Category: Attractions

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum re-opens in Glasgow today

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum re-opens in Glasgow today

Britain’s most visited museum outside London re-opens today after a 3-year, £28-million facelift. Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will welcome an expected 10,000 visitors today alone.   The display space has been extended to accommodate 8,000 pieces (compared to 5,000 three years ago), as well as a temporary exhibition space, lecture theatre, restaurant and
Guggenheim art museum heading for Abu Dhabi

Guggenheim art museum heading for Abu Dhabi

The  Guggenheim has this weekend announced plans for a huge Frank Gehry-designed art museum to be located  on a manmade spit on the currently unihabited Saadiyat Island next to Abu Dhabi, UAE. With branches in Las Vegas, Berlin, Venice, Italy and Bilbao, and of course its flagship museum in New York, this will be the
Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

Mont Saint-Michel to regain island status

It must be 20 years or more since I last visited Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, France, so I was interested to learn from an article on the BBC website that the build-up of silt was resulting in a loss of the landmark’s identiy as an island. A five year project costing an estimated 150 million
Family Traditions package at Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid NY

Family Traditions package at Mirror Lake Inn, Lake Placid NY

Enjoy summer camp fun  as a family  at the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, N.Y.   This AAA Four Diamond resort in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains will be offering its Family Traditions Package to encourage family togetherness through the enjoyment of the wilderness.  Often, parents spend vacation time participating
Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Levity II at the Windermere on Water festival, England

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to take in some of the new Windermere on Water festival in Cumbria. With children in tow, we visited Levity II which had just been re-located from Barcelona  and set up  in Bowness-on-Windermere.   In fact, it’s made appearances at venues all over the globe, including the Sydney Olympics
MoMA re-opening

MoMA re-opening

Need a little culture in your life? Then visit the world-famous Museum of Modern Art – home to the world’s largest and most inclusive collection of modern painting and sculpture – and celebrate its grand re-opening after three years of fantastic redesign and expansion. Don’t miss the blissful Sculpture Garden, the fabulous Picasso’s and Matisse’s
Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

Hong Kong Symphony of Lights

If you’re ever in Hong Kong, make sure you get a good vantage point from which to admire the skyline one evening… at around 8pm.   It’s at that time every night in Hong Kong that you can marvel at a laser-light spectacle known as A Symphony of Lights. The event has been running for
Picnic concerts with English Heritage

Picnic concerts with English Heritage

The outdoor theatre season is finally here. Open-air ‘picnic style’ events have become as much a part of the English Summer as croquet, strawberries and cream, and Pimms. Following last year’s success, English Heritage is once again hosting a series of informal plays and musical evenings in the tranquil surroundings of some beautiful and historic
The Knights' Tournament 2006

The Knights' Tournament 2006

The Knights’ Tournament challenges four teams of 15th Century knights to compete at jousting, archery, sword fighting and mounted skill at arms. On the 10th and 11th of June the Tournament visits one of England’s grandest country homes, Audley End, for heats 5 and 6. Visitors can experience the sumptuous splendour enjoyed by royalty and
The all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The all-new Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

The new celebrity waxworks attraction Madame Tussauds Hong Kong will open at The Peak  Tower tomorrow. It has undergone a six month renovation at a cost of HK$20 million, and with its new look now has over three expansive floors with five themed areas. There are over 100 wax models of celebrities, ranging from world
Empire State Building enters 75th year

Empire State Building enters 75th year

This news nearly passed me by but, on Monday of this week, the Empire State Building entered its 75th year. As part of the celebrations, there will be a year-long series of lighting and entertainment events. The building – which attracts in the region of four million visitors a year – is also currently undergoing
 Da Vinci package in Milan

Da Vinci package in Milan

Hotel Principe di Savoia, one of Milan’s finest five-star deluxe hotels, has extended the Da Vinci package. The package allows visitors to Milan to see great works of art by Leonardo da Vinci in luxury and comfort. Package includes accommodation, complimentary limousine service for duration of the stay, complimentary entrance to Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous
The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

The Lake District gets the nod from Renée Zellweger

It’s not every day that Hollywood stars descend on where I live.   But right now, Renée  Zellweger and around 20 trucks, trailers and film crew vans are just down the road, filming around the village of Grasmere (supposedly on National Trust property, but  the exact location is being kept under wraps) in the English
English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

English Heritage joins UK luxury self-catering market

As of tomorrow, English Heritage will be offering holidaymakers the rare opportunity to stay at the heart of its historic buildings and estates with the launch of a self-catering holiday cottage portfolio. The accommodation is aimed at the luxury end of the market and will offer contemporary 21st century interiors within dramatic heritage environments. Choose
Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

Special feature: Aviemore Highland Resort

I recently returned from four relaxing nights at the Aviemore Highland Resort in Aviemore. (Only last month it served as the venue for the Scottish Labour Party Conference, attended by Prime Minister Tony Blair.) There are four hotels on the resort, two of which are four-star.   We stayed in the Craigellachie Suite of the
Raffles CEO receives top honour in Singapore

Raffles CEO receives top honour in Singapore

Jennie Chua, president and CEO of Raffles Holdings,  has been  awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism Award at Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) 20th Tourism Awards. Other notable winners included The Ritz-Carlton, Millennia Singapore (Best Accommodation Experience, Deluxe Hotel) and Singapore Zoo (Best Leisure Attraction Experience).