Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Museum For James Bond Fans in the Austrian Alps

In July 2018, a new James Bond museum opened on the peak of Gaislachkogl Mountain at an altitude of 10,000 feet.

Called 007 Elements, the futuristic-looking building, and its Ice Q restaurant were used for location shooting for the 2015 Bond movie "Spectre." In the museum, you'll find nine galleries, each with a different theme, plus a screening room.

The only way to get to the museum is by taking the 12-minute Gaislachkogl Gondola from Solden. Open daily from 9.a.m to 3:30 p.m., the cost for the gondola and museum admission is 54 euros (about $63).

Tickets can be purchased at the base of the gondola or ahead of time online. It is recommended that you wear warm winter clothing for touring the museum.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Model Aircraft Exhibition at Shannon Airport, Ireland

This exhibition went on permanent display in July 2018. It is the world' largest collection of die-cast model aircraft. The gallery is located off of the Departures lounge. There are 1,500+ models of military, commercial and other aircraft, each at 1:200 scale. The models are on loan from Michael Kelly of County Limerick and reflect his 30+ years of collecting.

Some of the highlights include the Spruce Goose, the Queen of England's personal BAE 146, and every Aer Lingus plane from its beginning to the modern day.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New Czech Glass Museum in Prague

The Museum Portheimka is showing glass art by contemporary Czech artists. Located in a Baroque-era summer palace, in opened in June 2018. There are six themed galleries which hold permanent collections and there will also be temporary exhibits.

It is open Tues through Sun from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the cost is CZK 120 (about $5) for adults and CZK60 for seniors.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Coastal Pacific Train Service To Be Restored in New Zealand

The Coastal Pacific is a train that connects Christchurch and Picton on the northeast coast of New Zealand's South Island. It went out of service because of track damage from the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

Repairs are almost complete and the route is scheduled to open in December of 2018. The trip from Christchurch to Picton takes about 7 hours, travels along the coast, and stops in Rangiora, Kaikoura, and Blenheim.

A flexible pass can be purchased which allows hop on hop off privileges on one day of travel and costs NZD 159 (about $107). 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New National Parks in Chile in 2018

On the Corcovado Gulf, in the south-central regions, Parque Pumalin is 715,000 acres of coastal and Andean terrains and includes flora and fauna that are endangered. There are many hiking trails and campsites within the park.

The other park is south of Pumalin, Parque Nacional Milimoyu. It had been a nature preserve and is heavily forested. It gets its name from the 7,800-foot Melimoyu active volcano and the park, which shows very little human activity, includes marine regions that whales and dolphins call home.