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I went back to Paris this winter and I had more time to explore. This time I was able to photograph more of its excellent residential architecture, including some of its cobblestone houses.

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Great pics. Paris is one of those hidden, though unpolished, little gems.

What I don't understand is why Ontario towns/villages turn their backs so on the river. You see the same thing in Elora and Fergus. Some of these settings are truly gorgeous.
 
I wonder that myself. Perhaps something to do with flooding? Toronto, after all, also has always turned its back(side) to its rivers...
 
That Canadian Tire is ironically more urban in design than any of the ones in Toronto, save for the one at Bay and Dundas.
 
How interesting - there are three buildings ( including a church ) faced in cobbles or small stones. Was it a regional style based on available materials?
 
Apparently Rochester, NY is the king of cobblestone. A mason named Levi Boughton moved from Rochester to Paris and built a number of cobblestone buildings. The only other place in Canada with a significant number of cobblestone buildings is Belleville, ON, where the technique was also exported from Rochester.
 
Norfolk in England is famous for having many flint and cobblestone houses - they're still building places with flint or cobblestone walls, and garden walls around properties too. And the style is incorporated in smallish office buildings. Very pretty. Around the north coast of Norfolk they also build with carrstone, a warm and lovely buff-coloured stone.

In Norfolk the cobbles are randomly placed, whereas in these Ontario buildings they're in neat rows. Wonder why?
 

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