A few thousand years ago there was a Roman holiday and the Romans came to Switzerland. There were no tunnels through the alps so they had to walk over the top in their leather sandals. They probably had frostbite if they were wearing their togas. Perhaps they had a few sheepskins.
They eventually arrived in Switzerland and for some reason they decided to stay and even form a few settlements. One of them was a town they called Solodorum, which today is known as Solothurn and is a five minute drive along the road from my village. Today we decided to walk in the steps of the Romans and pay a visit to this town. Mr. Swiss has walking problems due to his back and I walk with a cane.
Actually the purpose behind the visit was to organise a smartphone for No. 1 son. He still had one of the original mobile phones. It was working OK, but you had to use a magnifying glass to read the screen. Mr. Swiss and I parted after the car was parked as I would be slowing everyone down with my pace and I had my camera with me, taking photos of what the Romans left behind. Of course we have modernised the town since their visit, or did we?
This is the risky bit. I am not a super walker, but I can do it – no problem. However about 20 years ago our town authorities decided to do it like the Romans. We have no traffic in the old town of Solothurn, only for bringing goods and delivering hotel guests. The rest is walking. So back to the authorities and their bright idea. The Romans did it their own way and we decided to do a modern copy. All roads in the old town are now the proud possessors of cobblestones. I do not wear high heels on my shoes, I am tall enough, which would be an advantage. If you happen to have feet that do not fit the stones, you feel every edge and circular surface of these wonderful lookalike Roman cobbles. You might even trip on the edge of a stone.
Today I survived, although there were a few near accidents. I caught up with Mr. Swiss in the telephone place and son No. 1 was now the proud possessor of a new mobile iPhone 7. The guy in the shop even organised it all for him. The next obstacle will be to show him how to do it. He might be autistic, but he is quite good at working things out. He is the best furniture builder if we get a flat pack. Whilst we are till working it out and searching for the missing screws, he has already assembled the foundations of the cupboard or whatever it is to build, We tend to do the work by uttering profanities, but he remains silent and concentrated.
After purchasing the phone we parted ways. I offered to carry the bag with the phone home for him as he wanted to stay in town. He insisted on keeping it himself. I am sure he has no problem with understanding this new masterpiece of technology.
After a refreshment Mr. Swiss and I continued on our way to the car, which was not easy, after battling our way over cobblestones. Did those Romans have a secret recipe for making leather sandals? Perhaps they shaped the soles of their shoes according to the size and shape of the cobbles or perhaps their feet were cobble shaped. Photo: an original from the afternoon walk.