America’s Small Town Museums

The United States of America with fifty states and a population of 315 million making it the third largest country by population also has lot of beautiful small town museums. Many small towns have fascinating museums built under various historical circumstances. Here are some of best small town museums of America.

Hill-Stead Museum:

muesumHill-Stead, a house and a museum (also known as country estate) was built for a wealthy industrialist. It was designed by his daughter and later it was translated into a working plan by a famous architect. It was created on 250 acres which is a place for the French Impressionist masterpieces. Hill-stead comprises of special exhibitions, architecture, gardens, paintings, prints and drawings, photographs, furnishings, decorative arts, rugs and textiles, archives, books and historical timeline. It is also a place for weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, private parties etc. Hill-stead museum also helps the students to go for a field trip and discuss on various subjects like arts, humanities, sociology etc. Memberships are also available which makes you a part of the Hill-Stead family. It also helps you save money and give you special privileges.

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art:

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art is a non-profit organisation and a five building museum. The construction the building suffered severely due to the hurricane Katrina. This museum conducts lot of workshops and classes such as introduction to motion picture acting, oil painting etc. Students who are interested can volunteer the museum and help them maintain it better. They also provide membership which can guarantee you several benefits.

The Huntington:

The Huntington is a place which contains a library, art collections and botanical gardens. It is located in San Marina of California which is named for the tiny republic of Italian peninsula. The art collections in Huntington comprise both European and American art. The botanical gardens of Huntington cover 120 acres of land with more than dozen themes of garden. The most famous are Chinese garden, Desert garden and Japanese garden. The membership at Huntington makes a big difference by providing unlimited free admissions, educational lectures and much more.

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum:

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is located in Michigan State University which is the first ever university building designed by Pritzker Prize winner Zaha Hadid. It is contemporary art museum. This museum conducts lot of exhibitions, programs and helps students by offering summer art camp and Student Docent Program internship. A docent has to serve as a guide and educator

Parrish Art Museum:

The Parrish Art Museum is an art museum which focuses extensively on the art works from the artist of artist colony from Long Island. This art museum has a permanent collection of more than 2500 artworks form nineteenth century till present. This museum also provides lot of educational programs, workshops and summer art camp.

Shelburne Museum:

It is a museum of art and design with over one fifty thousand of artworks exhibited. The museum has a collection of American paintings, decoys, posters, impressionist paintings, decorative arts, folk arts etc. You can support the museum by becoming member, by volunteering, by donating or funding.

Travel Etiquette in France

France, the most visited country in the world was originally a Roman city. It is also said that once France controlled more than 8% of the world’s land. Being the most visited country in the world, even then people struggle a lot without knowing the travel etiquette of the country like in a coffee shop in France not saying Hello and Please make the coffee expensive. For couples it is important that they should be aware that kissing on railways is illegal. So here is few travel etiquette that will help you not to look like a tourist when you travel to France.

Good Manners:

This is important everywhere you go but when you travel to France you have to give more importance than ever. They consider all small things in a conversation important and if you are not careful with this you may not be socially acceptable. For example formality is very important in Paris. If you want to ask for some help from a stranger or question him it is important that you greet him first and show your formality. Travelling to France makes it important that you are polite, proper and formal.

Eating:

Eating is an important aspect of travel etiquette. French people consider table manners very important as it shows the character and upbringing of the individual. In France it is good to keep both the hands on the table with the wrists on the edge. You have to ask for water so never be shy and last but not the least it is very important that you treat the waiter with respect. Always be generous with your compliments on dishes.

Tradition:

Looking at people is not common in some countries but in France people look at everything. They love to observe and that is way they keep their fashion updated. They look at your watch, shoes or whatever you wear and so you must learn to get used to it. Behave knowing where you are and lower your voice accordingly in places where you have to.

Visiting a French Home:

People have lot of expectations when they go visit someone else home. They obviously expect a house tour and few things like that. But French people take you directly to the guest area and spend the time there. If you are invited for dinner please don’t go empty handed instead buy wine, chocolates or flowers.

Language:

It is a fact that 34% of French people speak English. If you want to avoid showing your nationality please try learning a little of the local language. There are lot of possibilities for bad reaction when you talk in English but it helps a lot when you try to put some effort talking in the local language.

Body Language:

French people are very direct in the way they speak. Their conversation has lot of emotion and their speech is accompanied by gestures. It is very important to maintain eye contact as it shows that you are interested.

Places to visit in Brazil

brazilBrazil, the fifth largest country in the world is officially known as the Federative Republic of Brazil. It is the Portuguese speaking country in the world. Brazil is also known for its massive number of football fans and the country has won the most number of world cup (five times).  FIFA world cup 2014 is organized by Sao Paulo, the largest city in the country and also one of the richest cities in the world. Tourism is a growing sector and there are lot of beautiful places to visit in the country.

Cristo Redentor:

Cristo Redentor, Christ the Redeemer is a statue of Jesus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was considered as the largest of its kind from 1931 until 2010 when it was overcome by the Christ the king statue in Poland. The statue of Jesus with arms wide spread embrace the whole city of Rio de Janeiro and the people can see the statue from anywhere in the city.

Sugar Loaf Mountain (Pao de Acucar):

Sugar Loaf Mountain is located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The name Sugar Loaf Mountain refers to its resemblance to the traditional shape of concentrated loaf sugar. It is one of the largest rock climbing destinations in the world and also because of its scenic beauty it has made an appearance in the Hollywood big screen.

Iguazu Falls:

Iguazu falls are waterfalls of Iguazu River and it divides the river into upper Iguazu and lower Iguazu. There are number of individual falls and some falls are up to 82 meters where majority are about 64 meters. This water flow in this falls is the greatest of any falls in the world. The best time to visit the falls are in the spring and fall.

Tijuca Forest:

Tijuca forest is located in the Rio de Janeiro and is the mountainous hand planted rainforest in the city. This rainforest contains hundreds of different species of plants and animals. This forest is also a good place for few sports like jogging and biking. It has few waterfalls too.

The Manaus Opera House (The Amazon Theatre):

The amazon theatre lies in the middle of the amazon rainforest. It is a historical landmark and all the plays of Opera festival is held in this theatre. This place attracts a huge number of tourists.

Porto de Galinhas:

Porto de Galinhas is the beach in Pernambuco, Brazil. The beach is known for its bright water and this makes this a major tourist destination. It has also been voted the best beech in the Brazil by a magazine.

Rio Carnival:

The Carnival that is held in Rio de Janeiro is the world famous festival and considered the largest festival in the world. This duration of the festival is seven days and a crowd of twenty lakhs people can be seen per day.

Amazon River:

Amazon River is the second largest river in the world. There are more than three thousand species of fish and it is also the home for piranha, a meat eating type of fish. Anaconda snake is also found in shallow waters of amazon and because of its vast area it is sometimes called the River Sea.

Things not to do in Australia

The land ‘down under’ has its own set of etiquettes and mannerisms which are a lot different from other English speaking countries. It is very easy to form stereotypes and end up sounding like a jerk. There are a standard set of unspoken rules that govern the Dos and mostly the Don’ts in Australia. Though these isn’t any special etiquette guide book but be sure to follow these guidelines of things NOT to do once you’re in Australia.

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The golden rule-Do not ever try to impersonate the Australian accent unless you want to make a complete fool of yourself.
• Call a spade a spade. If you want to go to the ‘toilet’, just call it that, not euphemisms such as ‘comfort room’. Try to follow their lingo though; call it a ‘bill’ not a check; a ‘lift’ not an elevator; a ‘windscreen’ not a windshield and its ‘petrol’ not gasoline that you’re using for the car.
• If you’re used to driving the car on the right, don’t do that in Australia. Always stay on the left.
• Avoid using ‘Mr.’, ‘Mrs.’ and such other titles. It can easily create an invisible barrier saying that ‘I am not from around here’.
• Don’t act like you aren’t impressed when an Aussie tells you about the wildlife, the pub or any other random thing. But don’t believe everything too. There aren’t any mythical animals in Australia. There are no ‘drop bears’ or ‘hoop snakes’ nor are there kangaroos everywhere. Talking about kangaroos is the most clichés thing to do in Australia.
• Don’t surf without knowing the rules. Some basic etiquette includes – don’t paddle through the middle of the line up and don’t get off your board. Do not ever swim outside the flags. This is the major cause of deaths and accidents at the each in Australia. Be cautious of poisonous jellyfish and sharks.
• Though the Great Britain had made Australia a penal colony in 1788 and ultimately sending over 50,000 criminals there do not assume all Australians are related to convicts. Though over the years, this has become a personal pride, the topic still remains a slight short of a taboo.
• Do not pet wildlife (which is an obvious one all over the globe). Everything is not ‘Crocodile Dundee’.
• Bushwalking is a part of the Australian lifestyle. But do not try to get into the wilderness area unless you aren’t an expert. Do not deviate from the paths and walking tracks present in the national parks.
• Do not try to remind an Aussie that his country isn’t doing great in a particular game. There was a time when they were good at everything and they like to keep it that way.  This can be very insulting for an Australian.
• Don’t expect that you will be able to drive across the whole country in 2 days. It is not just an island. It is a country and continent bout the same size as the American mainland. It is not possible to enjoy the vast marvel of Australia if you pack your trip in just 2-3 days.

Benefits of Educational trips for students

student tourAn educational tour offers an opportunity for students to have a practical experience about the lessons they have learnt and a tremendous way to facilitate learning. In an educational tour, students have the chance to learn a lot about life skills and give their knowledge a new dimension. Apart from academic growth, educational tours benefit students in many ways.

It brings them closer to history: Every place has its history and the best way to know about it is by travelling. Educational tours to museums and historical places reveal history in an engaging way to the students. Students get to see their history lessons in front of their eyes. Knowing our roots is a necessity in today’s identity crises plagued life. Being ignorant to it is being a leaf that doesn’t know its part of a tree.

It makes them well read: Travelling to a new place ignites a fire of curiosity within students. They want to know more about the place, its language and environment. They do their own research about its monuments and other tourist attractions. Overall, it hones their general knowledge skills.

It makes them independent: a chance to stay far from parents makes them more independent. From packing their clothes to the travel and safety, they have to take care of everything about themselves. Everything is decided by them. The feeling of independence makes them more responsible and mature.

It brings financial awareness: In today’s age, it is very important for students to understand the value of money .Educational tour gives them a chance to manage money and spend it in a way that it lasts till the end of tour. It also exposes them to the concept of saving and expenditure.

Learning new language: When students go for an educational tour outside their state they come to know about the importance of language. If they go into a new region, the need to know the basics of the local language to communicate is vital. Learning a language is no option anymore, it becomes a necessity.

Socializing and meeting new people: Educational tour gives a chance for students to socialise with people. In this process they end up making a few friends which last for a lifetime. Talking to new people of a completely different way of life, inculcates in students more open mindedness.  This aspect makes them feel strong and confident about themselves.

New culture: India in known for its diversity in culture. By travelling and interacting with the native people they learn a lot about culture. Even for the students who go to foreign counties for educational trips, a contact with new culture is a plus and gives them an edge over the others.

Find the passion within them: An individual should be well read and well-travelled. Educational tours make this possible for students. They become aware and by being aware they get clarity in their thoughts. In travelling and discovering more bout themselves through these educational tours, many students end up finding their interests and passion.