Excerpts from the Italian Diaries. Part 2

4 Ladies of Verona A half day excursion to Verona meant another early start but as the coach was picking us up from our hotel it was easy. Our tour guide, Caroline, is particularly annoying and without any interesting dialogue. She spent most of the journey to Verona talking about toilet stops. I do not have any time for her at all. Arriving in the … Continue reading Excerpts from the Italian Diaries. Part 2

Excerpts from the Italian Diaries.

Day 2. Trip to Malcesine After a too hot night of crazy dreams we were awoken by nan knocking on our door at 8.15am.Too early for us (having not really recovered from the extremely early start yesterday) but we got up and went down to a reviving buffet breakfast where there was something for every taste, plus a nice big mug of english breakfast tea. … Continue reading Excerpts from the Italian Diaries.


This Little Piggy Went to Market (Taiwan 3)

Just a quick post today and it’s not for the squeamish. It’s a gallery of photos taken at the markets in Songshan (somewhere around Longjian Road I think). It’s pretty densely built up in this area and although it works on a grid system, much like New York, I found it more confusing than if it had been all higgledy piggeldy.  Don’t use a 7/11 … Continue reading This Little Piggy Went to Market (Taiwan 3)

Have you Eaten Yet? (Taiwan 2)

Taiwanese cuisine was one of the things Rich and I were most excited about experiencing on our trip East. And the good news is it exceeded our very high expectations! In Britain we often greet each other with a, “How are you?”, but in Taiwan it’s more common to hear, “Have you eaten yet?”. I can answer this question with a “yes” but I’ll still … Continue reading Have you Eaten Yet? (Taiwan 2)

I Become a Wai Guo Ren (Taiwan 1)

Introduction 6 months ago I booked tickets to visit Taiwan. Why? I have two brothers and a new sister-in-law that live there.  It, otherwise, would not have been high on my ‘to go to’ list. I’m not a chronic traveller. Europe, yes but much farther afield I’ve not really ventured. I had no idea of what to expect and that was exciting! Having now spent … Continue reading I Become a Wai Guo Ren (Taiwan 1)

An august August.

It’s been an age since a decent update from me. As well as enjoying what remaining sunny days we have left I’ve also been replenishing my cultural batteries with no less than 3 theatre trips this August! Boringly but very necessary I’ve also been spending (too much) time on the computer researching website platforms, galleries and other things pertaining to my art and career. At … Continue reading An august August.