France flatlay and pictures from a Croatian holiday (Croatian goal and Wonderwall) #Worldcup2018

In advance of the final today.

A French themed flatlay.

It has been years since I went to France, so I do not have any digital photos.

I do have photos from a Croatian holiday. Croatia has a lot of beautiful islands, so you can island hop like in Greece. I only got to stay on one island though. However I did get to go to Dubrovnik. The old town of Dubrovnik within the city walls that you can walk on, is stunning.

From the walls, I saw this Croatian goal. Will there be Croatian goals today?

In places in Dubrovnik bullet holes have been left as a reminder of the conflict that led to Croatia’s creation from the former Yugoslavia. When England last reached a world cup semi final in 1990, Croatia did not exist.

The final picture is the Ston wall, which is a smaller version of the Great Wall if China, which you can walk on and admire, how it snakes before you and behind you.

Hull City of Culture: Good Friday day out

Being Good Friday the museums of museum quarter Injand Ferens art gallery were closed, however I still found things to look at.

The Sping flowers in Princess Gardens were beautiful.

With Emperess pub in background
I also saw the temporary installations of daffiodils, present just for Easter weekend and poppies which are moving round the country during the centenary of the World War One years. The train station has dozens of boards showing all the men from Hull, who died in the First World War.


It is a shame all the redevelopment work was not completed before the year of culture as it means there are a lot of fences and barriers around.


The courts on Alfred Gelder street, are a very ornate building.


I went to the Deep car park to see installations within cars. These were not immediately obvious and it felt strange walking round car park  trying to look for art in cars as although I may be wanting to not ride.

For example, in this picture one of the cars is the nearest one in this picture ( little light green colour one) then another is same colour other end of row nearly completely hidden in this photo by a van.

The first car:


The second car:


The third car:


I would say don’t come to Hull just for cars. But have a look if you go to the Deep, particularly if you are in group and there is a long queue to get into the Deep; you can take it turns to look at cars / wait in line. From The marine or museum quarter the cars are only a 5/10minute diversion each way.

I was not, expecting to see any urinals during my day out but, saw several at Fountsain 17 during a 5minute stop; did not feel needed to study them. I also paid a quick visit to the Humber Gallery on the same street. The upstairs galleries has exhibition on untill mid June called Becoming the sea. To be honest it was rather space, various videos so did not engage me for long.

Downstairs there was a Raft of Medusa, a reference  had recently become aquatinted with due to car 2 at the Deep car park.


Also on Humber street was a couple of fun planters.


The paper exhibition 30June to 9th July, sounds interesting. At the launch the worlds favourite colour will be announced. At the I information point at the train station,  I picked up some stickers and cards about how to submit favourite colour.


Humber street is part of an 80million pound regeneration project. Around the area are teasers about what is to come…


I also briefly popped into Playing the Bridge, a multimedia installation on Scale bridge near the museum quarter. In the semi darkness, films played on large screens and a couple of people had different hammers which they banged on the metal to create eerie acoustics.

I may have only popped into some places very briefly but, still fun especially as I discovered today and on previous visit during year of culture there is lots to see around.

During the day I only saw one Amy Johnson moth in St Stephens, not sure if this is now it’s permanent home as other moths have moved.

Hull hot chocolate at Cocoa Chocolatier

More Hull Wonderwalls

Hot chocolate at the Real McCoy Hull.

Wondewalls: Hull City of Culture

30+ moths, 2 toads; Land of Green Ginger, gold Post box and Gold phone box; features of a walk around Hull

Model of Amy Johnson’s Jason in the train station

Amy Johnson statue

Willberforce column

Fish embedded in pavement in front of city hall

Wonderwall: York walls and walks (cats and other animals)

City Walls

York has had city walls since Roman times and it has more complete city walls than any other English city. There is about 2miles of walls to walk round in York. From the walls the York minster and pretty gardens can be seen.

Cats


Many walls and roofs in the city have cats on them which is a tradition since medival times to ward off evil spirits, rats and mice and bring luck to York residents. Try looking up to see or if you want help go to York Lucky cats at 34 Shambles and pick up a trial map. The map directs you around 9 cats and back to the shop as part of a mini (kitten trial) which takes about 30minutes). The first 9 includes this realistic cat following a pigeon.

You can then continue to find including first 9 a total of 22+ cats. There is 22+ cats because there is a fewcat shops along way; cats protection shop, the cat gallery on Low Petergate and the lucky cat shop itself which come back to at end of mini and full trial. Also during trial you see Golden Lion and Red Lion pubs.


The full tour including the first 9 takes 2.5 to 3 hours depending upon how lost you get. The most lost we got was by deviating onto the city walls at High Petergate CLUE the trial does not take you on the city walls. It is however a free, fun way to spend time in the city.

We also got a little confused between cats 16 and 17. The instructions stated go back to bridge and turn right then left into Coney Street. I think what it missed was when got to bridge needed to cross road and down to other side of bridge on same side of river then do the right then left to get to Coney Street.

I think there should be bonus points for spotting a real life cat in York; I did not achieve that.


Animal walks

You could wander around spotting animals. In addition to all the cats; there are numerous pubs related to animals: red and golden lion, 3 cranes, 3 tuns, swans, nags head and horse heads on Watergste Inn and pub opposite it. There was even a a sculptural dog cocking it’s leg outside an establishment on Low Petergate.