I love the word, quaint. Say it out loud. It even sounds quaint.
When I travel, I am drawn to places, I consider, quaint.
In my mind, Vermont is quaint. Almost every little inch of it. Old-fashioned stores, charming bakeries, sweet B&Bs, country cottages, rushing rivers… everywhere you look, oozes quaintness. I just want to bottle it up and take it home.
After much analysis (a quick perusal of my photos) and a lot of quaint competition, I am going to declare Mexico, the capital of quaint. For those who disagree, feel free to share with your dog or cat. 🙂
You may be saying, “What does Mexico have that I don’t have?”
Mexicans know how to create a heart for their cities. Whether you call it a zocalo, a plaza, a town square, or a piazza, it is a point in the center of a town or a neighborhood that draws people to it and holds them there, captive but content.
Each zocalo is unique in Mexico.
One of my favourites is in Oaxaca. Each day as the sun dips low, people venture out to the zocalo. A park filled with benches for people to relax, to talk and simply to watch each other. Vendors sell toys for kids, men shine shoes, women sell handicrafts and always there is some fun food to eat. Families stroll, kids play and tourists, like me, take pictures and relish in the homey atmosphere of this common place where everybody and their dog loves to hang out.
What I find most refreshing is that the busiest time is in the evening. Having grown up in a city where the downtown park was empty during the day and off limits during the night due to “inappropriate activity”, it is reassuring to know there are still safe places in the world to hang out once the clock passes 6 PM.
So having concluded that Mexican towns and their zocalos win the quaint award, the strangest thing happened.
My husband was in Mexico as I was writing this post. He didn’t not know what I was writing about, yet at the same time, he sends me a picture of a cafe he thought was quaint. A word he rarely uses. This is his rendition of quaint.
Although we seem to agree that Mexico is very quaint, I think we agree to disagree on his photo.
Yes, honey, the photo of the fire extinguisher in Mexico is very quaint.
You may know now why I or the girls take our travel photos.
Thanks for stopping by as The Family C travels from A to Z.
Where have you travelled that is quaint?