A traditional junk boat with 12 cabins with unique design, Halong Royal Palace Cruise 4* offers an interesting journey for 2 days 1 night. Tourists will visit Sung Sot cave, the exotic beauty of the legendary Bay with many exciting activities: Kayaking, sunset party, Tai Chi class, cooking class, experience being a King or Queen in traditional dress.
The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who “burned like a comet” in 19th-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund de Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection. The netsuke—drunken monks, almost-ripe plums, snarling tigers—were gathered by Charles Ephrussi at the height of the Parisian rage for all things Japanese. Charles had shunned the place set aside for him in the family business to make a study of art, and of beautiful living. An early supporter of the Impressionists, he appears, oddly formal in a top hat, in Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. Marcel Proust studied Charles closely enough to use him as a model for the aesthete and lover Swann in Remembrance of Things Past. Charles gave the carvings as a wedding gift to his cousin Viktor in Vienna; his children were allowed to play with one netsuke each while they watched their mother, the Baroness Emmy, dress for ball after ball. Her older daughter grew up to disdain fashionable society. Longing to write, she struck up a correspondence with Rilke, who encouraged her in her poetry. The Anschluss changed their world beyond recognition. Ephrussi and his cosmopolitan family were imprisoned or scattered, and Hitler’s theorist on the “Jewish question” appropriated their magnificent palace on the Ringstrasse. A library of priceless books and a collection of Old Master paintings were confiscated by the Nazis. But the netsuke were smuggled away by a loyal maid, Anna, and hidden in her straw mattress. Years after the war, she would find a way to return them to the family she’d s 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Maloney. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/001250/bk_aren_001250_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The bestselling, fan-favorite chapter-book series celebrates the magic of music! Jack and Annie have once again traveled back in time in their magic tree house, but they have a brand-new mission: to help bring happiness to millions of people. Their mission takes them to eighteenth-century Austria, where they're decked out in their craziest outfits yet-including a wig for Jack and a long dress with lots of ruffles and bows for Annie! But it will take more than the right clothing to help them fit in at a party at one of the most marvelous palaces in Europe . . . especially when all the animals in the palace zoo escape from their cages. Can Jack and Annie save the day and complete their challenging mission? Find out in a story packed to the margins with history, mystery, and magic! First published in hardcover in 2009, Jack and Annie's most melodious adventure is now available in paperback. And-only in the paperback edition-the book now includes a musical activity, a fun puzzle, and a preview of the next book in the series. Magic Tree House books are New York Times bestsellers. They are known all around the world as books that inspire reading. Find out why with Moonlight on the Magic Flute!