As promised a week or so ago when I started my little Podcast of the Week listing on the main page of this site I said that if any particular podcast piqued my interest I would actually write something about it in some extended form. Well second week in (third technically, but who is counting) I came across a podcast that I immediately thought that I should write about this. That podcast is To the best of our Knowledge’s City Living podcast.
Like Valencia earlier in our trip, Sevilla proved to be one of the cities in Spain that we most enjoyed during our trip around the country. Also like Valencia we could both ourselves living there but for the fact that a) there are less architecture jobs in Spain than in Australia and b) temperatures regularly hit 45 degrees during summer. That aside we fell in love with the city and all that it had to offer.
After being somewhat overwhelmed with all that is Barcelona it was somewhat of a relief to spend a few days in the much more relaxed atmosphere of Valencia. Valencia, which turned out to be one of the cities that I enjoyed the most in Spain, is very much dominated architecturally by hometown boy Santiago Calatrava and in particular his Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències (City of Arts and Sciences). However what grabbed my attention during my stay in Valencia was the street art that was evident throughout the streets of the old part of the city. As we wandered the streets and laneways I was constantly having to pull out my camera as a new piece came into view and here is a collection of some of the photos that I took.
For the last three months I have been living in Braybrook as I wait for my own house in Yarraville to become available. One thing I have noticed is the amount of abandoned shopping trolleys that are in the area – it’s a kind of urban phenomenon. So much so that in the last three weeks I have taken to photographing them in their habitat and you can view some on my Flickr page. There is also a great Flickr group dedicated to abandoned trolleys from around the world, with much better photographs than mine that is worth checking out. In a few days I move to Yarraville and I wonder if there will be as many trolleys to photograph – I am guessing so as I live very close to a large chain supermarket.