Monday, 15 December 2014

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Someone had to have the bright idea! Travel and Art.
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Wanderarti is not like other art or travel blogs. We don’t feature the same stories circling the web each week, nor do we hit you with top ten lists of places to visit. No, we pride ourselves on bringing you the best art work from all over the world, digging deep to find unknown artists and crafting stories out of pictures.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

BELLE-VUE

The First Congregational Church Bellevue

I was working in Bellevue WA the other week.

The name "Bellevue" is French for "beautiful view”.
In 2014, Bellevue was ranked as the second best place to live by USA Today. 
Bellevue is a place of tall towers of glass and steel.

I was out early one morning as the sun was just starting to come up and touch these tall towers. 
And there nestled, perhaps crouching, amongst the corporate barbicans was a Church and outside it two travellers sitting on a fire hydrant waiting to enter.

It was the First Congregational Church, and an exciting counterpoint to the commercial fortifications and shopping malls. See more on http://www.fccbellevue.org


God Bless America. You've never seen it until you have seen it.


Friday, 5 December 2014

BREAKFAST AT THE FOUNTAIN

The Fountain Resturant: A good omelette.
An enchanting young man on the front desk, with twice my confidence, greeted me.
“Reservation in the name of Geoff Sutton” my opening gambit and I was led, with my cycle helmet and yellow jacket, to our table.

I was massively early so made a drawing, trying to convince myself that I had as much right to be there the PR person on the next table who smiled at me.

To the left of me, a discussion on oil prices and to my right some Ukrainian bankers (with doleful in dispositions).

Geoff and I had a lovely breakfast. He was on good form and it was also his Birthday. We talked about collaboration on his digital businesses and concerning his writing.  (I may have picked up a book jacket commission).

THE FOUNTAIN RESTAURANT AT FORTNUM AND MASON

Make your reservation now, here http://bit.ly/1zW9CMk. The place is a delightful and ‘important’. The omelette is great, so to the décor; 60’s Camp, which will not be wasted on some of us.

Monday, 24 November 2014

BERLIN


High Pressure weather and a pressure washer have been applied to many of the buildings in the area called Museum Island. Not so the cathedral  - Berliner Dom whose grimy sternness seems to have escaped the hosepipe applied surrounding classical architecture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Cathedral

Unscrubbed in Berlin



Berlin is a great bicycle city and much of the city can be enjoyed astride a bike. I met up with artist friend Jo Johnson who moved here with her family some time back. She was an excellent guide for an afternoon tour  - the prelude to a much longer visit next April.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

EASY LANES


Chris, one of my premier cycling chums, and I set out for 30 miles or so along the lanes south west of Buckingham town. This is the vale of Aylesbury – comfortable peddling except for headwinds, which appeared, from nowhere on sections of the route.



We started with two minutes silence and then a coffee in Jenny Wren’s tea rooms in Winslow http://www.jenniewrens.moonfruit.com.

Then half way round the village shop in Steeple Claydon provided hot sweet tea and generous hot Cornish Pasties, little wonder I approached the remaining fifteen miles with such relish, passing fields of sheep and red brick farm buildings.

Plans are being laid for another ride in the Vale of A.

Sheep along the way

Thursday, 20 November 2014

GERMANY: MEMORIES OF A NATION


“I’d like to be less German” said a colleague a few months back in a workshop. 

I found this hard to fathom given my great affection for a land that has given us so many artists, composers and philosophers.

Gilt Trip at the British Museum


The creativity, complexity and confusion of Germany has been tackled head on by an exciting new exhibition at the British Museum: Germany Memories of a Nation. http://bit.ly/1F5sjP8

You’ll find gold and gilt tankards from the Hansa cities (C16) next to a wood cut of Franz Kafka.

The juxtaposition of objects and connections made take a little getting used to. The show is a must and runs until January 25 2015.


I will pop back in to discover more “From the Renaissance to reunification and beyond, the show uses objects to investigate the complexities of addressing a German history which is full of both triumphs and tragedies” as the show is described.