Lingering look at Windows- week 20

Who doesn’t love windows?  Looking out on a bright Summer’s day.  Looking in, when the lights are on, all cosy on an Autumn evening.  I’m always drawn by the lamplight.  Or by sunshine, of course.

But if you’re going to linger over them, the windows have to be a bit special, don’t they?  I think I can offer a few from my recent trip to Poland.

I climbed the narrow circular steps of the Ratusz with my cousin, Adam, and neice, Ula.  The views through the art nouveau windows were definitely special, even on a murky day.  Ula confessed to me that they’d never climbed the tower before, even though they live in Kraków.  I should show you how it looks from the outside.

You don't even know how beautiful the windows are from down below

You really can’t tell how beautiful the windows are from down below

I’ve enjoyed my first attempt at a lingering look at windows.  Thanks, Dawn, for a really nice idea, and sorry it’s taken me so long to join in.  I’m already thinking which windows I can use for next week’s challenge.   Off  I go to look through a few more.

59 comments

    1. Many thanks for all your lovely comments, Paula. Sorry I didn’t have time to join the conversation last night. I was immersed in Steampunk! Up and running today. 🙂

  1. and I finally understood the cosily arranged ha ha ha!!!!! Grazieeeeeeeeeeeeee
    I am deeply honored in your quote and I will calmly how best to thank you
    Meanwhile I look your bridges
    you know, the bridges as the words are Rainbows which are able to reach and to bridge distances, no matter if with different languages sometimes if they lose the shades …
    but it remains unchanged the substance that binds the lovers of the beauty of the soul
    a happy day for you blonde and smiling Lady

  2. Thank you for bringing Poland at my doorstep, Jo. Never been to there but I hope to one day explore this lovely country. The architecture is amazing! 😉

  3. The trompe l’oeil is a stunner! Love the first tower window too. Not surprised local residents haven’t climbed the tower……I still haven’t seen the Taj Mahal 😀

  4. Wonderful and I would love to climb the tower. It is funny how many things we don’t do in the cities we live. I’m just as guilty–still haven’t been to the Tower of London, the Eye, the Monument–it goes on.

    1. True. There’s a church tower in the centre of Hartlepool with panoramic views of the marina and sea. (so I understand 🙂 ) I will definitely go up there one day (and post a photo or two) but it’s often closed, or wet and windy.

  5. Stunning selection of windows Jo and I love them too…just not the cleaning part..hehehehe
    Thanks for sharing hon. 🙂 *big hugs*

    1. Window cleaning is almost as bad as ironing, Sonel, but I’m usually lucky and my husband does them. (he says I don’t do a very good job, so I’m happy to let him do better 🙂 )
      Thanks! 🙂

      1. Whahahaha! So glad to hear I am not the only one. My 2 sons usually do the windows and hubby does the ironing as they feel the same as yours do. Yes, rather leave stuff like that to the experts hey? hee hee

    1. Glad you like them. Probably Portuguese next week, but who knows? There are so many lovely and just plain interesting ones. Nice to have finally made it. I’ve looked a few times. 🙂

  6. So glad you climbed the tower to show us the views from up there, and especially those fantastic old bottle bottom windows – don’t you love them? But, the trompe d’oeil – that’s the shot for me! 🙂

    1. The tower windows were a beautiful surprise, Meredith. The room enclosed the clock mechanism which was huge.
      Yes, I did a “double take” when I passed the bookstore. So clever! 🙂

    1. I knew I hadn’t made it clear, Lynne. At the top of the tower is a sizeable room with the clock mechanism in. It has 4 windows, one on each side, hence the views. I meant to accompany the photos with a little of the tower’s history but it was getting late and I was tired. Dreadful excuse- I hate a job half done. 🙂

  7. I love windows … they tell stories … I love them from inside out .. and outside in. Only of my best photos I took from my breakfast table at a small B&B in Tintagle; Cornwall.
    They have some stunning building in Poland and espically Kraków. Love that book store windows. Great gallery! .. how is your toe doing ????

    1. Show me your B & B photo, Viveka? Donkeys years since I was in Tintagel!
      I’m convinced the Argan Oil has worked magic on the toe. It’s still very bruised but not swollen any more. I’m thinking of a walk this morning because it’s lovely. (if I can get my boots on) I walked along The Quay in Newcastle on Friday but that doesn’t count because I was wearing posh flip flops. 🙂 🙂

      1. You have to come to … Landskrona to see my photo. It hangs in my living room. *smile … when are you coming.
        I just love the oil … and it works on my hands it should work on your toe … as it does. Great! Nothing wrong with posh flip flops . Who wear boots in the summer ??? Mad dog and English woman ??? *laughter

  8. Who doesn’t love these windows, Jo? The bookstore window is creative 🙂 Look forward to seeing more beautiful window next week.

  9. Great collection of photos, I’m really looking forward to our trip to Krakow in a month! I like how they all have a similar color tone – clean, muted, complimentary colors. It’s great when a city is so photogenic!

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