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Three Graces

This week my blog is about Bordeaux. I should be there now but with so few tourists this year, another guide looking for work is not what my colleagues there need. This photo is part of a fountain in the Place de la Bourse. The Place is the backdrop reflected by the Mirroir d’Eau,...

Canada in London

If you look up when you walk around the City of London, you will notice a lot of weathervanes. This one is quite surprising, with a gold beaver on it. It is on one of London’s busiest streets, near Liverpool Street station. The office block which it decorates was built in 1926 for the...

Salters Hall

It was windy wet July day when I took this photo. The Latin motto translates as Salt Savours All. The gates date from 1887 and came from the Salter’s previous hall in St Swithins Lane which was destroyed by bombing in May 1941. Salters company received its charter as a guild in 1394. Salt...

Berlage in London

This sculpture is on the corner of a building in the City of London designed by the Dutch architect, Hendrik Petrus Berlage (1856-1934). It is by Joseph Mendes da Costa (1863-1939). Born in Amsterdam, his father sculpted tomb monuments and Joseph worked in clay and stone. He specialised in figurines and sculptures like this...