La Triennale and the Castle Cats

Today we walked around the moat and through the grounds  of the Sforza Castle and visited a great design gallery called  La Triennale. We went to see an exhibition about Aldo Coppola – an artist – an Italian hairdresser but more than that of course – an icon himself – he created fashions, hair and looks. …

Walking the feet in Milan

With just under sixteen thousand footsteps we saw a lot of Milan. I took many photographs but only a few passed the final cut.  But these few describe my day beautifully, I think. I took some of Il Duomo which sits in the very centre of Milan but I was unsuccessful, the area was surrounded …

The Milan SMILE

Smiles come in all languages.  A face has a language of its own independent of its words.  My Italian is not so good anymore and it was never so good in the first place so I have replaced words with lots of nods and pointings and smiles and eyebrows and more nods with smiles. Smiles work …

So, you’re going to Italy …

Hello, everyone. Celi asked me for some helpful tips for her upcoming holiday and I was very happy to oblige. I’ve since learned from a very reliable little bird that MILAN is the destination for our friend. With that tweet in mind, I’ve included not just travel details for Italy but also some transportation info specific to Milan, as …

The New London

Kings Cross. I know! That was not the image you were expecting right? Me either! When we think of Kings Cross we think of bricks, and dark and the huddled masses.  But it is changing. There is so much building going on, fusing the old with the new, creating more pedestrian space, good spacious apartments …

Shift your focus

For a few minutes I would like you to think like a little balloon and I will trail you along on my walk through London yesterday, with old friends. We began in Angel (an area I was very familiar with) and through St John – an area I am not familiar with at all and into …

Good morning – LONDON

London. Flashing past my eyes. There are SO MANY people here, throngs, crowds,  many, many different languages, different modes of dress, different foods and and so much sound and light and colour. I am SO happy to be back in the big city. I feel invigorated by this huge collection of peoples. Thank you so …

Letter from a Pet Zoo in Israel

Pet Zoo Kibbutz Shiller – The Bird’s Eye View. Hello everybody! My name is Tarnegolita, and I am your fancy-feathered hostess for today in this guest post on Cecilia’s blog. I will graciously guide you through your virtual visit to my home, a small private pet zoo in a kibbutz in central Israel. This is Pet …

Letter from the Outer Hebrides

Introducing Jonathon.  He and Denise live in the Outer Hebrides. In their own words: (nicked from their blog). We live and work from our home at the southern tip of the Isle of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides – an archipelego at the Atlantic edge of Scotland. We live in an 18thC high-walled kitchen …

Guest Post – the old and new

A Postcard from England, Old and New…  My grandfather, Fred Brackenbury, came from a long line of prize-winning English shepherds. ‘My father was a shepherd’, he said once. ‘And his father. And mebbe his father…’. Here is Fred, eighty years ago, with some of his charges, and one of his faithful collies! Fred won many …