In Part 1, we showed you where Leonardo Da Vinci and Claude Monet found their muse: in Giverny, France and Florence, Italy — respectively. Today, we are going to explore two other great artists, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh, and the landscapes that inspired these great artists. 3. Pablo Picasso Barcelona, Spain While Picasso spent most of his life in France, it was in Barcelona that the artist spent his formative years, and where he considered his home. Picasso learned to sketch before he learned how to speak….

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Have you ever wondered where great artists find their inspiration? What led to Claude Monet painting his water lilies, and where did he paint them? Did you know that it is an actual place that you can explore, take-in, and maybe even inspire your own creativity? Here, we have found and assembled the unique destinations where Claude Monet and Leonardo Da Vinci found their muse. 1. Claude MONET Giverny, France While looking out of a train window, Claude Monet noticed the French countryside of Giverny unfold in an…


The city as a subject for literature came into its own at the beginning of the nineteenth century, as great writers turned their attention to these man-made worlds of both monumental architecture and horrendous slums. Here are the first two entries in an on-going series about cities which have inspired great writers, compiled exclusively for readers.



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If you’re anything like us, the holiday season took you a little bit by surprise this year. Can you really believe there’s only two weeks until Christmas? To help you with your holiday shopping (so you can get back to planning your next adventure) we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite, road-tested products for the travelers in your life.

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Meet Max, a travel blogger from Spain who made his dream of living on a houseboat a reality with Home Exchange!


London is home to some of the most beautiful, well-preserved parks and gardens in the world. Here are just a few can’t-miss spots.


While perfectly executed vacations certainly have their place, everyone needs a little adventure now and then. And even though it’s always tempting to stick to tour maps, well-known museums, and restaurants with 200 Yelp ratings, we propose a challenge: Lose your map.

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With so much to see and do in Ireland, why would you want to spend your travel budget on lodging? When you use instead of paying for a hotel, you can spend it on the fun stuff!