24 March 2010

corner view "typical architecture"





The president´s abode...
15 century...

Vitoria is a "small" town that has grown a lot over the past 30 odd years. Unfortunately, with fast growth comes a lot of controversial decisions.... i.e. tearing down beautiful mansions to make way for apartment buildings. Vitoria is rich in history and some of its grand architecture dates back to the 14th century. (The town dates back to the 12th century.) You´d think I´d be used to it by now, but it still doesn´t cease to amaze me...

Next week´s theme is "spring"

I´ll be back tomorrow. I´m planning on making a big pot of coffee and then popping around for a visit. Save me some cookies ... :)


69 comments:

Christy said...

Like you, I doubt I'd ever get to used to that on a daily basis. And that is such a shame - can't they just build elsewhere? Sigh. Gorgeous photos, as usual!

kristina - no penny for them said...

what beautiful place you live in!

hoping i'll get a chance to take some pictures of typical berlin architecture today or tomorrow...

enjoy your coffee!

Elisabelle said...

oh I love these buildings!

Theresa said...

Wonderful, wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Lollipop said...

I really have to go there.
see you tomorow,then ...

sunnymama said...

Beautiful buildings! See you soon for coffee and cookies. ;)

ibb said...

I was sure you will post those so beautiful buildings!
Meet you tomorrow, coffee and cookies are perfect

Polly said...

this looks like a perfect little town to live in, I love the architecture in your photos, the first one reminds me of our university library in Heidelberg... good times!

McGillicutty said...

I would love to visit there one day, I miss old !!!!
Cookies at this time of the morning???????

Purple Flowers said...

Such beautiful architecture around every bend. You're so fortunate to have such history surround you.

jacomien said...

Lovely pics again! Makes me want to go there :-)

My corner view is a bit spooky this time...

Amber said...

Oh gosh i love this space. I ache to get back to Europe. My time will come agian i am doing some of those others lovely things you dream about...however here gives me a staste of it again...xx

Bichos da Matos said...

Precious city! See you soon, Sweet Jane:)

Liss said...

I love the old building of Europe. We really have nothing like it here because our country has only been settled for 200 years old.
I think that's what's so fascinating to me buildings are older than the country I live in.

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Magnifique ! I'm on my way to visit you ;)

XoXo

Crescent Moon said...

I love the way all the balconies look! You live in a very pretty city.

likeschocolate said...

I wish we would build more buildings like these here in the states. What a fantastic city you live in!

kenza said...

beautiful place and photos! Thank you.

Lisa notes... said...

I knew we could count on you to have some great pictures! I can't imagine seeing that on an everyday basis. Wow. Just lovely!

Cacahuete_sr said...

It's a shame that people even think about tearing down such beauty. I was able to post this week :) My first official corner view! YAY! :) Enjoy your coffee in your beautiful town!

Line said...

I love architecture, can I visit too...!

kim said...

gorgeous! we have so much catching up to do!!!

Francesca said...

Are you still away?! I imagine you'll be back with more great photos!

Karumen said...

i've only been to barcelona once and so want to explore the rest of spain! so happy to find out ur blog.. luv ur photos too! cheers

Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

Beautiful buildings. Love the balconies. I love to see new architecture alongside old, but its such a shame when these beautiful buildings start to disappear.

Ocean Girl said...

I can just imagine the stroll through the buildings and enjoying the details in the architecture.

laméditerraine said...

Vitoria always amazes me when I see it in your pictures or ibb's.Its architecture looks beautiful.
Big kisses from Paris, dear Jane:)

MyrtilleD said...

I love too ancient architecture and your pictures are wonderful. Too bad they have to destroy it sometimes :-(

In Paris you still can see beautiful buildings too.

Kimmie said...

I would be inspired to write a novel if I were surrounded by 12th to 15th century architecture. I think my imagination would run away from me! It boggles my mind that an old and ancient mansion would be demolished to make room for an apartment building though! argh!

Angie Muresan said...

That would be awful! I realize people have to live somewhere, but another solution must be found. Beautiful photos.

Cabrizette said...

Very typical Jane !!!

Valerie said...

i do enjoy this corner view ! very itnersting to discover places around the world.
and next week theme is so open, so many possibilities !!
this little wednesday challenge is really the best i've seen on the blogland ! thank you for that Jane :)

Don said...

I'm charmed too!

RosaMaría said...

what a beautiful buildings!!! see you for a bunch of cookies!

Ma life à moi said...

That's a beautiful place!

Jeannette said...

Ola....here is the worst corner viewer of all times! *hiding in shame behind a corner*
Please don´t hit me....I will be a good girl soon.
Love your cv...just makes me want to visit Victoria to see it for myself. Well...and to have a go at some tapas. ;)
Big hug, Jeannette

MODsquad said...

Ah, to be president! Ridiculously gorgeous!

Happy Day, Jane!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

WOW! Gorgeous. I would love to see this in person. I knew this would be a good corner view!!

Ian said...

That's quite a mix of architecture you've got there.

Bonnie said...

I-LOVE-SPAIN ! So gorgeous !

Skylar said...

What a beautiful town you live in! Mine is pretty boring compared to that!

Juniper said...

What a beautiful and varied city you live in, seems a very rich and interesting place.

Joyce said...

Thanks for the view of your wonderful buildings. I love this sweet town. xo

Dorte said...

Love shots, Jane. Looks like a beautiful place!

Di said...

Lovely architecture! Don't worry, we replaced a lot of our old architecture with 1960s concrete monstrosities!!

Cate said...

i would never get used to that architecture either, jane. my artist friends used to wax poetic and get all dreamy eyed when they talked about spain. i haven't been there yet. these are beautiful!!!

xoxo

Robin said...

I would get lost for hours just wandering around staring at all the beautiful buildings! I'm sure there would be a bit of a sore neck in the morning as well!

nicola@which name? said...

beautiful, but i knew it would be given all your other photos!
progress isn't always progressive, is it?
nicola

Demara said...

We have a place called Victoria too that has similar condos. However, here in my hometown there is a lot of space between buildings, and therefore seeing condos such as these makes me feel claustrophobic. sorry. I like the creativity of the structures though.

la ninja said...

I love that you say it never ceases to amaze you. I have that here too. particularly now I don't live bang in the middle of the old centre any longer. every time I cycle along one of the older canals (more or less on a daily basis, really) I still have that.

here's to never losing the ability to admire in awed silence :)

natsumi nishizumi said...

I love these buildings!! I would love to visit there one day!

ticklishfromadistance said...

gorgeous!

jgy said...

The buildings are gorgeous, that's wonderful to always be in awe...

hmm...what kind of cookies to leave for you? now many treats in Japan have 'sakura' (cherry blossoms) in them, so I'll leave some of those...
xo

nathalie et cetera said...

Beautiful. I hope that the authorities will take the right decisions and preserve Victoria's beauty.
Cookies are waiting for you.

KathyA said...

So absolutely beautiful!

l i s e said...

victoria looks very beautifull
happy end of week jane

Emma said...

thanks for the visit...
It was nice to travel so far from here in one clic
;-)
Emma from San Francisco

Olga said...

Oh my! I have participated in your Spring corner view without realizing it :P http://whereareyouolga.blogspot.com/2010/03/spring.html

P.S. Victoria seems like an amazing place from your blog..

juanita de la vega said...

Beautiful town, even with the changes it preserves that old spirit present in most ancient europeans towns.
You're right, we New World people never get used to this things; after 30 years, I still looks as if for the first time the Colosseum when I get off the Metro station!
As you can see this week I skipped CV. Will you forgive me? I am going to visit all, and maybe I will post a belated CV!
besotes

HELLA-STELLA said...

My town is first mentioned also in 12th century.I have always the same feelings when walk in our tiny old town-think should be used to it but every day am amazed and discover something new... Feel am so lucky to live in such lovely place...even if we have dark cold winters ....

Kari said...

looks beautiful.Thanks for sharing.
There is always controversy everywhere.

Cathy said...

Just beautiful. I have participated in corner view for the first time. Usually I am just an observer.

Debra said...

Jane~ Gorgeous buildings! Thank you for adding me to the Corner View. I just wanted to mention... a wise shoe salesmen once told me that the larger the foot, the sexier the woman. Yes! I have had fun reading your past posts...
I'm a ten... foot size-that it!!!

Cherry B said...

Lovely! Sorry I missed this week-- school has been insane and I'm still swimming in it though my in-laws are in town for the weekend =\ Hopefully see you next week!

If Jane said...

oh gorgeous! i love europe!

massi said...

so gorgeous mansion you found! Thanks.

Patty said...

What amazing architecture, I love the wrought iron balcony railings they're lovely, thanks for posting!

RNSANE said...

What a lovely place you call home, Jane! I would hate to see that wonderful architecture give way to modern high rises. It is full of charm and beauty.

Emily Young said...

Such beautiful architecture... I visited Spain two years ago, and I loved all the old buildings, the narrow streets, and the window boxes with flowers. Thanks for taking me down memory lane with these photos - and thanks for visiting my blog today! : )

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