Category Archives: Other places

Furness Abbey and Sandscale Haws

I had a hankering to revisit Furness Abbey, so off I went. I got off the train at Dalton and cycled the couple of miles to the site. The abbey originally belonged to the reforming Savignac Order but later became … Continue reading

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Basel Minster

The roof tiles are not as colourful or as gleaming as I remember them . . . but I was glad of the walk there to check. I guess anything would look dull after the Ravenna mosaics.

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Back in Milan

A full day on trains: three of them. And I still haven’t reached my destination . . . but that’s my choice. The spring weather turned to dull rain across Switzerland, and it’s still raining tonight in Milan. (The last … Continue reading

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Basel

  After such a dreary winter and delayed spring at home, it’s been lovely to see blossom against a blue sky again, if only from a train window. I had just enough time for a coffee in Basel before catching … Continue reading

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Brussels

The massive Palais de Justice, which figures in Sebald’s Austerlitz. Apparently it’s been under renovation for so long that the scaffolding also requires attention.

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Goodnight, Vienna

Here I am, heading back to Frankfurt then Brussels, passing snow-dusted fields and hills, after three full days in Vienna. It feels good to have big views again, and even better to have spotted a couple of deer in a … Continue reading

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Hofmobiliendepot

The curators of this imperial furniture collection acknowledge that there’s a fine line between a museum like this and a junk shop. They even play with the idea in some of the displays: there is a veritable thicket of candelabra. … Continue reading

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