In his essay, The gift of the hinterland, Tony Barrell writes about the hinterlands of three cities: Chester in England, Molivos in Greece and Kyoto in Japan.… Read More The rows of Chester
I just read that Skye Gyngell’s new restaurant opens today at Somerset House in London. Whenever I think of that beautiful building, I think back to a moment in December 2005 when I stood in front of it, watching the ice skaters whizz by on the temporary outdoor skating rink installed for the winter. Skye Gyngell, by the way,… Read More Petersham Nurseries Cafe and other fine dining memories
My parents never took me to galleries and museums while I was growing up, so art is something I’ve discovered for myself as an adult. I regularly visit the big galleries in Sydney, but it’s really through travelling that I’ve developed my own tastes and ideas about art. Whenever I’m on the road, I end… Read More The art of travel
I’m currently waiting in the terminal of the new St Pancras international terminal; it’s such a relief to be sitting here, finding a moment to blog before boarding the train in an hour. I haven’t caught the Eurostar in five years, and this terminal didn’t exist back then. Part of me can’t believe I’ve finally… Read More Boarding the Eurostar to Paris
An absolutely essential aspect of my London experience has been the Underground (or ‘Tube’) which is a complicated rail network which functions as the arteries of this great city. London’s public transport system, including buses and trains, is totally superior to any other one I’ve encountered – but then, it would have to be, given… Read More London – Part 5
I think this is the first time in my life that I’ve been really heartened by the arrival of spring. Maybe it’s just something I’ve never really noticed in Australia because the change in temperature is not hugely dramatic. And though it’s still cold here, the important thing is that it’s less cold. It would… Read More Spring in London!
Brighton is in East Sussex, a couple of hours south-west of London. Just about everyone I asked about it told me it was a fantastic place so by the time I got on the bus early Saturday morning I was ready to encounter the greatest seaside town ever. First of all, it’s famous for its… Read More Brighton, England