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The World First Wander: the street art edition

Welcome to another World First Wander, our regular look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.

We think travel and art make great bedfellows. And we are not alone. Lots of bloggers have been writing about street art lately. So it seems to be quite the thing to visit cities around the world and seek it out. Oh, and by the way, ‘street art’ is what used to be called graffiti.

Whatever you want to call it, we love it, from the work of My Dog Sighs here in Exeter to Falko One in Cape Town, whose art I sought out on a trip many years ago to South Africa.

How do travel and art fit together?


This story from the NY Times about the Quinn Hotel in New York serves as a fine example. They commissioned street art duo The London Police to be the hotel’s artists in residence. What do you think? Would that entice you to stay? See their work here.

We can’t mention New York without talking about street art. It started there way back in the 1970s. Today it is possible to go on a tour of New York’s graffiti. In fact you could spend your whole holiday checking it out. And if you stay at The Quin you can check out some more…

You can find a great list of things to do in New York from Matador Network. Staying with our arty theme the first on their list is see pretty much every great painting ever at the MoMA.

The Young Parisians


Paris, of course, is the city of art and love. You can see some of the world’s greatest artworks at The Louvre or catch a glimpse of ever changing exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou. It’s also home to the largest collection of modern art in Europe. Check out what’s currently showing on their website.

The Street Side of Paris

Parisians love their street art. Although at times it can seem like it has taken over. However, in the right place it can be wonderful. To see it at its best, check out Underground Paris, which should tell you everything you need to know.

Buildings as art

If you don’t believe a building can also be a work of art then you need to check out this post from Cherie City, who visited the foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris recently. It houses some amazing art inside, but, as Cherie says, you cannot survive on art alone so you could also check out the Michelin starred restaurant. Anyway, the building itself is magnificent: Foundation Louis Vuitton Paris.

Romantic cities in Europe

Paris is famed for romance. But it doesn’t have the monopoly on it. There are plenty of other cities that can be equally as romantic. Check out this list of the top 10 romantic destinations in Europe from The World And Then Some. Number 5 in this list leads us nicely to our next post.

Old School in Florence.

In 1530 one of the greatest artists to ever walk the earth, Michaelangelo, was forced underground. He hid under the Medici chapel of the Basilica di San Lorenzo and, armed with just charcoal, he filled the walls with some amazing art. You can read all about it in our next post from Atlas Obscura, Michelangelo’s Hidden drawings.

If Florence is on your must visit list then our next post will be perfect for you. It’s from Ellie Goes on Holiday, a blogger who has featured here a few times before. The post is entitled Tuscany Part One – Arriving in Florence and it does what it says on the tin. Great stuff.

Art in Tenerife. Really?

Tenerife is not the first place we tend to associate with amazing street art but our minds have been changed by this next post from regular contributor Globe Trotter Guru. Some of this work is truly amazing. Our favourite was the piece by Belin, Stunning street art that will blow your mind in Puerto de la Cruz.

When in Rome


We love checking out offbeat places, especially when it comes to searching for street art. Our last post this week, from Lost at E Minor, suggests Rome as a good spot to go looking. Along with a whole load of other interesting hidey holes…. How about Galileos’s finger for starters? These are the best offbeat places you can find in Europe.

Until next time.










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