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Ballenberg

Ballenberg is an open museum with a 100 original, century-old buildings from all over Switzerland, original gardens and fields. It is a working museum where people are in period, bake break, make sausages, make cheese and pretend they live in the centuries past. There are also 250 domestic animals on display as well.  This is […]

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MAXXI

MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, is a national museum of contemporary art and architecture in Rome and is about 5 min walk from the gorgeous apartment we are staying in. The museum was built on the old and decommissioned military compound site.  This spectacular building was designed by Zaha Hadid who passed away this […]

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Marseille

Marseille is the oldest continuously inhabited city in France, it is a second largest city in France after Paris and the centre of the third largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon.  Humans have inhabited Marseille and its region for almost 30,000 years, it was the first Greek settlement in France.  It is […]

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Musee d’Orsay

Musee d’Orsay is located in an old converted railway station right across the river from the Louvre.  It holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, […]

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Looking Up

If a dizzying array of splendour that adorns the walls with famous paintings or tapestries or the floors done in priceless mosaics or just ordinary marble cut to perfection were not enough then perhaps the rooms and hallways and gardens lined with sculptures by every famous master from the beginning of time will impress and astonish. […]

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Sculptures

It appears that whatever is not at the Louvre or at the National Gallery in London is here.   There are a lot of priceless sculptures here and a great many of them share the same story.  No one knows how some of these 2 or 3 or 5 thousand year old sculptures found their […]

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Vatican Paintings

The first thing at the Vatican Museum that you see are the paintings.  Each more important and more famous than the last.  It appears that over the years the Popes were quite fond of Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael and other famous masters. There are some modern works of art here too which the Vatican […]

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Museum of Communism

Introduction to Life 101 in the Communist Block.  We drag our children around these odd places to show them how we lived when we were their age.  No iPhones or iPads or laptops, no video games and no internet.  However, if you were lucky you could buy a block of chocolate once a month if […]

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Fortress Museum

Within the walls of the Salzburg Fortress are a number of exhibits and museums.  The €25 family pass takes you up to the Fortress on the funicular, and gives you access to the whole place plus an audio guide which is great.  This place was  time spent well –  dry, warm and very interesting.  

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Mozart’s Residence

Mozart’s old house is now a museum.  The Mozart family lived on the third floor of the “Hagenauer House” at Getreidegasse 9 for twenty-six years, from 1747 to 1773. The celebrated composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was born here on January 27, 1756. The building is named after the merchant and toy dealer, Johann Lorenz Hagenauer […]

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Viking Museum Ladby

Kerteminde is Denmark’s only ship grave from the Viking period. Around 925 AD, the king of Ladby was buried in his ship, which was 21.5 meters long and 3 meters wide. A burial mound was raised above the ship. His grave was furnished with all his fine possessions, including 11 horses and 3 or 4 […]

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Hans Christian Andersen

Even if you have never been or heard of Odense you know someone from here.  Hans Christian Andersen was born and lived here until he was 14 years old.  His mother used to work at the royal palace and on occasion Hans Christian would be invited to play with the young prince at the palace. […]

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Siena

Another favourite of ours from last year was Siena.  Siena is famous for a lot of things.  The two main ones that impressed us the most are the Piazza del Campo, and the Siena Cathedral.  One famous for its annual horse race, and the other for it beautiful black and white marble architecture.  There is also a great […]

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Pont du Gard

Perhaps one of the most awe inspiring and jaw dropping structures we have seen to date is this ancient Roman aqueduct bridge in Vers-Pont-du-Gard near Remoulins. Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and is the best preserved. Standing almost 49m high and spanning […]

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Courtroom 600

This is where the famous Nuremberg Trials took place in 1945 after World War II ended.  The Courtroom 600 is still used today as a  functioning courtroom.  This room was remodelled for the trials and after they were finished it was restored to its original form.  Upstairs, from the court room is a very simple […]

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Chateau de Pommard

First on the list, purely by chance, was Chateau de Pommard.  It was close to where we were staying and seemed rather interesting. The Chateau had a wine museum and a great restaurant, an exposition of modern art was well as great collection of originals by Picasso, Matisse, and two sculptures by Salvador Dali. We […]

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