Red State History Museum

Throwback Thursday: Moscow’s RED State History Museum

 April in Moscow, and probably the whole of Russia is still wet and cold, with no sign of spring. My friends and I needed an activity away from the cold so decided to visit the RED State Historical Museum of Moscow. On the way to the museum my umbrella broke in the strong wind,which was probably inevitable as my umbrella was a couple of years old. … Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Moscow’s RED State History Museum

War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

The disturbing War Remnants or War Crimes Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

I did the usual sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City  but the one place that really stood out for me was the War Remnants Museum. The museum was originally named ” Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression ” and changed to War Remnants museum in 1995 after the end of the US embargo. It primarily contains exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War. … Continue reading The disturbing War Remnants or War Crimes Museum of Ho Chi Minh City

The house is hidden away on a little quiet side street leading off Constitución.

The eclectic and alluring La Chascona, house of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Nevruda

Personally I think that the poet Pablo Nevruda who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 is Chile’s Salvador Dali for his love of art and eccentricity. Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez once called him “the greatest poet of the 20th century in any language. Pablo lived a very interesting life always traveling around and when in Chile he wasn’t content to live in a “normal” house. … Continue reading The eclectic and alluring La Chascona, house of Nobel Prize winner Pablo Nevruda

According to the artist this color shift emphasizes the perception of roundness of the structure

Art Museums and Shirt Exhibitions in Santiago

The Finnish artist Kaarina Kaikkonen is presenting two exhibitions in two different venues in Santiago. My first encounter with her art was seeing “Traces”, featured on one of the staircases at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights. Here through the display of garments discarded by anonymous people, she redefines this space. “Traces” consists of more than eight hundred and fifty second-hand men’s jackets which … Continue reading Art Museums and Shirt Exhibitions in Santiago

Exploring the Portuguese sailor Bartolomeu Dias’ replica ship at Mossel Bay

On my first visit to Mossel Bay my brother and I went to the Bartolomeu Dias Museum. Mossel Bay (Afrikaans Mosselbaai) is a harbour town of about 130,000 people on the Southern Cape of South Africa. It is an important tourism and farming region of the Western Cape Province.  It is actually best known as the place at which the first Europeans landed on South African soil,Bartolomeu Dias and his crew … Continue reading Exploring the Portuguese sailor Bartolomeu Dias’ replica ship at Mossel Bay

Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Day 2: Sunday 25 December 2011  It rained all day long and was about 15 degrees and very foggy. The city was covered in a white mist. I took the tram to the Holocaust museum, it is a stunning building and everything was so well presented. It was a stunning yet very depressing experience. Yad Vashem is Israel’s official memorial to the Jewish victims of … Continue reading Christmas Day at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Monasteries, art museums and avoiding security guards in Moscow

One of my favourite things to do is walking around Moscow during spring time. The weather is lovely and the whole city is filled with flowers and people enjoying the sunshine. It just feels so good finally being able to walk outside without being wrapped up in layers and layers of clothes. After being cooped up inside for most of the long cold winter in … Continue reading Monasteries, art museums and avoiding security guards in Moscow

Sex museums and art in Arbatskaya Street

Arbatskaya is one of Moscow’s oldest streets, it has existed at least since the 15th century and is lined with fine 19th century mansions. It has loads of museums, galleries and churches and is filled with shops, restaurants, clubs and bars. I love walking down this street especially on weekends when it’s filled with street artists and people. I don’t usually like crowded areas but … Continue reading Sex museums and art in Arbatskaya Street

The Pushkin Museum of Visual Art in Moscow

“Paintings, sculpture and applied art from ancient history to the present day – art fans can find all this and more at the Pushkin Museum.” After I read this I had to go and check this out for myself. My friend Yve and I headed over to the museum one March morning. Unfortunately it was a Saturday so we had to stand in line for … Continue reading The Pushkin Museum of Visual Art in Moscow