This blog is a re-post from May 13.
If these windows could talk
In a city where every inch has been built upon over the past
17 centuries, where streets are barely wide enough for one small car to pass a
pedestrian or bicyclist, where there is virtually no private green space,
windows are invaluable outlets to the world.
Flowerpots brighten the windows. Bars protect the windows.
Laundry hangs from windows.
It is daunting to think what these buildings – and the
people who lived in them – have been through. On any given day, people looked
out the windows and saw Roman legions build an amphitheater or called welcome
to pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land or felt fear as Napoleon stormed into
And they leaned out the windows to greet a neighbor who
lived across the street and who was also leaning out to hang out her laundry.