11 Classic Paintings Tell the Story of Your Terrible Summer Vacation

Watson Adventures Bad VacationSummer vacation. Those two magical words conjure up visions of white-sand beaches, of sun-kissed ocean spray, of cookouts and good friends and freedom from the cares of the day.

Except when everything goes wrong. Every once in a while, that vacation you dreamed about for months turns into an epic fiasco. And as much as you’d like to forget it, a bunch of famous painters have memorialized the pains of your failed vacation.

 

1. When the boss catches you on your way out the door and needs you to do just one more thing

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

So close. ‘The Fall of Icarus’ by Jacob Peter Gowy

 

2. When you’re sure you’ll be stuck in traffic the rest of your life

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

Every time. ‘Procession of the Magi’ by Benozzo Gozzoli

 

3. When the hotel doesn’t look anything like it did online

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The pictures lied. This is gonna get the worst Yelp review ever. ‘The Temptation of Saint Anthony’ (left panel) by Hieronymus Bosch.

 

4. When for one brief, shining moment, everything is beautiful and great

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

Cherish that feeling. It won’t last. Untitled by Winston Churchill (Yes, the Winston Churchill—he liked to paint.)

 

5. When you find the perfect spot on the beach but didn’t walk fast enough

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

We get it, we really do. ‘Duel on the Beach’ by N.C. Wyeth

 

6. When the beach is more popular than it has any right to be

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This place sure is hoppin’. ‘Coney Island Beach’ by Reginald Marsh

 

7. When it’s time to go, whether you want to or not

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Fun’s over, kids. ‘The Whale Beached’ by Esaias van de Velde

 

8. When you take your chances on a nice cruise instead

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

It seemed like a good idea at the time. ‘Raft of the Medusa’ by Theodore Gericault

 

9. When you go snorkeling and it’s the worst idea you ever had

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

At least things couldn’t possible get worse. ‘Watson and the Shark’ by John Singleton Copley

 

10. When things, amazingly, get worse

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Now this is just ridiculous. ‘The Great Wave Off Kanagawa’ by Katsushika Hokusai

 

11. When you’re determined to make the most of it, no matter what

Watson Adventures Bad Vacation in Classic Paintings

Points for trying, at least, right? ‘Goodbye!’ by Alfred Guillou