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A Day Trip to Alora from Malaga

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:34:10 +0000

When I visited Malaga for the second time, I decided to take the train to the typical white-washed Andalucian village of Alora, which lies around 40 kms north east of the city of Malaga. Alora is at the northern end of the line C2 of the Cercanias network, of which line C2 runs from Malaga […]

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness at Dundee Contemporary Arts

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:19:04 +0000

The Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness exhibition runs until the 27 May 2018 at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). It is a exhibition of works by various artists, curated by John Walter. I really liked the exhibition. There were several colourful sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle, whose work I have saw at the Museum of […]

Visiting Kellie Castle Garden in Scotland

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 05:59:23 +0000

I visited Kellie Castle gardens in early October. It was a beautiful sunny day. I had a picnic lunch in small gated garden. The flowers there made it seem like Spring instead of Autumn. There’s a recreation of  Hew Lorimer’s scuplture studio. In a continuation of that theme, the Talking Heads @ Kellie Castle features […]

Edinburgh Lumen

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 10:28:43 +0000

You’d better move fast if you want to see the Edinburgh Lumen display, as it only runs until tomorrow, Sunday 11 March 2018. There is no entry fee. There are three light installations around Edinburgh city centre. But I only had time to visit two, as I wanted to catch the last train back home to […]

Art of the Future at the Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 09:45:06 +0000

The Art of the Future exhibition is on at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh until 29 April 2018. Schools and community groups around Scotland were mailed a box of art supplies, with which to create work about topics close to their hearts.  

Our Whistle-stop Tour of Airport Convenience and Luxury

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:13:01 +0000

You’ve most likely let out a deep and dutiful sigh at the idea of venturing to the airport. While it’s a means to an end, the process of travelling there and waiting in a departure lounge feels like being sent down the mines for a day’s hard graft. If you’re travel-phobic then you’ll feel this […]

Hidden Gems at City Art Centre Edinburgh

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 06:16:05 +0000

The Hidden Gems exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art features some less well known pieces. Its’s free to enter and the exhibition runs until 13 May 2018. Below are my favourites at the Hidden Gems show. The first three are tapestries. Relief (739) by Louise Hopkins Cockerel by Archie Brennan El Greco by Alice Hannigan I […]

A Tapa Weekend in Malaga

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 18:42:02 +0000

The city of Malaga has really started to shine in recent years. A few decades ago, almost all tourists would fly into Malaga Airport and whizz along to the famous beach resorts along the coast without thinking one bit about visiting the provincial capital. But tides are changing, and over the last 20 years, more […]

Views of Porto from Ponte de Dom Luis I

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:47:29 +0000

In my opinion, some of the best views of the Portugese city of Porto are from the top deck of the Ponte de Dom Luis I. This double decker metal arch bridge opened in 1886. I’m not sure that the current set-up of a pedestrian walkway alongside the Metro tracks, with no barriers would be […]

Visiting the Dovecoat Studios in Edinburgh

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:36:15 +0000

If you are interested in art, especially textiles, I recommend a visit to the Dovecoat Studios in Edinburgh. They are located in Infirmary Street, around a ten minute walk from Waverley Railway Station. The building was formerly a public baths. I loved the installation in the stairwell. There’s a viewing gallery where you can look […]