1 The Easter Egg Museum, Kolomiya, Ukraine. In the last edition of Wish You Were Here! (Vol 7), we found out about the Ukrainian and Polish tradition of painting eggs, called pysanka, which puts all of our chocolate over-packaged offerings to shame.
Not only has Ukraine this incredible tradition, but it’s also home to a museum inside a building shaped like a giant egg that’s painted inside and out to resemble a pysanka. It opened in 1987, is the only museum in the world dedicated to the pysanka. It also holds more than 12,000 Easter eggs from all over the world in its collection.
Found on Wikipedia.
2 Roadside Canada: the Vegraville Pysanka, Alberta. So apparently this is the world’s largest Ukrainian Easter egg. It’s located in a small Canadian town called Vegraville which has a rich Ukrainian heritage. It was built in 1974 as a monument to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police but soon caught the attention around the world – even the Queen came to visit it. It’s completely hollow on the inside and made out of 3500 pieces of aluminium.
3 The company helping people join the Mile High Club! Pilot Andy Johnson’s passion for flight has taken him to become the founder of Love Cloud. For just under $1,000 you can rent out a private plane to have sex. “A curtain separates the passengers from the pilot, who wears noise-cancelling headphones and remains in the cockpit for the duration of the flight. Yes, the plane and its bedding are cleaned after each trip,” he told The New York Times!
4 The illustrations of Orra White Hitchcock, an underrepresented female scientist and artist, one of America’s earliest female botanical and scientific illustrators. Between 1828 and the 1840s, she made hundreds of dramatic classroom charts of geologic cross-sections, prehistoric beasts, fossils and dinosaur footprints.
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections in the USA holds an extensive collection of the charts created on linen and in 2018, the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan co-hosted an exhibition with Amherst to bring recognition to Hitchcock’s work in “Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock”.
Discovered on the New York Times.
5 Mustard Pot Cottage. This octagonal two-bedroom holiday home is hidden amid woodland on the National Trust-owned Felbrigg Estate near Cromer in Norfolk. It sleeps four, has a roaring fire and a private lawned garden. Book your stay here.
6 Meet the Czech lady who decorates buildings in her village with traditional artwork. Anežka (Agnes) Kašpárková, a former agricultural worker, uses vibrant blue paint and a small brush, she creates intricate floral wall murals inspired by traditional Moravian (southern Czech) artwork. Despite attaining both local and viral acclaim, she has insisted that her house painting hobby is purely for pleasure. “I am an artist,” she stated to Czech media. “I just enjoy wall painting, and I want to help.”
7 Why is everyone heading in droves to America’s newest national park in California? Via the LA Times.
8 The Manuscript Writing Café in Tokyo, Japan only caters to writers working on tight deadlines, providing the motivation and support to make sure they complete assignments on time. Found on Twitter.
9 San Francisco’s charming, candy-coloured houses. Sprawled across the historic and hilly city, the Technicolor homes capture the quirky and free-spirited feel of San Francisco. Found on Instagram.
10 A different side of Afghanistan. Via Reddit.
11 Snow drawings. Artist Sonja Hinrichsen and some 60 volunteers wearing snowshoes trekked out onto the frozen Catamount Lake in Colorado to create these beautiful swirling and twisting patterns into the deep snow. Titled Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake, the work was a continuation of her community-based snow drawing projects that bring together local volunteers to transform snowy landscapes into temporary artworks based on parameters provided by Hinrichsen. Find out more here.
12 A portrait of a place: Paradiso. Meet Giovanni Mancusou, a small-town Italian man who lives on Italy’s Mediterranean coast. The wisened Calabrian invites the viewer into his sun-washed world of bright orange sun umbrellas, cool blue seas, freshly baked pastries and fresh vegetables…