Thursday, June 18, 2009

Two Little Bridges

Here's the Bridge of Sighs at Hertford College, Oxford, on Tuesday this week:

and here's the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona last November:

They remind me of each other! I first saw the Bridge of Sighs in Oxford perhaps ten years ago, and then thought of it when I was in Barcelona - - and then thought of the Barcelona one while I was in Oxford.

Of course the Oxford one looks far more - - well - - British. I love them both - they're both beautiful and interesting and unexpected.

There's another Bridge of Sighs, of course - - in Venice. Perhaps I'll see that one too, one day. This past year has been really difficult in some ways but one of the great things that has happened is that I have travelled more than I have in the past ten years - - oh, okay, in probably EVER. I've loved it and I'm looking forward to more!


Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

And I don't know whether it could possibly be true, but I seem to remember having heard somewhere once or twice that you have even been to America...Florida, maybe? Probably just a figment of my imagination.

More on topic, why are the Bridges of Sighs called Bridges of Sighs?

2:28 pm  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Wait. Here's the answer from Wikipedia: "The view from the Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment. The bridge name, given by Lord Byron in the 19th century, comes from the suggestion that prisoners would sigh at their final view of beautiful Venice out the window before being taken down to their cells. In reality, the days of inquisitions and summary executions were over by the time the bridge was built, and the cells under the palace roof were occupied mostly by small-time criminals[1]. Also, they could barely see any view from inside the Bridge due to the stone grills covering the windows."

Thanks for asking.

2:30 pm  

Post a Comment

<< Home