Cobble Cobble (Stones)

29 Nov
I have an obsession.
(one of many).
 

It may seem random but it’s mine: Cobblestone Streets. There’s no doubt about it – I LOVE cobblestone streets. I love their uneven nature, their disproportionate looks, their splashes of color (even if faded by time), their romantic European charm and, most importantly, the fact that no single stone is the same.

Ever wonder where cobble stone streets came from? The thought occurred to me while spending the day in Soho, NYC this past Thanksgiving break:

According to our “trusty” source, Wikipedia, the word “cobblestone” is “derived from the very old English word ‘cob,'” which can mean “rounded lump.” Doesn’t sound terribly attractive, but, ironically enough, many cobblestone streets are some of the world’s most picturesque locations. Take a look:

Gamla stan, Stockholm – Sweden (source)

Boston, MA (Source)

St. Michael’s Mount, Cornwall – UK, photo  (that’s me in the green!)

Historically, cobblestone streets date back to the Roman empire and stretched all the way into the 19th century where they were reduced to a standard size of 4 inches – not for the comfort of humans but, instead, for the increased comfort of horses (so let’s not flatter ourselves). It was later in the 19th century, for the purpose of better drainage and with the invention of the car, that most remaining cobblestone streets were sadly paved over with asphalt. However, as with anything in life, the less there is of something – the more valuable it is. So, this Thanksgiving, while walking through Soho’s many alleyways, I was thankful for cobblestone streets. And, despite the fact that they may have been made for the convenience of horses – my love for them remains in tact.

Soho. NYC. Photo taken by me.

Till the next History lesson…

Sources: eHow, SharingTravelExperiences, Wikipedia

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6 Responses to “Cobble Cobble (Stones)”

  1. Peggy Tee November 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    They are also a pain for heels – but there is nothing like the reflections coming off cobblestones on a wet, rainy night… gorgeous and romantic!

    • nasheer05 November 29, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

      Hi Peggy,

      Thanks for reading! Ah yes, I forgot that small detail – although, I can’t walk in heels for my life so that might be why! haha. They do look amazing in the rain don’t they – that’s actually a great photo idea – thanks! Hope you enjoyed the post =)

  2. Jennifer November 30, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Lovely shots, interesting angles! Really like the color in the first one.

    • nasheer05 December 4, 2012 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thanks for checking out the blog and for the compliments. Sadly however, (I hate to admit it) I didn’t take the first two photos (just the last two). If you click “source” underneath the first two photos, it will take you to the link where I found them. They are awesome photographs though-hope you keep checking back for more posts!

  3. uzcpictures December 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    love the shots and the blog! please post more!! 🙂

  4. http://moudiphotography.com June 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm #

    Hello, the whole thing is going nicely here and ofcourse every one is
    sharing data, that’s really fine, keep up writing.

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