CULTURE

Snapshot Story #22: Louvre copyists learn by painting the masterpieces

By Janice and George

The Louvre Museum has a tradition of allowing artists to learn by painting the masterpieces. Sometimes they catch your attention more than the original art.

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Is the fairytale Chateau de Chantilly better than Versailles?

By Janice and George

Near Paris, the Chateau de Chantilly is a fairytale wonder; it’s also home to one of France’s finest collections of classical paintings. Beats Versailles in some ways!

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Cadaques Photos: You’ll want to visit this lovely Dali town

By Janice and George

No wonder Cadaques inspired surrealist painter Salvador Dali! Take a peek at these photos of Cadaques, one of the sweetest towns on Spain’s Costa Brava.

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A regal day trip to Stockholm’s Drottningholm Palace

By Janice and George

Best daytrip in Stockholm? Take a century-old steamer across Lake Malaren to visit Drottningholm Palace on the “Queen’s Island.” (Don’t miss the “confidence” dining room.)

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Death on display at the Guanajuato Mummy Museum

By Janice and George

The extraordinary Guanajuato Mummy Museum has over 100 mummies, including one of a woman buried alive. There’s also a poignant gallery of baby mummies.

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Edvard Grieg Museum

The Edvard Grieg Museum (and love story) cast a beautiful spell

By Janice and George

Attend a lunch-time concert at the Edvard Grieg Museum in Troldhaugen, and the music – and love story between Edvard and his wife – cast their spell.

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Tallinn Old Town

Eye-catching sights in Tallinn Old Town, Estonia

By Janice and George

Forget the map! Tallinn Old Town in Estonia is perfect for soaking up its 1,000 years of history by strolling aimlessly and letting your curiosity guide your feet.

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Walking Gamla Stan (the Old Town) in Stockholm

By Janice and George

Cobbled streets, medieval churches – even a royal palace. It’s all here in Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. And walking Gamla Stan is one of the first things visitors do in Stockholm.

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One day in Berlin. Crazy? Or not…

By Janice and George

One day in Berlin isn’t enough. But if you only have a day, see the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and paintings on the Berlin Wall (especially “The Kiss”). We also traveled back through Germany’s turbulent times at the German Historical Museum.

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Amber Room at Catherine palace

Catherine Palace and the mystery of the looted Amber Room

By Janice and George

The Nazis stole the priceless Amber Room at Catherine Palace. The room was recreated though — and it’s a marvel to see! The mystery of the original missing amber treasure is fascinating too.

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5 reasons why Victoria is the best city to visit in Canada

By Janice and George

It has great restaurants and a lovely island vibe, and it’s blooming pretty! Just 3 of 5 reasons why Victoria is the best city to visit in Canada.

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Oodles of cultural activities in Mexico City, and other surprises

By Janice and George

Mexico City surprised us – pleasantly! There are oodles of museums and cultural attractions in Mexico City. It has lots of parks. And locals ride eco-bikes.

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The amazing temples of Bagan – a photo safari

By Janice and George

Nothing can prepare you for the sight of the thousands of brick-red and honey-colored temples of Bagan in Myanmar, shimmering in the baking sun. The best way to see them is on a horse-and-buggy ride at sunset.

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mayan ruins of Tulum

Visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Tulum

By Janice and George

Overlooking the sea, the Mayan ruins of Tulum are the loveliest of the ancient Mayan cities you can visit in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. But why did the Mayans flatten the tops of babies’ heads?

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