Art

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

Xi’an China the Walled City and Terracotta Warriors & Horses

Xi’an China the Walled City and Terracotta Warriors & Horses

Visiting the walled city of Xi’an China and the Museum of Terracotta Warriors & Horses was a dream come true for me. I don’t recall when I first learned of the ancient city of Xi’an, capital of Shaanxi province in China, but I had wanted to travel there for years. The opportunity arose when I […]

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Visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – Skip Sagrada Familia

Visit Basilica Santa Maria del Mar – Skip Sagrada Familia

While in Barcelona I had time to visit both the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar (Church of Saint Maria of the Sea) and Gaudi’s more famous Sagrada Familia. If you haven’t much time in Barcelona I advise visiting the former and skipping the latter. Skip Sagragda Familia?!? Yes, if you have only a few days […]

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Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

Gaudi’s Casa Batllo – Trencadis Ceramic Tile Mosaics

My first night in Barcelona I accidentally found Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece Casa Batllo! I was exploring the city on foot as I am apt to do in any city. I find walking a city is the best way to get to know it – observing the people and places along the way – occasionally engaging […]

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Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell

Trencadis Serpentine Mosaic Tile Bench at Gaudi’s Park Guell

Antoni Gaudi’s trencadis mosaic tile bench at Park Guell is a major tourist attraction in Barcelona’s Gracia district. Trencadis is a type of mosaic using broken tiles and was popular with the Catalan modernism style. Gaudi utilized discarded tiles from a nearby factory for the magnificent serpentine mosaic tile bench at Park Guell. Park Guell […]

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9 Days of Solo Travel in Barcelona – Highlights of my Trip

9 Days of Solo Travel in Barcelona – Highlights of my Trip

What are the best things to do in Barcelona? Following are the highlights of my 9 days of solo travel in Barcelona from May 15th to 24th are just a taste of what makes Barcelona an extraordinary city. I am in LOVE with Barcelona!!! If you are considering solo travel to Spain I highly recommend […]

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Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon?

Casa Vicens – Works of Antoni Gaudi – Public Tours Soon?

Casa Vicens located in the Gracia district of Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Works of Antoni Gaudi. Casa Vicens is a private residence so there is currently no viewing the inside of the house although once per year on St Rita’s Day – May 22 Casa Vicens is usually open to the neighbors […]

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Stained Glass in Barcelona Spain – Palau de la Musica

Stained Glass in Barcelona Spain – Palau de la Musica

  Palau de la Musica Catalana (Palace of Catalan Music) is a magnificent concert hall in La Ribera neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner and completed in 1908. The concert hall features an elaborate stained glass dome which was designed to help bring some natural light into the hall as there were […]

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Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

Cotton Clouds – Leaving Austin for Barcelona via New York

I flew out of Austin headed to Barcelona via NYC on Wednesday morning and a short while into the flight I noticed the clouds all seemed to be lined up in tidy little rows as if someone had planted them in the sky! I am always in awe of cloud formations – looking up at […]

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Quebec City – Two days in Old Quebec and Free Cirque du Soleil show!

Quebec City – Two days in Old Quebec and Free Cirque du Soleil show!

Traveling alone to the province of Quebec in August 2011 I spent my first week in Montreal then traveled to Quebec City on an afternoon train with Via Rail. It was an enjoyable journey of 3 1/2 hours or so. I arrived in Quebec to a sunny afternoon and made my way to the Hosteling […]

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Medellin Colombia – Favorite Cities of the World

Medellin Colombia – Favorite Cities of the World

Christmas day 2012 I took a morning flight from Bogota to Medellin after a sleepless night due to the hostel owner’s hosting their Navidad party for their friends and turning the whole place into a nightclub until 6:00 in the morning – complete with DJ. I crashed at 3:00 AM. As is often the case […]

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Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

Museo de Antioquia – Contemporary Art of Medellin Colombia

The Museo de Antioquia is one of the most popular art museums of Medellin Colombia. Located in Central Medellin next to the Plaza Botero and just a block from the Berrio Park Metro station on the A Line. Especially for solo travelers I would recommend only visiting this neighborhood during daytime – it’s not the […]

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Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero – Outdoor Museum of Fernando Botero’s Bronze Sculptures

Plaza Botero is located in the central neighborhood of La Candelaria in Medellin Colombia – between the Museum of Antioquia and the Rafael Uribe Uribe Palace of Culture. During the daytime the plaza is filled with tourists posing with and rubbing their hands over the large-scale bronze statues by the famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero. […]

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