It has been approximately three weeks since we came back from holiday. The weather in Spain, although a little rainy towards the end of the holiday was mostly glorious, especially in Gijón and San Sebastian. Here in London, winter’s come prematurely this year and we have already had snow. Unfortunately, if it does settle, the snow quickly becomes ice. It is nothing like the image of the sugar on the panettone above.
We were in Gijón for Guy’s birthday. Now Gijón is not a very big town at all. We found that we were able to walk the sights in about a day. However Gijón was also the place of two of the biggest highlights of the holiday. LABoral contemporary art centre and also this wonderful pattiserie Pomme Sucre.
We had a birthday lunch of selected (slider-size) pintxo like bocadillos and some sweet treats that included a cup of delicious hot chocolate, petit fours and cake too! Everything we ate was made to feast the eyes as much as the stomach. If you ever find yourself in Gijón, Oviedo, Albacete or Madrid, make sure you stop by Pomme Sucre.
One of my favourite installations at LABoral is Carsten Höller’s Y. Made with 960 lightbulbs it draws you into the installation. As you walk through Y, the lights flicker at different speeds creating a little bit of a play with the perspective of time. This combined with the mirrors create multiple reflections, making this installation a real experience.
Obviously I thought of Sarah when I spotted this beaut of a neon sign shining like a beacon for the sweet-toothed. Spain is filled with tuck shops on every corner selling all kinds of candy and frutos secos (my favourite!). Being on holiday with Guy has meant that we have been stopping at most of this shops for his favourite: strawberry laces and liquorice!
LABoral is easily my favourite thing about Gijon. This contemporary art centre is nowhere near the city centre but worth the journey.
I was very lucky to be greeted by a light installation which is part of the fantastic Pasajes exhibition exploring physical and sensory aspects of space.
This here is an installation by Cerith Wyn Evans. Especially relevant because of my last post.