In his much-quoted opening of Dublin 1660-1860, the architectural historian Maurice Craig describes how one of the most momentous events in history, the taking of Byzantine Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks in 1453, had a side effect with unexpected consequences. Byzantium, a huge Christian empire and the surviving eastern half of the old Roman Empire,… Read More Egyptian Neo-Classical Architecture in Dublin: the Ripples of History. A self-indulgent & speculative wander, through ideas, history, and some favourite Dublin buildings.
In the next few days, after an absence of a few weeks, we will resume our study of Dublin with a series of posts, talks, tours and quizes. We have several quizes lined up, on different themes of history and architecture (and history and architecture combined) as well as guided tours and discussions. But… Read More Dublin’s Egyptian Glory…. The newest quiz, from Hidden Dublin tours.
Just looking through I-photos, and realized that, just over a month ago today, I was on my way home from Argentina. The journey back included a short stop-over in Madrid. It was 6am on arrival but, like most people, I hate hanging around airports, so I made the snap decision to grab a bus for the centre. This being Spain,… Read More A morning in Madrid.
I received a request from my friend Phillip in London, looking for advice, tips and recommendations on Buenos Aires, on behalf of his friend Christopher, who was travelling out to BA that very week. Naturally I obliged. Here are my thoughts for what they were worth Tip One- contrary to popular misconception, Buenos Aires is not especially cheap. Rather the opposite is true, until… Read More 10 tips of Buenos Aires, advice for a friend of a friend.
When I went for my first proper San Telmo walk 5 weeks ago, not nocturnal for once but in hard, bright sunlight, I didn’t know what to look at, the lovely old buildings, the people or th blue sky. What grabbed my attention most forcefully in the end was the Graffiti. Here… Read More Graffiti of San Telmo
Not all of San Telmo is this elegant and leafy. In truth, although I love it, some of it is pretty shattered looking. But you have to love it.
I’ve been in Buenos Aires a few weeks already but at last realization has dawned. I must, simply must learn the tango. It seems inevitable, after my first Sunday evening, witnessing the couples at the Glorietta de Belgrano. Better late than never, I now launch myself into the world of Tango. Oaky, perhaps “Launch” is too strong a word.… Read More Enter the Tango.