ART IS NOT AN END BUT A BEGINNING: The Venice Biennale in pictures

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This was our third time at the arts Biennale in Venice (we went in 2013 and 2015 as well).

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As ever, there was absolutely loads to see.

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And the two days we had to explore just flew by.

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Long days of art-spotting…

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…followed by nights of sipping Aperol spritz by the canals.

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I could do this for a living!

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But as I can’t, at least I know I can come back for more in two years.

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As Ai Weiwei, said…

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“Art is not an end but a beginning”.

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IN PICTURES: Village life and countryside walks in Cumbria

I don’t normally travel within the UK, but last weekend I went to visit a friend who recently moved to Cumbria.

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The area is very scenic, perfect for long walks (weather permitting).

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We visited Bolton Castle, which is really nice and has great views over the countryside.

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There are many nice villages nearby, so we spent a couple of hours window shopping and sampling Wensleydale cheese in Hawes.

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My friend runs the beautiful Brownber Hall, so we had plenty of time to relax in style, watching goldfinches flying by.

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IN PICTURES: Street art and sunny days in Berlin

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Berlin was great – as always.

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I visited on a sunny weekend in August, a beautiful time to go.

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For the first time I managed to visit the Reichstag (it’s free to go but you must book in advance).

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The cool cupola by British architect Norman Foster is definitely worth a visit.

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And it’s a great place to take weird self-portraits.

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The street art around the East Side Gallery was a bit more damaged than I remembered.

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But it’s still quite impressive.

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And there are lots of other great street art all around the city.

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This was also the first time I visited the impressive Berlin Cathedral.

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From the top you get great views over the city.

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And inside there are many amazing details too.

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Sundays in Berlin are always great for brunch.

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After eating at the lovely Napol Jonska in Prenzlauer Berg, we walked around Mauer Park.

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This is a great area to see remains of the Berlin Wall in a less touristic area.

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But we also stopped at some of the highlights – like the Brandenburg Gate and the memorial next to it.

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Berlin never disappoints!