Alentejo

Rock and Soul in Beja

October 8, 2019 Jack 2

I didn’t expect this. Covering almost all of the gable end of a house is a huge blue and red rooster made from discarded pieces of metal. Portugal seems to have a thing at the moment for oversized ‘rubbish’ animals. The rooster’s tail feathers block part of a window whilst a stray metal breast feather juts out over a door […]

Europe

Beauty or a blight? Urban art in Lisbon

August 22, 2019 Jack 0

Where they see squalor and a depressed urban landscape in some raggedy streets and obscure alleys, I see a raw, gritty, honest beauty – a down to earth yin to the yang of the city’s grand architecture. This Jekyll and Hyde character partly makes Lisbon the compelling city it is. […]

Europe

Poets and palate-pleasers in Sanquhar

December 10, 2018 Jack 0

Visiting a lead mining museum (entrance £12.50) would not have made it on to our ‘things to do’ list. What a treat we would have missed. For a start, Wanlockhead near the head of the Mennock Pass is Scotland’s highest village… […]

Carrieres de Lumieres - Journeys Around the Mediterranean
Europe

Lasting Impressions of Carrières de Lumières in Provence

October 9, 2013 Andy 0

I am a figure on a Monet canvas, my world exists at the whim of the Master’s brush. To my left lie the water lilies, their violet and sapphire hues flooding the room as the walls, floor and ceiling rush in a tide of brush strokes and crescendo to the sound of Debussy’s Clair de Lune. […]

Great Britain

A Lover’s Welcome in Scotland

December 23, 2011 Jack 0

I just love this statue in Buchanan Street bus station in Glasgow – it speaks of innocence, of hope, of travel, of desperately missing those you love and that most romantic of movie visions… […]