Magical Madrid

Our last trip abroad before the world ground to a halt, was a few days in the marvellous bustling city of Madrid in 2019. The capital, and most-populous, city of Spain. We have an apartment in the Malasaña area – a hip, but slightly down at heel part of the city that is jam packedContinue reading “Magical Madrid”

Battered yet beautiful

Finally I’m getting around to documenting our first ever trip to Germany for the man’s birthday last November. We plumped for the hip capital city of Berlin for our first ever trip to Deutschland and a fab choice it was too. We stayed in the Ibis Mitte hotel, perfectly placed to explore the city withContinue reading “Battered yet beautiful”

Scintillating Sardinia

We’ve off on our third trip of 2017 now. To the stunning Italian island of Sardinia. Sardinia is one of those places that doesn’t seem to register very highly on people’s travel radars but is an absolute hidden gem. Over the next ten days we find majestic old cities, hidden coves and stunning beaches soContinue reading “Scintillating Sardinia”

Sclater Street art cluster

Some areas in the East End seem to see a particular concentration of art. One such place is Sclater Street, just off the main drag of Brick Lane. Entire buildings are smothered in gigantic images. The vivid colours provide a perfect foil to the drab, derelict industrial surroundings. There are some recognisable figures gracing some ofContinue reading “Sclater Street art cluster”

Art or vandalism?

Banksy is an interesting phenomena. Once classed as a vandal, his art work is now protected from other “vandals” and art collectors!! Here’s two examples of his iconic work. Preserved from tourists and the tender ministrations of other street artists by a sheet of perspex. Above, His Master’s Voice – possibly one of his bestContinue reading “Art or vandalism?”

More art on the streets of London

Moving on from the colourful mash ups on Fashion Street we actually start to be able to recognise the distinctive different styles of some of the artists. Here’s a few examples of an artist identified as Paul “Don” Smith whose work is instantly recognisable. His subjects are as diverse as they are delicate. From the stars ofContinue reading “More art on the streets of London”

East End graffiti art tour

A trip a little bit closer to home was a day out in the East End of London touring some of the colourful multitude of street art to be found in the side streets and back allies. My next few posts are dedicated to some of the colourful, intriguing, controversial and confronting art on display.Continue reading “East End graffiti art tour”