Art and Travel site by Tamara Vitsenkova

Travel, art and architecture, legends and interesting stories are my love and I will share my favorites with you.

Hi, I’m Tamara. Art aficiando
Museum and architecture geek
French culture and language lover

… more than 100 cities and villages in France, Italy, Germany, Czech Republic, Belarus, Poland, Canada, USA, Spain and other countries…

Italy, berries, Travel and Art, part 6. Urban sketching and Still life.

Summer is here!!! Do you like to go to the local markets when you are travelling? I love it! My favorite one in Rome is close to the Vatican. It is called Mercato Trionfale, address is at the end of this. Our family stayed in one of Vatican area hotels and we went to the Mercato Trionfale marketContinue reading “Italy, berries, Travel and Art, part 6. Urban sketching and Still life.”

Lemons, tea, aromas and Italy. Still life and Urban sketching. Part 5.

#lemon #art #travel #Italy Yellow, sour, fragrant … In tea with sugar it is pleasant … it is full of vitamins … And its name is LEMON!Perhaps each of us, both an adult and a child, knows this bright, yellow citrus fruit… It was in Italy, travelling with my family around Italian “boot” from topContinue reading “Lemons, tea, aromas and Italy. Still life and Urban sketching. Part 5.”

Paris markets. Pomegranates and ancient Greek myth with pomegranate grains. Travel and Art, still life paintings, part 4.

#art,#France,#fruit,#Paris,#pomegranate,#travelsketch,#vacation Shopping in open markets (marché) is one of the most popular and fun ways to find the freshest food in a city. Paris and its suburbs has lots of food markets. One of my favorite is on Rue Cler , just next to the Eiffel Tower block. Pomegranate is deservedly called the king ofContinue reading “Paris markets. Pomegranates and ancient Greek myth with pomegranate grains. Travel and Art, still life paintings, part 4.”

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Oranges and its trees, Spain, part 2. Urban sketching and Still life. Travel and Art.

Do you like the smell of oranges as I like it? Sweetish, light, slightly tart and such a sunny smell of orange peel. Oranges remind me about the sunny summer days and New Year’s eve at the same time. My mom used to put these little bright balls on the Christmas trees as additional decorations.Continue reading “Oranges and its trees, Spain, part 2. Urban sketching and Still life. Travel and Art.”

Oranges and its trees, Rome, part 1. Urban sketching and Still life. Travel and Art.

Rome. Arriving in the Eternal City, tourists are wildly delighted with one thing that locals have not paid attention to for a long time. Oranges on the trees. Orange trees on a street in Rome with buildings and motorcycle in the background. If you come to Rome… your senses will quickly catch the fresh jasmine-likeContinue reading “Oranges and its trees, Rome, part 1. Urban sketching and Still life. Travel and Art.”

Urban sketching. Calm water and sky above Toronto island’s Billy Bishop airport, with no flights. Spring 2020.

There is city airport in the heart of Toronto, located on Toronto Island, called Billy Bishop Toronto city airport. Now, this spring the situation is very unusual; with no boats, no airplanes in the sky. Quite morning on the lake. Watercolour painting done on noon on Ontario lake, Toronto Afternoon calm waves with some yellowContinue reading “Urban sketching. Calm water and sky above Toronto island’s Billy Bishop airport, with no flights. Spring 2020.”

Water ripples. Why I look at circles on the water when throwing stones into a lake?

There is the old joke. A person can forever look at 3 things: how the fire burns, how the water flows and how the other person works. This time I am doing art when “travelling” to the Ontario lake just next to our building where we live in the downtown of Toronto. Spring morning fogContinue reading “Water ripples. Why I look at circles on the water when throwing stones into a lake?”

Urban sketching. 5 reasons to visit Paris’ Luxembourg park in summer, or the top things to do in Luxemburg garden. Travel and art. Part 5

In the centre of Paris there is Luxembourg garden that contains over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, it is one of the largest green spaces in the center of Paris. In addition, you might read about Luxembourg gardens in the memoir “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway. It was originally owned by the dukeContinue reading “Urban sketching. 5 reasons to visit Paris’ Luxembourg park in summer, or the top things to do in Luxemburg garden. Travel and art. Part 5”

Urban sketching. 3 days in Paris or a slice of museums in Paris the home for wonderful museums. Travel and art. Part 3.

My family loves Paris, it was our tenth vacation in Paris for last decade, and my suggested itinerary is for advanced travelers and art lovers. In my post I will share information about 4 museums: Maillol, Orangerie, Modern Art and Palais de Tokyo and D’Orsay museums. All four museums are in the centre of Paris, from one to another will takeContinue reading “Urban sketching. 3 days in Paris or a slice of museums in Paris the home for wonderful museums. Travel and art. Part 3.”

Nice, France, one-day trips in Provance or how to bring more joy to your vacation in the south of France. Urban sketching. Travel, Architecture and Art. part 2

In this post I would like to talk about some one-day trips from Antibes or Nice. For me, sitting in one place and swimming in the sea, enjoying sunny beaches and cuisine is fine for a couple days, then I need more. Provencal cities are so close to each other by distance and are soContinue reading “Nice, France, one-day trips in Provance or how to bring more joy to your vacation in the south of France. Urban sketching. Travel, Architecture and Art. part 2”

Urban sketching. Paris, Bastille Day, French National Day. 5 things you must see during Bastille day. Travel and Art. Part 4

Every year, French Nation celebrates the most important day for the country French National Day or Bastille Day.  July 14 in 2019 was year of 230 anniversary of Bastille and 130 years of Eiffel Tower. It was one of my life’s highlights and here are some tips how to celebrate the Bastille Day in Paris.Continue reading “Urban sketching. Paris, Bastille Day, French National Day. 5 things you must see during Bastille day. Travel and Art. Part 4”

Urban sketching. Paris, 1 day trips. Châteaus Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte or a true gems why to visit the Chateaus. Travel and Art,Part 6

There are many options to do one-day trips from Paris. This time we chose a day trip to Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte chateaus. The Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte is accessible by public transport but it will take a couple hours with subway plus train plus a local bus unless you drive by car. Map toContinue reading “Urban sketching. Paris, 1 day trips. Châteaus Fontainebleau and Vaux le Vicomte or a true gems why to visit the Chateaus. Travel and Art,Part 6”

Urban sketching. Antibes, France. Itinerary for seeing one of the gem in Provence. Travel and art. Part 1.

Going to Antibes in France… Why Antibes? What is the beauty and goodness of Provence? I will tell about the beauty of Provence based on our experience and long relationship of 10 years that we hope will continue for many years…We felt in love the Mediterranean coast of France and their towns at once andContinue reading “Urban sketching. Antibes, France. Itinerary for seeing one of the gem in Provence. Travel and art. Part 1.”

Urban sketching. Minsk, Belarus. Travel, art, architecture and its legends in Minsk.

Minsk is my motherland city and this is why it was a very special project. There were two challenges for this project. One was a typical traveler’s one. “Be a tourist in your own city”, very popular nowadays. The second part of the challenge is an artistic one; the size of my mini album isContinue reading “Urban sketching. Minsk, Belarus. Travel, art, architecture and its legends in Minsk.”

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