Thursday, February 12, 2015

About the National Museum of Prague and about surviving the Holocaust


Tonight was a really interesting evening in my never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

I was triple-booked, but I decided to just go to two events that I was really interested in.

The first was an intimate cocktail reception at the gallery-like home of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, full of lovely art. This party was to welcome the director of the National Museum of Prague.


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THE JEWELS OF A MUSEUM

I really wanted to meet the director of the museum as I'd never had a chance to thoroughly see the National Museum of Prague on my previous three trips to Prague. We were always short of time as there is so much to do in this lovely city.

So I wanted to know more about the museum, and to do a proper visit on my next trip to the Czech Republic, hopefully sooner rather than later, in my never-ending #Travelife.

And today, the museum director revealed a few things of great interest to me, that made me decide to head that way sometime soon. So many places are on my bucket list for 2015, and as always, there is so little time.

The National Museum of Prague

AUSTRIAN HISTORY IS FASCINATING

European history is one of my favorite subjects.

I've read a lot about Austrian history, and perhaps I've read almost every English-language history book on the 19th century and early 20th century Austrian empire, until the First World War.

And tonight, the director told me that in his museum is a comprehensive set of personal effects of Archduke Maximilian, brother of the Emperor Franz Joseph, who traveled to Mexico to become King of Mexico.

The beautiful National Museum of Prague

He was shot by the Mexicans, and his personal effects were preserved by his personal physician, who happened to be a resident of Prague.

This collection is not very important in the grand scheme of the world, of course, but it's very interesting to me, having read so much about Austrian history and knowing about Maximilian in detail.

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Visit the #Travelife Magazine booth this weekend
at the TRAVEL EXPO at SMX
for a chance to win some wonderful prizes.
Booth # 112, Hall 2, 2nd floor


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Personal affects make a story come more alive. At least this is how I feel.

When I saw the personal effects of the Empress Sisi at the Kunhistorische in Vienna, for example, including the exercise equipment that she used, it gave me a clearer picture of her. She was known for her almost fanatical exercise regime that drove her ladies-in-waiting crazy.

ON TO ANOTHER PARTY



Midway, I left the party to head to the home of another Ambassador.

The Ambassador of Israel was hosting a party for the survivors of the Holocaust, and for the descendants of survivors of the Holocaust visiting Manila.



I was so fascinated with the story of two ladies. One had lived through the horrors of the start of the Holocaust in Germany before escaping, while another lady had a most unique story to tell. I was completely speechless with the latter.

Both stories deserve star billing, so I'll save these for another time in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife. 

Have to pack for a ski trip to Japan followed by a luxury glamping experience in a tea plantation in Sri Lanka, literally 12 hours after landing from Japan. And, boy, now that work is over and I've finalised the itineraries for both trips, am I getting so excited for these.


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