Star Wars Street Art London by Vader

Alternative London Street Art Tour – Pay What You Want

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Last year when I visited London, I tortured my niece on the Shoreditch Street Art tour so this year, I decided to revisit the street art scene in London, this time with the other vendor, Alternative London, which offers a pay what you want pricing led by a current street artist.  I chose the Alternative […]

The Human Condition in Lego

Finding Passion in Legos – The Art of the Brick Exhibit

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If only sitting at our desk was our dream job, chances are it’s not but you don’t know what to do or are afraid of the massive risk to chase your passion.  One New York city corporate lawyer did just that, he left the boardroom and found his passion in the small colorful bricks of […]

Musee D'Orsay clock view

Paris: Musee D’Orsay – Layers of Art, History and Architecture

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As we cruised the Seine last year, my niece pointed to the clock at the Musee D’Orsay and I explained it was once a train station and now is an art museum. After our Louvre treasure hunt, my niece, eleven at the time, had enough of art (and crowds) so we would only see the museum […]

London Street Art Shoreditch

London Shoreditch Street Art Tour with a Tween

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Last summer in London, my niece will tell you I tortured her with art.  If I tell the story, while I’m sure I should say it was an educational experience (which it was), it was actually a bit of revenge for her shopping torture I endured in Paris. At eleven, she wasn’t quite so keen […]

La Sagrada Familia stained glass windows

The Barcelona Beauty – La Sagrada Familia

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On my first visit to Barcelona, a quick cruise stop, we didn’t want to wait in line for tickets to the famous Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral, more than 133 years in the works (since 1882) so I admired it from afar and took a few photos. I regretted not visiting the interior and learning more about […]

Iconic Chicago "the bean"

Discover Chicago in the Documentary – Finding Vivian Maier

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Looking back I wished I had the maturity (and foresight) to know that I should have taken more photos of my childhood – the neighborhood, the stores, the neighbors and those I interacted with – documenting life in Northeast Philadelphia in the 1970 – 1990’s.  Sure there are the photos of my first day at […]

Palace of Versailles

My Paris Mistake – Versailles with my Tween Niece

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It was a gorgeous Sunday in June and my niece and I were up early to catch the train to Versailles. It was our last day in Paris and I wanted to show her the beauty of Versailles especially the garden fountains. The grand palace and gardens are one of my favorite attractions while the […]

Vigeland Sculpture Park couple

The Circle of Life at The Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

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On the Baltic cruise, I had heard that I needed to see the “Little Mermaid” statue in Copenhagen and in Oslo to find the “Angry Baby”. Finding an angry baby seems a simple goal but I was looking for the famous sculpture which resided in The Vigeland Sculpture Park. As this was my first solo […]

Melbourne Street Art

The Melbourne Street Art Tour

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Melbourne, Australia is internationally known for it’s street art, something I didn’t realize until I was researching the city prior to my RTW trip.  I grew up with the destructive graffiti of tagging that littered the streets of Philadelphia in the 70’s and 80’s and that still exists today so I wasn’t sure what to […]

Shoreditch Street Art London

Let’s Play with #FriFotos – Travel Fun Around the World

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This week’s theme as the summer comes to a close is Play.  As an adult, I rarely get to play and have fun without a care in the world unless I am traveling.  When traveling, the rules seem to fall away (or at least give me an excuse to ignore them). Much of my fun […]