Harvey, get serious!

For those of you who are vaguely aware of Harvey Nichols (Harvey Nick’s) in London, you might recall them as being targeted toward a more upper-crust audience.  Perhaps a bit dry. But, if you haven’t had a look lately, you’re in for a treat, especially if you’re the playful type, no matter what your age. And the store has also…

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JetBlue’s cruise news ensues

Some of you may or may not be aware that JetBlue Airlines also have vacations.  (They’re affiliate friends of ours, by the way.) Well, being the ambitious company that they are, they also sell cruises.  But, the new news is that JetBlue Vacations’ Flight + Cruise packages, making JetBlue the first domestic U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to…

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Uncertain holidays

So, you think you’ve seen it before and you’ve done it before?  Good luck booking flights . . . but it can be done. Well, check out this Pathé footage compilation detailing a list of countries that ceased to exist as actual countries in the 20th century including:  Siam Yugoslavia Ceylon Soviet Union Tibet United Arab Republic Czechoslovakia East/West Germany.…

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Mooooove

Very simply . . . Corsican cows won’t give up beach home to tourists, post lockdown.  Can you blame them? Or, is this a portend of things to come?  Have the non-human species finally had enough, and are collectively fighting back?  Between Covid, murder hornets and mother earth, herself, providing us with one disaster after another, should we, perhaps, start…

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There’ll be blue skies

We love aircraft here at Matouring.  All kinds of aircraft, especially those that have been lovingly maintained or restored.  And we’re not alone.  You can too.  Visit the Royal International Air Show at Fairford, UK in the south Cotswolds (July 15-17, 2022), which next year will be celebrating the United States Air Force’s 75th anniversary in spectacular style and also,the…

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Don’t fence me in

If you live in a housing complex with dozens of units, take heart. An apartment building in St. Petersburg, Russia, (population five million) houses 18,000 people. We’re all for efficiency, but we have to wonder about the logistics of managing a place like this.  Parking?  Elevators? As some people have noted, how would the wifi not melt-down? “Hi, neighbour!” KLM…

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The future of Play-viation

Our affiliate friends easyJet is launching an initiative to inspire younger generations to get thinking about sustainable air travel by designing a zero-emission passenger plane The airline is partnering with world-leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus, zero-emission technology start-up Wright Electric, and world-renowned designer Frank Stephenson, known for his recent innovative work on designs for electric flying taxis, to launch the Aircraft…

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Views, glorious views

In this time of uncertainty and – sometimes – guilt about traveling, you can never go wrong if your destination is Europe’s Nordic countries – in this case, Denmark and our new affiliate friends, Dancenter. The people of the north have a long history of taking care of their health, and – in this day and age – the enviroment.…

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Doorway to the beyond

No, not just a door- an 11th century door. And not just a 11th century door but one with ironwork that represents Ragnarok– the Norse Doomsday. In a Christian Church? Well there’s a cross at the top so that makes it alright. Savvy? And you can visit.  England is always an eye-opening place.  Read more courtesy of Poliofilio LiveJournal.com Stay…

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Here’s looking at you, kid

Conspiracy theorists, look away now. Think about it for a minute: if you’re willing to hold a camera to your eye, why not have a camera attached to it that can snap away, by voice instruction, instead of finger on the shutter? That’s the premise of Facebook’s new $299 camera glasses that also play music and podcasts. And if you…

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Don’t worry, you can’t miss it

Location, location, location.  It’s all about the location and your neighbours.  It can make all the difference in the world. For example, this quaint home in the coastal village of Plougrescant in Brittany, France, dates all the way back to 1861 and was sandwiched – in an incroyable manner- betwixt two huge rocks to help protect it from the area’s…

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Emotion in motion

The first time I saw Pixar’s movie Inside Out (2015), I was too entranced by its craftsmanship to realise that there was something odd, almost eerie, about its human characters. I was charmed by little Riley, the protagonist, with the chattering critters prancing around in her head. Were it mere make-believe, I wouldn’t quibble with the movie. But its fantastical…

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Got Aeroflot?

To many, Russia is an alluring, slightly foreboding dream destination.  Perhaps too many films make the wrong impression of the country, but the pull to visit there is strong, and for good reason. One romantic option for travel in Russia is possibility of riding the historic and pricey Trans-Siberian Express from Venice to Moscow – surely something to save up…

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Bloom where you’re planted.

To many of us, this may come as a surprise, especially in this day and age of corporate efficiency. For decades, KLM Airlines have been creating miniature ceramic collectibles of Amsterdam canal houses, and they share them with loyal customers.  Each house is a miniature replica of an existing house, almost all of them in the Netherlands. Every year, in…

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Elizabethan manner

We here at Matouring love the UK.  One aspect of the land is the sheer amount and breadth of its history.  (We have plenty of articles here on our site which you can peruse and enjoy. But, just because its history stretches back thousands of years doesn’t mean that it’s mired in the past.  Hardly.  It has been a constant…

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Man, oh, mannequins

Perhaps it’s the time of year (in certain parts of the world) where Hallowe’en takes place, but here’s a place where terror can be on view year-round, especially if you’re squeamish. In Lincolnshire, England, Roz Edwards  is known as the “Mannequin Lady.” Over the past fifteen years, Edwards has built an impressive  collection of some 15,000 human-like forms. She regularly…

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You couldn’t afford it

Concorde was the world’s most iconic airliner and one of the most technically ambitious projects in aviation history. Billions were spent on its development over a span of more than a decade. When the Concorde program was launched, it was to be the next giant leap forward in air travel. Many believed that mass supersonic commercial air travel would be…

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Mirrorfield

This Mirrorfield installation was designed within the framework of the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial development, which aims to rebuild the memories of the tragic events that happened in the area on September 29-30, 1941, the largest massacre of the Nazi regime. During those days, over 30.000 Jews were murdered by the German forces, while almost no documentation was left behind.…

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How old is old?

There are places in Europe that are well-known:  Rome, Paris, London etc. They’re all wonderful, but you really begin to fall in love with the hidden places. One such place is Wales – specifically North Wales, and even more specifically Llangernyw.  Here there is a church that has a tree, and that tree is special. This yew tree lives in…

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