Ceramic Ceiling Ornament- Park Guell

This ceiling decoration caught my eye when visiting Gaudi’s Park Guell in Barcelona last month. This is located at the hall with many columns that was once designed to be the community hall. Somehow the decoration is almost emblematic of the designs that Gaudi envisaged. Bold, multi-coloured and fluid.

It’s #worldbookday today

Time to talk about some books I’ve read in the last few weeks methinks. Shaman by Kim Stanley Robinson Yes Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction author who talks about habitable planets and generational spaceships wrote a story set 30,000 years ago with a cro-magnon as a protagonist. And guess what? I loved it. This…

Where in the empire have I been?

At the height of its power, the ancient Roman empire stretched for an area of nearly five million square kilometres all around the Mediterranean sea and in the UK. The common thread that connected all these diverse places was Roman imperial rule. The first ancient Roman monument I visited were the Roman baths at Bath,…

Book #7, Power by Naomi Alderman

*warning: there may be spoilers ahead* I’d first heard of Power by Naomi Alderman late in 2016 when it was discussed on a book programme reviewing the best books of the year. At that time the theme of the book sounded a bit tacky to me and hence I didn’t bother reading the book. Only…

18 filters on Mt Fuji

Those well versed in art will understand my reference to the Japanese Edo-period artist Hokusai and his renowned 36 views of Mt Fuji wood block prints. Even if you haven’t heard of Hokusai I’m sure you have come across the image below If you’re a tourist in Japan, you will see the Great Wave produced…

Hello Monday

One of the adjustments I had to make when I moved to Dubai over a year ago was the shift of the working week to Sunday-Thursday from Monday-Friday. So Mondays are actually my Tuesdays. But I realise the rest of the world is still trying to get through the start of the week so here’s…

Coming face to face with iconic art

Anybody who has ever studied Latin using the famous Wheelock textbooks will be familiar with the Virgil and Muse mosaic that’s featured on its cover. I have spent many hours using this book to learn my verb conjugations and noun declensions (which I have mostly forgotten). Imagine my surprise when I suddenly came face to…

Dark Spells in Aquincum

I’m a big fan of accessible history. What do I mean by that? Unfortunately for a lot of us, history is not taught well in schools and once we are grown up we get caught in the rush of our daily lives that we often only have time enough for random snippets of history presented…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence, Tingmosgang Monastery

This week’s photo challenge wants us to showcase an image that evokes a sentiment of silence. Tingmosgang Monastery is located in Ladakh in the Himalayas. It has been built on a hill that is nestled by tall mountains on all directions. The impression isn’t quite unlike the feeling you get when you’re watching the movie…

Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia

Sidi Bou Said is a town located close to Carthage and not too far away from the capital Tunis. The charming town is spread out over the side of a steep hill and overlooks the sea. But the most eye-catching feature about the town is that it is entirely decorated in white and blue. Makes…

The best camera is the one you have

Who says you can’t do a great shot on your non iphone7 camera phone? I took this photograph of a bee sitting on a sunflower with my trusted Moto G phone. It costs about one fourth of the price of the iPhone but takes equally good photographs. I was stunned by the quality of the…