Jo’s Monday walk : Bełchatów

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I may have misled some of you, but I’m staying in Central Poland for this week’s walk.  I expanded on a little of the family saga last week in Zawady, the village where Dad was born.  Today we’re taking a stroll around Bełchatów, the county town, some 7kms and a bus ride away.

B is for Bełchatów covers much of the town’s history, so we can simply concentrate on how the place looks today. (Bew-ha-toof is very roughly how it’s pronounced)  The Tourist Information office is small but friendly, and perfectly placed for our start, on Ul. T. Kościuszki.  Ignoring the map in my hand, I’m drawn to a passage beside the TI, with a glimpse of green space beyond.  I follow it and find myself in rather a nice park.

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I cross the bridge over the lake and notice a canal leading off through the park.  The imposing building in my opening shot proves to be Muzeum Regionalne, a late Baroque listed manor.  I wonder about its contents, but my curiosity about the water is greater.  I follow it, out beyond the park. On the map it’s shown as Rakówka, and Olszewski Park.

I wander a little way to see where it leads but, when it seems I’m getting too far from the centre, I double back through the houses.  A street corner church thankfully looks familiar, and I’m back at the junction of 9 Maja and Kościuszki.

I look at the signs on shops for clues as to what I might buy there, hoping to purchase a few small gifts for the family.  My niece Ania and husband Hubert are shopping at the new shopping gallery and Tesco’s, but this has little appeal for me.  I prefer the more traditional shops, but they can be a little mystifying.  I’ve come full circle now and am back at the museum.

Opposite the TI stands Kościół Narodzenia, the church where Ania and Hubert were married.  I remember it as being very beautiful inside.

Beside the church, a new addition, Park Narutowicza, provides entertainment with it’s ever changing fountains.  And a little street art, too.

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From being a beautiful balmy day, the sky has begun to darken, exactly as the forecast had indicated.  I look for shelter, just in case, and am drawn to a sign, ‘Giganty Mocy’.  Not at all sure what I’ll find, in I go.  The gallery space is a revelation.

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The rain is spotting when I come out again.  A nearby florist provides the first of my presents, and I pause to read the synagogue sign. I backtrack a little way to a small indoor shopping centre, where chocolates and brandy are easily purchased.

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The sky gets blacker and the rain starts to bounce.  People scurry for cover.  Nothing for it but to seek shelter until Ania and Hubert have finished their shopping expedition.  ‘Degustacja’ meets my requirements perfectly.  There’s cake, of course!

Bełchatów has become a big town, with numerous housing estates, largely due to the proximity of the power station.  My walk today centres on the older part of town, and nearby there’s also a huge outdoor market.  I think it’s fairly typical of many Polish towns.

This website will give you a few facts about the area, including my recently featured Zbiornik Wawrzkowniza.  I have one more small town to show you before heading south to Kraków.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the series and can come along with me.  Meantime, coffee, I think.  Don’t you?

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Many thanks to all my contributors this week, and to my readers too.  As always, there are some great walks featured below.  If you’d like to join me, details are on my Jo’s Monday walk page.  Just click on the logo.

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I remember Peebles covered in snow and freezing! Lovely to see it through Smidge’s eyes :

The Tweed Valley and Neidpath Castle, Peebles

Jackie goes into a little history of an art form :

Tattooed

Roll up!  Roll up!  Get your tickets here!

T is for Theatreland#atozchallenge

Becky reminds me just how beautiful the Algarve can be in Springtime :

A quick stroll near Olhao da Restauracao

While Jude is having such a fine time in Cornwall!  Almost makes you want to move :

Walking around Trencrom

I am in awe of this lady!  Tish, doing ‘qi gong’, surrounded by dappled lushness.  Wouldn’t you want to be there?

The power of green and dappled sunlight this morning on the Linden Walk

From nature to architecture, with Jaspa :

The remarkable houses of Bello and Reborati, Montevideo, Uruguay

Do be careful Drake’s green-eyed monster doesn’t get you!

Airborne walk

And please help Esther up the hill, should you see her struggling :

Misty Morning Walk

Pauline gives us lots of reasons to visit Brisbane, and even goes interactive!

Final few hours in Brisbane

I knew about Dumbo in NYC, but I had no idea about this wonderful walk :

Brooklyn Bridge Park

I’m rounding off with a blog that’s new to me, but a place I’ve long wanted to visit.  Great photos, too :

Wye Valley: Symonds Yat Circular

That’s it for another week.  The weather here has turned dreary, but that’s Bank Holidays for you.  I have much catching up to do.  See you soon, and happy walking!

124 comments

  1. Missed this one, but arrived just in time before your next Monday walk! last night I tried commenting on a few blogs and my comment just disappeared! In the spam folder I guess. Just hope someone, somewhere fishes me out. I enjoy reading about Poland through your eyes, you make it seem so peaceful and clean. The old town is always the nicest part of a town or city I think, unless it is a slum. I am counting on you to cheer for Murray tomorrow! Reluctant or not! And as a treat I will take you for a nice gentle stroll through a Cotswold garden in the June sunshine (not this year – though we have had the most lovely week of sunshine here). https://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2016/06/04/garden-portrait-bourton-house/

    1. No good having sunshine when you have visitors, Jude. They’ll come back! 🙂 🙂 But then, it’ll be easier keeping them entertained in the sun.
      Did you see the Piotrkow post? Now that really does have a lovely old side.
      I was impressed with Murray v Stan and I would love him to stop Novak getting the French. Mean, aren’t I? It’s been the most miserable weather there too. Crying for Rafa- bit like me 🙂 Saddo! Ok, I’ll steel myself to come along and look at your sunshine.

  2. Hi Jo! It’s Laia from Colibrist (now Dream Travel Girl). Sorry for not coming for so long, I’ll try to be more present in the future 🙂
    I’m happy to see that you’re still running Jo’s Monday walks, they’re great!
    I’ve enjoyed this walk with you (even if I cannot pronounce the name of the place), since I’ve never been to Poland. A lush green park and an interesting art gallery, plus some street art… nice! 🙂
    Looking forward to Krakow, heard a lot about it!
    Have a nice weekend!

    1. Hello Laia 🙂 Lovely to hear from you. People come and go, but it’s lovely to have an old friend pop up again. Glad you enjoyed your visit. Feel free to join in any time. 🙂

      1. Thanks so much Jo! 😀
        Yes, I’d love to join you again on Monday walks. I have one I’d like to share, and now that I read yours I feel like going out walking again 🙂

    1. I love maps, Rosemay, but I’m not at all good at reading them 😦 Much easier to follow my nose then work out from the map where I’ve ended up. 🙂

  3. I love the mystery behind unrecognizable (and unpronounceable) signs and store fronts. Everything is an adventure that way, just like walking around without using a map. 🙂

  4. I love the mysteries that hide behind unrecognizable (and unpronounceable) signs and store fronts. Everything is an adventure that way. Just like walking around without using a map! 🙂

  5. I haven’t read blogs for months and so delighted to begin here with yours:) What a beautiful stroll I’ve had looking through your photographs. Maybe some day I will get there in person, but for now, this was so lovely an experience. xx

    1. Hi Smidge 🙂 I was equally delighted to find you in my Reader, as I tend to only pop in now and then. Your blog was looking great. Big hugs to you, hon. Lovely to have even the briefest of catch ups. 🙂

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