the museum of miniatures and cinema in lyon

Would you believe these are miniature scenes?

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How realistic, right? Well, there are over 100 of these scenes on display at the Musée Miniature et Cinéma* in Lyon, France. 

There are a few exhibit rooms dedicated to displaying all these different miniature (to-scale) scenes crafted by miniaturists. When we say miniature, we mean that these were behind viewing windows (for most) of no bigger than 30 cm. The detail in each scene is simply astounding and how life-like they are had us fascinated for ages! 

But before you can even lay your eyes on all these delicate and artistic scenes, for all those movie buffs out there, there is a film exhibition, that you should get through, focusing on special effect techniques with original film props. With over 300 for you to explore, you will be occupied for hours. Props, costumes and artefacts from movies including Planet of the Apes, X-Men, Star Wars, Gremlins and Harry Potter are exhibited.

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And if you ever saw the movie, Perfume, then you might recognise these scenes. 

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Some of the articles on display are not for the faint-hearted or youngsters, but if movies with blood, gore and aliens is your thing, then you shall be thoroughly entertained. 

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Our verdict

It’s a different type of “sight-seeing” especially when we needed a break from the history/art museums, castles and churches. We really enjoyed it and wouldn’t mind spending a bit more time in there. It’s a good place for the whole family, but be aware that the exhibits are on different floors that require using steps. 

* Entrance is 9€ for adults (other prices available on their website) or free with the Lyon City Pass. 

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

 

More posts to follow about Lyon and other parts of our Europe adventures as we still 
have so much more to share but for the next 6 weeks or so, our focus will be on the
Camino! 

 

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These Streets Will Make You Feel Brand New—New York.

I’m back from my whirlwind weekend in NYC. It came and went too fast and I think my system is in withdrawal mode today. BLAH. :(

I always love reading people’s travel posts to see new/fun places to go in different cities, so I thought I would list some of my favorite spots from my last two New York visits.

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  1. Liquiteria, Union Square—One afternoon we decided to walk around and explore a bit. It was crazy hot and we were all looking for a nice cool treat. This place is known for their cold-pressed fresh juice, but they have a ton of custom smoothies and an awesome lunch menu for something healthy on the go. My friend and I bee-lined for the fresh popsicles. They had a few different flavors, but we settled on Watermelon/Pineapple. It tasted so fresh and delicious—plus it was not super sweet, which I loved!
  2. Momofuku Milk Bar—In keeping with the cool treats theme, my friend Maddie was begging us to go here our first visit but we never made it. We finally went this weekend and it was amazing! The store itself is extremely tiny and does not have any tables in it—-but it is definitely worth a visit. They have all kinds of things like flavored milks and various cookies to pair with it, but we went for the soft serve. You could pick from Cereal Flavor, Crack-Pie, or twist. We all tried the twist with a crunch coating. It was phenom. I will not do it justice trying to explain what it tasted like because it was so different–all I can say is you need to go get you some. The crunch coating was almost salty/sweet–mixed with the soft serve—I’m drooling. Plus, everything comes in really cute containers/packaging making the experience very Instagram friendly!
  3.  Rudy’s Bar and Grille—This place was in Hell’s Kitchen really close to where we were staying. It’s a restaurant by day, but it’s a hot spot to visit during the night life as well. It has really affordable drinks if you’re a student on a budget or just looking to pre-game cost consciously. It plays good music and gets a pretty decent crowd late night. DID I MENTION THEY GIVE YOU A FREE HOT DOG WITH YOUR BEER? 
  4. Reunion, Surf Bar—Reunion was also in Hell’s Kitchen. The downstairs of it is the Surf Bar, which is your standard Tiki/Beach themed bar. Overall, the drinks and the service were good. I would definitely stop at this place again.
  5. The Mean Fiddler—This place was definitely the best find of both trips. It’s a karaoke bar downstairs and a big dance party upstairs. Ha! They play awesome music and it gets a really big, fun crowd. If you are looking for a night out full of laughing your ass off and busting a move—this is the place to go. It won’t disappoint.
  6. Mercury Bar—Maddie’s roommate works at Mercury Bar, so we decided to stop here both weekends as well. It’s a cool little bar/restaurant with pretty stand bar food from what I could tell. I would say it’s definitely more of a place to go sit down at a table and have some drinks, but they played current music and got a nice crowd. If you ever stop by, make sure you look for Audra–she’s the best server there! ;)

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These are just a few of the places we checked out, but I thought they were worth mentioning—especially since they aren’t crazy popular and well known. There is so much to do and see in New York that it can definitely be overwhelming. We barely sleep when we visit because we want to go-go-go. I now know why they call it “The City That Never Sleeps! zzzZZZzz

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What are some of your favorite NYC spots?

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Drinking Tea in Istanbul – Tanya Vavilova

Tea and Baklava

I recently spent a happy week in Istanbul. I was staying in a family-run hostel in Beyoğlu close to the main pedestrian drag, Istiklal Street. I visited mosques, palaces and bazaars, the names of which will be familiar to anyone who has visited Istanbul. I rode a ferry along the Bosphorus and lolled on the warm marble at a steamy hammam. What I liked most, though, were the small things that usually aren’t worth writing home about, those intricate details that fill the space between sightseeing and sleeping.

For one, I loved drinking tea in the afternoons in leafy tea gardens. I would read my book as waiters walked around with silver trays, depositing a glass of tea at a slight nod of the head. I nodded my head a lot as I worked through the last sixty-odd pages of Anna Funder’s All that I Am, each cup of tea fortifying me in the face of yet another betrayal. It was a peculiar but excellent choice for a holiday read. I loved syrupy baklava with my tea, especially the kind with walnuts, incompatible as it was with holding a book (or, actually, anything), fingers sticky with honey.

I drank Turkish coffee in the morning, the afternoon, the evening. I loved the dainty little cups, even with my clumsy hands. The generous owner of a local café would bring out a sweet or cake with my coffee as I sat at a little table with my Lonely Planet. I got to sample all kinds of homemade Turkish sweets and returned the favour by leaving a box of baklava on my last day. When it was really hot, I drank homemade lemonade and fanned myself with holiday brochures. I picked up jewelled lokum (Turkish Delight) studded with nuts and fruit from the Spice Market, confirming my suspicion that my favourite is the plain rose we also have in Sydney. It’s funny how we like the things we’re used to.

I liked to be still. This was my favourite ‘activity’ after a long day of sightseeing. Gülhane Park, behind Topkapi Palace, turned out to be a great spot for resting and people watching. I snacked on a sesame encrusted simit or bagel by the fountains or, one time, sprawled on the hill to watch the ferries cruise along the Golden Horn. One night, I watched the sunset at Galata Bridge, sitting on the concrete outpost with my legs tucked in. The mosques along the shore were eerily lit up and the boats ferried people back and forth, some thumping with party music – as I sat quietly and watched it all.

On my walks in Istanbul, I passed lots of stray cats, little darlings sunning on the pavement or hiding under café chairs. I noticed strangers leaving behind a trail of kibble for the strays while shopkeepers refilled plastic tubs on the kerbside with water. A local woman I met told me it was better for the cats to be outside; they were freer that way, she said. Sometimes I stopped to buy mussels for a lira or börek to sustain me on my walks. The touts I passed were pretty apt at guessing my nationality, choosing ‘Russian’ and ‘Australian’ about equally when hawking carpets and gold. I could tell the time of day by the call to prayer, reliable as clockwork.

One night, there was a blackout in Beyoğlu. It lasted 4 or five hours, which to a sheltered Sydneysider like me seemed rather exciting. I went out to dinner with a fellow Australian; we ended up at a little unassuming spot where we ordered by charade and dined by candlelight. We ate dolma and stuffed peppers, and I ate a big bowl of vegetables – some of the best Turkish fare I’d had in Istanbul. Afterwards, we got our smartphone torches out and found a spot at a terrace café on French Street. We drank Efes and talked about all manner of things, silly, fun and sometimes serious. I had many fascinating conversations over breakfast or in the evenings in bars and restaurants with the people I met in Istanbul, a new friend for every day.

Next time around, I’ll probably revisit the big drawcard attractions, but mostly I think I’ll drink tea and eat baklava. It was when I was standing still or sitting down, seemingly doing nothing, that I really got a glimpse of the city. The time-fillers between tourist landmarks – cups of tea or coffee, the taste of street food, the conversations and encounters – are what give a city its character and set it apart from all others. This is the stuff memories are made of.

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Written by Tanya Vavilova  | Image via Istanbul Travel Guide

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