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Been There, Do This: Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

Been There, Do This: Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris

I can actually pinpoint the start of my love affair with surrealist art. Like any great meet-cute, it began at a museum — Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou, the largest modern art museum in Europe. I was in the self-discovery years of college, flightily trying on interests and hobbies that often didn’t stick.

Been There, Do This: Negombo Fish Market in Sri Lanka

Been There, Do This: Negombo Fish Market in Sri Lanka

I had only been in Sri Lanka for an hour, but I was already experiencing sensory overload. Although the pungent smell of just-caught fish mixed with the taste of a salty-sea breeze had me resisting the urge to pinch my nose, my eyes widened, hungrily taking in the scene unfolding around me.

Been There, Do This: The Wallace Collection in London

Been There, Do This: The Wallace Collection in London

On a recent whirlwind trip through London, a brief stop at The Wallace Collection had me momentarily awestruck. Secretly a fan of ornate, dainty treasures (I will squeal over cute teacups any day of the week), I felt as if I had stepped inside the world’s fanciest life-size dollhouse.

Been There, Do This: Leopold Museum in Vienna

Been There, Do This: Leopold Museum in Vienna

When most folks think of Austrian art, they imagine the epic paintings of Gustav Klimt. Admittedly, the opportunity to see original Klimt masterpieces is what drew me to Vienna’s Leopold Museum in the first place. While I loved my close-up inspection of Klimt’s “Death and Life,” I left the museum with a feeling of accomplishment: I had discovered a new artist.

Been There, Do This: Furi, Switzerland

Been There, Do This: Furi, Switzerland

Before embarking on the cable-car trek up to Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, where I would think I was dying of hypothermia as I stood outside in 14-degree temperatures while wearing too-thin layers, I hiked through the quaint hamlet of Furi, just below Zermatt, Switzerland.