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Whitton to Chiswick

Friday 24. 05 19 This is a drawing of a train journey that I did to school every day in the 50s.

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London

Wednesday 22. 05. 19 Just got back this morning from a busy 5 days in London. Met Carol on Saturday and spent the whole day at the Crypt catching up. Sunday was Van Gogh at Tate Britain and Franz West and Dorothy Tanning at Tate Modern. Monday I took the train to Whitton and took a lot of photos of places from my childhood. Met Ed Harris for lunch at the Nelson and reminisced  about post-war Whitton. Tuesday saw an excellent Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum and then visited my old school in Chiswick before heading back to Luton for the night. Took the 6.30am flight back home this morning.

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Franglais

Sunday 12. 05. 19 I have started a series of collages based on my Friday Franglais class. This is the first.

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Les Baux 2

Monday 06. 05. 19 Went to the Carriéres du Lumières again today and this time we managed to get in OK. What a fabulous expo/show – Vincent would have been proud. Afterwards we had a tasty lunch at our usual restaurant. A grand day out!

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The Old and the new

 

Tuesday 30. 04. 19 I went into Montpellier today and visited L’Arbre Blanc, a modern apartment building, and the Cathedrale St Pierre, a 13th century cathedral. An interesting contrast in styles.

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Labour day

Monday 29. 04. 19 I bought this Lily of the Valley this morning. It is sold in France to celebrate the Fête de Travail on Wednesday May 1st.

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Irises

Wednesday 17. 04. 19 I was given a couple of irises by Gisèle on Sunday and a couple by George and Laurene on Monday.

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Les Baux

 

Tuesday 16. 04. 19 Patricia and I went to Les Baux today to see the new expo at the Carrières Luminaires, however we had forgotten that it was the Easter school holidays. When we arrived there was a long queue so we thought that we would have a walk around the old town and have a café and then come back later. On our return the queue was even longer so we cut our losses and drove to Aigues Mortes where we had lunch of fish and chips of all things in a Franco-Italian restaurant! Delicious! We then had a leisurely walk around town before driving home. We hope to get back to the expo in a few weeks time when there should be less crowds.

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Berlin

 

Thursday 11. 04. 19  We took the train from Amsterdam and travelled across Germany to Berlin last Friday after our bike ride. Checked into our very spacious apartment hotel in the Mitte district of Berlin and bought food at a the nearest supermarket which happened to be Bio. Spent the next 4 days wandering around. Saw an interesting expo at the Bohran museum on the Bauhaus from William Morris to Gropius, went around the Hamburger Bahnhof gallery of modern art which was enormous in an old station and factory, saw the wall and a concentration camp memorial and generally wandered around. Decided Berlin is a city that we both liked and will revisit.It is very easy to get around via bus, streetcar or subway. Got back home yesterday evening.

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Amsterdam and tulips

Friday 05. 04. 19 Met Julia in Amsterdam and spent the weekend there. Went to a superb Hockney/Van Gogh expo at the Van Gogh Museum – one of the best expos that I have ever seen and also a Rembrandt exhibition which was unfortunately marred by crowds. On Monday we went on our ride through the tulip fields around Amsterdam for 5 days. What a week! It was fun, interesting and even healthy! Met some interesting people – three ladies – Amanda, Caroline and Sarah really made our trip special.

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