by Cynthia Hinson of Archi-Trouve
Why do you travel? We each have our reasons. We go to admire art, or to be stunned by natural beauty. We go to escape or expand our lives, to widen our world or perhaps to narrow it to the pages of a book on a beach.
When I travel in Europe where I live, it’s for many reasons, but here is the main one: to see historical architecture. Not the latest hot new architectural mecca in a city center (though that’s interesting too), but the little details that are so beloved in this old and weathered civilization. A quirky door here, an amazing church window there. It’s the incredible richness of adornment through the ages, in cathedral or cottage, that fascinates.
That’s why I was thrilled to discover a new blog recently, called Archi-trouve. I love the title: trouve means to find or discover in French, and blogger Cynthia Hinson is an American living in Bordeaux. As she travels in Europe she muses on the architectural jewels, large and small, that she discovers. She writes about them, she photographs them. She searches out the interesting story behind them, and explores their history.
How nice, these days, that even when works calls or the budget groans, our imaginations can travel so far, right from a computer screen. If you love architecture and history as I do, you’ll be off to Europe too at Archi-trouve, discovering the everyday beauty that many hands over the ages have fashioned.