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In the background, the Palau de les Arts. In front of that, the IMAX theater. At the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia (with teenagers)

I caught my first glimpse of Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences last year as we drove by on our way to see the old center of the city. It was astonishing: massive, futuristic architecture contrasted sharply with everything we had seen so far. Shining white in the sun, I wouldn’t be surprised if these…

This grave was left in place inside the excavation. A mirror above the skeleton allows visitors to view it.

The Medieval Museum of Stockholm

Back in the 1970s, the Swedish Parliament planned to build a garage underground next to the Parliament building in Stockholm. As often happens in European cities, the construction stopped when excavation uncovered the remains of what turned out to be the original medieval center of Stockholm. For two years, archeologists excavated and studied the city wall, built by…

a spice shop, the precursor to the grocery store, at Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen open-air museum, Stockholm

Or: Both of these statements are true. The fact is that most of us only have limited time when we travel, and, if you’re like me, you want to see as much as possible in that limited time. Open-air museums help us cut corners by letting us see buildings from a wide area assembled in…

The Sex Museum's entrance is a storefront on busy Damrak.

The Sex Museum in Amsterdam: the cure for insomnia

This entry is part 14 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The first thing you see on entering the Sex Museum in Amsterdam is a life size statue of Priapus, the Greek god of fertility, and he’s … well, let’s say he’s pretty turned on. The rest of the museum goes downhill from there. Unfortunately, if I want to keep this blog rated PG, I don’t have…

Old Dubai: a quick visit

While I didn’t do any shopping in Dubai, I did manage a quick walk around the Bastakiya District: also known as Old Dubai. Dubai was originally a small port that made its living from pearl diving, fishing and trade, especially with Iran. Besides the nomadic Bedouins, who lived in tents, the populations who settled here…

Notice the rings on the ends of the sides. from the Brilmuseum in Amsterdam.

The Brilmuseum in Amsterdam

This entry is part 9 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I mentioned in an earlier post that I allowed my daughter, visiting from the US, to choose which small museums we would visit together on our day in Amsterdam. She chose the Huis Marseille Museum for Photography and the Brilmuseum (Spectacles Museum). I did not have high hopes for either one, and I particularly feared that…

I love how colorful Roemers photography is, and the contrast between the moving elements and still elements.

Huis Marseille Museum for Photography

This entry is part 10 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

I was very happy when my daughter, visiting from the US, wanted to spend the day in Amsterdam, sightseeing with me. I gave her a list of museums I’d like to visit for my series on the smaller, less well-known museums in Amsterdam, and told her to choose two. My daughter, a graphic designer, chose…

These postcards are free for visitors to the Dutch Resistance Museum

The Dutch Resistance Museum

This entry is part 11 of 18 in the series Amsterdam Museums

The following is one of my occasional series on small Amsterdam museums: “That was pretty interesting” is high praise indeed, when it comes from my 17-year-old son after a visit to a museum. The Verzetsmuseum—Dutch Resistance Museum—in Amsterdam is one of very few that have earned a “pretty interesting” from him. Documenting not just the…

This artwork in the lobby, called "Unearthed" and created by Frank Bender, lends a face to the people buried in the African Burial Ground.

The African Burial Ground of NYC

New York City’s African Burial Ground National Monument has an interesting history. Or, rather, two histories: one of the people who were buried there, the other of the rediscovery of the graveyard and the establishment of this monument. Rediscovery of the African Burial Ground In the process of preparing a building lot for a new…

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