London Vacation: Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, which now has branches in dozens of countries, is situated in London’s Baker Street and continues on as one of the city’s top tourist attractions. You can expect to line up early and wait in long queues for a chance to see celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Meg Ryan or even Gwyneth Paltrow. By the end of the summer, there will probably be around 200,000 people lining up to see the “Wax figures” in person.

More than a million people visit this museum yearly and it’s fair to say that there’s a guarantee of some level of starry-eyed sightings. They’re not alone in their star-making, however. Many of the wax figures that once ornamented the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs have made their way back home to the British Museum in London, where the Wellingtonian Alexander Spencers, at the time, were exhibited. Some of the museum’s Egyptian treasures include the Step Pyramid, Koh-tian Jaya beads and a mummified crocodile.

A ticket is hard to come by for the wax- casting process, so you’ll likely have to visit the museum to take a look. There’s a fascinating explanation of how the museum operates. Generally, visitors are allowed to touch the bodies of the recently deceased and walk away from the reservation without purchasing any of the fine glass or jewellery presented by thehawtels. You’re not allowed to give any money to the guards, however.

The museum descriptions page describes the procedure of how the lifelike wax figures are made. The required ingredients include natural oils and candles, water and a mechanical system to cast the model. The security of the wax isn’t made evident by the method that the casting is done. One feels that it ought to be more securely yet lifelike in appearance. To achieve this, balloons of varying sizes are used and then the life-size wax balloon is immersed into the mixture of ingredients.

Made famous through international magazines and art galleries, the wax-casts are a great way to entertain and teach young and old alike. Since the wax figures were originally found in tombs, some of them have been placed in gardens to accommodate the recently deceased. Others have been placed clandestinely in the local cemetery to hide them from view. One can venture to the museum to view the many wax-cast soldiers, jaguars and snakes, and there are even a couple of examples of Brazilian waxwork.

The museum is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 am to 5 or 6 pm, but has no admission fee on Monday. AfterLastly, on the last Saturday of every month, the museum offers free admission. This has the benefit of being the one day a month when there is no tourist traffic in the area, so the museum can provide free camouflage and bayonette skills classes to adults and children. The class is facilitated in Spanish by museum educators.

The Salvador Dali Museum is located on 110 E. First Street. It is open 1pm to 5:30pm on Monday through Friday and from noon to 5:30pm on the Saturdays. Saturday hours are from 10am to 5:30pm. knowledgeable guides are available to explain the work being done. The museum is closed on Christmas.

Gardens off of East 8th Street

What is called Albuquerque’s Rose gardens are not really a garden at all. The name comes from a shade of Oregon’s famous Cascadeeds. The area where these gardens are located is full of cypress trees, and many of the cypresses are over 1000 years old. Many of the trees in this area have been planted, notched, and decorated from stem to stem. indicates the artistry and craftsmanship of the initial settlers. The styles of gardening, and design are microcosms of the cultures that immigrants came from.

These gardens are all at the foothhes of Mountaineer Mountain, which is located about 20 miles northwest of downtown. The gardens are a great place to take a casual afternoon stroll. To some people, a botanical garden is something to see once in a life. Botanists will enjoy your visit here.

The neighborhood surrounding the botanical gardens is full of places to eat, stores to shop at, night clubs and bars, and the photo opportunities are endless. You will see no shortage of night life in this area. There are many coffee shops and restaurants in the area as well.

If you are a budget traveler, there are lots of hotels and motels with good prices in this area, especially on the east side of town. There are some hotels and activities available at Western Springs Resort.