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Gdansk, Sopot, and Gdynia on the Baltic Sea are called "TriCity." There, my impression of Poland has been taken away.
 
Gdansk, located in northern Poland on the Baltic Sea, and destroyed during world war II like Warsaw and other Polish cities... I'd had some pre-knowledge of this city and had a rough image of it. Upon getting out of Gdansk Central railway station, I was stunned to see the bright scenery of a modern American hotel, America's fast food restaurants, cafes, and a big cinema complex with brilliant sunshine and blue sky. I couldn't believe what I was seeing; the city looked completely different from other Polish cities that I had visited.

Gdansk is not as big as Warsaw or Krakow, so most tourists can easily be accessible on foot. Walking through Dlugi Targ (Long Market), I reached River Motlawa where I found the Maritime Museum, St. Mary's Church, and the biggest and oldest wooden crane in Medieval Europe near by.
 
The most elegant and picturesque area I found was a short street called Ulica Mariacka (St. Mary's Street) that runs from the St. Mary's Church to River Motlawa. I enjoyed strolling through this street with traditional architectures and gargoyles (my favorite, of course) on both sides. It is said that wealthy merchants once lived around it; today, however, I saw a lot of amber jewelers and luxurious cafes. I came back here at night and it was good, as expected.
 
One of the most interesting and unusual (at least for me) things I had found was a road sign which shows the directions of Helsinki and Sztokholm. There are ferries operating from Gdansk to those cities of Northern Europe but when I saw the sign at the busy street, I thought it was interesting.
 
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