Degas and the Ballet

Sep 20, 2011 by

I had booked a ticket for 10 am for the Degas exhibition, not realising that the doors to the Academy would not open until 10. Luckily it was quite a nice day and there is a cafe in the courtyard so I was able to enjoy a good cup of coffee and ended up letting the queue in while I finished it. If you don’t want to queue or it’s a cold day, I would recommend booking a later ticket. Degas used a variety of media in his work and this exhibition gives us a chance to see examples of them all, from gouache and pastel to oils and photography to brass sculpture with textiles. The generosity of private individuals and art galleries is great, giving members of the public the opportunity to see...

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Almeida Theatre – My City...

Sep 18, 2011 by

A new theatre for us, The Almeida is modern and well designed for accessibility. The only concern being the pillars; luckily we had none in our eye line.  We were able to enjoy a delicious meal at the Almeida Restaurant handily placed opposite, courtesy of the Evening Standard offer. We were lucky to be at the first night of previews for ‘My City’, Stephen Poliakoff’s new play, a world premiere, no less. Road Show at the Menier, had been a European premiere, so we were moving up! The atmosphere was full of buzz and expectation. Knowing and loving Poliakoff’s film work, I was excited and intrigued to find out what he would offer. I was not disappointed. I had booked as soon as the booking opened and didn’t find out the cast till later....

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Los Escullos

Sep 14, 2011 by

  Driving from Capilleira to Los Escullos on the coast was not a great plan as the motorway I thought would zoom us there is not yet finished and traffic is very heavy between Motril and Almeria. Past Almeria we were back into the desert landscape. The hotel we stayed at, although near the sea, was set below the mountains within the natural park of Cabo de Gata; a unique setting. La Isleta, a fishing hamlet nearby, was a lovely place to spend the day. It has four beaches, one where the fishing boats are based, two sandy beaches and one in a rocky bay which was great for snorkelling. Boat trips and a diving school are based here. Las Negras is a small resort further along the coast to the east. This is...

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Capileira

Sep 8, 2011 by

We drove up into the mountains to look for the best spot to view stage 4 of the Vuelta. We had chosen a Category 1 climb and were hopeful that the riders would be spread out, giving us a good view of our favourites. As we drove up into the mountains, the desert-like conditions were left behind and we saw goats and trees. There was ample parking and shade at the top of the climb and we settled down to wait for the riders. I was surprised to see a couple of publicity cars throwing out goodies to the spectators but have to admit it was not exactly the extent of the Tour de France. We didn’t have too long to wait before the first group of riders came along, quite a large group...

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Tabernas

Sep 8, 2011 by

The area east of Almeria is very dry, with tiny amounts of rain annually. We were intrigued to learn that many spaghetti westerns were filmed in this area and at least three film sets are open to the public. We visited the most highly rated one, Mini Hollywood, trying to find shade where we could, arriving just in time for one of the thrice daily shows. This was great fun and a must if you come here. We also saw the Can Can show. Fluent Spanish would have been helpful here as the MC seemed brilliant. Bring your swimming things and you can cool off before visiting the spread out zoo. We didn’t get round much of this as we were waylaid by the birth of four meercats and were privileged to observe the...

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