oil canvas ’11
Spain Villafranca del Bierzo
Digitally enhanced image of houses in the village of Villafranca del Bierzo, on the Camino de Santiago Compostela pilgrim route. The different shapes and sizes of the windows, and the seemingly haphazard placing, attracted me to the architecture.
We were only here for a supplies refresh before we continued on our Camino pilgrim journey and to visit the churches in this once important medieval town. The churches were closed but the lyrical name - Villafranca del Bierzo - should have given us a hint of the delights we were to discover here. Beautiful nooks and corners, elegant balconies with flowing flora, unusual adornments and unique architecture..
Most of all, this house captured my heart at first sight. The different shapes and sizes of the windows and their seemingly haphazard placing intrigued me immensely. I wonder what the interior is like. Is each room also oddly sized? Who lives here? What are the stories behind each of them? Do they go to the church across whose long dome shadow falls on the walls? Like the passer-by, I can only stop to surmise in fascination.