Americas, Ski, sports and adventure

A diving Villa in the middle of a reef? Yes please!

Some 70 km off the north coast of Honduras there lies this mind blowing jewel; over 100 meters offshore and in the middle of a reef, it just looks amazing. I’m not a diver myself, but I can imagine few places are better to immerse yourself in the underwater spectacle. They call it the Villa on Dunbar Rock. To reach the villa, visitors fly into Guanaja Island where they will be picked up by boat and taken…

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Architecture and art, Photography, Sightseeing, Uncategorized

Street art in Cuenca, Ecuador – the secret of turning walls into canvas

You’ve got to admit – graffities are everywhere. It’s simply impossible to imagine yourself in a world where there’s no scratch on the public toilets, no tags on old railway carriages, or on the road signs. But it’s always puzzled me how talented street artists not only fail to get the proper consideration for their works, but are often put in the situation to pay fines.   It’s partly why I’ve always been impressed by…

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Sightseeing, Western Europe

Giethoorn – The city on Water

Giethoorn is a small Dutch village with about 2,600 inhabitants. But even so, it’s definitely one of the most amazing places in Western Europe – it’s practically built on water. In Giethoorn, it’s easier to travel by boat than by foot or bike, and there are over 180 bridges! The village became famous in 1958, when the Dutch film maker Bert Haanstra made his famous comedy Fanfare there. Back in the day, there were no roads…

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Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Things to do

Stunning Enchanted Library Opens up in Bucharest

In the heart of Romania’s capital Bucharest, a lovely XIX century edifice was transformed into a cultural jewel – a spectacular display filled with a collection of both classic and modern literature, albums, DVDs, and of course – tea. The Cărtureşti Carusel, also called “The Carousel of Light” is located on a street with long standing tradition – it was the place where merchants of old from Leipzig, Krakow and all around Europe came to sell…

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Architecture and art, Europe, Photography

Exploring the Wonderful Abandoned Architecture in Germany

If you’re thinking that Germany’s architecture is not that spectacular, well… you’re wrong! (and I have to say, so was I). Germany is among the countries with the richest history in the world, albeit, it’s not quite the happiest history – nor is it the one we usually want to remember. Photographer Christian Richter began exploring not only the country’s grandiose buildings, but particularly the abandoned ones – here’s the result. This is his “Abandoned” series….

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Europe, Mediterranean, Sightseeing

4 Things Not To Miss While Visiting Croatia

Croatia is quickly becoming one of the hottest countries to visit – and for good reason. The delightful climate, wonderful natural landscapes and picturesque cities make for a wonderful vacation, no matter what your expectations are. There are many attractions in sunny Croatia, but here are the ones you absolutely don’t want to miss. Plitvice Park We’ve written about Plitvice Park before, but I just feel like it’s not enough! Located in the heart of Croatia,…

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Architecture and art

A Rolling Stone: Spectacular examples of Troglodytic Houses

Casa do Penedo, Portugal There’s nice houses, there’s really beautiful houses… and then there’s this. A stunning display of natural and man-made architecture, troglodytic houses (as they’re called) are delightful to look at. Here’s just a small list of some of the most spectacular examples of troglodytic houses. Casa do Penedo, depicted above, is so surreal that many people on the internet didn’t actually believe it’s true – but it is. No hoax here, just beauty….

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Gear & Equipment, Indian area, Ski, sports and adventure

Snowboarding in Himalaya – an adventure on top of the world

‘Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.’ Franz Fafka  Trip fundamentals Very few things can make you feel more alive than snowboarding during winter. It’s not even just about the adrenaline – the entire experience is more about gradually discovering yourself, which also explains why most of the snowboarding enthusiasts have discovered a spiritual…

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Architecture and art, North America

Urban Art at its finest: Chrome Dog Spray Paint Mural in Miami

It’s nice to visit the famous sight and hang out in the cool places, but every once in a while, all you need in your travels is a good mural; at least that’s how I feel sometimes. This work of art by Puerto Rican street artist Bikismo for the RAW Project at Jose de Diego Middle School for Art Basel Miami is simply mind blowing! The entire thing is 100% spray paint and it took him only…

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Architecture and art, North America

AMAZEing – Labyrinth of light takes over downtown Toronto

I’m a big fan of urban art projects, and I’m a bit ashamed to say I just now found about about AMAZE. As part of the one-day outdoor art festival Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, design and research labUNSTABLE installed AMAZE, a 3,230-square-foot 3D labyrinth of light and shadow. Unfortunately, the whole thing lasted for only one day – 3 October. I know, I’m a slowpoke. But it was pretty surprising that they installed this complex thing,…

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