1400’s flatpack house

This timber house built in the 1400s was dismantled and kept in a Buckinghamshire barn – a medieval flat-pack home that’s for sale at £100,000… Mention a ‘flat-pack’ home for sale and you might imagine a latest offering from Ikea, or perhaps something destined for the centre of Tokyo. You’re less likely to imagine a 15th-century former merchant’s house, painstakingly…

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Hammocks amongst us

Hammocks are a great lightweight alternative to a tent when camping or backpacking. While hammock stands let you lounge around in your backyard, the best camping hammocks let you set up a comfortable bed in the great outdoors. Hanging out above the ground on a hammock suspended between trees has always had a magical feel to it, an otherworldly appeal to outdoor…

Tiny Andorra

We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 6,079,214-week series, Wiki Wormhole. This week’s entry: Co-Princes of Andorra What it’s about: One two, princes kneel before you, that’s what I said now. Princes, princes who co-rule Andorra, just go ahead now. (And you thought we were kidding last week about trying to get that song stuck in your head.) The…

Cinematic London

Walk in the footsteps of your favourite actors and screenwriters around the cinematic world of London. Your guide is a movie enthusiast, armed with weird and wonderful film trivia.  Meet your guide in Soho, where you will be put into teams – prepare to have your movie knowledge tested in our Silverscreen Quiz! There are several other games along the…

Can you bare it?

I stumbled upon Daphne on the rooftop of a dusky riad in Marrakech. This six-foot Canadienne with man-sized feet was the only other guest there, and she was naked. Or mostly naked, which is startling for me at the best of times, but particularly in Morocco – a conservative north-African Muslim country. “Oh, er, hello!” “Hi,” she said, blowing a…

Paris Cafe bleu

During the heyday of train travel in the late nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries, rail stations in major cities were places where wealthy travelers showed off their status and prestige. Le Train Bleu, a restaurant situated in Paris’ Gare de Lyon, is a historic reminder of that bygone era. Read more courtesy of ParisUnlocked.com

Japanese Pod hotel

Take a look at the Nine Hours Capsule Designer by Naruse Inokuma Architects in Osaka, Japan. Would you stay in one of these for the night? Read more courtesy of The Architectural Times.com  

No camping for you

Campsites in B.C. provincial parks will be closed to people from outside the province this summer, as officials continue to adjust the rules to the coronavirus pandemic. BC Parks said in a statement on Thursday that non-B.C. residents who already have reservations should call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund. Read more courtesy of CBC.CA  

Hiding giants

Danish artist Thomas Dambo creates larger than life sculptures hidden around his hometown of Copenhagen. His sculptures require secret poems and clues in order to locate them. He says each has its own treasure map or poem engraved into stone to steer people onto unfamiliar paths where they’ll discover them. Read more courtesy of CanYouActually.com  

You’ll never talk alone

Now, this is good news! With a large touchscreen, noise-cancelling microphones and a text-to-translate camera, Pocketalk is able to create connections across 74 different languages. The sleek design is equipped with high-quality, noise-cancelling microphones and two powerful speakers so it’s easy to have full conversations, even in noisy environments. The camera instantly recognizes and translates text, the written word, and…

Ancient Rome for all ages

Do you devour every documentary on the ancient world you can find? Or are you simply fascinated by the Ancient Romans and ready to learn more? This is the best way to begin! One of the most rewarding aspects of learning about Ancient Rome is recognizing the immense influence it has on our daily lives. Here’s your chance to hear…

How many pictures can YOU take?

Over the past few years, Google, Microsoft and even Apple have bene pushing cloud storage as a safe and secure method to store our data online while also allowing for quick and simple file sharing.  Google Drive has been one of the leaders in the space for quite some time, offering free storage tiers to anyone who has a Google/Gmail…

Air travel. You may not like it

  The European Commission recently published guidance on “how to safely resume travel .” If its proposals are widely adopted, travel is going to get more complicated compared with the recent past. And it might get more expensive too. Read more courtesy of Barrons.com  

Your place in the sun

If you’re not familiar with the British travel show, A Place in the Sun, you should give it a go.  You may be able to find shows on YouTube. Ostensibly, the show is devoted to those looking for homes in the UK and Europe, but they do periodically extend to other locales, as well. And, for a taster, they are…

1000 year-old flour

ith stay-at-home orders in effect across the United Kingdom, bulk buyers and consumers alike have been purchasing much more flour than normal, according to the National Association of British & Irish Millers (NABIM). To help meet this spike in demand, a 1,000-year-old English flour mill has resumed commercial production for the first time in decades, reports Jason Lewis for the Bournemouth Daily Echo.  

Hang out in Japanese neighbourhoods

Did you know that Japan’s shrines and temples welcome regular tourists to stay for a night or more? Experience authentic Zen meditation, the traditional, vegetarian cuisine called shojin ryori, and explore a fascinating world so different from anything you know. Staying at a shrine or temple is an experience that even a lot of Japanese people don’t get to have that easily, a unique glimpse into the realm…

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