MILANO-MARITTIMA Weekend

Once upon a time when the world was a different place, when travel meant discovering new people and places and life was more carefree, we took time off from a hectic round of sight-seeing in Ravenna, Faenza and Bologna and booked ourselves into a gorgeous hotel in one of Italy's smart resorts. Grand Hotel Gallia, … Continue reading MILANO-MARITTIMA Weekend

Silent Sunday on the Gota Canal

This journey along one of the world's great canals is an experience like no other but is only available during the summer months. And in those cabins you really get to experience what travelling was like in the 19th century on board these ships that carried immigrants from rural Sweden out to America.

Sculpture Saturday – Cardiff

IN MEMORY OF THE MERCHANT SEAFARERS FROM THE PORTS OF BARRY PENARTH CARDIFF WHO DIED IN TIMES OF WAR Challenge hosted by Sally Kelly over at Ruined for Life: Phoenix Edition. This striking Merchant Seaman’s Memorial in Cardiff Bay is in the form of a sleeping face fused with a ship’s hull. This was made by … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday – Cardiff

When Democracy Ruled

Image by Carol M. Highsmith - https://commons.wikimedia.org Depressed by the current news, the arguments, the depths to which politicians and supposedly clever men and women are sinking, I think back to how years ago Franklin D. Roosevelt was a beacon of light to a world deep in a fiscal depression. As he saw America through … Continue reading When Democracy Ruled

Sculpture Saturday: Budapest

Designed in 1896 to mark the 1000th Anniversary of the Magyar conquest of the Carpathian Basin, Heroes' Square (a name given to it in 1932) was designed in 1896 for the celebration of the Millennium of Hungary.

Wanted: Hot Chestnuts

Hot Chestnuts for sale in Lucerne, Switzerland It's a cold and wintry day here, the skies are grey, not blue like they were yesterday, and my mind flies back to this time last year in Lucerne where, along the lake dotted with boats and swans, the hot chestnut sellers were doing a roaring trade. I … Continue reading Wanted: Hot Chestnuts

Sculpture Saturday: Vietnam

An odd one this. We came across this still-being-worked-on monument to the Vietnam War in Hanoi back in 2008. I haven't been back since so I presume it's now finished. I was intrigued to discover that the men working on it were not sculptors but stone-masons who were working to a plan drawn up by … Continue reading Sculpture Saturday: Vietnam

Walking Towards Autumn

And then I came upon the sunken garden and this splash of colour, a glorious cascade of scarlet leaves, Virginia Creeper I think, that must have migrated from the wall of the old house and settled here to decorate these steps. And just a bit further on, the brilliant red of the Holly berries caught my eye - a dazzling display of colour in the midst of the dying of the year.