Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, often referred to as The Guggenheim, is an art museum located at 1071 Fifth Avenue on the corner of East 89th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It is the permanent home of a renowned and continuously expanding collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern and contemporary art and also features special exhibitions throughout the year. The museum was established by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 1939 as the Museum of Non-Objective Painting, under the guidance of its first director, the artist Hilla von Rebay. It adopted its current name after the death of its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim, in 1952.

In 1959, the museum moved from rented space to its current building, a landmark work of 20th-century architecture. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the cylindrical building, wider at the top than the bottom, was conceived as a temple of the spirit. Its unique ramp gallery extends up from ground level in a long, continuous spiral along the outer edges of the building to end just under the ceiling skylight. The building underwent extensive expansion and renovations in 1992 (when an adjoining tower was built) and from 2005 to 2008.

The museum’s collection has grown organically, over eight decades, and is founded upon several important private collections, beginning with Solomon R. Guggenheim’s original collection.

 

Ao Nang, Thailand

Ao Nang is located in the Andaman Sea, considered one of the best Thailand’s beach destination, predominately a family and sports destination. It’s not a place for people who wants to make the party or have a wild nightlife, there are only a few relaxed bars and two nightclubs. The southern half of the beach is not yet bordered by a road. Ao Nang is busy but hasn’t lost that laid back, friendly small-town feel; it is developed but still retains its original beauty and charm. You can find good italian restaurants, spas, beauty shops, where you can have massages for a good price. Thai food is abundant too and is available 24 hours a day. You can have all sort of accomodation, from traditional wooden bungalows to luxury 5 star spa resorts. You can also find lots of activities: snorkelling, kayaking, island-hopping, climbing, diving, fishing parks, elephant trekking, cooking classes, massage classes, temple visits and of course visit the other beaches and places by boat.

Tips

Railay, one of the best beaches, is only 15 minutes by boat from Ao Nang. Another good excursion is Koh Phi Phi.
If you like history and religion, you can also visit interesting temples.
Going to traditional Thai restaurants is also pleasant but you will have a lot of opportunities to eat Thai food in local markets or with street vendors.

Valparaiso, Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a port and a city of Chile, capital of the region and the province. It is the first port and the second city of the country.

The city can be divided into two distinct parts. One of them is El Plan, located on the flat part of the city, where is the port as well as a large majority of the shops, it is the lower town. On the other hand, above, ‘Los Cerros’, the hills dominate the city. It is in these hills that the majority of the population lives, and these are their homes of varied colors which give the city its unique look, it is the upper town .

The city can be visited using the funiculars which allow the access to the neighbourhoods situated on the hills. From there, you can see the Bay of Valparaiso, with its port and away on the Northeast you can see the city of Viña del Mar.

 
Tips

 
The historic centre of Valparaiso was classified world heritage by UNESCO in 2003. Funds were available to restore the multicoloured houses on the hills. The city is nicknamed “the Pearl of the Pacific” and it is also the cultural capital of Chile.

There is so much to see… there is a vibrant cultural life, the hills have populated frescoes with fantasy characters, these murals are interconnected to give birth to great collective works.

The streets around the port have many typical bars and restaurants; very colorful ones. Nearby there are many beaches, but also many wineries and some are certified organic. Valparaiso is a must-see stop in your wine route.