Tuesday, 5 July 2016

The candle concerts in Pedraza

Pedraza, a lovely village in the Segovia region in Spain, holds very special open air concerts at the beginning of July. I invite you to take a walk.


and definitely worth a visit by day anyway

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Art news from Spain

The Pomegranate Virgin:  from a private collection to The Prado museum, its due home, thanks to the present duke of Alba (yes, it is a real person). (I was so surprised to hear this piece of news, I had been lucky to see this painting and after initial speechlessness followed by some ohs, ahhs, wows, OMGs... I could not stop repeating to myself "this should be in The Prado")

 The Hug, by Juan Genovés to the Congress building
                       (I would like to conduct a world survey: Does this painting inspire any feelings to you?
 If so, what kind? )

 Ceiling frescoes of Saint Nicholas Church in Valencia restored. Judge for yourself if they deserve the nomination as "Spain's Sixtine Chapel")

The exhibition showcases the work of over 120 African artists and creators and illustrates how design fuels economic and political changes. Making Africa speaks, from Africa, of a new continent “under construction” and places emphasis on its possibilities over its problems.

“Thinking about the future means thinking about our possibilities in the world. The future belongs to Africa, because it seems to have happened everywhere else already.” 
Okwui Enwezor, Consulting Curator of Making Africa


Bosch. The 5th Centenary Exhibition

El Prado Museum, 31.05.2016 - 11.09.2016

Contrast reveals essence

The cold passed reluctantly from the earth, and the retiring fogs revealed an army stretched out on the hills, resting. As the landscape changed from brown to green, the army awakened, and began to tremble with eagerness at the noise of rumours. It cast its eyes upon the roads, which were growing from long troughs of liquid mud to proper thoroughfares. A river, amber-tinted in the shadow of its banks, purled at the army's feet; and at night, when the stream had become of a sorrowful blackness, one could see across it the red, eyelike gleam of hostile camp-fires set in the low brows of distant hills.

opening lines of "The red badge of courage", by Stephen Crane

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Happy Valentine's day

This is what happens immediately after you fall in love:


Monday, 18 January 2016



Postcard from Madrid


Original Chanel
( 26 March28 June 2015)

August's quiz results

And the right answe to August's quiz is..... (yes, at last)

Giuliano Bugiardini, Representation from the life of Young Tobias, Florence XV-XVI
Now at Berlin's Gemäldegalerie

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Friday, 1 January 2016


Commando individuel de résistence épicuriènne

Wednesday, 9 September 2015