5 Places I Regret Not Visiting in Paris

The City of Paris is home to a lot of historic destinations. I don’t want you to miss any so I’ve made a list of ‘5 Places I Regret Not Visiting in Paris’ I was taken by surprise as we explored new places around the world especially those around Paris. I had visited the city […]

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

A Summary of Mumbai: The Bhau Daji Lad Museum

The Incredible Story of Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

In the middle of the bustling city of Mumbai, sat an old Renaissance Revival structure. It was in a pitiful condition with broken glass, broken balustrades and algae covering the building. Plastic covers kept the leakage out.

The interiors were no different from the exteriors, if not more derelict. The leakage and algae had found their way here. A few plants had buried their roots inside the walls.

And the display cases were every museum lovers nightmare personified. Artefacts had been damaged, broken even due to careless handling. Fungus called these artefacts home. The old and original display cases had scratches and weren’t sufficiently lit up. Visitors could hardly make out the artefacts inside.

I am speaking of a museum nestled in a progressive city like Mumbai. This museum is called Bhau Daji Lad Museum formerly called the Victoria and Albert Museum.  Read more about Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 3

Becoming the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre

The last part in the History of the Louvre Palace

I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the third and the last one. You can read the first part here and the second here.

415,000 artefacts spread over 782,910 sq ft: that’s how large the Louvre Museum is. If you were to look at each artefact and painting for just six seconds, you’d take about 4 months to see the entire museum.

For a person who is not fond of museums, these numbers might be scary but for a person who adores them, these numbers sound like paradise. They make me want to pack a bag and set up a tent inside the museum.

If you are like me, the story of the Louvre Museum might be just another historical story that’ll make you fall in love with this Castle turned Palace turned Museum.

The Louvre Museum has the most perfect setting i.e. it is in reality a Royal Palace. In a recent poll on Instagram I asked my friends which type of museum they like: one housed in a new buildings or the ones in a real Palace. I was surprised to find my friends loved museums which were set up in Palaces. It just adds in to the aesthetic.

Just like this the Louvre Palace is the best backdrop to constitute the world’s largest museum right on the banks of the Seine.

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

We explored a part the story of this museum in the last two articles, in this part we’ll talk about the Louvre’s journey into the most turbulent time in French history: the French Revolution and beyond. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 3

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2

Forging the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre

The next part in the History of the Louvre Palace

I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the second one. You can read the first part here. Explore how the Louvre Castle transformed into a Royal Palace. 

 

The Biggest Museum in the world, is what the Louvre is.

Once upon a time, Parisians didn’t travel to the Louvre to adore artefacts. In fact, they never came here. The Louvre Fort was only meant for soldiers to protect Paris. A few centuries later, this fort was no longer a part of Paris. The renaissance had demolished and obliterated the Louvre from history itself.

This week we’ll explore how a fallen fortress turned into a magnificent Royal Chateau and a Museum.  Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

The Lost Days of the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre

Let us explore the History of the Louvre Palace

I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the First one:) Explore how the Louvre Palace was not a Palace.

What does the world’s biggest museum look like?

That was a question I never asked myself when I studied French and the country this language came from: France.

The glass pyramid which is a mascot for Musee du Louvre, made me assume that this was indeed a new building. A building having a lot of space to store historical artefacts.

A couple of years later, when I visited Paris, Louvre was of course included in our itinerary.

As we travelled alongside the Seine River, I was looking out for a modern glass pyramid and I found none. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle

The Himeji Castle in Japan has never collapsed by natural or man made disasters in its 400 year long history

Pinkish white cherry blossoms, beautiful gardens, tea ceremonies, Kimonos and a great culture: that’s what we can summarise Japan as. We look at it as a country with rich culture yet a strong work ethic and tech savvy youngsters. This tiny nation has garnered for itself a respect for their sanitation and hygiene.

Yet Japan is also home to many havoc creating, devastating earthquakes.

How does it survive the after effects of earthquakes and continue to develop?

This is a unique country in itself. A country which has unfortunately destroyed a few of its castles and rebuilt new buildings. Other castles have collapsed due to wars, or the wrath of nature.

There are just three important and original castles that still exist to this day that exemplify old Japanese architecture. Out of these three is Himeji Castle (Himeji-Jo), or as some people call it the White Heron Castle.

Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle amidst the cherry blossoms
Picture Credits: Seattleite7 (Wikipedia Commons)

The Himeji Castle can be called as the King of all Japanese Castles simply because it is the largest and the most famous of them all. During my research, a few people have listed this castle as a part of the 7 Wonders of Japan!

What makes this castle so famous? Read more about Japan’s Earthquake Resistant Himeji Castle