Apologies for the lately-renewed delay: I had promised to review a couple of volumes, the time has only lately become free to do so and it feels rather as if the first one is trying to kill me… But we soldier on, and so the slow progress through my backlog takes me to about this time last year, when for reasons I shan’t trouble you with I was in Geneva. You may remember that I mentioned being there before and gave you some photos of the subterranean archæological site at the cathedral; you may also remember that I had to get most of those on my second visit, because of camera battery death on the first. On the second, however, we also went up the tower, and so this is just a gratuitous photo post for some of the pictures that got me.
As you can see in this picture (not mine), the cathedral has three towers, one central and very Gothic and the other two both taller and blockier. If you pay to get into the tower, you go up stairs in the westwork and surface just where the central tower emerges from the roof, through which you are then channeled off to one side. Thereafter, one goes round one of the square towers then up and then round again. At all points, therefore, one is given tremendous views of the city…
… and frustratingly awkward perspectives on the actual building!
Of course, one is moving through architecture at all points anyway…
… but it was hard for me to make it all join up.
And of course the other problem is a more literal one of perspective: one is so close to it all that one needs a lens angle that my old camera simply didn’t permit. The result is me attempting things like this:
I do complain, but obviously it’s marvellous, and well worth the climb and Euros. Hopefully you get something out of the photos without having to undertake the labour!