Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Monday 16 April 2012


Somehow it's the rooflines in Barcelona that manage to catch the eye.

It's not just Gaudi (as here, at the gatehouse of the Finca Güell) that created such a striking impression, though he is the best known and most culturally respectable.

Almost wherever I've been walking, buildings seem to have their (often top-heavy) decorative topping, whether it be turrets on the Post Office, chimneys, finials lining up to draw the eye towards Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, a Madonna doing something that looks very dangerous indeed, Christopher Columbus waving mariners towards the Customs House, a pair of daffy gateposts, or a colourful crown to mark an otherwise unremarkable street corner.

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