Archive for 08/06/2013

Dunwich, Suffolk

Travel Me Carrie

Suffolk has a great coastline with lots of fabulous beaches to visit. There’s pretty much something for everyone – Southwold for pretty beach huts, Kessingland for unspoilt beauty, Walberswick for crabbing fun, Aldeburgh for fish and chips and a fab arts scene, Felixstowe and Lowerstoft for arcades. I have a strong connection and love of the Suffolk coast and I love visiting all these place, but one of my favourites is Dunwich.

Dunwich has an interesting history – it used to be a city with a busy port and a large population, it’s now a tiny village with just a few streets. The rest of the city disappeared into the sea, leaving the few streets that are left today. You can walk along the beach, which is partly sandy, partly pebbles and enjoy the relative wildness of the place. There is no coastal management on this beach – just open…

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A free spirit.

Les Invalides.

Les Invalides is a burial site and museum for some of France’s war heroes, notably Napoleon Bonaparte, and all relating to the military history of France. If you’ve read the “Tale of Two Cities,” then you know all about Napoleon. Lol I’m such a nerd , so I love to watch the history channel, and it was definitely interesting to see where someone who is known as “the most competent human being who ever lived” is buried.

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Missa in Paris

Wellllll it’s been a minute since I last posted. Or like two weeks. AKA midterm season. But now that those are over and I’m trying to not think too hard about my final papers yet, I can catch you all up on what I’ve been doing! Which honestly isn’t much (see “midterm season”). However, I do have a handful of things to share, so go ahead and read on!

For my architecture course, we recently got to take a tour of the inside of the Opéra Garnier during the day. It was built under the reign of Napoléon III, so it’s pretty splendid and has a lot of gold, paintings, and mirrors everywhere. This was actually my second time at the Opéra, but my first time there was to see a ballet so I didn’t even bring my camera. By the way, Kanye West was at the exact same ballet…

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The Great Erasmus Adventure


Last week I took the opportunity to visit another one of the most iconic Italian cities – Milan.  I’d heard mixed opinions about Milan from other students but for only around 20€ for train tickets (there and back) it had to be done.   I happened to think it was a great city and it’s a shame I was only there for the day.  Unlike Verona, it’s a proper working city!  Verona feels more like a town in comparison.

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The iconic Duomo (slightly cliché)

After a short metro journey from Milano Centrale we arrived at Piazza Duomo and were confronted by this monster of a cathedral.  Pictures don’t do it much justice.  I’d seen photos of it and thought it looked a bit unusual but not that intriguing.  My opinion changed quite quickly once I was standing directly in front of it.  Really quirky but beautiful; the shape reminds me…

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Musings and Mutterings of a Montreal Madame

I think that National Museums might be considered one Window into the Soul of a Country, along with school curriculum, and the employment rate. After all, what National Museums say, and what they don’t say, how they look, and how they are maintained, while not the only way to get to know a country, can be imagined by the visitor as one way to find out how the country sees itself and how at least officially it wants ‘foreigners’ to see them.

From this perspective – the National Museum of Korea in Seoul – the 12th most visited museum in the world – offers a unique and intriguing glimpse into how Korean see themselves.


The Museum is huge – and extremely modern. I’ll give the Korean’s credit – they sure know how to do huge public spaces. This is not the first example I’ve seen of this kind of massive…

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Dave's Blog


I can’t remember when the last time I visited the Chicago Art Institute. It must have been more than 15 years ago when I was in college taking an Art Appreciation class.

This past weekend I took my family there for their first time visit. We saw many art forms- paintings, sculptures, relics of different ages and cultures, etc… I’m not a photographer, but I like taking pictures. I took many , maybe too many. I was not really taking the time to look at the art with my own eyes.

At the end of the day I flipped through the pictures that I took on my camera and noticed that my favorite pictures are from the Miniature room. I magnified the pictures and saw how much details and how much work is put into these artistic creations. Well, here are some pictures…


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Here There Everywhere

I’ve always considered myself to be an environmentalist in the broadest sense of the term.  Reduce, reuse, and recycle were drummed into me at a young age.  I also attended a Canadian university with a very liberal and ‘hippy’ community where this view was nurtured.  Respecting and caring for the environment is something I’d say most Canadians value.

Yet Canada like many western countries is one of the top consumers of the world’s resources.  Our carbon footprint is large and in charge. What was our past like though and what was man’s impact like on long gone species?

Extinction Exhibit

Currently the Natural History Museum is running ‘Extinction: Not the End of the World?’ with the hopes to go beyond the dodos and the dinosaurs to explore the crucial role extinction can play in the evolution of life. While extinction is the main theme, modern conservation efforts go hand in hand and…

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MOERG: Play, Games and Context for Learning

The Museums Computer Group (MCG) is an excellent voluntary group serving museums in the UK (and wider) with support for those involved in creating digital experiences for visitors, and digital and information systems behind the scenes. As well as their annual conference (UK Museums on the Web) and lively discussion forum, they also organise a range of innovative meetings, symposiums and gatherings around topical issues.

I was delighted to be invited to speak at one such event, Engaging Visitors Through Play, hosted by Alan Hook and Oonagh Murphy at the University of Ulster in central Belfast. Based around the theme of play and games within museum contexts, the event pulled together ‘experts’ from around the UK alongside museums and creative companies from Northern Ireland, to create what looked like a fabulous line-up. As well as speaking about low cost game developments for learning, I was to join in a panel…

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Football is religion to Brazil.

We, as Americans, have the NFL, but it’s really not the same. The Pantheon is the Maracanã, and the deities include names like Ronaldinho Gaucho, Ronaldo, and Kaka. Pelé is Zeus and he rules his kingdom with grace and respect. Any true football fan would recognize that Pelé is the all time greatest, and Brazilians would fight over any discrepancy of that fact.

Football is the poor man’s, and the rich man’s game in Brazil. It is played in well-lit football fields in gated communities and on uncut grass along side a highway. There are those who are entitled to be on the field, with expensive Nikes and latest World Cup edition ball, and those who play bare foot, dribbling around broken glass and dumpsters. Footballers in Brazil are street artists and entertainers, businessmen and construction workers. Very few people in Brazil can say they…

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