Padua/Padova – fantastic markets, cathedrals and Europe’s oldest Botanic Garden, laid out in 1545 – with later glasshouse

  A short train ride from Venice to Padua/Padova (for the natives). Very strange to have to deal with cars and bicycles after a few days entrenched in Venice. A beautiful city, especially under continuing clear blue skies. Absolutely fantastic markets in the centre of town -  a foodie's dream - and at last a…

Ai Weiwei & Memphis at Palazzo Franchetti, Venice

Last seen in Amsterdam at least 25 years ago, it was good to meet up with the insanity that is Memphis, 80s furniture and fabrics in brilliant and bold colour and pattern. Especially when sitting in, in striking contrast, in such a beautiful building. Perfect timing for us as the exhibition is due to close…