The Dali Museum is a museum dedicated to the works of famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dali. I had visited this museum once before as a teenager, and still nothing compares to seeing them in person…the scale of some of the paintings is lost when viewing online or in books.
I happened across this shop when walking near my hotel, and what a find! These are the kinds of shops I really cherish…full of traditional handmade products, items of days gone by. It does not have the ambience of the boutiques I highlighted in Sayulita, but there are little treasures to be found nonetheless. Also, I love to feel like I am discovering something special, it’s the hunter in me. 🙂 I bought a dress, handkerchief, and some small embroidered gifts…definitely could have bought more!
LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO: Morelos 256, colonio centro
puerto vallarta, mexico. phone: 222-1439
Giardino di Boboli, part of Palazzo Pitti, is a gorgeous and very expansive complex of manicured gardens. It is a great way to spend a couple of hours, and can be paired with Giardino Bardini to have a great day outside…bring a picnic!
I had a morning to do some sightseeing, and decided to climb one of the famous Two Towers in Bologna…both of them are leaning! I highly recommend climbing the 498 stairs to the top, as the view of the city below is well worth the climb.
When first arriving in Bologna, one of the first things I noticed were the beautiful color combinations on the buildings. So many gorgeous, in my mind “typically Italian” colors, that might not look as beautiful set in a different context…but they work so well together in this specific country.
Another aspect of smaller Chinese towns that I love are the handmade objects, especially the baskets. Baskets are everywhere in Chaozhou: carried on shoulders of farmers & attached to both sides of a motorcycle. The density of the weave changes with the function. For example, baskets meant to use as a cage for chickens or to hold large items are a very large-scale open weave, while baskets meant for holding small items have a very tight weave. The patterns created are beautiful.
After a six-hour bus ride from Guangzhou, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Chaozhou, but was very happy to be there to visit my good friends and their newborn baby. Chaozhou is a fairly small and quiet city (by Chinese standards), and I was grateful for the chance to visit the farmland and old village within the city that may soon be demolished in China’s push to modernize.
Newburyport is a seaside town about an hour north of Boston, with beautiful old homes, and a thriving downtown full of independent businesses, and a bustling organic and foodie scene. If you are in the area, please go to Colby Farm; they have a great farmstand!