Sunday, 14 October 2012

National Portrait Gallery

Today I went to the National Portrait Gallery. I was mesmerised by the wonderful photography of different photographers through out the last century. I especially loved the work of 1940s film photography Freg Daniels. He was a key photographer in the film industry, with photos published in many leading magazines. Here are a few of my favourite photos of his:

Tilly Losch - Photographed by Fred Daniels
Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus photographed by Fred Daniels
The exhibition was fantastic. I love the traditional authenticity of black and white photography. It is so simplistic, yet can work wonderfully to perfectly capture an era. 

After a quick look around the gallery, we went for tea. The positioning of the room couldn't have been more perfect; in a bright room at the top of the gallery with huge windows displaying all of London Town. The food was yummy too, filled with little finger sandwiches, cups of tea and cute mini squares of raspberry cake, blueberry cheesecake and warm scones. 

This really has been a food dominated weekend. As well as a lot of revision.. Hope you all had a good weekend.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Modern Pantry

A few photos from my mum's birthday brunch. We ate ate a quirky restauraunt called The Modern Pantry, in Farringdon and it was delicious! We enjoyed rose tinted fruit salads, raspberry and blueberry muffins, pastries, an egg florentine and perfect coffee. My parents have told me that the afternoon tea is fantastic - reams of miniature scones in vibrant purples and greens! I will be sure to go back for tea very soon.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Italy Part 4

Amalfi to Possitano

Today we took a road trip all day. We stopped off at Amalfi, Possitano and a restauraunt in the mountains for lunch which was in between the two. 

Amalfi was beautiful. We spent about two hours wandering around the square, eating white chocolate and strawberry ice creams (which was the best ice cream I've had in my life), exploring an old church and looking into all the little shops. The beautiful lady in the last photo was sitting on her balcony when a group of people began to photograph her. Instead of getting frustrated, she stood up and waved at everyone below her, posing for everybody's pictures.

Our pizza for lunch was delicious and the view from the mountains was magnificent.

Positano is famous for its cotton, so we walked through uncountable shops of vibrant cotton clothing, as well as a lot of leather shoes and bags. Jamie and I bought a little bracelet from a small jewelry stall. 

In the evening, we helped the chef, Rosa, at Casa Vilarina make pizza. We had a lot of fun and they tasted amazing!

Italy Part 3 - Pompei

 Today we went to Pompei, which is a Roman village discovered after being buried underground after a volcano. We took a train to get there, in which we ate biscuits (which we had bought in Sorento as they were called 'Arielle'!)and listened to Italian music which was performed by a group of men.