Thinking about roof tiles described like russet scales, I look up, out of the window and see them not three yards away, overlooking the ‘russet-scaled labyrinth’ of roofs in the old town of Geneva.

‘A russet-scaled labyrinth of late medieval roofs embeds the baroque splendours.’


Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 248

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