See the fabulous Painted Hall in Greenwich

The richness of the decoration on every wall of this room is unbelievable and worth every penny of the admittance fee. It reopened in 2019 after several years of renovation. During the day huge windows and rooftop oculi allow natural light to flood in and it is really looking great. The best thing about...

Five things to see in Greenwich

Greenwich is a wonderful place to visit. Weekends are especially fun because 1) Greenwich Market is in full swing then. The name is famous world-wide as the home of the Greenwich Meridian and origin of Greenwich Mean Time. The heart of old Greenwich is the 2) church of St Alphege which is where the...

Roof terrace of the Grand Theatre, Bordeaux

Recently I was lucky enough to be taken on a behind the scenes visit of the Grand Theatre, Bordeaux. The building dominates one of the main squares of the town. From below you can see these statues of the nine muses and of the goddesses, Juno, Minerva and Venus. The view of the Grand...

Light show in a disused WWII submarine base

This week I visited a light show featuring Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artwork. The show is in a WWII submarine base in Bordeaux. The base has been an ugly blot on the landscape to the north of the town since the war. It was so well built it has been impossible to demolish. Now it...

Seven more tales from the crypt

Following on from last week’s blog, here are some more stories about memorials in Westminster Abbey. They are in the south choir aisle and their lives were intertwined and all are connected to the reign of Queen Anne. I take a walking tour in London which is about her and whether the eccentricities in...
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