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This is a photograph of some graffiti that we found while wandering around some back streets in a small neighborhood of Rome, Italy. Graffiti like this, the more artsy kind rather than just tagging, was not something that we saw a lot of in Rome, or Florence. This piece, I thought, was particularly beautiful, and it really stood out in the tiny neighborhood area. I’m pretty sure that this artist is one that we saw while we were in London too, I believe the square at the bottom right is the signature.

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This picture of a male lion was taken in Kenya at one of the parks that we visited.  Seeing lions is just amazing, it’s an incredible experience really unlike anything else, and it’s never EVER something that gets less special. The nature of Kenya is beyond beautiful, and I have to say I think that the lions are an especially good example of this beauty.

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This is a close up of one of the must haves of French cuisine. This picture was taken in a little cafe in Paris, it was part of our lunch of interesting french food: Duck, Snails with pesto, and garlicky frog legs. Honestly, I didn’t particularly enjoy the frog legs, but come on, if you’re in Paris, how can you not try it? For the adventurous, i’d recommend the more unusual foods you can find, how often do you get to eat snails or amphibians? Personally, the answer is never, so we figured why not go for it? The snails are pretty good, my sister likened them to chewy mushrooms, which i’d say is a pretty accurate depiction.

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These works of art are graffiti pieces found in Berlin, Germany. These picture were taken from an above ground train we were on. Like London, Berlin is a good place to look for Graffiti in Europe. These pieces stuck out particularly, the two large birds (I believe) were done by a fairly prominent graffiti artist who has a few pieces in London, including the giant heron featured in the first art in the streets post. And the other piece looks like it could be Banksy or possibly Banksy inspired.

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This picture was taken in Berlin, Germany; not to far from museum island. We had just left the Pergamon museum when we encountered a little side street with lots of market stalls with handmade art and stuff. I don’t know if this is a daily occurrence or not, but the area was really nice. This picture is of a street performer, a clown ( probably the funniest clown i’ve ever seen) and the reaction from one of the people involved in his joke. There’s not to much to say about it travel-advice-wise, but I really love the picture. Even some of the people at the restaurant are laughing. What I liked most about this was how much of a shared experience it was; almost everyone around, both tourists and locals, thought this guy was hilarious; and he was having a great time too.

 

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This is a Holocaust monument located in Berlin, Germany. This monument is dedicated specifically to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust; the monument for homosexual victims is located elsewhere, and the gypsy monument is (as of now)  under construction (I’m sorry, but I don’t have any information about monuments for other victim groups, this is just what I learned while I was there). This monument is unmarked; there isn’t anything to identify WHAT this monument stands for. We took a tour of Berlin, and our tour guide told us that the lack of informative signs and plaques was intentional, so that onlookers could make their own determination about the monument. If you go to visit this site, be respectful; there are rules here (though they aren’t posted). The rules that we were informed of were as follows: you may sit on the blocks, but do not stand on them. You may walk through the monument, but don’t run, don’t yell, and don’t eat or drink on the site of the monument. It’s an interesting site, worth visiting, and absolutely worth thinking about.

 

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These two pictures are close ups of a painting done by Salvador Dali. This painting, along with the paintings of a ton of other artists, hangs in the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum, as i’ve said in an earlier post, is both amazing, and incredibly expansive. There isn’t really a good way to see everything in one day, so it’s best to just prioritize. The egyptian wing is incredible, i’m ( as previously mentioned) very fond of archaeology, so my focus was to see the archaeological aspects that are housed in the museum. The best thing to do is get there EARLY and look at the map they give you with your ticket.

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