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Silk Road of China with Art Tours by Amy, October 2019

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Amy Osaki from Art Tours by Amy has announced their most recent tour on the Silk Road!

It promises to be a spectacular, one-of-a-kind itinerary focusing on Art and History along China’s Silk Road.

Silk Road of China: Art, History and Archaeology

October 10-20, 2019

Join Art Tours by Amy’s third trip across China, and journey from Xi’an over two thousand miles west to Kashgar. For thousands of years, the Silk Road connected China with the Mediterranean Sea over four thousand miles distant. This route was already a thousand years old when Marco Polo made his journey in 1271.

Call Willamette Intl Travel to arrange your once-in-a-lifetime tour through ancient art and history of the Silk Road

503-224-0180  |  inquiry@wittravel.com

  • Traverses the eastern part of the route, including three Chinese provinces
  • Xi’an, home of the Terracotta warriors
  • Jiayuguan and westernmost part of the Great Wall
  • imposing sand dunes of the Gobi Desert
  • Dunhuang and Mogao Caves filled with a thousand years of Buddhist art
  • Silk Road city of Turpan
  • Bezeklik grottoes
  • alpine lake of Tianchi in the Tian Shan (Celestial Mountains)
  • Bazaar & mosques of Kashgar
  • Muztagh Ata and Kongur Mountains, the tallest peaks in the Pamir and Kunlun mountain ranges
  • Pre-Trip Tour Available: Oct 8 in Beijing

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Click here for the detailed trip itinerary.

View slide show from the previous Silk Road trips:

2013 Silk Road trip

2011 Silk Road trip

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Art Tour of Japan with Amy

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Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles

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Attention Van Gogh lovers! Earlier this month the Vincent van Gogh Foundation in Arles reopened its doors after a three-year renovation. Visitors to the South of France this summer won’t want to miss the dramatic exhibition­—Van Gogh Live!—which celebrates the life and work of Van Gogh during his years here between 1880-1890.
 
Fondation Vincent van Gogh, Arles
Van Gogh Live! Exhibit: Through August 31, 2014
Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Until 9 p.m. on Thursdays
Website: http://www.fondation-vincentvangogh-arles.org/

Information provided by our friends over at CHOCOLATINE. Chocolatine is one of our Preferred Tour Operators providing services throughout France. They have worked with Willamette Intl Travel for several years, arranging specialty day tours and transfers for a discerning clientele. Call Willamette Intl Travel to discuss options for one of a kind explorations within France at 800-821-0401 or email us at info@wittravel.com.

Looking for another kind of Art Tour? Amy Osaki over at Art Tours by Amy runs amazing trips worldwide. Look for space in her upcoming trip to New York in October 2014! More information here: http://arttoursbyamy.com/new-york-art-tour/

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Art in London: The Great Museums and Collections

May 17-23, 2014

Join Portland-based art historian Amy Osaki on her new art tour to London. Begin with the history and architecture of London reveling in the monuments that are a feast for the eyes—the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Delve into the extraordinary richness of London’s museums including the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Academy of the Arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern. Refuel at small private collections including Sir John Soane’s Museum and the Courtauld Gallery. Experience the joy of art in situ at St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and the church at St Martins in the Fields. Free evenings invite you to add your own theater experiences or concerts.

Sign up now to reserve a spot on this extraordinary journey! This trip is a guaranteed departure. When you join Amy Boyce Osaki on one of her art-focused trips you walk softly into the world of art, history and architecture. Immerse yourself in a rich diversity of museums, and explore art “in situ” for a deeper insight into its role within a living culture. These carefully crafted “art feasts” occur only once or twice a year.

Amy Boyce Osaki studied art at the Louvre Museum in Paris, holds a master’s degree from Winterthur Museum, and worked as a museum professional for over a decade including six years at the Portland Art Museum. She has led art trips to Paris, Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona, Budapest, Krakow, Florence, Peru, Japan, China and Russia for the past sixteen years. Many of the trips were offered for graduate credit from Portland State University. As a travel professional, Amy has led at least seventy-eight trips to seventeen countries on four continents. She is fluent in French and speaks Spanish, as well. Her photographs have been exhibited in juried exhibitions, group exhibitions, and can also be found in private collections. Amy is a Certified Travel Counselor, a level of professional certification that is the travel industry’s highest.

Trip Price: $4295 per person, based on double occupancy
Single room: $1090 supplement

Contact your Willamette agent and reserve a spot on the London Art Tour with your $400 per person deposit today! 503-224-0180 or info@wittravel.com. Ask us for pre and post tour travel suggestions and arrangements.

Want a preview of London before your trip? Check out the National Theatre Live program, which broadcasts productions at the World Trade Center in Portland each month. Portland’s own theatre company Third Rail is hosting NT Live’s “live-captured” performances shortly after the original performances. This spring season you can see “The Habit of Art,” “Hamlet,” “Coriolanus,” “War Horse,” and “King Lear” with world-class London actors right in downtown Portland! Buy tickets here: http://www.thirdrailrep.org/ntlive.php

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Mosaïculture in Montreal

 

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By Wailana

On my recent trip to Montreal in May, I stumbled on the budding treasures of the Mosaiculture exhibition in the Parc Olympique. The exhibit, set to debut in July, was still in its growth patterns. The sprouting ivies and perannuals had barely begun to coil over the black metal frames.

Since 2000, Montreal has hosted the Mosaicultures Internationales every 3 years, and this year 20 countries are competing under a theme of “Land of Hope.” The garden expands over 185 acres and displays nearly 50 sculptures. The Grand Honorary Award and People’s Choice Award will be announced in September.

“Mosaïculture,” writes the competition’s website, “is a refined horticultural art that involves creating and mounting living artworks made primarily from plants with colourful foliage (generally annuals, and occasionally perennials).” The sculptures showcase our planet’s biodiversity in flocks of storks, frogs and toads, rams, dogs, deer and old shepherds.

A 2-day adult admission costs about $28. Visitors can also purchase tickets to the nearby Insectarium or the Botanical Garden.

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Casablanca’s Architectural Wonders

As Morocco’s chief port, Casablanca has enjoyed a wealth of tourists, immigrants and traders for centuries. It’s only natural then that the city is a garden of cultural diversity and artistic flavors. Nowhere else is this more evident than in Casablanca’s varied and highly stylized architecture. From the famous Hassan II Mosque to the Art Deco buildings of the new town, the city is a delight to art lovers everywhere.

photo by Laura 0509, creative commons

Hassan II Mosque. Open in 1993, this mosque is one of the few open to non-Muslims. It’s gorgeous lime green and eggshell minaret towers above the ocean. The mosque is the third largest in the world. Tours run frequently through the inner chambers and a tranquil ablutions area.

photo by Khalid Albaih, creative commons

Mauresque Style. Mauresque was an art movement developed by the French that built on traditional Moroccan styles. It was fashionable especially during the turn of the century, and many pre-1930s colonial buildings reflect this. Typical elements include zillij plaster, latticework, geometric designs and arabesque florals, as well as the use of stucco and brass. You can still see these patterns all over the city.

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Art Deco Style. Casablanca’s Ville Nouvelle was designed by French architect Henri Prost, and his colorful blend of Hispano-Mauresque and Art Deco illuminates downtown. Developed in the 1930s, these buildings are characterized by intricate friezes, stunning tilework and ornate wrought-iron balconies. Some of the best known facades are on Rue Prince Moulay Abdellah—look for Hotel Guynemer and Hotel Transatlantique.

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Cathedrale Sacre-Coeur. For a perfect example of stylized Mauresque architecture, check out the old Casablanca cathedral. Designed by French architect Paul Tournon in 1930, it blends a Moroccan casbah look with neo-gothic aspirations. This massive white church lies on the northwest edge of the Parc de la Ligue Arab, and decades ago was converted into a public cultural center.

Interested in exploring the many hidden gems of Morocco? Our agents have traveled throughout the country and sent dozens of clients there. Call us for more details at 800-821-0401 or email info@wittravel.com.

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