My Museum Journey Continues…

Stories from the Museum Floor

In celebration of International Museum Day, Fang from the Visitor Team invited readers to join her on a Museum Journey…  and here in part two she continues her story of inspiration across the globe.

My Museum Journey Continues …


Fang 4Modern Museum, Stockholm, Sweden. (Image from:

The Moderna Museet is a state museum for modern and contemporary art located on the island of Skeppsholmen in central Stockholm. Its former Director, Dr Lars Nittve, was the founding Director of the Tate Modern in London. In August 2015, he also gave an opening speech for the exhibition “The M+ Sigg Collection: Chinese Art from the 1970s to Now” in the Whitworth, Manchester.

Fang 5J.M.W. Turner, Sun Setting over a lake, ca 1840  © Tate, London 2011

One weekend, just before Christmas, I finally found time to visit the “

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Sri Lanka’s Tea Gardens, the Coast and Beetroot Curry

All these dishes look fantastic.

This is quite a long post so boil yourself some water and make yourself a cup of tea. Sitting comfortably……..then let’s begin.

No trip to Sri Lanka is complete without a stay in the tea gardens. The cooling climate, the rich green tea plantations and the slower pace of life is very appealing, especially after spending time in the hot dry lands of the cultural triangle. I loved the experience of staying in them when I visited Kerala so made sure they were included in our Sri Lanka itinerary. Many travellers head to Nuwara Eliya often referred by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’, a nod to the British summer time retreat in the 1800, but instead we opted to stay in a few valleys away, near to a small town called Hatton. There is a train station in Hatton and if I were to revist I would take…

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Millennial to Millionaire: Stop Blaming Avocado Toast for Why We’re Not Buying Houses

It is always those that can afford to save that find fault with people that can’t afford to save.


Millennials rarely get a fair shake when it comes to, well, anything written about them, which is why it isn’t surprising to see a misguided post from TIME magazine today blaming the low rate of home ownership among millennials on their apparently voracious appetite for avocado toast.

“When I was trying to buy my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for $19 and four coffees at $4 each,” millionaire Tim Gurner says, also blaming millennials’ annual trips to Europe every year as the reason why they can’t afford to buy homes.

He continues, “The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it, saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder,” conveniently failing to mention the housing bubble and subsequent crash that occurred in the last decade due to poorly regulated banks that approved mortgages for millions of people who they…

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The Doctor Dolittle of the Upper West Side


At the New York Times, Andy Newman covers a day in the life of Dr. Anthony Pilny, veterinarian at the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine in Manhattan. Dr. Pilny’s practice routinely involves bowel-obstructed bunnies, lame ducks, and feisty, festering iguanas, just to name a few of his pint-sized patients.

The center, on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is the city’s only exclusively exotic animal hospital. “Exotic” in the veterinary trade simply means all pets except cats and dogs. The center treats anything else that comes in the door and weighs under 50 pounds. Most of the patients are rabbits, rodents, lizards or birds, but they can get pretty exotic: kinkajous, alligators, flower horn fish and prairie dogs. So can their problems.

The duck was out cold on the table in a basement operating room, a breathing tube stuck down her bill. Dr. Pilny sliced…

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I have just uploaded a few more Lion images taken between 2006 and  2017. Have a look at (total 76 images).

This is one of many species gallery available online at

Please contact me at in case you are interested in publishing any of these images or if you would like to license any image for printing (for personal or commercial use).

These are some of the newly uploaded images!

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50mm Lens! 50mm Lens!

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My 2016 Favorite! My 2016 Favorite!

Little one! Little one!

His Majesty! His Majesty!

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A Bare-Knuckle Fight at Colonel Monstery’s

Out of This Century

In February of 1888, the following headline appeared in several newspapers throughout the Great Lakes region of America:


Two Chicago Police Hustlers Settle Their Differences According to London Prize Rules.

The articles reported that two journalists, Louis M. Houseman of the Daily Inter Ocean, and Charles Alberts of the Chicago Times, had settled their dispute according to the “London Prize Ring” rules, with bare-knuckles, in a formal, secret boxing match at the school of the noted fencing master, duelist, and pugilist Col. Thomas H. Monstery.

The dispute, it was reported, had begun “over a game of sevenup in the Central station.”

Although the initial flurry of articles were sparse in their detail, seventeen years later, more intimate details of the story were related by Frederic Adams, a professor of aerostatics who had served as a second for Alberts in the fight, and…

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Journey to the White Continent

Paul Zizka Photography | mountain landscape and adventure photographer in Banff, Alberta | Banff photography


It always seemed so unattainable to me. But after two days at sea, and a year of anticipation, I was mesmerized when we first caught sight of a few rocks off Elephant Island through the thick fog – harbingers of our imminent arrival on the fabled White Continent. There is no wilder place on Earth, nowhere more remote, more inhospitable.

And as I found out over the six weeks following that moment in early January 2017, you’d be hard-pressed as a photographer to find another location on the planet that is more overwhelming. The photo opportunities just kept on coming, and I’ll never forget the sense of remoteness, the way life thrived on a whole other level, and the scale of the land down there. I’m thankful for One Ocean Expeditions for bringing me on board.

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