Iceland, as another planet

Friday, 19 December, 2014

Now here’s a way to look at a holiday to Iceland… view it as if it were another planet, in another solar system, as San Francisco based designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell, did recently.

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Where you can walk on water but it’s no miracle

Thursday, 18 December, 2014

There’s a lake in Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains, where the water sometimes freezes so slowly, that the resulting ice appears to be crystal clear. So if you are nearby, and are edging your way across the lake’s surface, you are in effect walking on what looks like water, rather than ice.

An explanation of how the crystal clear ice forms can be found here.

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An account of a summer holiday in North Korea

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014

As a holiday destination, North Korea is not entirely out of the question, but it is a place that few end up giving much thought to, at least in the West that is. If you’re prepared however to complete the appropriate paperwork, and adhere to designated itineraries, you may find travel to North Korea enjoyable.

This walk was one of a handful of moments that felt very unscripted. Our guides were noticeably more tense, and were careful to keep the group together. Walking along bustling sidewalks for 45-minutes was fascinating, and we received much more attention than we had previously. Kids waved and screamed hello at us, and compared to any other place I saw in North Korea, the adults were curious, warm, and welcoming. Wonsan seemed gritty and raucous compared to the orderly capital, with a smattering of street hawkers selling a modest selection of food and clothing along the sidewalk. We were a long way from Pyongyang.

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Flight Facilities’s “Heart Attack”… music to fly to?

Monday, 17 November, 2014

And on the subject of air travel, some grooves to set the mood, Heart Attack by Sydney based electronic act Flight Facilities.

No heart attacks involved though, hopefully. Safe travel if you’re on the move yourself.

Via NinaI have no strategy, just energyLas Vagas.

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Paris, New York, New York, Paris

Tuesday, 4 November, 2014

An ad for an airline I know, but don’t let that stand in the way of what makes for a fine, side by side, comparison of Paris and New York City. I’ve been to one, I’m yet to visit the other.

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Get your motor running, get out on the… alleyways of Porto

Friday, 31 October, 2014

A driver’s eye view of a trail bike race through the narrow laneways of Porto, Portugal… could this be something inspired by similar sorts of scenes that we’ve seen in action films?

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This under water crystal palace will leave you breathless, for real

Wednesday, 29 October, 2014

Stig Severinsen, who can hold his breath for twenty-two minutes, swims among, and through, icebergs. A beautiful, yet dangerous, environment… despite appearances, the ice is razor sharp, this is clearly not an undertaking for the faint of heart.

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South of the river is where it’s all at in London

Wednesday, 22 October, 2014

South of the river is where it’s all at in London. If you disagree, you disagree I guess. For those however who like things South London, then you’ll likely enjoy SE/SW, a collection of photos of the region, taken by Benedetta Martini.

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Well, this is one way to cross a bridge

Friday, 17 October, 2014

I doubt you’d be able, or possibly even want, to incorporate this style of bridge crossing into your commute however…

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Timbuktu, a city in decline?

Monday, 13 October, 2014

In the past the Malian city of Timbuktu was a metaphor of sorts for far away, alluring destinations, and for the more adventurous traveller, it may still be those things.

With its population falling, from well over fifty thousand about five years ago, to some fifteen thousand today, the former trade hub appears, sadly, to be in decline, on account of a number of factors:

Timbuktu, city of gold, ancient centre of learning, is slowly turning to dust. The Sahara desert is stifling life, but residents know the blame lies not only with natural forces. Timbuktu is teetering on the edge of existence also because of human neglect, war and greed. Under-development and corruption are the co-conspirators of desertification. The city is not only garrisoned physically, it is mentally sanded in.

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