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Photography Exhibition About the Huni Kuin People at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis Porto

When I visited the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto this morning, I enjoyed the Photography Exhibition About Huni Kuni People. The poster at the musuem foyer said that the exhibition ran from 13 – 16 June 2017, but it was still there on 18 June 2017. Below is a selection of my […]

10 Reasons to Visit Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is a region in central Turkey made up of geological anomalies, known for its ‘fairy chimneys’, rock hewn churches and bronze age cave homes. Used in ancient times as a refuge and shelter, the region has a notable history, in recent years it has become one of Turkey’s top tourist destinations and it is […]

Review of the Angust Hotel Blairgowrie

105I stayed at the Angus Hotel in Blairgowrie, Perthshire in Scotland, on a Friday night in late May 2017. I was looking for the cheapest room that was located fairly close to Alyth, where I was attending an arts and crafts festival that weekend. I started off searching on the HotelsCombined price comparison website. I […]

How Distance Learning is Revolutionising Your Education

Distance Learning is fast becoming a popular alternative to the traditional university education, and so many are benefiting from its practicality. A typical university student is bound to experience heaps of debt, surrounded by personal torment and an ever growing appreciation for sleep. As tuition fees rise, so does the mountain of work you’re […]

Visiting Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga

It’s a steep walk up to Gibralfaro Castle in Malaga. I decided to visit one morning when it was forecast to be cooler. The downside to that was that it the weather was windy and cloudy. There’s a viewing point a few hundred metres below the Castle, which offered great views of Malaga Bullring. On […]

The 2017 Degree Show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Dundee

The Degree Show at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee runs until Sunday 28 May 2017. If at possible, you should get to Dundee to see this fabulous show. I didn’t have the energy to get round the whole show, as I’d been at the McManus Galleries and Dundee Contemporary […]

Summer Trips to the UK: Some Tips to Get Off the Beaten Track

So you are thinking of somewhere unusual to spend your time outside major European destinations this summer. In this case, it is likely that Italy, France or Spain are not at the top of your list. My first suggestion for travellers like you would be to think of all the UK has to offer and […]

5 Great Reasons to Visit the New Forest National Park, UK

One of the UK’s 15 National Parks, set on England’s southern edge, the New Forest offers a wealth of things to see or do,and both coast and countryside to explore. Although it is growing in popularity with British visitors, it is still relatively off the radar to those living overseas. If you’ve never thought about […]

Peter Doig’s studiofilmclub at CAC Malaga

When visiting the Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Malaga, I thought that the artist Peter Doig sounded familiar. Sure enough, I checked my Instagram stream, and found the Scottish artist Doig’s ”Milky Way’,which was one of the pieces in the Now 1 exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. […]

Poppies by Max Brand and Joanne Robertson at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

The Poppies exhibition, by artists Max Brand and Joannne Robertson, is on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow until 11 June 2017. This debut collaboration features paintings, sculptures and a musical work from Berlin based Brand and London based Robertson. I wasn’t too keen on various clothes rails around the exhibition. Clothes installations […]

Barcelona City Guide: 5 Top Tips You Need to Know

Whether you’re heading off for a romantic break, a reunion with friends, a solo adventure or a family trip, Barcelona won’t disappoint. With beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants and relaxing parks around practically every corner, there’s so much to do. Let yourself get too sidetracked by sangria and afternoon siestas, and you’ll end up missing all […]

Mark by Mark Wallinger at the Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh

Mark by Mark Wallinger is on at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh until 4 June 2017. The Fruitmarket Galley is located in Market Street, close to the southern pedestrian exit of Waverley railway station. It’s free to enter and the gallery is open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sunday […]

Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall was our last stop on the Golden Circle Tour in late October 2016. I had previously visited the falls in October 2009. It was much colder and icier during that visit.The sunny and showery weather during my recent visit to Gullfoss waterfall made for better photos. We visited Gullfoss as dusk was approaching. There […]

Jia Aili at CAC Malaga

A major exhibition by Chinese artist Jia Aili runs until 18 June 2017 at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC) in Malaga. The paintings portray bleak apocalyptic landscapes. Several pieces feature rather forlorn solitary figures. Some of the paintings are enormous. One of the artist’s aims is for visitors to the exhibition to think about […]

Viking Gods and Mosaics at Gothenburg City Museum

The Gothenburg City Museum charts this Swedish city’s history. I’ve always been rather intrigued by the Vikings, so as I had limited time in the museum, I went straight to the ‘Vikingr – Between Odin and Christ’ exhibition. There were sculptures of several Viking Gods. I hadn’t heard of any female Viking gods previously. Freyia […]

Cultural Guide to Eastbourne

Eastbourne, in East Sussex, lies on the south coast of England. It takes around 90 minutes to reach Eastbourne by rail from Victoria Station in London. Eastbourne’s  packed events calendar ensures plenty to do and see at any time of year. Outdoor lovers can enjoy coastal or inland walks, in beautiful countryside with pit stops […]

Visiting Florence in Spring

Spring is one of the best times of year to visit the Italian city of Florence. Below are some ideas for things to do in Florence this Spring. If you are in Florence on Easter Sunday, you can watch Scoppio del Carro (explosion of the cart). This origin of this tradition dates from the First Crusade […]

Now Exhibition at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh

The first part of the three year long NOW exhibition is on at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art until 24 September 2017. A fair part of the exhibition consists of work by the Glaswegian artist Nathan Coley. It was a bit alarming to see smoke coming for the recently opened Switch House in […]

Why Travelling First Class No Longer Represents Luxury Travel

Those that have had the pleasure of flying class know just how luxurious it can be. Whereas economy is loud, cramped and not very private, flying first class allows you peace, quiet, space and incredible service. For many people, their idea of a luxury vacation involves travelling first class on a flight to an exotic […]

Why You Should Walk Around and Risk Getting Lost in Cities

When I was in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. I decided to walk the two miles to the Botanical Gardens. Although I could have used my Gothenburg City Card to take the tram, I wanted some exercise and the route looked interesting. I found several interesting sculptures in Kungsparken. The concrete oval sculpture provided a […]

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