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Polish local presidential candidate and the strippers.

This is Włodzimierz Tomaszewski, a recent candidate for president in Łódż, appearing in his ‘Party Political Broadcast’ extolling the virtues of Łódż as a cultural centre.

Keep this up and the British Stag Parties will be flocking there in their thousands.



December 7, 2010 Posted by | News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Polish vodka drinkers, a dying breed?

KRAKOW TOURS – One-in-five Poles say their favoured alcoholic drink is a glass of wine, with vodka continuing to decline in popularity.

Twenty one percent told CBOS pollsters that they prefer wine, with just 17 percent pointing to vodka as their drink of choice, a decline of seven percent in three years since a similar survey was taken.

Wine remains the favourite female tipple (38%) followed by beer (30%) which is also the leading drink for the men (70%). Sixty three percent of Poles say they know someone who drinks too much in their opinion, but a majority claimed that they drank little or average (49 and 47% respectively). Most drink at home (75%). Not one respondent confessed to drinking at work.

Twenty two percent of Poles do not drink any alcohol, according to research by the CBOS. Most of the teetotallers are women – 30%. Contrastingly, 84% men admit to drinking alcohol.

Overall, more than three quarters of Poles are drinkers, with 11% saying that they drink often. Nonetheless, the number of people abstaining from alcohol has increased by 6 points over the past 13 years. Eight out of ten occasional drinkers are aged under 55 and the most popular alcoholic drink is beer.

August 25, 2010 Posted by | Events, News, Tour Information | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

English Vodka – Best in the world

KRAKOW TOURS – It is enough to make a patriotic Pole need a stiff drink to get over the shock – an English vodka has been voted the best in the world.

Chase Vodka has triumphed in the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, beating 249 rivals from around the globe, including Russia and Poland’s finest.

Tasted under blind conditions (all the bottles were covered to maintain anonymity), Chase was preferred by a 30-strong panel of independent judges.

And instead of being produced by one of the global drink giants in a huge, automated distillery, Chase is made on a farm in Herefordshire – from potatoes.

The spuds are all grown in the farm’s own fields, before being added to water, fermented, and then distilled and bottled. It all takes place on site.

First produced in 2008, Chase is the brainchild of potato farmer William Chase, the man who founded posh crisp company Tyrrell’s.

When he sold Tyrrell’s to a private equity group that same year, Mr Chase realised he needed to find something else to do, and the vodka business was born.

Despite having no distilling experience, he decided to aim for the gourmet end of the vodka market and use his crops of traditional variety potatoes instead of the more usual wheat or rye grains.

Now making 1,000 bottles a week – a drop in the ocean compared with the best-known global vodka names – Mr Chase says demand is soaring in the US thanks to winning the San Francisco competition.

“Winning the award has been fantastic for us,” he says.

“It has really helped to build up the brand’s profile, which is vital. You can have the best product in the world, but it won’t sell if the brand isn’t strong.”

May 20, 2010 Posted by | News, Recommendations, Tour Information | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Joke of the day

KRAKOW TOURS – The lower house of the Polish parliament came to a very bewildering decision, this week, over the proposed bill banning smoking in public places.

The bill, that would have brought Poland in line with other EU countries, was amended very liberally by Sejm (the lower house of parliament) now allows the owners of pubs and restaurants to decide for themselves whether they allow smoking on their premises.

I ask, what is the point of having a law that allows owners to now do something that was, and is, surely their right anyway. Why not pass a bill that allows the public to either walk or take a bus, or allow motorists to drive a car of the colour of their own choice.

It’s a pathetic watering down of an EU policy, whilst I don’t agree with the majority of EU policies, i quite like this one and it’s a shame (from my point of view) that Poland has decided to waste this opportunity to make their many great bars and restaurants a more pleasurable experience for non smokers.

March 7, 2010 Posted by | News | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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