Patterns and Light

A few photos from my recent 24 hours in the UK! London for a cultural walk around (exhibition of the trip is definitely ‘Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album’ at the RA) and Hampshire for a friends wedding on her beautiful Chamomile farm.

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Tour de France 2014

20140721-084354-31434093.jpgYesterday the Tour de France came through our part of the world… And came down the stretch of road we use nearly everyday. Despite being the middle of July the weather was hideous and I spent four hours waiting road side under a black cloud.

20140721-084713-31633456.jpgI managed to grab a fair amount of swag/tat from the caravan (promotional vehicles) as they passed through on way to Nimes. The best being a bag of Madelines, the most random being some washing powder and a shopping bag printed up to look like a bag of oven chips.

20140721-084953-31793298.jpgStage 15 saw the Tour ride from Tallard to Nimes, a total of 222km. There were two breakaway riders who passed us about 6minutes before the peloton.

20140721-085520-32120176.jpgThe breakout pair were eventually caught 50metres from the finishing line! The peloton zipped by in approximately 45seconds, nearly knocking me off my feet. Worth it to see all those lovely legs though!

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Avignon Theatre Festival 2014

flyerMonday was Bastille Day, a bank holiday and the first chance I’ve had to visit this years Avignon Theatre Festival.
fontainecellopoetePublicity for the festival says it is one of todays most important contemporary performing arts gatherings…  something I can well imagine given there are about 300 performances (not including the OFF – the Edinburgh Fringe equivalent) and a budget of 12 million euros.  Variety! -flyer take 2enfantsI’ll be going back for a bit more Festival action on Friday or Saturday.  The newly re-hung Collection Lambert will hopefully also be open in it’s new home, the former Prison Saint Anne – one of the first purpose built 18th Century prisons – behind the Papal Palace.
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Bikes and Sights …

of my last night in Lyon.  Rhone Piscine tower good advertising For DH SharpCathedrale St Jean Palais des Justice traditional bouchon river crossing

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Lyon, take 2

Lyon TourTo make the most of the blue skies I was breakfasting on the banks of the Rhone by 7.30am.  I then headed up to the Fourviere district (the highest of the city), home to the impressive Basilica and tour metallique de Fourviere – a once observation tower and now Eiffel tower doppelgänger whose job is the decidedly un-glamourous television relay station for Lyon.ViewWinding my way back down towards the city centre I came across some awesome sights – a shop selling nothing but vintage Solex, a Moroccan depot vente (so many gorgeous plates and lights! but all too heavy), a cafe called ‘Cassoulet, Whisky, Ping-Pong’ and a nice bit of neon.
pink neon yellow for DH books typeWalking through the streets of the Croix-Rousse district I came across Rue Burdeau, the gallery heartland of Lyon.  I liked the contemporary photography gallery Galerie le Reverbere’s display of Beatrix von Conta’s landscapes and GALERIE 48’s show of Alain Menghini’s paintings.
Alain Menghini 1 Alain Menghini 2 Soirie VivanteThe Croix-Rousse area was once home to the cities thriving silk industry.  Anyone in Lyon for any amount of time should visit the incredible soierie vivante – living silk weaving and printing workshops, if only for the crazy William Health Robinson-esque contraptions.  The weaving machine below was about 12ft wide and 6ft deep.SV2 SV1 Also well worth a visit is Passage Thiaffait, one of several traboules or covered passageways in Lyon.
PTBuilt in the 19th century Thiaffait is now a Village des créateurs, home to a dozen workshops that get rented out to local creative entrepeneurs. My favourite was the camera cafe – part gallery, part Polaroid rental shop.Les Beaux Arts MummiesMore archways in the Musee des Beaux Arts …as well as some wonderful mummies and flowers.
FleursFinishing my day in Vieux Lyon …ArchesCream! Jumbo melons

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Lyon

20140701-145921-53961809.jpgLyon! Lovely Lyon as it turns out. I arrived in here a couple of days ago with no idea what was in store. So far I’ve discovered Parisian architecture (including a mini Eiffel Tower), a UNESCO world heritage site, wall paintings, lots of students, two rivers and France’s third largest Chinatown (the first two are in Paris). The second photo down is one of Lyon’s famous ‘traboules’ or passage ways cut through/underneath the houses, behind ordinary looking doors like photo number one. The open staircases are also a Lyonaisse feature.20140701-150337-54217584.jpg20140701-150338-54218554.jpg20140701-150339-54219546.jpg20140701-150340-54220566.jpg20140701-151217-54737680.jpgThe above sculpture is the only one I can think of where the subjects are two men.

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Barcelona – Day three

20140627-151138-54698966.jpgThis morning I visited the Miles van der Rohe Pavilion.

20140627-151246-54766203.jpgBuilt in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exposition the original pavilion was dismantled at the end of the event. It was reconstructed (on its original site) in the 1980s and is now seen as one of the seminal examples of modernist architecture.

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20140627-151528-54928842.jpgHaving seen images of the pavilion in just about every architecture book going, I loved how elegant and refined it looked in real life. So clean! I find it wonderful to think it was first built in 1929 and people are still looking to it as an example modern design.

20140627-152634-55594659.jpgThe little green space behind it made me smile as did the fact you can hire it out for parties! (Not the websites exact words)

20140627-152144-55304105.jpgAfter that I got completely lost and ended up in Mercat Boqueria surrounded by interesting architecture of a different kind and headless fish.

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20140627-152347-55427843.jpgI saw these incredible looking dates and was fully prepared to tuck in when i realised the sign meant 1€ for 1!

20140627-153648-56208500.jpgI then walked over to the Fundacio Antoni Tapies were I took the weight off my feet in their exquisite art and design library because hey, it’s my holiday and I’ll sit in a library if I want to.

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20140627-153954-56394098.jpgThe Fundacio is also an art gallery. I like this painting by Tapies and really was impressed more by the building …I kept thinking what a great place it would be for a party!

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