Archive for December 16th, 2018

December 16, 2018

Paris CDG airport, museum!!!

So back from my latest and final 2018 abroad trip , this time was Vietnam. Now back to my belle France. I went by my second “home” CDG at Roissy-en-France or Paris airport and voilà always hearing about the museum, walk by it several times, and now finally went in. I am like that , it takes extra time and energy to wandered in an airport…

So where is this museum? Well, it is terminal 2 section E Satellite M right next of the Air France lounge I so lazely go to and again never went inside the museum,sorry. Of course, this had to be done right, so the Musée d’Orsay is responsable for setting it up.

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paris cdg T2 E M museum space Seraphine de Senlis or Louis dec18

Right now and until March 2019 there is an exhibition of the work of Dina Vierny, the model of sculptor Aristide Maillol. More on the Espaces museum is here: Espace Musées at CDG airport Paris

Dina Vierny came to Paris at age 15 escaping the Soviet Stalin’s gulag. She arrived in Paris and immediately work for Aristide Maillol. In 1947 she opened  a painting gallery in Paris welcoming all the Russian emigres of the times.  She creates a foundation that is part of the Eiffel tower. Then the fondation that will host the musée Malliol.

The connections are very easy and a snap just read the signs really.  T2E Sat M is connected by transit train.  The transit train connects the main building (hall K) with hall L & hall M.

Espace Museums organizes two new and free temporary exhibitions every year. The space is an architectural setting of 250 square meters of Museum area. It exhibits at the airport Paris-Charles de Gaulle art works from the largest museums in Paris and thus offers to travellers an exceptional and original cultural experience.

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An exhibition now going on that illustrates the life and the collection of an unusual personality, actress and witness of the great history of Art of the 20C, and to whom Paris owes the creation of the museum Maillol. Ten years after her disappearance, Paris Aéroport pays homage to her by presenting 21 works at the Espace Musées, coming from the special collection of her sons, Olivier and Bertrand Lorquin, allowing to trace her history in a new way in partnership with the Fondation Dina Vierny An unprecedented exhibition, which offers you a pleasant moment and an original look behind the scenes of the world of Parisian art of the 20C.

paris cdg T2 E M museum entering in dec18

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Some further webpages to help you understand this work.

Musée Maillol Paris

Galerie Dina Vierny Paris

A bit more visual from youtube on Maillol museum

Indeed a wonderful experience and free to all with a boarding pass and on trips to Asia and the Americas. Enjoy it, and one more reason Paris is eternal, the city of lights!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

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December 16, 2018

Buon Ma Thuot ,Dak Lak province ,Vietnam, of course!

So back with my latest trip abroad, this one a short week but pack plenty in it. This time out of HCMC went out to a new area in my 4th trip to Vietnam in the last 8 years. I went to visit Buon Ma Thout  in the Dak Lak province and the major area of coffee plantation in Vietnam.

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A bit on the place first: or a bit of history I like!

Buôn Ma Thuột is the capital city of Dak Lak province in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The city is famous as the regional “capital of coffee ,which they show as the world. Buôn Ma Thuột is served by the small but practical Buon Ma Thuot airport. If you care by car it is 350 km from Ho Chi Minh city. However, by airplane is about 40 minutes and by car can be 10 hrs! so I am told by locals. We left late pm and arrived by night direct into eating and hotel.

buon Ma Thuot

buon ma thuot

ho chi minh city

In 1904 Dak Lak Province was established by the French and Buôn Ma Thuột was selected as the provincial administrative center. Buôn Ma Thuột was originally settled by the E De, but due to the incoming Viet settlement after the Vietnam war and the active acculturation policy, less than 15% are still mountain people. The place is historically relevant because it was the site of the last major confrontation between the North Vietnamese and South Vietnamese armies back in March 1975.

There is a wonderful Lak Lake with much potential for walks, bikes, fishing, and water activities. On the shore of the lake there is June Village, where people live in thatched-roof houses on stilts.

Coffee is sold everywhere in town and you can buy whole coffee beans, ground coffee, even the ready-to-drink variety. The best place to buy coffee beans is at the intersection of Hoang Dieu and Phan Chu Trinh Streets. Trung Nguyen is considered as the ‘Coca-Cola’ of Vietnamese coffee and is sold in many places, but its main store is on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street. And the world museum is here and I drank traditional coffee and it is wonderful…

buon ma thuot

buon ma thuot

buon ma thuot

buon ma thuot

buon ma thuot

The Buon Ma Thuot , 7th annual Coffee Festival will be held on March 9 – 16, 2019. Vietnam is the second-largest coffee producer in the world, following Brazil. More here: https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/top-coffee-producing-countries.html

OF course, we came here by Vietnam Airline, from HCMC taking only 40 minutes on time. I was picked up by driver upon arriving and went on a tour of the place. I had the opportunity to eat local dishes many done with ginseng as ingredient but as usual me forgot the name of the place just a photo to remember later maybe…

buon ma thuot

buon ma thuot

I did stayed at the nice 3 start Damsan Hotel. An old fashion house still in good condition and not far from the city center. We had an all you eat breakfast with traditional faire. This is in country Vietnam so you see it as it is no foreigners seen while there. The hotel has some info in English here: Damsan Hotel

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buon ma thuot damsan hotel lobby dec18

buon ma thuot damsan hotel pool deck dec18

Over to Dak Lak, on the lake there are breathtaking views and the lake is like a sea huge with depth in rainy season as of as much as 50 meters (165 feet). Temp was a nice 22C or about 72F. The best time to visit is now or November to February.

dak lak

dak lak

dak lak

dak lak

Just a layback ambiance in country with some nice folks made it all worthwhile and another spot of the world I can say was there. Those spots hard to remember them all, but I know it has been 81 countries so far !

A bit more to help you visit this area is here with Vietnam Online: Vietnam Online on Buon Ma Thout

Thank you for reading my blog and remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

 

 

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