Sunday, 13 December 2015

Madrid December 2015


Escaping the gloomy weather during winter is a must for everyone living in the north ( England , Wales and Ireland), so Madrid was my choice for a little weekend getaway.  The pleasant winter sun was au rendez-vous (and you could quickly spot the northerners… we were all in t-shirt ) 

Madrid Museum:

Museum Del Prado : an impressive place with hundred of masterpiece. We were fortunate to see the exhibition of Ingres.
Museum  The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, was free 1 st weekend of december as it was a national holiday.
The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía : I personal did not like it. 
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum: Was good as there was an impressionism exhibition going on.
The Museum Sorolla ( Joaquín Sorolla house was converted into a mesuem), is my favorite. A nice little museum doable on a Sunday morning just before heading for a late terrace breakfast. 

Mercado de la Cebada ( Plaza de la Cebada, s/n, 28005 Madrid, Spain): Buzzing market especially near the Pulpo section!  where you'll need to fight your way  to eat delicious fresh Pulpo and Shrimps.
Chocolate Con Churro / Hot Chocolate and Churros ( Pitty it is mainly a winter thing)
Chocolateria san gines
Pasadizo San Ginés, 5, 28013 Madrid, Spain

Why, simply because they were using a darker and richer chocolate to produce their think creamy hot chocolate whereas in the other Hot Chocolate cafeterias, the  hot chocolate was far to sweet for my liking: I had the impressing I was more or less drinking a thick nesquik type of chocolate.

The only downside about Chocolateria san gines is, you need to queue... mais ca en vaut la peine!

Monday, 23 November 2015

Korean girl looking into a mirror

So I have found a couple of really good illustrators (  Iraville, Malisa Suchanya and  Andela An ) over the past few weeks and all their artwork were quiet inspiring:

I  started using a little bit more my water-colours:  refine my doodle sketches such as this one:
Korean girl looking into a mirror.
Over the next few week I really want to understand a grasp this painting medium.

Monday, 9 November 2015

Asia 2015 SketchBook


3 and half week in Asia: Beijing and South Korea

2015 let's go to Asia for 3 weeks and a half

Korea was on the list ( a friend was doing a WHV) and Beijing was on the way:) So a 3 and a half day stopover was a must, as I always wanted to see the great wall of China

 “Never put to later what you can do now” 


Beijing: Lonely Planet Beijing pocket size ( great book ) 

Very important question of ask you Asian friends 

the translation of  I am vegetarian and do not eat meat  in Chinese ( screenshot it  and be ready to whisk it out )

Hostel's downtown Neighborhood :  Beijing Leo Courtyard 

Day 1 – Forbidden City and Moa Building / Ghost Street / JIngshan Park 

(If you are not a Chinese citizen you will have to pay an entry fee for all  the parks)


Day 2- Great Wall of China: Mutianyu section/  798 District

Day 3-   Summer Palace / Olympic Park /  Ghost Street  

(we walked back from the Olympic park to the old town center ..... 3h and half)

Day 4 ( half day ) - Temple of Heaven  and it's Folks / Museum of Chinese People



3 weeks in South Korea : 

Seoul  5 days

Sokcho ( seoraksan national park) 3 days

( There are buses that leave from sokcho to Busan: it take average 8 hours .. and it is a direct bus)

Busan 4 days : Beomeosa, Gamcheon Cultural Village, Gagalchi Market, Busan Coast trail
Gyeongju 1 day : visit the princes and kings cemetery, Seokgruma : Buddha 's cave) 

Jeju island 4 days : Hallasan mountain, Jeju Folk village, Marado, visit jeju 

Jeonjiu half day

( Leave  from Busan train station early the travel I think was average 3 hours . visit Jeonju  and catch the  7 pm bus to arrive in Seoul by 9 pm or so) 

Seoul 2 day