The old town Got up very, very early, my bad, I woke up zero dark early with the net result that we spent an hour extra at Helsinki airport really, really early, G was […]
Leaving Tampere and the good Doctor.* I headed back to Helsinki by train to meet up with an old chum from the Navy at Pullman’s bar which is located upstairs in […]
V.I.L is in da’ house And just when you thought that Tampere couldn’t get more interesting it’s a flying visit to the Lenin Museum. ‘Visit’, said the invitation on their […]
There’s a lot of churches in Tampere, and this Neo-gothic* survivor from the Russian Duchy is named after the Russian Tsar Alexander II, yep him of the Blood of the […]
Moomins! Yeah all right you’ve got me, this whole trip was just an excuse to visit Moominvalley. Well more precisely the Moominvalley museum in Tampere dedicated to the works of Tove Jannson. […]
I’ll give you a hint, it’s where a jacket like this is going to be a) very useful, and b) not raise an eyebrow. 🙂
The city of light at the last …and then it was a foggy morning in France, as we covered the last few kilometres to Paris.
Travel by train is an education in the places in-between
Definitely worth escaping here from the summer heat, and it’s just across the road from the Prado…
Wandering around Madrid in July of 2012 you couldn’t help but notice what was going on, of course having been traveling we’d no idea of how violent things had gotten…
Just some Hipsta shots of downtown Madrid, as we toured it aboard one of those ubiquitous red tourist buses.
We met cousin Duncan at his local metro then walked to his apartment. After siesta we went out to explore Madrid with Duncan and Virginia as our guides, and late […]
‘High Speed Trains are Cool!’, or three hours on RENFE’s AVE from Barcelona-Sants to Madrid. You wander into the station run your luggage through the detector and then straight onboard. […]
At the turn of afternoon into evening, sitting on the steps of MNAC beers in hand, looking out over Barcelona. Oh, and MNAC has an excellent Romanesque collection, worth a visit […]
Oh, I almost forgot. If you’re visiting Parc Guell, check out Gaudi’s house
The dragon park of Antoni Gaudi
Like a coral encrusted leviathan beached upon a suburban street scape Gaudi’s final masterpiece sprawls unfinished across the city
And after Dali we came upon the Museo Picasso in the La Ribera district. Walking through the narrow mediaeval streets of the old town. Five baroque houses, built on the […]
Rhinoceros and Lobsters in the Gothic Quarter
Visiting with the architect of the non-euclidean And a building such as this. Monet’s water lilies, a carnival expressed in the masked balconies, the confetti effect, the roof like a […]
Undulating waves of curving stone, the twisted ironwork balconies of Josep Maria Jujol lying like tangled masses of kelp caught in rock pools, this is surely Gaudi’s homage to the […]
Dragons and Hesperide
Matthew Galina Barcelona We ended our travel day a stones throw from our hotel on a quiet leafy backstreet in Barcelona, sampling the local beer, sangria and tapas under the […]
And to the south again…
Ruins, Obelisks, Ice Cream and Van Gogh
Architecture in the Style of Brutal…
…Or a visit to Alphaville
Impressionists in the key of Cezanne
Eze, the Village in the Sky Our last morning in Nice we picked up the hire car for the next leg of our trip to Marseilles then promptly headed the […]
A visit to Monaco Well according to the CIA fact-book (yes I know) Monaco has the world’s lowest poverty rate, and the highest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita […]
Versailles by Night The last evening of our last night in Paris and we were on the RER train again for our second and evening visit to Versailles.
Rainstorms and Water Gardens – Giverny and Monet Though we’d bought tickets online for Giverny we debated the value of a whole day spent on a visit, but in the […]
Visiting The Trianon and Petite Trianon There’s a saying that Louis XIV built Versailles for his court, Marly for his friends and the Grande Trianon for his family.
Kicking Back on the Grand Canal The garden of Versailles is laid out along monumental lines, so after admiring the garden’s titanic perspectives from the steps of the Chateux we […]
A visit to Versailles, part one of several.
Well I mentioned at the start that this day turned out to be our Día de los Muertos in Paris so we ended our day at the Pantheon.
Zacharie Astruc’s Merchant of the Masks with the masks of Hugo, Gambetta, Dumas, Delacroix, Carpeaux, Corot, Berlioz, Faure, Balzac, and Barbey d’ Aurevilly around its base. But I liked the summer […]
Escaped from the dusty necropolis of the catacombs into the summer heat of a stormy afternoon we jumped the metro at Mouton Duvernet and headed across town to Jardin Luxembourg.
Just around the corner from Sacre Coeur is the small, but excellent, eSpace Dali museum. Dali came to Montmartre to see the windmills and stayed to work on his Don […]
Paris is also a city of dark labyrinths Down the circular stairwell you wind, past the marks and signs left by the surveyor’s of this realm, and deep into limestone […]
Truth be told, we’d meant to visit the Montmartre cemetery on our first day, but walked right over the top of it without realising. So this morning we decided we’d visit with some of the more permanent residents of Paris. In fact the day turned out to be our ‘day of the dead’.
Found, above a doorway in St Germain.
Dinner at La Maison Rose.