Old World Charm

April 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Old World Charm

What is it about old cities that makes us long to visit?

The narrow streets, sheer impossible to navigate by car?

The castles, reminding us of noble maidens and heroic deeds?

The majestic churches and squares coated with a patina of culture?

Or is it just the old world charm feeling of time made stand still?

 

Whatever it is I and, as it seems from the crowds I encountered, many other people are attracted by and drawn to the old cities and villages of Europe. While each of the European countries has its own gems (Amsterdam, Maastricht, Paris, London, Prague, Brussels, Bruges, just to name a few), for me the quintessence of this old world charm is embodied in the cities and villages of Italy and Spain.

 

Having traveled through Italy and lived in Spain, I had the opportunity to visit several of the famous cities and some of the less documented places of these countries. The images below capture the impressions I described above; deliberately reproduced in black in white because that best reflects that intangible old world charm feeling I so much enjoyed.

ITALY

black and white picture of an old Italian castle dominating a villageItalian Castle, 2006black and white picture of an old Italian castle dominating a village House in an old Italian villageItalian House, 2006House in an old Italian village black and white picture of a staircase in an old Italian villageItalian Staircase, 2006black and white picture of a staircase in an old Italian village black and white picture of an old staircase in an Italian villageOld Staircase, 2006black and white picture of an old staircase in an Italian village black and white picture of an alley in Venice, ItalyVenetian Alley with Arch, 2006black and white picture of an alley in Venice, Italy black and white picture of a street light in an alley in Venice, ItalyCN.R.11, 2006black and white picture of a street light in an alley in Venice, Italy black and white picture of the cupola and bell tower of a church in Venice, ItalyVenetian Church #1, 2006black and white picture of the cupola and bell tower of a church in Venice, Italy black and white picture of the front of a church in Venice, ItalyVenetian Church #2, 2006black and white picture of the front of a church in Venice, Italy black and white picture of a back alley in Venice, ItalyVenetian Alley, 2006black and white picture of a back alley in Venice, Italy black and white picture of a small canal in Venice, ItalyVenetian Canal, 2006black and white picture of a small canal in Venice, Italy black and white picture of a small canal in Venice, Italy with some gondolasCanal with Gondola, 2006black and white picture of a small canal in Venice, Italy with some gondolas black and white picture of the Canal Grande in Venice, ItalyCanal Grande, 2006black and white picture of the Canal Grande in Venice, Italy black and white picture of a statue of a horse and rider in Venice, ItalyVenetian Rider, 2006black and white picture of a statue of a horse and rider in Venice, Italy black and white picture of a bridge with ironwork in Venice, ItalyVenetian Bridge, 2006black and white picture of a bridge with ironwork in Venice, Italy black and white picture of Saint Marc's Square in Venice, ItalyPlaza San Marco, 2006black and white picture of Saint Marc's Square in Venice, Italy black and white picture of the bell tower and church on Saint Marc's Squire in Venice, ItalySan Marco Campanilla, 2006black and white picture of the bell tower and church on Saint Marc's Squire in Venice, Italy black and white picture of Saint Marc's Square in Venice, Italy as seen from the Canal GrandeVenice, 2006black and white picture of Saint Marc's Square in Venice, Italy as seen from the Canal Grande black and white picture of two churches on a canal in Venice, ItalyCanal Churches in Venice, 2006black and white picture of two churches on a canal in Venice, Italy

SPAIN

black and white picture of a medieval gate of the city of Avila, SpainAvila Gate, 2007black and white picture of a medieval gate of the city of Avila, Spain black and white picture of a bridge in the village of Potes in northern SpainPotes Village, 2007black and white picture of a bridge in the village of Potes in northern Spain black and white picture of elaborately carved stone arches on a church in Cuenca, SpainCuenca Arches, 2007black and white picture of elaborately carved stone arches on a church in Cuenca, Spain black and white picture of the antennas and wires on the rooftops in Toledo, SpainToledo Wired, 2007black and white picture of the antennas and wires on the rooftops in Toledo, Spain black and white picture of a large white house in Cuenca, SpainWhite House Cuenca, 2007black and white picture of a large white house in Cuenca, Spain black and white picture of an arch in an alley in Cuenca, SpainCuenca Arch, 2007black and white picture of an arch in an alley in Cuenca, Spain black and white picture of a house built on a cliff in Cuenca, SpainHouse on the Cliff, 2007black and white picture of a house built on a cliff in Cuenca, Spain black and white overview picture of Cuenca, SpainCuenca, 2007black and white overview picture of Cuenca, Spain typical Spanish houses as seen through a big arch leading from Plaza Major in Madrid, SpainPlaza Major Arch, 2007typical Spanish houses as seen through a big arch leading from Plaza Major in Madrid, Spain black and white picture of the cathedral of Seville, SpainProverb 18 #1, 2007black and white picture of the cathedral of Seville, Spain black and white picture of an overpass between two buildings in El Escorial, SpainEscorial Overpass, 2007black and white picture of an overpass between two buildings in El Escorial, Spain black and white picture of the church of El Escorial in SpainEl Escorial Church, 2007black and white picture of the church of El Escorial in Spain

Further Info

  • The pictures above can be viewed at larger sizes and purchased on the Portfolio>4:5 B&W only page
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