Category Archives: Travel

Major Collection of Impressionist Art opens at London’s National Gallery

I must confess that, as a lover of Impressionism, being invited to the opening of the Courtauld Impressionists ‘From Manet to Cezanne ‘ at London’s National Gallery which opens tomorrow 17 September was a definite must.  The exhibition is made up … Continue reading

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Going back in time – Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

Based on the South Bank a few paces from the Tate Modern I am ashamed to say I had never been to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Taking advantage of the wonderful weather I was fortunate enough to obtain tickets for Othello … Continue reading

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V&A’s latest exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

An exhibition of the life of Frida Kahlo has opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I love her vibrant, distinctive paintings. While this exhibition is more about the person, exploring her life as a child with her family up … Continue reading

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Dog friendly B & B in the heart of the New Forest

  Built in 1627 the Grade 2 listed Thatched Cottage Hotel in the heart of  Brockenhurst  is a pretty, thatched, dog friendly bed and breakfast with 10 bedrooms. Mine had an open fireplace and timber-beamed ceiling. Brockenhurst has a mainline … Continue reading

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Dog-friendly Holdsworth House Hotel

  On the edge of Halifax, Holdsworth House is a pretty 17thcentury Jacobean manor set in three acres of grounds. Dating back to 1633, the family-owned 38 bedroom 4* hotel has open fires, beamed ceilings, oak paneled halls, and mullioned … Continue reading

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A play worth seeing – The Best Man

Martin Shaw stars in the hit production The Best Man, a play that warrants discussion after you have seen it. Written by Gore Vidal, the play is set in 1960, and examines the behind the scenes machinations of an American Presidential … Continue reading

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Chic Dog-friendly Hotel in Cowes, Isle of Wight

North House, a Grade 11 listed townhouse in the conservation area of Cowes Old Town, and a member of the Mr & Mrs Smith stable, has been converted into a fourteen bedroom stylish boutique hotel. My room with the decor … Continue reading

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Romantic, dog-friendly La Poule au Pot Restaurant in Victoria

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Impressionist view of London at Tate Britain

Impressionist Art seems to be everywhere. Opening today at Tate Britain is an exhibition of French Artists in Exile (1870 – 1904). With the theme Impressionists in London, the exhibition containing over 100 paintings and sculptures highlights what life was … Continue reading

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Cézanne at the National Portrait Gallery

Cézanne  – Portraits of a Life Cézanne is well know for his landscapes, but less well known is that he also painted over 160 portraits. A major exhibition of over fifty, from collections around the world opens at London’s National … Continue reading

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