As I travel more, I do find myself drawn to some things more than others. So I have decided to do a series of posts about some of my favourite things – I was going to do one post but found that I wanted to add so many photos that I thought a few posts would be better 🙂
So the first in the series is going to be about a subject that I am pretty passionate about when travelling. Some people take photos of people and culture. I take photos of buildings… lots & lots of buildings!
I love Georgian and Art Deco influences. I also love those old warehouse type buildings.. I think anything historic kind of grabs my attention straight away.
I am not really into modern stuff but do appreciate some of modern buildings – which you can’t avoid when visiting the big cities.
My favourite architect would have to be Christopher Wren.
You will notice that I have not included any churches or cathedrals in this post – that is because I have so many photos of both that they deserve their own post.
Oh and I do love a good lighthouse!
Edinburgh’s New Town is a massive hub for Georgian architecture. I have to admit though, that when I heard about Edinburgh’s Old Town and New Town areas, I did think that the New Town was more modern.. I guess anything is modern when it isn’t built in the middle ages!
I think this is why I love London so much – there is a great mix of historic and modern buildings (whether you love them or hate them!) .. did you know that there is a very strict set of instructions when building in the City of London – it all has to do with the sight line of St Paul’s Cathedral
Another favourite London building is this unassuming Georgian on the edge of Hyde Park – Apsley House was originally known as ‘Number 1 London’ because of its location. It was also the home of the 1st Duke of Wellington, you know … of Waterloo fame. It also has the distinction of having a giant naked statue (with a well placed fig leave) of Napoleon next to the stairwell – that’s not why I like it though 😉
Lulworth Castle was not a place I was planning to visit when I first went to England in 2010 but a series of events led my sister & I there. I could not have been happier. It was everything I wanted in a building – dramatic & symmetric.
Can I add the Eiffel Tower in this list? Well since it’s my list I’m going to anyway. I might not have loved Paris but I certainly had a ‘WOW’ moment when seeing my eyes on the Eiffel Tower. I love the engineering that went into making this structure – which is also why I love bridges but more about that in another post 🙂
I know I said I wasn’t a fan of modern architecture (Just to clarify, I class anything built after 1940 as modern) – I am quite taken with the Sydney Opera House. A lot of people don’t actually like the building but you have to admit it is not only eye-catching but an easily recognisable, iconic building.
Again with the modern, I do quite like the Brisbane skyline – especially at night but one of my favourites in Brisbane is the Waterfront building – the one to the left of the photo, next the edge of the tree. When it does come to more modern buildings, I do like a lot of glass – like the Gherkin in London..
To me a favourite thing is something you do, visit or have all the time. Whenever I visit Melbourne, I always head down to Spring Street to check out the Parliament Building (actually I have a thing for Parliament Buildings too 😀 ).. while the building is gorgeous, I suspect it has more to do with the really cool lights that are all over the place.
It is fitting that I end this post with my one of my most favourite buildings..
Are you into architecture?
Do you have a favourite building?