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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
The Josephinum wax museum has quite an impressive collection of eerily realistic wax anatomical models. Apparently the collection dates back to 1785, when Emperor Josef II ordered the models to be made for his army surgeons to get their medical knowledge together. The museum is part of the Medical University of Vienna. It looks spooky.
Three years ago, travel blogger Bill Passman was sitting in a bar in Utila, Honduras, when he ran into an acquaintance and noticed her tattoo of a world map. When she said she planned to put a red dot on all the places she had visited, an inspired Passman decided to also tattoo the world map on his back — right down to the specific countries so he can update it with each country he’s been to by colouring it in. [Read an interview with Bill Passman]