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Venice Biennale, part 2: Giardino

Venice Biennale, part 2: Giardino

  German pavilion: making heimat, Germany, arrival country. Four large openings where made in the German pavilion to signify Germany’s openness towards refugees: the German pavilion will be literally opened for the duration of the Biennale (the Venice monument preservation board having accepted the opening for that duration).  The exhibition analyses the condition for making Heimat,...
Portrait Gallery, London

Portrait Gallery, London

A friend took me to the quintessence of Britishness that is the Portrait gallery. It starts off with just royalties, but then expands to personalities of the political, scientific and art world, so does get more interesting as time goes by. My favourite English writers Jane Austen and Emily Bronte are brilliantly absent, but then...
Francis Towne's watercolour of Rome @ British museum

Francis Towne’s watercolour of Rome @ British museum

Just back from Rome, so that was a perfect match ;-)… Francis Towne painted them in 1780-1781, but many do still look very familiar in the eternal town…      
Il tre stance, Firenze

Il tre stance, Firenze

This kind of place is simply unique and hard to describe, but suffice to say that we won’t look further when staying in Florence. The property is a palazzo, with immensely high ceilings, meters from the Duomo. The interior has been considerately refurbished, leaving the traces of original stucco and furnished with antique or vintage furniture:...
Siena, Montepulciano and Firenze postcard

Siena, Montepulciano and Firenze postcard

Siena, a few days before the Palio, with the funny lamps and the flags to the colours of each neighbourhood, and the rings on the walls waiting for their horses.. Montepulciano    Firenze            
Francesca's flat in Venice

Francesca’s flat in Venice

Found Francesca’s flat on Airbnb, and staying there was fabulous as not only is it ideally central, but also does it makes you feel like a local for a few days: shopping for groceries at the Rialto market, and being awaken by the gondolieri’s song was as atmospheric as sipping Prosecco on the shaded terrace...
Verona, Trento, Venice, Rome postcard

Verona, Trento, Venice, Rome postcard

Verona    Trento    Venice     On  St Giorggio, The Glass tea house Mondrian by Hiroshi Sugimoto @ Le stance del vetro, more info here Part of the « Together » exhibition by Jaume Piensa for the 2015 Art Biennale, at San Giorgio Maggiore, luckily left on loan by Jaume Piensa to the monastic community  for the...
Angkor, citée Khmer: the (extended) postcard

Angkor, citée Khmer: the (extended) postcard

Preah Ko Banteay Srei Angkor Vat Angkor Thom Bayon Ta Prohm Preah Khan    
Spring in Hyde Park

Spring in Hyde Park

It’s rare enough to get Hyde park with this kind of light, that it did deserve a few shots Henry Moore’s « The Arch »  The serpentine Gallery       « Still Water », by Nic fiiddian-Green, at Marble Arch And one for the keen memories of when it first opened, the pirate boat of the Lady Di memorial...
Hotel Amour, Paris

Hotel Amour, Paris

One more entry in my tourist guide section… this one is dark and handsome, just like my other half  
Hong Kong Postcard

Hong Kong Postcard

A long due postcard from Hong Kong…. or looking for the spirit of « In the mood for love », a constant travel in time that hits the most flamboyant modernity          Back home, our Christmas deco is shifting from Chile, to east of France and to the Far East :)…. Merry Christmas and...
St Oberholtz Apartments, Berlin Mitte

St Oberholtz Apartments, Berlin Mitte

Located above a hip internet cafe invaded by macbook users, our first try at airbnb is a large, tall and handsome flat. Restored keeping all architectural artefacts, which starkly contrast with the black and white deco and contemporary art. Right on buzzy Rosenthaler strasse, it really ticket all the right boxes.. We « lived like a...