Thanks for popping in.
We've been continuing our short breaks to English seaside resorts that have seen better days before holidays abroad became popular, with a trip to Margate in Kent. Famed for its light by Artist J.M.W. Turner who returned again and again to paint, it sounded just my cup of tea as does Venice for the same reason. We arrived in the rain. Typical.
A cafe was needed swiftly and the David Chipperfield designed Turner Contemporary art gallery was the ideal spot, right on the coast. Down in the sea in front of it stood one of Antony Gormley's sculptures - Another Time - staring out to sea.
The exhibition showing was Seaside: Photographed. This was a delightful collection of old and new photos of the seaside from the 1850s onwards, great to see fashions of yesteryear, old postcards, family photos taken in free photo booths on the beach. Fascinating stuff.
Over the four days, we kept returning to see how Antony was doing, sometimes he was there and others he had completely disappeared under the waves. Mr CK couldn't resist standing nearby, with his coat on! When we eventually managed to get close to the sculpture, it was fun to see he was wearing green seaweed wellies.
Luckily the weather got better and better. Below you can see the Turner Contemporary, second left. The tourist information office is on the left, bearing a neon sign created by Tracey Emin who grew up in the town.
There will be more to come but this was a great start!