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Iconic Sculpture around the World

Monday, 8 February 2016

'I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free'
Michaelangelo

I'm still buzzing from the thrill of seeing the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro over Christmas. The size of it is just immense and I found my eyes searching for it wherever we went in the city. There was something comforting in knowing that he was always there, watching over the bay and its people.



Statues are a big part ofculture and many are now the icons by which places, such as Rio, are identified throughout the world. Here are a few pictures of some others I've seen on my travels ~ hope you enjoy!

Trafalgar Square, London

Love by Robert Indiana, New York City

Rodin's The Kiss, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cleopatra's Needle, London

Fernando Botero, Cartagena, Colombia

Do you have any favourite statues or sculptures around the world?


Claire

Reasons to Look Up

Sunday, 31 January 2016

How often do you look up when you're out and about? Most of us seem to be in such a rush that we're either determinedly looking ahead or our eyes are fixed downwards, more often that not at our smartphone.

This book has made me think differently about what I'm looking at as I go about my day. Once you start looking up every now and again, you realise what you might be missing ~ try it!

Piccadilly Circus, London

Margate, Kent

Cordoba, Spain

Brixton, London

Natural History Museum, London

Guggenheim Gallery, New York

London Bridge


Claire

Brasil: The Best Bits

Sunday, 24 January 2016

It's been a bit of a while I know! A new job and lots of commitments in the run up to Christmas meant that I didn't have as much time as I would've liked to get out and about with the camera or post here on the blog.

However... we spent a fantastic three weeks in Brasil over Christmas & the New Year, where I took plenty of pictures.

Brasil is a vast country & we saw but a few small parts of it. But what we did see was great. So for my first post of 2016, here are some of the best bits from our trip...

~ Beaches ~

You can't go to Brasil & not spend time on the beach ~ it's non-negotiable! Rio is a fabulous mix of city buzz & relaxed beach life. We stayed in Ipanema & were lucky enough to have hotel rooms facing the ocean.




Further up the coast we stayed in Buzios, a fishing village made famous by Brigitte Bardot, who visited the area in the 1960s. We learnt to surf in the (surprisingly cold) sea here, which was a lot of fun, although I think I must have swallowed a few bucketfulls of salt water in the process!



~ Architecture ~

The name Oscar Niemeyer is synonymous with Brasil & throughout our trip we saw why. Niemeyer was a prolific designer & is considered to be one of the keys figures in the development of modern architecture. His most well-known project is of course Brasilia, the purpose-built city which became Brasil's new capital in 1960. We spent a few days there, coming to know his work pretty well by the time we left.

Cathedral of Brasilia ~ outside

Cathedral of Brasilia ~ inside

Itamaraty Palace (Brasil's Foreign Ministry)

Itamaraty Palace ~ inside

Community Church, Brasilia


~ New Friends ~

Of course I couldn't visit a new country without an animal fix. Family we visited during our trip kindly obliged!

Sukha

4 week old baby bunny
  
~ Sunsets ~

Legendary in Rio of course! The top floor of our hotel was a amazing view point. People stay on the beach & in the sea way after sunset, when the beaches are floodlit.

 

~ New Year's Eve on Copacabana Beach ~ 

One of the coolest NYE's I've spent for ages! Sitting in deckchairs on the beach, capirinhas in hands, then at midnight we were treated to 16 minutes of incredible fireworks (for 2016). But it didn't stop there: down on the shoreline we joined most of the population of Rio, jumping over 7 waves & making 7 wishes for the new year, then throwing flowers into the sea.


~ Icons ~

The biggest in Rio is of course the statue of Christ the Redeemer at the top of Corcovado mountain, famous the world over and visible from all over the city. We went up early to beat the crowds & the heat, and were rewarded with gorgeous blue skies and clear views all over Rio.



~Taking Flight ~

On our last day in Rio, the day before my birthday, we took a helicopter trip over the city. It was one of the best things I've ever done: clear skies, amazing views & a really smooth ride. Leaving it to the last day was so nice as we could spot all the places we'd been to during our stay.




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So those are just a few of the lovely things we did in Brasil. But do you know the best thing about our trip? Experiencing all these wonderful things with my family. We haven't spent that amount of time together for so many years & this trip is one I'm sure we'll all remember for the rest of our lives.

 


Claire

Mid-week Inspiration

Wednesday, 9 December 2015


Mid-week Inspiration

Sunday, 29 November 2015



Claire

10 Life Lessons we can learn from Plants

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

I've been thinking a lot about connecting with nature recently. As autumn begins to turn to winter, I've been spending time in the garden, planting bulbs and thinking ahead to the new life I want to see next spring.

I've picked out a few shots from the archives which, together with some lovely quotes, speak to me and make me think about how plants are indeed pretty wise. Make of them what you will...

1 // Take only what you need to thrive //



2 // Choose to face the sunshine //



3 // You never know how deep the roots go, so be gentle //



4 // Build your own defences //



5 // The beauty of life comes in different colours //



6 // Dirt is part of life //



7 // There is power in silence //



8 // Giving feels good //



9 // Be content with yourself //



10 // Small growth is still growth //



Claire

Mid-week Inspiration

Sunday, 15 November 2015