Monday, 19 October 2009

Coffee & Culture

After my yoga class yesterday morning, I decided to go for a coffee and take in some culture. I visited Baltic in Gateshead to see the Malcolm McLaren exhibition. I was eagerly awaiting this and yet left feeling a little disappointed with it, despite its' critical acclaim.

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In contrast, I left feeling quite mesmerised by the Kimsooja installation. A simple concept but very effective and very powerful. (Click the pink links to get more info on each artist).

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Just before leaving I popped into the Baltic shop. I only bought a few postcards for the Postcrossing project I take part in but found that they sell lomography toy cameras - anyone with an interest in photography will be aware of these. The Diana camera in particular I would love to get my hands on - I just love their effect. They sell some quirky gifts on-line too.

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I then headed back over the Millenium Bridge to Malmaison Hotel for a brief cappuccino stop. I love this hotel, I often come here for a quiet coffee or glass of prosecco. As it's a hotel, it tends to stop the usual Geordie rabble from frequenting and it has a very warm, cosy and slightly gothic ambience with it's rich purples and velvet. All in all, a good way to spend a Sunday.


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15 comments:

  1. Fantastic images... thanks for sharing! I love the candid nature of these, especiallyl the second shot. Sorry you were disappointed by the McLaren exhibition. The Malmaison Hotel looks lovely by the way. Thanks for the heads-up! I've always had a hard time finding a nice place to relax in London that wasn't crowded with tourists, snobs or after-work pub crowds. Hope you have a great week ahead!

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  2. Love the shot of that half finished cup of java. Too cute!

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  3. What an adorable cup of coffee with the letters printed in the inside!
    xoxo
    B* a la Moda

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  4. It sounds like you had a great relaxing day. Beautiful photos in this post!

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  5. yummm... the coffee looks like its yummy. The Mal hotel looks great too!

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  6. i always feel a bit out of place walking into hotels for a drink...i dont know why, thats what they want you to do...
    MargieF
    xxx

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  7. I haven't been to the Baltic in so long, it's just a shame! Great photos. Too bad the Malcolm Mclaren exhibit wasn't better. I guess I won't be rushing out to see it! ♥

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  8. Fabulous pictures !
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  9. Your gorgeous blog has won you a Divine Award, you can pick it up on mine any time! ♥

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  10. I love the pictures, they are amazing!

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  11. Love the pic'. And I'm into yoga too ;-)

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  12. Looks like you had a really lovely Sunday. Such a shame the exhibition disappointed you though. The Malmaison looks lovely. I'm much fonder of quiet places you can sit down and enjoy a coffee in than one full of rabble!

    Polly x

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  13. Gorgeous photos. That hotel looks amazing. I adore their holiday poster!

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  14. These are such great pictures!!! Sounds like you had a great time!


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  15. thanks for comments on my pics everyone!
    margie f - i do know what you mean, there is something a bit 'hookerish' sometimes about walking into a hotel for a drink

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