Happy New Years! We are excited for another full year of traveling and blogging in 2016. But for this first week of the new year, we’re looking back to a few more of our favorite travel experiences of this past year.

Here are our five favorite cities for street art from 2015. (Click on the city for more info and pics).

Paris

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Paris is home to one of the best art museums in the world, the Louvre. But it’s also home to some of the best street art we’ve seen around the world. It’s astonishingly good and varied. On our most recent trip in May (and during Jim’s trip in December), we loved finding new pieces as well as seeing how old favorites have morphed over time.

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is our home, and we’ve wandered all over it on long walks and scooter rides. The beautiful and often challenging street art really stands out on these explorations. We are constantly amazed by the breadth and distinctness of of our city’s murals, posters, and graffiti.

Reykjavik

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In June we experienced Iceland for the first time. We went for its magical natural beauty, but were pleasantly surprised to also find its tiny capital Reykjavík (population just over 100,000), filled with vibrant urban street art that was utterly charming.

Chicago

In September we finally had a chance to explore Chicago. We were blown away by their many incredible street musicians. The amount and quality of music we found was impressive, and we’re looking forward to going back.

Rome

Rome is of course filled with tons of historical art from the age of the Roman Empire to the dawn of the Renaissance. But it also has a fount of street art and performers. In particular I loved the musicians, dancers, and artists we found in Piazza Navona, where the historical backdrop made everything even more magical.

— Laura Rowley

 

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Written by Laura Rowley

I am an artist, flight attendant, and travel blogger.

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