Art Museums: The Bucket List

American Wing Courtyard of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Seeing New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Efficiently and Economically

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a both a wonder and a monster. I’ve lived in New York most of my life and its size intimidates me. Moreover, as New York’s most popular indoor attraction, with more than 6 million visitors annually, the museum poses Read More

No matter where you look in Ouro Prêto, you'll always see at least one church (©Coen Wubbels)

Being Enchanted by Brazil’s Best-Preserved Colonial Town of Ouro Prêto

Around 1700 gold was discovered in the state of Minas Gerais. In 1711 Vila Rica de Ouro Prêto (Rich City of Black Gold) was founded, which soon became the capital of the state and epicenter of Brazil's biggest gold rush. Thousands of slaves dug out Read More

Tom Otterness Sculptures on Scheveningen Boulevard, the Netherlands (©Karin-Marijke Vis)

Check Out Tom Otterness’ Sculptures on Scheveningen Boulevard, the Netherlands

I remember Scheveningen's coastline as a stark and uninviting, right-angled boulevard with a busy road running alongside. No longer so. A 3-year comprehensive renovation project in this seaside resort has resulted in an elegant, curved boulevard Read More

Dot Painting by Aboriginal Artist Margaret Curtis (Credit: MCArnott)

Interpreting the Aboriginal Dot Paintings of Australia

Dots everywhere -- Since I arrived in Sydney they follow me like curious eyeballs. They peek from every shop through vibrant boomerangs, didgeridoos and other crafts and souvenirs. Surely, there must be more to them than polka dots... Back to School Read More

Entering the Vatican Museum

St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican with a Freelance Guide

Michael’s shtick is designed to make us feel smart. We are smart to be on his tour, smart to ask the questions we pose. Most other tourists don’t notice that, he insists, as we gape at the trompe l'oiel on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Hall of Read More