GDANSK DAY 3

On our third day in Gdansk we rised early and hopped on a train to Sopot! The sun was shining and it could not be a better day for a trip to the ocean side. It appeared as the entire of Poland thought the same thing as us and let's just say; we we're not alone in Sopot this day haha. 
 
 
We started our trip to Sopot by visiting "The Crooked House" or Krzywy Domek which is its actual name. We sat down at the cafe and drank some coffee and tea. Fun story: I don't drink coffee, I hate it actually. But the lady in the cafe must've missunderstood me when I ordered a chai TEA latte. I didn't get anything with chai in it nor tea. It was some sort of coffee. I was too embarrassed to go back and complain so instead I poured 5 packages of sugar in it and then I was shaking for the rest of the day... 😂
 
 
After my horrible coffee experience we walked to the Sopot Pier! And as you can see, everyone else did too. But it didn't bother us that much. We still decided to walk out. 
 
 
At the end of the pier there's a pole. And apparently you're supposed to touch it for good luck according to the locals. So of course I did. Kind of gross though, but I was fine, I brought hand sanitizer haha. My mum and her boyfriend decided not only to touch it but also to kiss infront of it. I think they muliplied their luck by a thousand percent, at least. 
 
 
After hanging out with the entire polish population at the pier we found a sushi restaurant off the main street and it was so nice! The BEST vegetarian sushi I've ever had. We spent quite a while in this restaurant before it was time to head back to our hotel in Gdansk. This day, April 14th, is my mothers birthday so we had an entire evening planned in Gdansk. My mum got a spa treatment at the hotel as a birthday gift from Peter, her boyfriend. So meanwhile my mum was having the time of her life getting "the best massage ever" (quote from my mum) me and Peter went to the spa and hung out in the sauna. Then the four of us got ready for dinner and we found a really fancy restaurant called Piwna 47. 
 
 
We didn't make a reservation but luckily they had one table left! So we sat down and had the best, and most expensive, dinner of our lives. 
 
 
I had some amazing noodles and tofu and drank some amazing white wine. Everything about this place was amazing. Forgot to take a picture of the dessert, but believe me, it was amazing. Nothing could top this evening so after eating and drinking we decided to walk trough the Old Town back to our hotel where we ended the night. This has to be the best day in Poland out of all of our days. Beautiful weather and celebrating my mothers birthday in a beautiful part of the world. I can wait to go back to Poland and discover more of this country!
 

GDANSK DAY 2

The second day in Gdansk started with one of my favorite things in the entire world; hotel breakfast! I already wrote about our hotel and the breakfast here if you’ve missed it. Anyway I started the day with some bread, scrambled eggs, a smoothie and a boiled egg. A great start to our second day.

 

 

After breakfast we got dressed and decided to visit Gdynia for the day. We were lazy tourists and got a taxi to Gdynia, if we only realized earlier how easy it is to travel by train in the Tri-City area… The first stop of the day was at Akwarium Gdyńskie. It is a relatively small aquarium in the port of Gdynia and I would say it is worth a visit. Hot tip: don’t go before lunch, that’s when all the school children are there…

 

 
The aquarium has both live animals and more educational exhibitions. Sadly the information in English was kind of bad and some parts didn’t even have information in English. On the top floor there was a exhibition about the Baltic sea and its pollution but there were no English information at all so that was a waste of time. But otherwise I really liked the aquarium!
 

 

After our trip to the aquarium we moved on to a shopping centre called Centrum Riviera. I’m not a shopping kind of gal’ so it wasn’t really for me. But we had some lunch and the most exciting thing of the entire visit was when I, out of no where, got a nosebleed all over my lunch. That was fun. Or not. After strolling around for a while we decided to take the train back to Gdańsk and it was so easy! I was thinking about writing a post transportation in the Tri-City area, would you want to read that?

 

 

We ended our day in the Gdańsk city centre where we drank some drinks at Mojito Cafe and walked along the waterfront until it was time to head back to the hotel.

 

HOTEL ALMOND BUSINESS & SPA

During our trip to Gdansk we stayed at Hotel Almond Business & Spa and we were very satisfied. Hotel Almond Business & Spa is located cirka 600 metres from the Gdansk Old Town and is a 4-star hotel. I usually travel on a budget but since this trip was for my mothers 50th birthday we decided to get a more luxury hotel. I'm more of a hostel or B&B kind of girl but a 4-star hotel every once in a while is not that bad haha! 
 
 
The rooms at Hotel Almond Business & Spa are modern and bright. According to me there's nothing worse than arriving to an hotel/hostel and realise that there are not enough window light or that the room is dark over all. We had a sofa bed in our room where I slept. All three of us decided that it would be better to spend our money on something else than a second room and since we traveled as a family, no one even cared. We only slept in the room, we didn't spend any other time there. Our room also had a stunning view over the river!
 
 
On to my favourite part; BREAKFAST! There's nothing better than a really nice hotel breakfast buffet and oh boy this was nice. Homemade smoothies, fruits, pancakes, bread, yoghurt and even some baked goods if that's what you prefer! The Hotel Almond Business & Spa's breakfast buffet had a great selection of both sweet and savory breakfasts and that's something that I believe is truly important. I also felt that the whole breakfast restaurant worked really well with the rest of the hotel. The style of the hotel is a bit industrial and I felt that they've incorprated that great but still kept it modern and bright. 
 
 
This is the lobby and here you can see what I mean by industrial. This theme continues throughout the hotel and I think it's really nice. I'm a big fan of the more industrial style and I think that Hotel Almond Business & Spa looks super nice and worked with the style in every corner of the hotel!
 
 
It wouldn't be called Hotel Almond Business & Spa without a spa right? This is where my only complaints are. The spa was relatively small, which I don't mind but then it's even more important to keep it functioning. The pool was very nice and the saunas were great but the hot tub was not hot at all and it was filled with small pieces of gravel. The hot tub was therefore not very nice at all. Otherwise I really liked the spa. My mother got a treatment on her birthday and she chose some sort of massage with aroma therapy. I asked her and she said it was really good and before the treatment she filled out a form so that the massage therapist could adapt the massage to her. 
 
Over all I'm very satisfied with our stay and I really recommend that you check out this hotel if you're going to Gdansk. It's just a five minute walk to the Old Town and very close to the train station where you can take the train to Sopot or Gdynia. It's a perfect location just by the river.
 
My rating: 4/5
 

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GDANSK DAY 1

I'm back home in Sweden again after a lovely weekend-trip to Gdansk, Poland! I had never before visited Poland and was very pleasantly surprised by not only Gdansk but Poland as well. I thought I would do a blog post for each day as we visited other cities during our trip, that way it will be easier to find in the archive later. So here we go.

 
We flew from Malmö Airport on the 12th of April and the flight to Gdansk only took an hour! So an hour later we arrived at the airport in Gdansk and took a taxi to our hotel (review will be up shortly!). We stayed at Hotel Almond Business & SPA and it was so nice. Perfect walking distance to Gdansk Old Town and to the train station where we took the train the other days. 
 
 
After checking in to our hotel we decided to explore Gdansk Old Town for the rest of the afternoon and oh my what a gorgeous town! The entire town is in pastel colours with the most beautiful houses I think I have ever seen! We walked around for a bit and found a restaurant to eat some lunch at. The weather was so nice and all three of us totally overdressed and was sweating the rest of the afternoon but it was so worth it. 
 
 
 
After eating a light lunch we did what Swedes do best; we found a café for some fika. We drank some hot chocolates at a café called Pociąg Do and just sat down and relaxed. Our vacation was really starting! This trip was my mothers birthday-trip so we did everything she wanted to. She wanted to have a nice relaxing weekend so that's what we did! To end of the first day we walked back to our hotel and changed into our swimsuits and went down to the hotel spa. 
 
 
After a few hours of swimming, hanging out in the saunas and sitting in the hot tub we went back up to our room and went to bed quite early so that we would be filled with energy for day two which was the first full day. I slept really good except that we had opened our window because of the heat and therefor heard so many sounds early in the morning haha, but that's my own fault! 
 

Restaurants visited this day:
  • Mojito Caffe & Restaurant 
  • Pociąg Do...
Tourist attractions visited this day:
  • Żuraw – medieval port crane
  • Ulica Długa – the main street of Old Town
  • Złota Brama – the Golden Gate at the end of the main street

That was it for the first day! If you want to see more pictures from Gdansk head over to my Instagram; @strokeofadventure. Thank you for reading!
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