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See the collages of Max Ernst in Paris

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People visiting Paris this summer will be able to visit the Musee d’Orsay to see an exhibition of collages by the great modern artist Max Ernst.

The display will be open for people on Paris tours to visit from June 30th to September 13th.

Ernst was born in 1891 and was greatly influenced by the proliferation of unusual and striking images that appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, advertisements and other media from the second half of the 19th century onwards.

Between 1933 and 1936, the artist used a broad selection of illustrations, graphics, book covers and other pieces to create his own book, which had no text and consisted of a section for every day of the week.

The collection of collages will arrive at Paris’ Musee d’Orsay following a tour that has already taken it to Bruhl, Hamburg and Madrid.

Until July 19th this year, visitors to the famous museum will also be able to see a series of exhibitions inspired by the art and architecture of Italy, exploring subjects including Ernest Hebert’s artistic interest in Italian peasants.

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Iceland a Journey Through Earth and Time

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8071_5_winter20caving204The literary classic Journey to the Center of the Earth has inspired many film and novel adaptations since its publication in 1864. Now, the story is inspiring trips to the tale’s terrain. Iceland is where Jules Verne first envisioned Lidenbrock and friends descending into the center of the earth. Since then it has been used as the filming location for the 2008 film and the creative basis for many other adaptations. Iceland’s landscape combines lush green valleys with snow covered mountain tops. Giant glaciers still cover the land and create an icy setting perfect for star gazing.

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Experience The War of the Worlds on London tours

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Science fiction fans should fit a visit to the O2 Arena into their London tours in June to experience Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.

This stunning stage adaptation of HG Wells’ classic novel will come to the venue in south-east London on June 20th and 21st.

Wayne himself will conduct the Black Smoke Band for the multimedia show, which will also feature a guest appearance by Jennifer Ellison and other performers.

Arguably the highlight of the production is the 35-foot Martian machine that scans the audience with insect-like eyes and fires heat rays into the crowd.

Spectators will also see a hologram of the actor Richard Burton playing the role of the journalist George Herbert projected onto a 100-foot-wide screen.

The live production of The War of the Worlds is setting off on a tour this year that will also include shows in Dublin (June 7th), Glasgow (June 11th) and Holland (June 30th to July 2nd).

Visitors to London will be treated to another otherworldly experience at the O2 Arena from August 5th to 9th when it hosts the Walking With Dinosaurs show.

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They Aren’t Called French Fries? Trying Out the Local Cuisines

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I was more than a little nervous about giving up the fantastic variety of Californian cuisine for my move to London. Sure I’d be living in a fantastic neighbourhood (Kensington, ever heard of it?), taking fun classes (hi, field trips to Oxford, Parliament, the Globe), working a fun company, meeting tons of new people, and travelling like mad (read my Dublin post anyone?), but all I could think about as I jumped on that United jet was, what about burritos? Cheeseburgers? Pluto’s salads? As delightful as afternoon tea sounds, anyone who’s hopped on the “English cuisine” Wikipedia page can probably understand my hesitation. I’m sorry guys, but chip sandwiches? How does somebody even come up with that?

Chip Butty - Annie Mole

Chip Butty - Annie Mole

Which isn’t to say a chip butty isn’t one of the first things I tried when I got here (add a little ketchup and it’s not bad!), but I certainly wasn’t prepared for the richness of the culinary culture here. continue reading

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Paris presents Pocket Film Festival

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Paris tours could offer the opportunity to discover some new and unusual cultural creations later this year at the Pocket Film Festival.

This event, which is dedicated to showing films created using mobile phones, will come to the French capital’s Forum des Images from June 12th to 14th.

Visitors will be able to attend a number of free screenings and events during the course of the festival and will be given the opportunity to download any films they want to see again to their own phone.

Artists participating in the 2009 Pocket Film Festival include the French underground filmmaker Joseph Morder, theatre director Pippo Delbono and painter Richard Texier.

A series of concerts and debates will feature on the festival programme this year, as well as workshops exploring how mobile phones can be used to create high-quality and convincing films.

Another Paris institution dedicated to contemporary culture is the Centre Pompidou, which is currently hosting exhibitions of work by the artists Wassily Kandinsky, Asger Jorn and Alexander Calder.

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Bargain hunters pointed to eastern Europe

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Krakow tours and other travel pursuits in central and eastern Europe could prove a popular option among bargain-holiday hunters this year.

Abta – The Travel Association highlighted the fact that the pound is currently at a record low against the euro, making the exchange rate in eastern Europe "alluringly favourable" compared with hotspots in the west.

Some destinations in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and other countries offer two-course meals for as little as £5 and pints of beer for less than £1.

This affordability, combined with the advantage of short journey times for British travellers, make European destinations comparable with Spain or Greece in the 1970s, according to Abta.

The travel association emphasised the "cosmopolitan chic" of cities such as Krakow, Prague and Budapest as a highlight for culture vultures, offset by the natural appeal of the region’s "unspoilt beaches and dramatic countryside".

According to research released by Abta earlier this year, two thirds (66 per cent) of British people value their summer holiday because it provides them with an emotional boost.

Krakow – A turbulent and fascinating history and nearby Auschwitz have seen Krakow become a popular tourist destination.ADNFCR-1652-ID-19112069-ADNFCR

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Dublin, Ireland, We’re Doing it Tourist Style…

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Dublin Green at Trinity College - lynq8831

Dublin Green at Trinity College - lynq8831

Well, I’ve officially been in the UK for a week, and it’s already time to go on a holiday. Dublin, Ireland, here I (and a collection of five other American twenty-something’s) come! As if we haven’t had enough tourism our first week in England, its time to give Dublin’s tourist market a try. I might be missing Spring Break in Cancun this year, but who needs the sun and sand when you can spend your holiday weekends travelling around Europe?

We’ll be there for three days, and are already looking forward to a jam-packed schedule of the most fantastically touristy sites possible. continue reading

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Caped Crusader heads to Catalonia

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Barcelona tours could have an unusual element later this year when a brand new Batman comic is officially unveiled in the city.

Comic book aficionados will be heading to the Catalan capital from across Europe and the world at the end of May to attend the International Comic Fair, which will take place at the Fira de Barcelona from May 29th to June 1st.

The highlight of the event will be the launch of a special edition Batman comic set in Barcelona.

A cover designed by comic book veteran Jim Lee has already been unveiled, showing the Caped Crusader standing in front of an equally recognisable icon – Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Set to be published simultaneously in Spain, Italy and the United States on May 29th, the special edition comic will also feature a foreword by Barcelona mayor Jordi Hereu.

Having been the subject of a solo series since 1940, Batman is one of the most popular and famous superheroes in comic book history. The character was originally created by DC Comics, the publisher behind Superman, Wonder Woman and other creations.

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New hotels, restaurants opening all over Italy

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Holidaymakers planning Rome tours and other travel pursuits in Italy this summer will be able to make use of a number of new hotels, restaurants and other establishments opening across the country.

The national tourist board announced details of a host of new developments, including the four-star Hotel Homs in Rome, which was recently renovated to provide new facilities including the Vuda champagne bar.

Another recent addition to the capital’s offering to tourists is the Il Cuoco Nero restaurant in the Salario quarter, which was opened by respected Italian chef Maurizio Santin.

Further north, the Chianti area of Tuscany will this summer host the opening of Castel Monastero, a new country house resort with facilities including a restaurant bearing the name of Gordon Ramsay.

Milan’s culinary scene will be improved with the opening of the new Home Delicate restaurant, while in Perugia holidaymakers will be able to visit the Alla Posta dei Donini spa.

The Art Newspaper recently released an annual ranking of the world’s cultural institutions which named the Vatican Museums in Rome as the sixth most popular museum last year with more than 4.4 million visitors.

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Italy and the Vatican Worship for Easter

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As the home of the Vatican, it is no surprise that Easter in Italy is a major event. The celebrations vary from the intensely religious to the carefree celebrations of spring. Catholic masses are conducted by the holiest of men in the Vatican and traditions of amusement take over neighboring towns. The historic Scoppio del Carro leaves worshipers in awe. The celebrations are extremely religious but are conducted on such a scale that members of any school of thought will enjoy them. Italy at Easter time is a spectacle and a dream but there is no Easter bunny in Italy, so don’t expect to be greeted by a sugar-covered chocolate marshmallows when you land.

Easter Sunday, a Day of Celebration

Pasqua, the Italian Easter, sees the people of Italy escape out of doors and enjoy the spring sunshine. People parade the streets holding large statues of Mary or Jesus before them in reverence. Catholic priests travel from home to shop to home offering blessings for good luck. In St. Peter’s Basilica the Pope says a special mass. An average of 100,000 people turn up for this even every year covering the earth beneath the Pope’s balcony. The night before the Pope baptises adults newly converted to Catholicism and calls the word to peace. continue reading

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