The summer before I started high school, I visited my hometown. My aunt, a longtime goverment employee, took me on a tour of public buildings, but not the ones that people usually visit in the District of Columbia. There is amazing architectural decoration in the most unlikely places.
The summer before I started my senior year of high school, I paid a visit to Los Angeles to interview on college campuses. I stayed with my cousin, who lived in downtown, and he put his roommate in charge of me during my stay.
Billy decided that his time was best used adding to the education of the 17-year-old female in his care. So he took me willy-nilly through Southern California, talking about his hobby, architecture.
"Look up," he exhorted, as he drove me through various Los Angeles neighborhoods, old neighborhoods almost derelict, palm-lined streets with mountains in the background. "Look up! You'll never see the building if you just look at what's on the street."
And he was right.
Trafalgar Square, London
Go listen to some good music: "Buildings and Mountains" from the album Keep Color by The Republic Tigers. One of those strange moments of serendipity: this song happens to be iTunes free download for the week, and it fit not only the post, but my mood.