Back in January, the historic,Baltic port city of Gdansk, Poland launched an admirable campaign to promote literacy among the citizenry by stocking thirty-five new local trams with a rolling library of 5,000 new books. Unfortunately, the campaign provide to be too popular and by April every last book had disappeared. Not deterred by the light-fingered tram riders, the Regional Library Director Pawel Braun had the trams outfitted with virtual bookshelves where riders can scan QR codes from posters and download books to their mobile devices.
New York City-based cinematographer Ryan Nethery has put together a disturbing little Tumblr that shows some dreadful rooms for rent in Brooklyn and Manhattan—and they’re not cheap. Called The Worst Room, the blog is a product of Nethery’s personal, painful search for an affordable place to live in New York City.
These marvelous maps are by Japanese illustrator Takayo Akiyama and were commissioned by the British firm Alfred Dunhill. She has somehow managed to combine contemporary whimsy with a decidedly Victorian sensibility. You can see more of her wonderful illustrations right here.
Regular visitors to Travel Between The Pages are well aware of my ongoing infatuation with glorious Barcelona. If you share my feelings, then you will want to see this awesome time-lapse film titled Midnight Barcelona. The stunning film was directed by Pau Garcia Laita and the music is by The American Dollar. Enjoy.
When it opens in 2015 the new 53rd street branch of the New York Public Library will occupy the three lower floors of a condo-hotel being developed by the Starwood Group and Baccarat Crystal co.. The $20 library is being designed by TEN Arquitectos.
The travel business consultancy and technology company Sojern aggregates enormous amounts of data on U.S. and international travel. They recently put together this data-packed infographic for their paying customers on 2013 U.S. travel trends based on first quarter 2013 . The graphic reveals some interesting information. It seems that 25% of U.S. travelers actually book within a week of travel. And, 57% of U.S. travel is still for business. No surprise to see that 95% of flyers are in coach.
Posted in Tourism, USA
When freelance photographer Daniella Zalcman is not on assignment, she divides her time between New York City and London. Zalcman recently completed a series of photographs titled New York + London which dramatically mixes images of both great cities in haunting double exposures.
She has compiled the series in a limited edition book, which you can find at Kickstarter.
What happens when two twentysomething guys quit their tech jobs and travel the world by bike, motorcycle, truck, boat and bus ? This little film chronicles that trip by Vadim Sahakian and Artia Moghbel through North America, Africa and South America . You can learn more about the trip at Artia’s blog.
Rand McNally has been publishing a terrific road atlas for 90 years. To celebrate the handy old-school atlas’ anniversary, they’ve combined all of the detail of the paper road maps with digital functionality. The iPad app ($4.99) includes maps for all 50 U.S. states, the Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Once downloaded, no connectivity is required for map access. There’s even pinch and zoom functionality.
Posted in apps, Canada, ebooks, Maps, Tech, USA
Tagged App Store, Mexico, Provinces and territories of Canada, Puerto Rico, Rand McNally, Road atlas
The ‘GoSleep’ is the latest, state of the art chair that converts into a private flat bed. Ten sleeping pods have now been installed in Terminal 3 and in the Al Dhabi Lounge in Terminal 1 at Abu Dhabi International Airport, with a further 35 on order for installation later this year.
The stylish, Finnish designed sleeping pods are easy-to-operate and feature a partial or fully enclosed sliding shade that isolates the customer from noise, light and crowds. After an initial launch phase, the chairs will be upgraded to include Internet access, will include secure storage for luggage and other valuables, and will allow customers to charge their laptops, mobile telephones, and other electronic devices. Passengers will be able to use the chairs at a rate of AED 45/hour ($12) using a credit card.
Passengers interested in using the new chairs can pay hourly using a credit card. The airport has plans to further increase the number of chairs throughout the airport terminals in the coming months.