Category Archives: Architecture

Villa Patumbah Zürich + Zollikerstrasse

Smoking Hot It’s official. Smoking is good for your wealth. Or at least it was if you happened to be a tobacco plantation owner a century ago. With money to burn from his Sumatra based enterprise, in the 1880s Carl … Continue reading

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Villa Wesendonck Zürich + Museum Rietberg

Overtures in Exile | Canon Balls | Isolde’s Tower Its deep loggias are deliciously Palladian. Vicenza comes to Zürich. Its painted decorations are supremely Pompeiian. Naples arrives in Zürich. Although being Swiss, Leonhard couldn’t resist adding window shutters. The von … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Zürich

Well Insured | A Ulyssean Effort Like all the best photographers writers, or at least James Joyce anyway, we’ve ended up in Zürich.

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Lavender’s Blue + Switzerland

The Dark Edges Breakfast in England; lunch in Switzerland. Gotta be done. Swiss air. We’re going Dada from Dammsteg to Dammweg.

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Lavender’s Blue + Autumn

One Day in Heaven After the fall the banquet will be ready.

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Coopershill House County Sligo + Francis Bindon

Louder Sang that Ghost Really, it’s the perfect Georgian box in the perfect grouping in the perfect setting. Coopershill House took 19 years to build; over 240 years later the house and estate are still in great shape. Dr Roderick … Continue reading

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Annaghmore House + Stables County Sligo

Heir B+B Sounding like a tongue twister,  Cooney, Collooney and Coolaney are villages in rural County Sligo. There are two major country houses on the edge of Collooney: Markree Castle and Annaghmore House. Until recently Markree was owned by the … Continue reading

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Mount Falcon County Sligo + Phantom the Falcon

The First September The architect James Franklin Fuller sounds like he’d have been good craic at a dinner party. When not bashing out High Victorian melodramatic novels, bragging of his descent from Charlemagne or boasting of his wife’s connections to … Continue reading

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Cecil Manor + Queen Áine’s Tomb Clogher County Tyrone

Royal Female Lavender’s Blue are familiar with royalty. This summer, (the royal) we have met The King of Tory Island, The King of Nigeria, The Princess of The Congo (dancing queen), The Queen, Princess Alexandra, Prince Charles (again), the Duchess … Continue reading

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St Mary’s Church + Font Gdańsk

Century Gothic | Myriad Pro Light | Times New Roman Or Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to give the church its full name. Like most churches in the city, its red brick exterior contrasts with a … Continue reading

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