Photographer's Note

Taken in the main town square of Es Castell in eastern Menorca one Sunday morning. I was watching these boys having fun with a basketball - they were aware of me and didn't seem to mind being photographed - but were they aware that they were also being watched from those windows behind them?

Of course, there were no people looking out of those windows - just paintings placed in the empty windows - almost an example of Trompe-l'œil, but not quite!

The square here has some very attractive buildings around it and all are painted this wonderful maroon colour, including the town hall. In fact, the town of Es Castell was founded in 1771 by British Col. Patrick Mackellar and was originally called Georgetown in honour of King George III. However, it takes its current name from the large fort nearby, known to the British as St. Philip's Castle. And during Menorca's possession by the British in the 18th Century, this square where these boys are playing was a military parade ground.

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