10 Apr, 2016 in Lisbon
LX factory Lisbon Portugal

Lisbon is a great city with lots of interesting areas offering a wide variety of attractions. One interesting area that’s a bit different from all the architectural historical tourist areas of Lisbon is the funky LX Factory art area, a former factory located under the industrial bridge connecting to the other side of the river, […]

9 Mar, 2016 in Eastern Spain
City of Arts and Sciences Valencia Spain-039

The problem was I arrived in Valencia after visiting Barcelona, Girona, and Figueres, and so the charming old central area of Valencia was just, let’s say, okay. Sure, you get your lovely architecture, a grand cathedral, a lively local market, and some local museums, but I was hoping to see something in Valencia that would […]

8 May, 2014 in Beijing
National Art Museum of China Beijing (5)

Interested in arts and culture in Beijing? Quite a few things for you to see. My absolute favorite is the 798 area, but if you prefer the more organized museums and wondering around large structures with exhibition halls, then Beijing offers a number of large scale museums, arguably the best in China. In my last […]

16 Feb, 2014 in Shenzhen
He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen (10)

Shenzhen is trying hard to push for more art with dedicated art zones throughout the city. OCT Loft Contemporary Art Terminal is one fine example. But that’s relatively new, prior to that, not too far away also in the Overseas Chinese Town area  is the He Xiangning Art Museum. I didn’t expect much, so I […]

22 Jan, 2014 in Tokyo
2121 Design museum Rippongi Tokyo (25)

One of the nicest discoveries of my recent visit to Tokyo was realizing that Tokyo is filled with culture and arts. In the Rippongi area there are a number of world-class art museums, with top notch exhibitions with some of the finest arts and design in the world. My day wondering around Rippongi and visiting […]

11 Jan, 2014 in Itineraries, Taipei
Lin+An+Tai+House+ amp +Museum+Taipei+ 28  Lin An Tai Museum and House : Taipei City taipei area

Taipei is one of my favorite cities. Ever since I first arrived in Taipei I felt a strong connection to Taipei and the Taiwanese people that made me want to stay and study Mandarin for a semester and then come back to Taiwan a year later for a long academic visit. In the time that […]

15 Feb, 2013 in Taipei
Huashan Creative Park 1914 Taipei (2).JPG

Taipei’s push for more arts and culture is really showing throughout the city. In the last few years the local government has transformed previously run-down factory space into a happening bustling space for local artists and interesting exhibitions. Songshan Cultural District, the Taipei  Treasure Hill Artist Village and even the Taipei City Hakka Cultural Center. […]

13 Feb, 2013 in Taipei
Lego Exhibition Songshan Cultural District Taipei (6).JPG

In the last few years Taipei has really been pushing culture and arts forward with the establishment of various arts villages art districts across Taipei. In my recent visit to Taipei I counted atleast five new such areas, all bustling with with creativity, ongoing festivals  and interesting visiting exhibitions. A good example of such a […]

21 Jan, 2013 in Chicago
Art Institute - Chicago (26).JPG

To balance the last two visits to contemporary arts museums (Boston & Taipei), here’s a wonderful arts museum in Chicago. I visited this museum following a very pleasant and informative skyscraper architecture tour that left from across the street from the arts institute. From that tour, the first thing a visitor notices about the museum […]

18 Oct, 2012 in Gainesville
Arts Festival - Gainesville (17).JPG

Gainesville, 2.5 hours away from Tallahassee, is perhaps most famous for its local university – the University of Florida (as one Florida State University professor put it – "the second best university in Florida"). I came in to Gainesville to attend a small regional conference (SSSP ; Conference), hoping to see a bit of what […]

Facebook Iconfacebook like buttonTwitter Icontwitter follow buttonVisions of Travel InstagramVisions of Travel InstagramVisions of Travel Instagram