Road Trip to Fort Worth – Art & Music

Road Trip to Fort Worth – Art & Music

The Age of Picasso and Matisse – Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago is the exhibit that motivated the timing of my road trip from Austin to Fort Worth. I purchased the $18 ticket online before leaving Austin because I have experienced long lineups at other museums in the past but the lines were […]

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Queen of Istanbul

Queen of Istanbul

My first visit to Istanbul, Turkey I stayed in the historic Sultanahmet neighborhood which is walking distance to many of the most popular sites of Istanbul. I walked past this beauty every day and I dubbed her Queen of Istanbul . She was a little camera-shy but I managed to get this photo before she turned […]

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Road Trip to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern

Road Trip to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern

It was the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibit the Age of Picasso & Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago  that enticed me to make a road trip to Fort Worth this past weekend.  For several years I heard from friends and acquaintances that Fort Worth was home to many renowned art museums and they […]

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Bison – Mosaiculture Montreal Botanical Garden

Bison – Mosaiculture Montreal Botanical Garden

The bison were part of the entry from Montreal, Quebec entitled Mother Earth at the Mosaiculture 2013 exhibit at Montreal Botanical Garden. I was in Montreal for the Jazz Festival so this exhibit was a welcome surprise. It was my first visit to the Montreal Botanical Garden and the ticket was good for two days due […]

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Solo Travel Plans for 2014

Solo Travel Plans for 2014

I am reviewing my solo travel plans for 2014. Having lived in Calgary for 30 years or so you would think I would have made a road trip out to Jasper at least once, but no I didn’t do that. It was so close that I could go there anytime. That’s the way it goes […]

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Upside Down Ladies of Buenos Aires

Upside Down Ladies of Buenos Aires

  Walking around the Palermo Soho neighborhood of Buenos Aires I saw this sculpture of upside-down ladies. No idea why they are upside-down but sometimes I feel a little upside-down myself! If you don’t want to rely solely on serendipitous moments to discover street art while traveling you should search online  for “public art” and […]

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Travel Tips – Less Stuff and More Travel – More Happiness

Travel Tips – Less Stuff and More Travel – More Happiness

Shortly after moving to Austin, TX in 1999 I began daytrading with a proprietary trading firm and spent six years daytrading. I did little travel during that time, a few North American destinations including my annual trip to Calgary to visit family but no international travel. I was making steady money but not a lot […]

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15 Solo Travel Tips For Both Men and Women Travelers

15 Solo Travel Tips For Both Men and Women Travelers

Traveling solo for the first time may seem intimidating at times. Try some of these solo travel tips to ease any anxiety while traveling alone. Read up on local customs and history – You should know the very basics of the history of the place you travel to. When I’m planning a trip to a new country […]

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Sculpture by El Anatsui

Sculpture by El Anatsui

This sculpture by El Anatsui consists of copper wire and aluminum. Thousands of liquor bottle wrappers are sewn together with copper wire creating a rich tapestry from ordinary objects that had been tossed away. It is part of the permanent collection at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin Texas. I first set eyes on Anatsui’s […]

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Carpet of Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Carpet of Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is one of my favorite cities in the world! Known as the city where East meets West, Istanbul is situated partially in Europe and in Asia, so you can visit two continents within one city. I have visited in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn, each season having it’s own charm and each time leaving […]

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Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

In need of a reprieve from the brutal Texas summers I like to escape to someplace cooler. One year I decided to search the Southern Hemisphere for an exotic getaway and found myself in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The flight was around nine hours from Dallas but it was an […]

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Downtown Calgary – Olympic Plaza

Downtown Calgary – Olympic Plaza

My hometown of Calgary, Alberta may have short summers but they are beautiful. There are plenty of gardens and parks around the city and Olympic Plaza is one of my favorite spots to people watch and enjoy the flowers. In the winter there is a skating rink which I did skate on but it’s been […]

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