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In Kenya, a bar restaurant hides out in this ancient cave

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 30 January 2014

It wasn’t long ago that we knew about this pub hiding out in a giant baobab tree in South Africa. Now we’ve sniffed out the Ali Barbour’s Cave, which is estimated to be aged between 120,000 and 180,000 years, harboring, well, not forty thieves, but a bar restaurant that has operated out of it for […]

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A restaurant asks their guests ‘where are you from?’ The answers look amazing

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 January 2014

Phil’s Fish Market is a restaurant located in Moss Landing, a small town with a population of 204 (as of 2010). It’s known for its delicious seafood, but what’s also making headlines about this small-town restaurant is its world map that asks its guests the question; ‘Where are you visiting from?’

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This Belgian bar is full of dirty laundry, literally

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 January 2014

There’s a bar out there where you can air your dirty laundry, quite literally. It’s called Wasbar and it’s revolutionizing the way we socialize, because not only can you pick up a beer or latte at this cozy place, but this store is also a fully-functioning laundromat. They’re calling it a social club because while […]

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Evocative photos of Lake Superior ice caves blocked for five years

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in Cool Travel on Monday 27 January 2014

The ice caves of Apostle Islands, Wisconsin have been inaccessable since 2009, and as of recently, you can reach then for the first time in 5 years by hiking across a frozen Lake Superior. These photos from Instagram photographers show the beauty of this frozen wonderland of needle-like icicles. This is next on our list […]

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Welcome to the museum with no actual art

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Saturday 25 January 2014

Located in the Romanian town of Pecica, the Digital Museum takes up just 1,345 square-feet and ‘relies not on the precarious and expensive placement of actual art objects, but on 3D digital projections and touch screens’. This building was completed in just five months and at just $160,500, and the building also acts as a sun […]

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This lake in north Chile looks like a massive blood bath

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 25 January 2014

The Laguna Roja is a blood-red lake that sits on a plateau amidst the mountains of the Parinacota volcano region in northern Chile. At 40-50˚C, the warm water sustains the thermophilic red algae population that gives it its striking hue. Bernhard Edmaier captured a stunning aerial image of the lake for his recent book, EarthArt: […]

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Take a stroll down the most beautiful street in the world

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 23 January 2014

Porto Alegre, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul is being called ‘the most beautiful street in the world’. Why? Take a look at these photos and see for yourself. Each side of the street is lined with trees, with some as tall as the 7th floors in adjacent buildings. […]

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Welcome to the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 22 January 2014

Isn’t it about time you took the kids on a daytrip to the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft? Located in the small town of Hólmavík in Iceland, this museum combines historical fact with the ‘witchcraze’ in Iceland during the 17th Century. This quirky museum focuses on the country’s roots in mythology and the history of […]

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Next stop: Iran’s party island

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 21 January 2014

Before Iran was labeled as one of the ‘axis of evil’ and before the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran was a very different place. The Shah at the time ‘aspired to build a Las Vegas-style tourist trap to bring in international dollars and provide a haven for Iran’s elite’. And guess what? This place is […]

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Pop-up bar on Japanese university campus is built with nothing but reed grass

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Saturday 18 January 2014

Is this the most ingenious pop-up bar we’ve seen built from locally sourced materials? That’s what we think of this pop-up bar situated on the fair campus grounds of Seian University of Art and Design in Otsu, Shiga. Constructed from mere reeds, the rather sketchy temporal architectural form is the product of an annual competition […]

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Russia’s upside down house defies gravity, kinda

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 17 January 2014

The All-Russia Exhibition Center in Moscow (VVTs) has completed quite an impressive feat: turning a house upside down and fully furnishing the space with upside down items, too. Visitors can tour the home and feel like they’re defying gravity with a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and even a bathroom all turned around. And not to […]

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London’s pay-per-minute cafe is a hit

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 17 January 2014

Call it a social experiment or just a really cool way to turn around cafe culture. Ziferblat is making waves. This Russian chain has finally opened shop in London and it’s pretty much not like any other cafe you’ve been to before. Here, everything is free, from the complimentary snacks to the coffee machine in […]

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H&N, Zala and Appla are just some of the phony stores in Wuxi, China

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 16 January 2014

We’ve all heard about the counterfeit Apple store in China, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Take a stroll on a shopping street in Wuxi city, China, and you’re bound to think you’re seeing things. Instead of the Apple store, there’s Appla. Instead of Starbucks Coffee, there’s Sffcccks. But don’t be too alarmed. […]

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Now you can sleep at Bauhaus, have a Modernist rendezvous

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

The Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau has reopened the design school’s accommodation block to anyone who’s willing to fork out US$48 (€35) for one of the 28 1920s-style rooms. If you’d rather not spend a night with the modern architectural icon, you can still check out the Bauhaus Building which opens in broad daylight from 9am-6pm. […]

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Landforms created and transformed by animals

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 January 2014

Humans and Sims aren’t the only ones who can change the environment around them. Animals can, too. In Kenya, elephants have helped shape the walls of a cave called Kitum Cave. The pitch black cave is covered in salt, making it a delectable snack for hungry elephants. For thousands of years, these giant beasts have […]

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