Culture

Cultural Experiences through Art, Food, Music, and Street Art Around the World. Explore Cultures Around the World through Travel Stories and Photos.

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I enjoy especially enjoy trying out the food and drink when I visit a new region. While eating a meal I often meet other travelers or get into conversations with the staff at the restaurant or bar. I have become accustomed to dining alone while traveling but if you are nervous about the idea of solo dining I have some solo tips for eating alone.

Another way to get out and enjoy the culture while visiting a new place is to attend a concert, dance performance, or sporting event. Often times, even on the event date, there are great seats available for a single ticket to an event. I attended a Flamenco concert in Barcelona at the magnificent Palau de la Musica Catalana performing arts venue.

Sometimes there are music concerts at small venues with historical interest. I have attended concerts at both the Santa Anna church in Barcelona and the Hagia Irene in Istanbul. The old churches tend to have outstanding acoustics.

Another great way to learn about the local culture is to sign up for a class while you are traveling. Signing up for a dance class or cooking class will provide you with a way to meet other people and learn about the culture.

While visiting Montreal I met another solo traveler who was attending dance classes. She told me she had been afraid to travel alone because she felt it would be awkward to be going out alone in the evenings. By signing up for a dance class she had something to do each evening while visiting Montreal and she spent the day time exploring the city.

Walking around a city is my favorite way to explore on my own. I love it when I come across some outstanding street art or public art simply by chance. Montreal and Rio de Janeiro have some excellent street art. Even in smaller places, like Lloret de Mar on the Mediterranean coast of Spain, I found an abundance of public art during my morning walks around town.

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Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery

Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery

I love taking photos of graffiti and public art while I am traveling and here at home. The graffiti wall in Austin Texas has been around for several years but I only just stumbled upon it last year.       Hope Outdoor Gallery is located at Baylor and 11th Street in central Austin. The location […]

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Serendipitous Moment at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Serendipitous Moment at La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

On the second day of my solo trip to Barcelona last May I walked over to La Boqueria Market via the Gothic Quarter. It was a beautiful blue sky spring day in Barcelona. I enjoyed wandering from my Airbnb apartment on Via Laietana through the Gothic Quarter and walking along the narrow streets. I visited the old Jewish quarter […]

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Contemporary Art in Mexico City – Museum of Modern Art

Contemporary Art in Mexico City – Museum of Modern Art

My first full day in Mexico City I chose to visit Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art) located at Chapultepec Park. I walked from my Airbnb apartment in nearby La Condesa neighborhood. Spending the Thanksgiving week in Mexico City was a good choice. The weather cooperated with my plans for spending much of […]

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La Condesa Mexico City – A Great Walking Neighborhood

La Condesa Mexico City – A Great Walking Neighborhood

On my recent solo trip to Mexico City I stayed in the trendy La Condesa neighborhood. It was wonderful! I felt safe walking around the neighborhood even at night-time. I booked my accommodation via AirBnB.com which has been my favorite booking site this year. For Mexico City there were a lot of listings to choose […]

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Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacan – Mexico City

Frida Kahlo Museum – Coyoacan – Mexico City

Visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City has been on my wish list for many years. When I made my first solo trip to Mexico City in November it was one of the first museums I visited. I took the metro from La Condesa to the Coyoacan stop. I brought […]

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8 Days of Solo Travel in Mexico City – Highlights of my Trip

8 Days of Solo Travel in Mexico City – Highlights of my Trip

I planned my solo trip to Mexico City after reading another blogger’s city guide. I was inspired by all of the great architecture, art museums, and archaeological sites around Mexico City. For many years I envisioned visiting the Frida Kahlo Museum. I had seen photos of Diego Rivera’s murals and I wanted to see them […]

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Sagrada Familia – Architecture – Stained Glass

Sagrada Familia – Architecture – Stained Glass

Sagrada Familia is famous largely due to its Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and the fact that the church has been under construction since 1882. Sagrada Familia estimated completion date is now 2026 – 2028 if all goes well. The construction/tourist site is the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona Spain. Many people purchase their tickets to […]

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Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

Rock Art at Remic Rapids – Ottawa River

The first afternoon of my solo trip to Ottawa I decided to go for a walk along the Ottawa River and I discovered the wonderful Rock Art exhibit at Remic Rapids. I glimpsed a grouping of stones balanced on one another like an inukhsuk. Walking further down the river I saw dozens of balanced rock art sculptures.   […]

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Poutine Quintessential Quebec Cuisine

Poutine Quintessential Quebec Cuisine

While traveling around the world or at home I love to experience different cultures via the food. There are not too many foods that have their origin in Canada, where I grew up, but visiting Quebec I had the pleasure of tasting one of them. Poutine is quintessential Quebec cuisine. Poutine consists of French fries […]

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Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

Peace Tower Parliament Hill Ottawa Canada

On my third attempt I was able to visit the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. My first attempt was stopped by a scheduled protest on Parliament Hill in the afternoon. My second attempt I arrived too near closing time but I did receive some useful information from the staff. I was instructed to arrive 10 minutes […]

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National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

National Gallery of Canada – Contemporary Art in Ottawa

The National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive is near the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It is housed in a magnificent building designed by architect Moshe Safdie. The gigantic spider sculpture Maman by Louise Bourgeois is visible from a distance. The National Gallery of Canada opened in 1988 and the focus is Canadian art but there […]

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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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