Explore the world with our 2023 Art Calendars
Whilst we couldn’t leave our front door in 2020 & 2021, we lusted for adventure to our favourite travel spots. To counter-balance the monotony of the past 2 years, we imagined exotic journeys and spent our time designing art to reflect the beauty of the world. Wait no longer. We are thrilled to launch our dreamy imaginings in the “Explore the World” and “Mediterranean” 2023 Art Calendars. Capturing the globe in vivid colour, our collective wanderlust is answered. These calendars provide a snapshot of the exquisiteness of the world, so you can travel with this gorgeous guide highlighting our best-loved destinations.
Mediterranean 2023 Calendar
Spain occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula and offers a variety of landscapes, from the lush Pyrenees Mountains which separate Spain from the rest of Europe to the desert-like plateaus in the centre of Spain, or the stunning Mediterranean beaches to the east. As a geographical link between Europe and Africa, Spain has a warm and vibrant culture centred on food, art and music. With an array of breathtaking sights and experiences to offer, it is no wonder that Spain is the third most visited country in the world, behind France and the US.
Madrid is the capital of Spain, resting in the direct centre of the country. Madrid is known for being one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe with many Michelin star restaurants, or backstreet tapas bars.
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world and is the dominant language in Spain. However, Spain has many other localised dialects, with the four co-official languages of Spain being Catalan, Basque, Galician and Aranese.
Barcelona is located in the northeastern part of Spain and is home to architectural treasures spanning 2000-plus years. A must-visit is the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family), designed by Antonin Gaudi in the late 1800’s. La Sagrada Familia is an architectural masterpiece featuring towering spires and stained glass windows.
Another tourist hotspot is Park Güell, also designed by Gaudi, featuring colourful mosaics and curious rounded architecture. Barcelona is a celebration of vibrant art. Spain was home to famous artists such as Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso and many of their artworks are featured in galleries and museums across the country.
Our Mediterranean Calendar features a flamenco dancer and Las Ventas, the largest bullfighting ring in Spain. Flamenco is a form of song and dance based on folkloric music traditions of southern Spain. The music is characterised by rhythmic acoustic guitar and a palo seco or ‘dry stick’ which is beat on the floor to keep time. Flamenco also involves a dancer performing a series of choreographed dance steps and improvised styles.
Explore The World 2023 Calendar
Kyoto was once Japan’s capital city and is famous for its numerous Buddhist temples, imperial palaces and stunning gardens.
With more than 2000 temples and shrines, Kyoto is the place to explore the masterpieces of Japan’s religious architecture.
Due to its deep roots as Japan’s cultural capital, there are many traditional arts and crafts which are still practised and celebrated in Kyoto.
These crafts are kept alive by artisans through the generations and include the ancient technique of making washi paper, exquisite lacquerware and hand-dyed textiles.
Geishas are a large part of Kyoto’s culture and artistic history, however in Kyoto, fully trained geisha are called geiko (pronounced “gay-ko”). Geiko are masters of Japanese arts and performance. Women between the ages of 15 to 20, undergo strict training for five years to become a geiko. During this period, they are known as maiko (pronounced “my-ko”). While travelling in Kyoto, there are restaurants which offer geisha performances such as the Kyoto Cuisine and Maiko Evening. The best way to engage in Geisha culture is by attending a performance of one of Kyoto’s five annual geisha dances, which are usually held in spring and autumn.
Mediterranean 2023 Calendar
Egypt links northeast Africa with the Middle East and is known for being the home of the ancient Egyptian civilisation.
Visit the pyramids of Giza, the last remaining wonder of the Ancient world. The Pyramids are thought to have been built between 2550 to 2490 B.C. and are situated along the Nile River. Other Ancient Egyptian monuments include The Sphinx and The Valley of the Kings. Unlike the Pyramids, The Sphinx was not assembled piece by piece but was carved from a single mass of limestone. This makes the structure even more visually stunning. It is one of the world’s largest sculptures at 73 meters long and 20 meters high.
Many people when thinking of Egypt conjure up images of desert plains and historic ruins, however, Egypt is also home to a brilliant coastal landscape along the Red Sea, and part of the Mediterranean. The Red Sea contains some of the world’s hottest and saltiest seawater. The high salt content of the water means that our bodies are more buoyant when swimming / they float very easily.
Within the red sea are expansive coral reefs, including sheer walls covered with exotically shaped corals and a rich ecosystem of sea life. Snorkelling in the stunning lagoons or scuba diving off deep coral walls is a must for any traveller. When diving, extreme caution must be taken to not disturb this natural wonder. Coral is made up of colonies of tiny animals called polyps that need precise environmental conditions to grow. Sadly the rising salt levels and temperature of the Red Sea due to climate change are causing massive coral bleaching events.
Explore The World 2023 Calendar
Jaipur is known as the ‘Pink City’ due to its illustrious pink buildings and many palaces. It is the capital of Rajasthan in India. Jaipur has earned UNESCO World Heritage status for indigenous city planning as the first planned city built in India. Each street and market run either east to west, or north to south in a 3×3 grid system. This, along with the wall running the whole circumference of the city makes it one of the easiest places in India to navigate.
The most famous palace of Jaipur is Hawa Mahal, pictures in our calendar. Hawa Mahal is a five-story, pink sandstone building located in the heart of the city. The palace is also known as the ‘Palace of Breeze’ due to its 953 windows which allow wind to blow through and cool the palace.
From a distance, the building looks like a large honeycomb due to the extravagant architecture. The palace was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Singh to allow royal women to observe everyday life, for instance, weddings, processions and street life, without being seen.
Jaipur is often also referred to as the ‘Paris of India’ due to its many luxurious hotels and shopping destinations. The most expensive hotel suite is in Jaipur and costs $50,000 per night, and is equiped with pure gold furnishings.
Beyond the city walls of Jaipur are sweeping hills and idyllic lakes. These can be viewed from one of the many forts that scatter the edge of the city. One of the most breathtaking forts is Jaigarh Fort which has a length of 3 kilometres and a width of 1 kilometre. The fort is located on the Hill of Eagles, 500 ft above sea level, and offers a magnificent view of the lush Rajasthan landscape. Traditionally, travellers could catch an Elephant ride up the cobblestone path towards the many forts which surround Jaipur, however this is slowly changing with Animal Protection groups campaigning for tighter laws around using animals for tourist attractions.