In December, Marijeta Bozovic, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University, was a recipient of Yale’s annual award for outstanding teachers in interdisciplinary fields. This summer she’ll put her talents into action on our popular Baltic cruise, where her talks on the literature of the region will complement lectures from a Metropolitan Museum of Art expert in arms and armor and a Harvard scholar of post-Soviet politics. Pictured above is Stockholm, where travelers will receive an exclusive tour of the Drottningholm Court Theater.
The Baltic’s Amber Coast: St. Petersburg to Copenhagen Aboard Sea Cloud II
July 1 to 12, 2016
With Met curator Pierre Terjanian,
Harvard professor Timothy Colton,
and Yale professor Marijeta Bozovic
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We’ve already received a number of submissions for our Focus on Travel photo contest. Images entered so far range from Borobudur at sunrise to Stockholm at dusk. There are also stunning shots of London, Havana, Egypt, Bolivia and other destinations near and far.
If you have a great travel photograph, there’s still time to enter it in the contest. The winner will receive a new iPad mini. Prizes for the runners-up include a NiteCore Tiny Monster flashlight, a micro luggage scale and more.
You can also vote on the submitted images, which are featured in a gallery that can be accessed through the photo contest tab. The most popular image will receive a People’s Choice Award and a special prize.
To enter or vote, please go to our Facebook page and click on the Focus On Travel Photo Contest icon below our name. It will take you to a new page where you can enter the contest or vote on selected entries (or both!).
Be sure to submit your entry before May 1, 2013.
By Ingrid Ahlgren
While commuting on the New York City subway the other day, I admired a poster by artist Sophie Blackall. The poster, part of the MTA’s Arts for Transit program, is just one of the creations straphangers can enjoy in New York. The city’s subway system is home to oodles of art, ranging from the gorgeous mosaics in many stations to talented musicians who perform on trains and platforms to poetry inside the cars.
New York isn’t the only city where travelers can enjoy art on their way from one place to another. Boston’s Green Street Gallery, a non-profit, artist-run space, is located in a subway station. In Chicago, a program called Art on Track transforms a train into a moving gallery once a year.
Outside of the United States, there’s also great art to discover while using public transit. Many of Montreal’s subway stations boast sculptures and other works of art. Stockholm’s tunnelbana, which has artwork in 90 of its 100 stations, has been called the “world’s longest art exhibit.” In Lisbon, contemporary art is featured in all metro stations.
Sometimes, the subway stations themselves are works of art. Paris’ Metro is known for its elegant art-nouveau entryways. In Bilbao, Spain, many new stations have been designed by Sir Norman Foster. The unique curved glass structures at street level are known as “Fosteritos.” Some of Moscow’s legendary undergrounds have chandeliers and marble-clad walls. And in Dubai, metro stations have modern designs but incorporate some of the region’s traditional architectural elements such as alleyways and arches.
Which of the world’s subway systems do you think are worth a detour?