Friday, 17 January 2014

Cobbled streets and Stone walls ...

On my travels I have been taking more notice of these ...

Teo Tzoumas as president of the Cultural Association here on the island, has been documenting the history of the cobbled streets."According to data recently collected by volunteers from Skiathos, most streets of their island were laid in the period 1906-1930"

The design of some of them is quite interesting to me, and here are some examples that I strolled over yesterday ...


Herringbone ...
Like a railway junction ...

Outside the town hall ...
If you are ever lost in Skiathos old town, its always a fair bet that these lead downhill, and in the direction of the port. A little piece of history that I hope will be around for another hundred years ...

Unlike a house near to me which is being taken down. The large hand chiselled stones are being loaded into a truck to be dumped somewhere. Its probably going to be replaced with something concrete. Instead of someone's hard work from a hundred years ago, being made a visual spectacle once again ...

An example of something renovated and pleasing to my eye ...



Then there is this wall, a project in progress, but look what they found ...


This house has had the outside renovated over the last few months. The exterior was pretty grim, but now it looks very good. Note the old turning corner, where they made a feature of the section of good stone wall ...


Its amazing what you find here when you take the time to look closer ...

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4 comments:

  1. Lovely photos again Ian!!

    When we walk down these streets, Tone always start to recite this beautiful song:
    http://ololo.fm/search/?query=copenhagen+cavern&x=0&y=0
    (sorry 'bout the language on the page, only place I found the English version)

    First verse goes like this:
    We'd been walking so far,
    Where the houses lean together,
    On cobblestones not made for my high heels.
    As we drifted along,
    Slowed down by the weather,
    No need to talk
    About the way that summer feels.

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    1. Marion (Below) needs to listen to this tune :) ...

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  2. The reason why I only pack flat shoes when visiting Skiathos!!

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    1. Marion, Your shoes and holiday footwear, are of no Archaeological or Historical importance to the readers of the blog.
      However when you have worn out, and destroyed as much footwear on these cobbled streets, as I have over the years - we can discuss further ...

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