Archive for July, 2011
Posted on July 30, 2011
The Belgian capital has about 80 museums and galleries that are worth discovering. Here, three of the most significant and a guide to plan.
The capital of Belgium is proud each year of figures called "cultural tourism", a term that encompasses thousands of visitors, especially Europeans and Americans, who come every year to appreciate the artistic heritage.
In Brussels, the gateway of this enormous cultural wealth, there are about 80 museums. The most important are the Museum of Ancient Art and the Museum of Modern Art, both dependent on the Belgian crown.
In the first, founded in 1799, works of art are exposed dated between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. Among the highlights worth noting the genius of Rubens, of which there are tens exhibition of paintings.
Tintin, the Belgian cartoon emblem.
The Museum of Modern Art, meanwhile, holds the unusual position of being virtually underground with almost eight levels underground. Here, there is a current that specifically predominate over the others. We can see, for example, works of romantic (Eugène Delacroix, Louis Gallait), realistic (Gustave Courbet) and already surreal (René Magritte and Paul Delvaux).
But the artistic dynamism of Brussels is just beginning in the fine arts. There are museums about comics as the Belgian Centre of Comic Art Although for obvious reasons the star here is "Tintin" (created by Belgian Georges Remi in 1929), are also important contributions of the French currents (Bandes Dessinés) and Flemish (Stripverhalen) in the subject.
Guide Museums of Brussels, here.
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Posted on July 25, 2011
The second city of Cyprus is a magical destination in the Mediterranean. Between castles and wide planks, has a solid hotel infrastructure.
The mild Mediterranean sun has seen the history of this city in southern Cyprus. Throughout the centuries, boats Greeks, Egyptians, Turks and British stationed off the coast of Limassol with a range of intentions ranging from the simple to the religious mission pillage.
Inescapable island in the ancient ways of the Crusades, Cyprus saw landing the legendary Richard the Lionheart. Even still stands Limassol Castle where, in 1191, the British monarch married Berengaria of Navarre.
Beyond the historical pages, the second largest city in Cyprus (now has about 230 thousand inhabitants) is an excellent tourist destination by combining its always nice weather and some other charms as local wines and sophistication of its hotels.
Besides being home to the Cyprus Wine Festival, Limassol surrounding natural attractions have featured as the thick pine forest of Troodos. Some villages in the area as Polemidhia and Agios Athanasios are also picturesque and peaceful.
With solid hotel infrastructure in Limassol we can choose from many hotels of a category. Among the highlights, the Londa (super deluxe and 68 rooms), Ajax Hotel (four-star, 180 rooms in the heart of the city), Le Meridien (with a relaxation center and spa) and Saint Raphael .
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on July 21, 2011
The first Japanese woman to introduce high fashion collections in Europe continues to present impressive collections distinguished. East and West reflected on the runway.
He has just been honored as part of the Week for the Paris couture fall-winter 2011-2012 and just an exhibition on his vast creative career is now an excuse to talk about it.
I mean the Japanese fashion designer Hiroko Koshino, who at 73, has virtually remained the symbol of high fashion and oriental loans and permanent influences that have had the West.
Formed in the Bunka Fashion College, Koshino has excelled in translating in their clothes a harmonious blend of the purest oriental-dominated style, but not exclusively, by the kimono-and European avant-garde that are issued from Milan, London and Paris.
Although in 2010 surprised with a crossed by dark colors collection, Koshino garments are usually brightly colored and Baroque stamp. Fitted with flared waists flights from hips tend to also be a regularly Koshino, who are increasingly valued as a fashion bridge between Tokyo and Europe.
After 1983 other creative fashion Japanese "open road" in Paris (as Rei and Issey misake Kawabuko), it was the turn of Koshino. Since then, its contribution to the global gateway has essentially been the "reinvention" of kimono-or-successive adaptations to bring it from its ancient uses up the everyday pret-a-porter or the elegance of a gala evening.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on July 18, 2011
Among traditional dishes and some more "current" mergers, the Dum Pukht restaurant south of New Delhi, has managed to survive two centuries becoming a landmark for locals and tourists.
The first restaurant in Asia in obtaining the award of "Golden Fork" is located in India, south of New Delhi. Decoration aside, I must say that more than just a restaurant is a real gastronomic cathedral summarizes the thousand and one flavors (and scents!) Of the Hindu tradition.
Dum Pukht-whose Persian etymology explains that dum is "breath" and pukht "cook" - is located in the district of Chanakyapuri, Delhi area where embassies and diplomatic representations abound. Next to ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Dum Pukht has "aggiornado" to today's times without losing any of its 200 years of traditions.
Commanded Qureshi today You imitate the Dum Pukht is a festive atmosphere for the senses and just across the door warns saffron, cinnamon and cloves are "everywhere."
That said, it is clear that the fame of "ultracondimentada" Indian food is denied here in many of the dishes. Incidentally, among the most sophisticated and tasty recipes that follow include: the "Sangay Galauti" (mixture of chicken and pork slowly cooked coal), the "Kakori kebabs" (lamb with cinnamon and saffron) and a leg of lamb It marinated in rum and filled with cheese, onion and mint which was baptized with the name of "special raan e-Dumpukht".
Sophisticated and traditional Pukht Dum is a favorite in the most cosmopolitan area of the Indian capital restaurants.
Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
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Posted on July 14, 2011
Next Saturday will mark 20 years since the death of Robert Motherwell. Symbol of American expressionist art, original work drew much of the history of Spain.
Tomorrow two decades of the death of Robert Motherwell will be met. The date is, in itself, a ephemeris of the art world. But probably the work serves to revalue who began his career "pillared" in Surrealism and was crowned icon of Abstract Expressionism, at least as understood by Americans.
Despite his U.S. citizenship, an important part of his legacy focuses on Spain, concerning the republic and the Spanish civil war. His celebrated series "Elegy to the Spanish Republic" is the result of ideological and emotional impact that those pages Iberian history left in Motherwell.
In an interview with El País in 1980, Motherwell himself explained: "Then I was twenty years old and belonged to no political party, but the civil war was a symbol for my generation, as would a little later, in late the sixties with the Vietnam War, with the only difference that the Spanish saw the dramatic prelude to the Second World War. I understand that it is shocking that a Yankee mix issues in Spanish, but do not want to project my thoughts on Spain-my personal way of seeing things-in Spanish. "
Admirer of Picasso and Matisse, Motherwell said not understand Dali's work and understand that many of their influences were among his own contemporaries Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, for example.
Also highlighted as an art historian, the fanatical use of black was not his only distinguishing feature. Motherwell is also distinguished by being a lucid writer of his generation. Just as he explained what was meant to be-or-world view of abstract expressionism and how the ways of non-figurative art is transited.
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Text: Andrés Bacigalupo
Posted on July 13, 2011
With serene rhythm and Portuguese hospitality, this beautiful island in the Atlantic is an excellent choice for contact with nature and fully enjoy the sun and food.
It can get to her planes leaving daily from Lisbon and even a ferry service connecting it to the Canary Islands. Madeira this lonely island in the Atlantic that the Portuguese discovered in the fifteenth century, is a haven for relaxation and a succession of picturesque postcards mixed forest, beach and peoples equally.
With a benevolent climate all year until its almost hot springs are a temptation that recognizes virtually no seasons. In winter, the temperature is around 18 º. In summer, the brand can climb to 23 degrees.
In this tropical setting stands the capital, Funchal. This serene port 100 thousand inhabitants is only altered from time to time with the arrival of a cruise. For those eager passengers, the city offers a long list of amenities. There are at least a dozen five-star hotels and restaurants with typical delights. Incidentally, the most popular dishes include swordfish with bananas, the "stew" (a fish soup) and tuna with fried corn. Moreover, almost all meals are accompanied by the "bolo do caco" a delicious bread from corn and garlic.
Amen to its sandy beaches, Madeira is distinguished as one of the greenest islands in the world. That reminds us not only his name but the dense forests. Everywhere we grow the "laurel", a ubiquitous plant species Madeira won him the title of World Heritage Site in 1999.
On a walk around the island, it is not uncommon to see the terraces of multicolored fields on hillsides. The vineyards, plantations much as passion fruit and bananas grow alongside roads that wind through the undulations of Madeira, with elevations reaching up to 650 meters above sea level.
Without having to leave Funchal, the other way to appreciate the exotic vegetation of this island is the Botanical Garden. Originally established as a private garden in 1960 was acquired by the government to become the official showcase of the nature of Madeira, objective that in view of the photos, fulfills perfectly.