Solo Trips And Tips

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013

Located at the Montreal Botanical Gardens the exhibit Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal 2013 included 48 entries from 19 countries. It took me two visits to view the entire exhibit and lucky for me the tickets were good for two days due to the size of the exhibit. Mosaicultures Internationales Montreal started in 1998 and the first exhibit […]

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Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Beautiful Doors of Urgup Turkey Cappadocia Region

Staying in the town of Urgup I walked the neighborhood in the mornings and viewed a gallery of beautiful doors. When I notice a distinct character I enjoy photographing architectural features of a city or town. For instance when I walked around La Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City I enjoyed seeing the art deco features. […]

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Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

Road Trip from Austin to Fort Worth – Visit to The Modern Art Museum

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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Woven Wall Sculpture by African Artist El Anatsui

Woven Wall Sculpture by African Artist El Anatsui

Elaborate woven wall sculptures are El Anatsui’s specialty. Looking at his art work for the first time I initially thought it looked like cloth but a closer look revealed something else. This sculpture by El Anatsui consists of copper wire and aluminum. Thousands of liquor bottle wrappers sewn together with copper wire creating a rich […]

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Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

Visiting the Blue Mosque in Istanbul Turkey

While visiting Istanbul a must see is the Sultanahmet Mosque, or Blue Mosque at it is more commonly called. Looking down you will see this carpet at Blue Mosque, featuring a beautiful floral design. The carpet depicts blue tulips and other flowers also in shades of blue against a dark red background. Visiting the Blue […]

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Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

Street Art in Rio de Janeiro Brazil

I found myself walking by beautiful street art in Rio de Janeiro on my way to Ipanema beach each day. 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 took myself on a […]

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Roman Ruins in Jerash Jordan

Roman Ruins in Jerash Jordan

I visited Jordan in 2000 and this photo of the Roman Ruins in Jerash is one of the few taken with my first digital camera. Jordan  has a rich history, the country is a wonderful mix of ancient and modern. Before I visited Jordan I didn’t know much about the country. Not many people visited […]

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My Inspiration for Solo Travel

My Inspiration for Solo Travel

Where did I find 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 […]

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Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Child on a Horse by Fernando Botero

Below is a picture of the painting by famous Colombian artist Fernando Botero of his son Pedrito on a wooden horse. The painting is done in classic Botero style of enlarged features of the people as well as animals. Botero painted the portrait shortly after four-year-old Pedrito was killed in an auto accident in Spain […]

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Botero Mona Lisa Painting at Museo de Botero in Bogota Colombia

Botero Mona Lisa Painting at Museo de Botero in Bogota Colombia

Botero’s Mona Lisa Painting 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 well […]

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Swimming Pools at Medellin Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex

Swimming Pools at Medellin Atanasio Girardot Sports Complex

The best swimming pool in Medellin is at the Atanasio Girardo Sports Complex in the Laurels neighborhood. There are several outdoor swimming pools at this sports facility.     Whenever I go for my hour long swimming workout and meditation I find myself dreaming of Medellin because of my happy experience going for a swim […]

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