“World’s Best” Awards 2010

Travel + Leisure’s just released the “World’s Best” awards. This year had a record number of votes by viewers for 2010 travel. This allows people to tell them what they want wherever they are.

This is a study where the magazine turns to their viewers and asks them about their experiences and their travel and which destinations or companies are the best. Viewers rank the top destinations both internationally and nationally, as well as the best riverboat cruise companies, and the best airlines.

Best International Cities
1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Chiang Mai, Thailand
3. FLORENCE, ITALY
4. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
5. Rome, Italy

Best U.S. Cities
1. New York, NY
2. San Francisco, CA
3. Charleston, SC
4. Chicago, IL
5. Santa Fe, NM

De Chirico at Florence

Few Italian artists had such an important impact on 20th century art as Giorgio de Chirico. His ‘metaphysical’ works were like a pebble thrown into a pond, whose waves rippled through the world of art in concentric
circles, becoming weaker in time, but still felt decades later. The young artist Giorgio de Chirico first became aware of a new way of seeing the world while visiting Florence at the age of twenty-one: ‘on a clear autumn afternoon I was sitting on a bench in the middle of piazza Santa Croce […] I had the strange impression that I was looking at all these things for the first time, and the composition of my picture came to my mind’s eye [...] the moment is an enigma to me, for it is inexplicable’. This ‘illumination or ‘revelation’—as De Chirico called it—informs his pictures of the 1910s and 1920s. As the century hurtled towards World War I, this experience
of alienation prompted De Chirico—long before his peers—to paint what he called the ‘great silence’. De Chirico’s paintings of windswept piazzas, with solitary figures and statues staring blindly into space, continued to haunt artists long after De Chirico painted his Enigma of an Autumn Afternoon in 1909.

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