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Moscow of the 1990s – a personal account

By Geoff Winestock A visit to Moscow, like many great cities, offers a chance to immerse yourself in its fascinating, tumultuous history. Moscow is unusual however because you can get a feel not just for the distant past, the medieval world of Ivan the Terrible or Napoleon’s campaign of 1812, but also for the dramatic … Continue reading Moscow of the 1990s – a personal account

The Italian Villa: from ancient Rome to the modern era

Over the last ten years I’ve met more and more people making a ‘tree change’, swapping the stress of the concrete jungle for the tranquillity of the country. They plan a garden to please the eye and stock the table, and a comfortable house with space for pursuits they’ve neglected for years – sewing or … Continue reading The Italian Villa: from ancient Rome to the modern era

Guardians of The Medieval Past: Nine Hill Towns of Central Italy

Perched precariously on rugged hilltops and cliff faces, Italy’s remote medieval towns often sit in splendid isolation, boasting extraordinary views of the pristine surrounding landscape. Generally built for defensive purposes, the stone and masonry walls, sturdy gates and watch towers which typify these towns have survived virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. The narrow streetscapes … Continue reading Guardians of The Medieval Past: Nine Hill Towns of Central Italy

Exhibition Review – Monet: Impression Sunrise at NGA Canberra

The National Gallery of Australia’s new exhibition – Monet: Impression Sunrise at NGA Canberra – is now open to the public from June 7 to September 1, 2019. Featuring Claude Monet’s pioneering painting Impression, Soleil levant (Impression, Sunrise) 1872, from which Impressionism takes its name, this exclusive exhibition brings together works from the impressionist master … Continue reading Exhibition Review – Monet: Impression Sunrise at NGA Canberra