Starting to go through my USA holiday pictures [It will take some time. There are more than few] I took photos of things that I liked (of course) but particularly (on reflection) of things which struck me as "different".
So here is a selection of photos I took on our walks around Nyack, NY, with some suggestions about what makes this so very different from a town in the UK.
Buildings over here are still usually brick or stone, though there is now more use of wood. Possibly something to do with speed of construction. And/or maybe global warming...
I like the colours of buildings in America too, they're more likely to be painted and also, painted in more interesting and varied colours than you'd generally see over here.
Porches. I'm not sure you'd find people in England sitting on their porches....
If we sit outside the house, it will be in the back garden, I suppose its a privacy thing. Although its also a class thing - in poorer and working class areas of cities over here, it would be common in the past to see people sitting out on their front door step, or on the path or pavement. But I bet it happens less these days.
A lot of the roofs struck me as a different shape than we would see over here...
Other things I don't think you'd see so much in Britain:
Maybe more likely in the country. Also, some Victorian/Edwardian houses have shutters - but on the insides of the windows. I have no theory as to why that might be.
The top half of this picture looks very American to me - but the bottom half could have been taken in this country.
(maybe just sometimes on posh country houses...)
turrets (only on castles)
(or occasionally on Victorian follies)
Fire hydrants struck me as different and exotic in France - but now I'm used to seeing them in the US as well, maybe its us in Britain who are different....
And the tangles of overhead wiring all over the place. Most of our cabling goes underground now, this is a very un-British sight....
My final 3 photos here, however, could all have been taken in the UK
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