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The World’s Top 10 Classical Music Cities

tokyo concert hall

What makes a great concert hall? The conductor? Acoustics? Its design? All these elements come together in the concert halls of the world’s top 10 classical music cities.

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September 6, 2016 by | Comments Off on The World’s Top 10 Classical Music Cities

Street Art in Buenos Aires

The front of a restaurant. Photo by Sherry Ott.

“A commissioned piece of graffiti on your home can actually raise the value of your home in Buenos Aires,” she says in a factual manner. As my brain catches up with my ears, I interrupt our guide and say, “What, can you repeat that last part about increasing the value of your home?”

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March 27, 2013 by | 2 Comments

The World’s Best Neighborhoods for Spotting Street Art

Brooklyn street art

Stumbling upon vibrant street art may seem like you’re digging for a needle in a haystack but it’s actually easier than you think, especially if you know where to look. Many cities where street art culture flourishes have one or two neighborhoods where street artists tend to leave their mark. From Bogotá’s colorful La Candelaria […]

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March 25, 2013 by | 1 Comment

The Bronze Horseman – St. Petersburg’s Most Symbolic Monument

Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman monument is considered to be one of the chief symbols of St. Petersburg. The monument captures the attention and imagination of famous Russian writers and artists as well as locals and people from around the world.

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December 21, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Retracing Van Gogh in Arles, France

Hotel Dieu, Arles

Located in the south of France, Arles is the classic French town everyone has dreamed of, including Van Gogh. When Van Gogh arrived in Arles in 1888, it was at yet another low point in his life. He was drinking too much, smoking too much and wanted to get away from Paris, which had simply […]

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October 8, 2012 by | Comments Off on Retracing Van Gogh in Arles, France

Top 8 Free & Cheap Summer Activities in New York City

dumbo nyc

Summer is one of the best times to visit New York City. Many of the locals leave their urban confines for their summer homes, kids go away to camp, and everyone else seems to leave on the weekends. You almost have the city to yourself. Thus, the city provides a variety of cheap and free […]

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June 19, 2012 by | 1 Comment

[PHOTOS] Madrid Itinerary: Modern Art in Recycled Spaces

Matadero Madrid

Barracks, a water tower, a brewery, a power station, a postal and telegraph center, a tobacco factory, a bank, a slaughterhouse. What do they have in common? Well in the Spanish capital of Madrid, these functional buildings have all been reconditioned to enjoy a fruitful afterlife as cultural centers. Include them in your Madrid itinerary […]

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April 13, 2012 by | 3 Comments

Five Generations of Metal Sculptors in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti

Fer Decoupé Figures

Did you know there has been a thriving fer decoupé (metal sculpture) industry in Haiti for nearly 60 years? This unique industry is situated in the artistic village of Noailles, in the Croix des Bouquets area. The whole thing was started by George Liataud who was a mechanic at the Hasco factory in the late […]

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September 13, 2011 by | Comments Off on Five Generations of Metal Sculptors in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti

A Weekend Getaway to New York City’s Governors Island

Governors Island Lawn

Sitting off the tip of lower Manhattan, the 172-acre Governors Island is New York City‘s newest playground. And it’s pretty cool, too. On the 5-minute ferry ride you’re treated to awesome views of the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan Skyline, the Brooklyn Bridge, and Brooklyn itself. Once on the island, a car-free environment is yours to […]

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September 6, 2011 by | Comments Off on A Weekend Getaway to New York City’s Governors Island

An Afternoon of Art and High Tea in Sydney: How Lovely

While enjoying High Tea at the Art Gallery of NSW one finds oneself saying things like – “one”. Like the Queen, I believe my birthday should be a public holiday. Unlike the Queen’s Birthday, technically mine isn’t a holiday. But I take the day off anyway – and encourage my friends and family to join […]

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July 14, 2010 by | 1 Comment