Museum of Fine Arts

I’m not sure if this is the case in the UK but, in the US, individual museum galleries (not just buildings) are named after people. Presumably, these are benefactors who have donated to the museum with the express purpose of having a gallery or room named after them (otherwise, their donation would be anonymous). Whether … Continue reading / view photos Museum of Fine Arts

Major League Baseball

When I was in Los Angeles, my nephew said I must go to see a baseball game. I knew nothing about baseball except that it is a big part of American culture. First, I tried to go to an LA Dodgers game. However, they were “on tour” – that is, playing at an opponent’s stadium. … Continue reading / view photos Major League Baseball

A palace for the people

When the first stone for the new public library was laid in 1888, Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “This palace is the people’s own.” The architect, Charles Follen McKim, and patrons recruited some of the greatest craftspeople, painters and sculptors of the 19th century to create this masterpiece, the Boston Public Central Library. There is a … Continue reading / view photos A palace for the people

Parkrun, Harvard and MIT

Years ago, I heard the Bee Gees song about going back to Massachusetts and trying to hitch a ride to San Francisco. I never dreamt I’d ever go to those places myself. This trip in the US has been an incredible, joyful and relaxing experience. The places I went to showed me a different side … Continue reading / view photos Parkrun, Harvard and MIT

Boston – The Freedom Trail

All the flights I’d taken in the US had been on schedule. The one from Chicago to Boston was no exception. To get to the HI Hostel from the airport I took a free bus. This took a strange route, through concrete tunnels. No other vehicles used the tunnel. I assumed that it had been … Continue reading / view photos Boston – The Freedom Trail

Running along Lake Michigan

My final day in Chicago started like so many of my days that week: with a run along Lake Michigan. The Lake is so big that you feel you’re running beside the ocean. I joined other runners, as well as early morning walkers and cyclists. The temperature regularly was over 30c that week. Therefore, you … Continue reading / view photos Running along Lake Michigan

Walking around Chicago

Chicago is easy to get around. A lot of it is walkable and safe. If you don’t feel like walking, there is the subway (underground/tube) and plenty of buses. Like London, you can use contactless cards/phones/watches to pay for your fare. The Chicago Cultural Center is a building that has art galleries and free events. … Continue reading / view photos Walking around Chicago

The Loop

Although Michelle Obama mentions The Loop many times in her autobiography, I must have missed the explanation of what it was. I was curious to see it. The Loop, it turns out, is Chicago’s central business district in the downtown area of the city. The name probably comes from the elevated railway line that encircles … Continue reading / view photos The Loop

The Obamas can’t see you right now

It was, apparently, possible to glimpse the Obamas’ house through the surrounding trees. With hope, I headed west to Hyde Park on a double decker train. Chicago’s public transport is the best I experienced in the US. The municipal train (different from the excellent subway) had a conductor. I noticed that the train didn’t stop … Continue reading / view photos The Obamas can’t see you right now

Much More Veg

If you’ve seen me lately, I’ve almost certainly bored you to death about a book that has revolutionised my life! Much More Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is that book. It’s by far the best cookbook I’ve had. I have many cookbooks but most of them are unsatisfactory in some way. The recipes are too complicated; … Continue reading Much More Veg