Art

“The world is but a canvass to our imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

La Ribera District Barcelona

La Ribera District Barcelona

La Ribera District of Barcelona was my home during my 9-day visit to Barcelona. La Ribera is a great walking neighborhood. I felt safe on my own exploring the area both during the day and at night so I definitely recommend La Ribera to solo travelers because there is so much to see within the […]

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Museums of Marrakech Morocco

Museums of Marrakech Morocco

Visiting Marrakech for the first time I enjoyed learning about the local culture through art and history. I visited modern art galleries as well as the historical museums. I stayed in the walled city (the medina) of Marrakech so I could explore the city on foot and get lost in the maze of narrow walkways. Many of the museums of […]

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Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery

Public Art in Ottawa – Outdoor Gallery

On my recent solo trip to the Motherland my favorite public art in Ottawa was the sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois. The giant spider stands in front of the National Gallery of Canada at 380 Sussex Drive. I first visited Maman on my way back from a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint and returned a second time when I viewed […]

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5 Days of Solo Travel in Ottawa – Highlights of my Trip

5 Days of Solo Travel in Ottawa – Highlights of my Trip

My first solo trip to Ottawa – the capital of Canada – the Motherland – was in August. I took a train from Montreal and stayed in beautiful Wellington West – just south of the Ottawa River. Walking to catch the bus to my AirBnB accommodations I stopped on the overpass from the Via Rail […]

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Ishtar Gate – Images from Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Ishtar Gate – Images from Istanbul Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archaeological Museum located near Topkapi Palace in the Sultanahmet neighborhood is an extraordinary museum. I have been twice and will visit again on my next solo travels to Istanbul Turkey – one of my favorite cities. Ishtar Gate and Processional Way was constructed around 575 BC and was the eighth gate within the walls of the […]

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Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

Fabergé and Faux Fabérge at MMFA

In Montreal my favorite museum to visit is the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and yesterday I attended the fabulous Fabergé exhibit. I used to make jewelry and do cloisonné enamel work so I have an idea of the craftsmanship required to create these fine works of art. The extraordinary Fabergé Imperial Peter the Great Easter […]

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Earrings from Everywhere I Travel – Wearable Souvenirs

Earrings from Everywhere I Travel – Wearable Souvenirs

Traveling alone I like to travel light so that carrying my bags on my own is easy. I have used one roller style carry-on suitcase and a small backpack for all of my solo trips. My favorite keepsake souvenirs to buy while traveling are earrings. Guys you should keep this in mind when you are […]

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Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

Montreal Quebec – Public Art – Memory Gaps

My third solo trip to Montreal begins next week and I started thinking about things to do and see on this visit to one of my favorite cities of the world. Previously I have stayed at Montreal Central hostel which is next to the central bus station and near St Catherine Street – a great […]

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Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Ammolite – Colorful Gemstone of Alberta Canada

Ammolite is a gemstone made from fossilized shells of the extinct ammonite mollusks – squidlike creatures –  found primarily in Southern Alberta. The shells could grow to as large as 1 meter in diameter. Ammolite is often made into colorful gemstones and Feng Shui practitioners refer to it as the “Seven Color Prosperity Stone”. That’s […]

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Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture – Casa Batllo in Barcelona

Gaudi’s Amazing Architecture – Casa Batllo in Barcelona

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Batllo when I went for an evening stroll. Staying in La Ribera district I walked over to Passeig de Gràcia enjoying the people watching and admiring the architecture along the way. There are expensive shops and several tapas bars along with hotels and office buildings […]

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YYC = Calgary Alberta Canada Airport Code

YYC = Calgary Alberta Canada Airport Code

YYC is the airport code for my hometown Calgary Alberta Canada. I enjoyed a visit with my family and just returned yesterday. I like to visit Calgary towards the end of June so that I can enjoy the long summer days. It’s great weather for hiking and being outdoors. I’ll just give you a little […]

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Graffiti and Street Art of Barcelona Spain

Graffiti and Street Art of Barcelona Spain

I stayed in La Ribera neighborhood in Barcelona which is a wonderful walking neighborhood and I enjoyed wandering around exploring my surroundings and snapping photos of the various graffiti. I love checking out the outdoor galleries of cities – sometimes the graffiti is political – sometimes playful – sometimes profound. I can’t resist taking photos […]

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