We caught the train from Gdansk to Sopot which only took about 20 minutes.
Sopot is classed as one of the Cities on the ‘Polish Riveria’. It has the longest wooden pier in Europe which is 515 metres long.
We were lucky enough to watch a ceremony unveiling a statue of a bear. We later found out this was no ordinary bear but Wojtek a brown bear enlisted into the Polish army as a private before gaining a promotion to corporal for the role he played in the battle of Monte Cassino in Italy in 1944.
Wojtek enjoyed smoking, drinking beer and wrestling other soldiers along with being able to salute and sleep alongside his comrades to keep them warm at night. He survived the war and saw out his final years in Edinburgh zoo. There is also a statue of Wojtek in Princes Street in Edinburgh.
We had a wonderful lunch at a café on the high street. Polish food is a lot different to what we had imagined and both enjoyed two very different salads. Colin had a herring & potato salad and I enjoyed a goat cheese and beetroot salad.
Sopot felt very upmarket and we had a lovely few hours wondering around the town before getting the train back to Gdansk.