Posts from the ‘Architecture’ category

If you can’t face the crowds at the Sagrada Familia, then stroll on down the Avenue de Gaudi to the stunning Art Nouveau Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.Lluís Domènech i Montaner certainly achieved his desire to build a hospital without the ‘appearance of a prison or a slaughterhouse’. Where do I check in?Nurse! Fetch me a bed pan!

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Of all the many peculiar fountains in Lucerne, my favourite was outside Bistro Krienbrüggli.

The killer combination of dead sheep and creepy children dropping something (or someone) down a well.There are 3 steps to heaven and 3 million up to the Museggmauer. It’s worth it for the views.I couldn’t miss out the Spreuerbrücke, which is the oldest timber bridge in Switzerland. Completed in 1408 and washed down with a cold bier.

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Clare Island is home of the pirate queen Grace O’Malley (Granuaile). The ferry to the Island has a super quick turn around – 30 seconds and the car has disembarked via crane!Grace’s 16th Century castle looms over the harbour.It’s a gorgeous walk to the lighthouse at the North of the Island.Sadly, the lighthouse is gated off, so I have to peer over the wall. Grace is buried in the Abbey graveyard on the south of the Island. There is an eerie mist hanging on the hill behind. I can hear a crying child… but there is no one there. Exhausted, I manage one final quick sketch before the ferry arrives.I’ll dream of plunder and sketching tonight!

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