I have a weakness for Victorian literature. I like the flowery prose, the formality and intricacy of relationships and conversations, and the structure to the texts. There’s an elegance and flow to it that I find lacking in much contemporary writing. I can get lost in Hardy on the moors or Hugo at Notre Dame.
I am also fairly detail-oriented as a person, so I am inclined to notice the minutiae in texts and places. The details matter for me.
In visiting churches around
Here are a few examples of some of the marble. At St. Peter's Basilica:At San Clemente's entrance, they have this sinuous design down the aisle:
Some of the detail, up close, includes gilted marble. They also had a lot of pastel colored marbles, as shown below at right. Do forgive the blurriness--the light was very low and flash photography was much too reflective to capture the colors well.
At S. Giovanni in Laterano, the floors look as though they are quilted, even down to the intricate drains (the first picture below). You can see a variety of the patterns, including some of the tricks, below.