special Art tours of National Gallery of Ireland, Thursday evenings 6-8pm, available for pre-booked groups

Special Evening-time Tours of National Gallery of Ireland, in central Dublin  the unique How to Read a Painting tour,  is a highly accessible, fascinating  introduction, revealing some of the “mysteries” of reading ideas and symbols in old master paintings. As the tour title suggests, we make aspects of paintings art historians are trained to think… Read More special Art tours of National Gallery of Ireland, Thursday evenings 6-8pm, available for pre-booked groups

Languedoc & Albi, a hilltop treasure & a mighty Cathedral, all built on woad.

Just back from a 9-10 day break, mostly spent in extraordinary, dazzling, dramatic Languedoc. Languedoc, means (Land of) the tongue or Language of Oc -Occitan being the ancient language of the area.   It is a region that has long exercised the medieval-obsessive imagination of your correspondent, your writer-blogger-chappie. As a land of huge Cathar… Read More Languedoc & Albi, a hilltop treasure & a mighty Cathedral, all built on woad.

Custom-made Beauty. – Power, genius and intrigue, in 18th century Dublin.

I recently posted on an event that runs in Dublin November each year called Open House,  dedicated to architecture by helping to educate and inform us all about the history and practice of that great art, and by giving the public access to some of the best buildings in the country. It’s one of my… Read More Custom-made Beauty. – Power, genius and intrigue, in 18th century Dublin.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, my favourite place in the world.

As an architecture and history obsessive, I often discuss with my students their favorite Dublin visits and “sights”.   The great medieval Cathedral of Saint Patrick’s came up in class conversation the other day.         I was a little mystified, not to say horrified,  when one of my students shrugged her shoulders, and said it was “so-so” !  … Read More Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, my favourite place in the world.