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CAPE TOWN CITYSCAPES

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Jakob Wagner is a talented photographer from Dusseldorf, Germany who enjoys traveling all over the world. Through his work he’s been to Buenos Aires, New York, Rotterdam and London shooting beautiful images. However, it’s his shots of Cape Town South Africa that resonate with us most. They remind us that cityscapes are a lot like finger prints. In this case, Cape Town’s light-grids bumping up against the region’s wild topography provide a unique insight into the area. It demonstrates the city’s beauty in a way we have yet to see. Click Read More to view more images of Cape Town at night.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: photography, people, places

PANAMA SPIRIT

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Our friend Nalden teamed up with the creative minds at Dough’Nut to shoot an incredible video of their trip to Panama. Commissioned by National Geographic, they were tasked with showing Panama’s vivid culture and one of its most interesting structures, the Panama Canal. They did an excellent job. The video captures the people, their spirit and the region in a way that compels you to visit. As Dough’Nut describes, “Panama is known for the Panama Canal, which allows the crossing between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But this country has much more to offer than this intercontinental transport hub. It has an abundance of nature, culture and entertainment. And even though we were there for only 6 days, we were able to see a lot.” Click Read More to view this inspiring video.

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Featured in: AUDIO VISUAL / Categories: landmarks, culture, people, film, places

NEW MUSEUM SLIDE

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New York’s New Museum recently added an exciting component to its exhibits. It’s a slide – a huge slide that runs from the 4th floor to the 2nd with enough twists and turns to spark anyone’s interest. It’s undeniable that slides are fun, and we have to admit, it feels like they plucked this one straight from our dreams. The Carsten Höller slide is open to the public with other interactive works until January 15, 2012. If you’re in New York City we recommend checking it out. Click Read More for additional information.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: art & design, museums, events, places

PIED À TERRE

PIED À TERRE

Restaurant design plays a pivotal role in the experience. You can’t underestimate it. Sometimes it’s as important as the food served. Rather then settling with the typical modern aesthetic, Pied à Terre goes a step beyond. The Central London restaurant merges the artistry of cooking with an unexpected and creative project entitled Artist in Restaurant. This clever initiative aims to give emerging artists a platform to showcase their talents in one of the most highly regarded London restaurants around. Through a collaborative relationship with Pied à Terre, artists use the dining area as inspiration to create one of a kind pieces of art that are then displayed in the restaurant.

Currently, ten sculptural installations by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva are on display. Using raw and unusual materials from the restaurant’s kitchen like scallop skirts, quail carcasses, fish skins and bones, the exhibition is all about the balance of opposing forces – ‘the beautiful and the brutal, recomposing decomposition into beautiful forms’. Click Read More for additional information and to view photos from the exhibit.

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Featured in: FOOD + DRINK / Categories: food, art & design, places

ICELAND INVITES YOU

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While most tourism-boards attempt to craft clever promotions to lure travelers, there’s nothing like actual residents opening their doors and inviting you to experience their home in a unique way. It’s sincere and it’s welcoming. It makes you want to visit. That’s what Iceland is doing. Their Inspired by Iceland campaign brilliantly brings together local residents, the president and other government officials to send a simple message – “Come to our home and let us show you what Iceland has to offer.”

Last week, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson kicked off the campaign by inviting tourists into his home for pancakes, whipped cream and rhubarb jam. He’s also encouraging citizens to join the movement and invite visitors for an experience unique to Iceland. As Frosti Jonsson who has agreed to open his home says, “We are very proud to be Icelandic and we are very happy to share our way of life and our country’s beauty to adventurers that choose to visit us. We want to make their experience as real as possible; we want them to ‘be Icelandic’ while they’re here.” This seems like an awesome way to experience Iceland. Click Read More for additional information and to view the President’s short message. Also, don’t forget to visit Inspired by Iceland to view Icelanders’ invitations to experience the country like a local.

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Featured in: TOURISM / Categories: people, social, places

TOKYO SLO MODE

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Tokyo’s rhythm is hypnotic. The city beats like a metronome. That’s why we love this video by Alex Lee. Armed with his Canon T3i he created a fantastic slow-motion ode to Japan. In the video he highlights everything from architecture and cityscapes, to everyday people and culture. Watch it once and you’ll feel like you visited. It has all the things that make Japan one of our favorite places. And, to top it off, Alex edited these visuals to the beautiful sounds of Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke. It doesn’t get better than that. Click Read More to view the video and a few stills.

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Featured in: AUDIO VISUAL / Categories: photography, people, film, places

WALE OYEJIDE

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Wale Oyejide lives in four dimensions. He’s a lawyer, singer, artist and fashion maven who refuses to leave any experience on the table. He wants it all, and we believe he’ll get it. Recently, we caught up with Wale to discuss travel and the launch of his site, LessGentleMen. It’s a wonderful resource for style and inspiration. As Wale describes it, “The site is all about the unbridled hubris of the ever-evolving man.” Click Read More to view the entire interview.

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Featured in: WJS FEATURES / Categories: people, places

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