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Seven Centuries of Dazzling Glassmaking Museum highlights some of Venice’s most prized creations
 

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Venice

 

The third annual Venice Glass Week is on 7-15 September 2019, with more than 180 events across the city, from exhibitions of glass vessels and objects to glass-making workshops and demonstrations. www.theveniceglassweek.com

 

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Canal House Museums

Lonely Planet Amsterdam, 11th edition

THE RING OF canals Amsterdam is famous for was built in the 17th century, a golden age when merchants made the city rich from trade, their ships carrying sought-after items from one corner of the globe to another.

Those merchants built their homes/warehouses on the new canals, with the lower floors serving as goods storage and the upper ones housing the trader and his family. A remarkable number survive, and several are now museums. The 11th edition of Lonely Planet Amsterdam suggests some of the more interesting ones to take in:

Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Dear Lord in the Attic), Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, www.opsolder.nl. “What looks like an ordinary canal house…turns out to have an entire Catholic church stashed inside.” It was founded in the mid-1600s, when the city’s Calvinist rulers forbade Catholics to worship publicly. “Period pieces from 17th-century canal houses…a fantastic labyrinth of staircases…heavy oak furniture and a porcelain-tiled kitchen.”

Museum Van Loon, Keizersgracht 672, www.museumvanloon.nl. Built in 1672, and since the late 1800s home to the Van Loons, who still live upstairs. “The house is filled with opulent furniture and family portraits that seem to whisper secrets as you pass from room to gorgeous room.”

Kattenkabinet, Herengracht 497, www.kattenkabinet.nl. In the 17th century the part of the Herengracht (Gentlemen’s Canal) called the Golden Bend was home to “the richest Amsterdammers.” The up side of a visit to this museum is that it’s the only grand house on the Golden Bend open to the public. A possible minus is that its collection is devoted to cats.

 

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Valletta

 

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Los Angeles, CA

   

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