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Cultural Travel Opportunities at the Florence Griswold Museum

By The Florence Griswold Museum

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Far from the treeless plains, whitewashed villages, and well-trodden tourists routes of southern Andalusian Spain lie the dramatic mountains, ancient hamlets, and sophisticated cities of Spain’s northern coast. (contributed photo)
The Florence Griswold Museum is a museum on the move. Along with day trips to museums throughout the region and great Broadway shows, the Museum offers exceptional international trips. Currently, the Museum is taking reservations for two international trips scheduled for this year, one to northern Spain from September 3 through 11, and the other to England from December 20 through 27.

Journey Through Unknown Spain: Exploring the Ancient and Modern Heart of Northern Spain is an unforgettable trip to the dramatic mountains, ancient hamlets, and sophisticated cities of Spain's northern coast. Travel with Museum Director Jeff Andersen to this relatively unknown part of Spain - its "green" jewel where high peaks descend rapidly to the sea creating enchanting agricultural valleys, towns with rich histories, and coastal villages that have been witness to centuries of cultural invaders. There will be an illustrated presentation on Tuesday, April 22 at 6:30pm, to learn more about this exciting excursion. The event is for those who want to know more about the trip as well as those who would like to learn more about this part of our world. Enjoy Spanish cheeses and wines while exploring the beauty and culture of Northern Spain with travel expert Herzen Cortes. Cortes will talk about this immersive, experiential-based journey that he custom-designed for the Museum. Rob Hernandez, who will co-lead the trip, was born in the U.S. but raised partially in Madrid. Hernandez has traveled widely throughout Spain. His enthusiasm and knowledge of the people, history, culture and cuisine are contagious. Please RSVP for the presentation at (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or

The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the Thames. (contributed photo)
The Museum's second custom-designed international trip will be led by Director of Education and Outreach David D.J. Rau. A Dickens of a Christmas: An English Town & Country Holiday Excursion features wonderful museum tours and evenings of theatre in London as well as a stay at an exclusive country house in the Cotswolds. In London the group will enjoy private guided tours of great collections including the Impressionist work at The Courthauld Gallery and the British Galleries in the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as seek out some smaller gems such as the Leighton House Museum and The Serpentine Gallery in Kensington. As the holiday approaches, the group will travel to a country house set in 40 acres of Warwickshire countryside. This elaborate and beautiful house has played host to traditional Christmas celebrations for centuries. The festivities include carolers, candlelit dinners, costume parties, and more. The group will tour the picturesque Cotswold villages as well as take in a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the bard’s hometown.

For complete itineraries and more information about these and other excursions, visit the Museum’s website,

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