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Lincoln’s Cottage

In the spirit of continuing to discover Washington, we visited Lincoln’s Cottage which is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in the Upper North-west quadrant of the city. Lincoln was not the only president to stay here in the summer months, but...

Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens

Last weekend, we set out for Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, https://www.nps.gov/keaq/index.htm which is located in the district close to the border with Maryland. I doubt we’d have heard of it if we hadn’t received a little book called Secret Washington DC, as a...

Richmond & Appomattox

Richmond, VA The day dawned suffocatingly hot and humid again. The intent had been to wander round Belle Isle and the James River Park Pipeline Walkway, but after wandering round Belle Isle for a bit I was already undone and had to take a break and sit on the rocks...

The capital of the kakistocracy to the capital of the confederacy

Richmond, Virginia Not wishing to be in the capital of the kakistocracy on the 4th of July, J and I repaired to the capital of the confederacy. I am not especially a fan of the 4th of July to begin with; as far as I’m concerned when you’ve seen one set of fireworks...
Last Day in Milan

Last Day in Milan

Aside from the church of skulls, the only place on our itinerary that we did not manage to see was the Basilica di Sant Ambrogio which was founded in the 4th century, so I'm sure it'll hang on a bit longer until my next visit. We did however manage to get back to La...

Another day in Milan

Another day in Milan

We did not set the clock - we are on vacation after all - and this morning we woke up very late. I have noticed that we have a tendency to do this by about day three or four of our mini city vacations which involve lots of walking, because we are absolutely knackered....

Milan; religious art and food shopping

Milan; religious art and food shopping

This morning we had reserved timed entry tickets for 1030 at the Pinoteca di Brera art gallery https://pinacotecabrera.org/en/. A recommended breakfast spot which was advertised as being two blocks away, seemed a good idea until we realized that it was more like eight...

Day One in Milan

Day One in Milan

We arrived in Milan around lunchtime and as a friend had told us to eat at Biffi in the Galleria, http://biffigalleria.it/en/the-biffi we obediently did just that. The restaurant was opened in 1852 by Paolo Biffi and moved to its present location in the Galleria when...

Two Duomos and a Certosa

Two Duomos and a Certosa

I took the bus from Cadenabbia to visit the Duomo in Como without having any clear idea of where to get off. In the end it wasn't that complicated; Como is located on the southern end of Lake Como and as I could see the dome as we drove into town from the western side...

Lake Como – 1929 and 2019

Lake Como – 1929 and 2019

  Some years ago when I was living in California, I went to a flea market one weekend with a friend who is a collector of all things vintage. (She has a good eye, she once found a genuine Chanel jacket in a charity shop in a dusty Central California town for about...

The Destruction of Yemen’s Heritage

The Destruction of Yemen’s Heritage

I went to a symposium on Saturday hosted by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Institute for Yemeni Studies at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, entitled Culture at Risk; Yemen's Heritage under Threat. The opening remarks...

A Tale of Two Tallins

A Tale of Two Tallins

As mentioned, we changed our schedule the day before because of the weather, but although I checked closing days, times etc. I did not check well enough and we pulled up outside the Kadriorg Museum, a grand Baroque palace built by Peter the Great in 1718 as a summer...

Danse Macabre and Bloody John

Danse Macabre and Bloody John

As it was another dreich day in Tallinn of pale grey skies and drizzle, we rearranged our schedule to do churches and museums. As it turned out, not in the right order - of which more later. After a huge bowl of the best porridge I have ever eaten, at Reval Café...