The average face of a nation?

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By Jessica Chow in New Photography on Sunday 28 April 2013

The Face of Tomorrow is a concept for a series of photographs that addresses the effects of globalization on identity. In this on-going project, Istanbul based photographer, Mike Mike, takes a group of photos of inhabitants around the world from Hong Kong to London and then morphs their faces together to depict a ‘typical face’ […]

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Old world meets new in the decor at the Capo Hotel, Shanghai

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By Annie Churdar in Architecture on Wednesday 17 April 2013

The Capo Hotel blends old world Italian charm with the modern flash of glass and polished metals. The hotel, situated in Shanghai, was voted Best Restauarant 2013 by the China Tatler. And no wonder! Fresh, oven baked pizzas and scrumptious cocktails are readily available to enjoy in this super cool atmosphere. I love the strange classical art found throughout.

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Travelwide Camera: a portable 4×5 film camera

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By Annie Churdar in New Products on Monday 15 April 2013

Hey camera lovers, tired of lugging around your huge 4×5 camera? I know, I know. The strain on you overstuffed suitcase and poor neck is worth it for the quality of the huge camera. But what if you could get the same results with less strain and hassle? Enter the Travelwide 4×5 camera. This nifty […]

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Hetarrest Huis: a renovated prison turned luxury hotel in the Netherlands

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 February 2013

Tired of the typical, cliched vacations? Do you want to have a story to top everyone else’s in your office? If so, I humbly suggest booking a relaxing week in prison. Hetarrest Huis is an old renovated prison turned luxury hotel in the Netherlands. The clean, modern design mixed with funky lighting and tongue-in-cheek striped […]

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Maison Georges Larnicol: chocolate becomes art sculptures

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By Didu Losso in Cool Travel on Saturday 26 January 2013

An incredible discovery on my recent European trip was in Paris, where chocolate becomes art sculptures at Maison Georges Larnicol. You’ll find a wide variety of art forms on a chocolate: from ladybirds and spiderwebs, to stilettos, fish, cars, musical instruments, frogs, and even an NBA basketball. All edible, of course. You can also try a delicious macaroon at his latest store at 132 Blvd. Saint-Germain, or at his first location, at 14 Rue de Rivoli.

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Stranded motorists in the US: photos by Amy Stein

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By Sarah Eisenlohr in New Photography on Wednesday 23 January 2013

This series was taken as Amy Stein traveled across America over five years, photographing stranded motorists. They have a really great film quality to them and she captures the looks and emotion of being stuck on the roadside quite well. She even has a Google map of all the locations she stopped to photograph.

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Coqui Coqui Tulum: luxury beachfront hotel in Mexico

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Friday 18 January 2013

Set on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, Coqui Coqui Tulum is a boutique beachfront hotel that has us itching to skip the border. With seven rooms, a small shop and a perfumerie, the hotel has an exclusive vibe that surprisingly isn’t reflected in its price. A quick look on Mr & Mrs Smith tells us that rooms start at just $200. The property has been designed with its environment in mind. Cream-coloured stone allows the hotel to blend in amongst ancient Mayan ruins, lush tropical palms, clear aqua water and white powdery sand. So when do we leave?

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Le Falco: a cafe with beautiful, clean design in Montreal

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By Shauna Eve in Cool Travel on Friday 7 December 2012

Every Monday is a standing Le Falco work date with my creative partner. Boasting an esthetic of clean lines, polished concrete, natural wood accents, and exposed incandescent lighting, it’s hard not to develop a crush. Designed with designers in mind, complete with broad communal worktables, this eyrieis the perfect place to rekindle your work ethic, tucked in the heart of Montreal’s Mile End.

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Crete and Greece: paradise on a budget

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By Evangelia from Lolas Bad in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 December 2012

One place that beats all possible travel suggestions with its unique morphology is my home island Crete. It combines beautiful sea, beaches of a wide range of colors (from pink to black), African rocky landscapes, sand hills, mountains, you name it. It also holds a good 3K of history on its shoulders as the home to the Minoan Civilization (remember Minotaur?). Dead cheap, too. I would recommend Chania town and Elafonisi Beach as first stops.

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The Baha’i Gardens of Haifa and Akko in the Holyland

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By Merz in Cool Travel on Thursday 6 December 2012

Gardens, full of mystery and an intangible magic. The centre piece of the gardens in Haifa is The Shrine of The Bab. This is the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen. It has a strange quality to it, as if it has life, or a presence. I’ve never experienced that from an inanimate object before. But like the Taj Mahal in India, it was a building project invested with such a huge amount of love and designs for the ultimate expression of beauty that it now shimmers with these qualities.

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Christchurch Reborn

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By Elise Boyd in Cool Travel on Monday 26 November 2012

Our friends over in Christchurch have had a pretty tough time in the past two years, with not only one, but two earthquakes devastating the city centre. Despite all this, the city has come together in true Kiwi style and they’re re-building the city to be even better than it was.

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Gateway to astronaut photography

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By Matt Wicks in New Photography on Thursday 26 April 2012

Does this count as travel photography? Hopefully one day we’ll all get to experience what a select few astronauts have felt floating up above our blue planet. Until that time, we have their photo mementos instead. Exploring this NASA site isn’t the easiest. And that‘s half the fun. It’s a pure lucky dip. Start in the collections and move onto missions.

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Stop motion about 3 months of hitchhiking in America

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By Benjamin Jenks in Video on Friday 13 April 2012

I spent a year hitchhiking around the USA, and despite my Nana thinking I was going to get murdered and diced into tiny pieces, I actually had an amazing time. This 162 second video is a photo documentation of the last three months of my trip, when I hitchhiked from the Pacific to the Atlantic […]

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Crumpled City Maps

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By Maria Niarchos in New Design on Wednesday 4 April 2012

These are the most useful pieces of crumpled, indestructible, fabulousness going. Totally waterproof, fool-proof, lightweight and tear resistant, they even highlight a few extra-special ‘soul sights’ to see you navigate your way around the globe. GPS free.

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Illegal explorations of abandoned spaces

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By Katerina Bon Vora in New Photography on Tuesday 31 January 2012

Abandoned buildings are like time capsules, especially if unseen and untouched for over 50 years. In Italy, Luca Blast Forlani’s Intruders: Urban Explorers video is a look into his illegal explorations of various abandoned spaces: from industrial-age factories, theatres, psych wards, and WWII bombed sites. Everything is left as it was then, even the dusty […]

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