Saturday, November 1, 2008

Historic Center - Via Amente, 3

This photo fits into yesterday's just to the right of the imploded building. It clearly shows the curved nature of the old town's side streets.

If you enlarge the photo and look down Via Amente to the point where the two sides of the street seem to merge, you can see a building that looks as if it's all wrapped up in plastic...it is covered from top to bottom by the scaffolding that is used in renovation projects. That is then covered by a net-like material that serves to hold in all the debris that inevitably falls down during the work. It holds in big chunks of stone and wood, but I can assure you that it does nothing to contain the vast quantities of dust that are kicked up during these projects. I know, because during the 11 years I lived in Molfetta Vecchia there was never a time when someone wasn't restoring a building nearby.

Pointless to point out the green shutters...I'll just note that the home in the center of the photo has natural wood shutters which some people have preferred when renovating.

p.s. Best wishes to everyone! Today is All Saints' Day...so it's everyone's feast day!

9 comments:

Hilda said...

Saretta, thank you for your visits while I've been busy with my sister and nieces! I really appreciate it. They left at noon today so I'll have time to be a virtual tourist again — maybe it'll arrest the depression I can feel beginning to kick in.

I've finally caught up with your blog and I'm loving your Historic Center series! It sounds quite difficult to live there now because of all that dust, but it's so nice to hear that it is being restored. I wish we'd do that with the old houses in the City of Manila.

I'm sorry I missed your 100th post! =( But congratulations! And I hope we get lots, lots more wonderful photos of your beautiful city from you!

I'm also glad your son's getting better and that all his tests came out negative. Did the doctor ever find out what it was though?

JM said...

Molfetta historic center looks great through your pictures. Would really like to spend some hours walking around there.

Chuck Pefley said...

Arid climate and dust just go together. Architectural renovation simply exacerbates the natural problem. Combine that with open windows for air flow and you have a real mess that seems never ending. Hope your pile of dust rags is tall :)

Pietro said...

Great image of Molfetta historic center, very quiet without any people. I enjoy it very much!

Sterl the Pearl's Daily Pics of Boulder said...

i love these quirky old buildings - so whimsical.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

the building looks well resotred, i can see a very narrow street to the right - just like in our own old town

Ming the Merciless said...

Love the architecture here. It always amazes me to see how much older Europe is to the US, and it is reflected in the buildings.

Historelli said...

Hi Sara!

What is the more authentic look. did the brown shutters predate the green ones? I know green shutter talk is "stating the obvious" but now i'm curious to why the green was universally chosen in the first place. Forgive me if you've already discussed this?

Congrats on your 100th post... I hope to see 100 more?

Saretta said...

Hilda - so nice to catch up with you! No, the doctors have no idea what caused him such intense pain, but it's not a series of terrible illnesses and/or conditions...so that's good!

Historelli - I don't know about the green shutters...they predate the natural wood ones, but why that green? It's a mystery! And I can't imagine who I would go to ask about it...

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments!