Trefor, North Wales – 17th-19th March 2017

Trefor, North Wales – 17th-19th March 2017

The tiny Welsh town of Trefor sits snug in the shadow of three huge hills on the North coast of the Llŷn Peninsula. I’d experienced rural Wales before, but not rural Wales like this. Driving into the village, we all thought, reminded us of something out of horror film – the lack of people, the grey cottages, the wind and rain. This was isolation on another level, and I felt about as far from London as it is possible to feel.

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Writing Berlin

Writing Berlin

Approximately 11am on the 2nd August 2015. I had just arrived at Berlin Schönefeld airport and was being talked to in broken English by a young Chinese man – my first direct point of contact to City Travel Review, the company I had arranged to come to Berlin for a month with. At one point he simply turned and asked me ‘Do you like Coldplay?’. I was not feeling very reassured.

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Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin

At 9.30am on a Saturday morning, Museum Island (Museum Insel) looks like a painting. The classical architecture is awash with golden morning sun and the streets have a hazy, warm quality, as if produced in watercolour. It is a perfect backdrop to the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old Nationalgallery), which is snugly situated on Museum Island next to the Neues Museum. The queue for the entrance is a less appealing prospect; however, patience certainly pays. Upon entering the Gallery and standing under the imposing white marble entrance hall, the waiting is certainly forgiven and forgotten.

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