Deeply Rooted Łódź, Poland

Hello… Hello… from a new city, that I got to explore this summer.

Grab your coffee & let me whisk you to Poland’s Lodz.

Łódź is a city right in the center of Poland. As much as it has the modernity, its loaded with old world charm. Poland has been through a lot as a country but the positive outlook of its people is so refreshing & heart warming. Lodz has seen the vivid times with war, rise of textile industry & Art & Films but One can still soak up in the vintage aesthetics of restored architectural marvels, wall arts & cobbled streets.

I enjoyed the slow pace of lyf and relaxed vibes. you know where you just chill, go to markets, lived in an 18th century cotton mill, jog in its lustrous greens & feed the ducks.

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An 18th century Cotton & Linen Mill, Built by Karol Scheibler. The richest industrialist of that era known as the King of Cotton & Linen of Lodz
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Cotton Mills turned Apartments
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Duck Pond
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Another Refurbished Factory turned to largest Shopping Mall.. Manufaktura

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War memorial at Radegast Train Station

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LODZ Ghetto, Ghetto means the slum area or area where people of minority are kept confined. During the World War -II, Under the Nazi’s rule several Ghettos were created where the Jews from all of Europe were transported via trains in horrific conditions to these Ghettos for sorting like Animals. Nazi’s SS troops sort them firstly among Men, Women & Children. Children to be killed in there concentration camps directly in few Hours. Men & Women to be executed later after they serves the purpose of slave laborer by gassing in ghastly Gas Chambers.

Poland was the most affected during the WWII, as it was neighboring to Germany so Nazis have setup their death factories, Concentration camps & Experimentation Labs for finding new, cheaper & convenient method for doing mass murders. Convenient to the Murders Not the Victims.

Jews from Lodz ghetto were then transported to Auschwitz in Krakow, Poland. Auschwitz was the biggest Holocaust Camp Site in the history of World. Nazi’s SS Force killed nearly 11 Million Jews in Auschwitz between 1939 to 1945.

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Cattle Wagons for Transporting Jews to Ghettos.

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Most of us have largely read about those macabre incidents in books etc but to actually see that site & experience the death like emptiness of the place haunts you for what worst humans could do.

It was a moving experience where you just stand and say a little prayer in your heart & feel sorry on behalf of whole of humanity.

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Ducks loved the bread

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Piotrkowska Street
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Piotrkowska Street holds the various sculptures of Polish Writers, Singers, Showmen.
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Mr. Poet

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That’s All Folks..

Hope you liked the city & my views on this historic heritage.

Bye for now & let me quickly catch that plane to home.

 

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When Sky touched the Sea.. Story of my First Cruise

 

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Let’s get ship faced!!

All of us have moments in our lives where we feel blessed to be ALIVE, & not just blessed, grateful, ecstatic & euphoric. I am in pure bliss to have experienced all of these feelings and much more on my very  First Cruise Voyage. This is the story of how I soaked in the mighty blues of the Baltic Sea.

On my Swedish Summer’18  holiday, we planned for our maiden voyage to Finland. Two days of Baltic adventure along sides a new city to explore. though we have been to Finland earlier as well, the idea of reaching it via a ship filled me with childlike enthusiasm. and to my surprise, it was not ridiculously expensive as I thought it would be, easy & simple to book & no signs of seasickness.

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Silja Line Seaport

Sweden is called as the capital of Scandinavia, its very convenient to explore northern European countries from Stockholm via cruises like Finland, Estonia Latvia or Gulf of Finland etc. If you never been to a Cruise before like me, Stockholm is the place to lose your sea virginity. We booked our Voyage via Tallink Silja on the northern side of the Baltic sea.

Most of the cruises are for the 24hr journey, they will drop you to the capital (whichever country you have booked) in the morning and pick you back in the evening, giving you a 12hr window in the city to enjoy a new country, culture, food, shopping etc. its the most convenient type. However, you can choose from 12hr types where you can enjoy the sea in broad daylight and wonder what good have you done in life to experience this serenity. Nature uninterrupted & untouched by human evolution.

Boarding Now!!!
Soaking the Sun
Breakfast on the Cruise
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Our Bedroom on the Go
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Another Room on Return
Floor Plan
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Inside Corridors on the Residential Floors
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Splendid Dance Performances
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Piano Bar
You will always find something beautiful on the sea
Water Water Everywhere
How Fascinating it was to watch this Giant Machinery in getting parked in Reverse.
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Parked Finally…
This View does something to the people like me
Waiting to be boarded!!
Go Vikings
Viking Line Cruises
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A Different kind of Traffic

Few Tips, which helped me…

  1. Download the App for which ever cruise line you are booking from.They provide good discounts in there and its easier for Check IN.
  2. Carry some food with you, especially if traveling with kids and if have any food preferences.
  3. Make sure you know your Voyage timings for both boarding & return.
  4.  In case of Ship change, you can leave your stuff in Locker rooms instead of carrying it around town.
  5. You can buy booze inside the ship from duty free but only if you have a valid boarding pass, check before you board.

Hope everyone got to experience this insane beauty and vastness of the sea to cherish it forever. I am looking forward to more such trips in future because good vibes happen on the tides.

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Leaving you with this gorgeous sun rise as an inspiration.

Hope you liked my cruise Yatra.. pls share if you have been to cruise before & how was your experience.

Live life one cruise at a time….