Category Archives: Museums

Leeds today

I had an hour to spare between satisfying my reason for coming to Leeds and lunch, so, as the art gallery is still closed, I visited the Leeds City Museum for the first time. It’s very child-friendly – something I would have … Continue reading

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Last day in Stockholm

I had a walk round the streets by the hotel after breakfast and discovered a couple more examples of what seems to be common in Stockholm art nouveau buildings: a monumental tower that rises directly from the front plane of … Continue reading

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Stockholm today

A roundabout walk to Stureplein revealed how much is left of art nouveau Stockholm and how much has been replaced by some pretty dire stuff. Rounded corners bordering on turrets seem to be popular for the ends of blocks, particularly … Continue reading

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Last day in Hamburg

In the morning the group stopped at some Stolpersteine outside the building where one of our number had once lived. He had been sent to England on a Kindertransport, and the stones commemorated his parents and little brother. What more … Continue reading

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Last day in Valencia

The last day in Valencia included a trip to an old ducal palace now ceramics museum (the one with the melted-wax portal I had seen on my first day), where I discovered attractive Moorish-style ceramics from Manises. Then a short … Continue reading

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Nestor’s Palace

Allegedly: it fits in with Homer’s description, anyway. It is in the most beautiful position on a hillside overlooking Navarino Bay. I had the place to myself when I visited early this morning. It has recently re-opened with a tremendous … Continue reading

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Fashion on the Ration

A very well-curated and informative exhibition at the IWM North of wartime clothing, uniforms and fashion. It was fascinating to see the lengths that women went to to be smart when clothing was rationed, silk stockings were a distant memory, … Continue reading

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