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People in the Walls

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Today I took not one, but two 6,000 -step walks. I started out the day with my dog and son walking three miles to the center of town -the pastry shop, specifically. My son will do just about anything for a trip to the pastry shop!
Then, when we got back, my husband surprised me by saying "hey, you want to take a walk somewhere"? This is completely out of character for him to propose any kind of exercise, so of course I went with it.
We went to Fiorenzuola di Focara, a cliff side town on the Adriatic Sea. It was absolutely beautiful, so I had to take some photos. Supposedly on a clear day you can see Croatia across the sea. Today was not the day however.

The town itself was pretty and quaint, with some surprises.

Part of our walk was along an old brick wall which looked normal at the start, until the small people started to appear.

look closer

and closer

We were surprised by a very elaborate and well-populated nativity scene in the roots of the trees and the cracks in the wall. It carried on for a large section of the wall. I've made a note to myself to go back at sunset in December to see if it's still there and lit up.

Some more people in the wall. I loved this, if I had a property like this I would totally set up a community of little people. It brings to mind the book The Borrowers.

And because this is Italy, you can park your horse in the parking lot, next to the cars and mopeds.

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    Very charming town! I love the little people in the wall, how cute. (Have you seen the film "The secret world of Arietty"?)

    I've been to Croatia, Kolocep and Dubrovnik, and it's very similar, both the buildings and the nature. I would love to go back there some day, and now I have to put Fiorenzuola di Focara on the list also.
    1541 days ago
    Very cool! Tell hubby to take you there every day!
    1548 days ago
    Oh, I had a set of the Borrowers series when I was a kid. I didn't even realize there was a fifth book written in 1982 (I was a bit too old for the Borrowers at that point). As soon as you mentioned them I remembered Arrietty.

    Interesting about the horses. We live near Mennonite country, so I am used to seeing carriage parking and a horse shelter in the parking lot of one of the malls in our region (region being equivalent to "county"). But I never thought of horses as an actual method of transportation for the general public. That is so cool!
    1548 days ago
    How beautiful! Italy is on my list of places I must visit. And I loved The Borrowers as a kid!
    1548 days ago
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