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Street Art in Krakow

As if the street art in Warsaw weren’t enough, the stuff in Krakow blew my mind. Some of the art is genuine street art, done on the sly when no cops are around. The city commissioned other pieces so they were done legally, but that did not diminish the quality at all.

I love how the art is temporary and ever-changing as you can see in some of the photos. But, the art can still have an impact on its audience even as it is crumbling or fading away. I also love that sometimes the art is politically charged and socially aware of the commentary it’s creating. Other times, the art is fantastically whimsical and light-hearted in a child-like way.

Krakow’s street art really opened my eyes to new mediums of street art. The artists used different materials to create their designs in addition to the spray paint. I also noticed many techniques, including stenciling, stickers and the use of wheat paste to glue items to the wall.

Whether the piece is large or small, the creativity found within Krakow’s subculture is pretty sweet. Juxtaposed against the historical Old Town, the art seems to have an even deeper significance. It amazed me that a city would allow this type of thing to continue. I mean, I loved it, but most city officials probably think it’s crap (unless they paid for it of course). Despite being such an old place historically, Krakow is uniquely modern in other ways – progressive even. If you ever get a chance to visit, I would definitely recommend that you take the free walking tour and learn more about the city’s street art and history.

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Melbourne Street Art

There are some amazing examples of street art in Melbourne. They are so popular that the specific locations are often marked on tourist maps. You can also find a listing at the city of Melbourne’s website.

The murals vary in size, theme and meaning so I think it’s worth spending a few hours walking around the city to explore them all. Most designs are colorful and bold, but there are some that are more intricate. One of the popular alleys is covered top to bottom with street art, including the rubbish bins.

I think this is a wonderful way to give talented artists places to display their work. Not everyone is classically trained or interested in conventional art gallery showings. For this breed of artists, Melbourne’s streets are the perfect canvas.

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In and Around Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square, one of the major tourist hubs in central London, is an interesting cross between a concrete jungle, buskers area and museum entrance. On a warm day, I would’ve liked to sit in the sun and people watch. However, the biting cold encouraged me to head into The National Gallery, where I spent hours soaking up the art and culture.

With more than 23,000 pieces, you will not be bored and are bound to find something you enjoy even if, like me, you’re not well-versed in the arts. Despite my lack of knowledge on the subject, I extremely enjoyed wandering through the galleries to explore all the paintings and artists.

What I discovered during my time in The National Gallery is how much I missed seeing all of this history and culture. During my travels, I have not spent much time in museums, preferring to stay on the move and enjoy the outdoors. I did not realize how much I missed the antiquity and reverence that comes with artifacts, artwork and history.

Even after spending hours roaming the halls of The National Gallery, I quickly went around the corner to the National Portrait Gallery to see what could be seen before they closed for the day. This gallery houses paintings and busts of famous Brits throughout history. It was a lot smaller than The National Gallery, and with this came a more intimate feeling about the place.

Having spent the entire day on my feet and walking, I was ready for a break and looking for a bite to eat. I found Little Frankie’s on Whitehall, which reminded me of a New York-style Italian diner. When I saw that they had free refills on soft drinks, I decided to give it a go. If there’s one thing that annoyed me the most during my travels, it was having to pay for each beverage I ordered. It’s extremely uncommon to offer free refills outside of the U.S. so when I find someplace that does it’s like striking gold!

I decided to go with something simple that couldn’t be mucked up – a burger, fries and a Coke. The portion was big and the burger was tasty. There were lunchtime deals that helped keep the cost down. I even treated myself to some dessert – a brownie sundae. It was delicious!

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