3 of the Best Cities for Art and Culture That Should Be on Your Bucket List

3 of the Best Cities for Art and Culture That Should Be on Your Bucket List

Culture and the arts are among many cities’ top attractions. And whether by choice or happenstance, you are likely to come across cultural masterpieces and landmarks – from ancient artworks to architectural feats that reflect the city’s tradition and heritage. Here are some of the world’s best cities for art and culture trips that you would not want to miss.

Florence, Italy
Florence
Florence is home to a wealth of artistic treasures. Just head out to the Piazza Duomo and you will find a wide array of art and architecture to marvel at including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery of St. John) and its Gates of Paradise. Other attractions not to miss include Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti, Galleria dell’Accademia, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria and the Neptune Fountain, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo, and the Uffizi Palace and Gallery.

Jerusalem, Israel
Jerusalem
Controversies aside, heritage permeates in the city of Jerusalem. One look at the place and you can see awe-inspiring architecture including mosques, churches, and synagogues. The city is home to some of the most sacred sites of three religions and a place of pilgrimage for people from these different faiths. Its top attractions include the Armenian Quarter, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Citadel (Tower of David), Dome of Rock, Haram Al-Sharif, Jewish Quarter, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Muslim Quarter, Old City, Old City Walls, Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), and the Wailing Wall (Western Wall) among others.

Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto
Kyoto served as the heart of Japan’s culture and politics for over a thousand years before Tokyo became the country’s capital city. It is home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, hundreds of temples and shrines not to mention several stunning Zen gardens. At the central part of Kyoto you will find some of the city’s best attractions like the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto Manga Museum, Kyoto Station, Kyoto Tower, Nijo Castle, Nijo Jinya, Nishiki Market, Sento Palace, and more. In the eastern part of the city you will find the famous Kiyomizudera, Eikando Temple, Ginkakuji, Gion (Geisha District) Heian Shrine, Higashiyama, Maruyama Park, Nanzenji Temple, and the Philosopher’s Path among many others. The southern part of Kyoto boasts of attractions like the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Daigoji Temple, Tofukuji Temple, Toji Temle, and the Fushimi Sake District. Must-see places in the north include the popular Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji Temple, Daitokuji Temple, Hieizan, Shugakuin Villa, Ninnaji Temple, and Kurama. And to the west lies Arashiyama, Kokedera, Katsura Villa, Toei Eigamura, and more.

Finding That Creative Spark When You Feel Uninspired

Finding That Creative Spark When You Feel Uninspired

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Nothing is fixed when it comes to creativity. Some days you may be brimming with ideas. And then there are days when it may feel like the flow is gone. Regardless of what type of work you do, waiting for inspiration to come could get in the way of getting the job done. Sometimes when it comes to finding that seemingly lost creative spark, you have take control and find ways to break through the wall to allow for more ideas to flow in.

Pause and step back. Stop whatever it is that you are doing. There is no use staring into the wall waiting for inspiration to arrive. You have to do something, not do something, or do something else to find it. Taking a breather can be good for your mind and body. Take a few minutes to shift your focus away from whatever it is that got stuck into.

Clear your mind. Take some time to calm and clear your mind. Take a deep breath; go for a stroll, or doing something that soothes your mind and body even for only a few minutes.

Take a nap. Lack of sleep can make you feel more tired. And fatigue could block the creative juices from flowing. Aim for quality sleep. Use break times to take a 20-minute nap just to refresh your mind.

Do something else. Routines are good, but sometimes you need to disrupt them to shake things up a bit. While routine can be essential to productivity, it can be mind-numbing and stifling over time. Temporary or permanent changes in your routine can be disruptive in a good way. It ushers in new experiences. It changes the way you think or view the things you used to do on autopilot.

Find out when you are most productive. Finding out when you are most creative can be helpful. It allows you to schedule your time to work on projects when your creativity is at its peak. If you feel more creative early in the morning, make sure to wake up earlier than usual to give you plenty of time to harness your creativity.

Jot down ideas the moment they pop up. Keep a notebook and pen handy. A lot of great and highly creative ideas appear when you least expect them. Write down your thoughts and do not edit yourself. Make your notebook a record of free-flowing ideas. You might be surprised just how much creative materials or projects you can launch from thoughts that came out of the blue.