Starting to feel like Christmas. This is a drawing of Grianan, the Iron Age fort two miles west of Derry~Londonderry on a snowy day in 2010.
Not too far away - a different world. This is the Chateau of Pierrefonds, rebuilt by Vilolet le Duc for Napoleon III between 1857 and 1885 as a fairytail castle - a fantastic place, full of architectural games and vistas, well worth the visit.
Further south east is the town of Soissons. This was heavily bombarded during Wolrld War I and largely rebuilt in the 1920′s. Some buildings, such as this, still display the marks of bomb damage on thier stonework.
South east in France is the town of Compiegne. This also has a very fine Gothic town hall. This was built in the seventeenth century with nineteenth century extensions to each side. It is the centrepiece of the town square and in the centre of its facade is a statue of King Louis XIII on horseback. Opposite this building is a statue of Joan of Arc who was captured in the city.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West and further afield with a little information about their history.