I’m a big fan of art from all eras. I make a point to look at small galleries of art wherever I go on vacation. But sometimes I want to spend my whole vacation in a museum, looking at the amazing artwork. Sound a bit odd? Well, I’m sure I have people who would love to join my in my artistic travels! Here are some of my favorite destinations for beautiful artwork. Close your eyes, and take a beautiful artistic journey with me to my favorite vacation spots.

Florence, Italy

Florence is the home of Dante, who wrote the magnificent work The Divine Comedy. Every year Florence has an arts festival to honor the great poet; you can see all of the original artwork for Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell… The Hell artwork is my personal favorite because it is the most emotional. You can also find the works of other great artists like Da Vinci here; the Italian Renaissance was birthed in large part from Florence. You can find some of the world’s most influential art here in this beautiful city.

New York City, USA

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the middle of Manhattan rivals the largest European museums; the Met, as it’s known to natives, takes up almost 4 city blocks and is filled to the brim with stunning paintings, sculptures, and unearthed archeological finds. And you won’t just find European and American art; you will find art from ancient Egypt, Africa, and Greece. The Met is perfect for history nerds like me as well as art buffs. No matter what culture you’re from, you will find out more about your roots from the Met. In addition, since it is centrally located you will be able to eat out at the best restaurants and stay in wonderful hotels. I’m a big fan of the Ramada on 3rd Ave… I got a great indoor basketball for the trip from Patio Sport because their basketball court is so much fun to play on!

Paris, France

I’ve saved the best for last, because one cannot have a real discussion about great art without talking about France. France was the next great artistic capital after Italy; it took a bit of the spotlight way during the late 1600s onward. The Louvre in downtown Paris is one of the greatest storehouse of art on the planet; the most famous piece of art, the Mona Lisa, is stored here. France is also a great place of food, culture, and fashion as well. I’m really glad I took some French classes in high school, because the local French people are very willing to let you practice your French on them, and they want to practice their English on you as well! If you live in the United States especially, you will love French culture. Just remember to be polite, open-minded, and don’t assume everything will be the same as what you’re used to. That goes for every culture you travel in, if you want to have a good time!

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I enjoy taking a rustic vacation every once in a while. A resort is a wonderful place to stay for a holiday, but nothing beats the feeling of conquering nature during your vacation. However, you have to pick your vacation spot carefully. Your natural, rustic vacation could turn into a very miserable, unhappy stay very quickly. I’ll share a few of my personal favorite vacation spots for travelers all over the world. The only rule is that they have to be wilderness destinations!

The Smoky Mountains

The United States and Canada have some of the best wilderness vacation spots. There are so many undeveloped portions of the US and Canada that are wonderful for the wilderness traveler. The Smoky Mountains in East TN and North Carolina are perfect examples of this. The Smokys offer a perfect blend of wilderness and comfort. If you start your vacation camping in the national park and decide you’d rather not, there are plenty of hotels and resorts for you to choose from.

The Garden of the Gods, Colorado

The Garden of the Gods is a natural rock formation that offers a perfect travel spot for the wilderness traveler. There are campsites on top of mountains as well as in valleys, and hiking enough for the most daring traveler. Make sure you pick up a good-quality survival knife, such as this one here: http://asklancelot.com/best-survival-knife. You will need all the survival gear you can get in order to have an enjoyable vacation; there are lots of animals around during some seasons.


Yellowstone is one of the most famous American national parks. It is home to natural geysers like Old Faithful that you can watch. It also contains natural populations of buffalo, wolves, and black bears, which can be hard to find naturally in the US anymore. There are all sorts of campsites within Yellowstone, but they are very strict about messing with the natural environment. I would recommend buying a high-quality hunting knife, but do not go around cutting the trees or damaging the environment with it. “Take nothing but pictures; leave nothing but footprints” is the motto for the national parks.

The Swiss Alps

This is a non-American entry to the list, but it is so well worth it. Europe is unique because there are so many more opportunities for travel. In the US travel is largely limited to cars and buses and planes, but in Switzerland travel can be done on foot or on bikes. A biking tour of the Alps is an unforgettable experience; I would say it beats every experience the US has to offer. If you have the opportunity to take a trip to the Alps, do it. You can even stay in hostels along the road if you’d prefer not to stay in tents every night. You have the choice of how rustic you want to be. If you have the opportunity, take this trip. You won’t regret it.

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Best Destinations For Foodies in USA

If you are a foodie, the best way to enjoy a trip and have a good time is to plan it around bakeries, restaurants, and markets. And it is not a hardship to travel in this way, even if you’re not a food connoisseur. Actually, for many travelers the historic appeal, art galleries, and other spots are just things to pass time until they spot a great restaurant to eat in. You’ll be surprised to know that the simplest foods are sometimes the most cherished like warm and freshly baked bread.

The following towns have not only the most delicious foods but also have great scenery, hotels, and spots for visitors to explore. Although eating is one main reason we travel to these places, it doesn’t hurt to see the local culture and tourist attractions on the side. Here are some top cities that are more popular for their food than the tourist attractions they have.

New Orleans

creole foodNew Orleans in Louisiana is famous for its Creole food, which almost everyone knows about. But what many aren’t aware of is its Vietnamese cuisine. Delicious oysters and lip smacking French bread are famous here. The farmers market at Crescent City, Algiers Point, and Garden District are must visit places, when you want to give a break to your food journey.


This Oregon city is well known for its stellar wineries, chefs of great repute, funky menus, and awesome meal prices. The bubblegum donuts are famous here, while you can get anything and everything from sandwiches to almond butter and goat cheese in the food cart pods that line up in the city. For a tasty and delicious chicken sandwich, the best way to prepare is to use a proper meat grinder. When you are sated enough to have a look around, the hikeable trails, and burbling creeks in Forest Park are adequate distractions that help you to burn off the calories too.


Seattle in Washington reminds one of the aromatic coffees, but this is not the only thing that attracts foodies to this city. The donuts, beer, and top quality pastries offered at the cafes are simply delicious beyond words.


This city in South Carolina has many things going for it from the Nasty Biscuit present at Hominy Grill to Butcher&Bee’s pastrami sandwich. The place is the ideal foodie tourist spot. You can find Southern inspired, home blend that cannot be found in any other place. The recipes are made from scratch fresh right from the grinding of meat. The advanced and highly efficient meat grinders such as the WARING PRO models give a nice, smooth grind enabling easy and fast cooking. When you have had enough of the culinary delights Charleston has some quaint little shops and intriguing historic waterfronts to revel in.


Boston in Massachusetts is the place to frequent in cool weather, as it is famous for its breweries. As for the food, you get locally grown veggies, cheeses, freshly made ciders and much more. Leaf peeping, ice-skating and ghost tour are some ways to pass the time here otherwise.

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