We've been home for almost a week and we're pretty well over our jet lag. It seems to take longer with each trip. But today was a lovely sunny day so we got out into the garden to do some cleanup. We left at the height of summer and now we're deep into fall. It's wonderful to see all the colours on the trees in the sunshine. We are glad to be home, but what an amazing variety of places we visited.
I was thinking this morning about some of the things we saw in Spain and Portugal, well London too. And what really stands out for me is the surfaces of the streets. Instead of our boring blacktop, Europe's city's feature cobblestones of many different shapes, sizes and colours. It's only in the older parts of the cities that these exist but they create such an altered feeling to our roads. In looking through some of the photos I took I see that there's a whole album of these images.
Here are a few of the best.
These photos were taken in Cordoba, Granada, Sevilla, Ronda, Vejer de la Frontera, plus a white town whose name I cannot remember. Obviously the different materials used are due to the stones that were locally available.
In Lisbon most of the streets were black basalt stone cobbles and the sidewalks were made of white limestone cobbles. Sometimes they mixed them together to create wonderful patterns.
This was our street and they were doing some repairs and digging. They could just dig out the stones and pile them up and then replace them when the work was done. I could show you many more but this gives an idea. It's so much more interesting than our cement and blacktop. (Although more difficult to drive on and sometimes to walk on as well.)