Cyprus: the perfect getaway

We just love weekend trips: It is an easy way to escape reality and pack many new destinations and adventures to your life. One of our all-time favourite weekend trips was our trip to Cyprus in the beginning of the year: we had the whole island for ourselves, the weather was great, as was the food, there is a lot to explore and it is really affordable. Read here all about the perfect getaway to Cyprus.

What to do on Cyprus?


To read all about Cyprus’ archaeological highlights, read this article. But Cyprus has more to offer: its impressive nature is a welcome alternation from all the archaeological sites. The inland hills offer great trials for day(s) of hiking, you might want to visit one of the many monasteries, hiding in the hills. Do not miss the Avakas Gorge and enjoy a romantic sun set at the beach, e.g at the Sea Caves or Petra tou Romiou (Rock of Aphrodite). Also, you can ski in the idyllic Troodos mountain range in the West of Cyprus from January until the end of March.

Where to go on Cyprus?

Cyprus’ capital Nicosia is an impressive city, being one of the last divided cities in the world today. Ledra Street offers a crossing between the Turkish and Greek part. Especially in the Greek Cypriot part, you can find nice museums (e.g. the first archaeological Museum of Lefkosia), churches and restaurants. In the Turkish part, the churches are converted to Mosques and the feeling of the city is totally different. Time seems to have stopped in the 70s there.

Next to Nicosia, also Paphos, Larnaca and Limassol offer nice cultural sights. Most tourists arrive at the airport of Larnaca. Here, you can find the Hala Sultan Tekke mosque, surrounded by palm trees and flamingo’s and the Chruch of Saint Lazarus, built over the reputed tomb of Lazarus. 

Tips for the perfect getaway

Büyük Han
Büyük Han, Nicosia

We really recommend you rent a car. This is very affordable (€15-30 per day) and you will be able to explore the island efficiently. Just watch out: you have to drive on the left side and the speed limit on the high way is not always obeyed. We spend one night in Nicosia and two in Paphos, which was perfect to check out above mentioned sights. Not convinced yet? Read our blog about the food on Cyprus, and we are sure that you will plan your trip soon…!

Why you should go to Cyprus

Modern Art in Japan

Modern art is booming in Japan. It often happened that we were standing in long lines next to the coolest Japanese. As if the hottest boy band was in town. Except we were not waiting to get a selfie with the lead singer. But we were excited to see a painting, sculpture or lighting installation. If you are an art addict like us, you should not miss Tokyo, but Matsumoto, Kanazawa and Naoshima are also a must.



Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan’s most famous contemporary artists, is not exhibited a lot in Japan. You can find a giant pumpkin on the island of Naoshima and a permanent exhibition in the Matsumoto Museum of Art. Kusama was born in Matsumoto. We also recommend visiting Matsumoto for the famous Crow Castle and its location at the foot of Japanese alps. But Matsumoto is also worth a visit to discover Kusama’s work in the Matsumoto City Museum of Art. It has works starting all the way back from her childhood but also more famous pieces like the Infinity Mirrored Room. This broad scope is a unique experience, as it provides great insight into her world.

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

Matsumoto City Museum of Art

The Kusuma experience starts outside with giant flower sculptures. It continues with polka dot vending machines where even the soda cans are covered in polka dots. Once inside, make sure you do not get lost in all the mirror rooms with polka dots. This is a dazzling experience and can even feel quite scary and or emotional. Her famous dots are just all around you to blow you away. The childhood work gives you a rare insight into her start as an artist and her continuous development. Other works are psychedelic drawings and an Infinity Mirrors Pod which gives you a one-person experience of infinity. Even if contemporary art does not appeal to you, this museum can be very rewarding.


The ferry to Naoshima (Miyanoura) departs from Uno or Takamatsu. Check out the exact time table before you go. The ferry crosses the Inland Sea and takes you along hundreds of small Islands. If you look carefully you will see a big red polka dot pumpkin at the coast of a slightly bigger island. This tells you that you have arrived at the art island Naoshima. We recommend you rent a bicycle to discover the island, there are a few rental shops next to the ferry stop. Although Naoshima is a bit hilly, the island is not too big and there are electrical bikes available to give you extra support if needed. The museums and art pieces are spread out over the island which makes cycling far quicker than public transport. As an added bonus, it also provides a nice experience of both the culture and nature that Naoshima has to offer.

Lee Ufan Museum


Ando Tadao designed the Chichu Museum in concrete, steel and glass and is a sight on itself. Only three artists are exhibited here: Claude Monet, James Turrell and Walter de Maria. This bold choice for quality over quantity, results in an unforgettable art experience.

Next to the Chichu Museum lies the Lee Ufan Museum, also designed by Tadao. It exhibits the minimalistic work of the Korean artist Lee Ufan.

The biggest museum is the Benesse House, where you can also stay the night, if your budget allows it. You can also visit the art exhibition inside and the sculpture garden outside if you aren’t a guest. The famous yellow pumpkin of Yayoi Kusama is one of the sculptures that is on display here.

On the other side of the island you can find the Art House Project, spread over seven different locations. Minamidera, one of the locations, is built on the former site of a temple. Inside this building – again – a design of Ando Tadao, you can find another art piece of James Turrell.


Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool by Leonardo Erlich

If you are planning to visit the 21th Century Museum Contemporary Art in Kanazawa during the weekend, then make sure you’re on time. Even before the museum opens her doors, people are queuing their way to the ticket offices. This results in more people than art in the museum. Art is booming in Kanazawa. Inside, you can among others, admire video art of Marijke van Warmerdam and a room designed by James Turrell. But without a doubt the highlight is the Swimming Pool, a mystical illusion created by Leonardo Erlich. You can experience the installation both from outside and inside of the pool.


Tokyo is packed with contemporary art galleries, museums and impressive architecture. We want to highlight three museums: The National Museum of Western Art, the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and the Mori Art Museum.

Mori Art Museum

Spider by Louise Bourgeois

It’s hard to miss the Mori Art Museum because of the giant spider of Louise Bourgeois outside the entrance. Check the exhibition schedule, to see what is on when you are planning to visit the museum. On the roof of the museum is one of the best viewpoint of the city. Contrary to the other viewpoints, this one is out in the open and your views are not obstructed by glass.

National Museum of Western Arts

The National Museum of Western Arts exhibits great pieces of Western art. It has modern Western artists like Picasso, Miró and Pollock. You can see unique pieces here, which are seldom shown outside of Japan. Together with a wide range of old masters, this museum gives a great overview of Western art.

National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo

The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT) is the foremost museum for modern Japanese art. It also has a broad collection of foreign modern art. This gives the viewer the opportunity to place Japanese modern art in a broader context. Especially interesting is the impact of the second world war on Japanese artists.

Modern Art in Japan