The Caminos del Exilio (Paths of Exile) outdoor photography exhibition is located in muelleuno shopping centre, close to Centre Pompidou Malaga.
The exhibition was organised by the French Institute of Spain.
The photo above, depicting migrants wrapped in foil, was hauntingly similar to the Ghosts installation by Kader Attica (photo below) on display at the Centre Pompidou Malaga. which I had visited the previous day.
I found the Caminos de Exilio photography exhibition in Malaga very moving. It made me appreciate my comfortable, settled life in the UK all the more.
When I visited the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto this morning, I enjoyed the Photography Exhibition About Huni Kuni People. The poster at the musuem foyer said that the exhibition ran from 13 – 16 June 2017, but it was still there on 18 June 2017.
Below is a selection of my favourite photos.
I looked online and The huni Kuni are an indigenous people of Peru and Brazil.
My walk around Corfu Town got off to a rather shaky start. I took the coach from our hotel the Mayor Capo Di Corfu, which was located in south east of the island.
As I’d been told by one of hotel receptionists that the coach left from a different location (the Green Line coach station) to the town centre drop off point, I thought that I’d better stay on until the coach reached the the coach station to ensure that I knew where the coach station was located.
I was impressed by the modern coach station, which had clean, free toilets, plenty of seating and electrical sockets to charge you mobile phone or laptop.
I was incredulous that there wasn’t a proper pavement for the 15 minute walk back into the town centre. Where a pavement did exist, it was narrow and uneven. Im some stretches, there was no pavement and you had to walk along the side of rather busy road.
As the battery of my mobile phone seemed to be on the way out, I decided not to use Google Maps, but to navigate from my paper map. That was an error as I got lost.
The first place of interest which I stumbled upon was the Holy Monastery of Platitera.
At that stage, I thought that I’d better turn on my mobile phone to get directions to the Old Port.
From the monastery, it took me around 15 minutes to reach the Old Port. One end of the New Fortress stretches to near the Old Port
In the garden below. there’s a sculpture.
By the time I reached the Old Port, I was feeling rather hot and bothered. I reckoned that I’d walked a couple of miles, and it was a warm day. I found a seat in the shade, which I quickly vacated as some old Greek guy started to chat me up.
I could see Ptichia Island from the Old Port.
From the Old Port, I could see up to the New Port, where a large cruise ship was docked.
Next, I climbed up some steps to keep walking around the waterfront.
The Museum of Asian Art was very grand.
The Municipal Gallery was located behind the Museum of Asian Art.
The Old Fort looked impressive from a distance.
You have to cross a bridge to reach the Old Fort.
In the gardens close to the entrance to the Old Fort, there were several sculptures.
I then started to head back to the town centre. There were lots of pretty cobbled streets full of flowers and foliage.
The Town Hall was sparkling in the sun.
Town Hall Square is home to several restaurants
I managed to get lost again on my way back to the coach station.
I thought that Corfu Town was very beautiful. If you’re on holiday on the island. I recommend a day trip to Corfu Town. But you might be better to get there by public transport, as it looked difficult to find a parking space.
Highgate Cemetery in north London was one of these places that I’d been meaning to visit for decades. One of the reasons I selected the Ramada Hotel Finchley for my London accommodation was that it was bus ride from the hotel to the cemetery.
I’d looked at the Highgate Cemetery to check opening hours before I visited. I was rather annoyed that there was a £4 entry fee, as it’s free to enter most cemeteries in the UK. Evidently the fee is charged as Highgate Cemetery used to be owned by a private company. When it folded in the 1970s, the cemetery fell into disrepair, until it was taken over by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery, a registered charity.
The most well-known grave in Highgate Cemetery is that of Karl Marx.
However for me the most striking gravestone was the one below, which looks like a woman clutching a body.
Despair was the sentiment which came to mind when looking at the sculpture of the man with his head resting on a stone
The full size piano sculpture was pretty impressive.
I liked the gravestone sculpture below of a young woman holding flowers; the folds in her dress made it look as though she were standing in a breeze.
The floral engraving on the cross of the gravestone below are beautiful.
There were plenty of gravestone sculptures of angels in Highgate Cemetery,
At least the £4 entry fee contributed to the upkeep of the pristine toilets.
I have to say that I was slightly disappointed by Highgate Cemetery. It’s described as “one of England’s greatest treasures with some of the finest funerary architecture in the country”. I’ve visited other cemeteries, such as the Old Town Cemetery in Stirling and the Howff Cemetery in Dundee, which I found more interesting and were free to enter.
One of the highlights of my visit to the Rohsska Museum in Gothenburg were the ‘Clothes of Memories’ collages by fashion historian Tonie Lewenhaupt. The collages were part of the ‘Only the Best – Fashion Highlights’ exhibition, which runs until 30 December 2016.
I’ve created quiet a few collages myself. The collage technique of using various types of material such as fabrics and paper to stick onto a supporting surface, is one of my favourites. I like the textures and feeling of movement that this technique offers.
I was hosted by the West Sweden Tourist Board on my trip to Gothenburg. The gave me a Gothenburg City Pass which includes complimentary entry to the Rohsska Museum.
A couple of months earlier, I’d watched Timothy West and Prunella Scales cruise along the Gota Canal from Gothenburg to Stockholm on the ‘Great Canal Journeys’ TV show. Watching that show made me think that I’d love to take a cruise in Sweden.
The West Coast Cruise journeys through the Bohuslan archipelago between Gothenburg and Grebbestad.
Itinerary for the West Coast Cruise in Sweden
My cruise started at Grebbstad. I had stayed at the Scandic Europa, Gothenburg, the night before taking the coach from central Gothenburg at 9am the next day, for the two hour drive north to Grebbstad.
On arrival in Grebbestad, we were greeted on board by the captain Pierre. Our boat, Wilhelm Tham, was built in 1912. In her recent past she had been one of the vessels doing the Gota Canal cruise. This west coast cruise was a new adventure for her.
There was an organised excursion at every port of call. You could choose to go along, do your own thing on shore, or stay on the boat.
Our first stop was in Fjallbacka.
The actress Ingrid Bergman had a holiday home here.
Swedish crime writer Camilla Lackberg, was born here, and some of the novels were set around Fjallbacka.
The next stop was Smogen. Close to where the Wilhelm Tham berthed, there was a large sailing ship, Lady Ellen.
I walked along the long wooden pier.
There was a wide selection of restaurants and shops.
It was almost dark by the time we arrived in Grundsund, where we docked for the night.
As we were due to depart from Grundsund at 7am the next day, I decided to get up early so that I’d have some time for a wander around.
It was perfect morning, still and sunny.
The first stop of the second day was on Gullholmen.
We visited the Skepparthuset Museum. It’s a sea captain’s home which has remained pretty much unchanged since the late 19th century.
I loved the painted ceiling.
Outside the museum we were offered fresh oysters and mussels.
There were wonderful views up the slope from the church.
I thought that visiting the Nordic Watercolour Museum on the island of Skarham would be one of the highlights of my trip. However, the exhibition that was on during my visit was ‘Disney’s Art of Storytelling’. I had been rather hoping for a selection of works, including landscapes by Nordic artists.
There were some brave souls swimming and jumping into the water from the wooden platform.
We arrived in Marstrand, our overnight berthing spot, at 6pm, which allowed time for a wander around before dinner.
It’s a very pretty town with lots of grand buildings.
During dinner there was a cruise out to see a light house.
It was a 6.20am departure from Marstrand the next morning.
On the third day, our first stop was on the island of Vinga.
It’s the most westerly island of the Gothenburg Archipelago.
There were some sheltered spots for swimming on the island.
The Swedish composer and singer Evert Taube lived on the island, as his father was the lighthouse keeper.
The final port of call on the cruise along Sweden’s west coast was on the fortress island of Alvsborg. The dramatised tour of the fortress was good fun.
I was accosted by one of the performers outside the prison.
On the prison wall is an illustration of the prisoner’s sleeping accommodation.
Accommodation on the Wilhelm Tham
My cabin was on the bridge deck. I knew that it would be compact. There was a sink in the cabin, with a toilet and a shower nearby. I found the bed to be more comfortable than I’d expected. There was some noise from the boat’s generator during the night.
Most passengers spent very little time in their cabins. The weather was very good for most of my cruise, so it was great to sit in the covered area to the rear of bridge deck to make the most of the views. There is also seating on both sides of the boat, on the bridge and shelter deck.
If you prefer to be inside, or the weather isn’t so good. there’s a lounge to the front of the shelter deck.
Catering on Wilhelm Tham
Meals were served in the restaurant on the shelter deck.
The meals during the cruise along Sweden’s west coast were superb; very tasty and with local ingredients. Full board was included, which consisted of a breakfast buffet, a set menu two course lunch and set menu three course dinner.
I thought that there was bound to be picked herring on the menu some day. I’d tried it before, and didn’t like it. However, I really liked the herring served on the Wilhelm Tham.
Below are photos of some of the other delicious fare.
Crayfish main course
Minced elk starter
Cod main course
Venison main course
There was an honesty bar on the bridge deck. Tea and coffee were complimentary. You could drink the tap water on board.
The Cruising Experience
Cruising along the west coast of Sweden is a very special experience. It felt magical to journey through such beautiful scenery on an old fashioned boat.
There’s a maximum capacity of fifty passengers on board in the twenty five cabins, so there’s an intimate atmosphere, with the opportunity to chat to fellow passengers.
The staff are all exceptionally friendly and helpful; they are focused on giving passengers the best possible experience.
Upon entering, one painting looked familiar to me. That’s because it was by Lucy Jones, and I’d seen the piece in her ‘Looking In, Looking Out exhibition at Kings Place in 2014.
Below is a selection of my favourites at the Next Generation exhibition.
The Ruth Borchard Collection: The Next Generation exhibition made me think about doing a self portrait. I used some of my own hair to create sheep in one of my artworks. If I save the hair from my next few haircuts and the the self portrait isn’t to large. I should have enough hair to do the job.
Although I’ve been to most of the well known museums and galleries in London, I only recently paid my first visit to Tate Britain. It’s located in Millbank, on the northern bank of the River Thames.
I was prompted to visit Tate Britain as, when I looked at a map to work out how to get to the Garden Museum in Lambeth on the south bank the Thames, I saw that it’d only take me a few minutes to walk from the Garden Museum to Tate Britain.
Before going inside Tate Britain, I ate my packed lunch in the Summer Garden.
Upon entering Tate Britain, I admired the Rotunda with its terrazzo floor.
A sweeping staircase leads to the lower floor from the Rotunda.
My eye was caught by the Christina Mackie installation featuring ten 12 metre high silk nets.
It was interesting to see Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’, which I better understood after reading about Emin’s bout of suicidal depression after a relationship breakdown.
I’d previously seen Jacob Epstein’s ‘Jacob and the Angel’ alabaster sculpture at Tate Liverpool, but it’s still a powerful piece.
I liked the vivid colours used in ‘How the West was Won’ by Donald Rodney.
I was rather intrigued by a Typhoo Tea packet. An online search revealed that it was an early work entitled ‘Tea Painting in an Illusionist Style’ by David Hockney.
I wasn’t sure why Peter Black was clutching a Elvis magazine in his ‘Self Portrait with Badges’.
I didn’t spot the title of this painting. To me, it resembled a foetus in its amniotic sac.
The blade wielding character in the ‘The Nanny, Small Bears and the Bogeyman’ by Paula Rego, looked like a Red Indian about to perform some initiation rite on the youngster.
I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to replicate some of the positions portrayed below.
The lighting created shadows behind the ‘King and Queen’ sculpture by Henry Moore.
The wire sculptures looked a bit like squint pylons or TV masts.
I highly recommend visiting the Tate Britain with its diverse collection of historical and contemporary British art. It’s open every day from 10am to 6pm.