Road Trip to Fort Worth – Art  Jazz  Cattle

Road Trip to Fort Worth – Art Jazz Cattle

Returning Saturday evening to the Sundance Square district in downtown Fort Worth I drove to the same parking garage only this time I drove all the way to the top level before finding a spot. A healthy seven flights down to street level and off to the plaza to enjoy the evening. It was much more lively […]

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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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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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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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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 Brazil

Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

  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. Because it was […]

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Roman Ruins – Jerash, Jordan

Roman Ruins – Jerash, Jordan

I visited Jordan in 2000 and this photo was taken with my first ever digital camera. Jordan  has a rich history, the country is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern.

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My Inspiration for Solo Travel

My Inspiration for Solo Travel

In 1992 I hadn’t traveled very much yet. As a kid my family made an annual trip to Vancouver Island to visit my grandparents. I had taken a couple of trips to Europe for two or three weeks at a time and I always had a travel companion. I was still living in my hometown […]

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5 Tips for Affordable Travel

5 Tips for Affordable Travel

  I am often asked how I can afford to travel so frequently. I’m not independently wealthy by any means. I do live quite frugally and I am very good at budgeting, although sometimes when I travel I do suffer from budget amnesia. When I start my trip planning I prepare a pre-travel budget and […]

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Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s painting of his son Pedrito on a wooden horse. Botero painted the portrait shortly after four-year-old Pedrito was killed in an auto accident in Spain in 1974 during a family vacation. The painting Pedrito  on a Horse can be seen at the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin Colombia – one of […]

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Mona Lisa Painting by Fernando Botero

Mona Lisa Painting by Fernando Botero

Viewing Fernando Botero’s Mona Lisa You can view this Mona Lisa painting by Fernando Botero at Museo de Botero in the historic La Candelaria neighborhood of Bogotá, Colombia.  The museum started life in 2000 due to a donation from the private collection of Fernando Botero. Botero Museum collection includes works by Dali, Chagall, and Picasso as […]

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