Sunday, September 5, 2010

One of my favourite things in the world

The labyrinth could do with a power wash
On Thursday I spent some time downtown with my friend Vanessa, who's visiting from Spain. While walking around, I mentioned the labyrinth to her and she was amazed to find out that there was one here. Most people are either (a) surprised to hear that one exists in Trinidad or (b) ask what a labyrinth is. N.B. It is not a maze ... although it can amaze you. :)

When we met up with V's mother later, I took them to the labyrinth and we all walked it in silence.

It's been a while since I've walked "the lab". Located in the heart of down town Port of Spain at the top of Chacon Street, on the grounds of the cathedral, it is an oasis. The traffic, noise and bustle of the city fall away when you are there. Time slows down and, regardless of the mood in which you arrive, by the time you've walked the lab, all is transformed.

It's called the Holy Trinity Labyrinth—ironically the same name as the very first labyrinth I ever walked (in Toronto) and continue to walk almost daily whenever I'm there. That Toronto Holy Trinity labyrinth is much bigger than the TT one. But ... a labyrinth is a labyrinth. Regardless of size, it's one of my favourite things to do and definitely something I'll have in the garden of my own home one day.


Lynn Cohen said...

I enjoyed walking the lab with you!

Carole Anne Ferris said...

I was Amaaaaaazed to find the labyrinth quite by chance one day.
I would love to know how it came to be there? CA

Elspeth said...

If I remember correctly, the woman I asked told me an architect had built it. Colin Laird, I think. (I could be wrong ... but could be right:) By the way, called the Cathedral today to say that the lab needs a power wash and ironically they are getting a power washer today. It will be cleaned this week.

Stephanie said...

That is a beautiful photo! I have never been to a labyrinth...