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Every aviation museum worth its salt these days can boast of classic warplanes, military fighter jets here and there, and perhaps a pre-jet-age Lockheed Constellation, but few go the extra mile to secure and preserve the rarest, most historic, and, in some cases, most expensive airplanes nearly lost to history as does the Museu TAM.
The museum is the baby of TAM Airlines and is now the largest museum in the world maintained by an airline. Unfortunately it isn't the easiest daytrip destination; the Museu sits in a spacious pair of hangars just outside the town of São Carlos, an hour's drive from the city of Ribeirão Preto (location of the nearest commercial airport), which is itself an hour's flight (or 3-hour drive) from São Paulo. You'd never expect to find one of the world's most important aviation museums way out here, in this part of rural Brazil better known for sugarcane plantations, but here it is.
The museum opened to the public in 2006 with only around 32 aircraft, but they've been quite busy since and the collection now numbers 89 vintage and rare flying machines (49 of which are incredibly still in flying condition).
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Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.
In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.
First it was pickpockets, and now there’s another kind of pest hanging out around the Louvre over in Paris.
It seems like the inside of the museum is safe, but the gardens that surround the place are kind of infested with rats—gross. Apparently visitors and tourists enjoy leaving bits and pieces of trash and picnic debris behind, and that encourages the rats to come out and snack. Unfortunately a real life version of Ratatouille it is not.
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In 2009 we told you about a neat little conservation scheme that Mexico had brainstormed to preserve the country's coral reefs. The reefs around Cancun were getting overrun by tourists, and so the government wanted to give those tourists something different but still shiny to play with instead. In this case the folks in charge of Mexico travel decided to build the world's largest underwater museum, and to fill it with precious sculptures. It would give divers a brand new thing to explore. Clever clever.
Fast forward half a decade, and CNN just did a full-blown photo spread on the now-completed Museo Subacuático de Arte. The museum's collection is filled with among other things sculptures by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor. The article explains that the cement was covered with a particular kind of material that boosts coral growth, with the aim being that the art of providing a skeleton for a brand new coral reef.
There’s some new goodies and treasures on display over at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, and it all has to do with air travel over to Hawaii.
The new exhibit is called Hawaii By Air, and it reveals the progress and changes in air travel between the mainland and one of the most remote spots on earth. Early flights are detailed and documented from the first flights that crossed the Pacific to the initial boom in island tourism. Learn how Inter-Island Airways made hopping between the islands a little bit easier and way more convenient than taking a boat between spots like Oahu and Maui.
If you’ve been putting off that pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis, TN you might want to head down sooner rather than later, as it sounds like there’s going to be some moving and shaking around the grounds with redevelopment.
Nothing is official as of yet—and Priscilla Presley is even telling people to calm down—but there’s some talk that his two private jets on display are about to be evicted.
Confirmation that the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum will be built in Chicago has some wondering if Mayor Rahm Emanuel performed a Jedi Mind Trick on George Lucas.
Since the museum was announced it was largely assumed it would be built in San Francisco, near the LucasFilm headquarters. So, many were surprised this week when Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Emanuel, announced Lucas' decision to build the facility in Chicago, over San Fran.
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First-time visitors to Bangkok will no doubt be pointed in the direction of the Grand Palace as a must-see tourist attraction, and such was the case for us this week. It was a last-minute decision, and when we arrived, the complex was hot, crowded, and there was very limited explanation on site. We quickly realized that a little bit of research would have gone a long way towards a better experience. With that in mind, here's a rundown of what you should know before visiting:
Few things are as closely associated with James Bond as his cars: gleaming and tricked-out when introduced by Q, usually in less-than-stellar condition by the time the credits roll. For fans of the franchise, and even those just interested in how (stunt) movie scenes are created and brought to life, the London Film Museum should be on the shortlist of places to visit this year for the “Bond In Motion” exhibit, with the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles.
Having walked by plenty of times, we recently made a spur of the moment visit, which was totally worth it.
We've been pretty vocal about our excitement for the season of live music, aka summer, and have dished on a number of opportunities to get into the spirit in the coming months. That, coupled with our upcoming trip to discover new realms at the Rainforest Music Festival in Kuching, it's time we pay homage to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, a place that sparked our appreciation of the world's musical offerings.
If you think the name - or the fact that it's a museum - makes it sound like a snooze, we've got an eye-opening wake up call for you: It is one of the most engaging displays of culture we've ever visited, and a must for any self-professed music lover.
The best that horse racing has to offer is now over and done with until 2015, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get your fix elsewhere—and we’re not talking about off-track betting. In upstate New York there’s a museum dedicated to all things horse racing, and it might just be what you need to get through those moments of sadness and depression.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame does its thing in Saratoga Springs, New York, and right now it’s open to one and all most days of the week—they take Mondays and Tuesdays off until later this summer. The place does its best to share the fun and entertainment surrounding thoroughbred racing in the country, and they’ve got all kinds of goodies to do so. Memorabilia, art, books, videos, and other artifacts all do their thing to shape the story of the ponies in the United States.
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Tomorrow, we'll start to spill the beans on a few day trip ideas when making your home base in Zurich, one of which being the town of St. Gallen. Everyone knows part of Europe's appeal lies in its long history as compared to that of the U.S., and it is in St. Gallen that you can get a glimpse of a medieval monastery library, one that's in very damn good condition with over 150,000 books (30,000 on display).
The library in the Cathedral Abbey of Saint Gall was built in 710 and now contains about 400 books that are 1,000 years old. Regardless of what's inside of them (none are in English but all are historical texts of different varieties), it's pretty amazing they've survived that many generations. Another ridiculous artifact it houses is the earliest known architectural drawn on parchment, fittingly of the Abbey itself. The Library was remodeled in the 18th century and became a Unesco World Heritage site in 1983.