joomla visitor

Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Greetings from Umbria!

Photography and text © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Greetings from Umbria! Artists including Cimabue, Giotto, Perugino, Fillipo Lippi, and Piero della Francesca spent time in this verdant oasis. How could they not be inspired? Even the crickets in Umbria are creative types, performing a rigorous daily and nightly symphony. Insomniacs needing a quick fix in the US actually pay to hear this chirping sound on their Sound Soothing machine.  Leave the sound soothers at home. The Crickets and everything else in Umbria (the divine Bufala mozzarella, for instance!) are all real. All natural. Alleluia.  

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour heads to Umbria

Cultural Cocktail Hour heads this summer to Umbria, which is known as Il cuore verde d’Italia‘, “The Green Heart of Italy.” Check back in September for photography from Umbria, including the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, seen in the photo at the left. In the meantime, please enjoy this excerpt of a prayer attributed to Saint Francis. “Make me an instrument of your peace Where there is hatred, let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; Where there is sadness, joy.” Similarly, Cultural Cocktail Hour believes that the highest goal of art and culture is to illuminate, inspire create joy, and forge human understanding.  Wishing my readers a glorious summer!

read more

Stradivarius violins and Madrid’s Palacio Real

By Leticia Marie Sanchez All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark One of the largest collections of Stradivarius violins in the world can be found in…Madrid. Madrid’s Palacio Real houses a collection of antique instruments by Antonio Stradivari that includes two violins, two cellos, and a viola. Four of the five instruments were commissioned at the same time, and this collection dubbed “the Spanish Quartet” is valued at more than 100 million euros. During the eighteenth-century, Madrid boasted more than fifty Stradivarius violins and a royal court of internationally acclaimed musicians including Italian composer Luigi Boccherini. King Carlos IV had a passion for the violin, an instrument that he studied as a young man in Italy. Alas, His Majesty’s musical enthusiasm did not translate into execution. Boccherini found the king’s technique rather

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography:Almudena Cathedral

Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography:Almudena Cathedral All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography: Palacio Real- April 2013

Cultural Cocktail Hour Madrid Photography: Palacio Real- April 2013 All Spain Photography © 2013 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour in the Tropics the first week of September..

Cultural Cocktail Hour has spent September exploring the Tropics of Ecuador, a vibrant spot for arts and culture.  This month, none other than actor John Malkovich presented he “Giacomo Variations,” a chamber opera about the life of famed ladies man, Giacomo Casanova at the Teatro Sanchez Aguilar in Samborondón. Mr. Malkovich was accompanied by the Orchestra of the Vienna Academy. The work was previously presented at the Château de Versailles Spectacles in France. Photo Below: Teatro Sanchez Aguilar               Cultural Cocktail Hour also explored Guayaquil’s Parque Historico which displays the architecture of early 20th century Guayaquil, as well as exhibiting almost 50 species of birds, animals, and reptiles. Left: Parque Historico   All Ecuador Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark         Cultural Cocktail Hour returns to California the second week of September, just in

read more

Venice Italy Summer 2012- Cultural Cocktail Hour’s Top 3 Picks including exclusive behind-the-scenes video at La Chiesa San Vidal

The Venetian Cultural Cocktail recipe is 2 oz Gothic,  a shot of violins, and an intoxicating golden liquor otherwise known as Gustav Klimt! Cultural Cocktail Hour‘s Travel Tips for Venetian exhibits Summer 2012 by Leticia Marie Sanchez All Photography, text, and video © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark Pick #1 Interpreti Veneziani Chiesa San Vidal - 30124 Venezia These talented, passionate performers interpret Baroque, Classical, and Modern works almost daily at the Chiesa San Vidal. Cultural Cocktail Hour takes you briefly inside the Chiesa San Vidal, named after Doge Vitale Falier.  This now deconsecrated church once never seemed to catch a break. It was rebuilt after the ravaging fires of 1105 and 1696. The new facade, built in the 18th century, housed works by Carpaccio and Piazzetta. Now, the once forsaken church has been revitalized by the music of Interpreti

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Venice Canals…

Cultural Cocktail Hour Photography: The Venice Canals.. All Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

read more

Cultural Cocktail Hour photography from Venice: St. Mark’s Square

Cultural Cocktail Hour photography from Venice: St. Mark’s Square All Photography © 2012 Leticia Marie Sanchez Cultural Cocktail Hour® is a registered trademark

read more
Page 2 of 3«123»