Painting Gardens: Monet to Matisse, RA

We are usually not such fans of paintings of greenery, vegetables and flowers, even though, we do, of course, like the few famous garden paintings as much as anyone else. It’s just that for the most part, we prefer a bit more variety in motifs, so our expectations weren’t too high, when we arrived for this latest exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. [foogallery id=”869″] But how wrong could we have been! The exhibition is absolutely magnificent and if you like art you must go. Full stop. It’s so beautifully curated and well-balanced, and even where the artists are (in quite a few of the cases) not from the top-five of their era, the paintings that were chosen of their oeuvre are always exactly right, for one reason or another: to highlight one aspect of the expression sought by artists of that time, or maybe to highlight a technique […]

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Trevor’s Travel Trivia – Part III

Albania   Mother Teresa Mother Teresa was born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje (modern Macedonia), then part of the Ottoman Empire. Her family was from Shkodër, Albania, and her father was involved in Albanian politics. She won the Nobel Peace Prize and is scheduled to become a Roman Catholic saint in September 2016. Tirana’s international airport is named after her. Of Kings and Queens King Zog of Albania was the only national leader in modern times to return fire during an assassination attempt. When Geraldine Apponyi married King Zog in 1938 she became the first American woman to be a queen. Tribes with Guns The Ghegs of northern Albania are the only tribal society that survived in Europe until the middle of the 20th century. Everyone likes a nice Merc Albania had 3 million people but only 3000 cars at the end of the communist era in 1991 because […]

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Le Caprice

Sunday brunch at Le Caprice was spur of the moment.  We strolled to the Royal Academy, hoping to see the “Monet to Matisse” Gardens exhibition but were turned away as tickets had sold out for the day.  Le Caprice is only a short distance away and the manner with which they received us (in our Sunday jeans) immediately put us at ease.  The service was excellent.  The food was satisfying too. Light but creamy Hollandaise Sauce with the Eggs Arlington. The combination worked – not too rich.  We also enjoyed the Bloody Mary, which was somewhat unusual. Maybe they added some vegetable stock and unusual herbs, we wondered. Yes, we were hungry!  The bacon was indeed crispy… and light!  The buttermilk pancakes were freshly made and soaked up the maple syrup. Coffee: watery and not convincing. Apart from that, it was a very enjoyable experience.  We did linger to eyeball […]

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Trevor’s Travel Trivia – Part II

  German Travel Trivia   Alles Wurst? (All Sausage?) German cuisine is all about meat and sausages? Nope, according to Wikipedia Germany’s meat consumption per person is a mere 82kg per annum, still roughly 30 times more than in Bhutan or Bangladesh, but nothing much compared with the 125kg gobbled down in the U.S. or the 146kg eaten by the citizens of world-leading Denmark. “Alles Wurst” means whatever in German. Fun facts: traditionally (and in actual fact), white sausage must never be eaten after 12 noon. This is because white sausages would go off easily during the days when most people wouldn’t have refridgerators. They must never be eaten with anything but white sausage (sweet) mustard. Over 800 million currywurst are eaten in Germany each year – currywurst is a sausage served with a spicy sauce and curry powder, and is a street food that has become a cult classic […]

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