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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Boboli Gardens, Florence, Italy

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Boboli

Ward: No words to describe except that this is easily the greatest landscape architecture I’ve ever seen. Pack a water, though, because it’s vast. Also, lots of climbing. There’s nothing close to it that I’ve seen anywhere else in the world.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: St. Paul De Mausole, Saint-Remy-De-Provence, France

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

StPaul

Ward: After multiple mental breakdowns, Van Gogh went here to try to recoup some sanity similar to the Louisiana in Denmark. One of the best reasons to visit is the surrounding wildlife, gardens and general landscape—they also have a re-creation of his famous bedroom inside. Is it morbid to want to see the place of so much agony? I don’t know, but I was lucky enough to see some of the other towns in south France that he lived and suffered in and painted (Arles was my favorite), and it’s worth a tour—the cities have created monuments to some of his greatest paintings at the exact location they were probably painted.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Louisiana

Ward: Part of the reason to visit this one is just the getting there and the surrounding of the place and views of Kattegat Bay. It’s an enjoyable hour ride from Aarhus (also home to a great modern-art museum). If you can’t make it to the museum, visit the forest and try not to think of Hansel and Gretel. Big discovery here: David Hockney.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

VanGogh

Ward: Another maybe obvious choice, but one that I can’t leave off because I thought Van Gogh was boring before going to this museum. I remember specifically when I had the chance to visit the basement floor and see his early sketches. The presentation is not perfect and maybe overly dramatized where it didn’t need to be, but it has the advantage of telling just one guy’s story in a spacious place without the noise of too many other artists’ work. I’ve realized over time that my favorite museums are less-is-more—I don’t know who can take in hundreds of ideas from who knows who and who knows where in one day. Sometimes one good idea is enough; the idea here is V.V.’s story using V.V.’s paintings—that’s enough.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Tempelhof Park, Berlin, Germany

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Tempelhofer

Ward: From the p.o.v. of a lowly tourist (me), the whole city of Berlin now seems to be a huge symbol of what cities could look like in a post-war universe. And nowhere symbolizes this better than at Tempelhof Park: an old airport runway designed for troops that has been turned into a massive massive pubic space. My first experience was on the first warm day of spring—and it seemed the perfect place to do nothing; or if you change your mind, do something down a runway: skate, run, pull your kid on a tricycle, buy a coffee and hazelnut wafer from a Händler on a bike. And half a mile away in every direction: little clusters of people from all over the world—appearing no larger than Lego families flying kites.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Tate Modern, London, England

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Tate

Ward: A more obvious choice for this post, but still, I stop here every chance I get. I love where its situated across the Thames from St. Paul’s and overlooking the Millennium Bridge. A few floors are always free, but if you have the time, try to see at least one of the special exhibits. Best sights first time I was there: the Rothko room and the main entrance room, which is the size of an airplane hangar. Big discovery: Maya Deren.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

National

Ward: Maybe my favorite of all time: ruins of ships buried underwater for centuries. And, in the next room over, the souvenirs the ship was carrying. And, down the hall, the mariners on board and the gods they worshiped beside the funeral mask of the bearded king and the 15th century bc silver bull’s head libation cup. It goes on and on, times 11,000.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Musée D’Orsay, Paris, France

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Orsay

Ward: If it has a face, the eyes should say everything you need to know about the subject and the artist. If it doesn’t have a face, it should still be able to kind of confront you and make you feel like you’ve discovered some kind of artifact that’s fallen from the sky.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Musée Rodin, Paris, France

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Rodin

Ward: I used to think sculpture was boring until I saw this place. It was in one of these rooms where I discovered my now-patented sculpture test: If you are alone and it seems like there is someone else in the room, then it is good sculpture.

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From The Desk Of M. Ward: Musée Marc Chagall, Nice, France

M. Ward: When I finished my first record back in 2000, the first European companies to support my music were based in Brussels (62TV) and Paris (Le Disque Mange Tout). So I spent a lot of time traveling around western Europe playing music and trying to learn French, but also finding time to play le touriste américain. I feel fortunate that I’ve had the time to see some of the greatest museums and public spaces in the world. They have blown my mind too many times to mention.

Chagall

Ward: Another must-see in France. A perfect design on a hill beside a reflecting pool that ends in probably the greatest painted piano you will ever see. If you don’t like Chagall, don’t bother. But if you do, it’s mecca.

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