Thursday Doors – Faded Glory

img_0405These two attractive green doors are in the town of Silves, Portugal.

I use the word ‘attractive’ because I love the tiles, the cobbles, the ornate metal balconies and the old doors with curved frames, traditional style hearkening back to when the building was originally constructed.

However, I don’t love the unsightly (and dangerous-looking) tangle of wires, the clunky air conditioning unit and the metal post plonked into the old cobbles. Don’t get me wrong – there is much to love about modern design and the convenience it brings. However, in this instance, all these ‘conveniences’ have done is to detract from what was a rather nice building facade.

Sometimes I think that, as a species, we are so keen to ‘modernise’ that we overlook that which is already in place. Only once the damage is done, the old things lost, do we realise.

This was my response to the Thursday Doors Challenge, courtesy of Norm 2.0. For more doors, or to add one of your own, head over to Norm’s site and click the link.

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Wednesday Wander – Balinese Rice Terraces

Bali Terraces 2I’ve taken a Wednesday Wander to Bali before, to a temple based around a sacred spring. This time I’m visiting the Tegallalang rice terraces, carved like beautiful sculpture into the lush green hillsides.

Bali Terraces 1The rice terraces are irrigated using a traditional Balinese cooperative system which, according to tradition, was taught to the Balinese by a holy man in the eighth century. Located near Ubud, the terraces can be viewed from the side of the road winding up through the hills. When we stopped, the air was damp and heavy with heat, the rains that arrived like clockwork around dinner time each evening just starting to build. We stood there for a while, trying to take in the scale of the terraces rising up the hillsides, imagining the amount of work it must have taken to create them. If you look, you can just glimpse someone standing at the top of one of the terraces – that will give you an idea of how vast they are.

Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time!