House of Bones (SOS)

In the same way as Casa Milà is better known as Le Pedrera (The Quarry), so Casa Batlló, another Gaudí masterpiece, has a number of alternative names in the local population.  Some refer to it as the Dragon House, referring to the scaly ceramic roof tiles and suggesting that the Gaudí cross and turret to … Continue reading House of Bones (SOS)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (Venezia 78)

I watched Wes Anderson's film about the concierge of a grandiose and externally colourful hotel on the way to Venice, totally ignorant that the pink confection at the heart of his story would in some respects be trumped by reality. Situated on the main road that bisects Lido is The Grande Albergo Ausonia & Hungaria, whose … Continue reading The Grand Budapest Hotel (Venezia 78)