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One most normally tends to associate the world’s great museums with the birthplaces of the classicists — masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, and de Goya y Lucientes (Goya) — whose masterpieces adorn the private collection spaces and public exhibition halls of homes and museums across the European landscape.


It’s not that unreasonable that a highly-developed cultural scene would also take hold in other major cities, as well. Landmark locations such as Boston, New York, and Cleveland, in the United States, also began to curate fine collections over the decades and centuries, occasionally seeded with contributed pieces or entire estate items bequeathed to the institutions favored by their donors.


Eventually, localized expansions grew to encompass area craftsmen and artists, or stylized collections, housed in suburban and rural spaces, broadening mass appeal of artistic creation and the modes and methods of its employ.


Several of this countries’ finest collections can be found in each cities’ versions of their museums of Natural History, such as the collections found in Boston, New York, and Cleveland, which showcase the flora, fauna, and environmental aspects of our earth. Others house a fine collection of Classical, Contemporary, or Modern Art, such as those found in Boston, New York, and California.


New York City, along with Manhattan’s outlying areas and boroughs, contains some of the finest art in the world, showcased by its knowledgeable art curators and historians in many notable galleries in the state. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art represent some of the finest examples of collected art, anywhere in the world.


New York City’s American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and it is touted as the largest natural history museum in the world, encompassing 25 connected buildings spanning four blocks (1).


The Museum of Modern Art, with its more illustrious, abbreviated designation of MoMA, covers the previous 150-year time-span with a collection of nearly 200,000 works. It was founded in 1929, and is located in New York (2).


The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in New York, is a three-complex collection of art dating beyond 5,000 years. Its idea was conceptualized by lawyer, John Jay, in 1866, and was implemented and incorporated in 1870 in New York.


The “Met”, as it’s more colloquially known in today’s parlance, acquired several European masterworks by the renowned French artists Matisse, Manet, and Renoir, as well as several works by renowned Dutch master, Vermeer. It is here, at the museum’s more-famous Fifth Avenue site, where the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts, outside of Cairo, is housed. The classical antiquities collections can be found onsite, as well as its more contemporary sections, rounding out the collection.


The second of the three-complex Met facility is known as the Met Breuer. This site formerly held the collection of another famous museum, known as the Whitney Museum of Art, which has since relocated to another area. The building was designed by famed Bauhaus architect, Marcel Breuer, who physically had a hand in helping to create the site. This building contains the Met’s more contemporary pieces and gallery of new, revolving artists on display.


With a view to the Hudson River, the Met Cloisters building in Fort Tryon Park was built in an agglomerated fashion of varying architectural styles and debuted in 1938. The collection features European medievel art and architecture of the twelfth- through fifteenth-centuries, including tapestries, enamelwork, ivories, stained glassworks and illuminated manuscripts (3).


In my email inbox recently, I found a great activity deal, listed in Travelzoo’s Top 20 weekly feature.


The Museum of Modern Art in New York is offering, through May 31, 2017, a 20-percent discount on a single general admission purchase, received in the form of a voucher. The voucher includes, within fourteen days of your MoMA visit, a visit to the affiliated PS1 gallery of current artist exhibits in Long Island City.


Skip the ticket line, and see works by Matisse, Kahlo, Pollock, Picasso, Warhol, Monet, Dali, and Van Gogh (here is where “The Starry Night” sparkles in its home)! Enjoy a free audio guide, plus special on-site offerings in the facility.


This five-dollar reduction in price, normally a $25.00 entry charge, is valid on adult single admission. Children 16 and under are allowed in free. Senior rates are regularly $18.00 and student pricing is regularly $14.00. Sales are final, non-refundable, and non-exchangeable. Call or visit the website for further rules or information.



(1) Alliance for the Arts, © 2015. https://www.nyc-arts.org/organizations/54/american-museum-of-natural-history; accessed August 4, 2016.


(2) The Museum of Modern Art © 2011. http://www.moma.org/collection/about?locale=en; accessed August 4, 2016.


(3) The Metropolitan Museum of Art © 2000-2016. http://www.metmuseum.org/; accessed August 4, 2016.


(4) Drygulski, Jennie. “$20 — MoMA. View Works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Dali & More”; travelzoo.com: http://www.travelzoo.com/local-deals/manhattan/other/221233/; accessed August 4, 2016.


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Pita Max!!!


What could be better than a healthful bowl of hummus and chips to scoop all that deliciousness into your mouth with? How about adding a tropical setting? Wait… How about a tropical setting and a gorgeous sunset, to go along with that? Yeah, that’s sounding good. A toasty fireplace, a comfy couch, a game of Scrabble and the snow piling up beside the logs outside, along with a cozy somebody to snuggle up with inside would also be a boon, but we’ve just strayed from the original plan. Okay, transplant that elsewhere; back to the tropics.


I’m thinking balmy breezes, a hammock swinging between the palms, some wide, white sandy beaches and a swath of warm, sea-blue water, warmer than a bathtub, to dip my toes into. How about unlimited drinks… Now, that’s starting to sound like a plan! Yeah — could use some soft drinks to cool me down, and maybe you could throw-in an open wine or beer bar, to boot? That’s not too much trouble, is it?


I know… Then, you could add a cruise on top of that vision you’re building up of the perfect vacation. Mmmm, sounds good. But, not a long one. Just a jaunt along that beautiful stretch of water: take in the scenery, maybe see how the rich and famous live in their waterfront homes.


You are not daydreaming. You are discovering one of the latest “Top 20” deals from Travelzoo.com. This unbelievable package from playtimewatersports.com sets sail from Miami aboard a 50-ft. catamaran on a two-hour excursion, including everything above, plus cheese, crackers, and fruit, for only $35.00 per person, excluding tax, tip and cozy-buddy (those are separate). This company also offers some other great-sounding day trips, such as the three-hour catamaran cruise to a sandbar, where you’re then free to use their personal watercraft and other toys, go paddleboarding or snorkeling, play aqua volleyball — all included in the reasonable costs of the package, as well. Most Thursdays through Sundays; Good through May 29, 2016. Except for the typos in the text at their web site, it all sounds like a great deal. You can check it out!


Go to playtimewatersports.com website:



While you’re in the area then, if you happen to be in South Florida on April 2nd, you can extend the pita love and culture, and meet the iconic, incredible artist: Peter Max!!! Free!!! Peter Max is coming to Wentworth Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boca Raton, Florida on April 2nd, 2016. Peter Max’s work has single-handedly defined a generation, the ‘Sixties’, with his unique use of color, whimsy, and popular culture. His style has set modern standards of artistry, and yet his approachable warmth and remarkable talent lend his art a place in every heart. My newest favorites of his include his angels, the American flag, Lady Liberty, the world, and the fondly-remembered old “Love” styles, as well as the new “Love” styles. (We always remember our old loves, don’t we?)


See artist Peter Max:



Saturday, April 2, 2016:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wentworth Gallery, 819 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Saturday, April 2, 2016:  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Wentworth Gallery, Town Center Mall, Boca Raton, Florida



Saturday, April 23, 2016:  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton Street, Omaha, Nebraska


Sunday, April 24, 2016:  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Gallery 72, 1806 Vinton Street, Omaha, Nebraska



Saturday, April 30, 2016:  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Wentworth Gallery, Westfield Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, Maryland



Saturday, April 30, 2016:  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Wentworth Gallery, Tyson’s Galleria, 1807 U International Drive, McLean, Virginia



Thursday, May 5, 2016:  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, Connecticut


Saturday, May 7, 2016:  4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Geary Gallery, 576 Boston Post Road, Darien, Connecticut



Saturday, June 11, 2016:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Wentworth Gallery, King of Prussia Mall, 690 West Dekalb Pike, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania



Saturday, June 18, 2016:  5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Wentworth Gallery, Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Turnpike, Short Hills, New Jersey


  • Please see the official Peter Max website to verify times, locations, appearances, addresses, etc., and to confirm if reservations are required, etc. Information subject to change without notice.


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If you will be attending the kick-off of Peter Max’s spring tour of artist appearances, there are several more Travelzoo deals (not a paid spokesperson!) in the Florida area you might wish to look into.


There is another, even cheaper, short cruise being run by Bayride Tours for only $15.00 per person, excluding tax and tip; $8.00 for kids aged 4-12. A Family Pass for two adults and two children is only $39.00! Children 3 and under sail free. Their boat isn’t a catamaran, but it is a new part of their fleet and trips run seven times per day, seven days per week. Good through December 31, 2016.

See their website, here, for information: http://bayride.com/


You can also book the Miami Hop On Hop Off 2-day bus pass, which gives you full access to four different routes around Miami. The double-decker bus has an open-air deck top, which will provide a unique viewpoint as you see some of the sights around Miami: South Beach, Calle Ocho/Little Havana, Vizcaya, the Miami Seaquarium, the Biltmore Hotel…. Many stops and opportunities abound for great sight-seeing daytrips.


Travelzoo.com announces the company’s special rates through August 31, 2016: $29.00 adult/$19.00 child (3-11; 2 and under free if vacant seat available). Book through your free Travelzoo.com site, or at the City Sightseeing website.


For continual up-to-date pricing, times, locations, other cities served (approximately 170), please call the tour operator, or visit their website:



Take advantage of these great rates and book your vacations with the money saved using these great discounted tour deals! It represents alot of dough you can save and stuff right back into your (PITA!!!) pocket!

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