Category Archives: Art

Carlo Scarpa + Banca Popolare + Castelvecchio Museum Verona

Strings Attached The paradox. His architecture is so legible yet he defies classification. His work is half a century old yet timeless. His influence is widespread although he wasn’t especially prolific. His oeuvre is so Italian but he still inspired … Continue reading

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Giusti Gardens Verona + Summer

A Maze “The Giusti Gardens are very simple and rather English!” exclaims architect John O’Connell. “So beautiful, not heroic, just green. They have lots of trees, paths and shade, and were much admired by Mozart and Goethe though not at … Continue reading

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Verona + Charles Dickens

Greater Expectations Some of the greatest novelists have also written books about their travels. George Orwell’s Down and Out in London and Paris is an easy read, although it might put you off a visit to the French capital, or … Continue reading

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Juliet’s Balcony Verona + One

Liberty Blue It’s not a Juliet balcony but it is Juliet’s balcony.

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Eves + Mulberry

La Traviata Scandinavian sopranos can be so quintessentially English.

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Ranger’s House + Park Blackheath London

Sloane Pirouettes and marionettes and silhouettes. A silent metronome ticks to the galliards and sarabands of our lives. And so we arrive at a large villa or small mansion. Ranger’s House in, at, on, and opposite Blackheath. It was built … Continue reading

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Maison + Bistrot du Cygne Brussels

Off Our Trolley On the gastronauts’ bridge of broad horizons, Brussels looms large, radiating racy and irresistible attraction. It ranks third – after Paris and London – in the Michelin Cities Guide. We’ve loved bistronomique at Scheltema and adored haute … Continue reading

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Hôtel + Café Métropole Brussels

Eclectic Dreams It’s the café with a hotel attached. In 1890 the Weilemans-Ceuppens brewing brothers opened Café Métropole chiefly to sell their own branded beer. Such was their success they bought the bank next door and transformed it into a … Continue reading

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Palmerston Square + Marie-Louise Square + Ambiorix Square Brussels + Gustave Strauven

Art for Art Nouveau’s Sake | Cultural Capital  Just as Josep Puig i Cadafalch is overshadowed by Gaudí, so Victor Horta steals the limelight from Gustave Strauven. Monsieur Strauven was a protégé of Monsieur Horta. His pièce de résistance is … Continue reading

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Mary Martin London + MML + The Green Dress

The Balm of Gilead

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