Griffith Observatory

Scenes from a recent trip to LA. I had always wanted to go to the Griffith Observatory ever since seeing Rebel Without a Cause. It’s in a beautiful park with a great view of the city (despite the smog!) I also enjoyed the mini museum with info about eclipses etc. Advertisements

Santiago do Cacém

  I recently went to Alentejo for the wedding of two lovely friends. It was great – there were plenty of friendly people (and dogs!) The atmosphere was fun and relaxed and there was even a pub quiz after dinner. We stayed in nearby¬†Santiago do Cac√©m, a lovely, sleepy little town with a castle on … Continue reading

Notting Hill

I recently explored the colourful streets of ¬†Notting Hill. It’s so pretty and Portobello Road Market is well worth a visit.

Streets of Lisbon

Just a few photos from some wanders round Lisbon this year.

Cova do vapor

Yesterday was a national holiday in Portugal (the recently reinstated Corpus Christi). My friend and I decided to take advantage of the sunny weather and take a trip to Cova do Vapor on the other side of the river. It’s not the easiest place to get to from Lisbon to without a car, but it … Continue reading

Costa Nova

I recently visited the lovely Costa Nova, Aveiro (in the northwest of Portugal). I was amazed by the beautiful striped houses and thought I’d share them here. ‚̧

Hubert by Ben Gijsemans

Publisher:¬†Jonathan Cape Buy: ¬†Foyles Hubert began as a project on¬†Ben Gijsemans’ master’s degree. His tutors were suitably impressed, and he was later¬†awarded funding to work it into a complete graphic novel. Middle-aged Hubert leads a lonely existence. He appears to do little other than visit art galleries, paint and eat alone while watching old films. … Continue reading

York Art Gallery

York Art Gallery recently had a complete overhaul, which resulted in it being closed for a long time. When it reopened, it came with a price tag. A historically free museum, it now costs ¬£7.50 to get in. There is a museums deal however, if you’re a regular visitor to this and other museums in … Continue reading

Buildings of Portim√£o

Before the year totally disappears, I should post these photos of beautiful Portimão from the beginning of September. Some may be rundown, but they combine to make up the magical character of the place.

Three days in Portim√£o

At the end of August/beginning of September my friend Ashley and I took a little trip to Portim√£o in the Algarve. We’d worked all through the summer after the academic year had ended so we were definitely ready for a break. We both had plans to travel further afield in September but decided to kick … Continue reading