Friday, May 9, 2014

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

If you want to go to Miami, you no doubt want to visit only the top Miami Attractions, 1. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. There are actually many attractions in Miami and finding a good one that you end up enjoying can be an uphill task. So how do you ensure that you get the cream of the crop of Miami’s best attractions?

In this series Miami Attractions, we reveal the top 10 Miami attractions based on customer ratings starting with Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. We compile the attractions that customers have praised and lay it bare for you. Also, read what customers had to say after their visits.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens with Transportation

This is a National Historic Landmark and it gives you a rough idea into what Miami of the 20th Century looked like, when Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was actually a private estate. Designed in Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival styles, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens was originally meant to look like an Italian villa. It included poultry house, dairy, greenhouse, mule stable as well as staff residences. Currently, this house as is not only a museum but also a major Miami attraction.

The fabulous Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami is a National Historic Landmark that provides a window into the elegant Miami of the early 20th century, when Vizcaya was a private estate. Built in Mediterranean Revival and Italian Renaissance styles, Vizcaya was designed to resemble a typical Italian villa and included a dairy, poultry house, mule stable, greenhouse and staff residences. Today, the house, including its expansive gardens, is a museum and major Miami attraction.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Highlights

After complimentary pickup from your Miami hotel, you’ll head to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, perched on Biscayne Bay in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood, one of the city’s oldest. Once the private winter residence of industrialist James Deering, Villa Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is now a National Historic Landmark. Admire the villa’s gorgeous Italian Renaissance and Mediterranean Revival architecture, opulent European d├ęcor, beautiful gardens and lovely setting on Biscayne Bay.

The house was designed to resemble a palatial Italian villa – a goal that was most definitely reached. The place is simply spectacular and preserves an interesting collection of European art and furnishings, all purchased by Deering on shopping trips through Europe. The house is surrounded by stunning gardens, including an orchid garden.

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens has been visited by some of the world's leading dignitaries, such as President Reagan, Pope John Paul II, Queen

 

Elizabeth, and King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain. It’s also hosted important occasions, including the historic First Summit of the Americas with President Clinton in 1994. • All entrance fees covered to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens • Also included are fuel surcharges, all taxes as well as service fees After being picked up from your hotel, you head straight to Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Formerly a private home of John Deering during the winter, Villa Vizcaya, as it is known locally, is today a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy the striking Italian Renaissance of the villa as well as its Mediterranean architecture, beautiful gardens, opulent exotic decor and its great setting.

Customer reviews of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended

“Fantastic! You need to try it when you go to Miami.”

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens 1

Reviewed with 5 stars by ANDREA K, January 2012

5 star rating: Highly Recommended

Beautiful house and grounds! Very worthwhile tour and the guide at the house was very informative

Reviewed by: Karen R, April 2013

 
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

FANTASTIC YOU SHOUD DO IT WHEN IN MIAMI

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Reviewed by: ANDREA K, January 2012

 
4 star rating: Recommended

The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens tour was a highlight of our trip to Florida. We especially appreciated round trip transportation to and from our hotel which was provided by Viator. Our only negative about the tour was that we had to separately pay for either/or audio tour or docent-led tour of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.

Reviewed by: Nancy F, March 2014

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Eiffel Tower Tickets - Paris Attractions

Eiffel Tower Tickets - Paris Attractions

Eiffel Tower Tickets 

Eiffel Tower: On GeoTravellers, our customers often share about their best Paris Attractions. In this series, we tell you the top 10 Paris attractions as per our customers rating. Read on to find out.

Eiffel Tower Tickets and Small Group Tours rated by our Customers

By booking this ticket for the Eiffel Tower, you have a chance to skip the line and avoid queues altogether. In the tour, you will be escorted by a guide who speaks English fluently. The guide will take you around as you tour the Eiffel Tower second level. Prior to the tour, you will get to learn all the interesting facts regarding the tower and its architecture all thanks to the guide. You will also learn about stories regarding various wedding proposals as well as the famous publicity stunts that the tower has played host to over the years. At rates beginning from $83.09, it is a more pocket friendly way to have a sense of Paris. Since you will be meeting some few streets away from Eiffel Tower, you can avoid waiting in the line and save up to 2 hours. With a pre-booked skip-the queue ticket, you get the priority to get to Eiffel Tower elevator. Thus, after you have learnt a few things about the fascinations of the building, go straight to the second level.

Tickets and Tours Details

Hear the story of the man behind the Tower, Gustave Eiffel, and learn about the wonders behind this architectural and engineering feat as you view it up close. Hear the details of the World’s Fair of 1889, the year the tower was built. The first level offers a great cinematic theater where you can see exclusive video of the tower’s storied 120-plus-year history. It also features one of the original spiral staircases that Gustave himself used daily to reach his office on the top level.

Eiffel Tower 2nd Level

On the second level, your guide will allow ample time to take in the best views that Paris has to offer. With two tiers on the second level, there is plenty of space to hear your tour guide explain the countless stunts and anecdotes from the tower’s past. You’ll be entertained with stories about crazy exploits (like planes flying underneath the tower) and the tower’s role in everything from world wars to Hollywood movies.

Eiffel Tower 1st Level and the Eiffel Tower Summit (3rd Level)

Upon the conclusion of the tour, your time on the Eiffel Tower doesn’t have to end; the price includes tickets to the first level and the summit of the tower too. At the summit, purchase a glass of Champagne to enjoy while you stare out over the City of Light. The skip-the-line access you receive for the first two levels does not include the 3rd level; everyone must wait for one elevator, but the line doesn't usually last longer than 30 minutes – a short time to wait to stand at the top of the Eiffel Tower!

Tower Tickets and Tours Customer review

5 star rating: Highly Recommended

Eiffel Tower tourists 

“Victor, our guide, was simply great. Not only was he funny and thoughtful but also highly knowledgeable. I would take another tour with Victor anytime. Enjoyed learning about the Eiffel tower and being in it. “

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
Ann our guide was fabulous I wanted to walk up after suffering major accident had dreamed of walking the 704 steps. She made my dream come true. Will never forget her thanks a million

Reviewed by: bonnjohn, May 2014

 
5 star rating: Highly Recommended
Skip the line tours are ALWAYS the best. Well worth the extra money. Unfortunately we had to cut our time short with the tour guide because we had to get back to our bus but totally enjoyed it.

Reviewed by: Kathleen M, May 2014

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
Anne was an excellent tour guide, gave in depth explanation of the sights around the tower mixing it with funny historical sights.

Eiffel Tower fun photo

Reviewed by: Xavier Ortiz, May 2014

 
5 star rating: Highly Recommended
Victor was our guide and he was great -- funny and knowledgeable. So glad we had "skip-the-line" tickets because the lines are crazy (and you'd be crazy to stand on them). Well worth it.

Reviewed by: jimmymo, May 2014

 
4 star rating: Recommended
The tour was well organized and informative. We went on the day after Labor Day and it was very crowded because of people taking a long weekend in conjunction with the holiday. The waits to get into the tower were over an hour minimum but our tour went straight to a special elevator entrance and we didn't have to wait at all. The Eiffel Tower tour was well worth it from a time saving and informational point of view Reviewed by: Dan H, May 2014
 
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Cannes Film Festival 2014

Predicting Cannes Film Festival 2014 Lineup

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written by: MRoderick

Introduction

In a few days, the formal selection of Cannes Film Festival 2014 will be announced. This means that there are only a few days remaining for speculation, hypothesizing and debating about the most likely titles to premiere in this year’s upcoming show. In this post, we have put together a list of what we believe are the best bets to make it to the show. The winner of the Cannes Film Festival 2014 will be picked by a jury headed by Jane Campion, a former Palme d’Or winner. The proceedings are set to kick off on May 2014 after the premiering of 'Grace of Monaco’. Take a look at the most anticipated films to premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

Clouds of Sils Maria

1. Clouds of Sils Maria - Cannes Film Festival 2014

Directed by Olivier Assayas

Cast: Chloe Moretz, Bruno Ganz, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart, Johnny Flynn, Brady Corbet and Daniel Bruhl.

This is touted to be there at the Cannes Film Festival, Attractions. Although Assayas has not made a major movie since Summer Hours, everything seems to suggest that this will be the return to form. The movie concerns Maria Enders, who plays the part of Binoche, who, after being told to take part in the revival of a play that made her very famous two decades ago, leaves with her assistant, Kristen Stewart for rehearsal in Sils Maria. This is distant location found in the Alps. One of the best films ever done by Assayas was also concerning creative production and role-playing. This means we may be just be right about this one.

Bird People

2. Bird People - Cannes Film Festival 2014

Directed by Pascal Ferran

Since winning Camera d’Or in 1994 Cannes Film Festival for the film Coming to Terms with the Dead, we haven’t really seen much about Pascal, a prolific French director. This makes us excited about her leading the line with this international cast that has been scripted by Breaud. Breaud last wrote Le Petit Lieutenant, which Xavier Beauvois directed. The story occurs in an area of Paris between an international hotel and an airport zone and it is a contemporary film that attempts to describe the world of today as well as the dreams and hopes of everyone in social environment in which there is an outbreak of a supernatural. Although the Cannes Film Festival is often condemned for not having female directors, Pascal Ferran stands a good chance of forming part of those that will line up this year.

Maps to the Stars

3. Maps to the Stars - Cannes Film Festival 2014

Directed by David Croneberg

Cast: Sarah Gadon, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Carrie Fisher and Olivia Williams. The fact that Croneberg teams up with Pattinson in this film makes it a hot contender to win gold during the May 14 event at the Cannes Film Festival. Their last collaboration which was an adaptation of Comopolis, an anti-capitalism book by Don DeLillo, was just so awesome that some people mistakenly took it to be terrible.

The film is basically a Hollywood satire which also uses Julianne Moore’s talents and that of Mia Wasikoska. Just like Cosmopolis, Maps to the Stars looks just as bold and visionary.

The Kindergarten Teacher

The Kindergarten Teacher - Cannes Film Festival 2014

Directed by Nadav Lapid

If Cannes film festival, as they often say, is the ultimate drama school, then it should not be a surprise to often see classroom depictions. As of yet, Nadav Lapid has not appeared in Cannes as far as film premiering is concerned. However, he work-shopped his last production, The Policeman, an award winning film in Cannes Atelier. In a world where artists are seldom appreciated, and where sensitive souls have no chance, a kindergarten teacher who loves poetry discovers a kid poet and thereafter takes it upon herself.

Leviafan

5. Leviafan - Cannes Film Festival 2014

Directed by Andrew Zvyagintsev

Cast: Elena Lyadova, Alexey Serebryaov and Vladimir Vdovichenkov

Boasting of three deliriously exciting titles already, Elena, a 2011 drama, saw resurgence in critical appreciation for the most exciting director to have ever grazed the Russian film industry in the past decade, Andrew Zvyagintsev. Leviafan is a socially conscious drama similar to highbrow science fiction. Zvyagintsev returns with Oleg Nevin, the screen writer who is also the one that penned The Banishment and Elena.

This film has been described as melting into a tragedy and brings out today’s social problems. The project is much more ambitious compared to Zvyagintsev’s last work and also unites him with Elena Lyadova. The film has a large cast containing 7 main characters that deal with human insecurity on a 'new country’. The problem gradually unwinds to mythological scale with respect to human condition. His 2007 film, the Banishment won Best Actor while Elena, 2011, played in Uncertain Regard we are convinced Leviafan deserves a slot in the Main Competition.

The Homesman

6. The Homesman - Cannes Film Festival 2014

Director: Lee Jones

Cast: Hillary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, Grace Gummer, Merryl Steep, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader, John Lithgow, Wiliam Fichtner, Tim Blake Nelson, and David Dencik.

Quite remarkably, Cannes is among the few places not to have undervalued terrific directional debut of Tommy Lee Jones titled: “Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”. They gave Jones Best Actor Award and the film was given a Competition berth. The Homesman is a story about a claim jumper who teams up with a woman to move 3 mentally unstable women to Iowa from Nebraska. Given its insanely heavyweight cast, and assuming that it is ready, we think it is heading straight for Croisette.

The Search

7. The Search

Directed by Michel Hazavanicius

Cast: Annette Bening and Berenice Bejo

The Artist, surprise package of 2011 festivals, was to prove an even bigger crowd-pleaser. After being snapped up by Harvey Weinstein, it went on to scoop Best Picture, Actor and Director at the Oscars. Naturally therefore, all eyes are on Michel Hazavanicius to see if he can repeat the magic with The Search. It is a remake of 1948 Fred Zinnemann film The Search. Having begun to shoot the film in August 2013, Hazavanicius has just enough time to ready the film for the Cannes Festival. Will Bejo repeat her win for Best Actress that she won last year with “The Past”?

Conclusion

The competition is tough since Cannes film festival features some of the world’s finest films. However, the above films have a strong case to make it to this year’s competition. What do you think of our list? Did we capture your prediction as well? You tell us what you think about our Cannes Film Festival prediction.