I don’t know if it is because I grew up in a densely populated city (Athens) or that I have stayed in too many hotels with crappy views, or the fact that I was born in the year Mary Poppins was released and “Chim-Chimney” still echoes in my ears, but I’ve alway been fascinated by rooftops and town views from the top.
I think that you can tell a lot about a town, if you look at the rooftops. The shop fronts and the house fronts and the quaint gardens, tend to be well looked after and change periodically to reflect the fashion style of the year, or the taste of each new owner. The rooftops however, stay more or less the same. They age gracefully (or not!), at the mercy of the weather and our friendly feathered friends. They reflect the style of period they were built in, the character of the town, or even the neighbourhood.
This was the view outside our hotel room in Worthing, UK. I like the fact that the chimneys of the terraced houses are all fundamentally the same, and yet all different, and that the ugly TV aerials are as much a part of the decor as the splashes of red paint!
[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@70mm, f:8, 1/160sec, ISO-100]