Art by Aerosol (Graffiti – free in every city*)

By Perrin

European museums are fabulous, but also fabulously expensive. Luckily, there is also a wealth of free art in the form of graffiti.

Don’t underestimate its value. Not only is street art full of variety and verve, but in some countries it was the only modern art I could find. It was particularly refreshing to discover, on my last day in Italy, that people there may be just as sick of seeing Mary and Jesus paintings as I am.

Coronation of the Madonna Revisited in Ancona, Italy

In the courtyard of Art Hostel of Sofia, Bulgaria. The hostel actually offered classes on how to master such art forms.

Clifford's new best bud, the Big Red Elephant of Ancona, Italy

Ahem, who is your father? Bedroom wall in Archi Rossi hostel, Florence

Our cart on the Trans Balkan Express

*Note, graffiti is not a strong suit of every city. I had a hard time finding any in pristine Vienna, other than some signatures and a giant “PENIS” sign near the troubled youth center. If reputation holds true, Singapore will also prove to be too clean. The search is on.


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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