Mini Walking Tours of London, part 1

Two gentlemen of Cecil Court

So, I love walking. I think its the best way to see a city and my recent work trip to London gave me a couple of free afternoons to march around Britain’s capital. For this first walk I got off the tube at Covent Garden made my way to Cecile Court, where two dapper gentlemen were browsing antique maps.

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Saturday Summit – Mont Ventoux

Mont Ventoux curving road

Yesterday Mr Hope and I went for a Saturday morning hike up Mont Ventoux. Standing 1900m tall the Bald Mountain got its name from the rampant deforestation inflicted upon it by the Romans to feed their ship building industry. The lack of trees means winds can gust up to 250km per hour at the summit but thankfully there was only blue skies and beautiful views yesterday.

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The Camargue

Camargue fishermen

The Camargue is typically known for a fantastic array of things – Flamingos, it’s production of salt, crops of rice, white horses, bulls, the gypsy festival of Sarah in Stes-Maries – and it’s incredible landscape.

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Arles! part 2

Les Arenes Arles

Looking back over my photos from Arles it appears we had a pretty jam packed day. We started at Les Arenes, the Roman amphitheatre constructed in the first century AD.

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Arles! part 1

roof top Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Arles! I have been meaning to visit this beautiful city for five years but yesterday Dan and I finally made it. Famous for its extraordinarily well preserved Roman monuments (the most notable of which is Les Arenes at it’s centre – yep the one in Ronin), the light, the Camargue and Vincent Van Gogh, this surprisingly small city has a lot going on.

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Studio Fotokino

Fotokino

A mini post about my new favourite mini gallery – Studio Fotokino on Marseille’s allee Leon Gambetta. They are currently showing a collection of Nathalie du Pasquier’s paintings and drawings entitled Construction.

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Quince, Chilli and Chocolate

quince, chilli and chocolate

I’m lucky enough to have a couple of heaving Quince trees and a Nigel Slater obsession. Below is my modified NS recipe for poached Quince … I have added the chocolate, chilli and creme fraiche (basically making a very elaborate school pudding!) …

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