Dźwirzyno is a town on the Baltic Coast in Western Pomerania that we touched on slightly on our last trip to this area of Poland in June of this year. I wanted to revisit because the kitsch souvenir shops attracted me and I was determined to buy a wooden seagull.
Luckily, I found my white seagull at the far end of the main shopping drag close to the turn off for the port. The shop inside was a cornucopia of all things decorative and wacky; lighthouses, fishermen, wind chimes in natural wood, amber and coloured shells. These wonderful knick-knacks filled the front of the shop inside and as we went in to pay,I heard the tragic voice of Bruce Springsteen singing, ‘Philadelphia.’ As much as I love this song I couldn’t wait for my seagull to be wrapped in newspaper so I could depart quickly before filling up with tears.
Holding Sammy Seagull close to my heart I trundled further up the street until I could see a multi-coloured Big Wheel turning round and round in the slight breeze. We had arrived at the entrance of the port. Which route? Which way to go, left or right? Such a difficult decision.
Eventually, we took the path to the left as I spotted a row of real life seagulls standing close to the edge of the canal. It is very strange how only Polish seagulls stand in a row, always very calm and tame. One seagull in particular was so tame he let me go close up and take a picture of him. He was very handsome and didn’t flinch.
The canal looked very photogenic with the late August sun shining on the silver ripples created by the warm breeze. Every now and again a seagull would rise up, take to the air and then pounce on the water in hope of catching a fish.
Before reaching the Big Wheel and small fairground I noticed a picture of Clark Gable holding Vivian Leigh in his arms, a shot from the film, ‘Gone with the Wind’. This multicolour picture decorated the pay booth of the Big Wheel.
On this side of the water there are a couple of old fishing boats anchored to the side which are attractive but what really interested me were the numerous anchors stacked perfectly in rows and flag poles bearing flags of many colours.
Walking back towards the span of the jade metal bridge that crosses over the canal we walked on to the right side of the canal which paints a different picture altogether.
The boats anchored to the side here are of a superior quality, yet there are interesting pieces of marine machinery lying about which always fascinates me. A few steps away from the boats we turned right on to the beach; a beautiful expanse of white, soft sand.
A few people were sat on the beach at this time as the heat of the day’s sun had begun to diminish. The light quality was excellent for painting or taking photographs. As the clouds shifted from one to the other the rays that shone on the rigging and water gave a monochrome look, it was as if the beach and people on it were taking part in a black and white movie.
We walked a long way down this beach because I wanted to see the waves come tumbling in onto the shore. The wind was high and it was a lot of fun trying to keep stable and upright, walking on the wet sand, waiting for the series of seven waves to come crashing in, hoping that the last one would create the photo I was looking for.
The port and beach of Dźwirzyno were an unexpected treasure. I enjoyed my time here. The town is like most of the small coastal towns along this part of the Baltic Coast. I can take or leave the town, I have no strong feelings but the port area is very pretty and interesting.