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British Museum’s world-class collection of French prints

British Museum’s world-class collection of French prints

British Museum’s world-class collection of French prints to go on show for first time in 40 years French Impressions: Prints from Manet to Cézanne 20 February – 9 August 2020 Room 90. Admission free For the first time in over 40 years, the British Museum is to mount a major display of its collection of…

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Bali: more than a beach – travel review

Bali: more than a beach – travel review

Sure, Bali is something of a tropical paradise. It was once only visited by Australians but these days, with regular flights with Singapore Airlines and their subsidiaries, Bali is open to the whole world. The very name ‘Bali’ conjures visions of palm trees, azure sea lapping on golden sands (words like poetry, aren’t they?). But…

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Closer to Vermeer and the Girl

Closer to Vermeer and the Girl

New discoveries and insights from the international scientific examination of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. The scientific examination of Johannes Vermeer’s world-famous painting, known as Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665), has yielded new discoveries and insights. By employing multidisciplinary research, an international team of scientists has brought us closer to the artwork…

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Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

The mountains have been here for 80 million years; humans have been using the mountains for a lot less time than that, but nevertheless for a long time, historically speaking. The Romans used one of the peaks as a military fort. Later, in the 14th century, a monastery was built that gave birth to this…

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Currency in Crisis: German emergency money, 1914 – 1924

Currency in Crisis: German emergency money, 1914 – 1924

3 October 2019 – 29 March 2020 The first major exhibition of Notgeld in the UK During the First World War and the following inflation, many German towns issued their own emergency currency, called Notgeld (emergency money). This money, usually in low denominations, was intended to combat shortages in small change at a local level….

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Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp is the capital of the Belgian province of Flanders. It is one of the most populous cities in Belgium, although the old city centre gives the impression of a much smaller and more intimate town. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and only 15 kilometres from the border with The Netherlands. The…

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Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia

Kew Orchid Festival 2020: Indonesia

Saturday 8 February – Sunday 8 March 2020   Kew’s first ever orchid festival themed on the country of Indonesia • Dazzling displays inspired by Indonesia’s wildlife and plant diversity •  The festival will showcase Kew’s vital science work in Indonesia to protect biodiversity •  Indonesian music, dance and food during half term and after-hours…

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Troy: myth and reality

Troy: myth and reality

The BP exhibition – Troy: myth and reality at the British Museum 21 November 2019 – 8 March 2020 Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery The British Museum announces its major exhibition for Autumn 2019. The BP exhibition Troy: myth and reality will be the first major Troy exhibition in the UK. It will reveal the lasting legacy…

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ABBA: Super Troupers – The Exhibition

ABBA: Super Troupers – The Exhibition

A musical journey into the phenomenon that is ABBA Discover the story of the band, their music and the era they defined  At The O2 from December 6th 2019 – – Monday 31st August 2020 Entertainment Exhibitions International (UK) Ltd (EEI), in association with ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, are delighted to announce ABBA: Super…

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Africa Museum re-opens in Brussels

Africa Museum re-opens in Brussels

9 December 2019 – Tevuren – near Brussels. Originally inaugurated for the Brussels International Exhibition of 1897, Charles Girault, architect of the Petit Palais in Paris was called upon to design the Africa Museum , completed in 1910. In 2013, the Museum closed for an extensive renovation and rebuild. Some 5 years later, the building…

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MP Magic Socks are not just for Christmas

MP Magic Socks are not just for Christmas

I have been writing food, travel and product reviews for 14 years, and around Autumn time I start presenting Christmas gift suggestions. Those articles often start with something along the lines of ‘Buy something more interesting than socks this Christmas’. Now I have a suggestion that is more interesting, but it is still socks. It’s…

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Limberg – land of wine, honey and rather good coffee

Limberg – land of wine, honey and rather good coffee

Honey BEEingPure and Sweet? Sounds like advice for a good life. In reality, BEEingPure is the name of a small yet influential honey-making (or is it gathering?) company in Limburg in the Netherlands. We visited the site where some hives are kept in a tranquil environment which rather resembles an allotment. Bee-attracting flowers bloom, insects…

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To End all Wars- Ypres

To End all Wars- Ypres

In Flanders Fields Museum – To End all Wars – Ypres 27 October – 15 November 2019 To End all Wars – Ypres Timed with the end of the centenary of the Great War approaching, the In Flanders Fields Museum takes a look at the real consequences of this great battle. The peace that ensued…

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Me and Mes Amis in Maastricht

Me and Mes Amis in Maastricht

I have said it before, and I will say it yet again – The Netherlands has amazing food! It’s not all gin and cheese, although both are very good. There is a wealth of dining opportunities in this country so why do we overlook such gastronomic treasures? I have no idea, but I think Mes…

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Kröller-Müller Museum presents seldom exhibited drawings in Drawn from life

Kröller-Müller Museum presents seldom exhibited drawings in Drawn from life

Drawn from life 12 Oct 2019 – 19 Jan 2020 The exhibition Drawn from life features many seldom exhibited drawings, pastels and watercolours from the collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum. The works provide an insight into life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The collection of the Kröller-Müller Museum is famed worldwide for…

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The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

Nestled in the historic streets of Maastricht is the Bisschopsmolen or, in English, the Bishop’s Mill. It truly was once a mill and its reputation grinds on in the guise of its bakery and restaurant. The mill was built in the 7th century and has had different roles since its construction. In the 11th century…

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Portrait of the artist: Käthe Kollwitz

Portrait of the artist: Käthe Kollwitz

First exhibition of Kollwitz’s work in nearly 25 years comes to London following successful UK tour 12 September 2019 – 12 January 2020 Room 90. Free Supported by Cockayne – Grants for the Arts and the London Community Foundation Organised in partnership with Ikon Gallery, Birmingham   After a successful tour in which almost 90,000…

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Heavenly Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Heavenly Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Kruisherenhotel Maastricht is one of the most noteworthy hotels in which I have stayed in the Netherlands. Perhaps it’s one of the most memorable hotels I have ever visited anywhere. It’s a unique marriage of 15th century architecture and ultra-modern design. It truly is a matter of taste, but Kruisherenhotel was, for me, heavenly in…

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Outrigger with Passion

Outrigger with Passion

Outrigger Beach Resort in Mauritius is an oasis of luxury with plenty to do. Food is always a big part of any trip and Outrigger offers a wealth of options. The high-end dining venue is The Plantation Club with its colonial architecture. There is the intimate dining room as well as a verandah and paved…

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The Lake District with Marco Polo

The Lake District with Marco Polo

Holidays in the UK are becoming more popular. The shrinking pound has perhaps encouraged people to look at what England has to offer. The Lake District is beautiful, mostly tranquil, and perfect for outdoor pursuits. Those who have already visited will return year after year. It must have something special! Marco Polo Guides has a…

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