Here are a few more pictures of MURo because it’s fucking great. You can see on this main wall a wavy silver line. That line stretched all the way across all the murals on this section. It was not part of the original compositions and is what would traditionally be defined as “graffiti.” But that… Read More More photos from MURo because why the hell not?
Street art is something I love to come across, so when I discovered that there’s a street art museum in Rome (less a museum and more a neighborhood that has given itself over to murals), I hopped on practically the next train I could, took it way, way, way out of the center and wandered… Read More MURo: The Museum of Urban Art of Rome: BEST BEST BEST
In Istanbul I wasn’t sure what to expect in regards to my ongoing global hunt for street art. But I found some! Perhaps not at all surprisingly, it wasn’t in Sultanhamet, but across the Golden Horn in Galata and Beyoğlu. We took more totally reasonable public transit up to Taksim Square, walked down İstiklal Caddesi, I bought… Read More The Unexpected Street Art in Istanbul
Wandering around Rome most visitors are struck by the amount of graffiti on the buildings, the metro cars, the ruins, anything that sits still long enough to tag. Among all the tags are glorious examples of street art, which I always love discovering and hunting for, especially the little subtle, clever ones. So of course,… Read More The Ephemerality of Roman Street Art: Enjoy it While it Lasts
Lisbon is superfamous for the elaborate tiles (azulejos) that adorn many of her buildings. The tiles originate in the Moorish tradition and make the city strikingly colorful and distinctive. They’re great! Also great? Lisbon’s Street Art. A unicorn pissing a rainbow cannot be topped: The colors were amazing and there were stunning details to spy everywhere!… Read More Lisbon’s Lovely Tiles Juxtaposed with her Lovelier Street Art
Chronicling the Roman Stumbling Blocks or Stolpersteine has been a special project of mine since I first became aware of their existence when I went to Berlin. Most people don’t notice the Stumbling Blocks, because in Rome it’s hard to force yourself to look down at the ground while you wander around because the light! the ruins!… Read More Look Down to See the Art, Look Down to See the History and the Sadness
First impressions of Split? It’s a cool, modern city that’s groaning and stretching under the weight of its history, but doing so in a way that other cities could learn from. Despite what this graffiti says, which I spotted around a few corners from Diocletian’s Palace, I don’t hate this town… more on Split tomorrow…
As I mentioned when I was writing about Sicily, in the last few months of living in Rome my dear companion and I made a concerted effort to travel to places adjacent to Italy, but off the boot meaning Sicily, Sardinia, and Croatia. Of the three, hands down, Sardinia wins. While I would happily return… Read More Around the Boot: Sardinia WINS
Everyday I watched for the stolpersteine, or stumbling blocks (which, I have written about here, and here), and I would be both exhilarated and saddened every time I saw them in Rome. While I have wandered through the Ghetto neighborhood many times, it wasn’t an area that I regularly visited, so when I had a guest… Read More Staring at the Ground in Rome, once more with Feelling!
I have extremely mixed feelings about Venice. On one hand it’s gorgeous and surreal. On the other, for a variety of reasons it makes me a bit gloomy. However, Venice in the not too hot sun is glorious. Now I’m not going to give you the hackneyed photos of San Marco, the Rialto, and the Grand… Read More Venice in the Sun