Category Archives: Travel

Synagogue is One of Plymouth’s top Tourist Attractions

Nominated by Trip Advisor as one of Plymouth’s top visitor attractions, the city is home to the oldest functioning Ashkenazi Synagogue in the English speaking world.  Its added attraction is that it has a Royal connection. The synagogue dates back to … Continue reading

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Bucharest and Southern Romania

#ExperienceBucharest It is hard to imagine what the people of Romania endured under the Communist regime. Whole areas of the city were destroyed, and people moved out of their homes, on the orders of their former dictator Nicholae Ceausescu to … Continue reading

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Giacometti Retrospective Opens at the Tate Modern

Giacometti Retrospective Opens at the Tate Modern An exhibition of works by Albert Giacometti opens today Wednesday, 10 May at the Tate Modern. Considered one of the great sculptors of the 20th century this is the first large scale retrospective … Continue reading

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The musical ‘An American in Paris’ comes to the West End

I was fortunate enough to go to a preview of the musical ‘An American in Paris’, based on the American film of the same name which has now officially opened at the Dominion Theatre on Tottenham Court Road. The music, … Continue reading

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Revolution: Russian Art at the Royal Academy

Running until April 17, 2017 an interesting and extensive exhibition at the Royal Academy Revolution: Russian Art 1917 – 1932 focuses on the period of Russian history which ended Tsarist rule. A time when both Lenin and Stalin were in … Continue reading

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Stylish 3* Hotel in Champagne

Le Marius Hotel I enjoy hotels that have character and the stylish family run hotel Le Marius at Ricey Bas in the Champagne region fits the bill. On the Burgundy border, in a small village the 16th century Le Marius … Continue reading

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Hockney at Tate Britain

Mr and Mrs Clark (Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark) and Percy 1970/1 A major exhibition of two hundred and thirteen works spanning nearly 60 years of David Hockney opens at the Tate Britain on Thursday, February 9. This is a … Continue reading

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Flemish Artist James Ensor at Royal Academy

For anyone who hasn’t had the chance to see the work of Flemish artist James Ensor’s , particularly known for his bizarre masks, his exhibition is on at the Royal Academy until 29 January, 2017. Despite spending his professional life … Continue reading

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Major Modernist Photography from Elton John’s Collection opens at Tate Modern

The Radical Eye: Modernist photography from Sir Elton John collection opens at the Tate Modern on November 10. Sir Elton John owns one of the largest collections of modernist photographs in the world with over 8,000 prints from the early … Continue reading

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Cruising on the Douro in Porto

  Major cities tend to be based near rivers and Porto in Northern Portugal has the River Douro. I was on a trip there with several colleagues and one way of seeing a city is from the river. We chartered … Continue reading

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