Sunday, February 01, 2009

Theme Day: Paths & Passages


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The Alibi Room and the Market Theater gum wall are just beyond this passage in Post Alley, Pike Place Market. Post Alley runs through and below the historic 101 year old sanitary public market and got its name from the hitching posts, now gone, where vendors would secure their horses when bringing goods to market back in the day. One of my fellow Seattle Flickrites, Mary Wit, upon seeing this photo wrote, "This is my favorite spot on earth...the bellybutton of our fair city. The cobblestones were once ballast for ships returning from trips to faraway lands. Listen carefully and you can hear stories whispered on the wind that blows through the Alley."


City Daily Photo Bloggers from all over the globe are featuring other famous and not so famous paths and passages to peer down and enjoy in their cities. Please visit as many as you can, and be sure to leave us a comment about what you find. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

27 comments:

Marc said...

Nice perspective, atmosphere, light/dark, people in this one. Like it.

brattcat said...

Great shot. There's something about cobblestones. They're hard to walk on but so satisfying to the eye. I love the texture of this photograph, Kim.

Lew said...

Great shot! We have narrow alleys around here, but the cobble stones have long been paved over or were only dirt in the old days.

Steffe said...

I guess it can be a bit slippery here during the winter!

Keith said...

Beautiful photo and interesting history!

PJ said...

Kim, this is obviously a hearfelt effort. It's my favorite photo for today, and so far, I've seen quite a few. Beautifully done.

Joan said...

Lovely shot.

Maya said...

I love this shot. The color and the feel of it are magical. I didn't know how Post Alley got it's name. You learn something new every day!

alice said...

Seattle? You're sure? It could be South Italy! Great atmosphere, beautiful shot. Have a good Sunday, Kim.

Jilly said...

Oh yes I agree with Alice. It's so European. Love the feel of it, the colours, the light. Looks a great place to be.

Sally said...

I love the story of where the cobbles came from. Very atmospheric for sure.

Ham said...

I had to double check to make sure this wasn't a photo you took on holiday in southern Italy - amazing shot

Tanya said...

beautiful...love that cobblestone road!

Marie-Noyale said...

This is lovely..
Not at all, what you usually picture in your mind when you think of Seattle!!!

lavenderlady said...

I would have placed this photo in many different places than Seattle. I'm not sure I've been there. Something to look forward to on my next visit.

Jim said...

It does look like it transports you to an era thats past. I like the lighting.

Denton said...

Great photo. I thought it was from Europe when I first saw it. I especially like the description Mary Wit shared.

USelaine said...

I love how the light reflects back in from the open sky beyond. And thanks for the ballast information too!

Laurie said...

So many footsteps have fallen upon those lovely old stones. This is just beautiful, Kim. Great choice for theme day.

Hyde DP said...

It certainly looks like the underbelly of the city.

Virginia said...

Of course I would think Paris!!! This is a superb entry today. Love your nice low perspective here. The shine on the bricks etc. Very nice!
V

Clueless in boston said...

It sure doesn't look like Seattle. I suppose being called a belly button is better than other things, though belly buttons do collect some strange things:)

Paul Godin said...

Love old pathways such as this. They tend to hold so much history.

Babooshka said...

I would have said Durham in the Uk or Exeter. Very deceptive area to find lurking in Seattle. I'd love to see more of this buried treasure.

Felicia said...

Hi Kim, Very lovely! I thought of taking a photo of cobblestones in my city too but I couldn't think of a place here! You've really captured the atmosphere well.

raf said...

Wow! What a grand photo, Kim! Not only is it a winning take for the theme, but it one of those that grab you and pull you in. Bravo!

intlxpatr said...

I'm enjoying your blog so much. I've always loved that part of Seattle, feel it gives the city soul.