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ROMANTIC GETAWAYS AROUND THE WORLD

  You can spend the day sightseeing Portofino, a lush seaside village famous for its picturesque harbour  and many artistic visitors. The “Piazzetta,” meeting-up point for the international jet-set, is the symbol of town, while the port, with its characteristic, brightly-colored houses, is the icon of this borgo’s maritime traditions, whose inhabitants were called delfini (“dolphins”).  Don’t miss to climb the ...

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FIVE MAGNIFICENT EUROPEAN MUSEUMS

Architect Philip Johnson, described it as the greatest building of our time. The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (designed by architect Frank Gehry), is one of the most world-renowned contemporary museum buildings. The 256,000 square foot museum is still pretty new, it opened in 1997, but it’s already well-respected thanks to its impressive permanent collection (featuring works by Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, ...

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WHERE THE MILKY WAY GALAXY EXPANDS FOREVER

The first non-native American seeing the lake was John Wesley Hillman. After the lake was called Blue Lake and Lake Majesty, before being known as Crater Lake. https://www.nps.gov/crla/index.htm Bring a pair of binoculars, find a spot where car lights won’t flash at you, and sit back for one of the best night sky viewing locations in America. The closest big ...

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ADVANCED RESERVATIONS FOR YOUR ROMANTIC OUTING

Advanced reservations for the Dolly Steamboat https://dollysteamboat.com/ are recommended during holiday weekends. East of Phoenix, less than an hour’s drive, an refreshing lake is a favorite with locals. An oasis in the desert, it’s a great place to cruise, ski, sail, swim or picnic. An restaurant serves up food when you’re hungry (camping areas and fishing sites allow you to ...

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WHERE YOUR INSTINCT PUSHES YOU AGAIN

The “Barbizon School“, developed between 1830 and 1870. Here the foundations were laid for Impressionist pictorial revolution in France. The artists of the Barbizon School often painted together, creating their works in the open countryside, sometimes for several days. Looking at the colors and shapes of natural subjects produced landscapes of great lyricism, with humble people working in the fields. ...

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PLACES OF THE PICTORIAL REALISM / BARBIZON, FRANCE

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UNDER THE MICROSCOPE / GUSTAVE COURBET – Until February 5, 2017 / Oslo, The National Gallery

After deaths, many popular French painters (such as Gustave Courbet), they fell victim to widespread forgery. http://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?TLp=183423 For art museums, it is a challenge to distinguish forgeries from authentic pictures. Thanks to new research, it has been possible in recent years to throw light on many false attributions, and to expose a number of counterfeits. He insisted that pictures should ...

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BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF VALENCIAN TILES OF BLUE – Welcome to House of Joaquín Sorolla

The Sorolla Museum, http://www.mecd.gob.es/msorolla/en/inicio.html aims to promote enjoyment of Joaquín Sorolla’s legacy, in the conviction, that this legacy can provide a positive and enriching emotional and aesthetic experience, as an instrument of knowledge where to develop their own creative abilities. The Sorolla Museum occupies artist’s family house from 1911 (the house has been preserved almost intact with the decoration, it ...

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THE VERY STOUT CHINESE MONK WITH A BROAD SMILE

One of the four great ancient civilizations, China is the size of the USA or Europe (with more people than Europe and North America together). An enormous and beautiful land, China offers you so much to see and explore. Essence of China? Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai (enjoying China’s cultures and classic beauty, where you won’t miss any important places or ...

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TIME IS RUNNING AWAY – Hugo Grotius: the man who escaped in chest of books

Hugo Grotius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmdXusPBF3w was a Dutch jurist that laid the foundations for international law, based on natural law. He wrote most of his works in exile, in France. He was teenage intellectual prodigy, he was imprisoned for his involvement in the intra-Calvinist disputes of the Dutch Republic (but escaped hidden in chest of books). A prodigious learner, he entered the ...

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