Pyrotechnic Festival in Mexico: photos by Thomas Prior

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 September 2013

Every year since 1989, the National Protechnic Festival has been lighting up the skies and streets of the municipality of Tultepec, State of Mexico. Attracting over 100,000 people to the nine-day event, the festival is literally just a huge crowd of people lighting spectacular fireworks and burning castles. Thanks to photographer Thomas Prior, we can see the action take place from […]

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The world’s weirdest amusement parks

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 September 2013

Tired of the typical, old-fashioned amusement parks with all the predictable rides, roller coasters, and food? Maybe it’s time to give one of these weird amusement parks a try. Whether you’re looking for a Sex-Themed wonderland in South Korea, Religious Mash-up Theme Park in Argentina, or City of Live Mermaids in Florida, strange theme parks are […]

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City Spy: Barcelona

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By Mr & Mrs Smith in Cool Travel on Monday 9 September 2013

Tapas bars, nightclubs, the best sangria you’ve ever tasted, tapas bars, the beach, boutiques, tapas bars, mellow hipsters and did we mention the tapas bars? Barcelona basks in the Mediterranean sunlight by day; after dark, it becomes a nocturnal wonderland where things don’t even look lively before 9pm. Barcelona is famous for its nightlife, but […]

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Stunning Inakadate Tanbo rice field art

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By Caitlin Sullivan in New Art on Thursday 5 September 2013

In 1993, the people of Inakadate, Japan faced a problem: 2,000 years of rice agriculture was not enough to generate revenue for the town. Devising plans to garner tourist attention, the locals embraced their agricultural past and developed a new art form: Tanbo (rice paddy) Art.

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Unbalance hotel: sleep in a giant titling picture frame

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Friday 30 August 2013

Are you OCD about having all your picture frames hanging evenly? Then you might not want to spend the night in the new Unbalance Hotel. Planned to be built into the side of a cliff just outside the city center of Lima, Peru, this mind-blowing hotel will resemble a giant, unbalanced picture frame. It will literally […]

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SONS: a museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear

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By Michael Amter in Cool Travel on Thursday 22 August 2013

Addicted to shoes? SONS is a special museum in Belgium dedicated to footwear. It is the product of Dirk Vanderschueren, owner of Cortina, one of the world’s largest shoe manufacturers. Shoes Or No Shoes boasts having William ‘Boy’ Habraken’s ethnographic collection of 2700 pairs of shoes originating from 155 countries.

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Claire de Rouen Books in London

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By Takeshi Suga in Cool Travel on Monday 19 August 2013

If you’re after fashion and photography books in London, you’d be pleased to visit Claire de Rouen Books on Charing Cross Road. Occupying an extremely tiny space above a sex shop, they have a broad selection of rare, out-of-print, signed and collector editions books. The bookshop also runs a programme of reading list events called […]

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This audacious and illegal rooftop mountain villa in China? It’s priceless

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Thursday 15 August 2013

You’ve got to love how people always find a way to work around the law. Well, until the law catches up with them. Apparently, a guy from China who owns a chain of acupuncture clinics has been steadily building a mountain retreat since 2007 — complete with trees, fake rocks and the such — on […]

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Cat-shaped kindergarten? Meow-velous!

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Friday 9 August 2013

In Karlsruhe, Germany, the kids who attend Kindergarten Wolfartsweier must contend with the serious business of walking straight into the mouth of a cat everyday. Artist Tomi Ungerer and architect d’Ayla-Suzan Yöndel are behind the brilliant kindergarten building design of a kitty in a sphinx-like pose. It’s so cool, the cat’s tail at the back […]

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Emirates offer your own Luxury Private Jet Service

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Life is for living and you can’t take what you have to the other side. So for those who have the readies, Emirates have opened the world of luxury private jets to the rest of us (erm, well, the rest of them). Featuring luxury on a level that would make the Queen’s cat purr, the […]

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If Snowden reviewed Moscow Airport on TripAdvisor

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now that Russia has granted Edward Snowden asylum, it’s only natural that Snowden should at least leave a review of the Moscow Airport, where he spent five agonising weeks at wondering where he could go next. It’s fictitious, of course (‘NO ONE TAKES AMERICAN EXPRESS’), but the sheer earnestness is ridiculously hilarious.

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Intergalactic Travel Bureau: For that trip to outer space

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Now this is an unusual tourist information centre: one that helps you plan your next intergalactic space holiday. Well, sort of. We’re talking the Intergalactic Travel Bureau which popped up for a fortnight in July near Times Square, New York. The science-art project by Guerilla Science purports to offer options to tour the solar system, […]

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Rainbow Mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Tuesday 6 August 2013

At first glance, you’d assume that these images couldn’t possibly be real. Surprisingly, they are actual mountains in China’s Danxia Landform Geological Park. The incredible colours are the result of layers of sandstone and various minerals, which the mountain range its vivid patterns.

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Travel between LA to NYC in under an hour? It’s coming

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By Rebekah Rhoden in Tech on Wednesday 24 July 2013

Commuting is a part of many people’s everyday routine. Imagine reducing your hour commute down to just minutes, or even better, imagine a transcontinental trip lasting less than an hour. Colorodo-based engineering company ET3 is hard at work developing a tube transport system that will allow for travel from LA to NYC in under an hour. This technology can even be applied to global transport, virtually eliminating the need for airplanes.

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In Philippines, these steampunk rides are really popular for public transport

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 July 2013

This is it. I have seen the world’s coolest public transport on the streets of Manila and now believe the ‘It’s More Fun in the Philippines‘ tourism tagline wasn’t just some campaign spew. Seriously, these Jeepneys, which have their roots as metal rides left behind by the U.S. Army after World War II, and are […]

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