Received a question about the home and apartment styles in this region, as well other questions about the residents. When looking at the majority of homes around this region, am immediately struck by the similarities between old (1800's), ancient (18th century and older), and new construction. Most homes are of a tan or beige stucco-type exterior, with a few stone homes of the same color. The majority of homes have red rounded clay tiles, with a few structures built with slate (shiny gray) tile roofs. Not yet seen USA-style standard shingle homes. Some homes have an obvious Spanish influence in the design, and some seem almost of Gothic or Craftsman style in the use of wooden supports under the eaves. Many people here live in apartments or homes of various sizes, and most people of working age have to commute to the nearby larger communities for work. Other than small, privately-owned businesses, (motorcycle repair, bakery, hairstylists, butcher), and government businesses, (Post Office, City Hall, Visitor's Center), there is no "industry" in this area other than farming.
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman