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Łódź Fabryczna Train Station

I've decided that when friends come to visit, instead of repeating visits to the fantastic places in Poland that I've already seen like Kraków, Gdañsk and Toruñ I will discover new places I haven't seen before.  This weekend a friend came to visit from California and I decided to visit Łódź. 

Train connections to Łódź from Warsaw are no problem at all. The ticket costs around 70 PLN and the trip took about three hours.  It probably shouldn't take such a long time - for some reason we were stopped for quite a while at a few train stations along the way.  As with all of my train travels through Poland, the scenery you pass is very green, mostly flat with forests and farmland.

Artur Rubinstein monument. He was born in the building behind the statue.

The train station, Łódź Fabryczna is rather dismal and gray, but is a very short from the most important street in Łódź, ul Piotrkowska which is the longest shopping street in Poland - about 7 kilometers long.

Walked from Łódź Fabryczna towards the main commerce street - ul. Pietrkowska on ul. Traugutta.  The walk along this street was interesting, you can see that this city has a great deal of potential but requires a great deal of investment.  When Traugutta reaches Pietrkowska it becomes ul. 6 Sierpnia which is where the Anatewka restaurant is located.  It was lunch time by now and I was looking forward to this restaurant which was recommended by a fellow travel buddy in Łódź.  This is a Jewish restaurant with great ambience - a fiddler perched high up on a wall plays for diners.

One of many beautiful façades on industrialist residences and buildings on ul. Piotrkowska in Łódź.
  The furnishings and decorations are like being in a comfortable home - really nice.  And the food was fantastic.  I had mushroom soup with little meatballs which was really good and beef cutlets with a sauce made with sour cream and cucumber.  There also were some fantastic salads and delicious potatoes.  I was going to order Czernina but I chickened out after asking exactly what it is...  ;-)   All of our food was great and the dessert - a kind of strudel with apple and cherry was delicious.  I guess it would have been perfect if the service had been friendly, but it was correct so I shouldn't complain. For the most part, the waiters and waitresses that I have come across in Poland are really friendly and try to help those of us with limited Polish!

After lunch walked up ul.

ul. Piotrkowska, Łódź.
Piotrkowska to Pl. Wolności where there is a monument to Tadeusz Kościuszko.  He was a Polish national hero and led the 1794 uprising against Russia.  He also fought in the American Revolutionary war as a colonel in the continental army with George Washington after being recruited by Benjamin Franklin while in France.  

Another thing to be seen in Pl. Wolności is a small fountain, called the "fountain of love" which is was originally built in the 1930s by students from a local art school.  According to my guide book, a local legend states that if two lovers wash their faces in its water, their love will be eternal... 

After Pl. Wolności we continued on, through a park filled with tables at which people were playing chess, to Manufaktura which is an interesting place to see.

View of Manufaktura shopping and leisure center in Łódź, Poland.
  It is an old factory which has been converted to a retail and leisure center.  A very "hands-on" and "user-friendly" science museum called Experymentarium is also located there.

After Manufaktura:

We walked back up Ul. Piotrkowska where we saw some really nice statues and monuments such as the sculpture called "The Industrialists" which is of three industrialists gathered around a table signing and agreement.  Another is a bronze statue of Artur Rubenstein seated at a piano just outside the home where he was born on this same street. The statue is aslo a music box and you can hear recordings of some of his music while looking at the statue and seeing the façade of his home.  Another interesting statue is of Julian Tuwim seated on a bronze bench.  Tuwim was a Jewish writer and poet born in Łódź in 1894.

Other sites that are worth checking out are two Orthodox churches, the Church of the Assumption (Kościoł Wniebowzięcia Najświętszej Maryii Panni) - a neo-gothic church built from 1888 to 1897 with some amazing stained glass windows, the cathedral and the Litzmannstadt Ghetto which was the Jewish Ghetto during WWII.

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Łódź Fabryczna Train Station
Łódź Fabryczna Train Station
Artur Rubinstein monument.  He was…
Artur Rubinstein monument. He wa…
One of many beautiful façades on …
One of many beautiful façades on…
ul. Piotrkowska, Łódź.
ul. Piotrkowska, Łódź.
View of Manufaktura shopping and l…
View of Manufaktura shopping and …
Another view of the Rubinstein mon…
Another view of the Rubinstein mo…
View of Manufaktura shopping and l…
View of Manufaktura shopping and …
Nice Façades on Ul. Piotrkowska
Nice Façades on Ul. Piotrkowska
Manufaktura shopping and leisure c…
Manufaktura shopping and leisure …
Rubinstein statue.
Rubinstein statue.
Manufaktura shopping and leisure c…
Manufaktura shopping and leisure …
Intersection of Tuwim and Piotrkow…
Intersection of Tuwim and Piotrko…
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