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Detroit Murals in the Market Walking Tour in Eastern Market

Some of the best experiences I’ve had in Detroit up until now have involved murals. The stories they tell, the design and creativity of, and the simple fact that you can touch and interact with them has made for eye-opening experiences when in the city. Recently I was invited by Feet on the Street Tours to go on an Eastern Market mural tour. Of course I jumped at the chance!

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

During a two-week period every year at the market is the world-renowned Murals in the Market, an international mural and public arts festival. Artists of all ages and skill sets from all over the world converge on Eastern Market to create dozens of new murals. They decorate the streets of this historic market and neighborhood.

The Feet on the Street’s “Murals in the Market Walking Tour” I did took place right after this festival.

Tip: Head down to Eastern Market during the festival to catch the artists in action, watching new murals come to life.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Becky, the Business Manager for Feet on the Street, was our tour guide for the two-hour walk. She was very informative throughout, telling us not just about some of the pieces and their backstories, but also gave a lot of good information about the festival and Eastern Market. You could definitely tell the passion she has for this neighborhood and Detroit. Things were kept light, as there was lots of laughter throughout.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

As we were walking we passed by random coffee spots, meat, produce and international markets, breweries, and a lot more. Add In fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, plants, etc. if you are touring here on a farmers market day. The hustle-and-bustle and all the people just walking around experiencing this part of Detroit is refreshing to see.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

The tour began and ended along Russell Street in the heart of the market. In between a few pieces, amongst the dozens we took in, caught my eye.

The most Instagrammed mural currently in the area is this 2017 festival edition from Brandan “BMike” Odums from New Orleans and Detroit-based Rick Williams. You can find it at the corner of Adelaide and Orleans.

Murals in the Market, Eastern Market, Detroit, Brandan BMike Odums mural

One that has been around a few years right along Russell Street is “Flyboys” by Hebru Brantley. I check it out every time I am down here.

Flyboys mural, Hebru Brantley in Eastern Market, Detroit

I had no idea murals could go 3-D?! Detroit-based artist Ellen Rutt brings various shapes and colors to life in an alley off Orleans between Adelaide and Winder Streets.

Murals in the Market, 3-D mural by Ellen Rutt, Eastern Market, Detroit

I will let the rest of the murals and Eastern Market scenes tell the story.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Todays tour just added to the memorable Detroit mural walk experiences I’ve enjoyed. I highly recommend checking out the Detroit Eastern Market murals, even if on your own.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Feet on the Street gives other Eastern Market tours, like their “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” food tour, which I have experienced. Private, customized Detroit tours for various size groups are also offered. You can find Feet on the Street on Facebook and Twitter.

Checkout The First Detroit Mural Photo Walk I did many years ago.

Have you ever gone on a city mural walk? Any that you would recommend?

That Memorable San Francisco Street Signage

Street signage. Every city and town seems to have their own format for street signs, from the colors and lettering to the format and shape of the signage itself. In my eyes, one city stands out more than any other, San Francisco.

Vintage San Francisco street signage collage

Seeing the all-caps, modern large black letters on a white background just gives me the goosebumps as soon as I enter the city. Being able to capture two signs at once at an intersection, like at Beach and Larkin when visiting Ghirardelli Square, priceless.

Vintage San Francisco street signage @ Fisherman's Wharf

Vintage San Francisco street signage, Market Street

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Having spent so much time in San Fran, seeing specific streets brings back memories of yester-year, while also highlighting great things about the city. When I see Grant, Jackson and Stockton that means I’m in-and-around Chinatown and the Transamerica Pyramid.

Vintage San Francisco street signage at Grant Street in Chinatown

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage in Chinatown

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Lombard makes me immediately think of the famous curvy road and Hyde Street evokes thoughts of being on a San Francisco manual cable car going up a very steep incline.

Vintage San Francisco street signage at the famous curvy Lombard Street

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage at historic Hyde and Lombard

The Embarcadero signage brings the sea lions at Pier 39 into focus. One street over, Beach brings back memories of trying to park to go to Fisherman’s Wharf and The Embarcadero haha. Great Highway is the first street I hit up when in town, as it rides right along Ocean Beach and the Pacific.

Vintage San Francisco street signage & The Embarcadero

Vintage San Francisco street signage @ Fisherman's Wharf

Vintage San Francisco street signage along Ocean Beach and Pacific Ocean

Van Ness Avenue just makes me think of multiple lanes in each direction and a busy street. I was really careful capturing its street signage. Octavia and Hayes Streets brings me back to memories of the Hayes Valley neighborhood whereas 15th Street is where I usually park when going for a morning coffee at Four Barrel in “The Mission”.

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage

In regards to San Francisco and its historic street signage, unfortunately it is not all sunshine and roses. Now days, as you roam S.F., you might notice some signs featuring mixed-case lettering, with the first letter only being capitalized. This is to conform with the goals of the Federal Highway Administration that signs be easier to read. What?! You’ll notice I didn’t capture any signs of this format.

Vintage San Francisco street signage collage

On the plus side you still have time to experience the capital letting as you move about the city. Due to the federal mandate, street signs will get swapped out only when they need to be replaced. Though the Moraga and 23rd Street signage looks a little rough, there is still something historic and beautiful about them.

Vintage San Francisco street signage in Outer Sunset neighborhood

Vintage San Francisco street signage

A few more pics of that vintage and memorable San Francisco street signage for the road.

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage

Vintage San Francisco street signage

What city or town contains memorable, historic and/or well-designed street signage in your eyes that you have come across in your travels?

Walking Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery

When researching places to go in a big city, the cemetery is not a place that readily comes to mind. After making a couple of visits to Oakland Cemetery in the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta, I’ve completely changed my tune.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery represents the Old South. It takes you back into history when within. It’s the oldest cemetery in Atlanta founded in 1850. It sits on six acres and has roughly 70,000 graves. Past mayors, governors of Georgia and famous Atlantans rest here, along with many soldiers dating back to the Civil War era. The famous golfer Bobby Jones and Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Mind, also reside here.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Marvel at all the various architecture featured throughout. Oakland Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places which helps with the upkeep and preserving.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Along with being a cemetery it’s also a vast botanical garden and park with beautiful colors all year long. I was lucky to make a trip here in Autumn and being able to experience the Fall colors throughout.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

This Grant Park neighborhood cemetery is also a beautiful spot to capture the downtown Atlanta skyline from. Always keep the camera out when walking the grounds!

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Grab a coffee from Octane Coffee across the street and head in in the early morning hours. The park has many entrances, I recommend going in from Oakland Avenue. Your feet will take you onto the red bricked paths of many named narrow streets throughout. I walked around on my own, but guided tours are also available.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Some additional info:

  • Being a public park, Oakland cemetery is open dawn to dusk every day of the year.
  • No fees to enter.
  • Go on an official self-guided tour. Download the Android or iPhone app.
  • Guided tours are available every weekend during the warmer months and for tour groups and schools.

Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Tip: When on the Northeast end of the cemetery checkout the Fulton Bag & Cotton Mills plant off in the distance.

What other historic cemeteries would you recommend checking out?

Photo(s) of the Week: A Victoria Drive By in Canada.

While on an Alaskan Cruise, we had a quick stop in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. On the way to an excursion we went through downtown. Driving by I managed to get a shot of both the historic British Columbia Legislature Building and Fairmont Empress Hotel.

British Columbia Legislature Building, Victoria, Canada

Victoria Empress Hotel, historic, Canada

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia with the government being housed in the beautiful legislature building. It is quite the sight to see at night being all lit up along the southern banks of the Inner Harbour. The hotel has seen many famous people come through it walls since it opened in 1908. It is designated a National Historic Site of Canada and sits facing the Inner Harbour from the east.