‘What’s the name of that famous museum in Paris? The Louvre?
I went through that place in 20 minutes’ – Peter Falk
Growing up, the Louvre if often fantasised about as one of the “must-sees” for any trip into Paris – especially for art lovers of all backgrounds. The diversity of styles, and the eras that are represented are well documented, as is the vast underground and overground space that it consumes.
Although I had been to Paris previously, the opportunity to visit the Louvre always escaped me, which I found rather irksome. So, when I went to visit my friend Heather in October 2016, getting to the Louvre was a top priority which – thankfully – she was in agreement with me on. (more…)
“The Museum of Broken Relationships grew from a travelling exhibition
revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins.
Unlike ‘destructive’ self-help instructions for recovery from failed loves,
the Museum offers a chance to overcome an emotional collapse through creation:
by contributing to the Museum’s collection”
Based in Zagreb, Croatia, the Museum of Broken Relationships should be at the top of any would-be visitor. As mentioned in my previous post on Zagreb, the museum provides its audience with an exhibition that is harrowing and tragically beautiful in equal measure. It’s no wonder then, that it was the recipient of the 2011 Kenneth Hudson Award for the Most Innovative Museum in Europe.
‘Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has
for violence and inhumanity’ – Billy Graham
An early start and a lonely walk to the bus station just seemed to reinforce the fact that today was the day I was visiting the Nazi Concentration Camp Auschwitz.
Auschwitz is made up from three camps, with the guided tour taking you through two; Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camps themselves are on the outskirts of Polish town Oswiecim, the Germanic translation of which was ‘Auschwitz’. The bus journey to get there from Krakow is around 90 minutes.
“Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist” – Julie Burchill
Amsterdam was not only the first stop on my interrailing trip, it was also the first time I found myself in a non-English speaking country without company. This was down to the fact that the two people I was travelling with wouldn’t arrive until the evening of the 15th; I arrived in the morning.
Day 1: Milton Keynes – Amsterdam (via London) 15.08.15