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Gdansk, Poland 2009

  1. 1. Gdansk, Poland<br />October 2009<br />
  2. 2. Monument of the Fallen Shipyard Workers<br />Located next to the shipyards where the Solidarity movement started in 1980. Here in 1970 the workers striked to protest the Communist government hiking up prices on everyday goods. The memorial remembers the 44 people who were killed when the police opened fire.<br />
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  6. 6. The former gate to the shipyards. Here the anti-Communist Solidarity movement was born as Polish shipyard workers, led by Lech Walesa, went on strike in 1980.<br />
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  8. 8. Monument inside the shipyard<br />
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  10. 10. The strikers’ 21 Points – their demands of the Communist government<br />
  11. 11. Pieces of the Berlin Wall and the Gdansk shipyard wall built by police during the strike<br />
  12. 12. Uphagen House – a typical medieval merchant’s home. Built deep and narrow, because homes were taxed based on their street frontage.<br />
  13. 13. Medieval Gdansk<br />As a member of the Hanseatic League, with a government run by the merchants, Gdansk grew rich on a wide-reaching network of trade<br />
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  15. 15. Artus Court – meeting hall for the various business guilds of Gdansk<br />
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  23. 23. Granary Island – still in ruins from WW2<br />
  24. 24. Motlawa River, looking towards the Maritime Museum<br />
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  26. 26. Office of Lech Walesa – leader of Solidarity and Poland’s first president after the fall of Communism<br />
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  28. 28. A 15th century crane, once used for loading ships.<br />
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  33. 33. St. Nicholas Church’s Baroque interior<br />
  34. 34. St. Mary’s Church –<br />Largest brick church in the world<br />
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  36. 36. Graves in the floor of St. Mary’s<br />
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  39. 39. Amber for sale<br />75% of the world’s amber is mined in Northern Poland<br />
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  42. 42. Resort town of Sopot – 20 minutes by commuter train from Gdansk<br />
  43. 43. An art nouveau lighthouse on the Baltic Sea<br />
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  45. 45. Sopot’s Pier<br />
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  49. 49. The Baltic Sea!<br />
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  54. 54. A last blustery autumn evening in Gdansk<br />

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