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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City welcomes Frida and Diego

It’s been almost two years since Frida and Diego went away. During this travel, they have been to Germany, Canada, the United States and France. Finally, they are back to Mexico, to their home, the place that keeps the largest collection of artworks by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: the Dolores Olmedo Museum.

As part of the events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the museum on September 17, visitors were able to rediscover the works by this couple of artists, thanks to the new look that the museography in the main rooms offer. The new museography features the works of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in a thematic-chronological way.

Museo Dolores Olmedo

Open: Tuesday to Sunday de 10am-6pm

Entrance: National visitors: 10 pesos

Foreign visitors: 65 pesos

Children under 6 years old and Seniors: Free

Free every Tuesday

International News

New Hotel Ibiza restaurant bills itself as most expensive in the world

Sublimotion, the restaurant at the new Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, is self-described as the world’s most expensive restaurant. Guests enter with a secret knock on the back door. One guest described the food as “molecular gastronomy crossed with David Copperfield,” and offerings include solidified olive oil and dessert on a levitating plate.

Lucas Museum on Chicago’s lakefront

Chicago is celebrating that Star Wars creator George Lucas selected the city for a museum housing his major art and movie memorabilia collection.

Lucas’ first choice was his long-time home, San Francisco, but his efforts to build a museum in the Presidio, an oceanfront historic park, were rejected. Lucas then turned his sights on the Windy City, where he lives part-time with his Chicago-based wife, businesswoman Mellody Hobson. And Chicago officials, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, bent over backwards to find an attractive site.

So what is now called the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) will be located on a 17-acre site in the museum campus with the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. The site is adjacent to Soldier Field, where the Chicago Bears play, and the massive McCormick Place convention center.

Lucas’ collection includes major works of art by Norman Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and Alberto Vargas, as well as covers from MAD magazine and images of movie creatures such as Rango, from Industrial Light & Magic. The displays also are expected to include memorabilia from his movies, such as the Darth Vader costume.

Cruise News

MSC Cruises donates US$4.1 million To UNICEF

MSC Cruises has donated more than US$4.1 million to UNICEF, the United Nations agency that fights for the rights of children around the world, during a handover ceremony at MSC Cruises’ Geneva headquarters.

MSC Cruises and UNICEF joined forces in 2009 under the “Get on Board for Children” initiative, which encourages guests on board the 12 MSC Cruises ships to make a contribution to UNICEF.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is active in more than 190 countries and territories, and since 2009, MSC’s collaboration has provided UNICEF in Brazil with funds to combat poverty and inequality. The money has helped children in 126 vulnerable communities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo gain access to a quality education.

In January of this year, MSC Cruises and UNICEF started a new life-saving partnership to provide assistance to malnourished children by delivering Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to treat severe malnutrition in developing countries and in countries affected by crisis situations.

Deal of the Week

South Africa: Air-inclusive specials to suit any budget

You can’t beat the pricing on the Classic South Africa tour which starts at only US$2,999 per person, including airfare from 26 US cities via New York or Washington, DC. With four nights in Cape Town at the four-star Commodore Hotel and three nights on safari at the stunning Ivory Tree Lodge in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, guests are able to explore Cape Town’s scenic beauty, culture and great restaurants and experience Pilanesberg’s spectacular landscape and wealth of wildlife from an open safari vehicle.

Want a little more luxury? Best of South Africa, starting at US$3,899 per person, offers international flights from 26 US cities via New York or Washington, DC, four nights Cape Town at the five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, plus three nights on safari in a spa suite at Kapama River Lodge. Explore Cape Town, experience Africa’s wildlife on open-vehicle safaris in a private game reserve, taste gourmet cuisine at the Azure Restaurant, enjoy a Hermanus and wine tasting tour.

Platinum South Africa is an ultra-luxurious vacation and safari that will surprise with its amazing value and exciting added extras. Starting at US$4,899 per person, it includes international airfare from New York or Washington, DC, five nights in Cape Town at the five-star Table Bay Hotel situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and four nights at two different safari lodges in the Greater Kruger National Park area where game viewing is superb.

In Cape Town experience a Cape Winelands tour, high tea at the Table Bay Hotel and delicious dinner at Camissa Restaurant. On safari discover ultimate relaxation and stunning accommodations at Lion Sands River Lodge and Lion Sands Kruger Park Lodge.

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes designing tours, cruises and independent travel for discerning travelers. Perfect Journey’s next outstanding small group tour is “Golden Treasures of Myanmar” departing March 4, 2015. The 14-day cruise and tour starts at US$4,799 per person. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone at 415-111-8765, email, or view the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Journey Mexico, Hotel Chatter, Chicago Tribune, Travel Pulse, South Africa Airlines



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