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Villa Borghese gardens – with kids or without

Posted by dan on December 18, 2010

Rome, Borghese Park

Borghese Park, Rome

Located right above some of the main sights in Rome, such as the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, it offers a quiet alternative to the busy streets below. Worth even only for the view from the terraces, either you go up from the Spanish Steps or Piazza del Popolo. A short and nice walk would be to go up at one of these locations, and come down at the other. The park can be approached from the top of the Monti area as well, and you could take shorter or longer walks in the tranquil gardens. Apart from the shady trees, ponds, fountains, monuments and sculptures, there are several museums and galleries, including of course the Borghese Gallery. There is also a zoological museum and an animal friendly and educational biopark – it’s not even called a zoo to make a point. You can get around on foot, on hired pedal-powered cars, segway (electronic two-wheeler) or a little train. There are carousels, a toddlers playhouse (maybe closed in winter), kiosks and cafes so you can easily spend a whole day up in the Villa Borghese gardens – with kids of any age, or even without.

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood” Tom Robbins

Further information:

Galleria Borghese (Borghese Gallery) official website: http://www.galleriaborghese.it/borghese/en/edefault.htm

About the Villa Borghese gardens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Borghese_gardens

Travel TipBioparco (Biopark) official website: http://www.bioparco.it/en/bioparco-in-rome.html

More about Rome: Rome attractions pictures & videos

Recommended hotel in the area:

L'Hotel Cinquantatre, RomeL’Hotel Cinquantatre ***

Via di San Basilio, 53 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel/Fax : (+39) 06 42014708

Official site: http://www.hotelcinquantatrerome.com/

See blog post: 53 – L’Hotel Cinquantatre

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Secluded oasis – Musée du quai Branly

Posted by dan on December 17, 2010

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

The vertical garden at Musee du quai Branly, Paris

Just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower along the foot path there is a building covered with green vegetation. This is the vertical garden at the Musée du Quai Branly. Behind the sound-proofed glass wall that follows there is a secluded garden. The garden houses the Musée du quai Branly which displays indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. The Cafe Branly, open air in the summer, is a good way to relax after a visit to the museum in the garden, overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

Musée du quai Branly official website in English: http://www.quaibranly.fr/en/

About Musée du quai Branly: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_du_quai_Branly

About the vertical garden: http://www.frenchgardening.com/visitez.html?pid=1140712820340395

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The greatest collector of Picassos

Posted by dan on December 10, 2010

Picasso: Massacre in Korea - Image: Wikipedia

Picasso: Massacre in Korea - Image: Wikipedia

Picasso once said “I am the greatest collector of Picassos in the world” – but surely there are other keen collectors, including Mr. Pierre Le Guennec. How he got the treasure trove of 271 artwork still remains a mystery, but now in a new twist it came to light he is the heir to another Picasso collection which was due to go for sale at auction house Drouot. Now the auction has been postponed, giving those who can afford it some time to plan a trip to Paris and attend it. With so many Picassos around, maybe you can get a very good price. Anyhow, whoever  the greatest collector of Picassos is, you can see a good selection at both Musée Picasso (Picasso museum in Paris) or Museu Picasso (Picasso museum in Barcelona).

Travel TipPicasso museum, Paris (Musée Picasso): http://www.musee-picasso.fr/

Picasso museum, Barcelona (Museu Picasso): http://www.museupicasso.bcn.es/en/

BBC has more on the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11968465

Drouot auction house: http://www.drouot.com/


Wiki-links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_Picasso and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museu_Picasso

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Montmartre at night

Posted by dan on November 11, 2010

The Museum of Montmartre, Paris

The Museum of Montmartre

When in Paris, I always visit Montmartre. Touristy as every major sight in the city, but the view from the hill is amazing and I don’t mind this busy action at all. If you want to get away, all it takes is to wander off the little streets behind Sacre Coeur – this is the hidden, charming Montmartre many do not see. I understand that safety is a concern for many visitors, but any time of the day or night you are safe here just as any place in Paris.

Following are images I made on my last trip.

Montmartre Museum
12 rue Cortot, 75018 Paris
Tel: 01.49.25.89.37
Fax: 01.46.06.30.75
email: infos@museedemontmartre.fr
website: http://www.museedemontmartre.fr

Metros : Lamarck-Caulaincourt, Antwerp and the funicular.
Bus : (Montmartrobus), 80.

Suggested hotel in the area:

Hotel Damremont **
Official website: http://damremont-paris-hotel.com

 

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