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3 Compelling Reasons to Visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington

3 Compelling Reasons to Visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington

There are various reasons to visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, its collection of paintings, prints, photos, sculpture, and decorative arts traces the development of Western Art from the Middle Ages up to the present. This includes the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile created by Alexander Calder. Download the National Gallery of Art in Washington Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1. Ginevra de’ Benci

The portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci is the only Leonardo da Vinci painting on public display not just in the District, but in all the Americas. The late 15th-century oil is more austere than da Vinci’s best-known portrait, made about 25 years later. There’s no hint of a smile on the face of this young woman, probably 16 and newly engaged when she posed.

2. Electronic Superhighway

Approach the tiny screen that represents the District in “Electronic Superhighway,” and you’ll see yourself live on closed-circuit TV. That’s one of many playful touches in Nam June Paik’s 40-foot-wide assemblage, which represents the United States in images fed from 50 DVD players to 335 television sets, plus that D.C. one. The screens show sweeping landscapes, iconic products and clips from Hollywood movies, all hurtling by as if glimpsed from a car racing at the speed limit.

3. Adams Memorial

There are works by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art (the plaster version of his famous memorial to Robert Gould Shaw), but one of the most evocative of his statues isn’t in a museum, but rather in Rock Creek Cemetery. Commissioned by the great American writer Henry Adams, the Adams Memorial is a haunting, shrouded figure, set alone in a peaceful copse, a powerful memorial to Adams’s wife, who died by her own hand in 1885.

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Must see points at the Home of Country Music, Nashville

Must see points at the Home of Country Music, Nashville

If you're a country-music then you're going to love Nashville and if you're not? Well, Nashville may be fondly referred to as Music City, but its more than just the music that will leave you in awe. The capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee is home to legendary country music venues like the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum. Nashville also offers a dynamic food and cocktail scene that you shouldn't miss out on. Download the Nashville Travel Guide and Offline Map to guide you through this historical city.

1.      Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is a definite must-see when visiting Nashville. It was established in 1892 and now enjoys a grand status as a tourist attraction and Music City’s most recognizable icon. What once was the Union Gospel Tabernacle transformed into a stage that became the Grand Ole Opry--a famous radio show and platform for country music. You can take a guided backstage tour through what they call the "Soul of Nashville". If you're feeling up to it, you can even record your own CD at the Ryman's recording studio.

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2.      Pub Crawls on Broadway

After a tour at the Ryman Auditorium, step into the shoes of country music legends and make your way through the bars on broadway. Many of these famous singers and songwriters spent a lot of time on Broadway. Pub crawls can be a lot of fun and you don't even have to drink to enjoy it. The pubs itself are reason enough to go through as many as you can. Their beauty shines not just because of their bright lights, but because of the sense of nostalgia they give with all the memorabilia the posses. Experience the city in true Nashville fashion by going through this tradition of exploring and array of old-fashioned honky tonks and even the newer, trendier bars.

3.      Johnny Cash Museum

Having opened in 2013, the Johnny Cash Museum has drawn Cash fans from all over the world with its collection of Johnny Cash Memorabilia. being touted as the heart and soul of country music, Cash remains a popular legend in the music scene. In the museum you'll find various artifacts from Cash's personal letter to friends and family to not only his costumes, but ones that the Carter family used to wear when he used to sing with June, her sisters and their mother.

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Top 4 Reasons to Visit Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires

Top 4 Reasons to Visit Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Below are the top 4 reasons why you need to visit Prague at least once in your life. Diverse Architecture

The entire city is an architectural marvel. It is a jaw-dropping panorama wherein no matter which way you look, you will find something that amazes you. Just a few examples of its amazing structures are:

  • The Rotunda of St. Martin
  • The Cathedral of Our Lady before Týn
  • The Wallenstein Palace
  • The Municipal House
  • Frank Gehry’s Dancing Building
  • Dejvice National Technical Library
  • Romanesque chapels and cellars
  • Gothic cathedrals
  • Baroque palaces and gardens
  • Worldly Art Nouveau buildings
  • Unique Cubist houses
Visit Prague. Visit tha amazing gothic cathedrals
Visit Prague. Visit tha amazing gothic cathedrals

Diverse Music

You can listen to live performances of almost every genre of music in Prague. The city is like a magical place where music of all places and all generations meet together. The United Islands summer festival where multi-genre music fill each island with multi-genre music is a must see. Even if you can’t make it to the festival, there are still other music havens to visit such as:

  • The Rudolfinum, the Municipal House, or one of the local churches for classical music;
  • The Roxy, Akropolis, Cross Club, or MeetFactory for dance music;
  • The Karlovy Lazně, a four-story club where each floor is dedicated to a different musical genre.

Diverse Booze

If you love beer, you will have a blast when you visit Prague. It has numerous beer bars and pubs that serve different kinds of beer. The most popular saloon is the Zlý časy in the Nusle district, considered by many to have the best bear collection in the city. If you want good Czech cuisine to come with your beer, you can visit the Lokál chain of restaurants.

The Picturesque Vltava River

The Vltava is regarded by many as one of the most majestic rivers in the world and it blends seamlessly with the Prague islands. The river is also known as the Soul of Prague. There are over 30 bridges and footbridges in the city, each one giving a unique view of the river. Its waters are often busy with steamers, rowboats and pedal boats.

Prague bridges crossing Vltava River. Don't miss!
Prague bridges crossing Vltava River. Don't miss!

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