The first image is a shocking one for me. I am pretty sure I can find an exact copy of it in Baku. This wouldn't me much of a surprise though, many new buildings of the XIX century Baku were designed by Polish architects.
And I feel it as if it were a house in Budapest: the same entrance, plan, proportions, decorations. I could easily find the stairway in the night with no lightning. I think this was a universal language at the time when Europe – including downtown Baku and Saint-Petersburg – reached its largest cultural expansion, just before the collapse.
Yes, this building could be in Oslo or Hamburg. Not London, though; they didn't really have this housing type. I like the Chopin touch, so sad.
Yes, sad and beautiful, like someone humming a childhood melody. This year is Chopin’s bicentenary and throughout our journey I have found his melodies so fitting to these regions as they are nowadays.
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