…. so now I have reached the magical number 70!!!????? The new 50 they call it!!!!!
So how does it feel?????!!! To be honest, I will rather be 50 again, but age is like the weather …. not much I can do about it. Yes, just get on with it and make the best of it. *smile
Why I chose the exclusive and little extra for my birthday celebration was that … it was so complicated to get my absolute favourite spot from Sweden or Copenhagen. No direct flights. And the thought that change airport in Paris made the plans gone back in the draw. Last time I visit Biarritz was over my 60th birthday and I really miss it, but I don’t want to make myself sick getting there. Have been visiting Biarritz since the middle of 70s. So may be it was time to let go … move on.
Both Sopot and Biarritz are small sea resorts and not that different. One built on black rocks and with at times 8 meter high Atlantic waves …. the other on miles of white sand and the more quite Baltic sea. Both exclusive playgrounds. Both have nearly the same population; Sopot 37,089 area 17.31 km2 (6.68 sq mi) and Biarritz 25,397 area 11.66 km2 (4.50 sq mi).
Sopot has the enriched and stately Grand Hotel, today owned by Sofitel, that was originally built in 1924–1927. Biarritz has The Hôtel du Palais (originally the Villa Eugénie), built in 1855 by Napoleon III for his Empress Eugénie around 1855 as a summer villa. Today converted into a 5* hotel and privately owned apartments.
Maybe it’s the similarity between the two resorts that make me feel so good in Sopot too. Both places famous for their seafood. But Sopot is only 55 min away from Malmoe airport with WizzAir and while to Biarritz it takes at least 6 hours.
My friend Anna Liisa and I was supposed to rent a 2 bedroom apartment just off the main street in Sopot, Monte Cassino … but when our landlord found out that Anna Liisa is nearly blind he wanted to make it more accessible for us and moved us to a brand new luxury apartment with elevator, which the other place didn’t have. “Grand Apartments Victoria Residence” – 2340PLN/5980SEK/€240/$630/£487 for 6 nights, no breakfast.
But that meant we got about 15-20 min walk to the main attraction, the famous pier, Molo w Sopocie. Not normally a distance for me, but with my problem feet, it was tough. but on the other hand, I know the bus routes and the timetables by heart now. *smile
Our landlord informed us that making our own breakfast a waste of time and products because the cafes are so cheap. So we decided to follow his advice and only invested in some Tchibo coffee capsules to the fancy machine that was provided (Excellent German coffee), because we needed something to make our legs move in the morning.
We found our little breakfast joint at the railway station, 1O min straight and even walk, “La Bagatela” (only Polish). A little French cafe where everything as made on site … insight. Fantastic coffee, baguettes and lovely staff.
There we spent about 60PLN/£12/$16/€14/150SEK every morning and we got great coffee, a big glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, grilled sandwich and a fancy croissant. I love the cinnamon one and Anna Liisa fancies the one filled with homemade raspberry jam.
The place was so busy, with both sitting down guest and just buying guests … they where constantly replenishing.
The railway station had two entrances … one through the new station building and then in the other end of the platforms.
Very smart and that was the exit we used when we came off the trains, there was a little farmers market with superb fresh fruit and a Carrefour Express for the tonic water and milk.
We found punnets with wild strawberries – who could resist that??? Haven’t eaten genuine wild strawberries since I left my childhood. The lady told they were picked in Poland and they really tasted as they did in my childhood.
“One must ask children and birds
how cherries and strawberries taste.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“TAKIE JEST ŻYCIE” in English: “This is life” – very suitable title for this post … I think *smile