Wonderful windows

11 Jan
copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Portal de l'Àngel

The eyes are the windows to the soul, and so (I think) windows offer a glimpse of the ‘soul’ of a building. As I am still in the process of soul-searching, I thought it appropriate to share some beautiful windows with you today. Here goes…

Half open or half closed (above)? The stark wooden shutters and reflective window panes, make me more inclined to say the latter, wouldn’t you agree? In contrast, the window below, set high in the perimeter walls of a courtyard, are wide open to look both in, and out.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Bisbe Cassador

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Carrer Arlet

In the course of my life I have seen many windows that have been ‘bricked up’ but never had I come across an example as old as this one (above). It’s almost as if this window was never meant to be. Below, a small window with a lot going on. Heavy iron bars set closely together to ward off any potential intruders, and a very simple, yet striking decorative feature as a crown. Pretty!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Comtes

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Carrer del Carme

This has to be one of my favourite windows in Barcelona. Surrounded by a wrought iron garden of bushes and trees, two (jazz?) musicians jamming to their hearts’ content… cute, isn’t it? Should you come visit the Cute Suite, it’s just a few steps away. I’ll gladly point you in the right direction.

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Baixada de Sant Miquel

Two very small windows (above and below). The one on Baixada de Sant Miquel isn’t actually that small, it just seems that way, because of the massive walls of the building it has been placed in, and the beam-like features that seem to press in on it from both sides, above and below. In contrast, the beautifully carved curvy leaves appear dainty and delicate. The window on Plaça de Sant Just is very small, and dwarfed even more by its large painted surround. I love the slim brick (a modern addition) that has been used to create a shelf for the plant. Cute, isn’t it?

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Plaça de Sant Just

Finally, a very feminine window, fully dressed in two layers of net curtains, and lushly decorated with well-kept plants. Delightful!

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

Carrer Doctor Dou

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