Wednesday, 11 April 2007

Nearly two centuries later.

Adelaide, named in honour of Queen Adelaide, consort of King William IV, was founded in 1836 as the planned capital for the only freely-settled British province in Australia.
Even though Colonel William Light, designed the city in a grid layout, interspaced by wide boulevards and large public squares, he did not foresee the way in which 21st century "boxes", would detract from the elegant profile of gracious Victorian Era buildings.
Today, the General Post Office and the Torrens Building are becoming soaked into the sponges of unfortunate planning thought. Hardly deserving to be thought of as the "Paris of the South".


Dsole said...

So there's a lot of contrast!
that's good too, to see the classic and new together, if you have time, check out here one of this kind of photo I took in Madrid ;)

Monica said...

So how are things back in Les Chenes??!! (yes we like the name, now we need to see a photo of your lovely house)

Mme.Benaut, thanks for the help with my grammar. I think it´s great that I can get this "assistance" from you and Lynn! The word ´site´ was not intentional! I had ´sight´ on my mind but it came out like that. It happens a lot when I´m writing in a hurry, I think of a word but write another one that sounds the same. Lack of attention I guess?

Now, I like the way M.Benaut writes in Portuguese. He gives Portuguese words a whole new meaning!!!

M.Benaut said...

Heck, Monica,
How did it really translate?

lynn said...

Ohh the world over, M. Benaut. Such a shame isn't it that we can't retain the victorian design. Still, progress is progress i suppose.

Keropok Man said...

It happens everywhere.

I remember Adelaide as the city of churches when I visited over 10 years ago. You see so many churches everywhere!

Monica said...

M.Benaut, it translated "happy sunlight to you" !
It´s a little funny but it makes perfect sense. You´re doing great!

lynn said...

What a great, new phrase.
Happy Sunlight to you, M. et Mme.

angela said...

Careless planning is a huge dislike of mine. These lovely older buildings will certainly be dwarfed.

lynn said...

Are you posting a pic of the house tomorrow so that we can choose the name? are you? are you? ARE you? Sorry, Monica and i are a little excited... just for a change.

Mme Benaut said...

I think we are but we can't agree on the photo - how absurd is that? Today being Wednesday, I may get my wicked way - ooh, wrong phrase - later this evening when M.B has been out celebrating with friends and is oh, so, compliant. Then again, maybe not. Who knows? In any event, since the name has been decided - woohoo, to quote Ame - I'll just rush right out and have a sign made up, then we can send you a photo of that - together with our letterbox.
And Happy Sunlight to everyone too. Congrats to the internet translator for coming up with an original greeting ... Monica, I think you should point out any other wonderful and quirky phrases for us when translating back from Portugese.

Monica said...

he he Happy Sunlight to you all too!!! No one can accuse us of not being original!

How great! Tomorrow we get to see a pic of Les Chenes!!!

(Lynn, that's the name we chose, isn't it?!?!) ;-)

Mme Benaut said...

Monica - shame on you - that's the name I chose! But thank you for supporting my choice.
Les Chenes = The oaks - there are 14 pinoaks along our driveway and then another 4 regular oak trees close to the house; some of these have been featured in older posts. Seems to me to be a very obvious choice don't you think?

Monica said...

Absolutely Mme.Benaut! I read your comment saying this was your favourite name.
The house must be lovely, can't wait to see it!

Nathalie said...

Amazing, the work accomplished in 200 years (and the damage, in some instances, but that's another topic)