Tag - Art & Culture

Bulgarian Troyan Pottery for sale outside Bachkovo Monastery

History of a craft: traditional Bulgarian Troyan Pottery

Bulgaria is a country full of surprises. I wasn’t expecting to find much of an art scene there, but I was pleasantly surprised, particularly by Bulgarian pottery. I was enchanted by the tradition Troyan pottery. Dazzling patterns in soothing colors dance across solid oven-ready ceramics. And it was extremely cheap to start your own collection once you left Sofia. I’m...

Best Travel Books of 2017

The 10 best travel books I read in 2017

It’s the end of the year, and time to reflect on the year past and plan for the year ahead. I am very pleased to report I knocked my Goodreads goal of 30 books for 2017 out of the park (I read 40!). Should I stretch myself in 2018 and aim for a book a week? Anyhow, it’s time to share some of my favorite travel books from this year that kept my wanderlust stoked while...

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

How to get to the Rila Monastery in Bulgaria

During my summer visit to Bulgaria this year, I knew I had to make my way to the stunning Rila Monastery. I had seen images circling all around social media of the beautiful Eastern Orthodox monastery colorful frescoes. I was worried it might be a tourist trap, but it was stunningly enchanting in person. If you find yourself in Bulgaria, I highly recommend taking a...

Tenango embroidery Otomi design

History of a trend: Otomi embroidery and patterns

I’m putting together a series on design trends! I love learning about the history of trends and exploring the folk art that often serves as the inspiration. This week I’ve been reading about Otomi embroidery. As someone in the US, I often see trends come and go without any explanation of the people or places they came from. We are very guilty as designers of...

Pyramid of the Moon down the Avenue of the Dead

How to visit Teotihuacán and the Pyramids from Mexico City

If you have time during your visit to Distrito Federal, you have to stop by Teotihuacán. It’s about an hour’s drive away from the Historic Center of Mexico City, and is absolutely worth the half a day or so that you will need to see its full glory. Background Info Teotihuacán was one of the most important and largest cities in the pre-Columbian Americas, with a...