Beyond the Main Streets

This post is my entry to this week’s Photo Challenge: Beyond

Cities and towns across the world are each their own intricate, unique labrynth of streets. Most have handy maps to guide you around, tell you which road you need to take. It’s all too easy, though, to only acknowledge the main streets, those on the map. Here in Cardiff, just like in many cities, there is a whole network of alleys and side streets just beyond the main streets that quite often go unnoticed. I’d like to share with you some of these hidden worlds from my own neightbourhood. I even found an alley that I didn’t know existed right behind my street when I was taking the photos!

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14 Replies to “Beyond the Main Streets”

  1. Whenever I travel to a new place, I love to wander down back roads. They take me to where the locals live and eat and shop. That’s where I get the true flavor of a city or countryside.

    1. I totally agree. I learnt that lesson when I lived in Rhodes. I used to advise my guests to wander away from the main streets of the medieveal city and explore the restaurants and shops of the back streets.

      1. Sorry, Rhodes is a Greek island. I worked as a holiday rep looking after British guests there. The capital, Rhodes Town, is split into two parts, the Old Town and the New Town. The Old Town is a medieval city that was rebuilt during the Italian occupation after it was bombed during World War 2. It’s a really magical place, like stepping back in time.

      2. My husband and i visited Greed in the early 80s. We’ve not been back since. Unless one spends months in one country there’s never enough time to see everything. Sorry we missed Rhodes. Sounds charming.

        How has the current economy affected you?

      3. My husband and i visited Greed in the early 80s. We’ve not been back since. Unless one spends months in one country there’s never enough time to see everything. Sorry we missed Rhodes. Sounds charming.

        How has the current economy affected you?

      4. I left Greece just as the recession started (not intentionally) and moved back to the UK. I’ve been back to visit friends in Rhodes since, and the economic climate hasn’t affected them as much as you’d think. The islands are quite isolated and very seperate from the mainland, life is a lot simpler there. I got the impression that the islanders would quite happily go back to how things were before they had the euro.

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