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10 Great Travel Destinations for Art Lovers

From a japanese art island to a creative colony among ancient olive groves in israel, these are the global art towns, big and small, we’d happily visit..

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10 Great Destinations for Art Lovers

Art meets nature at Brazil’s Instituto Inhotim, home to one of the largest collections of contemporary art in the country.

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New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, Florence, Miami Beach, Hong Kong, São Paulo—these cities are all home to blockbuster art markets, creative superstars, and museums as famous as the works they house. We love these places, but we also love art destinations outside of the art-world orbit: places with an air of mystery, a whiff of a pilgrimage, a winking nonconformity, a love of experimentation, and a tight-knit sense of community.

Read on for 10 great destinations, big and small, art lovers should bookmark for their next vacation.

'Your Rainbow Panorama' tops the AroS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark.

‘Your Rainbow Panorama’ tops the AroS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark.

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Aarhus, Denmark

In the heart of Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city and one of its oldest (dating to the 8th century), a colossal rainbow ring rises above the city. This is artist Olafur Eliasson’s installation, Your Rainbow Panorama, a walkway circling and capping the ARoS Art Museum, itself a jewel among Aarhus’s many cultural institutions. The museum is home to another art colossus, the crouching Boy sculpture by Australian artist Ron Mueck, and it hosts collections of Danish art from the 18 th century to today, as well as the work of international artists. Art lovers can wander among pieces by London-based, British-Palestinian Mona Hatoum, known for her probing and glowing installations; Japanese photographer Miwa Yanagi; and New York–based Tony Oursler, who has been innovating video and installation art since the 1970s.

In Aarhus, self-dubbed “Smilets By” (Danish for “City of Smiles”) and the “World’s Smallest Big City,” ARoS is just a jumping-off point for a smørrebrød (smorgasbord) of art destinations and happenings. Spiral out from the museum and see the city’s famous modern architecture, such as The Iceberg , a seaside apartment building that lives up to its name, and the grass-covered Moesgaard Museum . We love Charlotte Fogh Gallery , a Danish and international contemporary art gallery; the Højkant art collective and design shop full of cheeky creations; and the intimate PS Art Gallery and studio in a green, half-timbered, 17th-century home in the city’s Latin Quarter.

Juxtapose all this contemporary art and design with Den Gamle By (The Old Town), an open-air folk museum comprised of 75 historic buildings relocated from across Denmark, cobbled streets, and Danes dressed in period clothing baking bread and chopping wood. You can eat an actual smørrebrød here, as well as fried fish and frikadeller (Danish meatballs).

Chris Burden's 'Beam Drop' (2008) was re-created at Inhotim; the original work was on display in New York in 1984.

Chris Burden’s ‘Beam Drop’ (2008) was re-created at Inhotim; the original work was on display in New York in 1984.

Brumadinho, Brazil

Brumadinho is home to the Xanadu of the art world: the Instituto Inhotim , a contemporary art museum and sculpture park in a 346-acre private botanical garden founded by mining magnate and art patron Bernardo de Mello Paz.

Celebrating 15 years in 2021, the institute is one of the largest outdoor art spaces in the world, placing hundreds of giants of the art world alongside thousands of giants of the plant world, from octopus agave to ponytail palm and swamp cypress. The garden hosts more than 700 works by 60 artists, including Brazil’s own beloved boundary-defying Hélio Oiticica. As Oiticica intended, visitors can walk through his Magic Square #5 (1977), a colorful abstracted “public plaza” built of cement, glass, and stone. You could spend weeks wandering the grounds, a crash course in modern and contemporary large-scale art, studying the likes of Elisa Bracher’s eucalyptus and cedar wood Embrionário , going tête-à-tête with Paul McCarthy’s Pinocchio Block Head , gazing through Olafur Eliasson’s mirrored Viewing Machine, and falling in love with your own reflection at Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden Inhotim, 750 stainless steel orbs bobbing in a reflecting pool.

While the garden is the main draw, Instituto Inhotim has many noteworthy pieces in its indoor gallery as well, such as the blue-and-white tile room Celacanto provoca maremoto by Adriana Varejão , the sci-fi-inspired plant and mirror maze structure Vegetation Room Inhotim by Cristina Iglesias , and the enforested glass geodesic dome by Matthew Barney .

There are several places to eat across the sculpture park and the institute has many recommendations for nearby lodging, including Villa Rica , decorated with local art, or Villa Domaso , surrounded by lush nature.

Zeitz MOCAA has become a destination unto itself in Cape Town, South Africa.

Zeitz MOCAA has become a destination unto itself in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Cape Town, South Africa

Rising from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, with Table Mountain as a backdrop, is the world’s largest museum devoted to contemporary African art: the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa , commonly known as Zeitz MOCAA. First things first, the museum itself is a marvel , a towering structure revamped from the historic Grain Silo Complex with an interior that looks like an abstracted concrete-and-glass honeycomb.

Zeitz MOCAA is home to works by some of the continent’s leading artists such as Athi-Patra Ruga and Mary Sibande of South Africa, Njideka Akunyili Crosby of Nigeria, Ghada Amer of Egypt, and Nandipha Mntambo of Swaziland. The permanent collection also includes works by artists of the African Diaspora, like Kehinde Wiley and Frohawk Two Feathers, both of the U.S.

But Cape Town was an artist’s haven long before the arrival of MOCAA in 2017. The Woodstock neighborhood alone, with its pink town hall, is home to several renowned galleries dedicated to contemporary African artists including SMAC , Goodman Gallery , Stevenson Gallery (all of which have sister galleries in another top South African art destination, Johannesburg).

Cape Town is also delightfully crowded with public art, such as Es Devlin’s installation Zoetrope at the Waterfront and Arch for Arch, a woven wooden structure next to St. George’s Cathedral that honors Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The organization Baz Art hosts the annual International Public Art Festival , which in 2021 focused on painting murals in the Salt River neighborhood . There are also several art road trips worth taking from the Cape. Drive inland through mountainous wine country (many of the vineyards you’ll pass have their own fantastic art collections) to Stellenbosch, an oak-lined university town packed with art studios and the awe-inspiring Dylan Lewis Sculpture Garden .

Mismatched pastel buildings that look like scoops of gelato along the water in Collioure, France.

Mismatched pastel buildings that look like scoops of gelato along the water in Collioure, France.

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Collioure, France

Legend has it that Henri Matisse said the quality of light is just different— magical —in Collioure, a laidback and ancient fishing town on the French Mediterranean 15 miles from Spain. Matisse and André Derain would summer here and become the first fauves (French for “wild beasts”), leaders of fauvism, the early 19th-century art movement known for its bold colors and brushstrokes, an unruly descendent of Impressionism. Matisse’s famous Open Window (1905) and Derain’s Fishing Boats (1905) were painted here, among many more fauvist works.

Collioure’s very petit harbor still captures the brilliant sunlight, bouncing off a 13 th -century castle and fortress and layers of mismatched pastel buildings that look like scoops of gelato along the water. Visitors can see the town through the artists’ perspectives along the Chemin du Fauvism, which features both empty bronze frames that outline the views of their most famous canvases, as well as reproductions. The Maison du Fauvism offers guided tours.

Keep cool with an actual scoop of gelato—countless gelaterias line the streets and try a bite of Catalan fare at Le Neptune overlooking the bay or the Templiers restaurant and hotel, a cozy spot with a bar made from a ship hull and walls lined salon-style with paintings.

Bronze sculptures by the residents of Ein Hod, Israel, dot the surrounding landscape.

Bronze sculptures by the residents of Ein Hod, Israel, dot the surrounding landscape.

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Ein Hod, Israel

Within hilly olive groves, tucked between the Mediterranean sea and Mount Carmel, is Ein Hod , a small artist colony established in 1953 by artist Marcel Janco , one of the founders of the avant-garde dada movement, which formed in reaction to World War I. Legend has it that Janco toured Israel, sketchbook in hand, and stumbled across the then-abandoned village and found it could be the perfect refuge for artists.

Today Ein Hod , 12 miles south of Haifa, has about 650 residents—mostly painters, sculptors, jewelers, architects, and artisans—and the landscape is dotted with their handiwork: outdoor bronze sculptures (look for Couple in a Sardine Can by Ben Levy), murals, studios, galleries, and workshops that offer classes for visitors. See the abstract colorations of Miriam-Ruth Sernoff Frohlich at the Sernoff-Frohlich Gallery Of Fine Art , the soulful book art of Nechama Levendel at the Karoyan Gallery , and the work of many locals under one roof at the Artists Gallery Ein Hod .

This tiny bohemian enclave is also home to two museums, the Nisco Museum of Mechanical Music and the Janco-Dada Museum , created in 1983 to honor the work and vision of the colony’s founder. This museum features the restored stone-arch studio of Janco and the DadaLab , where museumgoers can try their own hand at creating the absurdist, convention-defying art that defined this movement. Since 1990, Ein Hod has hosted an international Sculpture Biennale , inviting artists to install large-scale works outside amid ancient olive trees.

You can eat with the locals in one of the village’s classic stone buildings at Café Ein Hold. While larger hotels are available in nearby Haifa, Ein Hod itself offers a handful of quaint and eclectic apartments for rent, many with views of the Mediterranean.

Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art is

Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art is

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Hobart, Tasmania

Looking out from the Berriedale peninsula onto the River Derwent is the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), or as founder—businessman, art collector, and high-stakes gambler David Walsh—calls it: a subversive adult Disneyland.

MONA is as irreverent as its benefactor, its website describing the museum’s everchanging identity as a “really elaborate marketing stunt” and “somewhere people can come to say ‘not sure about the art but the architecture is amazing.’”

And many are not sure about the art : MONA has the work of some of the biggest shock jocks of the art world: Hermann Nitsch’s bloody 6-Day-Play videos and Wim Delvoye’s stinking waste machine that is Cloaca Professional, to name a few.

Regardless of your take, the museum has helped put Hobart’s art scene on the map, bringing deserved attention to other art spaces like the Art Mob , which specializes in Tasmanian and Australian aboriginal art by the likes of Queenie McKenzie and Dennis Nona. Across the harbor are the contemporary fine art Despard and Handmark galleries, the latter of which is part of the bustling Salamanca Arts Centre , a transformed warehouse space home to several galleries and exhibition spaces, a theater, and the jewelry and metal collective Hammer & Hand , as well as public art such as We Are Made of Stardust by Michaela Gleave and Escape Pod by Colin Langridge. Stay in the neighborhood at the Henry Jones Art Hotel , which features contemporary art by Tasmanian artists in its rooms.

Kilns have been firing in this hilly city of Jingdezhen, China, known as the "Porcelain Capital of the World."

Kilns have been firing in this hilly city of Jingdezhen, China, known as the “Porcelain Capital of the World.”

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Jingdezhen, China

Leading ceramics artists and students worldwide travel to Jingdezhen, China, the “Porcelain Capital of the World,” where the ruins of ancient kilns meet contemporary factories and galleries. For more than 1,700 years and many imperial reigns, kilns have been firing in this hilly city of Jiangxi province along the Chang River, where ceramic masters have innovated technologies to produce the most coveted china, such as the emblematic blue and white pottery developed during the Ming Dynasty.

The stunning Jingdezhen Imperial Kiln Museum —shaped like ancient kilns in red brick, and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Industry Heritage Museum , help put the expansive history of this art industry in context. The industry, however, is alive and well today, cultivating the next generation of ceramicists at the renowned Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and employing 30,000 people at outfits like the Porcelain Sculpture Factory in the Eastern suburbs or in the nearby Sanbao International Porcelain Art Village filled with artist studios and workshops. The Pottery Workshop , run by artist and curator Caroline Cheng , is an education center and hub for young artists in Jingdezhen, known as jingpiao . Every Saturday morning, the jingpiao sell their wares—traditional pottery, jewelry, contemporary art—at the Pottery Workshop Creative Market .

Countless ceramic artists and designers have their practices in the city such as Cheng herself, plus Wan Liya , Juz Kitson , Lin Wang , Robin Best , and Ryan LaBar . Walk down the Taoxichuan, known as the Ceramic Art Avenue, to peak into studios, galleries, and markets, and try some classic Jiangxi fare such as Lushan San Shi and fish banquets. The Fairfield by Marriot Jingdezhen hotel is near many of these attractions, and there are a handful of gorgeous Airbnb options .

An art lover's trip to Japan has to include Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea.

An art lover’s trip to Japan has to include Naoshima in the Seto Inland Sea.

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Naoshima, Japan

There is a string of tiny flecks of land in the Seto Inland Sea that are teaming with museums, architectural marvels, and art installations. Naoshima, commonly referred to as Japan’s art island, home of the Benesse Art Site , leads the pack. Here, massive sculptures such as Lee Ufan’s Porte vers l’infini (2019) and Beatriz Millhaze’s Yellow Flower Dream (2018) dot the landscape creating a fine art playground. (Until recently, one of Yayoi Kusama’s massive pumpkin sculptures sat on a pier before a typhoon swept it out to sea . Benesse Art Site is in the process of restoring it.)

Then there are the museums and galleries: the mind-bending subterranean Chichu Art Museum designed by architect Tadao Ando housing works by Claude Monet and James Turrell; the Benesse House Museum , which melds a hotel and exhibition space with nature (with a restaurant serving kaiseki meals that rival the art for presentation); the kooky art facility Naoshima Bath where—you guessed it—visitors can take a bath surrounded by the artwork of Shinro Ohtake; and the Miyanoura Gallery 6 in the site of a former pachinko parlor once popular with islanders.

If you’re willing to island hop, head to Teshima to see large-format paintings in the Teshima Yokoo House (named for artist Tadanori Yokoo) and Inujima for an art museum housed in a old copper refinery .

You could spend a full day just exploring Georgia O’Keeffe's artwork in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

You could spend a full day just exploring Georgia O’Keeffe’s artwork in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

One of the oldest cities in the U.S. (older than the country itself, with a founding date of 1607) Santa Fe and its iconic pueblo architecture encompass many art scenes and histories, from the vast indigenous collections of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) to the electro-pop experiences of Meow Wolf to the storied career of Georgia O’Keeffe who was so deeply influenced by the New Mexico landscape.

Housed in a historic Peublo Revival-style post office downtown, the IAIA’s Museum of Contemporary Native Arts stewards the National Collection of Contemporary Native Art, featuring 9,000 artworks created since 1962 including pieces by legends such as George Morrison, Helen Hardin, and Fritz Scholder. From here, walk past the Santa Fe Plaza to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to see up-close and personal Black Hollyhock Blue Larkspur (1930), Pelvis IV (1944), and Spring (1948), among others. O’Keeffe fans can stay at the Abiquiú Inn , next to the The O’Keeffe Welcome Center housed in the artist’s former home and residence.

Around Canyon Road, you’ll find 80-plus galleries including Turner Caroll Gallery —whose international roster of artists includes Judy Chicago, Wanxin Zhang, and Swoon; Nedra Matteucci Galleries with its renowned sculpture garden; and the art collective and gallery Cielo Handcrafted , with goods including stoneware ceramics, leather totes, and silver jewelry.

Down Cerrillos Road, follow the neon glow of Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return , an “explorable art experience,” a sort of dayglo haunted house with more than 70 immersive rooms.

The streets of tiny Todos Santos are full of galleries and shops stacked with handmade ceramics, metal work, and beautiful textiles.

The streets of tiny Todos Santos are full of galleries and shops stacked with handmade ceramics, metal work, and beautiful textiles.

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Todos Santos, Mexico

About 50 miles northwest of Cabo San Lucas on the Baja California peninsula lies the bohemian Todos Santos, oft-compared to a young Taos and one of Mexico’s “ Pueblos Mágicos ” (magical villages), a designation given to places that have preserved their original architecture, traditions, history, and culture. Surrounded by Mexican cardon, the tallest cacti in the world, and azure water where whale sharks pass, Todos Sontos is also home to a thriving artist enclave. February is a prime month to engage the local art scene with the annual weeklong Festival del Art and Todos Santos Open Studio Tour . However, visitors can stroll the old-town cobblestone blocks fluttering with papel picado year-round to see what artists are up to.

A great place to start is La Sonrisa de la Meurta , an international gallery and workshop (with a sister location in Belgium) featuring graphic arts—from limited-edition prints to card decks to handkerchiefs—printed by young and emerging Mexican artists. Nearby (everything is nearby in Todos Santos) are the Galería Arturo with Mexican artist Arturo Mendoza Elfeo ’s whimsical impasto and textured canvases, and Galería Logan , featuring American expat Jill Logan’s dreamy swirling canvases in sunbaked colors. For a historical perspective, stop by the Centro Cultural , housed in a red-brick former school with revolutionary murals dating back nearly a century.

The Hotel San Cristóbal makes for a chic home base in town, while Paradero Todos Santos could be your cultural retreat at the intersection of desert, mountains, and Pacific coast. At the hotel, and beyond, order any fish dish: Todos Santos began as a fishing town and fisherman still take their little panga boats out daily.

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The Art of Travel

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Over centuries, images depicting travel have transformed individual journeys into familiar routes and distant sites into iconic destinations, shaping perceptions of places both near and far. See how artists have depicted travelers across cultures, learn about the role of art in travel of various kinds, explore objects that have undertaken journeys of their own, and plan your own trip to the museum, whether in person or virtually.

Types of Travelers and Journeys

Motivations for travel throughout history have been almost as varied as the means of travel. Whether people traveled alone or in groups, on foot, on animals, in caravans, on ships, or using modern modes of transportation like planes, trains, and automobiles, art can capture how and why we move through the world.

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Marco Polo (1254–1324) was a Venetian merchant who spent about seventeen years in China—from around 1274 to 1292—during the reign of the Mongol emperor Khubilai Khan (reigned 1260–94), founder of the Yuan dynasty. In 1276, Khubilai’s armies conquered the Chinese capital at Hangzhou with minimal destruction. Sometime after this, Marco Polo visited the city and its West Lake:

Scenic Attractions of West Lake 西湖清趣圖 is an object in the NMAA collection.

“All round [the lake] are stately palaces and mansions, of such workmanship that nothing better or more splendid could be devised or executed. These are the abodes of the nobles and magnates. There are also monasteries and abbeys of [Buddhists and Daoists] in very great numbers…. Besides this, the lake is provided with a great number of boats or barges, big and small, in which the people take pleasure-trips for the sake of recreation. These will hold ten, fifteen, twenty, or more persons, as they range from fifteen to twenty paces in length and are flat-bottomed and broad in the beam, so as to float without rocking. Anyone who likes to enjoy himself…hires one of these barges, which are kept continuously furnished with fine seats and tables and all the other requisites for a party. They are roofed over with decks on which stand men with poles which they thrust into the bottom of the lake (for it is not more than two paces in depth), and thus propel the barges where they are bidden. The deck is painted inside with various colours and designs and so is the whole barge, and all round it are windows that can be shut or opened so that the banqueters ranged along the sides can look this way and that and feast their eyes on the diversity and beauty of the scenes through which they are passing. And indeed a voyage on this lake offers more refreshment and delectation than any other experience on earth.”

Imagine yourself alongside travelers in a snowy landscape through this guided meditation:

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Travel is a common theme in traditional Chinese landscape painting. From ancient times, the emperors of China maintained a network of roads and waterways that unified their vast realm and facilitated the movement of people and goods. Owing to this imperial association, images of ordinary travelers on the empire’s roads and rivers connoted the benevolent rule of an enlightened sovereign and evoked an era of peace and prosperity. Rather than documenting the hardships or actual circumstances of any particular journey, images of anonymous characters traveling or working together capture some of the noteworthy sights and scenes a traveler might encounter along the way. Simultaneously, they promote the fundamental ideals of a harmonious society and a well-ordered state.

A dramatic topography features a complex and dominant rock formation in the left foreground and a sudden recession into distant space on the right. On the left, sheer cliffs and a waterfall plunge through a channel worn in the cliff by the water. On the right, a slightly more hospitable terrain provides a base for several structures that seem to be scholars’ hermitages or villas. In the left foreground a lone figure on a donkey crosses a bridge at the base of the waterfall. He is followed at a distance by a servant who travels on foot and carries his master’s stringed instrument, the chin . The image refers to a standard Chinese subject: a scholar-official journeying to seek the company of kindred spirits in their mountain retreats. The scale of the natural world overwhelms the small human forms.

Landscape is an object in the NMAA collection.

One of the most enduring motivations for travel is religious devotion. Nearly every major religion—Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, among others—has a tradition of pilgrimage: intentional travel to a site of spiritual significance. Christian pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land to walk in the footsteps of Christ or visited more local destinations connected to the lives or relics of the saints. In Islam, pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca is one of the principal duties of all believers. Other holy sites were also visited on a regular basis. Over many centuries, hundreds of Chinese, Japanese, and Korean pilgrims braved countless dangers to visit places where the Historical Buddha lived and taught. Pilgrims would sometimes bring gifts, called votive offerings, with them as a donation to the destination site.

Pilgrims map of Mount Fuji and surrounding temples is an object in the NMAA collection.

Trade was another common motivation for travel and occurred in many forms, but the most famous trade route in history was the Silk Road, the overland trade routes that linked the prosperous Tang empire (618–907) with Central, West, and South Asia. On the Silk Road, foreign merchants joined Buddhist missionaries, diplomatic envoys, translators, craftsmen, entertainers, and other skilled immigrants in a wealthy, worldly environment that offered a ready market for exotic imports, including silver and gold objects, delicate glassware, and even grape wine.

detail from the sogdians online exhibition homepage showing a sculpture including figures on the back of a camel

In the twentieth century, travel offered a key means for diplomacy and cultural exchange. Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884–1980), Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, embarked on a tour of Asia accompanying William Howard Taft’s goodwill mission in 1905. This voyage is immortalized in a series of photographs but also through diplomatic gifts that dignitaries, such as the emperor of Japan, bestowed on Roosevelt.

Adventurers, archaeologists, and scholars have long been traversing the globe to conduct research and to explore foreign lands. In the early twentieth century, leisure travel among Europeans and North Americans also became increasingly common. Fascinated by the cultural heritage of Asia and the Middle East, tourists began to expand their horizons by venturing there.

Artists who traveled played a pivotal role in documenting and popularizing their visions of the distant places they visited. Their interactions with other artists and the things they experienced on their journeys contributed to the dispersal of different artistic styles and motifs.

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) immortalized his 1832 trip along the Tōkaidō, the most important and heavily traveled of the five major routes that linked other regions of Japan to the administrative and political seat of the shogun’s government in Edo (modern Tokyo). He created more than twenty full series of Fifty-Three Stations along the Tōkaidō , featuring designs of the lively activities and magnificent landscapes he witnessed and reimagined in his prints. Prints like these gave people throughout Japan access to images of sights and events that most had not experienced, in the same way that videos, photos, and the internet do today.

Fujieda, from the series, Gojusan tsugi meisho zue is an object in the NMAA collection.

Though James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) was born in the United States, he spent most of his life in Europe and was based in London. The artist traveled to explore the canals of Venice and Amsterdam and the back alleys of Paris. He ventured further afield to Valparaiso, Chile, in 1866, just as hostilities between the Spanish and Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia were heating up over the Chincha Islands, sites of a precious nineteenth-century fertilizer: bat guano.

Nocturne in Blue and Gold: Valparaiso is an object in the NMAA collection.

While travel has mostly positive connotations in popular culture today, it’s important to remember the darker sides of travel as well. Not all travel is undertaken by choice: people can be forced to travel as a result of political exile, as well as due to war, famine, disease, economic hardship, environmental disaster, and colonialism. Even when travel is voluntary, it can be dangerous, and this was particularly true in ages past. The physical act of traveling exposed people to potential injuries and diseases, the natural elements were unpredictable and threatened modes of transportation, and there was an inherent unpredictability to being on the road far from home. The recognition of these dangers shaped stories and cultural beliefs.

This print depicts a type of supernatural creature often known as an umibōzu , or “sea monk.” It was believed that when calm waters suddenly turned choppy and dangerous, particularly at night, these creatures could appear and drag sailors to the bottom of the seabed. Although the encounter was often deadly, the artist Kuniyoshi has paired the place name “Kuwana” with the similar-sounding name “Kuwanaya Tokuzō,” one of the few who encountered the umibōzu and lived to tell the tale.

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Traveling Objects

Objects themselves have rich histories and often undertook journeys of their own, whether through trade, gift giving, or collecting. For conservators, the journey of an item is embedded within its material presence; marks, scars, repairs, and other interventions describe the actions of others who have contributed to its present state. The process of conservation involves the synthesis of material evidence and its placement in time, not just to understand an item’s past but to envision its future preservation. Anthropologists have described the trajectories of material items in terms of their lives, biographies, or itineraries, but such notions are intuitively familiar to conservators, whose actions are fundamentally additive to an item’s journey, both materially and through time.

Individual travelers carried things with them that were essential for the journey itself. Clothing and equipment suitable to traversing long distances sometimes set them apart from local residents, and travelers carried personal effects and accessories, such as small books, drinking flasks, and protective amulets, to make the journey easier.

Saddlebag Face is an object in the NMAA collection.

Travelers brought objects acquired on their journeys home with them as well. Holy objects acquired by pilgrims allowed them to bring the blessings of their pilgrimage back from their destination. Images made during travel—whether sketches, paintings, or photographs—captured the experience of the journey for future reflection. Souvenirs purchased during a trip also offered travelers a way of commemorating a journey and gave them something tangible on which to reflect. The advent of commercial global travel networks in many cultures and contexts was accompanied by a flood of photographs, drawings, postcards, mementos, and other means of recording scientific and sentimental experiences abroad. Perhaps the most recognizable artifact of travel over the past 150 years is the picture postcard. These were collected as mementos or mailed to family and friends from abroad, accruing the additional prestige of a foreign stamp and postmark.

Virtual Travel

Most travel we think of involves physically moving between places, but virtual travel (colloquially, “armchair travel”) that takes place in the mind spans time and cultures and is facilitated by books and works of art. Through focused contemplation of a travel account, a map, a cherished souvenir, or images of far-off places, memory and imagination combine to transport someone mentally and to simulate the experience of travel.

In artist Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760–1849) time, Edo, one terminus of the Tōkaidō, was a metropolis with a population of more than one million. The wide Sumida River (Sumidagawa), which marked the city’s eastern border, is the focus of the illustrations in this three-volume collection of contemporary comic verse ( kyōka ). Hokusai creates the illusion of an uninterrupted land journey along the Sumida from south to north, against the river’s flow. The landscape continues as each page is turned, as if one were viewing a scroll or folding album painting. Hokusai’s shifts from close-up to bird’s-eye views add to the dynamic and cinematic quality of the viewer’s experience. Hokusai’s books provide a virtual journey that begins in the first volume at Edo Bay with a view of Mount Fuji and ends in the third volume at Edo’s Yoshiwara pleasure district, decorated for the New Year. Access to the Yoshiwara was restricted by regulations of the shogun’s government. The route to the pleasure district, with its restaurants and beautiful female entertainers and sex workers, was therefore traveled by few, except in fantasy.

Ehon Sumidagawa ryōgan ichiran 絵本隅田川両岸一覧 is an object in the NMAA collection.

Video | "Virtual Travel: Japanese Illustrated Books of the 19th Century" | View on YouTube

Online experiences can offer a twenty-first-century version of virtual travel, with tools like Google Earth allowing us access to almost any destination through our screens. Explore the museum’s digital interactives for some virtual travel of your own: to the museum itself, to places around the world, or to the past.

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The Traveler's Rescue by the Great Bird (al-Ta'ir al-Kabir), from Aja'ib al-makhluqat (Wonders of Creation) by al-Qazvini

Turkmen period, Aq Qoyunlu dynasty

Iraq or Eastern Turkey

Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper

Two travelers in the rain is an object in the NMAA collection.

Two travelers in the rain

Possibly Ming dynasty

Ink on silk

Travelers at a Mountain Way-Station is an object in the NMAA collection.

Travelers at a Mountain Way-Station

Qing dynasty

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Artistic Journeys: Travel Destinations with Unique Art Encounters

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Ever wondered what city has the best art? If your heart beats for creativity, then travel and art can make an exhilarating fusion. This post aims to bring you to the world’s best cities that offer unique art encounters. Tired of the same old sights on your travels? Maybe you’ve hit up the most popular spots, but what about delving into locales that tickle your artistic fancy? I’m talking about places where art leaps off the canvas and streets become galleries. We’ll show you how to spot these cultural playgrounds where every corner promises a new visual feast for the soul. And because we’ve been there, done that—we’re your trustworthy companion to guide you to those inspiring artistic hubs that will transform your travels into a masterpiece of memories.

Feeling artistically unfulfilled?

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Tired of seeing the same old sights on your travels? Maybe you’ve visited the most popular destinations and landmarks, but have you ever embarked on a journey purely to soothe your artistic soul?

Here is your art-filled solution

We’ll show you how to blend your love of travel and art. Let’s prepare to take you on a tour of artistic cities, from world-renowned museums to immersive art festivals, where art is not just seen but is also an experience waiting to stimulate your senses and inspire your inner creator.

  • Discover destinations that put art at the forefront, transforming the way you interact with travel.
  • Learn how to find hidden gems, like intimate galleries and vibrant street art scenes, that offer a fresh perspective on culture and beauty.

Why you should trust this guide

Because we’re just as crazy about art and travel as you are! Our suggestions aren’t just pulled from a hat. They’re crafted from personal experiences, deep research, and conversations with fellow art enthusiasts who also love to travel. We understand the longing for a trip that goes beyond the ordinary, filling your travel sketchbook with moments that touch the essence of creativity. Whether it’s the stroke of a painter’s brush or the genius behind a public sculpture, we’ll lead you to find that spark.

Stimulating our minds through art while exploring the world has benefits backed by studies. For instance, a Psychology Today article discusses how engaging with art positively impacts mental health and cognitive function. So not only are you enriching your cultural palate, but you’re also doing wonders for your brain’s wellbeing.

By now, your curiosity might be peaking, and your wanderlust sparking — so what concrete encounters can ignite this artistic flame on your travels?

Stay tuned for the following section where we expose some of the world’s most amazing art destinations.

Amazing Art Destinations Around the World

Let’s be honest—some cities simply have a very special way of shouting out to the art lover in all of us. They’re the places where a stroll down any given street opens up worlds of visual and cultural splendor. And if you’re wondering, “Where next?”, well, I’m here to sketch out your personal art map—the very waypoints of an imagination-fueled journey.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands: STRAAT, museum for graffiti and street art on former NDSM wharf in Amsterdam. Industrial building. Selective focus, blur background

In Amsterdam, art isn’t just found; it’s felt. This city is like a canvas showcasing the Golden Age’s rich essence while embracing contemporary boldness. Here’s an artsy sneak-peek:

  • The Van Gogh Museum—home to the world’s largest collection of Vincent van Gogh’s works. Isn’t it time to see “The Starry Night” up close?
  • Stedelijk Museum, where modern meets contemporary, challenging your perception at every angle.
  • And, the legendary Rijksmuseum—a treasure trove of Dutch masterpieces.

And let’s not forget the streets adorned with graffiti art and installations that seem to sprout from the very soul of the city.

San Francisco, California

People observing "Pan American Unity" a mural painted by Mexican artist Diego Rivera in San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Moving on to the City by the Bay, San Francisco is where art disrupts the norm and speaks in volumes. It’s a metropolis of cultural rebirth:

  • Behold the splendor of the SFMOMA, which houses over 33,000 modern and contemporary artworks that are simply otherworldly.
  • For an al fresco art experience, Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley offer murals that narrate stories from the heart.

San Francisco’s art isn’t confined to gallery walls—it spills out, decorates the pavement, and interacts with daily life.

Venice, Italy

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” said Pablo Picasso, and nowhere does this feel more true than in Venice. Here, art is not just viewed; it’s experienced:

  • Venice is the proud host of the Biennale, a celebration of contemporary art that transforms the cityscape every two years.
  • Delight in the masterpieces housed in Gallerie dell’Accademia, a rendezvous with Venetian art history.
  • And who could ignore the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, where modern art and tranquil gardens collide?

In Venice, every bridge crossed and ancient alley walked is an encounter with history and creative spirit.

Art beckons us to view the world through kaleidoscope lenses; it invites us into the minds of those who dare to dream in color. Have these destinations stirred the palette of your wanderlust? Are you feeling that magnetic pull to walk corridors echoing with brushstrokes and chisels? Then you might be pondering, “How do I immerse myself completely into the world of art tourism?” Keep reading, and I’ll unravel that very thread in the vibrant tapestry of art exploration.

Art Tourism Uncovered

Brightly lit interior of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, filled with a large group of people.

Ever found yourself wondering what the buzz around art tourism is all about? I’m here to shed light on this tantalizing trend that has art enthusiasts and travelers abuzz.

What Is Art Tourism?

Simply put, art tourism is the pursuit of travel experiences where the spotlight shines on art-related activities. Think of it as a pilgrimage for the soul, guided by the allure of creativity.

Examples of Art Tourism

  • Art Festivals : These events can range from the avant-garde to traditional, offering a feast for the senses and a platform for new discoveries.
  • Famous Museums : Stepping into institutions that guard humanity’s artistic heritage is like walking through a portal into history.
  • Wine and Cuisine Events : Pairing the sensory pleasures of taste with visual wonders, such indulgences tell the local culture’s story through artistry on a plate.
  • Concerts : Live music can paint an auditory masterpiece as profound and moving as any visual piece.

Getting the Most Out of Art Tourism

Here’s the secret sauce to ensuring your art tourism experiences are as enriching as they are memorable:

  • Research the unique art offerings of each destination to tailor your trip to your tastes.
  • Delve into local guides or social platforms for hidden gems that can offer a more authentic encounter.
  • Participate in workshops or classes to take a piece of the artistic spirit back home with you.
“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” – Edgar Degas

This quote touches the essence of why we travel for art – to gain a new vision, to feel deeply, to unveil the unseen. It’s not just about witnessing art; it’s about letting art transform our perspective.

Imagine standing before a painting that captures an emotion you’ve never found the words to express, or feeling the pulse of a city’s creativity through its vibrant street art. These experiences stay with us, surfacing in our reflections and conversations long after the journey ends.

But let’s not stop here. With the stage set on what art tourism can offer, are you curious about where to find these soul-stirring experiences? What sanctuaries house the art that whispers to our deepest selves? Stay tuned as we unveil the abodes that breathe art into every space they occupy—where the very walls tell their stories.

Encountering Art Places

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Imagine strolling through a city where every corner holds a secret dialogue between space and creativity. It’s not simply about finding places that exhibit art—it’s about discovering spaces that breathe life into art itself.

Museums and Art Galleries

Walking into a museum or gallery, you’re not just entering a building; you’re crossing the threshold into a world of artistic endeavors that span centuries and continents. Places like the Louvre in Paris or the MET in New York aren’t just popular tourist spots; they’re sanctuaries where the heartbeats of civilizations past pulsate through the brushstrokes on canvas.

  • How about the Guggenheim, with its spiral layout that’s an artwork in itself?
  • Or the Tate Modern in London, where modern art challenges your perceptions?

These monuments of human expression are more than structures; they are the architects of awe and understanding in our society.

It’s an urban canvas that’s ever-changing, reflective of the society’s pulse. The colorful murals of Berlin’s East Side Gallery, for example, tell stories of freedom and revolution. On the vibrant walls of Melbourne’s laneways, graffiti artists challenge norms and provoke thought. Where traditional art quenches our historical thirst, street art provides an unfiltered look at the present narrative of a city’s soul.

  • Have you turned a street corner and stumbled onto a wall that became a window into someone’s imagination?
  • Ever wondered what the stories behind the cryptic symbols and characters that adorn urban landscapes are?

Street art invites spontaneity and discovery, asking us to see the world through a prism of colors and shapes that dance on the asphalt stage.

Using Art Encounters for Personal Enrichment

As Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” When art permeates through you, it ignites a creative spark; you begin to view the world through a different lens. Studies have shown that engaging with art enhances neural connections, boosting empathy, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence. It’s about the personal journey, the stirring of something innately human within us.

  • Have you felt a surge of inspiration after a profound art engagement?
  • Can a sculpture in a Parisian park unfold within you a newfound aesthetic appreciation?

It’s these encounters that can shape and refine our perspective, leading to an enriched life both personally and professionally.

And let’s not forget, there’s a sense of communal conversation that art invites. It may be a silent dialogue, but it’s one that connects us deeply with the artists and fellow observers—a shared experience that knows no bounds.

Now, if you’re eager to further unravel the fabric of art travel, stay tuned. The journey continues as we embark on a path laden with even more insight and inspiration. Are you curious about the voices and visionaries behind these art destinations?

Additional Resources

Interior of the Louvre-Lens in Lens, The Louvre-Lens is an art museum located in Lens, Pas-de-Calais, Northern France.

Have you ever felt the urge to immerse yourself even deeper into the beautifully eclectic world of art travel? Discovering new artistic destinations has never been easier, with a treasure trove of resources at your fingertips. For the passionate art traveler, I’ve curated a shortlist of thought-provoking and inspiring resources that will fuel your creative wanderlust.

Artsy’s List of Art Destinations

Curiosity about unseen art wonders around the globe is a common trait among art enthusiasts. does an impeccable job of feeding this curiosity with an editorial that takes you on a pictorial pilgrimage, showcasing 20 essential art destinations. These are places where art is not just shown; it is celebrated in grandiose expressions that feed the soul.

Lambus’s Inspiring Art Destinations

Are you in search of personal anecdotes and stories behind some of the world’s most inspiring art destinations?’s blog brings you an intimate look at locations that have captured the hearts of travel connoisseurs. Their narratives paint a vivid picture of the art and culture that breathe life into every corner of these destinations.

Journeys International

For the art traveler who looks beyond the canvas, Journeys International offers a unique opportunity. Here, art merges with the heart of travel experiences, guiding you to find your creative inspiration. It’s about creating art through the very act of traveling—every step is a stroke of the brush on your life’s canvas.

In essence, embarking on an artistic adventure is much more than witnessing art; it’s about integrating art into your journey and making it part of your story. The resources mentioned are gateways to expanding your artistic horizons.

But wait, there’s more to explore. From personal stories to expert insights, what could be the key takeaways to enhance your future art travels? Curious yet? Stay tuned, as the next part just might reveal that missing piece to complete your masterpiece of an art journey.

Wrap Up Your Artistic Journey

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And there you have it—your map to exploring the grand tapestry of artistic cultures around the globe. You’re primed to step out the door, ticket in hand, ready to begin an odyssey through creative landscapes that promise to stir your soul and inspire your mind.

Begin Your Art Exploration

Now’s the time to embark on that eagerly anticipated art journey. Discover the textures of brushstrokes in a Parisian gallery, the vibrant murals adorning the alleyways of Bogotá, or perhaps the eclectic sculptures in Berlin’s public parks. With every step, you’re not just seeing art; you’re immersing yourself in the stories and spirits that birthed these wonders.

Share Your Experiences

But don’t let your adventures end with the trip. I want to hear about the galleries that enchanted you, the street art that took your breath away, and the local artists who opened your eyes to new horizons. Your stories form the mosaic of community knowledge, helping fellow travelers pinpoint their next artistic destination.

Conclusion: A Final Word for Art Travelers

Art is a journey, not just a destination. It’s an intimate dance with culture, history, and expression that transcends borders. By bringing back a piece of that journey, you become a curator of global narratives, a collector of visual anecdotes. So, keep your senses alert, be ready to capture those impromptu moments of artistry that speak the universal language of awe. Make your next escapade one where every moment is a brushstroke on your canvas of experiences. Because when you travel in pursuit of art, you’re not just a tourist; you’re a perpetual student of life’s boundless gallery.

Go ahead, set forth, and let every place you visit add a color to the palette of your life. Remember, the art of travel is but a canvas waiting for your story. Let’s paint it brilliant!

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The Concept of Travel in Art Through the Ages

This post is part of the ArtSmart Roundtable , a group of travel and art bloggers bringing you themed posts every month. This month’s post theme is “concept”, so I’ve decided to tap into what Wanderarti does best – talk about travel in art. Scroll to the bottom to see more of this month’s awesome posts!

For as long as the timeline of art spans back there are paintings of places; depictions of destinations rendered carefully and thoughtfully by both famous artists and lesser-known explorers.

Landscape painting is perhaps the most prominent and most recognisable form of travel art.

Thick brushstrokes bring to life far-flung places; bold colours pinpoint fascinating scenes; realistic portraits showcase lesser-known destinations that would otherwise go undocumented.

Travel in Art in the 17th Century

Back in the 17th century, European landscape art was on the rise. It was a dominant genre during this time thanks to the unprecedented growth of global travel and tourism.

But there’s a conundrum here: it’s the chicken vs the egg debate when it comes to travel and art. Did the explorer set out to paint or did the artist set out to explore?

Through the 17th century and the following 200 years, travel was no longer a means from moving one group of people to another place (a form of travel that, for the most part, has been imbued into human life since the very beginning). It wasn’t just kings, queens, and traders who traversed landscapes far and wide.

Geographical exploration was on the rise, and colonial expansion was well and truly underway. This meant big things for the art world.

Without photographs or social media, explorers used the mediums of sketching and painting to document places. They combined skill and an expert eye for detail to produce scenes they had witnessed on their travels – to bring back and show family, friends, and those who were less able to travel.

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Trips during this time were lengthy and, usually, with purpose. It was impossible to pop to Cairo for a weekend, or explore the South American jungle in a couple of weeks.

Journeys lasted for months on end, with explorers turning to art to create stories about the places they visited – to immortalise languages, scenery, and customs that were otherwise unfamiliar to them.

But, despite efforts to portray countries, cities, and destinations in an objective light, this is art we’re talking about. Even in the most skilfully executed landscape piece, t here will always been a hint of political, social, and cultural significance depending on the person creating the painting.

Subjective observations creep into well-rendered pieces, offering viewers not just a glimpse into places from the past, but also an insight into the mind-set of explorers.

Even though just one explorer might have been producing the artwork, it was more of a collective experience. There was a vested interest in creating realistic depictions of other places because it hadn’t been done before.

Take the imagery created by 19th century explorers who ventured around the Pacific. Work produced by men aboard Captain James Cook’s ships in the 18th century immortalised places that had never been seen by the western world before. There was a vested interest from the west to learn more about these places – for trading and other political reasons.

Travel in Art in the Mid-19th Century

Jump forward to the mid-19th century. After teaching Queen Victoria how to wield a paintbrush, Edward Lear set out to explore distant lands, painting their oddities as he went.

Lear was different to the men who had been aboard Cook’s ship and those that came before him because he was, first and foremost, an artist. He wasn’t a trader, a soldier, or a voyager. His livelihood was made from painting.

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Greece by Edward Lear

At a time when barely anyone had the opportunity to travel (remember the long distances and difficulties in getting from one place to the next), Lear opened a gateway to the world for those less able than him.

From Italy, Albania, Greece, Egypt, and India, he immersed himself in the local culture and drew pictures that he felt reflected the place in its rawest form. There were seemingly no political backdrops to his work and underhand motivations. He simply wanted to bring the world to the world.

This was the start of something beautiful in the art world. Landscape paintings and depictions of “exotic” destinations were no longer driven by an ulterior motive. They were simply representations of the beautiful and the “other”.

Travel in Art in the 20th Century

Skip forward a century and this is even more evident to see. World-famous artists like Matisse, Derain and Picasso were creating piece after piece that showcased destinations around Europe.

These weren’t realistic renditions, though. In fact, they were a far cry from the beige swathes of sketches created by early voyagers and even Lear himself.

They were bold and bright, injected with a heavy dose of the artists’ recognisable style. Matisse’s paintings from Couillere were, at first glance, just splodges of paint in a wheel of surreal colours. Derain’s depictions of London were psychedelic, using the Pointillism technique to create abstract versions of scenes.

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Gift and bequest of Louise Reinhardt Smith © 2015 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

At this point, art was no longer a vessel to share objective scenes and stories from around the world. It was a portal into the minds and souls of creative greats. There were already hundreds, if not thousands, of depictions of places around the world – what good would even more do?

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André Derain, 1906, Charing Cross Bridge, London , National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Instead, artists used the backdrop of places to express their feelings and thoughts about them. Matisse’s pieces from Couillere may not have shown visitors exactly what to expect in terms of scenery, but the brash use of colour and thick brush strokes might just give an insight into how he felt about the French town.

This notion of art being a personal endeavour rather than collective continues into the present day.

Sure, artistic versions of places hint at architectural styles, local life, and customs, but more than that they delve into personal journeys, highlighting individual thoughts and feelings rather than a collective vision of the world.

S ince documents began, art has served as an important inspiration for imagination. It’s served as a portal through which people can remember places, cultures, and journeys, as well as depict the motivations behind travel – from the Grand Tour, through the years of globalisation, right up until the present day.

Today travel art is so much more than simply a depiction of a place. They say a painting speaks a thousand words – especially in an age where photographs are a dime a dozen. They not only act as a portal through which we can see another view of a place, but they also act as a personal reminder that’s much more intimate than a photo could ever be.

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  • Pal & Lydian at Art Weekenders – Earth Art – Creativity Out In Nature and Back Into Our Sight
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Lizzie has a passion for visual vagabonding (a new term, maybe?), whereby she likes to document the beauty in the world via creative forms. She created Wanderarti as a space for this new term to flourish, providing somewhere for art and travel to collide. Apart from pretty things and exploring new places, Lizzie likes tea, takeaways, and cute animals.

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Nice concept, Lizzie! It was Matisse indeed who jumped to my mind when I first saw the title, and nice to have a historic overview over how it evolved already before him.. It’s interesting to see that “travel art” hasn’t changed much for some 300 years, while photography of course totally changed the relationship between art and travel in the modern world.

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Exactly! With the emergence of photography we no longer have to rely on the paintings of voyagers/travellers to know what places look like – which leaves lots of room for artists to get creative with their depictions of places!

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I love early travel art. It seems like every exploration, trade, and military expedition always ventured from home with an artist along. I especially like seeing when Westerners had to document cultures and art so different from their own. For example, the Spanish explorers in Mexico were mostly able to draw Mayan characters, but you can still see their European approach to design in the pictures.

Yes, that’s one of the things I love about it – not only do you get a glimpse into “other” cultures, but you also get to see how they were viewed through Western eyes.

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I like what you said about the 20th century artists. It certainly seems that from the late 19th century and after, travel became more important for some artists as they were inspired by color, light, landscape and even culture during their travels.

Exactly – documentation became less important whilst concept, ideas, and technique moved into the forefront.

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14 Top Attractions & Things to Do in Kiev, Ukraine

Written by Alison Abbott Dec 30, 2019

Kiev is having a moment. Regularly the subject of the nightly news, the city is just waiting to be discovered by tourists. You may know it as the capital of Ukraine and a manufacturing powerhouse, but what you may not know is that this lesser known European city also makes a dream destination for visitors.

Walk through the streets and visit the many small shops, restaurants, museums, and landmarks. The city has a population of three million, but in most neighborhoods, it retains its small-town vibe.

As the hub of science, industry, and culture in Ukraine, there isn't much you won't find in this undiscovered Eastern European gem. Whether you are looking for romance, history, or just a getaway to somewhere unique, Kiev offers a little something for everyone within the city limits.

Although there are many places to visit in the city, find the best spots for sightseeing with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Kiev.

1. St. Sophia's Cathedral

2. st. andrew's church, 3. national art museum of ukraine, 4. kiev pechersk lavra monastery, 5. mariyinsky palace, 6. independence square, 7. mezhyhirya: former presidential palace, 8. national opera and ballet of ukraine, 9. museum of the history of ukraine in the second world war, 10. st. volodymyr's cathedral, 11. the golden gates, 12. feofaniya park, 13. the motherland monument, 14. m.m. gryshko national botanical garden.

Saint Sophia's Cathedral

St. Sophia's Cathedral (also called Saint Sophia Cathedral) is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Ukraine and was awarded the important status in the 1980s. It was constructed in 1037 and is named for Hagia Sophia. Since it's a favorite of tourists, visiting earlier in the day is recommended.

It's one of the oldest and most jaw-dropping of Kiev's impressive churches. Beautiful murals, ancient mosaics, and frescoes adorn the interior. Additional structures have been added over the years; one entrance fee is good for all.

Enjoy the views over the city form the bell tower. Tours are available.

Address: Volodymyrska St, 24, Kyiv

St. Andrew's Church, Kiev

Another of Kiev's important landmarks is found in Podil, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. It was built by the Russian architect, Bartolomeo Rastrelli, during the time of Catherine the Great.

Churches were often built high on a hill for all to see, and St. Andrew's is a prime example. While the church is no longer religious in nature, it does house an important collection of paintings and sculptures . St. Andrew was a patron saint of Kiev, and the impressive Baroque architecture reflects his importance.

Address: Andriivs'kyi descent, 23, Kyiv

The National Art Museum of Ukraine illuminated at night

One of the most visited museums in Ukraine is the National Art Museum. It was established in 1897 by a successful patron of the arts, Bohdan Khanenko, who was determined to build the first museum in the country. Succeed he did—the historically important building contains a collection of important sculptures, artwork, and icons.

Represented are Ukrainian artists, both local and those who have moved to other countries and continued their career in the arts. The museum also shows the work of contemporary artists and is recognized around the world as an important representation of art from Eastern Europe.

Address: 6 Mykhaila Hrushevskoho Street, Kyiv

Kiev Pechersk Lavra or the Kiev Monastery of the Caves

This monastery complex was founded by two monks of the caves: St. Anthony and St. Theodosius. Constructed over a series of caves excavated by the monks, it is remarkable to think they date to the 11 th century.

The Baroque style of Ukraine is again at work in the series of additional buildings in the complex. You might hear the attraction referred to as both the Near and Far Caves. Make sure to visit both areas, as you will find hundreds of artifacts.

Do not miss the underground crypts, where monks are buried under glass. Here, you'll find a fairly creepy and somewhat claustrophobic look into the past, and one of the most unique sights of the city.

The Mariyinsky Palace

This Baroque palace is the official ceremonial home for the President of Ukraine. After a fire destroyed the first structure, Alexander II had the palace reconstructed in 1870, following the model of the old drawings. The pale blue exterior lends a dreamy quality to the magnificent architecture.

Inside, visitors will find a collection of artwork by Ukrainian masters, as well as cultural and historic treasures. The surrounding landscaped gardens are a nice place for contemplation.

Address: 5A, Mykhaila Hrushevskoho St, Kyiv

Independence Square

Independence Square had its international debut in 2004 as the scene of the Orange Revolution, when the power of the people changed Ukrainian history and the future of the country.

As the central square in the city, many festivals, concerts, and parades take place in the area. The attraction contains six fountains, a waterfall, and a large column representing Ukrainian independence. In the evening, it makes for a great people-watching spot, and there is often a light show and music with the fountains on colorful display.

Visitors will find this area a convenient location for their stay in the city as it is close to many shops, restaurants, and popular areas.

Main building in Mezhyhirya, Ukraine

Mezhyhirya is situated in a lovely location on the banks of the scenic Dnieper River. The comples is the former residence of ex-president of Ukraine, Viktor Yonukovych. If you are lucky, your tour guide might be a caped member of the former resistance. Charged with protecting this example of political greed and corruption, he makes for quite an interesting hour of commentary.

Visitors will be overwhelmed by the extravagance on display. Today, in all its glory, the building is a symbol and reminder of overindulgence and institutional greed and corruption. Within its gated walls, there are tennis courts, a shooting range, an equestrian club, helicopter pad, ostrich farm, dog kennel, golf course, and hunting grounds—all built while the population of the country struggled to feed itself.

The surrounding gardens are beautifully maintained and a nice place to have a picnic while trying to process all that you have just taken in on the tour.

Address: Novi Petrivtsi, Kyiv Oblast

National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine, Kiev

From its humble beginnings in 1867, the National Opera of Ukraine has been a cultural mainstay in Kiev. The impressive structure that houses the cultural institution is filled with unique architecture and has modern amenities after it was rebuilt following a devastating fire in the 1980s.

It's one of the most popular cultural attractions in the city—millions of people over the last century have graced its halls and viewed classics like Swan Lake or the Nutcracker .

The National Opera isn't just a great place to view a performance. Outside is the perfect spot to people watch or grab a bite to eat. There is a waterfall sculpture outside, and across the street are a few excellent restaurants from which to choose.

Address: Chaikovs'koho Ln, 1, Odesa, Odes'ka oblast

Monument of Soviet liberators who fought with German invaders, Kiev

Opened in 1981, the Museum of the History of Ukraine in the Second World War is located on the banks of the Dnieper River. Within the complex, you will find everything related to the role that Ukraine played in the Second World War commemorated in statues and relics, like uniforms, letters, and larger pieces of history like airplanes and artillery.

Although most of the exhibits aren't in English, you will still get a sense of what it was like to be a soldier during that time, and walking around outside, you can see some impressive views of the city below.

St. Volodymyr's Cathedral

As one of Kiev's key landmarks, St. Volodymyr's Cathedral is probably one of the city's most significant churches. Surely it is one of the most impressive. Many would consider it a key component of the Ukrainian Orthodox structure.

From the moment you walk in the door, you are greeted by the amazing Byzantine-style architecture and art that most visitors find breathtaking. The craftsmanship is exquisite and one-of-a-kind, complete with gilded murals , paintings , and hand-carved accents all nested into this holy space. The grounds are equally beautiful, on a tree-lined street near Shevchenko University.

When you visit, take note that both men and women will need to be appropriately dressed, and women will need a headscarf. Be mindful of the time as well. Regular services are hosted daily.

Address: Tarasa Shevchenko Blvd, 20, Kyiv

Golden Gate, Kiev

Although the original "golden gate" was dismantled in the Middle Ages, the gates that are here today pay honor to the main gate in the 11th century that helped fortify Kiev.

Modeled after the Golden Gate of Constantinople, the structure that stands today was built in 1982 amid controversy. There were no photos to compare it to, just oral tradition as to what the gates would have looked like, so there are many who feel as if this isn't an accurate representation.

At the gates, you will also find a branch of the Sophia of Kiev museum , and several vendors in traditional dress sell local wildflowers around the monument.

Getting here is easy—there is a station of the Metro with easy access.

Feofaniya park with St. Panteleimon's Cathedral in the background

Feofaniya Park is a beautiful respite in the bustling city of Kiev. Located near the southern outskirts, this park became part of the Soviet state farm system and home to the main observatory for the Institute of Botany of the Ukrainian Academy of Science . This school is well known in Ukraine and Europe in its studies of biodiversity.

Take a stroll in the park and explore the lush greenery and unique plants that call this park home. It's a great way to spend a lunch break or just get away from the city to recharge in a welcome sea of green.

Motherland statue devoted to the Great Patriotic War in Kiev

This statue, located in Victory Park , commemorates the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and is a focal point in Kiev. Take a walk around the grounds and admire the views overlooking the Dnieper river.

Inside, visitors will find the Museum of the Great Patriotic War , opened in 1995 at the base of the statue. Thousands of visitors have flocked here to observe and view World War II memorabilia, from weapons to battle dioramas.

This giant titanium statue is taller than the Statue of Liberty. There is a viewing platform that can be reached by elevator, but only with a guide. When you are here, be sure to check out the Hall of Glory and the Hall of Remembrance and Sorrow , a sober reminder of those who lost their lives.

The M. M. Gryshko National Botanical Garden in Kyiv (Kiev) at sunrise

Named after the famed botanist Mykola Gryshko, this beautiful nature preserve is filled with local flora and fauna, as well as plants from all over the world.

Take a walk through the hothouses, greenhouses, or conservatories, where you can check out the exotic plants, as well as a plethora of flowers, from peonies to magnolias. If you are lucky enough to visit here during the spring, you can revel in the gorgeous lilacs in the central gardens, which are a favorite of visitors.

There is a small entry fee charged, but visitors could easily spend several hours here if they are looking for a green space to walk and enjoy the outdoors.

Address: 1 Timiryazevskaya Street, Kiev

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Find out how to bring a destination to life through travel illustration and the top artists to inspire your work

Travel. There’s nothing quite like it. The chance to experience new sights, sounds, and smells, to wander off the beaten track and make new discoveries, or simply kick back and relax for a week on a sun-drenched beach.

When we imagine the far-flung places we’d like to visit, reminisce about past adventures, or indeed, advertise a location to others, we turn to photos as the most powerful medium to capture the essence of a place.

But there is another, equally effective and arguably more creative way to bring a destination to life: travel illustration.

Alex Green ( @algreen_1 ) has been an illustrator for over 25 years and specializes in the art of travel illustration . He has worked in many areas including design, fashion, editorial, murals, websites, and live events, with a varied and enviable list of clients including Airbnb, the BBC, Emirates Airlines, Pfizer, The Guardian , The Financial Times , and Oxfam.

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What is travel illustration?

Travel illustration is simply the art of drawing a place instead of photographing it. You can use a photo as a reference point, draw inspirational settings in real time as you travel, or recall them from memory.

The aim is not necessarily to copy the location exactly as you see it, but to give it your own interpretation and tell a story by focusing on conveying a particular emotion, theme, or atmosphere.

'Florence', travel illustration by Alex Green.

What are the benefits of travel illustration?

Aside from being a great way to practice your creative skills, illustrating a place allows for more freedom of expression and interpretation, giving you the opportunity to explore the limits of your imagination for a truly unique and personalized result.

It may require more time and patience to complete, but illustration also allows you to really connect with a place, bringing it to life through your drawings and recapturing those precious moments you spent there.

Illustrator Alex Green applies his personal experience to create beautiful travel illustration pieces.

10 Artists to Inspire Your Travel Illustration Pieces

Although using your own photos as a point of departure usually means you have a greater connection with your reference, there is no reason why you can’t choose other images of locations you would like to visit. They could be photographs taken by someone else, or something you have found on the internet, as long as they spark your imagination.

Of course, all artists look to other artists for inspiration and Alex is no different. In this Domestika blog, he shares with us the top 10 artists who inspire his work, providing an invaluable tool that can help you begin thinking about how to develop your style, techniques, and give you ideas for your illustrations.

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The Czech artist is both illustrator and author of the This is series of children’s travel books, which bring to life key destinations around the world including New York, Rome, London, and Paris.

Abstract and representational elements contrast in his illustrations, making for a beautifully original take on seemingly-familiar places.

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Katsushika Hokusai


Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese artist, printmaker, and painter who lived from 1760 to 1849. He is most recognized for his woodblock print series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji , made in response to a domestic travel boom in Japan.

From this collection, one piece in particular stood out among the rest. The Great Wave Off Kanagawa is arguably the most iconic piece of work in Japanese art, and went on to inspire many 19th-century European painters.

'The Great Wave Off Kanagawa', by Katsushika Hokusai.

Evan Hecox is a multidisciplinary artist and designer based in Colorado, whose work often takes inspiration from travel.

He has a particular talent for capturing the mood and feeling of a place or moment in time, as well as giving new life and beauty to objects that are often overlooked or dismissed as mundane.

Illustration by Evan Cox.

Tom Haugomat


The Paris-based illustrator and director has had his work featured in Air France Magazine, Revue XXI, and Le Monde. His illustrations have a distinctly cinematic quality, perhaps as a result of his background making short films.

Perhaps the most interesting element of his work is that his characters have no facial features, although he is still able to convey depth and emotion through his use of color and negative space.

Illustration for Andersen Rivista, by Tom Haugomat.

Josh Cochran


This Grammy-nominated, Brooklyn-based illustrator has clients including Adidas, Apple, and The New Yorker , and he currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.

He is known for his bold colors, humorous drawings, and urban murals.

Illustration for the book 'Drawing on Walls - A story of Keith Haring', by Josh Cochran.

Bruno Mangyoku


Bruno Mangyoku has worked as an illustrator and animation director who is greatly influenced by American graphic novelists such as Daniel Clowes and Charles Burns.

He uses a limited, yet highly contrasting color palette, focusing primarily on character design and silhouettes.

Illustration for Les Echos START, by Bruno Mangyoku.

Hokyoung Kim


The South-Korean artist and illustrator lists clients including The New Yorker , The Washington Post , Apple, and Disney.

She finds inspiration in the Japanese comics and animations she grew up watching, and her work focuses on transmitting a strong sense of mood and atmosphere.

Illustration for Texas Monthly, by Hokyoung Kim.



The freelance illustrator studied at the Fine Arts Academy in Vilnius, before working in advertisement, animation and graphic design, with clients including the Royal Mail, The Independent , Penguin Random House.

His retro style, with soft colors and lines, lend him his unique style.

'Future Selves', by STRAUTNIEKAS for New Yorker Mag.

Christoph Niemann


Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, graphic designer, and children’s book author most known for his Sunday Sketches , quirky and humorous illustrations that take everyday objects and turn them into something unexpected.

Illustration from the series 'Beach life through the years', by Christoph Niemann.

Jon McNaught

This London-based cartoonist, illustrator, and printmaker has clients including Penguin Books, Faber, The New York Times , and The Wall Street Journal .

His skill lies in taking the mundane and everyday and turning them into works of art, using simple shapes and a limited color palette.

Illustration for London Review of Books, by Jon McNaught.

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Day 1: Welcome to Rome

Welcome to Rome! On arrival you are met by your Travel Director and transferred to your accommodation. (D)

Day 2: Rome Sightseeing

This morning, visit the Vatican Museum with a Local Expert. Admire the papal art collection and enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo’s masterpiece on its ceiling. Next door, in St Peter’s Basilica, see one of Michelangelo’s early works, the Pieta, and the splendid dome, completed after his death. Afterwards, visit the Colosseum, where the gladiators prepared for battle. (B, RD)

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This morning, visit the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie with a Local Expert. It is an outstanding work of architecture and an emblem within the Catholic tradition, and is perhaps even more famous for its connection to Leonardo Da Vinci’s fresco of ‘The Last Supper’, which is preserved inside its refectory (dining hall). The Church is one of Renaissance art’s most important testimonies and has therefore been included as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (tickets to the Last Supper are subject to availability).  Later, for a change of pace, we embark on an alternative visit to Milan to see urban graffiti, murals and street art scattered around the city. Get a glimpse of an alternative Milan, meet colourful characters, learn about modern-day Milan and be inspired by the vibrancy of city life.  (B, D)

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Day 9: Basel to Paris

Travel through the French countryside to Paris. (B, D)

Day 10: Best of Paris

After an orientation tour, visit one of the world's best-known art collections at the Louvre Museum. A specialist art historian guides you through the galleries to see the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, Mona Lisa and more (Louvre visit subject to availability). Continue on a visit to the Notre Dame Cathedral, famously protected by its roof-top gargoyles, to learn about over-arching Parisian history. This evening, embark on an illuminations journey in Paris to see iconic sights at night. (B, HD)

Day 11: Musee De L’orangerie & Giverney

This morning, visit the Musée de l'Orangerie, an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Though most famous for being the permanent home of eight Water Lilies murals by Claude Monet, the museum also contains works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Alfred Sisley, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo, among others. Afterwards, we head to Monet’s garden in Giverney to see the inspiration of some of his most famous works before heading back to Paris. (BB, D)

Day 12: Paris to Amsterdam

Travel through northern France and Belgium en route to Amsterdam. (BB, D)

Day 13: Amsterdam Galleries – Rijksmuseum & Vincent van Gogh Museum

Admire world-famous masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum, which has on display 8,000 objects of art and history. There is a total collection of 1 million objects, spanning the years 1200–2000AD, among which are masterpieces by Rembrandt, Frans Hals, and Johannes Vermeer. Then onto the Vincent van Gogh Museum, which is dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam. The museum is home to the largest collection of Vincent van Gogh's paintings and drawings in the world.  This evening, enjoy a canal cruise dinner to bid farewell to our time in Europe. (B, FD)

Day 14: Farewell Amsterdam

Your tour concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

Day 1: Welcome to Paris

Welcome to Paris! On arrival at Charles De Gaulle airport you will be met by your Travel Director and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Paris From a History Perspective

Learn about the significance of the French Revolution and visit key sites such as Place de la Bastille, Les Invalides War Museum, the Conciergerie and Place de la Concorde. In the evening enjoy a walk along the Champs-Elysees, followed by a cruise along the River Seine. (BB)

Day 3: Disneyland in Paris

Spend the day at Disneyland Paris. Included in your tour is a full-day, one-park pass to either Disneyland Park or Disney Studio Park. (BB)

Day 4: Versailles & D-Day Memorial

Travel this morning to Versailles and visit the Palace of Versailles to see its opulent rooms and gardens. Experience the extraordinary Hall of Mirrors where the historic Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I.  Continue to Arromanches and visit the D-Day Memorial. It’s then onto Bayeux for our overnight stay. (BB, D)

Day 5: Battle of the Somme

Today we visit Amiens and the nearby Somme Battlefields, where some of the most intense fighting took place during World War I. More than 3 million men fought in this battle with1 million wounded or killed. We visit some of the many interesting memorials and museums dedicated to the fallen. Our overnight stay is in Amiens.  (BB, D)

Day 6: The Lost Territories - Strasbourg

We travel to Verdum where you will visit the Verdum Battlefields and War Memorial.  Our journey continues to Strasbourg, on the border of Germany, for our overnight stay. (BB)

Day 7: Strasbourg to Colmar

In the morning travel to Colmar where you will enjoy a boat tour in the canal quarter, followed by a walking tour around Petite Venise and the historic centre. From Colmar, continue to Riquewihr for a walking tour in the town.  We then visit Chateau du Haut-Koenigsbourg for a visit to the castle, before arriving back in Strasbourg for our overnight stay. (BB)

Day 8: Europa Park & Friedrichshafen

Spend the day at the Europa Park, one of the best theme parks in Europe. This evening we overnight in Friedrichshafen. (BB, D)

Day 9: Meersburg Castle onto Munich

Begin your morning with a walk up to Meersburg Castle. We then make our way to the well-known Neuschwanstein for a tour to the castle and a horse-carriage ride down the mountain. Then it’s onto Munich where a Local Expert will take you on a walking tour in the city centre, including key sites related to Hitler’s time in Munich and the Third Reich. Finally we visit the Nazi Documentation Centre. (BB)

Day 10: Eagle’s Nest & Obersalzburg

A short drive out of Munich, visit Hitler’s former retreat, known as the Eagle’s Nest. Afterwards, stop for lunch at Obersalzburg (own expense) and continue to the Konigsee for a boat tour on the Lake and a chance to swim in Lake Chiemsee. Return to Munich for your overnight stay. (BB)

Day 11: Dachau & Rothenburg

We start the day with a tour to the Munich Residenz Museum. It is then onto Dachau for a sobering visit to the concentration camp. Our overnight stay is in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (BB)

Day 12: Explore Medieval Rothenburg

Rothenburg was regarded by the Nazis as the most “German” of German towns. Visit the Museum of Torture, explore the medieval city and battlements, and join a Nightwatchman tour. (BB)

Day 13: Nazi History in Nuremberg

We depart Rothenburg and continue to Nuremburg in the morning. On arrival, join a Local Expert for a tour to city centre. Walk up to the Kaiserburg Castle, visit the Nazi parade grounds and the Albert Speer Documentation Centre to bring to life the history of Hitler’s rise to power. In the afternoon, visit the Palace of Justice and Courtroom 600, the location of the Nuremburg Nazi trials. (BB)

Day 14: Onto Magical Prague

This morning travel to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. On arrival, join your Travel Director for an orientation tour of the old town centre, including the town square, St Nicholas Church and Tyn Church. Afterwards visit Prague Castle and walk to Charles Bridge. (BB)

Day 15: Museum visits in Prague

Visit The Prague Communism Museum, Jewish Museum and the Kepler Museum today. (BB)

Day 16: Military History in Dresden

In the morning we travel to Dresden where we join a Local Expert for a tour of the Dresden’s Zwinger Palace, the Bundeswehr Military History Museum, the Dresden Armoury and Frauenkirche. (BB)

Day 17: Tropical Islands Water Park

Depart Dresden and spend the day at the Tropical Islands Water theme park. (BB)

Day 18: Berlin Sightseeing

Tour to Berlin starts with a visit to the ‘Story of Berlin’ Museum to provide an overview of the city’s tumultuous history. Your journey with a Local Expert includes the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, Checkpoint Charlie, sections of the Berlin Wall and Alexanderplatz. Visit also the Zeppelin Field and the Jewish Museum, the German Resistance Memorial Centre and the Holocaust Memorial. (BB)

Day 19: Farewell Berlin

On our final morning we visit the Wansee Haus Museum and Documentation Centre of the “Final Solution”. Later, explore the DDR Museum to learn about life under communist rule after the end of World War II. We bid farewell to Berlin and make our way to the airport for flights home. (BB)

Day 1: Welcome to Florence

Welcome to Italy! On arrival at Bologna airport, you will be met by your Travel Director and driver. We continue to our hotel in Florence where you’ll have time to settle in, before enjoying a welcome dinner at the hotel. (WD)

Day 2: Discover Florence

After a restful night’s sleep and breakfast at the hotel, we visit the Basilica di Santa Croce and Museo Galileo, home to the only surviving instruments designed and built by Galileo himself. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Florence. (BB)

Day 3: Florence at your Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure. Explore captivating Florence at your own pace or join your Travel Director for a day tour to Vallombrosa to see the Monastery where Galileo studied. (Guided tours only available in July & August). (BB)

Day 4: Bologna to Padua

After breakfast at your hotel, spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we drive through Bologna to Padua where you’ll enjoy a local 3-course dinner alongside a guest lecturer from the Padua University. (Lecturer organised by MTG.)  (BB, HD)

Day 5: Padua to Venice

Today we visit the Il Bo University, the second oldest university in Italy, for a guided tour. The afternoon is free for you to visit the Botanical gardens and St Anthony Basilica. Later in the afternoon, we continue to our hotel, situated in Mestre Venice, where we will stay for 2 nights. (BB)

Day 6: Romantic Venice at your Leisure

After breakfast, the rest of the day is yours to explore romantic Venice at leisure. (BB)

Day 7: Onto Swiss Geneva

Les Nations Hotel After a restful night’s sleep, we cross the border to Switzerland. On arrival into Geneva enjoy a late afternoon cruise on Lake Geneva.   Afterwards we check into our hotel. (BB)

Day 8: Nuclear Science in Cern & Geneva Exploration

After breakfast we travel to CERN (subject to availability) to visit the European Organisation for Nuclear Research and see the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city of Geneva. (BB)

Day 9: Geneva to Paris

Enjoy a delightful drive through the French countryside, as we make our way to Paris. On arrival you are free to relax or explore the city of love on your own. Gather for dinner at the hotel, during which you’ll enjoy the company of a guest speaker from the Marie Curie Museum. (Lecturer organised by MTG.) (BB, D)

Day 10: Gardens of Paris

Visit the Botanical Gardens in the morning. Here you will discover the Alpine Gardens, which contain 2000 mountain plants from all over the world. Wander through the rose garden, the iris garden and the Botany School's Garden, where 4500 species are labelled and regrouped by families. (BB)

Day 11: Arts & Metier Museum in Paris

Take time to visit the Arts and Metier Museum and spend the rest of the day at leisure to explore the wonderful city of Paris. (BB)

Day 12: Science in Paris

After breakfast in the morning, visit the Marie Curie Museum. Completely re-designed, the Museum reveals the life and times of a family of unusual physicists and their huge contribution to science. The rest of the day is at leisure. (BB)

Day 13: Paris at your Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city of Paris. (BB)

Day 14: Eurostar to London

Bid farewell to Paris today, as we travel by Eurostar to London. On arrival we will be met and transferred to a local pub for lunch. We’ll then check into our hotel and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy at leisure. (BB, L)

Day 15: Day Tour to Kent

Today we travel to Kent to visit the Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, before returning to our London hotel. (BB)

Day 16: Scientific Marvels of London

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing, including a visit to the Royal Observatory, Flamsteed, Meridian Courtyard and Maritime Museum, and a cruise on the River Thames. The remainder of the day is at leisure. (BB)

Day 17: Royal Society & Faraday Museum in London

This morning we visit the Royal Society followed by a visit to the Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution.  Lunch is served at a local restaurant. (BB, L)

Day 18: Westminster & Science Museum in London

We spend the morning visiting Westminster Abbey and the afternoon exploring the Science Museum in Kensington. (BB)

Day 19: Discover Cambridge

After breakfast, we continue to the university town of Cambridge for a 2-night stop. Enjoy a private walking exploration of the town including a visit to Trinity College – the largest of the Cambridge Colleges. (BB)

Day 20: Cambridge at your Leisure

Today is yours to explore at leisure.  We meet again in the evening to celebrate the end of our tour with a farewell dinner at our hotel. (BB, D)

Day 21: Farewell from London

Our science tour has come to an end. Transfer from Cambridge to the London Heathrow Airport for your flight home. (BB)



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On the Road: Best Traveling Paintings

Anastasia Manioudaki 17 November 2023 min Read

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Augustus Leopold Egg, The Traveling Companions, 1862, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK.


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“ As you set out for Ithaka, hope your road is a long one,” thus begins Ithaka , the famous poem by C.P. Cavafy. When we travel, we always think about the destination – thinking of the time we spend to arrive as a hassle, a necessary evil.  But, as Cavafy and many other artists will tell you, being on the road has its own kind of magic. Let us look at some of the best traveling paintings.

Traveling by Train: Traveling Companions

Augustus Leopold Egg, The Traveling Companions, 1862, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Travelling

Director Wes Anderson would surely love this painting, or maybe not. At first glance, the scene inside the railway carriage looks completely symmetrical: the two women identical. They wear the same dress, the same hat, that both have placed on their lap. The window is split into three parts, emphasizing the sense of symmetry. However, there are small details that dissolve the similarity. The woman on the right has her hair up, wears gloves, and is reading a book. Beside her sits a flower bouquet, while the other with loose hair and bare hands is daydreaming, with a basket beside her.

Sadly, neither of them pays attention to the magnificent view of the French Riviera outside the window. They both remain firmly enveloped in their private worlds, eschewing the experience of traveling and thus putting an ironic ring to the painting’s title.

Traveling by Boat: Breezing Up

Winslow Homer, Breezing Up, 1873-6, National Gallery Of Art, Washington D.C. Traveling

Traveling for business does not have to be boring. On a cloudy afternoon, a fisherman and three boys return from a day at sea. The boat moves quickly on the waves. The man and the boys are perched on the right side to balance the breeze that pushes the sail. It has been a good day. The floor of the boat is teeming with fish. At last, they have some time to relax. Look at the young boy in the front: he is sprawled across the bow taking in the wind and the sea.

Winslow Homer presented this painting in 1876, the centennial year of the United States. This view of American life completed the climate of postwar nostalgia at the time. Stylistically, the loose brushstrokes and warm colors remind us of the French Realism of Gustave Courbet and Edouard Manet .

Traveling by Boat: Great Wave Off Kanagawa

Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, 1831, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY, USA. Traveling

The Great Wave is probably the most famous piece of Japanese art. A huge frothing wave is about to crash on three fishing boats. The fishermen are frantically trying to get to shore – being at sea is not always fun. In the distance, the sacred mountain of Japan, Mount Fuji, is dwarfed by the immense body of water.

Katsushika Hokusai’s print is part of his series Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji , but through the use of linear perspective, the largest mountain in Japan seems small. However, the waves are perfectly framed around it to make it stand out.

Traveling By Boat: The Last of England

Ford Madox Brown, The Last Of England, 1850s, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, UK. Traveling

A young family sets on an uncertain journey with dreams for a new life. In The Last of England , we see a pair of immigrants beginning their voyage to Australia. The man seems broody and stressed while the woman is resigned to her fate. From an opening in her cloak, we barely see her clutching her baby’s hand.  Emigration is surely one of the worst reasons to be on the road – being forced to leave everything and clinging on to hope. The white cliffs of Dover are looming in the back, the last view of England, while in front of the couple, strung cabbages reminds us of the long journey ahead.

Traveling by Car: Tamara in the Green Bugatti

Tamara de Lempicka, Self portrait (Tamara in a Green Bugatti), 1929, private collection. Traveling.

With the turn of the 20th century, traveling by car became more of a commodity than it used to be. Tamara de Lempicka , nicknamed the baroness with a paintbrush, epitomizes the modern woman of the roaring 20s. Her stylish persona, which she meticulously built, featured in all the most forward-thinking magazines in Europe.

Tamara in a Green Bugatti was a commission for the cover of the German magazine Die Dame . In her characteristic Art Deco style, the artist portrays herself as an independent, emancipated, and sexually liberated woman . She stares smugly at us, with her leather gloves and blowing majestic scarf. The car is another symbol of her emancipation. A woman driving in the 20s was a rare sight. Moreover, it is a nod to the contemporary futurist movement that celebrated speed and everything that had to do with the modern world.

Traveling by Caravan: Pilgrims Going to Mecca

Travelling: Leon Belly, Pilgrims Going to Mecca, 1861, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.

Before trains and cars, camel caravans crossed the desert to deliver goods and offer safe passage to travelers. Leon Belly’s orientalist painting shows a caravan heading towards Mecca, a place of pilgrimage for all Muslims. The convoy advances towards the viewer in a dramatic fashion.

Belly manages to capture the pious but weary faces of the pilgrims under the scorching sun. Adding an exotic note, the camels are large enough to dominate the canvas. Even though its subject matter is chiefly Islamic, Belly creates a more expansive religious meaning. Take notice to the left of the column; we can see a man walking along with a woman and child on a donkey – the pair refers to the biblical theme of The Flight into Egypt .

There are many reasons and many ways to be on the road. Whatever our destination, time spent traveling fills us with new experiences. Or, as Cavafy says, “Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey. Without her you wouldn’t have set out.”

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The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Kiev

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With a history tracing back 1,500 years, Kiev is incredibly multifaceted; going from bohemian to Soviet or medieval at a moment’s notice. There is much to discover and learn in this fascinating city, so read on for our guide to the top 10 things to see and do in Kiev.

1. tour around kiev pechersk lavra.

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1. Tour around Kiev Pechersk Lavra

An important center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity since its foundation in 1051, the Kiev Pechersk Lava is a historic monastery and probably Ukraine’s most famous monument. It attracts millions of visitors — tourists and pilgrims alike — every year. It contains a large number of architectural monuments (including the Great Bell Tower, one of the most remarkable elements of Kiev’s skyline) and the Dormition Cathedral, completed in 1075 but destroyed during World War II and then rebuilt. The most incredible part is the large network of underground caverns and corridors, apparently built around the cave in which Saint Anthony of Kiev settled in the 11th century. Many saints were subsequently buried in those caves. Note that women have to cover their head to enter the Lavra.

Lavrska St, 15, Kyiv, Ukraine , +380 44 255 11 05

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Kiev Pecherska Lavra Monastery|©anaroza/Flickr

Explore restaurants of Ukrainian cuisine

With its wealth of restaurants, Kiev is a great place to sample Ukrainian cuisine at any price. For budget-minded travelers, popular local chain Puzata Hata offers simple but traditional Ukrainian dishes at an incredibly low price, allowing everyone to discover the chicken Kiev and borscht without breaking the bank. In the same vein, check out Varenichnaya Katyusha, which specializes in dumplings known as vareniki. In general, every restaurant will serve a selection of Ukrainian soups, even pizzerias or sushi bars. So don’t be afraid to experiment and find a new favourite.

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2. Visit exhibition at Mystetskyi Arsenal

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When Ivan Meller designed an arsenal in Kiev to support Empress Catherine II’s war effort, he said that he had built it not for weapons but for the people. Three centuries later, though the building has allegedly been used as a secret military base in the Soviet era, his vision has finally come true, thanks to the creation in 2010 of the Mystetskyi National Art and Culture Museum. The museum currently features a permanent collection of Ukrainian art, temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures and a library, making it a cultural hub.

Lavra Street 10-12, Kiev, Ukraine , +380 44 288 52 25

3. Learn about the Holodomor

The Holodomor, a man-made famine that killed 2.5-7 million Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933, was a horrific page in Ukrainian history but is seldom mentioned in the West. Although there is significant controversy over whether it was deliberate and how many victims there were, it is important to learn about it, if only to better grasp what Ukraine has gone through in the 20th century. To this end, head to the Holodomor Memorial Museum, opened in 2008 in the park next to the Kiev Pechers Lavra. It’s quite small, consisting of only one room, but extremely moving.

Lavrska 3, Kiev, Ukraine , +380 44 254 4511

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Holodomor memorial|©Rob/Flickr

4. Immerse into contemporary art at Pinchuk Art Center

The Pinchuk Art Center is an international forefront for contemporary art, dedicated to showcasing outstanding new productions and artists. It also makes them accessible to the general public since admission is free. There is no permanent collection but rather temporary exhibitions, always ensuring something new and exciting to see. Artists who have exhibited their work range from major figures like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Olafur Eliasson, to new talents like the shortlisted laureates of the 2011 PitchukArtCentre Prize. As a bonus, visit the bathrooms for a surprisingly disorientating experience.

Velyka Vasyl’k’ikvs’ka/Basseyna 1/3-2, Kiev, Ukraine , +380 44 590 08 58

5. Unveil the St. Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery

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5. Unveil the St. Michaels Golden-Domed Monastery

An ancient monastery is one of the main attractions in Kiev. There is a spiritual school, a church choir and also a special hotel, where pilgrims can stay for a while in the shrine. The cathedral stands on the edge of the Starokiev Mountain, not far from the St. Andrew’s Church. When it was built, the dome was gilded for the first time in Kievan Rus. For this reason, it has received the title of Golden-Domed. St. Michael’s Monastery was completely destroyed in 1935 and was restored only 60 years later.

Triokhsviatytelska St, 8, Kyiv, Ukraine

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St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery |©rmac8oppo/Pixabay

6. Sit back at Hryshko Botanical Garden

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The Hryshko National Botanical Garden

7. Watch a football game at the Olympic Stadium

Olimpiyskiy Sports Complex

8. Celebrate the street food festival

Street food festival in Kiev has become the local’s favourite venue a long time ago. Every month on the Art-Zavod Platforma (creative and co-working cluster) there is a food celebration dedicated to the cuisine and culture of the particular country. Being animal-friendly, there’s always an opportunity to come with the pet or even to join the flash mob as Pug Team Kiev. Moreover, people come to listen to the DJ’s or Ukrainian singers, who perform in the evening, dance the night away or meet with friends.

Bilomorska St, 1, Kyiv, Ukraine , +380 44 338 55 38

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Personalized Travel Art: Your Guide to Capturing Memorable Journeys

T raveling is an enriching experience, isn’t it? As you jet-set across the globe or road trip through your home country, each destination leaves a unique imprint on your heart. But wouldn’t it be great if you could capture these memories in more than just photographs? That’s where personalized travel art comes into play.

Think about this: instead of only relying on digital albums or social media posts to recall those special moments , you’re creating tangible pieces of art that encapsulate your travels. Personalized travel art serves as a beautiful and creative reminder of all the places you’ve been and experiences you’ve had.

In this article, we’ll dive deep into personalized travel art – what it is, why it’s becoming increasingly popular among globetrotters and how to create your own. Whether you’re an avid traveler or simply someone who appreciates unique décor elements, there’s something captivating about owning a piece of art that narrates your journey. So buckle up; let’s explore the world of personalized travel art together!

Personalized Travel Art

Ever feel like your wanderlust isn’t just a passion, but part of who you are? That’s where personalized travel art comes in. It’s not just any piece of decor; it’s a unique and creative way to express your love for exploring the world.

You’ve probably seen those generic cityscape paintings or vintage map posters. While they’re cool, they don’t really capture your journey, do they? Personalized travel art lets you immortalize your favorite destinations in a style that suits you best. Whether it’s an intricate watercolor painting of your favorite Parisian cafe or a minimalist sketch of that breathtaking cliffside view from Santorini – the possibilities are as boundless as your adventures!

Did you know there's quite an interesting range when it comes to personalizing these pieces? Here's what some folks choose:

  • Specific locations: A special place that holds fond memories.
  • Travel quotes: Words that encapsulate their feelings towards traveling.
  • Dates and names: Marking significant milestones on their journey.

And let's not forget about styles! From classic oil paintings to modern digital prints – everyone can find something to match their taste and home decor .

In 2019, according to Statista , around 46% of US adults declared being interested in buying personalized products – proving there's indeed a market for such unique items. Plus with more artists jumping on this trend, options have skyrocketed making finding “the one” (piece) easier than ever!

So next time you're back from an epic trip and looking for ways to keep those memories alive – consider adding personalized travel art into the mix! It’ll be sure to make reminiscing even sweeter.

Why Personalized Travel Art is a Trending Choice

It’s no secret that personalized travel art is gaining popularity. But why? Let’s delve into this trend and understand its charm.

Unique and Meaningful Souvenirs

When you’re on the hunt for souvenirs, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of mass-produced items. You’ve probably found yourself sifting through piles of generic mugs, keychains, or fridge magnets only to feel underwhelmed by their lack of uniqueness. That’s where personalized travel art steps in.

Custom-made artwork captures the essence of your travels in a way nothing else can. Whether it's a watercolor rendition of your favorite cityscape or an intricate illustration of the quaint café where you had breakfast every morning, these pieces are truly one-of-a-kind.

Some examples include:

  • Sketches or paintings based on your personal photos
  • Custom maps featuring places you've visited
  • Illustrations incorporating elements unique to your trip (like specific landmarks)

These aren’t just objects; they’re memories immortalized in ink and color!

Tailored to Your Travel Experiences

Personalized travel art isn't just about uniqueness – it's also about being tailored specifically for you! This level of customization goes beyond what any generic souvenir can offer.

For instance:

  • A family trip might be commemorated with an artwork including everyone's names.
  • A couple celebrating their anniversary could have an illustration made featuring the romantic spot where they renewed their vows.
  • Solo travelers may choose depictions highlighting individual experiences like hiking trails conquered or cities explored solo.

This bespoke approach makes each piece resonate with personal significance – turning them into treasured keepsakes rather than mere decor items!

In short, personalized travel art lets you take home more than just memories – but tangible tokens that mirror those unforgettable moments from your journey around the globe!

How to Create Personalized Travel Art

Choose your travel photos.

Embarking on the journey of creating personalized travel art? You’ll need to start by selecting your favorite travel photos. This is a crucial step in the process, as these images will serve as the foundation for your artwork. Let’s break down how you can go about it:

  • First off, sift through your collection and pick out those snaps that really capture the essence of your trip.
  • Keep an eye out for pictures with vibrant colors or unique perspectives – they’re likely to translate well into striking pieces of art.
  • Remember, it’s not just about scenic vistas and iconic landmarks. Pictures that encapsulate personal moments can add a heartwarming touch to your travel art.

Remember: The goal is not simply to choose good photos but rather ones that truly resonate with you and evoke fond memories.

Select the Right Artistic Style

Once you’ve got your photos ready, it’s time to decide on an artistic style for transforming them into art pieces. There are myriad styles available so this decision depends largely on personal preference:

  • If simplicity appeals to you, consider minimalist line drawings or monochromatic sketches.
  • For a more colorful and lively outcome, try pop-art inspired techniques or watercolor renderings.
  • Those who favor realism might opt for detailed pencil sketches or hyper-realistic digital paintings.

Consider experimenting with different styles until you find one that fits perfectly with your vision.

Turn Your Photo Into a Painting

Now comes arguably the most exciting part – turning those chosen snapshots into beautiful paintings! Here are some ways how:

  • Use painting software: Digital tools like Adobe Photoshop have features allowing users to convert photographs into painted renditions.
  • Hire an artist: If manual painting is more up-your-alley but lack expertise yourself, consider commissioning an artist who specializes in custom work. Services like Instapainting are an easy way to find the right artist to paint your photo.
  • DIY Paint-by-numbers kits: These kits allow you to paint your own masterpiece by following a numbered guide, perfect for beginners.

No matter which method you choose, seeing your travel memories transformed into beautiful artwork is bound to be a rewarding experience. So get started on creating your personalized travel art today!

Popular Types of Personalized Travel Art

Art has a way of capturing moments, emotions, and memories like nothing else. When it comes to travel, personalized art pieces can be the perfect way to remember your adventures and experiences. Let’s explore some popular types of personalized travel art that you might want to consider.

Custom Travel Maps

You’ve probably seen these before: beautifully crafted maps with pins or markers highlighting places you’ve been or dream destinations. They’re not just aesthetically pleasing – they tell YOUR unique travel story.

Whether it’s a map charting your cross-country road trip or one marking all the countries you’ve visited, custom travel maps make for stunning wall decor that constantly reminds you of your travels. You could even go one step further and opt for 3D versions that add an extra dimension to your globe-trotting exploits!

Some favorite picks in this category include:

  • Push Pin World Maps
  • Scratch Off Maps
  • Personalized Star Maps (for those memorable nights under foreign skies)

Travel Photo Collages

What better way to relive those amazing trips than through photos? With travel photo collages, you get to showcase multiple snapshots from different locations in one frame – it’s like having a visual diary on display.

Travel photo collages come in various forms: framed prints featuring several photos; canvas prints where multiple images are printed on high-quality canvas; or even digital versions which can be used as wallpapers on devices.

Here are some creative ways people have put together their photo collages:

  • Sorting photos by color palette for an artistic touch.
  • Arranging pictures chronologically based on when each trip took place.
  • Grouping photos by theme (beaches, mountains, cities etc).

Illustrated City Prints

When photographs don’t do justice to the breathtaking beauty of a cityscape viewed at dusk or dawn – illustrated city prints come into play! These stylized, artistic renditions of cityscapes, landmarks or favorite spots from your travels can be the perfect personalized travel art for any globetrotter.

Typically done in watercolor or digital formats, these prints capture the essence of a place through an artist’s eyes and make for stunning conversation pieces. They’re ideal if you want to showcase your love for a particular destination without resorting to generic postcard images.

Some popular options include:

  • Skyline illustrations
  • Landmark-focused artwork
  • Personalized illustrations where you can add details like names or dates

In conclusion, personalized travel art is all about capturing memories and experiences in unique ways. Whether it’s maps that trace your journeys across continents, photo collages that bring together snippets of various trips, or illustrated prints that depict beloved cities – there are countless ways to keep your wanderlust alive through art!

Displaying and Enjoying Your Personalized Travel Art

Once you’ve acquired your personalized travel art, the next step is figuring out how to showcase it. You’ll want to display your pieces in a way that not only accentuates their beauty but also reminds you of the wonderful travels they represent.

One popular method for displaying travel art is creating a gallery wall. This allows you to mix different sizes, shapes, and types of artwork together for an eclectic yet cohesive look. Here’s how:

  • Start by selecting a wall in your home that’s visible and gets plenty of light.
  • Plan your layout before hanging anything up – this can be done by tracing each piece onto craft paper and arranging these templates on the wall with tape.
  • Once you’re happy with the arrangement, replace each template with its corresponding piece of art.

Besides walls, think outside-the-box when it comes to showcasing your artwork:

  • Floating shelves or bookcases can provide more depth than traditional frames.
  • Consider using easels for larger pieces or those that are particularly special.

Now let’s talk about enjoying your travel art collection. It’s not just about looking at them passively; these artworks serve as tangible reminders of memorable trips and adventures you’ve had around the world! Take time every now and then to really study each piece – perhaps reminiscing over a cup of coffee on a lazy Sunday morning or sharing stories associated with them when friends come over.

A well-curated collection can also serve as inspiration for future travels; seeing depictions from far-flung locales might inspire wanderlust within you! That Moroccan marketplace painting could nudge you towards planning an exciting trip there!

So remember, personalized travel art isn’t just decor; it's an ongoing testament to your journey through life – one filled with adventure, exploration, growth…and plenty of beautiful sights along the way!

Affordable Options for Personalized Travel Art

Looking for a unique way to commemorate your travels? Personalized travel art is an incredible option, but you might be thinking it’s out of your budget. Well, guess what? There are affordable options available that won’t break the bank. Let’s explore some of these cost-effective ways to capture your travel memories in art.

Art prints are one great option. Websites like Etsy or Redbubble host thousands of artists who can create personalized pieces based on your favorite travel photos or destinations. You’ll find a wide range of prices, but there are definitely affordable pieces if you take the time to look around.

  • Etsy: The average price for a custom piece can range from $20 – $50.
  • Redbubble: Prices start as low as $15 depending on the size and artist.

Next up, consider digital downloads. These are designs that artists create and sell online for you to download and print yourself. This cuts down on shipping costs and allows you more flexibility in choosing how large you want the final piece to be.

  • Digital Downloads: Artists often charge between $5 – $10 per design.
  • Printing Costs: Depending on where you print (a local shop vs an online service), this could add another $5 – 20 per piece.

Finally, think about DIY projects! If you’re crafty or willing to try something new, creating your own personalized travel art can be both fun and budget-friendly.

  • Paint or draw directly onto maps.
  • Create collages with ticket stubs and other mementos from your travels.

By considering these options above, it’s clear that personalized travel art doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag! It's all about finding creative solutions within your budget while still capturing those special moments from your journeys across the globe.

Final Thoughts

So, you’ve journeyed with us through the wonderful world of personalized travel art. It’s clear that this unique form of expression has a profound impact on how we remember and cherish our adventures.

Why is it so captivating? Well, let’s break it down:

  • Personalization: Your travel experiences are deeply personal. They’re your stories, your memories. When these experiences are translated into art, they become tangible pieces of your personal narrative.
  • Creativity: Travel inspires creativity like nothing else. Whether it’s the vibrant colors of a bustling marketplace or the serene beauty of a mountain landscape, these visuals spark artistic interpretation.
  • Connection: Personalized travel art connects you to your past journeys in a visceral way. Each piece serves as an emotional bookmark, allowing you to revisit cherished moments anytime you wish.

There’s no denying the power and allure of personalized travel art. It bridges the gap between experience and memory in an aesthetically pleasing manner that photographs alone simply can’t achieve.

The next time you find yourself wandering through a foreign city or hiking up picturesque trails, think about how those moments could be immortalized through personalized travel art. You might just discover that this unique blend of self-expression and remembrance becomes an essential part of your travels moving forward.

In short, personalized travel art isn’t just about capturing places; it’s about capturing you in those places - what you felt there, what moved you there - making each piece as individual as fingerprints on pottery clay.

Remember to explore different styles and artists when considering commissioning your own piece; diversity can only enrich your collection! And above all else… happy travels!

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NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Adam Moss, author of The Work of Art: How Something Comes From Nothing.


I've got a 400-page book. I have a couple hours to spend with the author talking about it, and I have eight minutes of your time to tell you about this book. So where should I begin?

ADAM MOSS: Yeah, no, I'm feeling, very exposed and somewhat terrified.

SHAPIRO: Exposed? Terrified? That seems like a good start. We've got emotion, stakes and a character. The author? Adam Moss. His new book explores how creative people make things.

MOSS: The book is called "The Work Of Art," and that is kind of what it's about.

SHAPIRO: It's about the work. In more than 40 chapters, one per artist, the book tries to answer the question - how does a sketch become a painting, a scribbled lyric become a song? Or how does a sprawling interview become a radio story?

You know, on second thought, maybe I should start this piece with a scene instead - take two.

MOSS: So this building used to be pretty much all artist studios, and then, over the years...

SHAPIRO: Adam Moss and I walk into a square room with white walls, light streaming in from windows on two sides...

MOSS: Which is my sort of secret painting studio, and it's kind of my den of torture.

SHAPIRO: (Laughter).

MOSS: And this is where I come, you know, many days and wrestle with trying to make something (laughter).

SHAPIRO: And it's just art everywhere you look. The difference between this and other artist studios being that you've never allowed anyone in this space before now?

MOSS: That is true - just my husband and my teacher. That's it. Two people in my entire life, and I've had this thing for five years. So welcome.

SHAPIRO: Well, what a privilege. What a privilege.

See, when Adam Moss gave up his job as editor-in-chief of New York Magazine five years ago, he started painting. He loved it, and it was agonizing.

MOSS: I really wanted to be good, and it made the act of making art so frustrating for me. And what - you know, just to cut to the chase - you know, what I learned from this book is that the end product is not the point. Everyone I talked to was, in many ways, indifferent to the product of their labors - and, really, extreme labors. And what they were consumed by - why they did what they did - is because they were consumed by the work.

SHAPIRO: Ugh. Is this too forced - trying to emulate the form of the book in the form of this radio piece? Oh, wait - I know. The solution to my problem of how to start this story is in the book.

How do the artists you spoke with deal with the blank page?

MOSS: Well, it was a preoccupation of all of them. And they all approached it differently, but, basically, they tried to get through that as quickly as possible and with as little thought as possible. Many of them write in longhand, giving themselves...


MOSS: ...Explicit permission to fail.

SHAPIRO: Key, it sounds like, is it doesn't have to begin with something good. It just has to begin.

MOSS: It just has to begin.

SHAPIRO: Phew. OK, then - let's move on.

The artists in this book cover so many different genres. There are composers and crossword-puzzle-makers. There are poets and playwrights, painters. What interested me the most was the number of things they all have in common. Can you list off a few of those for us?

MOSS: Sure. Fundamentally, they all have drive. They all have a compulsion - an obsession to make something. It gets into their system, and they can't let go of it. They have faith. They have patience. They have perseverance. They have luck.

SHAPIRO: The book is a visual feast full of drafts and sketches. Every page offers images showing how an idea becomes a finished design. You know what? Maybe I should zoom in, give you a specific example. And since this is an audio story, it should probably be a musician. Adam Moss and I talked about composer Stephen Sondheim and singer-songwriter Rostam, who's less well known. Which one do I put in this story? Well, Sondheim already gets a lot of attention on NPR, and I like an underdog. So...

You spoke with the artist Rostam, formerly of the band Vampire Weekend, now a solo artist, and he described to you the process of writing the song "In A River."

SHAPIRO: What was that process for him?

MOSS: The process for him was he had purchased a mandolin. And he was just plucking it, sitting in his house, and a chord progression came to him.


SHAPIRO: But it had to be a simple chord progression 'cause he wasn't good at playing the mandolin.

MOSS: Absolutely. He'd never played it before.

SHAPIRO: Which gets to the theme of limitations are so helpful to so many of these artists.

MOSS: Limitations are helpful. And also, he had played the guitar. So he had in him ingrained a certain facility, which - he was able to adapt to the mandolin. He played this little, simple chord progression. He would then revisit this sound now and then. At one point, he started to sing kind of gibberish, which was, by the way, what all the songwriters do at first.

SHAPIRO: All of them.

MOSS: All of them - every single one - they start by just singing the thing that comes to their mind. It's the blank page that you were talking about before. And in this case, the line - the key lyric of the song came to him in that very first instant, swimming in a river with no clothes on. And he liked that.


ROSTAM BATMANGLIJ: (Singing) We are swimming with no clothes on in a river in the dark.

SHAPIRO: In the book, you print the draft lyrics that he was playing with and then the final lyrics, and so we can see how it evolves from, yeah, I'm holding on to you, yeah, I got you by the arm, to and I'm holding on to you, boy, in the faint light of the stars.

BATMANGLIJ: (Singing) And I am holding onto you, boy, in the faint light of the stars.

MOSS: And in fact, when he - you know, when he looked at his early lyrics in any number of places, he'd cringed.

SHAPIRO: Yeah, I mean...

MOSS: But he said, as he says - he says, but that's what - you've got to get through the bad in order to get to the good.

BATMANGLIJ: (Singing) In the faint light of the headlights of passing cars.

SHAPIRO: And so as we sit here in your painting studio, surrounded by studies half-finished, entirely finished paintings that you have felt like were torture as you were making them...

MOSS: (Laughter).

SHAPIRO: ...What has the experience of writing this book and speaking with all of these geniuses taught you?

MOSS: It's taught me to appreciate the making, not the made, which is enormously relieving for me and allows me to feel joy, even when I don't like what I make.

SHAPIRO: Every creation is, in some sense, defined by its limitations.

MOSS: Mmm hmm.

SHAPIRO: And one of the limitations on this interview we're conducting is that it is eight minutes on the radio - no more, no less.

SHAPIRO: So how do we end it? What did you learn from the artists you spoke to about how to end the thing?

MOSS: Well, people end for all sorts of reasons. They end because they're afraid they're going to screw it up. They end because they're bored. They end for completely arbitrary reasons. And let's end it there with - let's just end it.

SHAPIRO: Adam Moss - his new book is "The Work Of Art: How Something Comes From Nothing." Thank you so much.

MOSS: Thank you.

SHAPIRO: Sorry, there was one thing about endings that I really loved, which was Twyla Tharp basically saying, like, an ending is just another thing.

MOSS: Yeah, we can actually end there if you want.

MOSS: That's good.

SHAPIRO: How do people end the thing?

MOSS: They end it all sorts of ways. The choreographer, Twyla Tharp, when she says, well, you just end it, the ending is another part, just like the middle, she says - love that.

SHAPIRO: Adam Moss is the author of the new book, "The Work Of Art: How Something Comes From Nothing." And you didn't hear this from me, but he's also a very talented painter.

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Steve Garvey, the former L.A. Dodgers star and Republican U.S. Senate candidate in California, accused University of Southern California of enabling pro-Palestinian protests and equated the encampments to terrorism for obstructing "the pathway to classes." The school's provost noted yesterday that it asked protesters to remove the tents and closed campus gates to keep the demonstration from growing.

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During a speech about federal investments in semiconductor manufacturing, Mr. Biden again trolled Republicans who voted against or criticized his CHIPS act. “My predecessor and his MAGA Republican friends have a very different view,” Mr. Biden said, as he celebrated $6.1 billion grant for Micron. Referring to Representatives Brandon Williams and Elise Stefanik, Biden said, “I guess they’re not going to be here today to celebrate.”

President Biden is preparing to deliver a speech celebrating $6.1 billion in grants to Micron Technology, the latest federal award to bolster semiconductors. “It’s going to have a gigantic impact,” Biden said. As he entered the science and technology museum where he will speak here in Syracuse, a group of about 100 pro-Palestinian protesters across the street chanted “ceasefire now!”

Five Republicans and three Democrats submitted signatures to the state of Michigan to try to qualify for their party primaries on Aug, 6 for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. G.O.P. petition filers included a trio of former House members: Mike Rogers, Peter Meijer and Justin Amash. The Democrats included Representative Elissa Slotkin and the actor Hill Harper.

Federal filings show that Christina Bobb was paid $5,288.82 on March 29 by the R.N.C., which provided a statement from Steven Cheung, a Trump campaign spokesman, in response to questions about her status. Mr. Cheung said Ms. Bobb’s indictment in Arizona was another example of Democrats’ weaponization of the justice system. “The Democrat platform for 2024: if you can’t beat them, try to throw them in jail.”

One name to watch in the Arizona election indictment is Christina Bobb, a right-wing former lawyer for Donald Trump whom the R.N.C. hired as a senior election counsel. “This tells you all you need to know about today’s Republican National Committee,” Liz Cheney wrote on X , “The person in charge of election integrity for the @GOP was just indicted in Arizona for a lack of election integrity.”

North Carolina’s elections board said Thursday that felons who have not completed their sentences remain ineligible to vote, including parolees and those on probation and supervised release. It attempted to clarify their status after a federal judge on Monday blocked the state from enforcing an 1877 law, one criticized as discriminatory, that made it a crime for offenders who voted without knowing about the ban.

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Donald Trump made a campaign stop this morning at a construction site in Manhattan, where he shook hands with union members. The brief visit, meant to highlight Trump’s criticism of Biden’s economic policies, exemplifies how his campaign intends to balance his court schedule with stops in media-heavy New York City that help him broadcast his national message.

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Several lawyers and advisers to former President Donald J. Trump, including Rudolph W. Giuliani and Mark Meadows, were indicted in Arizona on Wednesday in connection with efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Trump was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the case, as well as in a similar case in Michigan .

Donald Trump’s legal team will argue to the Supreme Court this morning that he can’t be prosecuted because former presidents have “absolute immunity” from criminal charges for acts they took in office. Trump’s campaign, meanwhile, sent out a fund-raising email last night titled “Put Biden on Trial,” saying, “CROOKED JOE DESERVES LIFE IN PRISON!”

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Watchdog group accuses the Trump campaign of violating finance law.

A campaign watchdog group filed a formal complaint to the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday accusing Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign and related political committees of concealing payments of $7.2 million in legal fees by paying them through an unrelated shell company in violation of campaign finance law.

At the center of the complaint , from the Campaign Legal Center, is the company that received the payments, Red Curve. The company is run by Bradley Crate, who is also the treasurer for the Trump campaign and four related political committees listed in the complaint, as well as for 200 other candidates and committees.

In its complaint, the Campaign Legal Center said that the Trump political committees had used Red Curve, which did not appear to offer legal services, “as a conduit to conceal payments for legal services.” The group filed its complaint hours after The Daily Beast published an article about the payments to Red Curve.

Neither Red Curve nor representatives of the Trump campaign responded to a request for comment.

“This apparent payment scheme, however, violates the reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act,” the complaint said, “which requires that committees provide detailed information about who they are paying for services, and how much they are paying for those services.”

The complaint also said that Red Curve advanced payments for the legal costs to the Trump committees as part of the payment scheme, potentially violating a campaign finance law that prevents corporations from giving money to candidates.

“What Red Curve was doing was basically making a contribution," said Saurav Ghosh, the director of federal campaign finance reform at the Campaign Legal Center. “If it’s treated as a corporation under federal campaign finance law, then that’s illegal on its face.”

He added: “If, alternatively, it’s an unincorporated entity for campaign finance purposes, then the contributions would be in excess” of the amount permitted by federal law.

Mr. Trump has spent more than $100 million on lawyers and other legal costs since he left office in 2021, relying almost entirely on political donations to cover those expenses. Red Curve was the largest single recipient of those payments, receiving $7.2 million, according to records filed to the F.E.C.

The F.E.C. also on Wednesday fined a pro-Trump super PAC $6,075 in a negotiated settlement for failing to disclose $150,600 in in-kind contributions in an April 2022 quarterly report. The super PAC — Make America Great Again, Again — was once a leading fund-raising group for Mr. Trump. It fell under scrutiny last year for an unusual payment of $155,000 to Melania Trump , Mr. Trump’s wife, for a speaking engagement.

The Trump campaign did not respond to questions about the fine.

In its complaint concerning Red Curve, the Campaign Legal Center cited what it said were similar violations of campaign finance law. The watchdog group noted the use of a law firm by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2016 that made payments to the firm Fusion GPS to conduct research against Mr. Trump — research that was used in what became known as the Steele dossier . The Clinton campaign and the D.N.C. agreed to pay $113,000 in fines to settle an F.E.C. investigation into campaign spending disclosures.

“It’s similar to this situation,” Mr. Ghosh said of the Fusion GPS case. “In that there was, you know, a lack of transparency about who’s getting paid. What is the payment for?”

Trump again compares campus protests to the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Former President Donald J. Trump emerged from his felony criminal trial in New York on Thursday and again minimized the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017 while portraying a recent wave of predominantly peaceful pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses as characterized by “tremendous hate.”

One woman was killed and nearly 40 people were injured when an avowed neo-Nazi plowed his car through a crowd of counterprotesters during violent clashes in Charlottesville. Earlier, hundreds of white supremacists had marched through the city, carrying torches and chanting, “Jews will not replace us.”

The current campus protests, while resulting in hundreds of arrests , have had no reports of significant violence.

But standing outside a Manhattan courthouse on Thursday, Mr. Trump said, “Charlottesville was a little peanut and was nothing compared — and the hate wasn’t the kind of hate that you have here. This is tremendous hate.” Of President Biden, he added, “We have a man that can’t talk about it because he doesn’t understand it.”

Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the White House, said in a statement that “minimizing the antisemitic and white supremacist poison displayed in Charlottesville is repugnant and divisive.” He added: “That moment compelled President Biden to run in 2020, because he has fought antisemitism and hate his entire life.”

Mr. Trump had used that same characterization about Charlottesville only a day earlier in a post on his social media site. The former president diminished the violence at the far-right rally, calling it “like a ‘peanut’” compared with the campus protests against the war in Gaza, which he distorted as “riots and anti-Israel protests.”

Mr. Trump also in that post repeated an attack on President Biden, saying that he “HATES Israel and Hates the Jewish people,” while adding “the problem is that he HATES the Palestinians even more, and he just doesn’t know what to do!?!?” Mr. Trump has repeatedly insulted Jews who vote for Democrats and for Mr. Biden, saying that they hate their religion and Israel .

Representatives for the Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Trump — who also presided over civil unrest set off by the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in May 2020 — sought to downplay a chapter of his presidency that garnered widespread outrage and criticism.

In Charlottesville’s aftermath, Mr. Trump repeatedly drew a moral equivalency between the white supremacists — who brandished swastikas, Confederate flags and “Trump/Pence” signs — and peaceful counterprotesters, asserting that there were “very fine people on both sides.”

Underpinning the Charlottesville gathering of neo-Nazis, antisemites and white supremacists was a racist conspiracy theory, called the great replacement theory, which says that elites, sometimes manipulated by Jews, seek to “replace” and disempower white Americans. The growing prominence of the theory in far-right circles has incited racist terror attacks across the world, including several mass shootings in the United States.

Mr. Biden has in recent months faced protests and opposition to his presidential campaign from Americans who are sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinians and angry at the United States for arming Israel in the fighting in Gaza. Mr. Trump’s social media post on Wednesday sought to portray many of these protesters as a riotous mob, while also seeking to stoke protesters’ anger by claiming that Mr. Biden hates the Palestinians.

Some of the campus demonstrations have included hate speech and expressions of support for Hamas, the militant group in Gaza that carried out attacks on Israel on Oct. 7, killing about 1,200 people. In response to those attacks, Israel has waged a war on Hamas in Gaza, killing more than 34,000 people, mostly women and children , according to the Gaza Health Ministry. This week Mr. Biden condemned demonstrations that he said veered into antisemitism, but he also expressed sympathy for the Palestinians.

“I condemn the antisemitic protests,” Mr. Biden told reporters on Monday. “I also condemn those who don’t understand what’s going on with the Palestinians.”

Biden was in Syracuse as Trump’s trial continued in Manhattan.

President Biden was in Syracuse, N.Y., today to promote investments from the CHIPS and Science Act and other economic policies enacted during his administration.

The reliably blue state is again the center of political attention during the 2024 presidential campaign, after Mr. Biden and former President Donald J. Trump crossed paths last month . But it is the first time that Mr. Biden has traveled to the state during the felony criminal trial of Mr. Trump, his Republican rival.

Mr. Trump’s trial in a Manhattan courthouse was in recess on Wednesday, and will pick back up today — most likely unfolding as Mr. Biden gives his speech in upstate New York, 250 miles away. Mr. Trump made a brief campaign stop early in the morning at a construction site in Manhattan.

It is a dynamic that will continue for at least several more weeks: While Mr. Biden campaigns across the country, Mr. Trump has often been in the Manhattan courtroom.

Mr. Trump has tried to make campaign stops outside of the courtroom, as he did Thursday morning, and on the weekends. But a rally that he had scheduled in North Carolina last weekend was called off because of weather.

And Mr. Trump’s legal troubles have only grown in recent days. On Wednesday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mark Meadows and a number of other Trump allies were indicted in Arizona for their role in a fake elector scheme in 2020 that sought to overturn the results of the election in that state. The indictment includes conspiracy, fraud and forgery charges, related to efforts by the defendants to change the 2020 election results.

Mr. Trump was also named an unindicted co-conspirator in the case.

On Wednesday evening, Mr. Trump weighed in on the growing pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses, distorting the mostly peaceful demonstrations as “riots” while downplaying the violence at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., saying that “Charlottesville is like a ‘peanut’” in comparison to the current student protests.

Mr. Trump, in the same social media post, accused Mr. Biden of hating Israel and Jewish people, even as Mr. Biden reaffirmed his commitment to Israel as “ironclad.” Mr. Trump has made similar accusations against Jews who vote for Democrats, saying that they hate Israel and their religion.

Trump makes a campaign stop in Manhattan before his trial resumes.

Hours before he was set to return to the courthouse for his criminal trial in Manhattan, former President Donald J. Trump started Thursday morning by visiting a construction site in a campaign stop that exemplified the balancing act required for a candidate who is also a criminal defendant.

In the shadow of what will eventually be the 70-story headquarters of one of the nation’s biggest banks, Mr. Trump shook hands with union workers in a visit meant to highlight his support from working-class voters and draw attention to his criticism of President Biden’s economic policies.

His warm reception — a cheering crowd of roughly 100 people gathered behind him, chanting “we want Trump” — marked a stark contrast from the sober environment of the courthouse where Mr. Trump has spent most weekdays since his trial began last week, and where his comments have largely been limited to addressing reporters in the hallway during breaks.

Mr. Trump has not held a rally since just before the trial began, in part because a planned event in North Carolina last weekend was canceled because of weather. But his visit to the construction site typifies how his campaign is using retail stops in New York, a left-leaning state not expected to be in play in November, to help broadcast his national message.

“I have a lot of support here,” Mr. Trump said, as roughly two dozen workers clambered up scaffolding and equipment to catch a glimpse of him. Among those in the crowd were members of the Teamsters union, whose endorsement Mr. Trump has been courting.

The trip to the construction site kicks off what will be a significant day in Mr. Trump’s legal battles. In Manhattan, where Mr. Trump is accused of falsifying business records, David Pecker, the former publisher of The National Enquirer, is expected to return to the stand and detail the hush-money payment at the center of his case. Asked by reporters, Mr. Trump said that Mr. Pecker had been “very nice” and called him a “nice guy.”

In Washington, the Supreme Court will consider Mr. Trump’s argument that he is immune from prosecution on federal charges that he plotted to subvert the 2020 election. Mr. Trump, who will likely be in the Manhattan courtroom during the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, repeated an argument he has been making for months that “a president has to have immunity, otherwise you just have a ceremonial president.”

Mr. Trump’s appeal to working-class voters was key to his victory in 2016, and as he tries to return to the White House, he has been eager to win the support of rank-and-file union members and to drive a wedge between them and labor leaders who have long favored Democrats.

In January, Mr. Trump met with the Teamsters union’s executive board and said he believed he had a “good shot” at securing the influential union’s endorsement. The union endorsed Mr. Biden in 2020, and its leaders met with the president last month.

Mr. Biden has for years touted his allegiance to unions. On Wednesday he received the endorsement of the North America’s Building Trades Unions, an umbrella group whose leaders pointed to Mr. Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure package.

Jason Miller, a senior Trump campaign adviser, said that Thursday’s visit had been “on the books for some time” and was part of the campaign’s larger strategy to contend with the scheduling challenges posed by the Manhattan trial.

“Since the Biden Trials are an attempt to keep us off the campaign trail, we’ll bring the campaign trail to us,” he said. Mr. Trump has said without citing evidence that the charges are part of an “election interference” scheme orchestrated by Mr. Biden.



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