A travel mystery ...........what and where is this?

cactusjoe1July 17, 2004

For you well travelled gardeners, here is a mystery to solve. What and where is this?

More clues will follow.

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cactusjoe1

Oh! Oh! Lost it. Here it is again. Here are some clues:
1. Europe
2. Christopher Columbus

Here is what you will see if you look down.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2004 at 4:44PM
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viburnumvalley(z5/6 KY)

This is a spiral staircase in a tower somewhere, that I'd guess where Cristoforo Columbo used to hang out.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2004 at 8:00PM
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cactusjoe1

You got that part right! More clues:
3. Over 100 years of building, and it's still useless.
4. The architect copied construction techniques from many examples in nature (e.g., the shell form of the spiral staircase).

Here is a view looking out from the tower. Or, should I say, one of it's many towers.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 2:22AM
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deborah2003

since I spy an double decker bus from the tower.. we must be in London... although I can't imagine why Christopher Columbus would be in England... so it must be either Portugal or Spain... or Italy as Genoa was his birthplace.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 10:49PM
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cactusjoe1

Because it's not London! It's on the other side of the Channel, on a much sunnier side of Europe.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2004 at 12:00PM
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cactusjoe1

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, in 1451, the son of a wool merchant and weaver. He moved to spain in 1485. All of his voyages had been launched for the shores of Spain. One of the most famous statue of Christopher Columbus stands at one end of the famous boulevaard, La Ramblas in Barcelonia.

So, we are in Barcelonia.

Barcelonia has many famous sons, and citizens, including Pablo Picasso, who spent his early days there. The building from which these pictures were taken was the brainchild of another of Barcelonia's famous inhabitants.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2004 at 7:33PM
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michaelalreadytaken

Is it Gaudi? Just a wild guess.

MichaelAT

    Bookmark   July 22, 2004 at 8:55PM
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cactusjoe1

Michael,
You are so smart and knowledgeable, having read your posts - I am sure that's more of an extremely educated guess. Certainly not a wild guess.

It's a Gaudi. One could say that this project is Gaudi's lifework. His obssession with this project is largely responsible for him dying from being run down by a tram, and mistaken for a tramp. If the picture below does not give it away, the next one to follow might.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2004 at 2:03PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Hmmm - must be the lovely Sagrada de Familia in Barcelona, then? If I remember correctly, Gaudi was the 2nd or third architect to work on the project, but still not able to finish it in his lifetime. He was, however, able to complete plans for it and the work continues as funds trickle in over the years.

When I was there it was during a period where you couldn't enter. But did go to Parc Guell, saw two of his "apartment/office buildings" Casa Mila and Casa Batllo (sp?)... his work certainly leaves an impression on you! If Peter Max had been an architect...

    Bookmark   August 6, 2004 at 10:43PM
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cactusjoe1

Right you are Pagancat! Well done! You sound well travelled.

Antoni Gaudi, one of the greatest modernist architect, seemed to be a man with a vision many decades ahead of his contemporary. He has left a number of strutural legacies to his somewhat eccentric brilliance. The largest one of this is Sagrada de Familia. The projected completion date for the Sagrada de Familia is 2026 (?). And I plan to be there for the opening!! Work has actually been progressing quite steadily, and speed of construction has picked up, now that there is the realisation that this landmark is a real tourist attraction that draws +++tourist dollars. Modern techniques of construction - tall cranes, high tensile reinforced concrete, etc - has helped. The most amazing thing is that the ongong construction is kept going by tourist dollars, donations and volunteers!

We visited it in 2003 - you can get in for a modest fee and it's well worth it. Even half completed, it's an awesome place. The highlight for me was the climb up the spiral staircase of the towers. If you are in the vicinity of Barcelona anytime during the travels, make it a point to get there - and get there early in the day before the tour buses start to arrive!

So, where in the world shall our next mystery be?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 3:22AM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

Very cool! Is this something you do often on this forum?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 7:25PM
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cactusjoe1

No, not on this forum. But I have posed "What is this?" mysteries on other forums. Could you have a go at the next one?

    Bookmark   August 7, 2004 at 8:01PM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

I'd love to - but I don't have an easily accessible posting site at the moment. If I sent it to you, could you put it up, send me the URL and I'll start the thread?

BTW, great shots of the ceiling... hard to believe, wasn't it?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 11:58AM
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Pagancat(Phoenix, AZ)

I'd love to - but I don't have an easily accessible posting site at the moment. If I sent it to you, could you put it up, send me the URL and I'll start the thread?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 2:58PM
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cactusjoe1

Sure.

Have you tried using Photobucket.com to host your pictures? (Oh, yeah, don't click on the link right now - their site is down for maintainance work at present.)

    Bookmark   August 8, 2004 at 11:41PM
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