In between lazing on the beach all day and dancing all night, you might find the time in your trip to Miami to stroll around. If so, South Beach’s Art Deco areas offer the perfect opportunity to give up your people watching for some building watching.
Art Deco is the style of architecture that developed in the early 20th century in response to the X of the X. You’ll recognise the palette of bright pastels as quintessentially Miami, the original 50s Americana. If you love the look of classic cars, dinners and old rock ‘n’ roll mixed with a touch of Great Gatsby glamour, Floridian Art Deco will delight your eyes.
It’s been awhile but I’m back with the rest of my photos from an afternoon exploring the Wynwood Walls and design district of Miami City. As a reminder, Wynwood Walls is an official project inviting famous international street artists to create inspiring murals which have inspired the whole neighbourhood to become a maze of painted surfaces. In my last post, I shared photos from around the walls, here I’ll share images from the wider area including well-known and up-and-coming artists. Overall I just love the use of the wide white buildings, the inspiration of the setting seen through the frequent use of blues and art deco motifs, and the ambiance of the area as a whole.
Miami may have some of the best beaches, bars and boulevards of any destination in the USA, but once you have burnt you skin along the shore it’s time to head inland to see what the city proper has to offer. Wynwood is at the heart of the Art District, where former warehouses have been converted into boutiques and trendy eateries and the walls are lined with paint. I often write about different street art hotspots along my travels, but Wynwood really takes the cake. The epicenter is the Wynwood Walls, an official and permanent project showcasing internationally renowned graffiti artists including some of my personal favourites Miss Van, Swoon and Maya Hayuk.
To my fellow rum fans – there is a magical place on the winding streets of Havana that we can call home. It’s the Havana Club Museum, a cultural casa dedicated to the nation’s best known alcoholic export. Havana Club has been my preferred liquor for a few years now, but it wasn’t until my trip to Cuba last autumn that I really considered it’s origins or production – and while you cannot visit the rum distillery itself (I drove past this industrial beast on my journey from Varadero to Havana Airport), you can hear the story of the brand and learn a thing or too about the rum aging process. the most interesting part for me was the miniature models of the sugar cane plantation with working train and infrastructure. The guide takes you around and up through the museum, enabling you to get a look at this impressive model from different angles.
If you’ve seen my posts before, you might realise that I always try to check out the local street art when I travel. Most cities now have certain neighbourhoods that act as hubs for creatives, artists, and to some extent gentrification; creating welcoming space for international artists to cover their walls, floors and anything with surface area streets at a time. I live in Shoreditch so I’m lucky enough to see some of the most stunning pieces of street art daily, but there’s something so exhilarating about turning a corner in a new city and seeing walls full of colour.
I’ve been to Paris multiple times but it’s never quite clicked for me – the Louvre pyramid is stunning, the streetside bistro’s appealing, but I’ve always found the overall vibe of the city slightly cold and aloof. I think with many big cities it can feel that way for outsiders; I often feel the need to defend Londoners to outsiders who may see it as unfriendly or expensive. Taking the time to explore Belleville, a neighbourhood straddling 4 different arrondissement, enabled me to see a bit more of the ‘local’ side of Paris.