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October 31 2011 2 31 /10 /October /2011 15:41

The Museo Picasso Málaga is in the restored sixteenth century Palacio de Beunavista. The Palacio houses three separate exhibitions (two entrance charges, or the option of an all-in-one ticket),

  • the resident Picasso Collection,
  • the Temporary Exhibition (of borrowed Picasso works),
  • the archaeological site underneath it.

Picasso's Birthplace in Málaga

Pablo Diego Jose Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Crispin Crispiniano de la Santisima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso was born there in 1881, and by 1889 his talent for painting was clear.

While still in his formative years, he was obliged to move with his family to Barcelona, and eventually Picasso made the south of France his long-term home and workplace.

Picasso's  Legacy

The Málaga Picasso Museum houses much of the personal collection of Picasso's daughter-in-law and grandson, comprised of hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics and prints spanning Picasso's entire career.

The exhibits are displayed in chronological order according to the periods used to mark his development as an artist, from Blue and Rose to Cubism and beyond.

Málaga cheap car hire

Secure parking and readily available cheap car hire make Málaga very accessible to tourists. Taken as an example of Costa Del Sol cultural attractions, set in Málaga's old town with the city's shopping and market district nearby, this multi-faceted museum, its shop and cafe are worth a visit. 

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October 28 2011 6 28 /10 /October /2011 18:28

From a stone, turretted, 1622 building off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, hangs the sign of a man with a quill pen seated at a desk. The Writers’ Museum in Lady Stair’s House is surrounded by a courtyard dedicated to writer's, ‘Makars’ Court’.

The Writers’ Museum celebrates the lives and works of three of Scotland’s most admired writers and devotes one floor to each. Burns, Scott and Stevenson's lives span almost one and half centuries:

  • Robert (Rabbie) Burns 25 January 1759 to 21 July 1796
  • Sir Walter Scott 15 August 1771 to 21 September 1832
  • Robert Louis Stevenson 13 November 1850 to 3 December 1894

Storytelling was their hobby
Like most writers, they had wage earning careers, too. Burns became a customs officer and Scott and Stevenson trained as advocates. 

Technologies and business of Writing
Technology manifests in the attic room displaying the printing press dated 1790, on which Ballantyne’s produced Sir Walter Scott’s best sellers, complete with all the drawers and trays of type. Stevenson acquired a portable printing press to take to the South Seas.


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October 27 2011 5 27 /10 /October /2011 12:55

Edinburgh Royal Mile is packed with museums and historic buildings, so the intending tourist needs to plan ahead to get the best experience. The route runs downhill from the castle, where the Edinburgh Tattoo takes place, to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where the British royal family regularly stay. Here’s a glimpse of some of its historic exhibitions.



Edinburgh Castle hosts a regimental museum and a war museum as well as historical exhibits within the castle itself, so it's a day tour in itself.


By the castle gates, Camera Obscura and World of Illusions, evolved from a mid-19thC science museum and observatory in ‘Short’s Tower’, offers visual tricks and effects, and hands-on exhibits and puzzles for interactive enjoyment.
Alleyways off the Mile lead to restored Closes of seventeenth and eighteenth century houses and tenements (apartment blocks), among them 1600s Gladstone’s Land.

The Writers Museum, in a restored 1662 Edinburgh old-town house, is a repository of materials and artefacts commemorating Scotland’s most famous and culturally significant writers. Exhibits include the press on which Ballantyne printed Walter Scott’s novels, and the little desk at which Robbie Burns penned many of his best-loved poems. Also a cupboard, made for R5492039202_a1d8bee892.jpgobert Louis Stevenson’s family by the infamous Deacon Brodie, who installed his bespoke furniture in houses by day and returned by night as a thief.

The quaint old premises of Deacon’s House Cafe were once Brodie’s workshop, a mural there now tells the tale. More of the ancient 'underbelly' of Edinburgh may be seen only at certain times of year, noteably during the Edinburgh Festival each summer, when the now subterranean Mary King's Close may be toured to experience the plague-ridden seventeenth century.

The Museum of Childhood runs special exhibitions but houses a varied collection of antique toys, books and games, while John Knox House opposite is home to the Scottish storytelling centre. The People’s Story mainly depends on reconstructions.

The various eras of the Canongate's history are brought to life here in the old Tollbooth building, from medieval to 1940s, and substantial evidence from written, audio and visual records are used. Museum of Edinburgh is housed in Huntley House, repository of the city's local history archive.

Holyroodhouse Palace, sixteenth century home of Mary Queen of Scots and central to Edinburgh history, is open to the public daily except when the Queen is in residence. A separate Queen’s Gallery is also open to the public.

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