Todmorden, England, United Kingdom
April 9, 2002
The house was largely shut for refurbishment while I was there. I felt no sorrow on this score; nor would I have been particularly eager to go into what was open, even had it been free - but then I have absolutely no love for Versailles either and so many people enthuse over such places that I suppose my feelings must be regarded as a personal ideosyncracy.
While I am in the negative mode I refer to the fountains. They are said to be magnificent and I am quite prepared to concede that the water must look great when they are turned on. I think the actual structures are as horrendous as I can easily imagine and I wish now that I had takem a photo to illustrate this point. The small fountain shown is separate and I find it quite pleasing.
End of negative mode!
The setting with the Siera de Guadarrama towering above and some of the wonderful trees, to say nothing of the park generally, make it worth seeing and I suppose I would actually take anybody to see those gruesome fountains in the same way as a visit to a Chamber of Horrors. Their horrendous nature lends them a form of interest.
From journal Segovia - some time in Wonderland