Discord at Yonge & Belmont

28 April 2016 – I’m walking back south on Yonge Street, enjoying the sun (if not particularly the chill), and I suddenly think: “Barcelona!”

Which is silly, because I am in Toronto.

I am victim — or beneficiary — of a visual pun.

Namely, the sight of this building, all bendy & brilliant, picked out by afternoon sunshine & reflected in the plate-glass opposite.

reflected building, N/W Yonge & Belmont

And I flash to the bendy-buildings of Barcelona’s famous Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord), in the Eixample district of Barcelona.

Block of Discord, Barcelona

“Discord” because these examples of early 20th c. architecture — the work of Modernists Lluis Domènech i Montaner, Antoni Gaudí, Josep Puig i Cadafakh & Enric Sagnier — clash not only with the sombre beauty of the district as a whole but also with each other.

(Since I nicked that 2nd photo from Go Barcelona Tours, the least I can do is give you their name & the website link!)



    "Traveller, there is no path. Paths are made by walking" -- Antonio Machado (1875-1939)

    "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" -- Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

    "A city is a language, a repository of possibilities, and walking is the act of speaking that language, of selecting from those possibilities" -- Rebecca Solnit, "Wanderlust: A History of Walking"

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