Stretching the City & Into the Bay – new life for old Pigeon Hotel & former Poolbeg Power Station?

In the always excellent Dublin Inquirer newspaper this week I was delighted to read a report on how Dublin City Council (DCC) is (at last) trying to find a new use for both the beautiful old 1700s Pigeon House Hotel near Ringsend, and for the huge derelict Poolbeg power station next door. Both buildings stand… Read More Stretching the City & Into the Bay – new life for old Pigeon Hotel & former Poolbeg Power Station?

for Ease of Navigation: a practical suggestion for architects, planners, builders & developers.

I occasionally write about Fine Art here, but very rarely my own output.  i don’t draw as much as i used to, it is more of a hobby than an obsession these days.  Also, when you sometimes have to write about a towering genius like Johannes Vermeer,  or any of the great Dutch, Flemish or… Read More for Ease of Navigation: a practical suggestion for architects, planners, builders & developers.

Art on the High Line. Public sculpture in New York City.

Art on the High Line.  Public sculpture in New York City. Just back from a break away, in New York city.  Quite frankly, there’s so much to say about the place, and especially about the amazing art, public art, sculpture, public sculpture, architecture,  town planning, heritage conservation, artists, street-scapes, mood, scene and politics,  that if… Read More Art on the High Line. Public sculpture in New York City.

Paris Pictures part ii: snakes & elephants, a morning at the Flea market.

A large part of the last full day in Paris is spent browsing the flea market at Porte de Clingnancourt.   In fact this is the collective name for a number of markets, each with a different character, spread over a large area. As a whole Les Puces de Saint-Ouen  is very diverse, but as a… Read More Paris Pictures part ii: snakes & elephants, a morning at the Flea market.

Parks, potatoes, pullovers & the Promenade Plantée, pictures from Paris (days 1-3)

Thursday.  Arrival,  into airport Charles de Gaulle.  I’ve never warmed to the older Terminal 1.   It’s a silly donut of a building,  Wastes your time. Terminal two is even more enormous, and thus equally alienating, with the important caveat that’s far, far more beautiful. Later that evening, meet an old friend for supper.  A long-time… Read More Parks, potatoes, pullovers & the Promenade Plantée, pictures from Paris (days 1-3)

East is East, and West is West, Dun Laoghaire’s magic piers. Part 1.

Another in the current orgy, of seaside-related posts.  I can not help it.  It is summer after all.  And it was A Spectacular day today, blazing with sunshine.  Very un-Irish, although we appreciate it more than anyone else in the world, and the town and country alike always look their beautiful best. Yes, sunshine.  Was… Read More East is East, and West is West, Dun Laoghaire’s magic piers. Part 1.

Coastal Walks: Dublin on its bay.

When my students ask for recommendations, for weekend activities, I often remind them that  Dublin is on a bay, and encourage them to take advantage of that fact, every weekend or evening when the weather is good enough. The South Bull Wall,  above.   North (Bull) Wall;  above. With Bull Island alongside.    West Pier,  Dun Laoghaire.  above. Howth:  (above)… Read More Coastal Walks: Dublin on its bay.

Cathars | Cathartic.

Another, final post from wonderful Languedoc.  So many wondrous things to see and do; walking or boating the gorgeous Canal de Midi… …to exploring superb architecture… and extraordinary ecclesiastical art…. …to hillwalking the landscapes of mountain and dramatic, steep sided river valleys. But what makes Languedoc unique, and gives the area its extraordinary  atmosphere of mystery and… Read More Cathars | Cathartic.

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.

These were a few of my favourite things.

I’ve not to date participated in that Word Press institution known as “the Daily Prompt”.  You know the one, it’s for those who like to blog everyday, but occasionally find themselves, temporarily, stuck for inspiration.  “The Prompt” is a suggested topic, serving as a nudge to get them writing.   I’ve nothing against it; indeed it’s… Read More These were a few of my favourite things.