Short stuff

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

Are you the kind of dedicated traveller who takes a well-tuned camera with you wherever you go? These guys are and the pics they’re entering in the 2010 Nat Geo Photography competition are nothing short of amazing…

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So, what the weather like in your little spot in the world this November? Okay… how about in Philadelphia, Germany, Switzerland and Scotland (plus a few more. Check it out…

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Ever wondered what plumbers get up to in their spare time? Here’s a clue…

 

The man is a genius…

Written in INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS

There I’ve said it, and whilst the world is full of such statements, you really need to check this guy out … on pavements all over the world. From Europe to the U.S. to Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and more Julian Beever has been astounding passersby with his pavement chalk drawings. They are simple 3D illusions but done with such imagination and precise feel that unwitting walkers often jump back in surprise.

You don’t have to know anything about art to appreciate the wit and skill Julian Beever has, but for those who want a little knowledge, here it is… He lines up a camera with a wide angled lens that can create an optical illusion. This distorts the actual size of objects and provides a template for him to draw to. The technique is called anamorphosis and creates the illusion of three dimensions when viewed from the correct angle.

Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. It has been around forever (Da Vinci was a fan) and Beever is perhaps the best known of the current protagonists because so much of his works ends on the cameras of passers by. Nor does he seem to worry that a good rain storm or thousands of rush hour feet will destroy the work; he settles for the fact that much ends up on the internet. Stuff just like this…

 

Food, glorious food…

Written in US DESTINATIONS

Hands up who loves food! Yes, but who’d have thought it was a reason to travel? Well it is, and your destination today is Seattle… home to grunge, coffee (of course) and some of the freshest cuisine you’ll find anywhere. By virtue of its Pacific Northwest location, Seattle can boast the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted. Its chefs are fast developing a reputation for taking good quality local produce and giving it an energetic twist. Pacific NW cuisine relies on the abundant natural ingredients, occasionally fused with Asian flavors. Salmon, Dungeness crabs, clams (geoduck and razor are particularly prized), berries, apples, and other fresh fruit, to name a few. There are many great artisanal bread bakers and cheese makers in addition to coffee and microbreweries. Travelling to Seattle is a chance to see how good food can taste. Take a chance, step away from the franchise fast food that admittedly makes travel easy and try some of the local cafes and restaurants on your Seattle trip. Chances are you’ll find a hidden gem that will ruin you forever! And if you want to try a little of everything, try these guys out: Visit link