09 July 2008

"Old" World?

I didn't get a chance to ride this beauty as I only had a few moments, but it appears to be a reconstructed Italian carousel. Just happened upon on California 152, near Hollister. Nor-Cal residents will know the Casa de Fruta--a sort of fruit stand on steroids. In general it's much too glossy (and pricey) to be called a "fruit stand". It must have started out as one thirty or forty years ago but has now grown into a compound with restaurant and permanent store (though cleverly designed to retain the feel of a glitzy farmer's market). From the smell of things there is a petting zoo or pony rides nearby but I did not investigate that far. There is a mini-train ride for kids, and, as you see, this carousel.

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