Monday, November 20, 2017

Would you Believe It?

My model of a Singapore shophouse has been used at the entrance to the new Peranakan Gallery at new Terminal 4 at Changi airport.  Chuffed am I or what!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

And Thank You

Thank you Alice and Rebecca for giving me the opportunity to visit my beloved Tuscany again.  And, of course, special thanks to Alice for, yet again, bringing the sunshine with her.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Milan Monumentale

This was not a place on itinerary during our Feb visit to Milan, a cemetary.

But once inside, it could have been something completely different.

Then again, perhaps not.

The entrance hall,

which in our case was the exit, as we came in via the backdoor.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


Sadly we had eventually to leave Tuscany. On the way back to Milan, we called in for lunch in Cremona, arriving as the Sunday market was departing.

Another fathomless statue.

But, of course, Cremona is associated with a very famous family from the 17th and 18th centuries., Stradivarius.


The main square by the harbour.

But we are off to the castle, around the corner.

Me and my three lovely fellow travelers.

But not to go into the castle, you understand, but to go under it.

Through a tunnel in the rock.

To a secret restaurant with a sea view.  Another love spot of mine.  I don't mind sharing my secrets.

I Had a House in Tuscany

Yes I did, No. 1 Fontanedo.

The new owner  has done good work on the garden.

A view once very much appreciated.

Much of the hamlet still derelict with only three, may be four, houses inhabited.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Volterra, The Views

What to say?

I'll be back.

Volterra, The Town

By a complete stroke of genius by Dorothy, our newly recruited sat nav expert, we were delivered to the quieter back gate to the town.

First, lunch.

My favourite Ristorante was closed this day, damn it..  And a I was so looking forward to meeting the two Etruscan waitresses again.

The town square preping for a show.

My favourite Tuscany town.

Camera attention grabbing all the time.

And the art. The tree of life, olive, of course. Lots of alabaster, a major source for thousands of years. No grotesque quarrying as behind Cararra, alabaster is mined, with no sign of landscape scares around.

Gek above the theatre.  No good picture of the arena.  The sun wasn't playing ball to day.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Florence - Mike's Square.

Walking up the hill to Michelangelo's Plaza, would you Adam and Eve it, a lady from Japan painting water colours in miniature.  I did buy a couple, ok, four. 

At the top of the hill, to the left,


And right.

David was here as well.

Florence - Signora Plaza

On our first visit to Florence in 2001, we stayed in the apartment with the two open windows.

What is going on here, no idea but for sure pretty violent.

David is still posing for photos.

To the Arno, and a surreal photo,

contrasting with what was going on just above these guys heads.  So busy, I took to a tour  guide tactic to have Gek and co not loose me.

What a day for the camera.

Florence - Going Passed the Duomo

View one.

 View two.

Now we have got that out of the way, between the Duomo and Signoria someone is having a laugh.

A naughty cherub, he has had enough and making his escape.


From Lucca we drove north west up the valley between the Alpi Apuane and the Garagnana Mountain ranges to Garagnana itself,

very colourful and smart,

 in contrast to as the Second World War left.  One thing is for certain, we humans will never learn from experience.

But, hay ho, t'was a gorgeous autumnal day, so we headed into dem thar' mountains.

Vagli Sotto with fab backdrop of rugged mountains on the other side of which is Carrara, the town of marble fame.

 Situated by a reservoir, ideal lunch picnic stop.

The beasty Jeep.  Another great bump up with a lot of grunt which came in very handy in this terrain. Brand spanking new too.  Who's a lucky boy then?  Ok, fortunate then.