There is something magically mathematical going on here. I love the resemblance to a Fibonacci spiral. I also felt a little trepidation maneuvering my way down this narrow staircase not meant for big guys like me.
But what is life without a bit of risk.
Going down, anyone?
This place, Monte Carlo (and Monaco), was not my favorite stop on the Europe trip.
Was it beautiful? Yes.
Was it luxurious? Yes.
Was it over-the-top? Yes.
What really put me off it was the new-ness and the “Las Vegas”-ness of it. Please understand, it’s not gaudy and grotesque like Vegas. It’s just the overpowering reminders money and…well…money, I guess. It didn’t feel like any other place on the trip.
Beautiful, though, looking down on the marina.
Looking down on the city of Nice, France.
I visited Europe three years ago and really enjoyed my time there. As I thought about this topic, Down, I thought about all the interesting vantage points from which I shot photos on that trip. Many, many photos were shot from this perspective, up high looking down on the subject. It’s as though many of the cities I visited, Rome, Florence, Siena, Nice, Barcelona, were built in such a way as to accentuate the sense of large and small, high and low, important and insignificant. It makes for a really poetic, paradoxical trip.
I went to Europe a couple of years ago and got to fulfill one of my architectural fantasy wishes: Sagrada Familia. I am amazed by this place. From the outside, the Nativity Facade, depicting the birth of Christ, looks like a giant, monstrous thing that may eat you if you stand too close to it. From the inside, the pillars that Gaudi (the architect, who died in 1926 before seeing his work finished) designed resemble giant trees. It’s not done, the construction I mean. In fact, the builders figure it should be done by 2026 – it was started back in 1882. If you have a chance to go see it, do.
The shot above is from one of the northeast spires. It is a dizzying height, but well worth the self-guided tour through the byzantine hallways and walkways and spiral staircases.