Category archives: United States

10 US destinations to escape the winter chill

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January through March marks a time in my travel calendar when I try to escape the icy streets of New York City, in favor of warmer locales. I don’t always have to travel somewhere far like Puerto Vallarta either - there are some really great places in the United States that offer warmth, activity, and a change of scenery. Some of these are old winter-travel-[...]

6 things to do in Chicago in Winter

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Have you heard about Chicago? Well, who hasn't - from its immigration days, music heritage, and political bosses to Route 66 and Jack Kerouac’s tales, The Blues Brothers, to Michael Jordan, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… Chicago is an integral part of American culture. And yet, I had never been to the Windy City - so named mainly for its weather, maybe also a lit[...]

Offbeat Travel: Clarksdale, Mississippi

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Sometimes, in the course of your travels, you're lucky enough to stumble upon a place with just the right vibe. A place you go to not for its famous sights or fancy venues, but for its particular energy. A place that gets passed on from person to person, through the tales of those who have been before. A place where you immediately bond with the people you m[...]

5 Things To Do in San Francisco

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San Francisco is many different things to many different people. And some of those people have been there for a long time, baking bread since the late 19th century, opening clubs in Depression era 1930's, erm, fighting battles and such. As I had a whirlwind 48 hours to spend in San Francisco, I knew I would only be scratching the surface of what the city has[...]

Dear San Francisco

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When I moved to San Francisco from Germany several years ago, I was fulfilling a fantasy that had grown out of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Maybe it was because my aunt had given me the first book in the series to read when I was at the impressionable age of 18, but the idea of a young woman having adventures in a foreign city lodged itself deep in [...]

Hotels we love: the Bel Air, Los Angeles

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You've heard of glamping, but have you heard of glogging? Glamour blogging my friends – no more sitting in front of the screen in your pyjamas, with bed-hair and some leftovers to snack on. For most of us, Bel Air will always signify Will Smith in a backwards basecall cap rapping about his youth in West Philadelphia. The Fresh Prince brought the lairs[...]

The Cold Castle of Colorado

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Can you imagine people would build a castle with their bare hands, complete with caverns, archways, and tunnels, only to have it destroyed by nature after a few months? Some guys from Colorado do exactly that – only they don't build with bricks but with a whooping 20,000,000 pounds of ice. It all started when Brent Christensen, the creator of the ice [...]

The Piano Man of New York City

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Most of us are – hopefully – happy or at least content with the way their lives go; chasing their dreams with more or less commitment. But what do you do if you feel like this just isn't the way you've planned it, that there is something more to the monotonous everyday routine? Let me introduce you to the "world's happiest man", whose ambitions now made him [...]

100 Abandoned Houses by Kevin Bauman

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Following on from our recent post about faux facades and buildings that don't exist, I stumbled upon these photos by photographer Kevin Bauman, a collection called 100 Abandoned Houses. I found them spooky, provoking and strangely addictive. They were shot in Detroit - the photographer's hometown - and the project began over a decade ago when he began to[...]

Photography Inspiration: Dancers Among Us

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What inspires you to take a photograph? What is it that makes you pull out the camera and want to visually preserve something that caught your eye? For New York based photographer Jordan Matter, inspiration struck when he watched his son play with a toy bus: It should be possible to capture enthusiasm and joy in an image; with the people in the picture being[...]