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Seattle Art Museum- Where Past meets Present

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Welcome to Seattle!  Owing to the long spring season, the Emerald City (Seattle) has been a famous tourist hub among the travelers of all ages. February marks the beginning of beautiful tourist season when rains relent and the shades of narcissus and plum change the hues and scent that would last for months. It is perhaps one of the few American cities where travelers can be outdoors all the year-round without either shivering or sweating. There are many things to do and see in Seattle. Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium are a few among these.  If you are connoisseur of art, a visit to Seattle Art Museum is a must visit attraction.

Established in the year 1933, Seattle Art Museum has been a top-notch institution of visual arts for about 8 decades now. Aficionados of art would find no better place than SAM to experience the nostalgia of 20th century and developments in 21st century together. When SAM was founded it had only 1926 pieces of art and by the end of 2008 its collection grew to almost 25000 pieces of art.

Ever since its establishment, Seattle Art Museum has been received a good number of visitors. In the very first year 346287 people visited the museum and in 2007 attendance grew to 797127. "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris" held in 2010 had been the most remarkable event in the history of SAM when more than 405,000 people attended the exhibition.

The permanent exhibitions at SAM consists of African art, American art, Ancient Mediterranean & Islamic art, Australian Aboriginal & Oceanic art, Chinese art, Decorative art, Southeast Asian art, European art, Japanese art, Korean art, modern and contemporary art native and Mesoamerican art,  and northwest art and textiles.

SAM has three major facilities: SAM, SAAM and Olympic Sculpture Museum.  

Seattle Asian Art Museum: The museum of Asian Art in Seattle nestles at Volunteer Park on the Capitol Hill. Abbreviated as SAAM, Seattle Asian Art Museum incorporates the 1933 Art Moderne building, the original home of SAM's main collection.  

Admission is free on the first Thursday and Saturday of every month.

Olympic Sculpture Park: Opened in 2007, Olympic Sculpture Park attracts visitors because of its uniqueness. Sprawling over 9 acres, it has an outdoor sculpture museum park and also a beach. Amazing museum, isn’t it?  

Admission to outdoor sculpture park is free.

Author Bio: Rachna Dave works with CheapOair, one of the best known online travel brand in the U.S., to promotes travel and tourism globally. They offer low fare guarantee on economy as well as business class travel.

Seattle Travel Tip by Author: Tourism in Seattle surges up in spring. To book cheap flights to Seattle, plan your travel in advance. Prior booking at times helps in getting a business class travel deal at a fare of economy class.
 

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Memphis music attractions

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Rob Vickery

On my road trip around America this summer, we visited 22 states, covered over 7,500 miles and even made it in to neighbouring Canada, all with one poor little car! With so many places to choose from, one place stuck out as the favourite with both me and my two best friends. When we arrived in Memphis, just inside the border of Tennessee, we didn’t really have a plan of action, and after taking a wrong turn ended up in an area we definitely didn’t want to stay in! I think that is genuinely the first time I saw cops deliberately ignoring obvious criminal activity, and they, like us just carried on by without stopping! However Memphis is home to the world famous Beale Street, one of the homes of rock and soul music. We were lucky enough to find a motel right in the centre as the sun began to set on another Friday night in the USA, and without hesitation, we dumped our stuff and headed out to see what BB King’s adopted home town had to offer. Every weekend the town centre is closed off and you are free to drink in the streets, while taking in the various musicians busking and performing in alleyways, clubs, parks and on street corners. You can even smoke indoors if you so choose, with a selection of famous cigars on sale at various bars. As well as incredible nightlife and musical entertainment, Memphis music attractions are numerous, as the home to the Rock N’ Soul Museum, just a block over from Beale Street, which pays homage to the beginnings of early music in America, through to the growth of blues and early rock music, all the way through to the mainstream success of acts such as Johnny Cash, Otis Redding and others, who made their name through Memphis based Sun Studios record company. If that wasn’t enough we also took on Graceland, the home of the King of rock, Elvis Presley. Graceland is almost indescribable, and as we visited just under a month from the celebration of what would have been his 75th birthday, it was extra special. The highest selling musician of all time, he still makes more annually than most living artists will in a year. Graceland’s various rooms and gardens are beautiful, and each room is uniquely decorated. One of the more moving parts of the tour is when you enter the area near the pool, where the entire Presley family are buried, with the exception of his late twin brother. I spoke to a pensioner who was moved to tears, even now, saying it had been his life’s dream to come here. Graceland also offers a museum of his eclectic choice of cars and other vehicles, including tractors and airplanes! You can even sing karaoke and visit the Heartbreak hotel. If the musical heritage of this modern and vibrant place still hasn’t convinced you, it is also home to the National Civil rights museum, on the site of Martin Luther King Junior’s assassination at the now defunct Lorraine Motel. Honestly the nicest place I visited in America, Memphis is probably not where you would think of when planning a trip to the USA, but take it from me, its worth it!

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Lucky Irish Getaways

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Feeling lucky this St. Patrick’s day?

Hungry for a bit of Irish culture?

Why not plan an adventurous getaway to the land of g’ luck and greenery?!

1. ‘Tis the season of abundance
Lucky you: we’re now approaching peak salmon fishing season! Embark on this 7 day, 6 night journey to the rivers of the gorgeous Shannon region to try your hand at salmon and trout fishing. You will stay at the charming, historic Millbank House, along the banks of the Mulcair River—one of the best places to reel ‘em in while immersing yourself in the lush, natural landscapes of the region. Your trip will include various salmon and trout fishing excursions, as well as a unique visit to the Castleconnell Salmon Fishery, where you can hone your current skills and experiment with new fishing techniques.

Minutes away from the shops, amenities, and outbound tours of Limerick, your lodgings in Shannon will be the perfect, peaceful travel base for a family with diverse interests. Be sure to double your luck at one of many nearby golf courses!

2. A lucky kiss!
For a bit of magic and mystery, you may want to embark on a trail to the famous Blarney stone near Cork. Bend over backwards and pucker up to the famed “Stone of Eloquence,” and you will, according to Blarney legend, never be at a loss for words. Explore the mystical, 600-year-old castle and lovely surrounding grounds—the perfect place to spend the afternoon with your family.

And if you make it on Sunday, March 22nd, you will get to partake in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

3. Sláinte (Cheers!)
Perhaps your heart lies in the most happy and humble place of all—the Irish pub. Why not experience Dublin’s most famous landmarks, on a three day sightseeing trip through beer and whiskey tasting paradise?

Explore the birthplace and brewing process of your favorite pint at the Guinness Storehouse; discover the step-by-step procedure of whiskey malting, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling and maturing at the Old Jameson Distillery. Sip your way through the evening, and embark on a lively, downtown pub crawl!

Right now is the perfect (and lucky!) time to experience the nature, magic and welcoming vibrancy of the Emerald Isle.

G’Luck and Happy Planning!

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