Paris, London and New York City in August: Senior Travel Fun.
If you’re lucky enough to travel to a major city this August, you’ll be looking for entertainment. Here are a few of the highlights offered in these magical destination cities this summer:
The museums are always a must when visiting Paris: The Louvre, The Centre Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais. But look also for the smaller more unique galleries such as the Cite de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, a child friendly gallery filled with mockups of cathedral facades, medieval and renaissance murals and stained glass windows and examples of Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Another gem is the Musee du Quai Branly which features ethnic art from Africa, Oceania, Asia and the Americas.
For a special contemporary art treat, visit this summer’s Sevres Outdoors exhibition put on by a group of cutting-edge Paris galleries. You’ll find sculpture, chandeliers, alternative umbrellas, short films and more—all set up in the beautiful garden setting of Cite de la Ceramique in Sevre.
Music and Drama are the thing at the Quarter d’Ete Festival. You’ll enjoy dance, theatre productions, concerts and circus performances at this outdoor festival. City-wide, go to www.quartierdete.com for festival information. Many of the performances are free.
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This August in London you’ll find a wide variety of indoor and outdoor fun. While the Royals are away on holiday, take the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace’s State Rooms. Tour the Grand Hall, the Music Room, enjoy fantastic Rembrandts, Rubens’ and Vermeers and take a leisurely walk by the lake in the palace gardens.
Experience a celebration of Caribbean music, dance and masquerade at the Notting Hill Carnival. Billed as Europes biggest street party, you’ll find parades with bands, dance troups and floats. Enjoy a selection of unique foods at the Caribbean food stalls. The carnival is family-friendly on Sunday.
For a unique experience take The Alternative London Tour and visit East London for a taste of alternative history and culture. You’ll see Brick Lane’s Banglatown and Shoreditch. Enjoy street artists, pubs and restaurants. Bike tours are available.
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Going to the Big Apple this August? Here are some of your choices for fun.
Three solid weeks of performances occur at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. A wide variety of performances will be presented from blues and funk to Chinese acrobats to African dance troupes. Go to www.lcoutofdoors.org.
Visit a 1920’s lawn party. Hop on the ferry to Governor’s Island and spend a day back in the roaring twenties. Performances go on all day for both the 15th and 16th. Enjoy the jazzy sounds of Michael Arnella and his Dreamland Orchestra. Better brush up your Charleston and find that flapper garb.
New York offers fantastic free performances throughout the city in August. Enjoy Summer Stage productions, Broadway Hits in the Park, Shakespeare in the Park or the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Find more information at www.events12.com.
Find the perfect tour of New York at New York Tours. Choose from a dizzying array of tours including The Statue of Liberty, the See the Lights Tour and Helicopter Tours.
You can’t leave New York without seeing a Broadway show. From old favorites such as Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera to newer presentations such as Matilda and Kinky Boots, you’ll find the show just right for you. ‘
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