When you find a city that isn't beautiful at all, like Coventry, your exploration task is far more interesting and rewarding. You start to focus on details or different ways to look at spaces and, by force, you have to exploit all your creative resources.
The city of Coventry was sacrificed literally during the Second World War. The Allies had just cracked the Nazis' top-secret Enigma codes and they became aware of the blitz over Coventry. But that was an unimportant fact compared to the greater achievement of putting an end to the war using that new advantageous knowledge strategically. So, it seems they decided to sacrifice the few to save the many. That 14th of November, 1940 children were got out the city by a school excursion pretext.
The majority of Coventry's historic buildings could not be saved. In the post-war years Coventry was largely rebuilt. It included a new pedestrianised shopping precinct (the first of its kind in Europe on such a scale) that makes the city's enchantment a doubtful favour.
I recommend, if staying in Coventry for any reason, to have a walk by the Canal and avoid the commercial city centre. Maybe Spon street, the old ruined cathedral and its close surroundings are worth a look.
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chriswhitley (2027) 2014-05-17 3:39
Hello Alicia. A great spot. An usual photo. I love this sort of thing. Did you ring all the bells before running away? ;). Have a great weekend. Chris.
tatadalou (6727) 2014-05-17 5:41
Catching the beautify in the ugly is an interesting challenge. You have to stay far much more alert for each detail, like this one. Imperfections in the installation of these numbers and the doorbells are all the charm of the photo. I 'd probably have cut the lower part of the pic to let the wooden panel.