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Jardin des Plantes :: Paris, France

April 2, 2012 by  
Category: Attractions

Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, the Jardin des Plantes is Paris’s primary botanical garden and renowned for its centuries-old beauty. A popular tourist attraction, the garden is also a favorite venue for Parisians. Located on sixty-nine acres, the Jardin des Plantes features many internationally famous gardens, greenhouses, and exhibits.

With Louis XIII’s approval, the Jardin des Plantes was established in 1626; however, it remained closed to the public until 1640. This first garden was founded as a medical herbal garden by two of the king’s physicians, Jean Herouard and Guy de la Brosse. A school of botany, natural history, and pharmacy was also founded along with the garden. Today, the Jardin des Plantes still boasts a school of botany as well as a natural history museum and zoo. With so many exceptional features, the garden is one of Paris’s most illustrious parks. Read more

Italy’s Beautiful Aeolian Islands

March 13, 2012 by  
Category: Attractions

Italy has not shortage of beautiful vacation destinations, but the Aeolian Islands are among its most enchanting regions. The eight islands that comprise the Aeolian group are situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea to the north of Sicily. Roughly 200,000 people visit these islands each year making them a popular Italian vacation destination. Read more

Warsaw Zoo :: Warsaw, Poland

March 12, 2012 by  
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The Warsaw Zoological Garden, more commonly referred to as the Warsaw Zoo, first opened its doors in 1928. Situated on ninety-nine acres in Warsaw, Poland, the zoo is located on Ratuszowa Street and is an accredited member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria as well as the World Association of Zoos. While the zoo is an expected attraction in Warsaw today, it has a unique and poignant history that few outside of Poland may know. Read more

Chelsea Art Museum :: Manhattan, New York

October 5, 2011 by  
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Located in Manhattan‘s Chelsea neighborhood, the Chelsea Art Museum is devoted to showcasing twentieth and twenty-first-century art. The museum also shares part of its renovated historic building with the Miotte Foundation, which collects and celebrates the work of the modern artist Jean Miotte. Miotte is a French artist of the L’Art Informel movement and the Chelsea Museum shows exhibits of Miotte’s work on a regular basis alongside the work of other influential contemporary artists. Read more

Vinopolis :: London, England

September 27, 2011 by  
Category: Attractions

London may not be known for its vineyards, but it is certainly home to its fair share of wine connoisseurs. And since 1999, they’ve been converging on London’s Thames-side wine extravaganza knows as Vinopolis. Devoted to all things wine, Vinopolis showcases the history of wine and hosts spectacular wine-tasting events. Read more

Carnavalet Museum :: Paris, France

September 26, 2011 by  
Category: Attractions

Devoted to preserving the history of Paris, the Carnavalet Museum opened in 1880 and continues to collect and showcase historical elements of the city. One of the city’s most renowned attractions, the museum spans two adjacent mansions that were once nineteenth-century hotels. With its vast holdings that stretch back to the earliest settlements of the area, the Carnavalet Museum hosts more than a million visitors each year. Read more

La Boqueria :: Barcelona, Spain

Dating all the way back to the year 1217, the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria is one of Europe’s oldest and most famous public markets. Known simply as La Boqueria, this market is revered for its spectacular array of fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, seafood, and myriad of other food stalls. With an entrance on Las Ramblas, La Boqueria is a popular attraction for both Barcelona locals and visitors to the city. Read more

KattenKabinet Museum :: Amsterdam, Netherlands

August 30, 2011 by  
Category: Attractions

Friends to humans for more than 9,500 years, cats are among the world’s most popular pets. Cats have also been revered in art as evidenced by a famous array of paintings, sculptures, and other art works that depict them. In the Dutch city of Amsterdam, however, cats are particularly revered; the city’s KattenKabinet is a renowned art museum dedicated to collecting exceptional artistic works of cats. Read more