Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Culture & cupcakes

Royal Academy of Arts
Byzantium 330-1453
(Main Galleries
25 October 2008 - 22 March 2009)
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Very interesting exhibition about the Byzantine era.
Lots of information and the texts telling about the different decades and centuries were captuavating.
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"This ground-breaking ehibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens, provides a grand-scale survey of 1000 years of histora.
Highlighting the slendours of the Bysantine Empire, "Byzantium 330-1453" incorporates over 300 objects, some of the works have never been displayed in public before."
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Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
admission: ₤12

Time for a cup of tea

and a cupcake
at Valerie's
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One of my favourite patisseries!
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Patisserie Valerie
15 Bedford Street
Covent Garden
www-patisserie-valerie.co.uk
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More culture:
the National Gallery
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Free entrance to see paintings from 13th-century to 20th-century.
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Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Goya, Cézanne, Monet, Van Gogh....
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Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela's
"Lake Keitele"
is on display there.
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The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
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Christmas tree at Trafalgar Square
(a bit dark though)
...
More cupcakes:

Blueberry cupcakes
bought at Ottolenghi's
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- absolutely one of the best delis!
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The place, run by chef Yotam Ottolenghi, looks as good as it tastes.
Teaming a long white communal table with crisp white, orange and yellow Panton chairs and wooden floors,
it serves mounthwatering, Mediterranean-inspired seasonal soups, salads, quishes, main dishes, breads and cakes.
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Ottolenghi
287 Upper Street
Islington

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