The Most Benign of Travel Influences

Those of you who read my posts on here know that one of my biggest interests when traveling is somewhat unique for a 24-year old solo traveller: architecture. More specifically than that, though, I enjoy Western architecture and the different styles that exist in colonial and former colonial cities like Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and so on. I was thinking about this interest a few days ago and could not figure out why I have the interest or why it suddenly appeared while I was in the middle of the famous Senado Square in Macau. This square is noted for its Spanish Baroque style of tiled walkways, fountains, and for its pastel Catholic churches and Portuguese administrative buildings.

It hit me a few days ago that my father’s background as an art teacher and fellow architecture lover influenced me when we traveled throughout the American South and visited historic locations all across the Eastern seaboard as I was a child, and I want to take a few moments to talk about this.

What started as an annoyance as we walked through the cobblestoned streets of Williamsburg and continued the elegant plantations of South Carolina and eventually to coastal towns like Charleston, South Carolina, left a remarkable impact on me: the ability to discern different elements and influences in architecture and how they are barometers of time period, culture, and certainly, colonial influence.

The next few posts on my website will be directly pertaining to different styles of architecture and what I expect to see on my upcoming adventure this winter: Spanish Baroque, French Beaux-arts, and British Colonial style.

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