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Monday, August 6, 2012

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We couldn’t very well talk about wanderlust without some sort of geographical representation, now could we? If you want to travel the world, it’s important to have a guide, a visual. After all, half the battle of getting to where you want to be is to know where you’re starting from. Sure, you could pin a generic world map up on the wall but we here at the BSP aren’t generic and we’re pretty sure you aren’t either. Why settle for lackluster when you can have beautiful art?

artPause is the storefront for artist Michael Tompsett. After years of working as a graphic designer for some noteworthy companies, Tompsett decided to dedicate his time to pursuing his own art. His push to live his dream is inspirational not only in theory but also in the tangible pieces. This is the type of art that makes you look at the world through new eyes. The Watercolor Map of the World breeds a feeling of wonder and travel and exotic spices and fantastic food. Good art does that, don’t you think? It invites us to take a journey. It invites “Wanderlust” in, gives her a hug and a cup of coffee, and then sends her back into the world; until the next destination.

artPauseis giving away the winner’s choice of either one 24 x 36 inch print OR two 18 x 24 inch prints to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question by Monday, August 13th. Comments now closed…good luck!
What is the most unique place you have ever visited?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, August 20th, to see if you’ve won!
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  1. 51
    Lindsay says:

    Definitely Guatemala – I roasted marshmallows over molten lava at the top of a volcano!

  2. 52
    Dana says:

    The small islands off of Belize City.  Small fishing villages, amazing food and inspiring hospitality.  

  3. 53
    Theresa says:

    I have never traveled :/… I do live in Miami, is that exotic/unique?

  4. 54
    Jennifer says:

    There will never be words that can fully describe the clash of color, spices, ancient fabrics, newly-tanned leather, shouting, clanging, and pure magic that is the Fez medina. You just have to go see it for yourself!

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    Amy M says:

    A soccer field in Kingston, ON.  Sounds pretty commonplace, but I was helping out with the initial stages of an archaeological dig for a war hospital from a couple hundred years ago, so I was simultaneously in 2009 Ontario and 1812 Upper Canada!

  6. 56
    Tina_R says:

    The Grand Canyon during the winter is the most unique place that I ever visited. I’ve traveled to other countries (even taken a dugout canoe ride to an island off of Central America) and have found this treasure in my (figurative) backyard. It’s also something that one living stateside has a better chance of experiencing. No passport or exhausting travel because you’re just a state or eight away!

    Having visited in winter I found that the frosting of snow causes its breath taking magnificence to become even more unique with the lack of the summer crowds. The snow (which as a westerner is uncommon for me to see) turns one of the wonders of the world into a wonderland that warm weather visitors do not get to experience. If you get a chance to go there you will notice the cathedral like silence, which I found turns the common into the uncommon.

  7. 57
    M says:

    A small little village/town in the Swiss alps. Oh it was beautiful. Cobblestone streets towering snow covered mountains. Groups of skiers heading out at the crack of dawn and a river running right through the middle of the town. Not to mention the narrowest and windiest road to get there. And it sets just above a giant crystal clear lake. Not to mention the adorable little houses everywhere with icicles hanging from the roof. straight out of a movie or fantasy.

  8. 58
    Lubaska says:

    I didnt visit any very unique places but I loved my trip to Florida to Naples in the spring time 2 years ago. Warmth and ever green trees make me happy.:-)

  9. 59
    Kate B says:

    For our honeymoon, my husband and I spent two weeks in Spain. I’ve never been a Vacation Person, someone who goes somewhere simply to experience it. I’d be visiting friends or attending a wedding or conference or one of my husband’s marathons in order to explore a new city. We went to Spain simply because we wanted to and it was marvelous.

    My favorite portion of the trip was Barcelona. I have an undergrad degree in architecture and just the chance to be surrounded by Gaudi’s work was unbelievable. I couldn’t pick a single project, though Parc Guell did offer an astonishing variety of ways in which to be creative with materials. The whole city seemed to breathe that creativity, and I’d return again in a heartbeat.

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    Blake Kaplan says:

    Utica, Mississippi. Not the answer you were expecting, I know, but it holds a special place in my heart. I’ve spent over two years of my life in Utica, at a camp that I attended from age 7 to age 20. I went every summer in my childhood, two months at a time. The camp , and the town, have an old South charm to them that just can’t be found anywhere else.