Here are a few more photos from our weekend in Gdansk, Poland. They're from our ride on a pirate ship and an important historical monument. You may wonder why pirate ships in Gdansk, but it makes perfect sense. Gdansk is one of the maritime cities of the Hanseatic League, an association of towns along the Northern coast of Europe that banded together in the 13th century. The league dominated Baltic trade into the 19th century. It was developed to organize and control trade, but it was also needed for protection from pirates. So when you go to Gdansk, plan to ride on a pirate ship.