Ancient Greek Firewater: Crete’s Locally Distilled Spirit

Tsikoudia, commonly referred to as “raki” or “Greek firewater” has come to be known as the national spirit of Crete. A distilled liquor made from grape skins and other remnants from the wine making process, Cretan raki, which lacks the anise flavor of the Turkish variant, typically ranges between 40% and 60% alcohol content. The […]

NYC’s Nutcracker Ballet and the Christmas Holiday

The origin of the Nutcracker, a classic Christmas Story, is a fairy tale ballet in two acts centered on a family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Alexandre Dumas Père’s adaptation of the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann was set to music by Tchaikovsky and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa. It was commissioned by the director of Moscow’s Imperial […]

Barcelona: The Fundació Joan Miró

First opened in June 1975, the Foundation was the first public institution in Barcelona to focus on contemporary art. While largely devoted to the works of Miró, the space also showcases the works of other contemporary artists in line with Miró’s own directive. The Foundation building was designed by Josep Lluís Sert following the principles […]

Barcelona: ARTICKET BCN…skip the lines

7 Museums, 1 ticket, 30 euros. The two main benefits to the art ticket are saving time, you can walk right past the ticket lines and into the museum and saving money over individual admission prices when visiting at least three of the museums. Included museums: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB)-regular admission €5 […]

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