New York [part 1]: Midtown

Finally I’m posting some travel tips and pics from my trip to New York. Look out for parts two and three! Some history … Manhattan is densely built up (literally up!) – there is no extraneous green space or wasteland – and I found myself wondering why anyone would settle on this claustrophobic island? A little googling suggested the following account: the Dutch were trading … Continue reading New York [part 1]: Midtown

Sicily [part 2]: Cefalu’

Day tripping from Palermo? I highly recommend its neighbour Cefalu’: it’s easily accessible (50 mins on the train) and has tons of history and a beautiful beach. Duomo di Cefalu’ This 900-year-old basilica, overlooked by the Rocca di Cefalu’ and overlooking a pretty piazza, is fortress-like on the outside and rather plain on the inside, except for right above the altar, where you get some … Continue reading Sicily [part 2]: Cefalu’

Crystalline art

Last weekend I went to see Josiah McElheny’s ‘The Crystal Land’ exhibition at Bermondsey’s White Cube. Among the items in this collection were his series of ‘paintings’ consisting of glass domes and pillars set inside gem-shaped, mirrored window boxes (not shown): Looking inside these structures, I was reminded of what it’s like to stare down a cathedral nave – ad infinitum – or of the Wizard … Continue reading Crystalline art

800 years in 800 metres

One of my favourite parts of London is Bankside, the riverside route between Blackfriars Bridge and London Bridge. The 800 metres between the Tate Modern and the eastern end of Clink Street hold a quirky mix of buildings in various architectural styles covering 800 years. Listed residential chic 51 Bankside is a terraced house built in the early 1700s. In the 1950s the Southwark Cathedral … Continue reading 800 years in 800 metres