A Photo a Week Challenge: Black & White

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I went for a wheelie in my chair and found myself on the top steps leading to the cathedral. With a zoom lens ready I could focus on the main place in Solothurn from above, the local town. In the middle is a little hut which now has a carnival decoration on the top. It is the hut where hot roasted chestnuts are sold throughout the Winter. On either side there are shops and at the front a restaurant. There are always families meandering around the town. Traffic is allowed but only for bringing people to the hotels, or for handicapped, like myself, with their car. The walks are paved with cobblestones as in the town when originally built.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Black & White

13 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Black & White

  1. The town squares are just so fascinating. Do you happen to know .. .is there a quarry nearby where they got the rocks in olden times for the buildings. Or are they all brick which were made nearby somewhere?? … there does not seem to be much clay hanging around in Switzerland … it is all rock (I am a geologist … can’t you tell?). I reckon the cobbles that made the streets are from the river … all of this would have been from 1400’s? 1500’s? I just think it is all so fascinating … way before our country was even discovered by Europeans ….interesting observation: my wife is from Taiwan and is a Chinese language teacher … the Chinese word for Switzerland is Raetia Country (“Rae Guo” …) … which meant nothing to me until I found out while doing some research on St. Benedict and his abbeys … that eastern Switzerland is where the Raetian’s settled in olden olden truly olden times. I thought that was astounding. SLP

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    • We have quarries here and there and some near our area, but I am not an expert and do not know where the Romans got their cobble stones. They were probably just ordinary stones laying around. We have a lot of erratic blocks in ou area which were pushed on by the glaciers in the mountains.

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  2. There are old parts of Boston paved with cobblestones. I love the way they look, but I hate — have always hated — walking on them. I can only imagine what a tragedy it would be in heels. Fortunately, I don’t wear them. Double fortunately — I don’t go to Boston.

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