Falling in Louvre again

It’s just around the corner, but soon we will see the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.  A spectacular – and complex design –  makes this one of the most stunning designs in the world. Located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. It runs under an agreement between the UAE and France, signed in March 2007, that allows…

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Because, because, because, because, be Oz

Let’s get straight to the point.  Most of us work hard in order to be able to squeeze just a little bit a pleasure into our lives.  So, may we present the proverbial carrot to you now… The Luxury Lodges of Australia, a collection of 19 lodges and camps located throughout Australia, represent Australia’s diverse landscapes of outback, rainforest, reef,…

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Aire o’ Mexico

Mexico City is an exciting, sprawling, tangled, vibrant, diverse, crazy, inspiring and unforgettable place.  If you’ve been, you know.  Maybe you’ve even been able to cover a lot of ground there.  With almost 10,000,000 inhabitants, there is a lot going on.  You’ve got to be tough, but, boy, is it worth it. If you haven’t been, or if you might…

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Some builders would do anything

More than 1,600 years ago, close to the southeastern coast of the Korean Peninsula, laborers were hard at work building a palace for a fledgling kingdom. They finished the foundation layer of the massive western rampart and then paused before beginning the next construction phase, a stone wall. The foundation, made from packed shells and earth, was complete from an…

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Stylin’

If you’re a history afficianado, you’ll probably know lots about your chosen area of focus.  Some of us focus on cities, whereas others focus on historic individuals or campaigns. No matter your preference, history is fascinating, especially as you learn more and put the pieces together.  History makes us who we are. The video, below, discusses an unusual feature of…

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SOM thing to behold

New York is, of course, a marvel.  Like so many other super-cities around the world, you never really run out of things to do, even if you live there.  And, as always, there is constant change. But, what is equally as interesting is the “hidden” places that can fascinate.  One such “hidden” place is actually contained in one of New…

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We thank-a Sri Lanka

At one point it seemed like the whole world was backpacking and trekking this tropical paradise in South Asia. Never one to miss out, we went to see for ourselves to bring you this guide to Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is roughly the same size as Ireland and sits to the south-east of India. The island boasts impressive safaris, the…

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Is there a palace in Dallas?

…we’re not sure, but we don’t think so. But it does actually have a load of museums.  And they give culture-rich places like Austin a run for their money. And is it really that surprising? This city not only has a fascinating history, it’s also a hub for otherworldly pursuits like innovative fashion, some of the best restaurants in Texas,…

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Learn how to rock

We all (I assume) live on this lump that we call earth.  It is very old.  We use it every day.  We usually don’t pay much attention to it, although it is becoming increasingly and scarily apparent that we should. Earth is mostly made of rock.  But what exactly is rock and what can we learn from it? The Open…

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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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Awe walks (not ewoks)

Feeling down?  The wonder stuff: what I learned about happiness from a month of ‘awe walks.’ You need to experience more awe, psychologists say. So I set off every day to explore my local area, leaving my phone behind. Read more here courtesy of TheGuardian.com You can walk anywhere, anytime and, boy, does it feel good. You can find Mountain…

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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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Don’t save it for a rainy day

It must be evident now that our planet’s climate is changing, and not for the better. Are we culpable for this?  Likely yes, in many ways.  Can we do something about it?  Yes, but it appears that our governments (most of them) are in no hurry to address the problem – with lack of money often being a “reason.” This…

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Luxury for cheapskates

Do you cry when you look at the price of flights, and are forced to take the 2:00am option?  Do you find yourself with a black cloud over your head when you are compelled to stay at a 2-star hotel?  And is sitting on a park bench eating out of a bag enough to make you give up? Well, here…

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Red sea speed

Egypt’s High Speed Railway Project Takes-off As we often talk about here (until we’re blue in the face,) rail travel is the future.  In a world of diminishing resources and rising populations, the solutions that modern rail travel can bring for us all are too good to ignore.  That’s why we’re happy to see governments taking it seriously – in…

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Misty mountain crop

Peruvians living in one of the world’s driest areas may have a solution to their water crisis – “fog catchers” that catch droplets through thick, swirling blankets of mist. It’s a beautiful, but tough environment to live in.  But, as always, humans will improvise and improve.  And, in this case it doesn’t involve complex technology.  Just a keen understanding of…

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Twin Peaks

David Lynch may have been here, but we can’t be sure. Many people visit the rather awesome Glacier National Park, but did you know that  Waterton Lakes is right across from Glacier National Park, and this is why you should visit: two for the price of one. Alberta is utterly stunning and the Canadian Rockies are second to none, (words…

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An old book smells like ancient Egypt

A book has got smell. A new book smells great. An old book smells even better. An old book smells like ancient Egypt.  Ray Bradbury But a new Egypt is even better, and it is getting better every day, indeed, especially when it comes to new architecture. Contemporary Egyptian architecture draws from a rich history. As a cradle of civilization,…

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Win or loos

Loo design has barely changed in 150 years – until now. Will people trade their privacy for the chance to find out exactly what is in their waste? For the past 10 years, Sonia Grego has been thinking about toilets – and more specifically what we deposit into them. “We are laser-focused on the analysis of stool,” Read more here…

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Equitable cities

Environmental neuroscience is an emerging field devoted to studying the impact of social and physical environments on brain processes and behaviour. From the various opportunities for social interaction to noise levels and access to green spaces, the characteristics of the urban environment have important implications for neural mechanisms and brain functioning, thus influencing our physical state. Read more here courtesy…

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