Ghent may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think about traveling to Europe, and that may be one of the top reasons to go.
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Street art is highly polarizing. A lot of people think it is graffiti and vandalism of private property. They believe it ruins the natural architectural beauty of a place (if it had architectural beauty to begin with). They believe it is the start to lawlessness – once murals are painted all manner of other crimes will surely follow. Since the days of Jean-Michel Basquiat as SAMO©, street artists have fought for respect, which is something that continues with today’s artists.
But that’s not been our experience. We have found that many of the street art murals are actually painted on walls with the owner’s permission. Many of these murals are museum quality and draw heavily on the Pop-era artistic expressions of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana, Claes Oldenburg, and Roy Lichtenstein. There’s a sophistication that exists. Many street art murals tackle strong political, socioeconomic or social justice topics. While we may not always agree with the artist’s viewpoint, we can’t deny the quality or beauty. These are some of our favorite street art areas around the world.
A little bit European and a little bit Canadian, Montreal is a city that loves good food, good art, and getting outside at every opportunity, no matter the weather. In the spirit of its French settlers, Montreal teems with joie de vivre.
With amazing architecture, ancient history, and fun attractions, Ghent and Bruges are great choices on a trip to Belgium…but which one is the better fit for you?
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has the feeling of a small town wrapped in a big city. Once known for its industries like tobacco and textiles, Winston-Salem has broadened its appeal as a center of art, culture, and food while still paying homage to its past.
Most advice about Athens says that you can everything in this enormously historic city in one day. While that may get you the highest of the highlights, there’s more to Athens than that.
Dallas is about BBQ and cowboys—both the football kind and the calf-roping kind—but it’s so much more than that, too.
Wandering our way through the colorful streets of San Francisco’s Mission District made for a great day.
These days, it seems America is infatuated with abandoned places. A whole genre of urban decay tourism has sprung up in Rust Belt cities. The Keystone State has its own monuments to change. Recently I set out with a few friends to see the Rays Hill Tunnel on the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike.
In the Poconos Mountains, the “honeymoon capital of the world,” abandoned resorts stand hauntingly empty, being reclaimed by the Pennsylvania wilderness.
Stepping off the plane in Quito, Ecuador, the first thing you notice are the colors. The entire country is bathed in bright reds, lush greens, deep blues, sunny yellows and everything in between. Some of that is because this is one of the world’s most beautiful countries. But much of it is also due to