Articles by: CELLOPHANELAND*

Travel

Helen’s Tower  – Bangor, Co Down, N Ireland

Helen’s Tower – Bangor, Co Down, N Ireland

Helen’s Tower, here I stand,  Dominant over sea and land Helen’s Tower (1860) Alfred, Lord Tennyson As we take in the mightily impressive views from the top of Helen’s Tower we discover why the great poet was inspired to write his poem. An impressive 360 degree panorama encompasses the city of Belfast, […]

by × July 31, 2018 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Travel

Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Prince & Patron at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

‘I have always been captivated by the astonishing range of fascinating things in the Royal Collection that have been collected or commissioned by my ancestors over the generations. This is what, for me, makes the Royal Collection so special, representing, as it does, the unique craftsmanship and skill of the people who made them. […]

by × July 23, 2018 × 0 comments

Travel

Breac House B&B – Co Donegal, Ireland

Breac House B&B – Co Donegal, Ireland

Donegal seems to be having something of a moment. National Geographic Traveller has just labelled it the coolest place on the planet, whilst Star Wars recently filmed at Malin Head and along the Wild Atlantic Way. Visitor numbers and income have also surged in recent years with the tourist board […]

by × July 12, 2018 × 0 comments

Books

The Museum of Lost Art – Noah Charney

The Museum of Lost Art – Noah Charney

In the follow up to his recent book, The Art of Forgery, art historian Noah Charney promises to take us on journey through art lost through the ages. The Museum of Lost Art not only takes a look these losses via the more obvious culprits like war, theft, accident, vandalism and […]

by × July 4, 2018 × 0 comments

Travel

Masseria Torre Maizza – Fasano, Puglia, Italy

Masseria Torre Maizza – Fasano, Puglia, Italy

Puglia is probably best known for the charming trulli that scatter the landscape. Less well known are the many Masseria that date back hundreds of years, once owned by local land barons. Similar to a Spanish hacienda or plantation houses these are historic farm complexes, often fortified and with watchtowers […]

by × June 25, 2018 × 0 comments

Travel

Palazzo Margherita – Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy

Palazzo Margherita – Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy

Back in 2012 we got very excited about the opening of Palazzo Margherita – the latest addition to Francis Ford Coppola’s expanding stable of award-winning resorts. A couple of weeks ago we, at long last, had the opportunity to check it out first hand and found out why everyone has been so excited […]

by × June 13, 2018 × 0 comments

Health & Beauty, Travel

A Retreat At The Maharishi Peace Palace, Rendlesham, Suffolk

A Retreat At The Maharishi Peace Palace, Rendlesham, Suffolk

A visit to the Maharishi Peace Palace in Rendlesham, was long overdue. Here at CELLOPHANELAND* we have been practising Transcendental Meditation for several years now, and so an escape to the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and offer of total immersion in a blissful atmosphere was more than welcome. The 5M custom-built […]

by × June 11, 2018 × 0 comments

Travel

Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown, County Wexford

Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown, County Wexford

“The best four days of my life”. – John F. Kennedy on his trip to Ireland, 1963. It’s been a few years since we visited The Kennedy Homestead in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford, southern Ireland, where John F. Kennedy’s great-grandfather, Patrick, was born in 1823. Patrick Kennedy was an Irish farmer […]

by × June 7, 2018 × 0 comments

Travel

Nearby Matera

Sextantio, Le Grotte della Civita – Matera, Italy

Italy is blessed with a host of great historic cities: Venice, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Rome and many more. However one destination that has slipped under CELLOPHANELAND’s radar is Matera. A stunning fortress town it sits just above the ‘arch’ of the Italian ‘boot’ in Basilicata. It’s unique qualities have had […]

by × May 30, 2018 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

Photo London at Somerset House, London

Photo London at Somerset House, London

In the London photography world May is the biggest month of the year. The biggest photographic galleries wheel out exhibitions of their biggest names, the main auction houses have their photographic sales and UK’s largest – OK, pretty much only – photo fair, Photo London, pretty much takes over Somerset House. Amongst numerous photo-related satellite […]

by × May 18, 2018 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture, Books

California Captured by Marvin Rand

California Captured by Marvin Rand

Mid century modern is one of today’s most prominent design trends – especially in California. Cruise around say, Los Angeles or Palm Springs and you will find no end of shops and businesses offering original, reproduction or imitation mid century furnishing. Around the world decor, design and architecture reflect a renewed interest in […]

by × May 11, 2018 × 0 comments

Arts & Culture

America’s Cool Modernism – the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

America’s Cool Modernism – the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Most histories of modern art in the USA seem to skip through the period after the Great War in Europe. It is easy to do, after all the huge burst in European art movements that occurred in the early part of the 20th Century had by then subsided. The war […]

by × April 30, 2018 × 0 comments