One of the primary reasons for our visit to Gdansk was to check out D's Dad's addresses. Even though much of the Old Town of Gdansk has been rebuilt since World War II,
only one of the (family related) buildings still exists.
We took a nostalgic photograph near the stream that runs through town.
We took many other photos in the picturesque Old Town, but we won't foist them on you.
Gdansk is known for its amber. We learned a little bit about it while we were there. For one thing, I had never known that Bernstein and Bursztyn were variant names. I'm sure there must be other spellings. And, that Jubiler (...we know a Jubilirer family at Adat Shalom) means jeweler. I [Mark] was struck by how prevalent the color was in the area: the man staining his building was dressed in the same colors (he was tickled "amber" that I wanted to take his picture). But, what is the connection of Jews and "the Jewish God" to Gdansk and amber? The illustration is from a book called Das Grosse Bernsteinbuch, by Elzbieta Mierzwinska (with photos by Marek Zak). I couldn't find more publication information.
The colors range from soft opaque yellow to clear green and a wide spread in between and beyond. The actual color depends on the "age" of the stone.
On our last day, before we left Gdansk for our trip to Berlin we visited the neighboring resort town of Sopot. We had a lovely, sunny morning walking along the Baltic promenade, strolling the longest wooden pier in Europe, taking care of some correspondence, using email at the Novotel and enjoying some free tea.
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