FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
United

Making Art Fun at Museo Botero

by Angelique Platas

Oct 5, 2018

© Angelique Platas

Age Specific / Adult Children
Courtyard of Museo Botero

Courtyard of Museo Botero © Angelique Platas

Getting the kids interested in the arts, history and different cultures may not be as much as a struggle as it seems. Finding an interesting subject and destination can help, of course, and with so much rich history weaving in and out of the narrow streets of La Candelaria in Bogotá, Colombia, it may be easier accomplished than in other cities.

 

Whether you are a family of avid travelers, art aficionados, South American culture novices or something in between, the fun, playful and inviting setting of Museo Botero makes it a must-visit.

 

On my recent trip to Bogotá, Colombia, I nearly opted out of the visit. Strolling past the unassuming museum after a visit to the Candelaria church across the narrow, cobblestone street, I was immediately humbled by his impressive collection of works and personal favorites while strolling through the villa-style museum.

 

More like a beautiful home filled with incredible works of art, secluded rooms for reflection and an open-air courtyard at the center, Museo Botero is a unique setting for such important artistic pieces. Less stuffy than your average museum and far more inviting for all ages — evident through the several different school tours moving through the open exhibits — even the artwork is a bit more fun.

 

Enjoying the expertly informed commentary of our guide, I understood Botero’s style a bit more. His subjects are “big-boned” and a fun representation of humanity, with some sneaky details hidden in each. Take a closer look at each piece — even the “family portraits” tell a darker story of betrayal and deceit.

 

Mona Lisa, Museo Botero

Mona Lisa, Museo Botero © Angelique Platas

The “Mona Lisa,” one of Botero’s well-known, culturally controversial pieces, receives a lot of criticism. The depiction of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” is a fun, big-boned version, which I personally enjoyed. Even her matching big-boned frame is comically larger than the original.

 

The easy flow and open layout of the European villa-esque museum allows guests to move around freely, enjoying works by Botero and his peers in his personal collection of Dali, Picasso and many, many more.

 

Different showrooms display different political themes, from the riots and struggle in Colombia, to all over the world. As heavy as the material may be, the subject is still a fun, big-boned character — all circling around a beautiful fountain and garden center.

 

The open-air courtyard is a naturally beautiful break from the surrounding pieces of art and sculptures, with the vast Colombian mountain range and Monserrate church in the near distance.

 

Don’t expect any velvet ropes or over-protective barriers. Keep a safe looking distance, avoid flash-photography and enjoy the Museo Botero’s laid-back luxury feel. It’s easy to feel at ease exploring the museum with all ages while respecting the art and incredible surroundings.

#WhereverFamily

Insta Feed
Destinations / Europe
Jul 16, 2024

Zermatt: Not Just for Winter Sports

Green meadows of wildflowers with a backdrop of snow-covered Matterhorn and surrounding Alpine peaks make Zermatt an ideal setting for a summer or fall family vacation. Traveling there by train is easy with a free Swiss Family Card, which allows children aged 6–16 to travel free with a parent holding a Swiss Travel System ticket. Children under 6 always travel free with a parent.

Travel to Madrid with the Family and Find Activities to Keep Everyone Happy!

If life were a city, it’d be Madrid. Sometimes it can be quite the challenge to find a destination just right for the whole family. Different tastes and ages make agreeing on where to go seem impossible. Unless, of course, the destination you have in mind is Madrid. With all of its new immersive museums, musicals, soccer stadiums and monuments like Royal Palace, anyone who suggests coming to the capital is sure to get a unanimous yes!

Destinations / North America
Jul 16, 2024

What are the Most Underrated U.S. National Parks?

Summer sees some of the most popular U.S. national parks flood with visitors, particularly those like Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon. Family travelers wanting an immersive, nature-focused trip without the hassle of crowds should venture to these equally beautiful national parks that do not have the overwhelming number of visitors.

Destinations / North America
Jul 15, 2024

Why Okefenokee Swamp Should Be on Your Family’s Travel Itinerary

A swamp may not be the first place you think of when planning your family’s next vacation itinerary, but if that swamp is Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, then it definitely should be.

United Continues Its Global Expansion

United Airlines keeps soaring to new heights, recently announcing another expansion of its leading global route network. The airline added new non-stop flights between Newark (EWR) and Marrakesh (RAK), Morocco; Tokyo (NRT) and Cebu (CEB), Philippines; and Houston (IAH) and Medellin (MDE), Colombia. That’s not all: United also plans to increase flights to popular worldwide destinations including Hong Kong (HKG); Seoul (INC), South Korea; and Porto (OPO), Portugal. Following the recent agreement to increase flights between the U.S. and Chinese governments, the airline now adds four weekly flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Shanghai (PVG).

Hotels
Jul 15, 2024

5 Resorts to Visit for National Waterpark Day

Celebrate National Waterpark Day July 28 with a family trip to these five resorts with exciting water amenities.