Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fair Oaks--My World

 Sacramento has grown into a large metropolitan area.  To the visitor it may look like one big city. 
Dig a little deeper and you will find a collection of smaller communities with old town centers at their core.
 We recently visited one of these towns.  We had breakfast at Fair Oaks Village.  The town had been promoted as a citrus growing area in the late 19th and early 20th century by investors in Chicago and Sacramento.  Freezes in the 1930s ended the citrus industry but other business took its place.
 One of the first things we noticed were the chickens.  They inhabit the area around the Plaza Park, encouraged by people who come to feed them.
Also at the Plaza Park is this beautiful mural at the edge of the amphitheater, an outdoor venue for community theater.
 The Park is surrounded by historic buildings housing cafes and shops.
I thought this antique shop had a lot of character.

Find more parts of our world and My World Tuesday,
hosted for us by Klaus, Sandy, Wren, Fishing Guy and Sylvia.

17 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a lovely look at your world, Martha! I've been in that area and have always enjoyed my visits -- although it has been some time ago. Hope you've had a great weekend and that you're ready for a lovely week!

Sylvia

Gaelyn said...

I've always liked the old buildings in Sacto. My Grandparents lived there.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We always loved visiting Sacramento although I don't remember this neighborhood. It has been too long and your post makes me want to go again....

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Nice post. I really love the chickens. It is kind of interesting that many urban areas have little downtowns that were the kernel from which the bigger area grew.

Diane AZ said...

What a sweet little old town center. I love the chickens, murals and buildings. Looks like a charming area to explore.

clairz said...

I went to UC Davis many years ago. Since we have family in the Sacramento area, we visit fairly often but I still remember the empty fields that used to be there. It doesn't look much like it did when I first saw it!

Thank you for the reminder about Fair Oaks. I am a big chicken fan--urban, or otherwise. This place is on our list to visit next time we travel that way.

ladyfi said...

Those chickens are too precious. Looks like a great town to visit or live in.

Judy said...

So there are chickens running around the town square? The dogs would have a field day! I think they are lovely, though!! I have been reading books about when the towns were smaller, when these villages would have been separate. it was a different time, all right...

ρομπερτ said...

Looks like a place, where time did obtain a different pace.

Please have a wonderful Tuesday you all.


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ewok1993 said...

looks like a lovely town to explore by foot. i'll try to see this place some time.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

Nice pictures. I especially like the mural and the historic-looking buildings. Your photograph of the chickens reminded me of our surprise at finding so many chickens wandering about the island of Hawaii.

Carol said...

What beautiful old buildings! I love the chickens shot.

Indrani said...

Love those chicks out on a stroll. Great pics of the place.

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful My World posting

Have a nice week,
Greetings, Bram

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indicaspecies said...

A lovely look of your world, and I particularly like that mural. Have a good week.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love your chicken shot! They are definitely in a world of their own...the mural is an eye-catcher...beautiful! I've got to re-visit Sacramento in the near future...

Linda Reeder said...

Many large cities are really an incorporation of many smaller original towns, which now become urban villages. With their old main streets and old buildings, they lend charm to metropolitan areas.