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ŁÓDŹ - day trip to the 19th century Promised Land

Hosted by the Consul of the Warsaw Explorers Group
Culture & Entertainment
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Took place 6 days ago
Sun 12 Nov 06:20 - 18:50

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"A post-industrial city of contrasts and hidden treasures, “the Manchester of Poland”. See how textile industry changed the city through the centuries. Discover why people call it “the Promise Land” and get to know about rich ethnic variety, especially Jews. Get awed by the gigantic 19th century red brick factories, Art Nouveau buildings, palatial mansions and a world famous film school."

Dear Warsaw Explorers,
I would like to invite you to take part in the day trip to Łódź - the Poland’s third largest city after Warsaw and Krakow, that is usually shunned by tourists, but has much to offer to the true explorers :) - on the 12th of November.

The city is best known for its rapid and massive growth in the textile industry and in population due the inflow of migrants, most notably Germans and Jews, during the 19th century industralization which resulted with Łódź being one of the most multicultural and industrial centers in Europe before the WWII. The city is also well known for Łódź Film School. Its early students film directors Andrzej Munk, Andrzej Wajda, Kazimierz Karabasz (one of the founders of the so-called Black Series of Polish Documentary) and Janusz Morgenstern became ones of the founders of the Polish Film School of Cinematography at the end of the Protected content . The School has 3 Oscar-winning alumni: Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda and Zbigniew Rybczyński, while alumnus Krzysztof Kieślowski was nominated for an Oscar. Both Polanski and Wajda won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in Protected content 1981, respectively. Lately the city has become a magnet for young artists & creative entrepreneurs which manifests itself in the oldest and biggest design festival in Poland, numerous murals & street art projects and hipster places for boutique shopping and entertainment.

The walking tour programme described by the guide's company:
"Discover how to become a millionaire being a bootblack and follow the traces of 19th–century factory owners. To get the best walking tour around Lodz, you must have a visit to Manufaktura – former factory which was renovated a few years ago. Nowadays this complex, located in the city centre, is a shopping mall. It is also a centre for culture, trade and entertainment. Find out more about all 13 historical buildings located there and be impressed of monumental architecture. Afterwards, see Poznanski Palace belonged to most famous factory magnate in Poland. Currently this building houses City Museum of Lodz where you can admire Neo-Barouque facade, staircase, dining- and ballroom. Then have a walk along the longest European trading route – Piotrkowska street. This pedestrian street is heart of the city, full of clubs, restaurants, bars and wide range of cultural sites. Admire old buildings, renovated factories and Lodz’ speciality – Rickshaws. We invite you to White Factory (Biała Fabryka), which is home of Textile Museum (Muzeum Włókiennictwa). Museum gathers number of looms, old material and examples of the weaver’s art. Then Cinematography Museum, which is placed in fortress-like Scheibler Palace. Exhibitions show mostly the history of Polish film. After that our guide will show you Ksiezy Mlyn (Priest’ Mill) district. This lovely quarter is a pearl of 19th century residential complex, including houses, school and shops. Now some of them are converted into artists’ lofts."

The above walking tour programme is given approximately, it could be changed slightly depending on our requests (or our stamina ;) ) or the guide's suggestions. Nevertheless we should have around 7 hours allotted for the guided tour and 1,5 hour for the lunch.

The trip will be organized when at least 10 people attend.

As the organization is concerned:

+ We will go from Warsaw Protected content
+ In Łódź we will do the 7-hour walking tour and sightseeing with English speaking guide.
+ In the meantime, we will have lunch together.
+ We will come back to Warsaw on the Protected content

The cost per person will depend on the number of attendees:
+ the minimum number of attendees is 10 and in such case the trip will cost Protected content per person;
+ in case of more people attending, i.e. from at least 10 to maximum 18: the cost of the trip per person may vary from Protected content 134 PLN accordingly (due to the price of the English guide divided by different number of people attending).

The price includes: 1st class Protected content and English speaking guide in Łódź (appropriate amount per person of the overall price of Protected content for 7-hour walking tour and 1,5 hour stand by during our lunch; depending of the number of attendees).
The price does not include any other expences such as e.g. lunch, admission fees or public transportation tickets.

+ I will ask you for the prepayment to be made on my bank account by 16th of October the latest.
+ As the attendance varies at our events, I assume the minimum, i.e. 10 people attending. Hence, I'm asking you for Protected content per person as the prepayment. If more people will attend the event, I will give you the appropriate amount back.
+ I will send my bank account number directly to those who will enroll to this event.
+ Return of the prepayment will not be possible after 16th of October (i.e. after buying the train tickets and paying the guide) -> in case you are not able to attend the event please transfer or give away your spot to someone else.

16th of October – please, make your prepayment by this date the latest.
12th of November – our trip starts at 6:35 a.m. :) Please, do not be later then 6:20 at the given spot of our gathering.

Hope to see you at the event!
Małgorzata Starczewska