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Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris 32 Images


This wonderful Parisian architectural masterpiece is still brand new, with art galleries and views of the Parisian skyline, hard to beat.

PARIS, FRANCE, 2015 60 Images


I booked a 6-day visit to Paris, starting on Thursday 12th November, with a list of galleries and museums I wanted to visit, and I had tickets for orchestral concerts at the Garnier Theatre. On my second night, terrorists killed more than 100 people in the city. Luckily I was safe, back in my hotel, watching television when I saw the news as it unfolded. For the next few days Paris was in shock. People were walking around as if in a trance. Galleries, theatres, restaurants and government of...

The City of London - Open House 38 Images


Every year, come September, the buildings in London, which are not normally open to the general public, throw open wide their doors and invite us all in, to look around, learn something about their architecture, and be amazed. It is called OPEN HOUSE London. It has become so popular that it is very difficult to enter many of the more iconic buildings unless you queue for hours - which many people do. I am too impatient but am content to walk around (in this case)The City of London, looking...

South Africa snapshots in the 1980s 15 Images


In the early 1980s I visited my grandmother, aunts and cousins in South Africa. I was a keen amateur photographer at the time and took my camera with me. I visited Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Although this was the time of apartheid, when white people ruled and everyone else had a difficult life, I found that, everywhere I went, black South Africans greeted me with smiles and friendliness. No one ever objected to me taking their photo. I was genuinely moved by their lack of hostility,...

Plymouth Hoe, Devon, England. Atmospheres: lines, corners and curves. 21 Images


The Hoe is a small stretch of land and rocky outcrop where the City of Plymouth meets the sea. It is an ideal refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life, with many walkways and corners where you can linger and meditate, while looking out to sea.

Liverpool - Off-centre 20 Images


I walked north from the Museum of Liverpool into Regent Road. These are some of the side streets in a semi-industrial and commercial district.

City of Leeds, England, UK. January, 2014 15 Images


Architecture, facades, arcades, graffiti reflecting the inner city's character.

Birmingham, England. City Views 30 Images


I love Birmingham. I don't live there but visit as often as I can, thanks to the very affordable fares offered by Chiltern Railways. The best value train journey in the whole of the UK, in my books! Birmingham is England's second city, after London. It has a vibrant art scene, a terrific new public library, an amazing Symphony Hall, a great range of architecture, excellent examples of pre-Raphaelite art.....and lots more.

Birmingham's Canal network 29 Images


Birmingham has a remarkable network of canals - more than Venice - connecting to almost every part of England. Originally built as working waterways to transport goods from and to Birmingham, the canals are now used for leisure activities, and many people choose to live in narrow boats or barges on the canals. Or spend weekends and summer holidays in the open air and on the water, going from one area to another. The footpaths alongside the canals are used by cyclists and walkers, and the p...

The Quays, Manchester's Waterfront, England. 28 Images


Situated just 15 minutes by train from Manchester city centre, The Quays is one of the best cultural, sporting and leisure destinations in the Northwest of England. Here you will find The Lowry, one of the leading multi-arts venues in the UK, with three theatres providing a changing programme of drama, dance, opera, ballet, comedy, music and family shows. The art gallery showcases the work of LS Lowry, one of England's best loved artists. Walk around the Manchester Ship Canal to MediaCityUK,...

Imperial War Museum of the North - A look inside. 20 Images


There are more than 1,400 objects on display. From the field gun that fired the first British shot of the First World War to the 7 metre piece of steelwork from the World Trade Centre, the permanent displays show the impact of war from 1914 to more recent conflicts. Art, letters and photographs are among the objects and personal stories on display. Special exhibitions are put on every few months.

Imperial War Museum of the North. The Quays, Greater Manchester, England 24 Images


Designed by world famous architect Daniel Liebeskind, this award-winning building is part of the UK's Imperial War Museums and represents the world torn apart by conflict. Visit this iconic museum and discover the powerful personal stories that reveal how war shapes lives. Sitting on the side of the Manchester Ship Canal, facing The Lowry (theatre and arts centre) and the BBC's Manchester studios.

Plymouth Hoe Atmospheres: Part ll 19 Images


I love visiting Plymouth, especially at the start or end of winter. The light has a softness that is dreamlike in the early hours or just before dark. The Hoe is my refuge then, when all my senses come alive and my eye is bathed in its gentle light and seductive colours. Plymouth is a coastal city in Devon, in the southwest of England. For more than 700 years Plymouth's fortunes have been linked with the sea. The Pilgrim Fathers sailed from here in 1620, as did the explorer and map-maker Ja...

Stained Glass windows in Carlisle Cathedral, England. 15 Images


Carlisle has had a cathedral church since 1133. It has been one of England's unluckiest, having to cope not only with friable stone and, in 1292, a very bad fire, but also with specially ruthless handling at the time of the Civil War, when the Parliamentarians tore down most of the nave because they wanted stone for fortifications; it has never been rebuilt. - Excerpt from The Cathedrals of England by Alec Clifton-Taylor, published 1974

City of Liverpool, England, UK. The Historic Waterfront. 23 Images


Some of the most iconic views of the city's main cultural area, including the Albert Docks, the Three Graces, the Museum of Liverpool, the Tate Gallery, and the views from the "Ferry 'cross the Mersey" (made famous by The Beatles, Liverpool's most famous export). Also, night scenes of the city centre, as well as a trip outside Liverpool to see the Antony Gormley cluster of sculptures which form "Another Place".

City of Leeds, England, UK. City Centre Views. 31 Images


Architecture, arcades, city views, details of inner city Leeds

Liverpool, England. Night scenes. 33 Images


Views of the city centre and Waterfront after sunset.

Another Place: Antony Gormley sculptures 24 Images


British sculptor Antony Gormley has installed 100 cast iron figures along a stretch of the Merseyside coast, not far from Liverpool. Depending on the tide, weather and time of the day, the figures will be more or less visible. At high water some will be up to their necks in water. The pieces were made from body casts of the sculptor in 1997 and first installed in Cuxhaven, Germany over a 3 km stretch of beach. Gormley says: "In placing art at the sea's edge I am asking about our relationshi...

Angel of the North, by Antony Gormley 15 Images


Angel of the North is an iconic landmark in the north west of England, created by the sculptor Antony Gormley.