Monday, June 28, 2010
Florida, Off the Interstate.
It was the only path years ago for those traveling east or west and it linked some of the oldest towns of Florida.
This trip we had our 14 yr. old nephew along with us and 'thought' we could enrich his base with some things he never saw before. Sure. How can you show a kid with an Iphone loaded with apps, whats outside his air conditioned environment? His world, his rabbit hole, lay at his command within a 3 inch screen just 2 thumbs away. The stories of Two Egg, Monticello, Madison and comments on the rivers, farms and tons of unusual visuals for us town folk, fell on deaf ears.........Ooops, I didn't notice, he is sleeping again.
Stopped a number of times to take a few photos for this blog and to stretch my legs. One of the most pleasurable was a stop at Monticello.
Across on one corner is the Perkins Block building, designed as an Opera House.
Amazing that in such a rural area, such a fine building was erected to seat 600.
The building is in excellent condition and the details are amazing. Beautiful to see how craftsmanship and artistic design worked hand in hand. The brick work often caught my eye, even on the side and back of the building....spaces left blank and others full of detail.
Definitely built in a different time by those with different standards.
Other establishments have been retrofitted for todays purposes. A gas station refitted as a restaurant. Warehouses now storefronts, dead space now a garden and seating area beside a bakery,
display racks for cane poles of different lengths, diameters and finish.
An old tree near the road was not cut down to make way for....progress, but a special space was made for it to remain standing.
That works just fine.