Stars and Stripes November 26, 2009
Grace Kelly exhibition
Enter the fairy tale world of Princess Grace at an exhibition in Rome’s Palazzo Ruspoli.
The tribute, open until Feb. 28, looks at actress Grace Kelly, who left a successful Hollywood career in the 1950s to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco and take on the role of royalty.
It examines her life through personal belongings, including her magnificent wedding dress; official jewelry; film memorabilia, including her role with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock’s "Rear Window," as well as footage of her first meeting with the prince.
The exhibition is open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets cost 10 euros for adults, 7.50 euros children 6 to 18 years and free for those under 6 years.
More information at www.fondazione memmo.com/eng/incorso/mostra_incorso.asp#.
London to the French Riviera
Tired of England’s dreary skies? Take a break Feb. 18 or 25 and travel to the south of France to the Nice Carnival and French Riviera.
The tour is offered by Treyn Holidays and travels by train.
The trip leaves St. Pancras International Train Station in London and goes to Paris for an overnight. The next day, it continues to Nice, for five (or optional six) nights.
The first day you explore the city and experience the carnival. The next day you travel by bus to the Menton Lemon Festival. The remaining days of the tour are open. Possible side tours include visits to Monaco, Antibes and Cannes. The train returns to St. Pancras via Lille.
The costs are 685 and 735 pounds (about $1,130 and $1,200) per person, double occupancy, and include rail travel and transfers, six and seven nights’ accommodations with breakfast, reserved seats at the Nice Carnival, excursion to Menton Lemon Festival with stand tickets and services of a tour manager.
For more information on this and other train tours, go to www.treynholidays.co.uk.
Mermaid travels to China
Denmark’s "Little Mermaid" statue, the famed symbol of Copenhagen that sits in the city’s Langelinie pier, will be traveling April 16 to Shanghai, China, to represent Denmark at the World Expo 2010 and won’t return to the pier until Oct. 24.
A copy of the Hans Christian Andersen-inspired statue — made by the descendents of Edvard Eriksen, the sculptor who made the original — can be found in Tivoli Gardens during the "Mermaid’s" absence, so visitors to the city won’t be disappointed.