The patterns of Valencia…

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North Railway Station ceiling

One of the most satisfying ways to explore a new place is by noticing and appreciating the patterns in the built environment around you.

I don’t discriminate in my affection for patterns — I enjoy patterns from all decades and eras. Bold or subtle, symmetrical or not, I seek out patterns for how they make me feel and what they teach me about a place.

One thing that always attracts me whoever I go is ceramics. And Valencia is just full of gorgeous examples. The history of ceramics in Spain is a long and fascinating one and includes Moorish and Chinese influences. I particularly loved the tiled ceiling of the North Railway Station, which was decorated in an Art Nouveau style.

This is just a small taste of the luscious patterns of Valencia.

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Detail of tiled wall in Malvarrosa

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One of the domes of the Central Market

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The spiral staircase of Santa Catalina

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The lights in Ruzafa during Las Fallas

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Outside the Science Museum in the City of Arts a Sciences by Santiago Calatrava

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Detail from inside the Museum of Sciences — my two favourite colours together

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A colourful modern subway stop

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