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2 hours ago

Perhaps surprisingly this castle is not in the Loire Valley, but southern Sweden and called Kronovalls Slott. The Manor House was built in 1760 but totally re-designed in this French baroque style in the late 19C. When this area went from being Denmark to Sweden in the 17C the original building was sold to the governor of this county called Skåne - Baron Gustaf Persson Banér - later owned by the family Sparre, who still live in one wing. ... See MoreSee Less

Perhaps surprisingly this castle is not in the Loire Valley, but southern Sweden and called Kronovalls Slott. The Manor House was built in 1760 but totally re-designed in this French baroque style in the late 19C.  When this area went from being Denmark to Sweden in the 17C the original building was sold to the governor of this county called Skåne - Baron Gustaf Persson Banér - later owned by the family Sparre, who still live in one wing.

3 hours ago

Wanås Slott in southern Sweden, re-built in the 16C - when this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark - for Danish aristocrat Claus Stensen Bille. His wife was the daughter of the famous builder of nearby Glimmingehus - Jens Holgersen Ulfstand. Bille probably added the magnificent so-called Dutch gables. Now owned by the Wachtmeister family and is mostly famous for the charming sculpture park. Another place not to be missed! ... See MoreSee Less

Wanås Slott in southern Sweden, re-built in the 16C - when this part of Sweden belonged to Denmark - for Danish aristocrat Claus Stensen Bille. His wife was the daughter of the famous builder of nearby Glimmingehus - Jens Holgersen Ulfstand. Bille probably added the magnificent so-called Dutch gables. Now owned by the Wachtmeister family and is mostly famous for the charming sculpture park. Another place not to be missed!

11 hours ago

Original, beautiful, blue and off-white, 18C wallpaper from Count Carl Piper's office at Christinehof. The surface is covered with mercury and thus highly poisonous if you touch it! ... See MoreSee Less

Original, beautiful, blue and off-white, 18C wallpaper from Count Carl Pipers office at Christinehof. The surface is covered with mercury and thus highly poisonous if you touch it!

11 hours ago

If you are in southern Sweden don't miss Christinehof - an 18C Manor House in Swedish baroque style. Commissioned by the rich and powerful Countess Christina Piper from a military engineer and fortification master. Only intended for short stays when inspecting her alum extraction facility nearby. Christina's husband Carl was the right hand man of Charles XII, he was always abroad and later captured by the tsar and died in Russia. ... See MoreSee Less

If you are in southern Sweden dont miss Christinehof - an 18C Manor House in Swedish baroque style. Commissioned by the rich and powerful Countess Christina Piper from a military engineer and fortification master. Only intended for short stays when inspecting her alum extraction facility nearby. Christinas husband Carl was the right hand man of Charles XII, he was always abroad and later captured by the tsar and died in Russia.

4 weeks ago

The Shard and Tate Modern on a sunny early evening - wow! ... See MoreSee Less

The Shard and Tate Modern on a sunny early evening - wow!

4 weeks ago

The view across Norman Foster's "Wobbly Bridge" never ceases to impress me! ... See MoreSee Less

The view across Norman Fosters Wobbly Bridge never ceases to impress me!

1 month ago

I do hope that Hackney Wick will not become "over-gentrified" with all the developments - such a quirky and charming place! ... See MoreSee Less

I do hope that Hackney Wick will not become over-gentrified with all the developments - such a quirky and charming place!

1 month ago

Hackney Wick, what a fun place to visit on a Sunday afternoon! Full of "cool" bars, restaurants, old barges serving afternoon tea with home made cakes and doing cocktail cruises on the canals, all mixed with music coming from the Lovebox festival in Victoria Park. Constantly changing street art, here a van painted by "Sweet Toof" the pseudonym of well known graffiti artist. The pizza at Crate is great! ... See MoreSee Less

Hackney Wick, what a fun place to visit on a Sunday afternoon! Full of cool bars, restaurants, old barges serving afternoon tea with home made cakes and doing cocktail cruises on the canals, all mixed with music coming from the Lovebox festival in Victoria Park. Constantly changing street art, here a van painted by Sweet Toof the pseudonym of well known graffiti artist. The pizza at Crate is great!

1 month ago

Another view of Smithfield Market by Sir Horace Jones, it does remind me of a railway station. Interesting to note that it was built with the idea of ventilation and to keep the meat in the market cool. I do wonder how the architects will transform it into the new Museum of London. ... See MoreSee Less

Another view of Smithfield Market by Sir Horace Jones, it does remind me of a railway station. Interesting to note that it was built with the idea of ventilation and to keep the meat in the market cool. I do wonder how the architects will transform it into the new Museum of London.

1 month ago

Before most pubs by Smithfield Market were open all night to cater for meat traders' peculiar working hours. Porters in white coats and hats dashed around carrying carcasses and looked forward to a pint with their breakfast fry-up. This is changing but apparently The Fox and Anchor still follows the old tradition. What about a pint of beer for breakfast? ... See MoreSee Less

Before most pubs by Smithfield Market were open all night to cater for meat traders peculiar working hours. Porters in white coats and hats dashed around carrying carcasses and looked forward to a pint with their breakfast fry-up. This is changing but apparently The Fox and Anchor still follows the old tradition. What about a pint of beer for breakfast?

1 month ago

What a transformation that is taking place in Smithfield. I hope some of the original ambiance will not be lost! ... See MoreSee Less

What a transformation that is taking place in Smithfield. I hope some of the original ambiance will not be lost!

1 month ago

Having fun working on my Hackney Wick tour for V&A Friends. There is such a mixture of artist studios, microbreweries, salmon smokers and new developments. Wonder what is going to happen to the Victorian Lord Napier Pub, now full of graffiti including the inscription at the top "Meanwhile in East London Lunatics Decorate Buildings"? ... See MoreSee Less

Having fun working on my Hackney Wick tour for V&A Friends. There is such a mixture of artist studios, microbreweries, salmon smokers and new developments. Wonder what is going to happen to the Victorian Lord Napier Pub, now full of graffiti including the inscription at the top Meanwhile in East London Lunatics Decorate Buildings?

1 month ago

'Impenetrable Room 2017' neon light sculpture play by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, feels haunting, claustrophobic but is elegant in an unusual way. He grew up under General Pinochet when electricity was often shut off to keep citizens at home and under control. As a child he had pre-occupations of being abducted. #masterpiece ... See MoreSee Less

Impenetrable Room 2017 neon light sculpture play by Chilean artist Iván Navarro, feels haunting, claustrophobic but is elegant in an unusual way. He grew up under General Pinochet when electricity was often shut off to keep citizens at home and under control. As a child he had pre-occupations of being abducted. #masterpiece

1 month ago

Super interesting little exhibition at Kensington Palace about the three enlightened German princesses Caroline (pictured), Augusta and Charlotte and their interest in art, medicine and science etc and how they educated their children in the most recent thinking. For example Isaac Newton taught the children about gravity and they were inoculated against smallpox at a time when considered highly risky. ... See MoreSee Less

Super interesting little exhibition at Kensington Palace about the three enlightened German princesses Caroline (pictured), Augusta and Charlotte and their interest in art, medicine and science etc and how they educated their children in the most recent thinking. For example Isaac Newton taught the children about gravity and they were inoculated against smallpox at a time when considered highly risky.

1 month ago

Couldn't resist taking a picture of Antony Redmile's peculiar 1970 "Nautilus" made using coral, conches, semiprecious stones, from the collection of Roland de la Poype, Musée de la Marine in Antibes. Another place to visit! #masterpiece ... See MoreSee Less

Couldnt resist taking a picture of Antony Redmiles  peculiar 1970 Nautilus made using coral, conches, semiprecious stones, from the collection of Roland de la Poype, Musée de la Marine in Antibes. Another place to visit! #masterpiece

1 month ago

Had a very nice chat at Masterpiece with this charming Chelsea Pensioner. He explained how great it is to a be a CP with perks such as perfect living location, beautiful dining hall, lots of friends, free entry to events like this and always curious people who want to chat and know more about the uniform etc, which incidentally, is the same for summer and winter! ... See MoreSee Less

Had a very nice chat at Masterpiece with this charming Chelsea Pensioner. He explained how great it is to a be a CP with perks such as perfect living location, beautiful dining hall, lots of friends, free entry to events like this and always curious people who want to chat and know more about the uniform etc, which incidentally, is the same for summer and winter!

1 month ago

Taking a Brazilian couple for a V&A tour today. Will be interesting for them to see Amanda Levete Architects' £55mm new courtyard and exhibition space, tiled with porcelain and behind the 19C Aston Webb screen (also did Buckingham Palace's façade) that faces the new focus area - Exhibition Road - part of the Albertopolis project. ... See MoreSee Less

Taking a Brazilian couple for a V&A tour today. Will be interesting for them to see Amanda Levete Architects £55mm new courtyard and exhibition space, tiled with porcelain and behind the 19C Aston Webb screen (also did Buckingham Palaces façade) that faces the new focus area - Exhibition Road - part of the Albertopolis project.

1 month ago

My favourite London spot on a sunny day - Swedish architect William Chambers' 18C Somerset House. Nice views over the river, good breeze, bars and restaurants - and always a new exhibition - this time called Perfume. You follow a trail and smell very unusual, new fragrances such as smokey wood. ... See MoreSee Less

My favourite London spot on a sunny day - Swedish architect William Chambers 18C Somerset House. Nice views over the river, good breeze, bars and restaurants - and always a new exhibition - this time called Perfume. You follow a trail and smell very unusual, new fragrances such as smokey wood.

2 months ago

Today's tour of the V&A Jewellery Gallery included the actual yellow diamond and pink topaz seen on the Marchioness of Londonderry's shoulder. Interestingly the gems were gifts - not from her husband - but from Tsar Alexander I of Russia! ... See MoreSee Less

Todays tour of the V&A Jewellery Gallery included the actual yellow diamond and pink topaz seen on the Marchioness of Londonderrys shoulder. Interestingly the gems were gifts - not from her husband - but from Tsar Alexander I of Russia!

2 months ago

Just back from a private tour in Bath. The angels climbing ladders on the façade of the late 15C Bath Abbey always make me smile. What an amusing idea to depict climbing angels! I wonder what people thought of it at the time? Afternoon tea in nearby Castle Comb's Manor House Hotel is definitely worthwhile. ... See MoreSee Less

Just back from a private tour in Bath. The angels climbing ladders on the façade of the late 15C Bath Abbey always make me smile. What an amusing idea to depict climbing angels! I wonder what people thought of it at the time? Afternoon tea in nearby Castle Combs Manor House Hotel is definitely worthwhile.