home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

“Commonly referred to as the “Greenwich Village of Geneva” I had to take a bus out to Carouge crossing over the river l’Arve to see this interesting suburb of Geneva for myself.  It really is a village, designed by Italian architects and modelled on Nice. I got off at the terminus and walked back along the main street absorbing the architecture, the secret courtyards, the shabby shutters, the mix of grocery shops with high price boutiques, workshops and restaurants. Markets and fountains. My most abiding memory is of fountains and flowers and shutters…”

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

28 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

  1. I like the vibrant colours and contrasts in that image and the angle of the shot works really well. I’ve never heard of this village, although I’ve been through Geneva many times – always on the way somewhere else with no time to stop. The river l’Arve I do recognise from holidays in Chamonix over the years.

    1. Worth stopping here Len, it is a very pretty place, lots of shutters and courtyards and gorgeous flowery fountains!

    1. It is quite different to the rest of Geneva and has a wonderful ‘feel’ about the place. I could definitely live there if I had a few squillion!

    1. I like the industrial look plus Scandi clean lines. But basically I just have a house full of eclectic furniture bought over time! I do like shabby shutters though and they would look good on this building.

      1. My look would be classed as “just accumulated” no real thought put into design or asthetics just op shop and “stuff” given to us by friends that didn’t want it anymore….

    1. They are very attractive and useful too. You can close them for security, but leave the windows open to get a breeze. I have to close all my windows at night to stop midges and moths entering the house, then after turning out the light I open them again!

        1. I was annoyed by moths landing on my face the other night – didn’t get to sleep until the sun came up!

    1. I think the curtains are actually white, but the glass affects the colour, plus it depends on how you view it on screen.

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