The Hakone Open Air Museum (彫刻の森美術館) is the first of its kind in Japan since 1969, displaying splendid art pieces and statues in a fantastic 70,000 m2 outdoor space. I love this idea because the museum uses four seasons as a backdrop to display artwork and I would imagine it would have a completely different outlook during the four seasons of spring, summer, autumn and winter. One of my personal favorite is the Symphonic Sculpture, a kaleidoscopic tower embellished with stained glass with spiraling staircase down the middle. It’s a small tower full of life, beaming with rainbow colors and it immediately gives you a joyous smile when you step into the tower. It’s a little something atypical of stained glass where they are mostly seen in churches like Saint Chapelle (in Paris) where the atmosphere is usually more solemn and sacred. Continue reading
Itinerary covers main attractions in Paris – the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Catacombs, Pantheon, Chateau de Versailles, Centre Pompidou, Musee D’Orsay and Les Invalides. In Provence/ Southern France – Arles, Nimes, Orange, Pont Du Gard, the Camargue, Gordes, Roussillon, Menerbes, Lourmarin, L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and Aix En Provence.
The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world, housing the most famous painting on this planet – the Mona Lisa, averaging 8 million visitors per year! The former royal palace is also one of the world’s largest museum, with three wings, Denon, Sully and Richelieu, displaying more than 35,000 pieces of artwork. Continue reading
Musee d’Orsay was formerly a railway station that was almost demolished as it was unable to adapt to the requirements of modern trains. Today, the museum houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings by well-know painters like Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Manet and Van Gough. Continue reading
Centre Pompidou houses the largest modern arts in Europe, with over 60,000 pieces of art in its collection. The building itself is a masterpiece. With the “inside-out” concept, whatever structures that are supposed to be hidden is all exposed. Continue reading
How the National Palace Museum, Taipei (國立故宮博物) , was set up in Taiwan has an amazing story behind. After the expulsion of Puyi, the last emperor of China from the Forbidden City in Beijing, for the first time, the Forbidden City was made accessible to the public. It was set up as a museum on 10th October 1925, for the public to come in and view the treasure collection from the past emperors. Continue reading
Since the Red House (西門紅樓) was just across the street from the hotel, that was the first place we visited (You can get there by taking the MRT, get off at Ximen Station, exit 1). The Red House was completed in 1908 and Continue reading