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June 21, 2019

Italy: Aquileia and Ravenna, the Mosaic Tour


A mosaic ceiling in Ravenna Italy

Mosaics, it turned out, became an unplanned theme of the Northern Italian segment of our 2018 road trip. (more…)

April 18, 2019

Slovenia: Ljubljana, Street Art

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It is this piece that triggered the concerns of the Floridians.

During our visit to Ljubljana Slovenia we went on an English language walking tour through the old town. Joining the group were a couple of Brits, a pair of sisters from Tijuana, and several Americans. At one point the guide stopped to provide background about the place we were standing. One American on the tour, from Florida, asked a question about a piece of street art visible on a semi-abandoned building. (more…)

March 25, 2019

Slovakia: Bratislava, Urban Art


“Street art Corp. EGO / VANITY” from Bratislava’s street art festival

Bratislava has numerous impressive pieces of public art. In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP (on Purchasing Power Parity or PPP) per capita after only Hamburg and Luxembourg City. It is not a poor city, and the street art reflects the Bratislava’s relative affluence. Unlike poorer places, Marseille for example, most of the art on the streets we noticed was clearly planned and considered. Many of the pieces we spotted were grand in scale and required permission and advance logistical planning. The art in central Bratislava is less spontaneous and subversive than what can see in less affluent and less controlled areas of the world. It’s not graffiti art produced surreptitiously in the middle of the night. That’s not necessarily a bad thing but it is a distinctive difference. (more…)

February 3, 2019

France: Quimper Brittany

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Flower box lined passerelles cross over the Odet River in Quimper.

The flower-filled commune of Quimper is regarded as the cultural heart of Brittany. Located towards the outer end of the Brittany peninsula Quimper is the administrative capital of France’s Finistère departement. (more…)

January 28, 2019

France: Nantes, Machines of the Isle of Nantes


Le Grand Éléphant in motion

The Machines of the Isle of Nantes or in French Les Machines de l’île defies simple categorization. (more…)

January 23, 2019

France: Nantes

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La Tour Lu, the tower of the first Lu cookie factory

Sometimes you just like the vibe of a place. So it was with Nantes France. (more…)

December 31, 2018

San Francisco: Street Art


“In Memory of Pico Sanchez”, Mel C. Waters, Clarion Alley, 2010

Pretty much every major metropolitan city has street art. San Francisco is no exception. Like many upscale cities San Francisco’s street art tends to be confined to particular areas. Exuberant art does not spill out in all sorts of unexpected places like it does in rougher cities like Valparaiso Chile. (more…)

December 22, 2018

San Francisco: Haight Street Art Center, A Ralph Steadman Retrospective


“Bombing in Las Vegas” Ralph Steadman (1972)

Urban areas often have a variety of interesting and free things to do and to see. It is one of the things I like most about cities. This is no commitment tourism; you show up and look. If it is not interesting you leave. There’s no motivation to get your full value out of the price of admission. (more…)

December 20, 2018

Spain: Zaragoza, Art

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An exhibition of Ignacio Fortún’s work including “Quieres peras o melocotón” was ongoing at Sala de Exposiciones La Lonja when we visited Zaragoza.

Zaragoza isn’t at the very top of the list of cities for museum art lovers. But there are good things to see. (more…)

December 6, 2018

Germany: Völklingen Ironworks


A walkway crosses over the Urban Art exhibit at Völklingen Ironworks.

In 1986, after more than 100 years and millions of tons of pig iron processed, the Völklingen Ironworks in the Saarland region of Germany was closed. The plant was quickly protected by a preservation order. Eight years later Völklingen Ironworks was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Today the Völklinger Hütte is open to the public as a museum. It is the only example, in the whole of Western Europe and North America, of an integrated ironworks that was built and equipped in the 19th and 20th centuries that has remained intact. (more…)

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