Poland plans to build a new canal to bypass a stretch of coastline controlled by Russia. The canal scheme will cost an estimated €210 million (£167 million), and link the Vistula Lagoon in the north east of Poland with the Baltic Sea. Currently, all sea traffic from the lagoon and the busy port of Elblag has to travel through Russian waters to get to the Baltic Sea. The route of the new canal will cut through a narrow strip of land, which separates the lagoon from the sea.
An early 1970s picture postcard of boats in the port harbour area in Elblag, Poland.
See also our pictures of pre-war Elbing / Elblag in the north-east of Poland.
A large piece of raw amber found on a Pomeranian beach on the Baltic Sea coast of northern Poland.
Amber, sometimes known as ‘Baltic Gold’ can be found all along the Baltic Sea coast of Poland.
Amber is fossilized tree resin from the Cretaceous and Paleocene periods (between ninety and thirty million years ago), and because it originates as a soft, sticky tree resin, amber sometimes contains animal and plant material as inclusions.
Both Gdansk and Krakow have long been centres of amber trading and both raw / natural amber and polished amber often made into exquisite jewellery can be purchased from many different outlets in both cities and throughout the country.
‘Bursztyn’ is the Polish word for amber and many believe that it possesses healing properties, with claims that it can help with everything from teething pains in children to haemorrhoids (piles!). Indeed, as well as being a substance of great beauty, Amber is a key ingredient in a wide variety of homeopathic medicines produced in Poland.