R. Crusoe Luxury Travel Blog


Imagination, digitized.

We don’t normally tell our travelers what colors to wear on their journeys, but here’s an exception: When you visit the TeamLab Borderless digital art exhibit in Tokyo, be sure to wear white or light-colored clothing. Doing so will allow you to blend in with the moving digital art all around you. And ... Read More >

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23 Jan 2020
Posted in Archaeology, Architecture, Art

Roman holiday.

After 2,000 years of twists and turns, abuse and abandonment, the Mausoleum of Roman Emperor Gaius Octavius Augustus has finally been restored and opens to the public this year.

Rome’s greatest emperor built the grandiose tomb for himself and the imperial family after he visited the tomb of Alexander the Great in Egypt. Work ... Read More >

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12 Dec 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History

A religious experience.

How much do you know about the Sistine Chapel in Rome?

Part of the Vatican Museums, this monument to Christianity contains some of the world’s most treasured art, thanks to a number of master painters.

The chapel was designed by Baccio Pontelli for Pope Sixtus IV, for whom it was named, and it was completed in ... Read More >

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29 Aug 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Travel with us

Manueline style: a primer.

On a journey to Portugal, you’ll notice an architectural style that doesn’t quite fit those you’ve witnessed elsewhere. What you’re seeing is Manueline style, a 16th-century Portuguese architecture that melds late-Gothic elements with maritime themes and 15th-century Spanish Plateresque as well as Mudéjar, Italian, and Flemish flourishes.

The style, most popular from 1490 to 1520, ... Read More >

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Shoguns & Geishas.

If Japan is on your bucket list—or if you’d like to travel with Crusoe President Brett Cumberland by your side—dust off your passport. With this email, we announce the President’s Trip: Japan Revealed. A Hosted Journey with Brett and his wife, Anna.

This 12-day tour departs March 31, 2020.

Along the way we meet artists ... Read More >

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Spain’s crown jewel turns 200.

In the early 1800s, King Ferdinand VI of Spain wanted his subjects to admire his rich art collection, so he deposited much of it in the Prado (which was founded in the 1780s as a natural science museum). It opened as a public art museum two centuries ago, in 1819.

The Prado’s majestic ... Read More >

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Budapest: Fine Art reimagined.

Don’t overlook Budapest’s outstanding Fine Arts Museum.

If you need a reason to get to Hungary this year (and there are plenty of them), we’ve got a doozy: After nearly four years of renovation, the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has recently reopened. This museum, on Heroes’ Square, is an anchor of ... Read More >

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10 Jan 2019
Posted in Architecture, Art, Culture, History, Theatre

Spotlight on Verona.

Verona, Italy, is a city of layers, where ancient Romans, medieval nobles, Venetian signori, Napoléon, and Austrian Hapsburgs have woven a rich tapestry of art, architecture, and much more. From its historic center to the banks of the Adige River, this is at once a bustling, modern northern Italian city and a living testament ... Read More >

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So Hvar, so good.

This year, Europe’s oldest public theater is scheduled to reopen on the sunny island of Hvar, Croatia.

The island of Hvar is full of historic sites. A newly-reopened 400-year-old public theater is just one of them. Croatia.

Way back in 1612, the Continent’s first public theater opened its doors on the main square of ... Read More >

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1 Nov 2018
Posted in Art, Events & Coming Attractions, News

Watching “The Night Watch.”

Ever been curious to see how fine-art conservationists do their work? Here’s your chance: “The Night Watch,” Rembrandt’s outsized masterpiece, will soon begin restoration at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and the public will be invited to watch the process, both up close in the gallery and via the Internet as the work is live-streamed.

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