Lund On Foot

Lund is a small, compact city so it was easy to walk round to all the principle sites. The map leaflet was very handy to ensure we didn’t miss anything. We included some window-shopping and book shop browsing and a bit of eating and tea drinking throughout the day.  The route starts at Lund Cathedral where we joined a tour in English.

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Lund Cathedral

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Rear of Lund Cathedral

It has an astronomical clock very much like the one in Lübeck

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And we were taken into the crypt where our guide told us the legend behind the man embracing a pillar : Finn the Giant [the story is retold here]

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This is Hökeriet Lund’s oldest grocery shop located in a traditional timber building dating back to 1815. It still exists as a shop and there’s also a small cafe but as we passed it was not yet open.

Kulturen is a museum of urban and rural life throughout the ages. It occupies to blocks of buildings in the centre of Lund and exhibits date from the Middle Ages up to the 1930s. There are also activities for children. These buildings you can see from the street but we didn’t actually visit.

We did however visit the Museum of Sketches for Public Art. Once inside we did understand what this was all about and very interesting it was too. The gallery presents sketches and models not only of the winning entries for competitions for public art but also unsuccessful entries.

Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art is a unique art museum focusing on the artistic creative process. Here is the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and models for Swedish and international public art.

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In the gallery foyer the windows formed frames for our own ‘art’ photography.

Our final visit in Lund was to the Historical Museum. Post to follow …

A Historical Walk Through Ystad

The final country of my Big Adventure this year was Sweden. I’ve visited Germany and Denmark several times before (although I’d never been to any of the places I visited on this occasion) but this was my first ever trip to Sweden.

Ystad arrival

Very early in the morning of 27th June Bärbel and I left the Alte Strandvogtei and drove back to the port at Rønne – the capital of Bornholm. Bärbel’s ferry left at 8.00 and mine at 10.30.

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Hull 2017 UK City of Culture : Bill Bailey’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Our first port of call of arrival in Hull was the newly reopened and freshly renovated Ferens Art Gallery. After coffee we visited each gallery but no photography is allowed. There’s a very good permanent collection for a provincial gallery, the Freud, Mueck, Tunick SKIN show had us mesmerised (I’d seen Muick’s Wild Man at Belsay Hall in 2010 as part of the Extraordinary Measures show) and my favourite display was Rembrandt’s The Shipbuilder and his Wife and related paintings. The Rembrandt lent by Her Majesty The Queen. Masterpieces from the Royal Collection will see five exceptional works of art travel from Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace between 2017 and 2021 as part of a five-year partnership between the Royal Collection Trust and Ferens Art Gallery. I hope I am able to revisit during this time to see more.

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Entangled at Turner Contemporary

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Tuesday was the only day we left the immediate surroundings of Ramsgate and we drove just five miles away to Margate to the recently opened and much acclaimed Turner Contemporary. We parked nearby and paid for three hours in the car park thinking that would be quite long enough to see the Gallery (as we are not into modern art), walk along the front and the Harbour Arm (jetty) and investigate the town centre. In the end we spent over two hours in the Turner, including a quick bite to eat in the airy cafe, and had quick walk to the end of the Harbour Arm for a view of the gallery and a breath of fresh air. It was a 10 minute walk back to the car park and we realised that we had Landmark Withdrawal Symptoms and drove straight back to the Presbytery to build up the fire for the evening.

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