It's no secret that, for some years, Akakies has been The Pink for me - still or sparkling, my favourite Greek rose wine. But this year, at the urging of the same people who got me hooked on that Kyr-Yiannis staple, I tried La Tour Melas Idylle. Produced in Achinos, between Athens and Thessaloniki, on … Continue reading The Bastion
New life springs from the Roman wall on Balkerne Hill, Colchester. This section of the town's old fortifications is currently undergoing restoration. In its time it has, of course, seen many more aggressive occupants. In the eleven-week Siege of Colchester in 1648, the Parliamentarians damaged the wall in their, ultimately successful, bid to oust the … Continue reading Living History
It was a privilege, on 1 April, to attend the Spring Concert of the King's College London Symphony Orchestra at Holy Trinity Church, South Kensington, London. The musical director was Jonathan Lo, the leader, Rebecca Babbage, the assistant conductor, Igor Maia, and the guest conductor, James Ham. Debbie Barnes was the bassoon soloist. There was … Continue reading A Spring Concert
The perfect ice-cream. Rose water, pistachio and saffron - a taste of heaven.
On show in St Pancras International Station, London, until January 2017, is this 18-meter aluminium artwork by Ron Arad. Designed by a man from Tel Aviv, made by Dutch shipbuilders and erected by British riggers, the sculpture floats, suitably internationally, above a border control point. The station now has 48 million visitors per year and … Continue reading Thought of Train of Thought
On Rue Sainte Marthe in Paris, #WRDSMTH marries the photograph, 'The Kiss' by Robert Doisneau, to the #WRD. #WRDSMTHinParis
I'm a great admirer of Chagall and his work, and was looking forward to revisiting his Museum in Nice to discover just what last winter's three-month renovation had achieved. So, on a sunny, warm Sunday afternoon in June I was happy to return, this time with a friend who was visiting Nice and who'd never … Continue reading A Visit to Musée National Marc Chagall