relaxed sunday in the open air

“Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.”
Joseph Addison

After all the walking during the Saturday and with a sunny Sunday (our last full day) ahead of us – I turned to Google for some ideas what to do … and I found the White Factory (Polish: Biała Fabryka). And my travel mate was all up for it. So after breakfast, we jumped on tram 6 to  Piotrkowska – Czerwona.

It is the classical building in Łódź, Poland, constructed in 1835-1839 to host a textile factory which belonged to Ludwik Geyer. It currently hosts the Central Museum of Textiles and Folk Dance Ensemble “HARNAM”. It is considered a fine example of early industrial architecture in Łódź. The building is located at the southern end of Piotrkowska Street, south of the city centre.

“In the first half of the 19th century Łódź, which was a part of the Russian Empire and previously a small town, experienced a rapid economic and industrial development. The city was open for migrants, and Geyer, a German originally from Saxony, moved to the city to start textile production. The building was reconstructed several times after the 1830s but still, retains its original plan. In 1955, the decision was taken to host the Central Museum of Textiles in the building, and in 1958 the reconstruction works which made the building used as a museum started. The museum was established as an independent institution in 1960. Simultaneously, the building was still exploited as a factory until 1990, when the production in the eastern wing stopped. The wing was transferred to the museum in the 2002, completing the transfer of the whole complex.

White Factory is a four-wing building with a courtyard. The oldest wing is the western one, facing Piotrkowska Street. The northern wing is from 1838, the southern one is from 1847, and the eastern wing was built in 1886. In the courtyard, the Old Boiler House is constructed. The complex has a high chimney, two dust towers, and two water towers, which is an unusual solution for the first half of the 19th century. South of the building, a pond is made. Next to the White Factory, still on industrial grounds, the Open Air Museum of Łódź Timber Architecture was opened in 2009″ (text:

Situated by the beautiful Park im. W. Reymonta – now when I did my research on Google I realized that I didn’t take one shot of the factory … so I have to use one of their images. I don’t think Ann-Christine got one neither.  We didn’t visit the museum neither, my feet screamed after all the art street hunting and I knew that if we went inside and start walking inside (massive building), my feet wouldn’t make it back to Sweden.  Gladly Ann-Christine weren’t that interested neither, I think. Something for the “do-it-note” for next visit. 

What captured our interest was The Open Air Museum of Łódź Wooden Architecture;

The church of St. Andrzej Bobola (moved from Nowosolna) was founded in 1846-1848 as an evangelical church. Today wedding ceremonies are held there, and during the cyclical events the building hosts concerts of old and classical music

Artisan workshops, open seasonally from May to the end of October, are located in the buildings number 3 (moved from 47 Mazowiecka St. in Łódź) and number 5 (moved from 61 Mazowiecka St. in Łódź). The remaining buildings and the church are open to visitors all-year-round.

The cottage number 4 (moved from 42 Kopernik St. in Łodź) and the house numer 6, called “The Weaver’s Cottage” (moved from 68 Wólczańska St.) house museum exhibitions, and in building number 7, commonly called “The Paper Maker’s Cottage” (transferred from 68 Żeromski st.) there is a branch of the Museum of Paper and Printing of the “Saving from Being Forgotten” Foundation.

Creation of the open air museum in the park near the White Factory was the dream of Krystyna Kondratiuk – the first director of the Museum – already in the 1950s. The idea was realized only in 2008 thanks to subsidies from the European Union budget. (text:

We were surprised that something called SKANSEN was behind the museum because for us “SKANSEN” (Stockholm) is the world’s oldest open-air museum, that is situated in Stockholm. We thought with our blue and yellow hearts that they were somehow connected, but Skansen in Polish means “open air”. So no Swedish connection at all. 

Willa Szaji Światłowski was the building that stooled our hearts with all its beautiful details.

Before relocation to the Museum, the building was subjected to fundamental renovation. In its new location, it also acquired a spacious cellar. Before the Second World War, it belonged to a Jewish industrialist who rented its living quarters to a few poorer Jewish families. The summer villa was situated, transported from Ruda Pabianicka, from Scaleniowa street number 18. In 1939 the owner of the building was Szaja Światłowski. No information to find who that is!

And the cute little ticket office,  “Vis a vis” is a small building (from 1901-1913) of the former waiting room of a tram stop from the New Town Market in Zgierz.

Next time I visit Łodź I will visit the area in the evening … because I think it will be breathtakingly beautiful with all the spotlights and street lamps on the old wooden houses.

On the way back to the tram station we met an interesting old green door … and we paid a visit to The Archdiocese of Łódź (Cathedral Basilica of St Stanislaus Kostka)  – one of the biggest churches in Poland and the highest. The building committee was called in 1895. The cornerstone was blessed in June 1901.

Unfortunately, the original building suffered some serious damage in the fire in the 1970s, but the church was restored and now is considered to be among the most important tourist attractions of the city.

So when back in our part of the city … we start looking for somewhere to get a coffee and a sandwich, but nowhere around our hotel, at least not in the direction we were going. But then we found a cafe by a very interesting fountain – before just a concrete dull fountain, but a group 3 young German artists are the ones behind the faces, Metalgassi –  they put faces to things all over Europe. The fountain is old and there are plans to demolish it because it floods the City Hall that is opposite the fountain.

“Hort Cafe” didn’t offer any sandwiches, but they offered the most amazing ice creams – for 5 days, more or less, had I “screamed” for ice cream and it was now coming to the end off our stay and I saw my chance.

And on top of it … we were able to enjoy our delights in the open air. What a brilliant day it became.

This beautiful music cloud is created by Abel Korzeniowski (1972) is a Polish composer of film and theatre scores. He have made the music scores to films like “Juliet & Romeo” (2013), “A Single Man” ( 2007) and to one of my favourite films “WE” (2012) – the movie about Wallies and Prince Edward. Which this track comes from – “Revolving Door “.

26 thoughts on “relaxed sunday in the open air

  1. And look at all those people gawping at your icecream! They all want one like that 🙂 🙂 What a fascinating day out you had. The wooden architecture is beautiful. No wonder you want to go back. 🙂 How are your feet, Vivi?

    • Yes, I didn’t notice how they looked at me .. until I saw the picture. It was just what I needed *laughing. It became a brilliant day and the evening even better. Our trip couldn’t have finished of in a better way. My feet are in a bad shape and the numbness are moving up my legs slowly. But it’s just to carry on the best I can. I’m not allowed to stop moving and so long I feel pain in my feet I will be able to walk. Thank you so much for asking.

  2. Good researching, Viveka. And that open air museum was great – the rest will be for another visit. I wonder how many passers by thought “two crazy old ladies” photographing that door! And I envied you with that ice cream…

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