Who can say they've been to Hel and back? We sure can! Took a day trip on a ferry tram – seemed like a regular boat ride to us, so no idea as to what constitutes a ‘ferry tram’ – to Hel located on a peninsula in the Baltic Sea, 2 hours due north of Gdansk; Hel's a pleasant little town with a lovely beach; only 3 crossings a day in each direction so it meant that once we arrived at 10:30, it was a full 5 hours there with very little to do before taking the return ferry.
|Gdansk's picture perfect harbor at 8am.|
A bit disconcerting when we saw this inflatable police
boat with about a half dozen soldiers roar up, come
within a few inches of our boat and then just veer off.
Saw it later in Hel by the pier - don't know what it
was doing, possibly exercises ?
|Charming little harbor of Hel.|
|We took this same 'ferry tram' to and from Gdansk.|
We were very surprised to see posters of the annual week long D Day anniversary celebration starting the day we were there; obviously sponsored by Coca Cola judging by the proliferation of Coke advertising everywhere we looked. We saw what I would think was an US army jeep manned by soldiers (reenactors?) on the main street; young kids loved having their pictures taken with them.
|Hel's main street, again a pedestrian only|
one. Chockerblock full of cafes, small clohing
stores and tacky sovenir shops lining both sides.
|Hel Maritime Museum|
|Beach area was far nicer here than Sopot's reputed to be|
although we didn't know that in advance. No grand hotels
or big boulevards to stroll on in Hel; just a pleasant place
to be in for an hour or so, but definitely not 5 hours though.
|Going and coming, we passed by Westerplatte, |
site of the first battle in WW II when