31.07.2017 – TRI-CITY SEEN AFTER 10 YEARS

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WE WERE GOING TO THE TRI-CITY FOR A FAMILY MEETING.

AGAIN, WE HAD TO CONVINCE THE CAT THAT HE IS THE MOST WONDERFUL, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, THE MOST BELOVED CAT IN THE WORLD, AND 3 DAYS IS ONLY 84 HOURS. SHE WAS OFFENDED. SHE TURNED AROUND, AND IN PROTEST PUT HIS BACK TO US ON PIETRUSZKA’S MOM SUITCASE …

THE TRAIN WE TRAVELLED HAD TWO ROWS OF DOUBLE SEATS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE WAGON. EACH SEAT HAS A TABLE. THERE IS A SOCKET FOR POWERING A COMPUTER OR A MOBILE. THERE IS NO INTERNET … IN THE TOILET, THE PHOTO-CELLS ABOVE THE SINK CAUSE THE WATER FLIES, AND A DRIER IS DRYING HANDS. FULL MODERNITY.
THE TICKET PRICE INCLUDES ONE SERVE OF COFFEE, TEA OR WATER. THERE IS A RESTAURANT WAGON. ONE DOES NOT HAVE TO WALK THERE TO EAT SOMETHING. ONE CAN ASK FOR THE MENU AND ORDER A MEAL. THE FOOD WILL BE BROUGHT. THE TIMES OF THE “WARS” AND THE TERRIBLE TOILETS HAVE GONE FOREVER.

IN THIS PART OF THE COAST WE WERE LAST 10 YEARS AGO. WE HAVE ALWAYS LIKED THE TRI-CITY WHERE MOM ONCE LIVED. AFTER 6 HOURS AND 25  min. BY TRAIN, WE GOT OFF IN SOPOT.

FROM SOPOT, BY SKM TRAIN WE GOT TO GDYNIA-ORLOWO.
THE PRICE FOR THE SKM TRAIN RUNNING IN THE TRI-CITY DEPENDS ON THE LENGTH OF THE ROUTE. THERE ARE MANY VARIOUS DISCOUNTS: SCHOOL, INVALIDITY, PENSION, FOR THE ELDERLY, ETC. THERE ARE ALSO ONE OR TWO-DAY TICKETS. WHEN YOU BUY A TICKET, YOU NEED TO CHECK WHETHER THERE IS A DISCOUNT. THE TICKET IS BEING VALIDATED IN THE TICKET PUNCH MACHINE BEFORE THE ENTRANCE TO THE TRAIN. YOU CAN ALSO BUY A TICKET IN THE FIRST TRAIN CARRIAGE OR VIA THE SKYCASH APP.

WE ARE STAYING AT ACQUAINTANCES HOUSE.

WE WERE SURPRISED HOW BEAUTIFUL AND MODERNLY LOOKS NOW ORLOWO. STANDING ON THE MAIN STREET WE ADMIRED CONTEMPORARY BUILDINGS, INTEGRATED INTO THE LANDSCAPE – OFFICE CENTER, SHOPS, HOTEL. UNFORTUNATELY, THE HOUSE WHERE THE PIETRUSZKA’ MOTHER ONCE LIVED, DID NOT LOOK AS COOL AS IT USED TO BE, AND THAT’S BECAUSE OF “STANCZYK’S KASA” IS OCCUPYING THE ENTIRE FIRST FLOOR.

USING ZWYCIESTWA STREET WE REACHED THE CLIFF SHOPPING CENTRE. I REMEMBER THEM FROM BEFORE YEARS. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST SUCH GALLERIES IN THE COUNTRY AND I LOVED THERE TO WALK TO THE CLOTHES SHOPS. NOW IT HAS BECOME A CENTRE WITH BRANDED ELEGANT SHOPS AND ALSO CHAIN STORES. THE GROCERY SHOPS ARE REPRESENTED BY “PIOTR I PAWEL”.

WE CAME BACK TO SOPOT WHERE WE WERE HAVING A FAMILY APPOINTMENT AT 8 pm.

GOING THE MOST FAMOUS STREET ON THE POLISH COAST – MONTE CASSINO, SOMETIMES CALLED MONCIAK – WE SEARCH FOR A FISH & CHIPS. ACROSS MONCIAK ARE CONSTANTLY PASSED BY CROWDS OF PEOPLE. ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET ARE SHOPS, BARS, ICE CREAM SHOPS, PUBS.
WE REACHED THE END OF THE STREET. IT TURNED OUT THAT IN FRONT OF THE SPA HOUSE HAS BEEN REMOVED OLD BARS, FRUIT AND VEGETABLE BOOTHS, CREATING A FREE LARGE SPACE WITH NEW BUILDINGS ON THE LEFT. THERE ARE NOW RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU CAN EAT, FOR EXAMPLE, SUSHI.

WE CAN’T SEE THE FISH & CHIPS SHOP ANYWHERE. WE’RE ASKING WHERE TO FIND IT. WE HAVE TO KEEP GOING. WE CAME TO THE INSCRIPTION “MOLO” (PIER) AND WE SAW THE SMALL FISH AND CHIP SHOP. THERE WAS CODFISH @ 8.50 PLN, TURBOT @ 7.50 PLN, HALIBUT @ 9.50 PLN – 100 gr. ONE CAN ALSO GET SALADS, BEETS, FRIES, BEER AND EVEN A GLASS OF WINE.
MY TURBOT HAD NOT MUCH MEAT BUT WAS GOOD. MY THREE TOASTS WITH GARLIC WERE GOOD LOOKING AS WELL. PIETRUSZKA GOT HALIBUT. WE PAID 79.76 PLN.
WHEN WE ATE, A FAMILY APPEARED. MY TOASTS DISAPPEARED INTO THE CHILD’S MOUTH IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE.

WE WENT TOWARDS THE GRAND HOTEL, LOOKING FOR A PEACEFUL PLACE TO SEAT. ON THE BEACH, IN FRONT OF THE ICONIC GRAND, THERE WERE BARS, LARGE TABLES WITH CHAIRS, COUCHES, UMBRELLAS IN WHITE COLOUR. THEY SURPRISED ME. IT LOOKED GREAT. FULL FRENCH RIVIERA. AT THIS TIME OF DAY WHEN EVERYTHING BECOMES DUSTY BLUE AND HAZY. FANTASTIC VIEW.

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SOPOT – JACK’S BAR IS A TRULY LEGENDARY PLACE

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WE SAT DOWN IN ONE OF THE BARS. SERVICE OF YOUNG, NICE GIRLS VERY GOOD.
WHEN AFTER MIDNIGHT WE WERE IN A HURRY TO THE SKM TRAIN, ALMOST ALL PREMISES ON MONCIAK WERE CLOSED. LIFE HAS MOVED TO NIGHTCLUBS.

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