double-bridge

Imperial palace

We took the underground again, changing twice, so as to visit the gardens of the imperial palace.  From the underground station we first saw the front entrance to the palace which is well guarded and has an attractive two arched

double-bridge

Imperial palace

We took the underground again, changing twice, so as to visit the gardens of the imperial palace.  From the underground station we first saw the front entrance to the palace which is well guarded and has an attractive two arched

shrine
/ Asia

The known and unknown dead

After breakfast in the coffee shop in the same building as the hotel we set out to see some of Tokyo. We started by taking the JR train south to the Meiji Shrine where the Emperor Meiji and his Empress

shrine
/ Asia

The known and unknown dead

After breakfast in the coffee shop in the same building as the hotel we set out to see some of Tokyo. We started by taking the JR train south to the Meiji Shrine where the Emperor Meiji and his Empress

mums-sky-tree
/ Asia

Sky Tree

I haven’t been travelling much myself, however my parents have been on a number of great trips since I told you about their tour of China.  Over the coming weeks I’ll share their trip to Japan with you. We left Frankfurt

mums-sky-tree
/ Asia

Sky Tree

I haven’t been travelling much myself, however my parents have been on a number of great trips since I told you about their tour of China.  Over the coming weeks I’ll share their trip to Japan with you. We left Frankfurt

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Monument

On 2 September 1666 a fire broke out in a baker’s house on Pudding Lane, London.  It spread across the majority of what was London in those days and wasn’t put out until 5 September.  Many houses and churches (including St

2015-11-26 13.15.00

Monument

On 2 September 1666 a fire broke out in a baker’s house on Pudding Lane, London.  It spread across the majority of what was London in those days and wasn’t put out until 5 September.  Many houses and churches (including St

2016-07-14 15.15.04

Designing for Penguins and Paintings

One of the special exhibitions on at the V&A this year is about the influence Ove Arup had on design and architecture.  He was a building engineer by training and stepped over the divide between architect (designer) and engineer (builder). He

2016-07-14 15.15.04

Designing for Penguins and Paintings

One of the special exhibitions on at the V&A this year is about the influence Ove Arup had on design and architecture.  He was a building engineer by training and stepped over the divide between architect (designer) and engineer (builder). He

2016-04-033

Permanent bits and pieces

The V&A has an extensive permanent collection on display throughout the building. I sometimes think the permanent exhibition gets a bit neglected because lots of people go for the special exhibitions.  On a recent visit, I decided to go up the

2016-04-033

Permanent bits and pieces

The V&A has an extensive permanent collection on display throughout the building. I sometimes think the permanent exhibition gets a bit neglected because lots of people go for the special exhibitions.  On a recent visit, I decided to go up the

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Museum of Art and Design

One of the most eminent museums of art and design hides its focus behind a name which doesn’t even mention it’s a museum anymore.  It was founded in 1852 as the Museum of Manufactures using the profits from the Great

2016-07-14 14.57.15

Museum of Art and Design

One of the most eminent museums of art and design hides its focus behind a name which doesn’t even mention it’s a museum anymore.  It was founded in 1852 as the Museum of Manufactures using the profits from the Great