I’ve been away from the blog for a few days and my blog has died. I’m surprised. Maybe next time I’ll warn my readers that I’m going on holiday and won’t post anything, because I don’t like uploading photos from my phone. So, for the first time this year, I was on holiday and went to Sopot. Only a few days, but a lot of impressions.

Sopot is a small resort town on the Baltic Sea between Gdańsk and Gdynia. All three towns are almost connected and we call them Tricity. The most famous places in the city are the pier and the “crooked house”. My favourite things about it are the residential architecture and the city parks by the sea.

So, the architecture is rich, eclectic with old elements of Swiss-style and romantic historicism. It’s probably the mixture that gave the city its unique look. The first time you see all the balconies, columns, cornices, balustrades and turrets, you won’t get rid of the impression that this is a toy town.

The parks have an abundance of flowers and flowering shrubs, all designed to make sure that holidaymakers not only can walk and breathe the fresh sea air but also enjoy the aesthetic pleasure that comes with it. There were still tulips and magnolia blooming in the parks, but most of all there were lilacs – common lilacs, French lilacs and some others, I’m not familiar with them. There were white, purple, lilac, bluish and pinkish – I haven’t seen so many lilac bushes anywhere else. So I will always associate this city with the fragrant smell of the shrub.

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