Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

The Victoria and Albert Museum (“V & A”), is a large museum of arts and sciences in the heart of London’s South Kensington in a place known as Albertopolis. It was created in 1851 as the South Kensington Museum. It was built on land acquired through profits had during the 1851 World Fair, designed to resemble several museums and educational institutions aimed at converging education, industry, science and art, mainly dedicated to industrial goods and crafts. In 1880, the collection of the India Office was incorporated into the museum. The decorative arts are the specialization of the museum collection with a wide variety of objects from different periods. Also included in the crystal, pottery, high fashion dresses and accessories, furniture, tapestries, silverware, toys, statues, etc .; with approximately 4.5 million objects.

Tips

It is open daily and admission to the Museum is free but sometimes there are exhibitions that require paid access.
You can get there by public transport to Earl’s Court Station with the subway and then you have a regular bus with a frequency of 3 minutes that leaves you at the door or you can also make a walk of 20 minutes.
If you plan to spend the day at the museum, you have two cafeterias, one inside and the other in the garden (closed in December and January) where you can have a hot or cold complete meal or just a drink and a snack.
You can bring your camera and make pictures almost throughout all the museum except for temporary exhibitions.

 

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Sugar shack, Quebec, Canada

The sugar shack or ‘sucrerie’ is the place where it manufactures the maple products. It lies within the wood where they collect the sap of maples in spring. This sap (or maple water) is discharged from the cells of the tree in autumn to allow it to survive the winter freeze. This is not the pure sap, there should be a transformation into maple syrup using a system of kettles and vessels where the sugar concentration increases at each stage. These shacks date from the beginning of the 19th century, with their craft and a popular tradition. It is a typical activity of Quebec but there are some other Canadian regions and even in the United States where you can find them. There are commercial or family shacks. From maple syrup, producers make toffee, caramel, candies, sugar bread, syrup, jelly and also alcoholic drinks.

Tips

You can taste a good meal or just simply visit the sugar shack, see the production of its products and buy on-site. A traditional meal usually has an omelette, ham, with potatoes, beans, etc, and for dessert, you will find the sugarpie, all with maple syrup.
You will also find animations and activities on-site. It is a good activity for the family, with children or friends.
The time to make your visit is from March to April.

Special thanks to the artist Cristina Benevidez Legault who let us have a picture of a sugar shack made by her.

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Palazzo Roberti Bookstore, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

The Palazzo Roberti Bookstore, considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in Italy, is owned by the Manfrotto family, who oversaw the restoration of the building. It is located in the historic center of Bassano del Grappa and represents an important landmark for the city that hosts it and to the surrounding area. Opened in 1998 in its ideal location, an seventeenth-century palace. There are three sisters who run the shop and the activities and there’s also a group of passionate professionals who work together with the family.
The shop is on three floors, two of which – the ground floor and the mezzanine – are for the display and sale of books. The Nobile floor, however, in addition to some rooms, has a living room whose restoration has given light to the splendid frescoes that decorate the walls. There you have the opportunity to attend meetings with authors, lectures, classical music concerts, exhibitions of photography, etc.
The reading material is organized and divided into thematic areas.
The bookstore also contains a session that combines books, tea and pastries in a complete area of relaxation; it is one of the most frequented activities.
In the adjacent wing to the garden there is the department of books for children and teenagers, a space especially designed for them.

Tips

If you need help, do not hesitate and ask a consultant from the sector who you would always find at your disposal.
To attend a relaxing moment in the field of books, tea and pastries, you should make a reservation. The access is free.
If you have the possibility of going to the  bookstore frequently, you have a loyalty card de ‘Roberti Palace fans “that provides benefit to those frequent readers as for example, to have a voucher worth 10 euro for the next purchase, when you arrive to spend 100 euro, within one year from the date of the first purchase.
Via Jacopo Da Ponte, 34
36061 Bassano del Grappa VI – Italia

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