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A Day Trip to Alora from Malaga

When I visited Malaga for the second time, I decided to take the train to the typical white-washed Andalucian village of Alora, which lies around 40 kms north east of the city of Malaga. Alora is at the northern end of the line C2 of the Cercanias network, of which line C2 runs from Malaga […]

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness at Dundee Contemporary Arts

The Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness exhibition runs until the 27 May 2018 at Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). It is a exhibition of works by various artists, curated by John Walter. I really liked the exhibition. There were several colourful sculptures by Niki de Saint Phalle, whose work I have saw at the Museum of […]

Visiting Kellie Castle Garden in Scotland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 […]

Easyjet Runway Closure Flight Delay: Treatment and Compensation

Approximately 48h before my flight from Thessaloniki, Greece to London Gatwick on Dec 1, 2017, I received two text messages from Easyjet. My flight was going to be leaving from Athens instead, due to runway closure issues. Instead, I had to turn up at the airport and take a bus, which would leave 40min before […]

A Winter’s Morning Walk in Broughty Ferry, Dundee

Wneh I stayed at the Fisherman’s Tavern in Broughty Ferry, a coastal suburb north of Dundee city centre, in late November, I decided to go for a walk along the Tay Estuary immediately after breakfast. It was a really sunny, but cold and breezy, morning. Broughty Ferry RNLI station is located close to the Fisherman’s […]

Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga Spain

In the Spanish city of Malaga, most museums are free to enter on Sunday in the late afternoon/evening. I was torn between the Picasso Museum and the Carmen Thyssen. Both museums were free from 5pm, the Picasso closed at 7pm and the Carmen Thyssen at 8pm. I’d been warned that I might have to queue […]

Review of Peebles Hydro Hotel

i stayed at the Peebles Hydro Hotel in the Scottish Borders on a Wednesday night in November 2017. I paid £36 for a single room, including breakfast, on the Amoma hotel booking website. I arrived at the hotel around 3pm, just as it was starting to rain. I couldn’t find a space to park the […]

Do You Read Your Hotel Reviews Before Stepping Onto the Plane?

We’ve all heard the scams about cockroach infested hotels, legionnaire’s disease, unclean nylon sheets, paint peeling off the walls, dirty windows….if you’ve watched ‘The Hotel’ in the UK you’ve probably seen some of them. Fawlty Towers is not the done thing these days. There are many ways to book your holiday and choose your hotel […]

Above Below Beyond by Janeanne Gilchrist at the Fergusson Gallery, Perth, Scotland

When I visited the Fergusson Gallery in mid November 2017, it was the day before the Above Below Beyond exhibition was due to open. The photographer Janeanne Gilchrist is the recipient of the 2018 Fergusson Arts Award. These underwater images were taken by Gilchrist when free diving off the Scottish coast. The Above Below Beyond […]

A Fine Line at the City Art Centre Edinburgh

You can see A Fine Line at the City Art Centre Edinburgh until 18 February 2018. The exhibition features the work of four contemporary artists who all currently live and work in Scotland. The exhibition was right up my street, as it questioned the line between art and craft. I don’t think that there is […]

West Highland Line to Oban

Taking the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Oban is a train journey which I’d been intending to do for ages. I seized the opportunity when Scotrail announced their £17 return fare between any two stations in Scotland, available to members to Scotrail Club 50 members. Below is a pictorial record of the railway journey […]

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