Recommended Read | Lartigue: Life in Color

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I’ve been making use of lazy summer days to catch up on the stacks of travel magazines that have been piling up in our little apartment. Among all the new wanderlust and inspiration happily swimming in my head, I was smitten with the photography in a feature on Lartigue: Life in Color.

Recommended Read | Lartigue: Life in Color | Thought & SightJacques Henri Lartigue is best known for his early black and white work, and the book delves into why that is. It’s both mind-boggling and fascinating, but when color photography was first developed, it was viewed as a crass commercial tool, vastly inferior to the purely artistic black and white medium. Martin Ravache describes the “astonishingly moral vocabulary” applied to color photography, with detractors throwing around words like “corrupted!”

Recommended Read | Lartigue: Life in Color | Thought & Sight

However, because Lartigue considered himself first and foremost a painter– but only an amateur photographer– he had little investment (or interest) in the purist attitudes of his contemporaries. No doubt his proto-hippie attitude toward life: living frugally, surrounded by nature, and focusing on seeking out joy, helped as well.

Recommended Read | Lartigue: Life in Color | Thought & Sight

Lartigue’s color photographs from the 50s through the 70s showcase country life in France and Italy, with a dose of jetset, and frequently feature his wife and muse, Florette. I love this one, below:

Recommended Read | Lartigue: Life in Color | Thought & SightThe book has a nice selection of Lartigue’s color photos, and just enough commentary to provide a context to understand the photographs. I’m dying to know more, and have my eye on this fascinating profile of Lartigue, as well as this gem devoted to the Riviera.

Recommended Read | Lartigue: Life in Color | Thought & Sight

Travel Movie Halloween Costumes: Out of Africa

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Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: Out of Africa

I have to admit that I chose Out of Africa for this costume series as much for the inspirational quality of Meryl Streep’s wardrobe as anything else. It is however, a legitimately great movie– one that will have you sniffling at the end, and dreaming of Africa afterwards.

Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: Out of Africa(For a less buttoned up look, ditch the jacket and go a with a slightly oversize khaki shirt)

Also, I know the hat isn’t an exact match, but it was too fantastic not to include. Between the hat and boots, I’ve daydreamed away my grocery budget for the next couple months. I’ve picked the pieces I think are amazing, but this costume doesn’t have to be expensive, and you can easily find at least the shirt and blazer at a thrift store, as well as some cheaper options on Etsy.

Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: Out of Africa

(roughly) clockwise from top right:

Vintage Equestrian Blazer (not your size? see more here)

Vintage French Binocular Case

Vintage 1950s Jodphurs (not your size? see more here)

Vintage Khaki Blouse (not your size? see more here)

Vintage Riding Boots (not your size? see more here)

Wide Brim Felt Hat

Travel Movie Halloween Costumes: A Trip to the Moon

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Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: A Trip to the Moon | Thought & Sight

Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: A Trip to the Moon | Thought & Sight

The 1902 French short film A Trip to the Moon might not be your typical travel movie, but it is a very trippy, imaginative gem. Thanks to its highly stylized sets, the movie has stood up surprisingly well, and is worth a viewing if you haven’t seen it (free for streaming on Amazon Prime)

Even though the women in the movie are basically moon cheerleaders (what, you couldn’t send a woman to the moon??), their costumes are pretty fun. I went with some pretty vintage picks, but it could be fun to play off of the colorized version and give the costume a bit of punk rock edge as well.

Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: A Trip to the Moon | Thought & SightClockwise from top right:

Vintage Panama Hat

Vintage Tap Shorts (not your size? see more here)

Vintage Oxfords (not your size? see more here)

Brass Field Trumpet

Vintage Sailor Blouse (not your size? see more here)

Travel Movie Halloween Costumes: The Darjeeling Limited

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Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: The Darjeeling Limited | Thought & Sight

I couldn’t do a collection of travel movie costume ideas without at least one Wes Anderson film! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but The Darjeeling Limited feeds my train travel obsession (and that luggage!), as well as some featuring seriously wanderlust-inducing backdrops.

Whichever brother you’d like to be, start with a suit and accessorize from there:

Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: The Darjeeling Limited | Thought & SightClockwise from top left:

Pink Flower Lei

Vintage wood box (you’ll have to stencil on your own skull and crossbones, but no one will touch your candy)

Mid Century Suit (not your size? see more here)

Cloth Bandages

Vintage 80s Sunglasses

Travel Movie Halloween Costumes: Romancing the Stone

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 If you’re a travel lover, chances are you have at least one favorite travel movie that you can watch over and over, that isn’t safe for Sunday night viewing because you might just find yourself on a plane instead of work come Monday. This week and next, I’ll be doing a series of Halloween costume ideas based on some of my favorite travel movies.

Romancing the Stone is a favorite from my childhood! Buttoned-up romance novelist Joan Wilder travels to Columbia to save her kidnapped sister in a goofy 80s adventure involving lush jungles, a treasure map, and a very large emerald. Her jungle-worn ensemble is easy to put together from Etsy, or you can pick up many of the pieces at a thrift store.

Travel Movie Halloween Costume Ideas: Romancing the Stone |Thought & Sight

Clockwise from top right:

1. Vintage Emerald Necklace

2. Vintage Brown Blouse (not your size? more choices here)

3. Vintage Cream Skirt (not your size? more choices here)

4. Vintage Leather Pumps (not your size? more choices here)

5. Treasure Map

6. Canvas Messenger Bag

Well Traveled Walls

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Because I’ve spent more time lately sitting in front of a computer than exploring, I turned to Etsy in search of something to liven up my walls and keep me inspired. Here’s three collections of artwork to remind you of what lies ahead!

Above picks:

San Francisco Map by Bnito Shop | Paris Metro Photograph by Eye Poetry Photography

Southwestern Wall Hanging by Hello Hydrangea | Road to Anywhere Photograph by Studio Claire

The Darjeeling Limited Poster by Cinema Studio

Well Traveled Walls | Thought & Sight

Shea Shell Motel Photograph by gbrosseau | Leaning Tower of Pisa Photograph by Feather and Indigo

Artist’s Journal Istanbul Landscape by Missy Dunaway

Pink Paris Door Photograph by gypsyfables | Wanderlust Poster by EverMore Prints

Well Traveled Walls | Thought & Sight

 Mountain Embroidery Hoop by oymyheartembroidery | Island SUP Collage Print by Meremart

Lost World Photograph by Retrospecs Prints

Wild Flower Photograph by Wander With Me Prints | Yellowstone Poster by WallArty

Our trip to Japan: The Stragglers

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Spring cleaning my computer, and found some Japan photos that I like, but never found their way into the other posts. It hardly seems like it’s been so long since we left, but at the same time, looking through these photos has me itching to return.

Tako Bar sign in Japan | Thought & SightSign found somewhere near Meguro, I think.

Yellow train in Japan | Thought & Sight

Calorie counting on subway steps in Japan | Thought & SightEncouraging decals estimating the calories burned hoofing it up the subway steps.

Restaurant in Japan | Thought & SightJust a pretty storefront near our Tokyo airbnb.

Fushimi Inari shrine in Kyoto, Japan | Thought & SightFushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto.

Godzilla at Toho Studios in Japan | Thought & SightGodzilla!

Bridge in Meuguro Tokyo | Thought & Sight

Bicycle in Tokyo, Japan | Thought & Sight

Colorful alley in Japan | Thought & Sight

The Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan | Thought & SightMoat of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo– not open for tours, since it still functions as a residence.

Imperial Palace in Kyoto,  Japan | Thought & SightThe Palace in Kyoto; it’s beautiful and worth the admission.

Imperial Palace in Kyoto,  Japan | Thought & Sight

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan | Thought & SightKinkaku-ji, the “golden pavilion” in Kyoto.

Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan | Thought & Sight

Deer park in Nara, Japan | Thought & SightThe famous deer park in Nara.

Shrine near dear park in Nara, Japan | Thought & SightShrine near the dear park.

Flower arrangement in a bathroom in Japan | Thought & SightA pretty arrangement in an otherwise dingy bathroom (I think this was in Nara park)

Sankei-en Garden in Yokohama, Japan | Thought & SightSankei-en garden in Yokohama.

Wacky vintage Japanese ads from the 1970s and 80s

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Sent off on a tangent by this little roundup of pre-war Japanese beer ads, I spent Sunday browsing the glory that is 70s/ 80s Japanese advertising– equal parts 80s nostalgia and “wtf Japan.” Here’s some of my favorites: 
  
(If you’re wondering why there’s so few actual Japanese people, it doesn’t seem to be so much a question of recycling ads, as it is selling a “cool” Western image)
p.s. if you’re looking for more, this looks like a fascinating read
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The National Museum of Japanese History in Sakura

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The National Museum of Japanese History in Sakura was so fantastic, I had to devote a post to it. The museum is recommended sightseeing when in Narita City, so after visiting some of the local attractions in Narita City, we hopped on a train to Sakura. 

Then, a short bus ride, and in all, it only took about 45 minutes from Narita Station to the museum steps. FYI, we only made it to the museum, but there’s plenty more to do in Sakura if you’d like to make a day of it.

The museum covers an incredible breadth of Japanese history, made accessible to tourists via the free audio guides (sorry, the wrong thing is in focus here, but you get the idea) with background information on nearly every exhibit.

Here’s a small sampling of the exhibits:

Haniwa, clay figures from the Kofun period (approx 250-538 AD). Cute, but these jaunty figures served a ritual purpose, buried above or beside the body in a funeral mound, and it’s theorized that they were intended to hold the soul of the deceased.

I fell in love with the abundance of beautiful, incredibly detailed dioramas. Anyone want to sponsor a trip back to Japan just to photograph dioramas?

This. Is. Awesome. Overall, the museum’s facilities are perfectly modern, but they seem to have held onto their mid century modern lounge areas, and I can see why!

Vintage movie posters and playbills.

Inner courtyard of the museum, a pleasant place to relax and give our sore feet a rest. After almost 2 weeks of hoofing it everywhere in Japan, even a couple hours in the expansive museum necessitated some breaks. 

Fun life size reproduction of Asakusa street in the 1920s, and below, a 1960s apartment. They probably make these with kids in mind, but I love them too.

And the soaking bath in the apartment. It might look incredibly old-fashioned, but I’m pretty sure I saw something similar in a teacher friend’s otherwise modern apartment not that long ago, evidence of the old and new existing side by side in Japan. 

Folk and pop culture isn’t forgotten either, with a display of daruma dolls, symbols of good luck and perseverance.

I can’t remember what this tree monster was (and it turns out Googling “Japanese tree monster isn’t especially helpful). Something to do with a festival, but feel free to make up your own origin stories.

And even a display on modern life in Japan, which included an (actually fairly large for Japan) fridge stuffed full of typical foods and drinks.

I’ll leave you with Godzilla, a must for the pop culture display, and easily the inspiration for another trip.

Redstone, Colorado

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While exploring the area on our hot springs trip, we drove past these beautiful, crumbling coke ovens in Redstone, Colorado.

 Intended as “enlightened industrial paternalism”, the little village of Redstone was created for employees of John Cleveland Osgood’s coal mining business in the late 1800s. The original town, complete with an inn, library, school, bathhouse, theater and clubhouse, included 84 cottages– many of which are still in use today.

Nowadays, the village is fairly heavy on the commercial quaintness, so I didn’t think to grab a picture, which I regretted once I read up on the place and wished for a comparison photo to post! Here’s a photo of some of the original cottages:

And the coke ovens when they were in use: