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A celebration of cows

Celebration Collective noun (1) A group of brightly-coloured cows, esp. in Normandy, France; said to be inspired by the Bounty of Bears in Berlin.        

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Paris: Picasso pleases but there were problems in paradise

Last September, Maggie and I made our fourth, and probably last, visit to Paris. We had booked to stay in our favourite hotel in Le Marais district for four nights, sandwiched between our river cruise and our visit to First World … Continue reading

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Into the closet: folio 4

A few weeks ago, we updated our ‘loo view’, replacing images from our visit to Spain in 2011 with a selection of photos from the three days we spent in Burgundy in May 2014. Although we enjoyed several bottles of the … Continue reading

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Capital cooking: eating out, in and around Canberra

Maggie and I enjoy visiting Canberra but, to use that well-worn phrase, we wouldn’t want to live there. Like some other cities built from scratch in the 20th century to house national governments and their agencies, it has a reputation … Continue reading

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Visit to Canberra: a symphony in five monuments (day 2)

On our second full day in Canberra, Maggie and I visited three more national monuments. National Portrait Gallery We first visited the National Portrait Gallery in 2013, soon after it it moved into a purpose-built facility. The gallery houses a … Continue reading

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Visit to Canberra: a symphony in five monuments (day 1)

Maggie and I recently spent a few days in the region of Canberra, the capital of Australia. The next couple of posts will cover our visits to five national monuments, followed by some of the excellent food we ate in … Continue reading

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Visit to WW1 battlefields: day 1, part 2

The final item on the itinerary for the first day of our tour was an extended visit to the small city of Ypres. Ypres was briefly captured by German forces in the first months of the war, but they were … Continue reading

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