When I walk around cities, I tend to snap a lot of photos – typically of houses or buildings that catch me eye for whatever reason – well, usually because they make me think of something else.
1. Here’s a Victorian-style B&B in Victoria whose white and maroon spindles (attached to the lower roof) remind me of bowling pins:
2. I’ve talked about this fairytale house before with its keyhole door. Doesn’t it look like a hobbit house in Lord of the Rings?
3. And combining fairytale houses with Victorian houses, here’s another that looks like a doll house:
Then there are places that catch my eye specifically because they allude to literary texts:
4. The Artful Dodger Pub in Langley named after a character in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist:
5. The cleverly-titled bakery “Life of Pie” that puns on the book Life of Pi by Canadian author Yann Martel that I read in high school English class — a great read with an ending that will knock your socks off.
6. And lastly, this one isn’t a direct allusion but can you guess what literary text it made me think of?
If you guessed Harry Potter, you guessed right. 16 1/2, 9 3/4? Okay, so the numbers aren’t the same, but how often do you come across “half” addresses? Apparently it’s a common feature in historic Chinatowns – nothing to do with the space being on the second floor or between floors (I asked once on a tour).
So there are some textual spaces that have struck me. Which ones have you noticed in your city?