These photos are from 11 November 2016, my first visit to Gdansk. I hadn’t at the time realised that 11 November is their national independence day, marking the commencement of the Second Polish Republic in 1918. The First Polish Republic, obviously a term used in retrospect, lasted from 1569 until 1795, during the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
I wasn’t entirely sure at first what exactly was going on when I was talking through Gdansk, but there was clearly much national pride and there were no shortage of Polish flags around. All very lovely….