Symmetry in Architecture & Design
I’m not one prone to haunt beaches. I did spend a few days on Ambergris Caye in Belize a few years ago, but that’s about the extent of my tropical vacations. My visit to Puerto Rico was mostly limited to San Juan and a few outlying areas, including El Yunque Rain Forest.
I do like wandering cities. Walking the streets, enjoying the street art and graffiti (Athens), but mostly for the history. Old neighbourhoods and buildings are a delight, sometimes even more so when looking up.
Shanghai Pudong Airport
It’s modern, and it’s huge. Standard airport with lots of glass and seemingly endless shopping and eating experiences available, if you have time to kill. Looking up, this was the delightful ceiling in departures.
Keleti Station, Budapest
My last day in Budapest. I have checked out of my apartment rental, and took the long walk, suitcase dragging, to the train station, bound for Vienna. Keleti station opened in 1884 – a glorious building from outside. Inside it’s another story. The platforms seemed a bit grimy and dark, but looking up provided two lines of sky.
Located in England, building began in 1088 and it was consecrated in 1092. Part of the original cathedral remains, although there were many additions throughout the Medieval period. It was the tallest building in the world for 238 years. Perfect symmetry, even at this height.
Hyde Park, London
Sometimes, symmetry can be found right in front of you. Hyde Park was directly across the street from my hotel when I stayed in London in 2011. I was at Bayswater Road & St Petersburgh Place, and the bike share was immediately inside the entrance.
The Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Saint Peter in York, known by it’s common name, York Minster. Although there were previous churches on this site, this building was began in 1230 and completed in 1472. Note the dragon on the right.
So I have provided a sample of some of my favourites encountered during my travels. There are many more.