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MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD: From Brazil to the Balkans

W H A T :    Evening events
W H E N :    Fri 9 September 2011 20:00
W H E R E : V&A Cafe

PERFORMANCE: Join the V&A for a dynamic musical journey with Pocket Caravan. Hear melodies from the Gaucho campfires of Southern Brazil to the ForrÓ parties of the north-eastern regions. Cross continent, reach the Balkans and discover the connections with Latin rhythms. 20.00-21.30. Free, drop in


W H A T : A competition with a prize of a 7 night stay in India

As the grandeur of India’s royal courts comes to London this Autumn with the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s highly-anticipated exhibition, Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts (10 October 2009 – 17 January 2010), Abercrombie & Kent and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces are supporting the exhibition with a unique competition prize available only on the V&A’s exhibition website, click HERE to enter.

W H E N : Valid from the 21st of October 2009 till the 31st October 2010

W H E R E : Northern India Itinerary

Day 1 – London/Delhi
Depart from London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Delhi.

Day 2 – Delhi
On landing in the morning, you will be driven to the Taj Mahal hotel where you will stay overnight, and your base from where to explore Old Delhi, including the Red Fort, Rajghat and bazaars and later the leafy avenues of New Delhi. You will be guided around the impressive tower of Qutab Minar, the Tomb of Humayun, Rajpath, the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s residence.

Day 3 – Delhi/ Agra
This morning you will depart early by train to Agra (200 kms/2 hours) for a one-night stay at The Gateway Hotel, Fatehabad Agra. Your day begins with a half-day visit to the Taj Mahal – Shah Jahan’s spectacular mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz, followed by the chance to explore Agra’s vast Red Fort.

Day 4 – Agra/ Jaipur
Sunrise is the most evocative time to visit the Taj Mahal and you will have the change to do this before departing from Agra for Jaipur by road (250kms/5 hours).You will stop en route at the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, arriving in Jaipur in the late afternoon where you will stay at Rambagh Palace for two nights.

Day 5 – Jaipur
This morning you will visit the Amber Fort to view its extravagantly decorated halls and chambers. In the afternoon, you will see the Pink City of Jaipur, the Palace of the Winds, the City Palace and the unique Jantar Mantar Observatory.

Day 6 – Jaipur/ Jodhpur
Today you will be driven from Jaipur to Jodhpur (320km/6 hours) where you will stay for two nights at Umaid Bhawan Palace, an opportunity to immerse yourself in this wonderful provincial location.

Day 7 – Jodhpur
In the morning you will be guided around the key landmarks of Jodhpur, notably the mighty 15th century Meherangarh Fort. After lunch, you will visit Mandore, the ancient capital of the state of Marwar.

Day 8 – Jodhpur/ Delhi
This morning fly to Delhi to connect with your departure flight back to London landing later the same day. Alternatively, why not fly on to Udaipur for a few days?

Udaipur Extension (2nts)
Drive from Jodhpur via Ranakpur to the exquisite city of Udaipur, whose location on the shores of Lake Pichola makes it one of the country’s most romantic places. Stay at the Lake Palace Hotel and explore Udaipur’s City Palace and Sahelion-ki-Bari Gardens.

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Jewellery Museum: It’s My Day!

It’s Monday, not a sun day anymore.
But that’s fine in London where there are so many museums for kids!
Ah, and to make it sweet for families, most of London museums are still free.

It’s pretty early for us before 8AM, and it’s not raining yet. Our place in Chelsea makes it perfect to explore both ways, so we decide to take a morning stroll to Buckingham Palace before the rain starts. It was a nice and peaceful walk, it feels like there’s nobody in London, the bank holiday weekend seems the perfect time to visit London! But there was no guard changing ceremony that day, and that’s just another reason to come back to London!
Still no rain, so we continued our walk to Big Ben since it is a synonym for all towers in the world for our little one. Like many things in England, Big Ben is old, and its clock dial needs a good clean in time for its 150th anniversary party, here’s a virtual tour and a fun fact game: Race Against Chime.

Still no sun, so we decide to …mind the gap… to the “Jewellery Museum“. For our 5-going-on-6-year-young-girl this was a MUST destination, or in her own words: “It’s My Day!
purple_rain_ringWe definitely all enjoyed Victoria and Albert Museum and we’ll visit again every time we’ll have a chance! Especially since we could not get out of the Jewellery Gallery and there are so many nice collections in this museum! I’m not sure I understand all this excessive interest in jewels at this young age, maybe we have a budding jewellery designer because we couldn’t leave the design-a-ring screen for quite a while. Tried it yesterday online again, sent rings to all friends, and learned to read, type and spell some names and words in this design process. Here are more links for kids interested in jewellery design.
To make it perfect for families with kids, V&A has a lovely garden where you can have a picnic and a splash.

It’s hard not to spend a full day at V&A, but we wanted to get an idea at the Wallace and Gromit exhibition too. That was a fun cracking idea, and here are more online cracking challenges.

Finally tired after a full play day we went back to Chelsea to have a family dinner at La Famiglia. Hearty italian food, best panna cotta , kids loved fiori di zucca, but not the pasta, so yes, we might try it again if we’re in the neighborhood.

One last night bus trip to Trafalgar Square, good night London!