We have been hearing about a (large!) gingerbread house which word on the street said had been constructed inside Te Papa Tongarewa (meaning Our Place – New Zealand’s National Museum, situated on Wellington’s waterfront). We always love hanging out at Te Papa – regardless of what special exhibitions are on, the long-term exhibitions and art are consistently engaging and interesting – but put baking, Christmas and museum altogether in one, and we knew we had to get down there and check it out for ourselves. So that’s what we did tonight (long may Te Papa’s late nights on Thursdays last!). The house has been constructed to encourage donations to the Wellington Children’s Hospital – gingerbread house making kits are available to buy at the museum. Click on the photos below to check out what we found… (look for the photos with the details of the building and baking, quite astounding!)…
The gorgeous Te Papa gingerbread house was baked by Te Papa’s Executive Chef, Bernd Lippmann and constructed, installed and decorated by the chef along with a dedicated team – see how they did it in the video below! The house fills the museum with a delicious “it’s Christmas!” smell of warm spices, and it is clear that the team who decorated the house has an eye for detail.
The house bought a huge smile to my face when I saw it, and was a nice reminder of the European Christmases we have the pleasure of enjoying for the past two years in the Netherlands. Seeing this gingerbread house also took me back to very happy memories of the gingerbread house competition which takes place annually in Sweden with a different theme each year and is exhibited at the Arkitekturmuseet in Stockholm. Read more
The brilliance of this sign only increases the further you take it from its context . Just…EAT & SHOP.
Perhaps, these are words to die by.
Photo by PJD, Tate Modern.
This week’s photo challenge seems so simple.
There are so many big things out there, especially coming from Australia. There’s the Big Banana, the Big Merino, the Big Prawn, the Big Pineapple; New Zealand comes to the party too, with the Big Gumboot, among other things.
We’ve seen Big Ben, too.
But all these things seem a little too easy. A little predictable. Almost everything is big, if you put it next to something else. A fire ant is big, next to a black ant. A molecule of water is big next to an atom of hydrogen. So instead I’ve chosen a big undertaking, that produced a pretty big ship, and at the end, was a big failure.
As the kid’s probably don’t say anymore: Epic Fail.
We’ve been wanting to stand here for a long time togther. Today we finally made it, and the Great Court of the British Museum really was as great as ever. London, you really are the city of cities.
Photo by CIA.
Today it’s sunny in London, and we are going here:
Two things to be gloriously happy about.
Video courtesy of the Guardian and YouTube; CIA already mentioned this, here.
CIA is not feeling well. Whilst we were in Zürich, she was on a blog vacation, and that explains why you’ve got so much PJD, and so little CIA. She planned to write a post tonight, but since she can’t, we developed a mini writing challenge. She picked out this picture from her cellphone, and I have had ten minutes to think about what I would write in response. I then have 20 minutes to write that response.
Here’s the picture:
And here’s the response:
Last week, PJD shared an in-depth glimpse into one of the art exhibitions that we have been most impressed with, ever. This was the incredible Slow Art exhibition at the Nationalmuseum, which we were lucky to find by chance when we were in Stockholm recently.
We were so surprised at the beauty of the pieces collected together in this small exhibition. In keeping with the theme, due to our captivation with what our eyes saw, we slowly took it all in.
Slow Art has really lingered in our minds; we have discussed many of the pieces we saw in the exhibition a number of times since we returned home to Leiden, reflecting on the fact that an overarching characteristic of the works was their exquisite beauty and uniqueness. So, today I thought I would share a few more of our favourite pieces. Sure, we loved them all, and the ones that PJD has already documented in his post were certainly amongst the most impressive. Yet, the depth of the quality in this small collection was quite astonishing, and these pieces really are quite something… Read more