My second day along the Baltic coast was interrupted mid-morning by a very large thunderstorm that stopped me in my tracks or well over an hour. I had to come inland a few miles from the coast to avoid some very sandy tracks that the routing wanted to take me down. I’ve discovered not to trust the hatched line on the map to mean that the route is cyclable. Given that the route is so close to the coast it should be no surprise that there is lots of sand about. But bikes and sand do not mix well. I shall have to keep an eye on that as I carry on westwards along the Baltic coast. The beaches are beautiful white sand all along, with smallish dunes and lots of pine forests. It definitely has that Germanic fresh air and beauty character to it. It was of course German until 1945. The churches in the villages give away the history of the place, at least those that were not destroyed in 1945. Any new churches are usually ghastly concrete monstrosities from the 1960s and 1970s.
Some parts of the Polish Baltic Riviera are very much bucket and spade, lots of amusement halls and fast food eating and drinking places. Fish and chips Polish style abound, with lots of smoked fish on offer too. Some parts are distinctly classy, and there is a lot of development of high end apartments along the coast. All glass and steel and white and grey. Who buys them and for how much I don’t know. Maybe it’s a bit like Birmingham where lots of apartments are being built, but I’m not sure for whom. Not cheap either. I have a theory that much of the development that is taking place in these places, especially in the UK, is foreign money from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Middle Eastern and other places where there is uncertainty. So, lodge your money in the UK where it might not earn a lot, but it will be safe. We don’t have revolutions, we don’t have governments that will sequester it and take it from you, we have the rule of law. So, it is probably safer than in lots of other places. Even though the country is in turmoil in a political and economic way I think it is still viewed as a safe / safer bet than many other places. This in spite of the fact that we are really feeling the true negative effects of Brexit and little or nothing of the promised sunlit uplands. How many lies Boris, Farage, and Gisela told as they went around on the Brexit Battle Bus. How gullible 52 % of the population were back in 2016 to believe all that guff.
Food tonight - sorry no pictures - was a very acceptable spaghetti aglio olio peperoncino and a Greek salad in Darlowo, which is a very German looking town with lots of Teutonic turrets and Prussian 19th century buildings and squares.
Accommodation: Night of 15 June - Kwatery Prywatne Beata, Darowol.
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