Going the Distance

Going the Distance

by Xio Axelrod

Next month, I’ll hit the road for the first time this year. And what a doozy of a trip it will be.

The Strip at night, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America - getty creative

First up, Las Vegas where I’ll join some of my fellow Spice Aislers at the annual RT Booklovers Convention. It will also be a research trip for me, as I start preliminary work on a new series. I’ve been to Vegas a number of times and every time is different. Not only because there seems to be a new hotel, restaurant, or hot spot for me to try, but because each visit has been for different reasons. The last time, I was there for a mini-writing retreat after the 2014 RWA (Romance Writers of America) conference. And I got my first tattoo.

Guess not everything that happens in Vegas… [Read more…]

When a man is tired of London…

When a man is tired of London…

London is still my favorite city. I love Paris, and New York as well, but London is the one I can revisit time and time again. Maybe because I was born in England, or because I lived there for a couple of years in my early twenties, but I’ve always felt at home in London.

Of course, like most big cities, it’s great to live there if you have the money to take advantage of all it has to offer. As many times as I’ve been there, every time I go, I find a new treasure. On my last trip, I went to the National Portrait Gallery. I’d been to the National Gallery plenty of times. How can you miss it, right? There it sits, perched at the top of Trafalgar Square and entrance is free. If you duck down to the side (toward Convent Garden) you’ll find the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery (also free).

If you like galleries, this is a real treat. I spent hours going from portrait to portrait. What I found fascinating is the range of work. It starts way back when when portraits and likenesses were done by anyone who fancied making a sketch. The perspective is so horrible on some of them, I roared with laughter. You have Madonna images, where her breast is positioned somewhere nature certainly didn’t put it. As art develops and time went on, the portraits move into the ‘grand masters’ and huge elaborate canvasses. All the way through to modern works and modern faces.

It’s a trip through time, one face at a time, and so well worth a visit. Next time you’re in London, check it out.

Here’s a little trip through some royal faces.

 

Catherine, Wife of Henry Vlll

Catherine, Wife of Henry Vlll

 

Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

 

Elizabeth ll as a younger woman

Elizabeth ll as a younger woman

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Elizabeth ll, more recent

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge