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NEXT month brings our special
feature on rail and sail, present-
ing a host of ideas on rail and
cruise holidays throughout the
We invite you to take a seat for a
rail journey across Siberia and
Mongolia and take you onboard a
clipper ship as she unfurls her sails
in the journey from Rome to Venice.
We will present the final part of
our three-part series (held over
from this month) on exciting events
taking place across the globe in the
latter part of 2010.
In April we again return to the
seas when we present our annual
If you're thinking about a cruise
later this year or next year, don't
miss the opportunity to find out the
latest information on small and
large ship cruising to some interest-
ing and out-of-the-way destinations.
Photo: By rail through Siberia.
by SUE PRESTON
CANBERRA cemented its position as the
city for arts, festivals and culture when
it secured one of the most extraordinary
exhibitions ever held in Australia.
Like many exhibitions before it,
Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh,
Gauguin, Cezanne and Beyond is on show
exclusively in Canberra.
The exhibition features 112 of some of
the world's best-known works of modern
art -- works credited with changing the
course of modern art and which draw mil-
lions of tourists each year to the famed
Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
Before the exhibition ends on April 5, up
to a quarter of a million visitors are
expected to see van Gogh's Bedroom at
Arles 1889, Gauguin's painting Tahitian
women 1891, Cezanne's beloved Mount
Saint-Victoire c 1890, and many other great
post impressionist works in the light-filled
National Gallery of Australia.
Meanwhile at the nearby Australian
War Memorial the excitement of blossom-
ing romance, the pain of separation and
the great joy of reunion are captured in the
special exhibition Of Love and War.
The exhibition details the relationships
forged during times of conflict, the pas-
sionate affairs and whirlwind weddings of
lovers caught up in war, and the loneliness
of those serving away from home, as well
as those they left behind.
Australian War Memorial director Steve
Gower said the mix of emotions experi-
enced by those involved in conflict, or
affected by it, could be seen in love letters,
photos and treasured mementoes.
Visitors will see wedding dresses worn
by war brides, posters of pin-up girls popu-
lar among soldiers to stem the loneliness of
war, and examples of enemy propaganda
showing images of Australian wives of
serving soldiers enjoying the attentions of
At a time when the world is debating cli-
mate change, the National Museum of
Australia is presenting an in-depth look at
the planet's most precious natural resource
Water: H2O=Life takes a vivid and in-
depth look at the many ways water shapes
life on Earth, the cultural and spiritual
aspects of water, the pressing environmen-
tal issues and the actions we can take.
* Sue Preston was a guest of the
Australian National Gallery and
Australian Capital Tourism.
TICKETS to Masterpieces
from Paris can be bought
at the door or booked
online at www.nga.gov.au
VINCENT VAN GOGH -- Van
Gogh's bedroom at Arles 1889,
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, © RMN
(Musee d'Orsay) / Herve
Premium tickets for early morning
weekend viewings are available
through Ticketek for $40. Evening
visitors can enjoy a drink at the
Pol Roger Champagne Bar in the
Sculpture Garden on Friday and
Saturday nights until April 3.
OfLove andWaris on atthe
Australian War Memorial until May
5. Entry is free.
Water: H2O=Life, National Museum
of Australia, runs until May 16.
General museum admission is free
but an entry fee of $10 adults, $8
concession applies to special exhi-
bitions like this one. Phone
(02) 6208-5351 or www.nma.gov.au
STAY: The 4.5-star Novotel
Canberra is in the heart of the
CBD. Recent redevelopments have
given it two new upper guest
floors with Executive King rooms
and Executive Studio Apartments.
A Masterpieces package from
$220 a night includes buffet break-
fast and two tickets to the exhibi-
tion. Phone (02) 6245-5000 or
EAT: The Trimboli family have
opened their latest venture, Italian
& Sons, a Braddon bistro serving
simple but delicious Italian food.
At Water's Edge under the cupped
square of Commonwealth Place
with views across Lake Burley
Griffin you can dine on contempo-
DRINK: Many vineyards are just a
few minutes drive from the city.
Pialligo Estate Wines is five min-
utes from the city heart. A little fur-
ther out, you can take a self-guided
gumboot tour of Mount Majura
To plan your holiday in Canberra
Nation's arts capital
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