For the more visual amongst you, you can feast your eyes on paintings, sculptures, installations and photographs at the latest fairs or even in the comfort of your own private villa or hotel - a form of architecture that is an influence (or sometimes the influencer) of culture.
All of these are what Life is made of - and with Life comes Circles of interest...
There are two types of 'art and design' holidays - one where you can immerse yourself in the rich galleries and recognised sculptures of Rome, for example. Or another that is enhanced by an expert guide who is able to bring a work of art to life better than any museum audio guide can.
If you crave a break that combines sightseeing with painting tuition, then we can arrange these for you. Whether you are a dab hand with the paint brush and are keen to develop your art skills, or are a beginner looking to learn a new talent, we can help.
Either way, these types of trips are no longer confined to simply admiring paintings in galleries.
Whether you're a history buff or in search of your family roots, a cultural or heritage holiday gets beneath the skin of your destination and brings the stories of the past to life.
From fashionable city gems with architectural wonders and historic monuments, to smaller towns and villages oozing with heritage or far-away lands steeped in ancient history and fascinating cultures, we are sure to have something to pique your interest.
Whether your niche is medieval monarchs, ancient civilisations, food or fashion, or even spooky lantern-lit ghost tours, stay in beautiful historic properties, and travel in style in vintage cars and luxury trains.
A city can be shaped by many things - its food scene, for example, or abundance of shopping options. But nothing can define a place quite as distinctly as its architecture. Whether it is through thoughtful urban planning or adapting to cultural movements, the visual design of a city can transport you through time while planting you firmly in a very specific place.
We love the idea of immersing our Members in their destination during their travels - from something as simple as a long weekend in Paris, London or Bilbao to discover the breadth and depth of history, archaeology, and architecture in their incredible museums and galleries, all the way to a trip to explore the Mayan ruins (pictured) of Central America, the incredible Taj Mahal or perhaps even the Sydney Opera House in person.
Please contact one of our team on + 44 (0) 1993 824198 or email us here for further information.
7th - 10th February 2020
Barcelona has become a very popular destination with vistors from around the world who want to mix some fun and culture. But as you spend time exploring the streets of the city you will be able to enjoy all that the architect Antoni Gaudi has to offer. A cultural route is probably one of the best ways to get to know the most interesting corners of Barcelona. And what better cultural route than one that takes you to see the buildings of the most famous Modernist architect Antoni Gaudí.
3rd - 6th January 2020
The elegant and spacious two bedroom Vienna apartment is situated on the first (noble) floor of a former palace. It lies on a quiet street in a central location near the famous shopping area of Mariahilfer Strasse. Close by you will find the Albertina which houses the most valuable graphical collections in the world, with works such as Dürer’s “Hare” and Klimt's studies of women. The works by Albrecht Dürer at the Albertina Museum are of particular interest in terms of the collection’s history; their provenance can be traced back to the year of the artist’s death in an unbroken line.
17th - 20th January 2020
Located just 25 minutes walk from the Paris Grand Palais, the Paris Apartment is found on the second floor of a grand apartment block comprising of two bedrooms and a large open plan living and dining room. The Grand Palais is dedicated to a large retrospective to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec from October 9, 2019 to January 27, 2020. An exhibition co-curated with the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Réunion des musées nationaux and supported by the city of Albi and the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec.
The Zeitz MOCAA - Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is in an eye-catching building. This public, not-for-profit contemporary art museum which is a partnership between the V&A and Jochen Zeitz, collects, researches, preserves and exhibits twenty-first century African art. This exquisite space houses a diverse range of contemporary African art spread out over nine floors. (Please note it is closed on Tuesdays).
Have lunch at Harbour House, where the specialty is seafood. Think game fish crudo, crispy prawns and white fish goujons. Have sushi with friends upstairs or share a lavish seafood platter with a glass of local wine.
After lunch, spend some time shopping at the nearby Watershed, which is the home of South African design and is located in the heart of the V & A Waterfront. It offers a beautiful indoor market with over 150 stands with handmade crafts made by local artisans, ranging from textiles, to ceramics, furniture to jewellery, toys to fashion etc.
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