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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). 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 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:










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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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2017/12/28 Paris' Citée de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine
π 2017-12-28 01:01 in Museums, Paris
La citée de l'architecture et du patrimoine is an interesting museum just across fom the eiffel tower. They have one floor dedicated to architecture and modern building design, while the other one has a good collection of replicas of famous buildings for study and backup.

A few pictures:















2017/12/28 Les Invalides Monuments and Museums in Paris
π 2017-12-28 01:01 in Museums, Paris
Les Invalides is actually a museum complex, including a church and tombs for Napoleon and related people. Last time I went with Jennifer, we didn't have a lot of time, and we breezed through it quickly. This time, we spent almost 5h and had to hurry a little bit at the end.






















inflatable decoy tank, awesome
inflatable decoy tank, awesome













2017/12/28 Quai Branli Museum in Paris
π 2017-12-28 01:01 in Museums, Paris
The Quai Branly Museum collects first nations art from around the world, and it's a pretty thorough collection that is worth multiple hours, although I'll be honest that I overdozed a bit after a while, probably because I was getting tired...

A few pictures:














nice lighting outside the building
nice lighting outside the building

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2017/12/28 Paris Rodin Museum
π 2017-12-28 01:01 in Museums, Paris
The Rodin Museum is not huge, but once you add the tour of the gardens with statues, it's worth a good 1.5 to 2h, especially with the movies that show how the bronze statues are made.

Turns out Rodin actually made the plaster models and others went through the complicated process of making the bronze statues:

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