Man free-climbs 268-metre building in China

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 4 October 2013

Michael Kemeter is one crazy Austrian! He’s a daredevil who has absolutely no fear and he’s just proved it with a 268-meter free climb of one of the tallest buildings in the Hunan capital of Changsha. Watch the video and see as he makes the 90 minute climb look like a piece of cake, and […]

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Exploring Tasmania: The town of Evandale

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Thursday 19 September 2013

Only 18km south of Launceston, en route to Hobart, on the banks of the South Esk River, sits the small historic town of Evandale, which various locals had suggested that I check out. Whilst there’s not all that much to do there, its quaint historic buildings, old-fashioned shops and traditional signage, all situated amidst hugely […]

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Exploring Tasmania: Cataract Gorge

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Wednesday 18 September 2013

It was suggested that I check out the Cataract Gorge, one of Launceston’s premier tourist attractions found at the lower section of the South Esk River. So I drove the short distance from the city centre, arriving with an hour or so left before sundown.

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Exploring Tasmania: Avalon City Retreat

Jonathan Leeming Contributor

By Jonathan Leeming in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 September 2013

The first thing that struck me about my Hobart accommodation, the Avalon City Retreat, was the personal touch. Amanda, the Marketing & PR Manager, was waiting on Macquarie Street to greet me, and show me around.

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The tallest soft serve ice cream in Taiwan… No, maybe the world

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 17 September 2013

They say that too much of a good thing is bad. The guy that said that probably never experienced the giant soft serve ice cream being sold in Tamsui, Taiwan. Stacked at more than 12 inches high, this giant ice cream is made up of all your dreams and fantasies. This insane amount of ice […]

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Qantas creates books that only last for the flight

Cormack O'Connor Contributor

By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Tuesday 28 May 2013

Australian airline Qantas have always been at the forefront of innovation. Partnering with advertising network Droga5 and publishers Hachette, their latest initiative sees the airline creating a series of novels that last for only as long as the flight. Entitled ‘Stories For Every Journey’, the series is a pretty neat idea. The only we problem […]

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A Box From: All the best things in a city mailed to you

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Products on Wednesday 8 May 2013

Wish you could travel to the most exotic corners of the globe, but you’re just too short on time? Then you should order A Box From whatever city you get curious about. A Box From is a little box full of all the best things from a city. Take A Box From Seoul. It’s full of cute […]

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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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Annie Churdar Contributor

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

Didu Losso Contributor

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

This Island Life Contributor

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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