The Travel Ahh…Alleyways and Side Streets

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Side streets and alleyways often exude mystery. What’s around the corner or what will I find? Danger? Intrigue? Side streets and alleys often have a negative, managing connotation and are associated with dodgy activities. Perhaps, that’s the appeal. The photo collection of alleyways and side streets here is not particularly threatening — especially since the photos were taken in the daytime. However, each alleyway and street offered something interesting.

The shot above and the following two pictures I took in Melbourne, Australia. I was lucky to be traveling with Amy, a dear friend of mine who is an excellent photographer, and she inspired me to appreciate beauty in even the smallest detail.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

I really like this shot above because you can see Federation Square — perhaps the opposite of an alleyway — A cheery meeting place with heaps of activity.

© Edward Schuck

© Edward Schuck 2012

Belfast, Northern Ireland. Due to decades of turmoil and strife, the alleys and walls of Belfast are full of stunning political street art, detailing anger, anguish, survival and pride.

© Edward Schuck 2012

© Edward Schuck 2012

Another Belfast street.

© Stephanie Glaser 1985

© Stephanie Glaser 1985

Paris, France. Like the wonderful rooftops, alleyways and side streets abound in Paris and they are some of the most visually striking aspects of the city center.

© Stephanie Glaser

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. This isn’t really a side street or alley, but it is a narrow pathway that leads to another street. Plus, this route was gorgeous — I love the hanging vines that are everywhere in Ubud.

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Sevilla, Spain. Alleyways and side streets play a huge role during “Semana Santa,” Holy Week. During procesiones  (processions), worshippers carry wooden float structures with religious sculptures and sacred relics from the local churches and cathedrals through these paths.

© Stephanie Glaser 1995

© Stephanie Glaser 1995

Barcelona, Spain. Like Paris, Barcelona has many intriguing alleyways. I took the photos above and directly below in Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), which is basically old town Barcelona.

© Stephanie Glaser 1995

© Stephanie Glaser 1995

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Florence, Italy. In Italy, it seems like after turning every corner, you will see some beautiful  or famous historic building.

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

© Stephanie Glaser 1989

Utrecht, Netherlands. Because of the canals, many Dutch cities have side streets with cafés, shops, canal houses and bikes lined up. The Dutch make the most out of the limited space that they have.

© Stephanie Glaser 2012

© Stephanie Glaser 2012

Salida, Colorado, USA. The pathway in the left of this photo leads to the Arkansas River.

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

© Stephanie Glaser 2010

Fremantle, Western Australia. This port city has beautifully kept historical buildings and heritage sites.

© Kurt Glaser 2010

Eddie leads the way as I stroll Kasey through the alley.                       © Kurt Glaser 2010

Sydney, Australia. This is the most narrow alley in Australia, and you know there is some history behind it since it is in The Rocks, which used to be notorious for the “debauchery and sin” of sailors and prostitutes. Now the area is an urban, hip tourist destination.

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8 thoughts on “The Travel Ahh…Alleyways and Side Streets

  1. Love these, and love the reminder of our trip to Melbourne together 🙂 And you’re very sweet to say what you did 🙂 Can’t wait to find a few more alleys and lanes to explore with you soon!

  2. I absolutely loved this! Bravo!

    The Paris one surprised me. I’m going to have to look for those kinds of spots when I go there this spring (happy dance).

    The Guernica reproduction in Belfast is appropriate. I saw that in Madrid. Plus the studies Picasso did for different elements (characters) of the painting. The studies are positioned on the wings of the main painting so you can go back and forth between them. It rocked my world. I think it’s interesting to have it here in Belfast, where it can express the anguish of violence against man.

    Nia

    • Nia — thank you so much for checking this out and such an awesome compliment! Yes, Paris has great little nooks and cranes. I love the streets of Paris (and the rooftops as I may have mentioned.) I’m psyched you will go there in spring 🙂

      I must admit, the Belfast photos are from my dad’s photo collection. I have always wanted to go to Ireland and Belfast, so I was so transfixed by the images my dad brought home. He had a tour of the town, streets and street art from a local cab driver. Definitely, something I’d like to do some time.

      Thanks again so much Nia for the praise. I love to wander in cities and these photos are the result! Cheers, Steph

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