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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 […]

Review of Rewards Loyalty Programme

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 12:23:56 +0000 is one of the best known hotel booking websites. Their Rewards loyalty scheme offers one free night’s stay if you book ten nights through their website. Initially, it seems appealing to get something for nothing. However, it’s not that straightforward once you scratch below the surface. Not all hotel stays count towards the free […]

House for an Art Lover in Glasgow

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:12:47 +0000

I finally got around to visiting the House for an Art Lover during the Glasgow Doors Open event in 2017. The house was designed in 1901 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald as an entry for a German design magazine competition. However construction of the House for an Art Lover wasn’t started […]