Category: Travel

  • 8 places to visit in BEAUTIFUL BATH

    8 places to visit in BEAUTIFUL BATH

    Something about the combination of magnificent Georgian architecture, rolling hills landscape, historic Roman baths and a pretty 13th century Abbey that is pure elegance has me returning for my fourth visit… my favourite places to visit when in Bath Somerset England

  • old Royal Naval College Greenwich LONDON

    old Royal Naval College Greenwich LONDON

      Maritime Greenwich is a World UNESCO Heritage Site – since 1997 – The ensemble of buildings at Greenwich, an outlying district of London, and the park in which they are set, symbolize English artistic and scientific endeavour in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Queen’s House (by Inigo Jones) was the first Palladian building…

  • 1930s MILANO villa necchi campiglio

    1930s MILANO villa necchi campiglio

    selected leading Milan Architect Piero Portaluppi (1888-1967) who was already building several residences in the neighbourhood.  With a distinctive career in architecture, city planning, decorative arts, restoration, exhibition display as well as writing and teaching. Portaluppi was well established and considered brilliant and creative.

  • MILAN fornasetti

    MILAN fornasetti

    As a longtime fan of Fornasetti’s work, I could not visit Milan without a visit to Fornasetti HQ and Showroom on Courso Venezia. Bold, whimsical and distinctive – Fornasetti’s work has held appeal since the 1980’s and in 2013 an Exhibit titled “100 Years of Practical Madness” was held at the Milan Triennale Design Museum…

  • MILAN poldi pezzoli MUSEO

    MILAN poldi pezzoli MUSEO

    his former private Palazzo from the 17th century, now Museo, is located on Via Manzoni, Milan (near Teatro alla Scala) is the private collection of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli (1822-1879) who was the last heir of the possessions of two prominent families.

  • MILAN bagatti valsecchi

    MILAN bagatti valsecchi

    Villa Bagatti Valsecchi. A mansion located between Via Gesu and Via Santo Spirito in Milan,  Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi’s extraordinary collections showcasing their love for the past and the Italian Renaissance

  • WHISTLER audain art museum

    WHISTLER audain art museum

    Nestled in the forest next to the Fitzsimmons River facing Blackcomb Way, the Audain Art Museum is a worthy visit next time you are on the mountain.

  • SKEDANS haida gwaii

    SKEDANS haida gwaii

    Skedans Haida Village, Gwaii Haanas Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site

  • GLASGOW city chambers

    GLASGOW city chambers

    Built in the 1880s in George Square, the City Chambers is the headquarters of council serving the City of Glasgow.  Enter through a loggia and be met with a mosaic of the city’s Coat of Arms. This mosaic style referred to as Keramic, is found on other floors as well as the ceilings. It is…

  • 17th century VILLAGE Little WOODHAM

    17th century VILLAGE Little WOODHAM

    My uber talented and creative cousin in England is always involved in the most fascinating projects. During our very quick visit, she told me of her involvement as a volunteer for a preserved 17th century village run by the Gosport Living History Society.  As a living history interpreter, dressed in period costume, they give visitors…

  • historic HOME of England Tour May 2016

    historic HOME of England Tour May 2016

    Cottages, castles, royal palaces and other architectural gems viewed with a Blue Badge guide throughout the Tour. This is a small group of 16 on a private bus for transportation staying at four star hotels in London, Bath and Royal Tunbridge Wells.

  • Favourite Joburg shop – the Private House

    Favourite Joburg shop – the Private House

    The Private House Co. In Design Quarter was my favourite home decor stop. Beautifully laid out and displayed, it almost looked as tho you could move in. An emphasis on natural materials and local elements. Gracious proportions, I liked the casually elegant feel. Even if you were not looking for furniture, I loved the way…

  • Beechwood Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Beechwood Gardens, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Beechwood Gardens in Johannesburg, South Africa opened to the public for a charity fundraiser by Gardens of the Golden City. A gorgeous home and 3.4 acre garden originally designed and built in the 1940s.

  • winged VICTORY of samorace

    winged VICTORY of samorace

    Marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess Nike from the second century BC. My pick to see in the Louvre. There were three of us and we only had a couple of hours, so I suggested we all select one thing each and in our search for each item we wandered through different areas. I love…

  • Sicilian Aristocratic Villa Garden

    Sicilian Aristocratic Villa Garden

    This beautiful Villa and garden have been in the San Guiliano family for over 800 years. The estate includes the chapel, below, a South American inspired garden from a stay in Brazil, and groves of citrus and olives. I liked this section of blue, great shape and texture. Head gardener Rachel Lamb was kind to…