Hiking my way to the top of the duomo in Florence
I have a somewhat bizarre confession to make: I'm obsessed with staircases.
I'm not exactly sure when this fixation began, but I have vivid childhood memories of dreaming up a house with two staircases. The idea of running up one and down another seemed like a great way to play. As a teenager I fantasized about slowly descending a grand staircase on prom night -- seeing how my parents' house during my school years was a one-storey structure, this sadly never happened. Even in adulthood I find staircases are often my favorite feature in a home.
Traveling in Europe has been only fed my fantaticism. From circular stone staircases in cathedrals that seem to go on for miles to scarlet carpet-clad staircases in vast foyers of English estates, I have been experiencing staircase sensory overload.
Taken in the English building of my university
The Vatican Museum
The Accademia in Venice
The duomo in Milan
Am I alone in this? Does anybody else harbour similar architectural quirks (one of my Italian travel buddies, for instance, is completely absorbed by doors). I'd love to hear about others!