Category Archives: Places

A Walk Around The Village

Benabbio is a hilltop village above Bagni di Lucca in Tuscany. I found this photo (c.1920) in a book in the house we rented there this summer. The house was just below the church tower.

A Short Diversion

Driving to work the other day I was diverted from my normal course and led to discover the Isokon building. I’d never seen it before but instantly it seemed familiar and true, as if it were an archetype, elegant and … Read more

A Walk Along The Walls

An aerial view of Lucca and its magnificent walls planted with trees, a green belt around the city, a circular park punctuated by six gates and eleven bastions. In the foreground is Baluardo San Paolino.

A Walk Along The Promenade

According to The Rough Guide to Tuscany & Umbria – The best town on the coast, Viareggio is also one of Tuscany’s biggest seaside resorts, graced with an air of elegance lent mainly by the long avenue of palms that … Read more

A Walk Along The Pier

Southend pier is the longest in the world. It was built in 1830 to allow access across the mudflats for the boatloads of visitors arriving at the seaside resort from London. They came in search of its health giving waters … Read more

Pittenweem 2015

The Pittenweem Arts Festival has been happening for about 30 years. Every year the committee invites 5 artists to show their work in venues around the town of Pittenweem.

14 Postcards

A series of postcards produced by Common Ground to accompany England In Particular, ‘a celebration of the common place, the local, the vernacular and the distinctive’.


No trip to Barcelona is complete without an excursion to Montserrat. It had been recommended many times so finally we got the train from Plaça d’Espanya. The ticket price included a transfer onto the rack railway at Monistrol de Montserrat … Read more


This is Frazey Ford playing in the street with friends and neighbours in East Vancouver. They look like they raided the dressing up box but they sound like they mean business. I love it. It’s my new favourite. I found … Read more

Chillida In Barcelona

We’d been here before, but last time was such a wonderful surprise we had to come back and show Maura. This is her beautiful photograph of Eduardo Chillida’s Topos V, hidden away in Plaça del Rei in the Gothic Quarter … Read more