Discover The Abandoned Orient Express Train In Belgium

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In the world of luxury travel, great railway journeys are increasingly seen as relics of a distant and elegant past. In our fast-paced modern world, the mere thought of such an adventure fills us with intrigue and captures our collective imagination – and few trains are as iconic as the Orient Express. Launched in 1883 by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits (CIWL), the long-distance passenger service ceased operating in December 2009 amid growing competition from high-speed trains and budget airlines. Continue »

This Hotel Room Lets You Sleep Under The Stars In The Swiss Alps

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As part of the Null Stern Hotel, designers from Atelier für Sonderaufgaben and hospitality professional Daniel Charbonnier from Minds in Motion SA, have created this unique one-of-a-kind hotel room that has no walls or ceiling. Continue »

This New Zealand Street Is So Steep It Makes The Houses Look Like They’re Sinking

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There are plenty of picture-perfect spots in New Zealand, but none quite as Instagram-worthy as Baldwin Street in Dunedin, also known as the steepest street in the world. The street is only 350 meters long, but for every 2.86 horizontal meters, there is a rise of one meter. In other words, though the street itself is less than a quarter mile long, for every ~9 horizontal feet you walk, you’re climbing about three feet. Photos of the street are mind bending, especially when you look at the houses that are built right into the hill. Continue »

Couple Travels Country In Their Tiny House They’d Built Themselves For Under $20,000

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Alexis Stephens and Christian Parsons are an ordinary couple who built an extraordinary house for themselves, which is just 130 square feet (12 square meters) big and has wheels. The house has a rustic cabin, a kitchen, two lofts, a bathroom and a shower, and most materials in it are recycled. They built this house in an attempt to simplify their surroundings. The couple is now travelling across North America, meeting with tiny home owners communities, collecting stories, and documenting tiny house projects for a feature film.Take a look inside the couple’s amazing tiny house. Continue »

Maps That Will Make You Look At The World With New Eyes

Firstly, you can see how the size of the US drastically changes as you move it north or south.

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Some countries are significantly larger than they should be thanks to the Mercator projection, while others – anything near the equator – are definitely getting a bum deal. The US falls somewhere in the middle. On a standard map it’s dwarfed by Canada, but here you can see that moving it to where Canada is located makes it seem even more prominent than it already is. The True Size Map was created—a interactive website that allows you to drag countries and continents around the Mercator projection and discover just how big they are. You can do this for any country by simply typing its name into the map, allowing for a seemingly endless amount of comparisons. Note: This post will frequently use the USA as shorthand for the 48 contiguous states. Continue »

Beautiful New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands

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Milford Sound, perhaps New Zealand’s most famous scenic location, was long overlooked by early sailors and explorers, who didn’t realise the narrow entrance concealed an enormous and beautiful interior. It wasn’t discovered by Europeans until 1812. Named the eighth “wonder of the world”, its actually one of the wettest places on Earth, with rainfall creating cascades of waterfalls, some reaching a 1,000m in length. (Photo by Tom Walker/BBC Pictures/The Guardian) Continue »

Chinese Tourists Cram China’s Biggest Pool Named ‘The Dead Sea’ On Hot Day

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Thousands of Chinese holidaymakers flocked to the world’s most crowded swimming pool to cool off in an effort to escape the scorching heatwave. But while there was barely enough room to tread water, the pool – known as the ‘Dead Sea’ of China – was brimming with people in Daying County, Suining city in China’s Sichuan province over the weekend. The indoor salt-water pool became a vibrant display during a spell of sweltering temperatures as swimmers grabbed their inflatables and packed every inch of the resort in a kaleidoscope of colour. Continue »

Massive Sculpture Of A Monk’s Head Disturbs Locals In Thai Province

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A temple in Thailand is constructing a massive sculpture of a 16th century Thai monk’s head. The Baan Pho temple in Chacheongsao, located east of Bangkok, is in the midst of building a 17 metre-tall sculpture of the revered monk, Coconuts Bangkok reports. Continue »

Chinese Village Is Home To 39 Sets Of Twins

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They must put something special in the water in Qingyang village in the Jiangjin district of Chongqing. The village only has 367 households but somehow has 39 pairs of twins. Continue »

Western United States In The 1960s: Colorful Life In The American West 50 Years Ago Through Amazing Found Photos

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These amazing found slides captured colorful life in the American West during the 1960s. Continue »

No Man’s Land: Fukushima Exclusion Zone Through The Eyes Of Daredevil Stalker

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It has been five years since reactor four went in to meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power plant, triggered by a huge tsunami and earthquake that devastated Japan. The nuclear disaster led to the imposition of a 20 mile evacuation zone, similar to that seen in Chernobyl, more than 25 years earlier. Many of the towns that lay within it, have remained almost untouched since. Determined to see the evidence for himself, photographer Keow Wee Loong ignored the need for special permit and crept in to the exclusion zone overnight. Continue »

These Photos Of Fireflies Show How Beautiful Summer Nights Are In Japan

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Yu Hashimoto

Each year when summer comes along, we all look forward to different things. Some of us head to the beach, others to the mountains for camping. Some look forward to the epicurean delights like watermelon and ice cones. But for a select group of photographers in Japan, Summer signals the arrival of fireflies. And for very short periods – typically May and June, from around 7 to 9pm – these photographers set off to secret locations all around Japan, hoping to capture the magical insects that light up the night. Continue »

The Pantone Cafe Serves The Colorful Meal Of Your Dreams

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For all you brunch-Instagrammers out there, the pinnacle of culinary aestheticism has arrived. Perched on Monaco’s waterfront Grimaldi Forum sits the Pantone Cafe, a pop-up restaurant where every single item is color-coded with a Pantone color chip. Continue »

Public Pools Open In New York City For The Summer

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People enjoy a hot afternoon at the Astoria Pool in the borough of Queens on the opening day of city pools on June 29, 2016 in New York City.The main pool at Astoria, the biggest in New York City and administered by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, sees over 3,000 people on a typical summer weekday. Continue »

From New York To Bangkok: Photos Of Vintage Coca-Cola Signs

On January 31, 1893, Coca-Cola became a registered trademark, launching what would come to be one of the most recognized brands in the world. Accroding to TIME, during the 1930s, the company had begun to set up bottling plants in other countries. The photos here depict not just the way Coke began to blend into international surroundings, but also the wide array of American locales and subcultures the brand was penetrating

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Boy selling Coca Cola from a roadside stand, 1936. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) Continue »