All posts tagged: art

5 days in San Francisco

This is my second time visiting California in 2015. If you recall from some of my previous posts, I swung by Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco in March with my girlfriends. Aside from the fact that I am in love with the weather, this time around I had a very different agenda. The main purpose of my trip was to go camping into Yosemite National Park with my boyfriend which I will talk about in much more detail in the post right after this one. Today I wanted to highlight some of the fun things I did in San Francisco ¬†ūüôā The weather in San Fran was perfect as usual – a hot dry breezy mid 20’s. ¬†We walked around Union Square and Market Street – a great shopping area with an generous¬†mix of luxury and mid priced retail stores. ¬†You can buy your Givenchy, Chanel and Valentino, walk a few blocks and find Victoria’s Secret, Converse and Urban Outfitters. One of my favorite things about this city is the neighborhoods. ¬†It’s simply …

Los Angele: LACMA, Universal Studios, Nightlife

Although I’ve been to California many times, I usually stick to San Francisco where I visit family. ¬†This time, I took a week trip down with a few friends to explore the other main cities – Los Angeles being the first stop. ¬†It’s a classic Californian city with Palm trees and perfect weather. ¬†Lots of great spots for food, entertainment, and shopping. ¬†Don’t confuse downtown LA as being the equivalent of downtown Toronto (we learned this the hard way). ¬†All the action is at the beaches and Hollywood. ¬†Car rentals are super cheap and the best way to get around. On our first morning we stopped by Poppy + Rose, a quant little cafe tucked in an uncanny location for an outdoor market. ¬†A bit of a hidden treasure. ¬†The food was¬†really yummy! ¬†We had a Salmon Eggs Benedict on a tender biscuit and Chicken Chopped Salad. After breakfast, we headed over to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). ¬†Of course, had to take some photos with the iconic lamps! ¬†The museum itself …

Berlin: East Side Gallery – the Iconic Wall of Graffiti

One of the coolest attractions in Berlin is definitely the East Side Gallery. ¬†It’s not your typical posh display of art from distinguished artists behind glass frames. ¬†This one is expressionist art in its rawest form. ¬†The best part? ¬†It’s free. The coolest part? ¬†It fuses history with modernity in the most organic way possible. ¬†A 1.3km stretch of the original Berlin wall located on M√ľhlenstra√üe along the river spree. The Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall.¬† The paintings at the East Side Gallery document a time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better, more free future for all people of the world Due to the open nature of the gallery, vandalism and erosion is visible on every piece of artwork on the concrete slabs. ¬†People freely scribble on the walls like it was the side of some high school desktop. ¬† Not gonna lie, my friends and I made a small mark …

Discovering the artistic side of Paris

Musee du Louvre, the largest museum in the world and probably one of the most famous as well for its feature in Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. ¬†Reserve at least half a day if you want to enjoy a good chunk of this museum because the exhibitions are enormous. ¬†We spent about 3 hours and only got through about three exhibitions and within the last hour we sped through most of the artwork. ¬†As I am writing this post after my Europe trip, I must say Musee du Louvre is large and thorough enough to over shadow all other European art museums and act as a good summary of all categories of European artwork. ¬†Initially we were going to do this and Musee D’Orsay within the same day but I’m glad we scraped that idea because you will be exhausted after exploring either and will need a breather before delving into such intense artistic realms again.¬† The beautiful modern glass pyramid entrance How the pyramid looks like from the interior after you have descended the …