A Spectacular Rail Journey on Norway’s Flam Railway


The Flåm Railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal Station. The journey displays the very best aspects of Western Norway’s stunning scenery.

In the span of a brief hour, the train takes you from sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm to the Myrdal mountain station at 867 metres above sea
level. Myrdal is also a station on the Bergen Railway, which means that the Flåm Railway connects with trains running between Bergen and Oslo. For information on and tickets for connecting services on the Bergen Line, please visit NSB’s website: www.nsb.no 


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An Elusive Klimt


AROUND KLIMT. Giuditta, heroism and seduction

Venice:  If any great artist is tuned to our online scrutinies it’s Gustav Klimt.  How we missed a great combination of artist and venue remains a mystery.   Albeit a bit tardy the following outlines a great opportunity to those privileged to visit Venice in the near future.

The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia has inaugurated the first in a series of fascinating events dedicated to modern and contemporary art at the Centro Culturale Candiani of Mestre which, under the title of ‘Corto Circuito. A dialogue between the centuries’, will from time to time present exhibitions that will add to the rich heritage of the City of Venice.

The project has been strongly backed by the Mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, with the intention of offering citizens a high-quality cultural programme able to call into play the extraordinary heritage preserved in the Civic Museums belonging to the entire territory of Venice, the lagoon and the mainland.

Through the important exhibition initiatives that will be succeeding each other in the coming months, the close link that unites the metropolitan territory will once again be highlighted.

The cycle of exhibitions, designed specifically for the Centro Culturale Candiani by Gabriella Belli, Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, opens to the public on 14 December, 2016 with the exhibition entitled ‘Around Klimt. Giuditta, heroism and seduction’, which will run until 5 March, 2017.

The exhibition, whose layout has been designed by Pier Luigi Pizzi, architect and set designer of international renown, is centred on one of the most fascinating myths of the Biblical tradition: the story of ‘Judith’. The centrepiece of the exhibition, which features more than eighty works from the collections of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (Ca’ Pesaro – Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna, Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico – Museo del Settecento Veneziano, Museo Fortuny, Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo), from other museums like the Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto and from various national and international private collections, is Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece, Giuditta II (Salomè), lent for the occasion by Ca’ Pesaro.

Around this powerful twentieth-century icon, made by the great Viennese artist in 1909, presented at the Venice Biennale in 1910 and acquired the same year by the Municipality of Venice for Ca’ Pesaro – a work that literally ‘bewitches’ for its sensual charge and evocative Byzantine touches – the exhibition will offer a series of ancient and contemporary suggestions, presenting the figure of Judith in a biblical context and her fortune in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and also how she was interpreted in nineteenth-century Symbolism and in the climate of the Viennese Secession, and so up to the interpretation of the myth that the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, gave in 1917 in The taboo of virginity.”

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Join Us For A Night Of Glitz, Glamour, And Dance


San Francisco – This Opening Night Gala brings our artists and audiences together in an evening that can only be described as pure magic. You’ll start at an elegant dinner in City Hall before heading over to the War Memorial Opera House for a one-night-only spectacular performance. Then, guests and SF Ballet Company dancers alike will return to City Hall for our late night After Party featuring DJ Chris Clouse, live band Pop Rocks, a MirMir photo booth, cocktails, bites, and more.   SF Ballet. Ever Magical. Join us, won’t you?

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Visit Vienna, have a ball & discover Prince Charming ……


Vienna – Welcome to the ball season!  Each year more than 450 balls take place in Vienna. The city of waltzes exuberantly celebrates Carnival in January and February. The three-quarter rhythm is supplemented by more contemporary sounds, offering enjoyable dancing for every taste.  In Vienna, the ball season reaches its peak in January and February. The old tradition of carnival balls continues to thrive in the city. While some dancers enjoy following the three-quarter time of the waltzes, others may prefer letting loose to a disco beat.

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An Insightful Look Into the Charm of the Marais District of Paris


Paris:  North of the historic Marais district, the third arrondissement (Haut Marais) entices visitors with its tangle of streets, non-touristic charm and fashionable addresses. Once a manufacturing hub, this now uber-trendy neighborhood first made its mark on the Paris trend map in 2009, following the opening of Merci concept shop, a former wallpaper factory, on Boulevard Beaumarchais. It was in factOfr. bookstore and gallery that was the first to settle in, years earlier, now the artful meeting place of locals.

This Right Bank quartier, spanning from the Picasso Museum to the Place de la République, boasts an array of chic coffee shops, independent fashion boutiques, and modern and eclectic eateries. Discreetly located on rue de Bretagne, Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest covered market, reveals produce and cuisine from around the world, including Japan, Italy and Africa. With the 2014 reopening of the Carreau du Temple, a 70,000 sq ft exhibition space housed in a former covered market, many of Paris’s largest cultural events now take place here, from Hermès expositions to food truck festivals. The stylish 3ème is certainly a place to see, if not to be seen.

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“La Pietà Bandini”


Florence – A marble masterpiece by Michelangelo

Nothing else need be said ………………..

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Belmond reveals its first curated art collection “Inspirations of Ireland”, on board Belmond Grand Hibernian, Ireland’s only luxury sleeper train. The collection provides a unique perspective on the Republic and Northern Ireland’s rich heritage, contemporary culture and dramatic scenery, through a series of evocative artwork celebrating the island’s wealth of creative talent.

Belmond’s art collection is curated by Belfast-born international art consultant Katie Kennedy Perez who has brought together both emerging and prominent artists, selected for their personal and often surprising view of Ireland and its landscapes.

Calling on her decade of experience, connections in the art world and knowledge of the destination, she explains, “It was important that the artworks have a strong sense of place, tell an interesting story and offer the guest an elevated understanding of the destination. I was delighted to be able to source artists from the rich pool of Irish talent that exists and showcase Ireland’s contemporary culture in such a unique way.”

Together, the diverse collection of photographs, oil paintings and water colours aim to enhance the emotional connection between guest, journey and destination. Care has been taken to ensure the artworks help to ‘bring the outside in’ and perfectly complements the train’s interior design inspired by the island’s flora and fauna.

Some works take a magnifying glass to the dramatic scenery that can be seen along route. The series of analogue photographs by Samuel Laurence Cunnane depict unusual plants in extraordinary light and detail that can only be found in his home County of Kerry where the train visits. Amelia Stein’s black and white photographic ‘The Palm House Series’, which took two years to complete, captures exotic vegetation in the Victorian structure of the Glass House in the National Botanical Gardens in Dublin; the city from which the train departs.

Celebrated contemporary Irish artist Mick O’Dea paints landscapes from around his home at Portacloy on the north coast of County Mayo by positioning his easel close to nature as the weather causes the colours to evolve. Guests can experience some of these dramatic ever-changing landscapes as the train passes through County Mayo.

Dorothy Cross transports guests to unexpected places and Ireland’s hidden natural wonders with her striking ‘Wormhole I-VI’ photographic series. Based on a geographical phenomenon that can only be accessed by foot on the island of Inis MÓr, she has photographed a rectangular water basin measuring 10 by 25 metres that is created by natural erosion.

Belfast-born Laurence Riddell’s oil painting Moon Cactus (III), which shows a blurred horse galloping, is inspired by Ireland’s rich and complex relationship and the essential role horses play in Irish rural life.

Gary Franklin, Managing Director Trains & Cruises Belmond says, “It is fitting that our first curated art collection is brought to life on such a skillfully crafted train, operating throughout an island of such outstanding natural beauty. This is the start of an exciting artistic journey for Belmond and our guests.”

Each artist’s work has been assigned to a carriage and is either on the walls of the en-suite cabins or displayed publically in the dining ‘Sligo’ and ‘Wexford’ carriages. The full collection can be viewed in a specially designed ‘Inspirations of Ireland’ booklet as a beautiful guest keepsake.

Belmond Grand Hibernian offers two, four and six-night rail experiences that visit the major destinations of the North and South, including the train’s Dublin base, Belfast and Cork. For more information or to make a reservation contact: 0845 077 2222; reservations.uk@belmond.com or visit belmond.com/grandhibernian

About Belmond:  Belmond is a global collection of exceptional hotel and luxury travel adventures in some of the world’s most inspiring and enriching destinations. Established almost 40 years ago with the acquisition of Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, the Company owns and operates 46 unique and distinctive hotel, rail and river cruise experiences in many of the world’s most celebrated destinations. From city landmarks to intimate resorts, the collection includes Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St. Petersburg; Belmond Copacabana Palace, Rio de Janeiro; Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Maya; and Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara. Belmond also encompasses safaris, six luxury tourist trains including the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, three river cruises and ‘21’, one of New York’s most storied restaurants. belmond.com

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