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Museum Het Rembrandt in Amsterdam

June 6th, 2008

Museum Het Rembrandt in Amsterdam

Museum Het Rembrandt

The Museum Het Rembrandt is actually the artist’s 17th century house. Rembrandt lived and worked in the house from 1639 to 1658. The house has been recreated and very little of the original home remains but his artwork in displayed along with other artists from the 17th century on the upper levels of the home. The home has 10 rooms and is a sight to see itself.

Tips for getting the most out of your visit

  • But sure to check out the demonstrations of how Rembrandt created his sketch art.
  • Sketches are located in the new building attached to the old house
  • You can purchase reproductions of Rembrandt’s work as full sized prints or postcards in the museum’s gift shop

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Ushuaia

June 4th, 2008

In Yamana, the dialect of the ancient Indians, Ushuaia means “Bay that penetrates to the west”. It’s the capital of Tierra del Fuego.

It was established in 1990. It is the youngest of the 24 argentine provinces. And it lies on the shores of the beagle canal.

 

Ushuaia Argentina

The hotels have grown in the last couple of years. Of course the ones I like best are:

Hotel del Glaciar

Las Hayas Resort Hotel

These are to die for!!!

As you all know I like cooking but also love to eat, in Ushuaia there are typical products that are the best to eat…the spider crab, the black hake and the Patagonian lamb are just a few of the gourmet alternatives you can find. A restaurant I always make sure I visit when in Ushuaia is Tia Elvira. You can eat crab in any and every way thinkable…great!!! The main street is called San Martin and guess what it is all DUTY FREE!!! And of course you can find the bars and cafes..

One of the things you can do is take the “end of the world train” the 14 km ride covers the last kilometers that the prisoners train that was used by the prison of Ushuaia prison between 1896 and 1947. this prison were forced labor in extreme weather conditions as you can imagine. the train stops at the Macarena Cascade where you can get off and see a reconstruction of an Indian camp and the source of the cascade.

Another thing you can do is the “Tierra del Fuego National Park” the road goes through the park up to the Lapataia Bay where you can take the Typical picture of the sign that shows Buenos Aires 3063 Kms and Alaska 17,848 km. this park is the country’s most southern protected area. It belongs to the Andean Patagonia protected areas and it tries to preserve 6 of the tree species there are there. Some of the trees: ñires, lengas and coihues or cherry trees for you guys.

From here you can also see the End of the world Lighthouse, and believe me you get goose bumps not only cause its cold but also cause it blows your mind to think you are at the bottom of the map.

Cerro Castor

Skiing Cerro Castor is a must.

The newest in Argentina and, like everything in Ushuaia, the southernmost in the world, Cerro Castor or Castor mount for you.

50 cms of powder snow every morning due to the stability of its temperature, offering one of the longest seasons in South America. Modern lifts, skiing and snowboarding school for those of us that always have room for learning and all the services that complement Ushuaia scenery.

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Chocolate in Brussels for chocoholics!

June 3rd, 2008

Brussels is the capital of Belgium and the administrative centre of the European Union. It is also a fantastic place to visit if you are vacationing in Europe and are a chocolate aficionado as Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate each year and has 2,000 chocolate shops.

 

Brussels Chocolate

 

One of the most popular attractions in the city is to visit the chocolate factories and even do a special chocolate tour! A museum dedicate to chocolate is also recommended. You will learn everything about the origins of the chocolate and enjoy a good ‘’ hot chocolate’’ or a choice of chocolate treats:

 

 


Museum of Cocoa and Chocolate

Rue de la Tête d’Or, 9/11
1000 Brussels (Belgium)
Tel.: +32 (0)2 514 20 48

 

Other things that you can do on your chocolate visit tour is to visit ‘’La Maison du chocolat Aritsanal’’. Located in a typical 12th century house, 35 meters from the Grand Place, its aim is to offer the best chocolates from the master chocolate makers of Belgium. Since 1958, it has become the inescapable stop for the finest gourmets of the world!


Maison du Chocolat Artisanal

Rue du Marche aux Herbes 67 Grasmarkt

Brussels

 

 

Tel: 0032 25137892

 

A famous Belgian event is Aroma Festival, a display including chocolate, coffee and tea exhibits and samples. The highest-quality product brands can be found here. .

 

Impossible to get back home without any presents. The best chocolate isn’t cheap but it is exceptionally good. A various choice of chocolate shops will be around the famous ”Grand Place” (Godiva, Leonidas, Neuhaus, Chocolat Manon) and do not forget to visit as well the fabulous ”Galeries St Hubert” where the most well known factories have their own shop. Chocolate is delicious!!!

Beside chocolate, the vibrant atmosphere of Brussels is further enhanced by picturesque medieval streets, lively squares, beautiful boulevards, impressive monuments, spacious parks, cozy cafés, interesting restaurants and an active cultural life.

Enjoy!

Orna

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The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

June 2nd, 2008

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam

The Anne Frank House is located at #263 Prinsengracht in the center of Amsterdam. This is the infamous house where Anne Frank and 8 others hid during Nazi Germany. Their story was captured by Anne Frank and later discovered in the dairies she kept. On May 3rd 1960 the Anne Frank House officially opened as a museum. The museum is well preserved and contains many original objects on display including Anne Frank’s diary. Guests can walk through the house where there are different rooms with exhibits, including the actual hiding place behind the bookshelf door.

What you should know before you visit the museum:

  • The museum is open daily, check the official museum’s website for times here: The Anne Frank House Opening Hours & Admission Prices
  • Set aside at least one hour to explore the house. There are no tours or tour guides, only a tour brochure with background information about each room which is available at the entrance.
  • Due to the steep stairway, this museum is not accessible to guests with walking difficulties

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