town Hall.
The design is charming.
So you all can see I had a very good day in Gdansk!