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Bratislava – 4: Vienna, Klimt, and Bussmann

It was – 6º C and though a capital city, Bratislava was deserted. Just large numbers of street cleaners. Even the sunglasses wearing guards at the presidential palace were on their hols, presumably on the assumption that there will be no threat to national security as international terrorists will also be relaxing with their families, enjoying some  garden based activities or talking part in sport based exercise as it is the weekend.

After joining the wrong queue for the 75,000th time, we get sent to another queue where we get the train , which appears to pass through Siberia, and the inappropriately named town of Simmering.

The Klimt Beethoven frieze is quite spectacular, though personally I was most impressed by the building itself! There was also an exhibition by Maria Bussmann who has done 20 metre long pencil seascapes. Nice idea.

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Orchids & coffee at G.M.B.

G.M.B. is a very swish coffee bar/patisserie rather incongruously located on an industrial estate near Castiglione del Lago. We went there for coffee this morning: Lesley’s coffee and my orange juice, both arrived with orchids in the saucers…… now you don’t get that at Starbucks!!

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February Challenge- 5 Divinity – – Uncle Dai and The Archbishop of Canterbury

‘Is there anyone, who can resist ‘Divinity’ ?” says today’s prompt.

Well, actually, yes . . . me . I’m not religious, probably due to being brought up in a family where Sunday meant three visits to chapel, no TV  etc . .but I do have some memories more pleasant memories. This is something I did for my Master’s degree. The tutor said it was very Dylan Thomas. What Welshman couldn’t take that as a compliment? We used to drink in the same pub as Dylan . . . . though some time had lapsed from his last visit to my first.

I actually posted this some time ago . . . . . but it was what sprang to mind. The only other possibility was the fact that I was at Dynevor Grammar School,  the same time as Rowan Williams, and though I didn’t know him, I often think about how different our lives have been. It is, in fact, one of the chapters in ‘My Imaginary lives.’ . . my graphic novel. In each chapter, the first statement is factual, the subsequent developments are pure conjecture . . . . .

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Bratislava – 3: photography and back to the bar . . .

Went to the Central European Centre of Photography: saw a wonderful exhibition by Gerlinde Meisenbock.. taken on a Holga . . lots of multiple exposures.

Also there was wonderful lady on reception who talked to us for ages – didn’t understand much of the language, but the sentiment was lovely.

Retired to a bar, from where I did this, …this time tried blocking out with watercolour first and then adding detail. I often wonder whether my objection to the term ‘plein air’ is that it’s a pretentious way of saying outside, or whether because in my case it rarely is truly outdoors . . . . .

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February Challenge – 4: Places