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2018/09/27 Spain Day 04: Barcelona's Frederic Mares Museum
π 2018-09-27 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
In Barcelona's old town, one of the many museums was Museu Frederic Mares. It was an impressive collection of lots of things across many rooms. It was worth multiple hours, even if we had to go a little bit quicker:










2018/09/25 Spain Day 02: Dali Museum in Figueres
π 2018-09-25 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
While in Barcelona, Figueres was a 1h (fast) train ride away, so on our second day, we took a train to Figueres to see the Dali Museum (although there are a few lesser sights there too).

Dali definitly was an interesting artist, who actually did all kinds of art all the way to jewelry. One thing he said though "I don't need to take drugs, I am drugs" :)











Next door to the museum, was an easy to miss separate entrance that showecased his jewelry, which was super nice:





The place was definitely interesting to visit with little rooms in all directions and easily worth 2-3h. Thankfully when we went, it was not too busy, but at times it can take an hour or more to get in.

2018/09/24 Spain Day 01: Night Visit to Barcelona's Aquarium
π 2018-09-24 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
During a national holiday in Barcelona, we saw the museums we could and by end of day, everything was pretty much closed, except the Aquarium that was still open until 21:30, so we headed there (nearby was also meant to be a viewing spot for the fireworks that night).

Anyway, back to the Aquarium, it was an average city aquarium, not amongst the best we've seen, but not terrible either :)






shark eggs
shark eggs









2018/09/24 Spain Day 01: Barcelona's Cataluna Art Museum
π 2018-09-24 01:01 in Museums, Spain2018
The art museum on top of the hill, by the olympic stadium, was quite big. Also good view from up there:



Part of the collection:













a good sample of paintings from Salvador Dali
a good sample of paintings from Salvador Dali



yeah, many religious paintings, felt like too many by the end of the trip
yeah, many religious paintings, felt like too many by the end of the trip




2018/05/29 Manila Presidential Museum and Library
π 2018-05-29 01:01 in Museums, Philippines
The Filipino president does not actually live in the palace, so it is open to tours. To the local population, it is an honor to be invited to visit (it is by invitation only).
I went online and we applied before flying in, and were accepted without problems. After a 20mn wait to account for people arriving on "Filipino time", we were given a briefing, and the tour started around 09:30, 30mn after our appointment time.

Our guide was quite good and gave us good explanations of each room, as well as on how the republic, worked.



one year, the independent candidate got 0 votes, he apparently forgot to vote for himself :)
one year, the independent candidate got 0 votes, he apparently forgot to vote for himself :)









2018/05/26 Manila Upside Down Museum
π 2018-05-26 01:01 in Museums, Philippines
Not museum, but a nice idea for a place to take fun photos in, so we did :)










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2018/01/26 Sydney Comtemporary Art Museum
π 2018-01-26 01:01 in Australia, Museums
I had a bit of time left over on a museum day, so I gave the contemporary art museum a visit:









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2018/01/17 Lausanne's Olympic Museum
π 2018-01-17 01:01 in Museums
I only had just over a couple of hours in Lausanne between 2 trains, which cleary wasn't enough, but I had a short hour to visit the Olympic Museum (wishing that I had closer to 2), so I made the best of the time:









Due to the upcoming winter Olympics in South Korea, they had a whole exposition on Korean culture


Korea is the top country for video gaming tournaments
Korea is the top country for video gaming tournaments




weird thing I learned about, they have robot virtual supporters in baseball games
weird thing I learned about, they have robot virtual supporters in baseball games

Nice museum, I could have spent a bit more time there, but happy I got to see it anyway.

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2017/12/30 Paris' Cluny Museum and remains of Roman Baths
π 2017-12-30 01:01 in Museums, Paris
So, Cluny aka the medieval museum, has quite a good collection of medieval artifacts, including exquisite books. However, it's known specifically for the "dame á la licorne" and other beautiful tapestries. We had done a quick tour in the past, but it was worth going back for a better look, and a special guided visit to the roman baths in that same building.

















just like the Bayeux Tapestry, they have a long colorful tapestry telling a full story
just like the Bayeux Tapestry, they have a long colorful tapestry telling a full story







The museum's building has a colorful history, but its older parts go all the way back to much bigger roman baths that were 3 times bigger than the footprint that is left, as well as an old castle/hotel that was build next to what was left, re-using some of the walls. However, underground, you can still see what is left of the baths, and while it doesn't rival Bath, UK, or Baden Baden, Germany, it's still interesting to see that in the middle of Paris:











some bits were clearly built later
some bits were clearly built later

Cool little visit.

2017/12/29 Opera Bastille Backstage
π 2017-12-29 01:01 in Museums, Paris
Paris has 2 Opéras. The newer one, bastille, doesn't look as fancy from the outside, but has a one of a kind stage moving system that allows them to have multiple stages ready and they can be moved from center stage to underground for building or rehearsals. This allows them to play different operas on different nights.

While it may seem overkill (no other theatre in the world has this capability to that scale, this theatre can almost host a couple of 747s hidden underground), it was super cool to see this on their backstage tour. Most of the pictures were underground up to 22m (many stories) below ground level:













The tour finally ended up in the main stage that was going to be used that evening after our tour:







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