|Sunset by the cafe|
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Stretching across a number of small islands in the Venetian Lagoon, Venice is exceptionally well-known throughout the world for the beauty of its setting, its gorgeous architecture, and its amazing artwork. Connected by waterways and bridges, Venice is commonly known as the “City of Water,” “City of Bridges,” “City of Canals,” and “The Floating City.”
Venice is rich and diverse in architectural style, and it is famous for “Venetian Gothic architecture,” a building style combining the Gothic lancet arch with Byzantine and Moorish architecture influences. One such example is the Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, a palace situated on the Grand Canal.
Architecture aside, Venice is renown for its art, having been a major centre of art during the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Artists of high calibre had left their mark all over the city, and today, Venetian paintings can be viewed in abundance at museums such as the Gallerie dell'Accademia.
Bled, an Alpine town in northwestern Slovenia, has been a settlement area since prehistoric times. It is Bled’s breathtaking and romantic scenery that makes it so appealing to artists and travellers alike. Places of interest around Bled includes Bled Castle, a picturesque red and white complex enclosed by a Romanesque wall with parapets, ramparts, and towers. If you venture beyond the castle walls, you’ll find a small museum exhibiting the region’s history.
|Calm waters of Lake Bled|
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|Lake Bled scenery after sun down|
|Lake ride on a traditional wood boat, Pletna.|
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Another place of interest is Bled Island, on which the Church of the Assumption was erected back in 1534. The original Gothic church features a wishing bell, and locals believe that ringing this bell can fulfill one of your wishes.
Last, but not least, the Vintgar Gorge is almost too gorgeous to miss. Located approximately 4km northwest of Bled, this ravine was discovered by Jakob Žumer, the Major of Gorje, and the cartographer and photographer, Benedikt Lergetporer, in 1891. The 1.6km long trail leads you over wooden bridges, ending in a bridge overlooking the majestic, 13m high Sum waterfall.
Seopjikoji, Jeju Island, South Korea
Located on Jeju Island and carving out of its eastern seashore, Seopjikoji is one of the most picturesque the island has to offer. With Seongsan Ilchulbong (Sunrise Peak) standing majestic in the background, and with an unrivalled combination of untainted, blue seas, ebony cliffs, and striking green fields, Seopjikoji is definitely worth immortalizing, be it on canvas or on film.
|Waterfall at Jeju Island|
|Tourist walk along the country fields|
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|Mushroom-like statues known as Harubang|
Indeed, several Korean dramas have been filmed on this site, with the most famous being “All In.” Scenic trails leading up to a church as well as a quaint, white lighthouse offers opportunities for the artistically inclined to paint gorgeous landscapes. Perhaps Seopjikoji is where you’ll find your muse.
Another picturesque spot, Reykjanes, a lunar landscape beaded with volcanic and geothermal wonders, is cited as the best place to watch the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, a natural light display in particularly high northern latitudes.
|The ever famous Northern Lights|
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|A steamy peninsula biking tour|
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|Lake in an old volcanic crater|
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It is widely believed that in Reykjanes, lighthouses outnumber villages, so if white lighthouses set against a field of green and a sky of the clearest blue is your thing, this is where you should head. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can choose to camp outside and paint the spectacular Aurora Borealis, which is most commonly found in shades of red, green, and purple.
Phi Phi Islands, Thailand
Located between the island of Phuket and the western Strait of Malacca, Phi Phi Islands, a small archipelago of six islands, is famed for its stunning beaches and turquoise waters. Ko Phi Phi, one of the six, is considered to be one of the most naturally beautiful islands in the world, and indeed, a person with an artistic eye should not miss the abundance this cluster of islands have to offer in terms of white, sandy beaches, dazzling seas, and gorgeous limestone cliffs.
|Clear water of the Phi Phi Island beach|
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|A dive underwater with friendly turtle|
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|Phi Phi Island preparing for the night|
Additionally, if it’s art you’re looking for, Phi Phi Islands are also known for its batik, a form of patterned cloth made from wax-resist dyeing technique. Otherwise, if you’re an artist looking for a tropical getaway, look no further: Phi Phi Islands is a feast for all your senses.
Santorini, a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of Greek Islands, is famous for its dramatic views, to-die-for sunsets, and stretches of gorgeous black pebble, white, and red beaches. Santorini is also home to a flourishing wine industry, though the yield per year is only about 10 to 20 percent of what is produced by France or even California.
|Blue domed church and whitewashed stone houses|
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|Breezy stroll along Santorini's vineyard|
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|Bird-eye view of the breathe taking Santorini Beach|
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One also shouldn’t miss the architecture of Santorini. Low-lying cubicle houses made of local stone, whitewashed or limewashed with various volcanic ashes are typical of Santorinian architecture, and it is no doubt a refreshing change after glass cities of skyscraping complexes. Santorini is also famed for its blue-domed churches, and although the city cannot lay claim to famous artwork, tourists can visit the Art Space Gallery and Winery to view work done by both local and international artists.
A city renowned for its art and history, is it any wonder that Paris is a place any artist should visit? Situated on the River Seine, Paris is the epitome of culture and romance. For generations, artists have flocked to this city, eager to educate themselves and seek information from the artistic resources available. Paris is also home to numerous museums, most notably The Louvre, the world’s most visited museum.
|Sunset at Eiffel Tower|
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|The grand foyer of Opéra Garnier|
|Paris Fashion Week Runway|
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Renowned for its fashion, Paris is known as the “international capital of style.” The city is noted for its haute couture tailoring, often sewn on expensive fabric with a keen attention to details. Without a doubt, Paris Fashion Week is one of the most highly anticipated events, attracting fashion aficionados from the world over.
The city also boasts a plethora of landmarks, both beautiful and breathtaking, from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe to the Opera Bastille. Visit Paris to take in the charm of age-old Gothic churches, houses, and theatres.
Fiordland, New Zealand
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, chances are you’ve heard of Fiordland, New Zealand, even if in passing. Fiordland represents the River Anduin as the Fellowship of the Rings paddles south from Lothlorien. Situated on the south-western corner of South Islands, Fiordland is the least populous area of South Island. It is hardly accessible, except by boat and by air, but once you’re there, you can be sure to be greeted by a splendid sight.
|Fiordland National Park|
|Fiordland crested penguin, also known as Eudyptes pachyrhynchus.|
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|Reflection of trees at the South Island|
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Dominated by snow-capped Southern Alps, Fiordland boasts deep lakes, steep valleys, and tall waterfalls. In fact, the Browne Falls and Sutherland Falls are amongst the tallest in the world. If you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to retreat to, perhaps to draw and paint in peace, this tranquil, virtually-inhabited spot is what you’re looking for.
A city of culture, Berlin is famed for many things, among them its art and architecture. Berlin’s history left behind an eclectic array of buildings: the Brandenburg Gate and the Fernsehturm, for example. Berlin is also home to the Gendarmenmarkt, a neoclassical square that dates back to the famous Gens d’armes regiment located here in the 18th century. In addition, cathedrals, churches, and museums are also in abundance.
|Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin|
|Colourful street art paint war|
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|Night lights of Berlin City|
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Speaking of museums, Berlin has 153 of them including the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Gemäldegalerie, and the Hamburger Bahnhof. The museum ensemble found on Museum Island is also a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site
Art aside, Berlin is also known for its vibrant nightlife, perhaps the most diverse in all of Europe.
Once the imperial capital of Japan for over a thousand years, Kyoto is well-known as one of the most scenic places Japan has to offer. Rich in culture, Kyoto boasts 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines. This city also offers acres upon acres of stunning, well-kept traditional Japanese gardens, often highly abstract and stylized, and arguably the prettiest in the country. Definitely a feast for the eyes.
|Classic beauty of an apprentice Geisha, also known as Maiko|
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|Zen Buddist temple, Kinkaku-ji.|
|Along a quiet street of Kyoto|
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In Kyoto, architecture from the Fujiwara and Edo eras is abundant. It is evident in the quaint “wood and paper” architecture of old temples and townhouses around Kyoto. Additionally, the city is also home to modern architectural structures such as the Kyoto Concert Hall. If you’re looking for a place oozing with calm and tranquil beauty, Kyoto is the place to travel to.
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