Along the Caldera, Santorini
Along the Caldera, Santorini art

Santorini, Greece is one of my most favorite places in the entire world. In fact, every time I leave the Greek Islands, I immediately want to come right back. It was difficult to capture the impossible beauty of this volcanic island in the Cyclades. In fact, this quick study really doesn’t do it justice. I’ll have to circle back around to this subject in the near future—my mind is brimming with blue and white island scenes already.

Urban Sketching in Bratislava, Slovakia
Urban Sketching in Bratislava, Slovakia art

Stará radnica, the old town hall, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Sketching in Helsinki!
Sketching in Helsinki! art

These sketches come from lovely Helsinki, Finland!

I’ve been wanting to visit Helsinki for a while, and took the long route through Scandinavia to arrive here (traveling all throughout Norway, then into Sweden, before boarding a boat from Stockholm to Tallinn, Estonia, and finally taking a ferry over to Helsinki, where I got an apartment and stayed for a bit. I love the vibe of Helsinki—it’s very artistic and designy, and completely inspirational.

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Sketches from the Puppet Museum in Tallinn, Estonia
Sketches from the Puppet Museum in Tallinn, Estonia art
Sketches from the Puppet Museum in Tallinn, Estonia art

Happy December!! I’ve finally had a minute on this wild tour of Europe to scan in a couple pages from my sketchbook! I was very inspired by the elaborate puppets at the Estonian Museum of Puppet Arts, which had not just puppets, but a puppet making workshop, artisan studios, and a puppet theater with really cool live performances.

You can also see photos from the puppet museum here, and read all about Tallinn here.

Chillin’ in Bergen, Norway
Chillin in Bergen, Norway art

We finished our tour of Norway in Bergen, the gateway to Norway’s fjord country, and also the second largest city in Norway. Unlike cosmopolitan Oslo with its glittering skyscrapers, Bergen manages to maintain a small-town vibe with its colorful old-style buildings and bustling seafront harbor.

Chillin in Bergen, Norway art

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Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier in Norway
Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier in Norway art

I climbed a glacier!

Norway’s Nigardsbreen glacier in Jostedalen National Park to be exact. Yep, I actually strapped crampons to my hiking boots, grabbed a ice axe and harnessed myself to a team of fellow climbers before setting out to trek on the glacier, in rain none-the-less. It was a little more hard-core than I was prepared for, but was definitely an exhilarating experience! (Later on when I was thinking about the waiver I had to sign, it dawned on me that my travel insurance specifically excludes extreme sports. Their definition of extreme is pretty tame and includes kayaking and horseback riding, so this was definitely not covered. Good thing I didn’t think about that before the climb!)

Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier in Norway art

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Wanderlust: My Great Big Around-the-World Trip
Wanderlust: My Great Big Around the World Trip art
Church entrance, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.

You may have noticed I haven’t posted here for a little while. The reason being I’ve been swept up in some enormous changes lately: over the course of the last week, I quit my job, packed up my condo, moved out of L.A., and boarded a flight to Dublin, Ireland. Yes, IRELAND!!

You may wonder what I’m doing here? Over the next year, I’m going to be traveling the world, doing travel writing and creating art as I go! I’m in Ireland on assignment for Tourism Ireland, Examiner.com, and my online magazine Culture Vixen. From Ireland I’ll continue through Scandinavia then criss-cross Europe, later heading to other continents.

So look for travel-inspired art on this blog from here on. I’ll also be posting photos from the road and doing a bulk of my travel blogging at CultureVixen.com. If you’d like to follow along you can subscribe to the Culture Vixen RSS or sign up for the Culture Vixen Newsletter (delivered 2-5x a week as new posts go up).

So excited!!

Signing off for the night from Ireland,
-Gayle

The David, The Duomo, The Uffizi and More! Soaking up the Sights in Florence, Italy
The David, The Duomo, The Uffizi and More! Soaking up the Sights in Florence, Italy art

The third part of my article in Culture Vixen magazine published today, packed with Florence’s greatest attractions. Check it out here:

Culture Vixen: Andiamo! Unforgettable Sights in Florence Italy (Part 3 of 3)

Pizza, Gelato, Panini and More in Florence, Italy
Pizza, Gelato, Panini and More in Florence, Italy art

Check out my guide to eating in Florence and discover the city’s best gelaterie too!

Culture Vixen: Mangiamo! Great Places to Eat in Florence Italy (Part 2 of 3)

Photo Tour of the Mile High City
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Stabbed and bleeding heart sculpture at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

Got to spend last week out in Denver, visiting friends and family and working on a couple features for Culture Vixen magazine. It was a blast! Here are some favorite photos snapped from the trip:

(Also be sure to check out my latest article about epic Denver sculptures, including the wild horse that tragically killed its creator.)

Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Sandy Skoglund’s Fox Games Art Installation.

I have always admired the work of Sandy Skoglund and finally got to see one of her installations in person! It was very red, and very cool to walk through a room of jumping foxes!

Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Tyson at the Denver Art Museum.
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Lemon Mascarpone Cannoli with Blueberries at Panzano.
Photo Tour of the Mile High City art
Troy Benns & his band rock the Celtic Tavern.

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Road Trip: Vegas
Road Trip: Vegas art
Street performer at the Venetian.

Loooonnnng time, no post! To make up for it, here are some photos from the latest adventures:

Road Trip: Vegas art
Close-up of the glass bubble christmas tree at the Venetian.
Road Trip: Vegas art
Winter in Venice.
Road Trip: Vegas art
“Cornmeal Crusted Chile Relleno” with roasted eggplant, manchego cheese, red pepper sauce and balsamic vinegar. Yum! (Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill)
Road Trip: Vegas art
Cool interior design at Yellowtail, Bellagio.

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Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech
Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
Combining ingredients for a chicken tajine.

I wanted to share this feature article I wrote for CultureVixen.com, about my experience learning the art of Moroccan cooking abroad.

I love Moroccan cuisine. Pastilla, or meat pies encased in puff pastry and covered with powdered sugar and cinnamon, savory lamb tajines, and hot mint tea don’t even begin to scratch the surface of this complex culinary culture. My food obsession led me all the way to Morocco where I followed my taste buds right into the Moroccan kitchen.

Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
Pastilla.
Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
Gayle and Tyson in the kitchen at La Maison Arabe!
Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art
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Studying Moroccan Cooking in Marrakech art

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