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Pushkin and Beyond

Discover my day trip to Pushkin and beyond, including Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof Palace and Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Continue reading

St Petersburg

Discover the first leg of my Russian adventure to The Hermitage, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Yusupov Palace and The Moika River… Continue reading

Tallinn

  Sailing two days East from Copenhagen, our Capital Cities of the Baltic Cruise closed in on Estonia’s historical haven, Tallinn.    Freedom Square Gangway cleared, we hopped in a taxi to the World-Heritage Site of Tallinn’s Old Town.  Detouring, we passed the colossal concrete Freedom Square, featuring a 23.5m high glass Cross of Liberty (Victory Colum) honouring … Continue reading

A Day in Copenhagen

Coasting into our Capital Cities of the Baltic cruise, my Mum, Aunt, Cousin and I docked at Copenhagen on 13 July 2019. Unlucky for some! No sooner had we joined the Red Sightseeing Bus than it inexplicably and prematurely stopped in the city centre, to offload all passengers. After some mapping and muttering, we decided … Continue reading

Day of the Dead

Honouring lives lost and risked for Mexican freedom of Expression is the Mitchell Library Day of the Dead event. Hosted by The Scottish Writers’ Centre in partnership with Scottish PEN, the event will take place on November 2 -from 5.30pm- in the Glasgow Room. The free, un-ticketed event will see readings both about the country … Continue reading

Lisbon

With our hearts set on a music festival, seven friends and I booked a week in July to Lisbon. Liberdade was our area of choice for its proximity to the venue; but there was a catch, it was ‘save- a- year-ahead’ expensive. Being Portugal-virgins we had unwittingly booked accommodation in its premier shopping district. So … Continue reading

Galoshans Festival

There’s a new UK arts festival and it’s called the Galoshans. With the Scots name for ‘guising’ it’s unsurprisingly scheduled North of the border. The exact location is however, more surprising. Unlike most Scottish festivals, it isn’t going to Glasgow or Edinburgh, rather Inverclyde. Bringing the festival to Inverclyde is Scottish charity UZ Arts. The … Continue reading

Travelogue

If you enjoy Nordic fiction, then why not explore the landscape through visual art? This voyage can be taken in Glasgow’s Briggait (studio) through Clive A Brandon’s Travelogue exhibition (running April 27 to June 5). Travelogue showcases Brandon’s work from residencies in Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Iceland. He explained: “I had visited Scandinavia several times … Continue reading

Gdańsk

One of Europe’s best kept secrets is Gdańsk, Poland’s principle sea port. Bursting with culture and not stag-do in sight; it is literally a breath of fresh air. On a frozen February 2014 my mum and I visited my Dad (a marine engineer) as he worked in Gdańsk. We stayed in an apartment with views … Continue reading

Paris

Paris is known as the city of love; particularly apt if your love is art. In 2013 I took Parisian mini break with my mum (an ex travel lecturer) and we followed my artist twin’s recommendations of attractions. The result was a whirlwind tour of culture, cuisine and carry-on (my mum got berated for touching … Continue reading

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