The world is like a grand staircase…

Samuel Johnson said “The world is like a grand staircase, some are going up and some are going down.”

I swiped this mesmerising image of the magnificent flying staircase at the Queen’s House in Greenwich from Visiting Houses & Gardens. Click on the image to see it in greater detail.

The Tulip Stairs, Queen’s House, Greenwich.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to The world is like a grand staircase…

  1. visitinghousesandgardens says:

    Glad you like it. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been to The Queen’s House before last month. These stairs certainly are the highlight. Originally they were crowned with a viewing tower so the Queen could love out over to Greenwich Park and the river. While they are really fleur de lis some say they were given the name tulip stairs because Charles I’s French queen, Henrietta-Marie was unpopular because she was catholic and so a the french description was avoided…


    • Jack Plane says:

      Oh folklore! I’ve never seen less fleur-de-lis-looking tulips in my life! The Catholic-bashers were an inventive lot, though anyone could be excused for having a go at the French!



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