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Archive for February, 2018

A Crystalline Adventure

By Linda Tancs

Swarovski Crystal Worlds was opened in 1995 to mark the centennial anniversary of the company’s founding. Located in the town of Wattens (about 20 minutes northeast of Innsbruck), its crystal art exhibitions allow you to experience every facet (no pun intended) of this popular adornment. The Chambers of Wonder include a nostalgic and technological view of the company from its founding through to magical moments on stage, screen and runway. All of the chambers are entered through a “green giant,” an imposing structure that forms the focal point for the multi-sensory installations housed within it.

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From Fjord to Sky

By Linda Tancs

Loen Skylift will bring you from Norway’s Nordfjord to the top of Mt. Hoven (3,316 feet) in only five minutes. One of the steepest aerial trams in the world, the reward is a panoramic view from the cliffside Hoven Restaurant. Pair that with snowshoeing, ski touring, cross country skiing and winter walking. The skylift is six hours from Oslo by car or take Nettbuss.

Under the Microscope in Prague

By Linda Tancs

At the Museum of Miniatures in Prague, Czech Republic, the exhibits are meant to be viewed microscopically. How else would you see a flea with golden horseshoes or the Lord’s Prayer written on a strand of human hair? Microminiature is an art form featuring works that typically range from a couple of millimeters to just a couple of tenths of a millimeter. Boasting one of the largest collections of microminiatures in the world, the museum can be reached by taking tram 22 to Pohořelec station.

A Good Walk in Wales

By Linda Tancs

The town of Crickhowell, Wales, offers a nine-day walking festival every year—a chance to put your best foot forward, as the saying goes. Offering dozens of guided walks, there is an activity level to match every taste, from trekking all day across the tops of the Black Mountains and Brecon Beacons to keeping to paths and the lower slopes. All walks start at CRiC Centre on Beaufort Street. The weather may prove challenging this time of year, but don’t let that stop you. This year’s festival runs from February 24 to March 4.

The King of Castles

By Linda Tancs

Once the royal seat of the Kings of Northumbria, England’s Bamburgh Castle is one of the largest inhabited castles in the country. Perched 150 feet above the sea on a bed of volcanic dolerite, it has dominated the Northumberland countryside and coastline for over 1,400 years, making it an attractive backdrop for many U.K. TV shows as well as Hollywood films. Among its 14 exhibition rooms over 3,000 items are on display, ranging from arms and armor to fine porcelain, china, artworks and furniture. Acquired by the First Lord Armstrong, it remains a family home that was opened to visitors in the mid-1900s.

Chrome in Chino

By Linda Tancs

Enveloped in chrome and shiny aluminum, Yanks Air Museum is an aircraft lover’s dream. Located in Chino, California, the facility is a showplace for carefully restored historical aircraft and boasts legends like the P-40 Warhawk and the F-86 Sabre. Its collections range from early aviation (1903 – 1918) to modern jets. The site also has drones, helicopters, vehicles, missiles, model airplanes and aircraft in the boneyard currently being restored to flight-worthy status using period materials.

 

Community Art in Denmark

By Linda Tancs

Helsingør, also known as Elsinore, is a port city in eastern Denmark and home to Kronborg Castle, the purported setting for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” These days it also serves as the locale for a community art project at King’s Quay known as “Life in the Sound.” In addition to colorful street murals around town, there’s a curious large fish made entirely of marine waste and miscellaneous garbage. Designed by the Japanese artist group Yodogawa Technique, the fish is designed to raise awareness of environmental issues.

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