In our pottering we came upon this big market square. The square was formed by beautiful old buildings in a rectangular shape. The market consisted of tables loaded with saleable market items under big all weather umbrellas in a cream colour. The umbrellas stretched over an area of 100 ++ metres in length. There was a hive of activity in buying what seemed an infinite series of choices.
A pavement cafe where can get a good meal while you at the market.
Near to the square there was a bell tower with a clock and a sculpture on a huge column nearby.
To see a car was a very rare thing and the streets were done in the small cut stone blocks placed in curves.
Footpath paving and steps under some buildings where huge marble slabs and huge stone columns.
Closeup of footpath stone paving
Detail in the iron gate ….. very intricate !!
A beautiful arch of one building outlines the hanging plants from balconies in the adjacent building
A mixture of paving stones: Small hand cut stones about 75 mm x 75 mm all placed in intersecting curves in the road placed alongside of large dark paving stones and placed alongside of large light paving stones
A handmade building with intricate handmade windows and balcony details
Arches connect one building to the next
Timber joists of a floor above ground level gives a very personal hand made quality to the building. It reminded us of our handmade house in Queensland, Australia.
See the house post: OUR HOUSE …. An Overview
A lovely handmade door in a building
A street in bitumen with wide footpaths on either side in wide flagstones
Another bell tower away from the one near the market place
Another lovely door in a building with stone steps and intricate iron lace above the door
Some cars in a parking area !!
Some hand made windows in a building
The beginning of new phenomena appearing in many buildings as we walked back to our hotel at the end of the day. Apartment occupants have started a whole street effect of planting hanging plants from their balconies. This gives a very soft planted effect against the painted walls of the building.
APARTMENTS WITH PORCHES AND PLANTS:
There were beautifully etched wrought iron fencing to 1.25 metres high around each porch. The porches went up to four storeys above the street. It was just spectacular looking at these porches. Many of them had vines and plants hanging down from pots on the porches. The plants would grow to the height of the wrought iron fencing and parts of the plants would begin to trail down …. finally hanging downwards from the porch. The plants would stand out in a soft green band of planting against the ochre or cream wall plastering.
If there were owners to each apartment, many owners were contributing to this planted street affect in a conscious way. It was a beautiful effect over several streets of apartments.
Some apartments with shops on the street I saw had grown in street level pots a small tree which has grown a smooth twisted trunk (which could be obtained by judicious pruning).