If you have followed the career of travel show host/celebrity chef/author and raconteur Anthony Bourdain, you won’t be surprised to hear that he has collaborated with the makers of Balvenie single malt whisky to create a series of short films called Raw Craft. The episode below profiles master typographer and printer Andrew Hoyem’s Arion Press of San Francisco.
Most travelers to China visit the Sichuan Province capital city of Chengdu for the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve, but bibliophiles will want to make time for the amazing Fangsuo Bookstore. With a dramatic entrance way and cavernous interiors, the bookshop demonstrates Chengdu’s commitment an ancient literary tradition going back to the Tang Dynasty.
Shanghai-based artist Jie Ma’s imagined libraries are surreal, literary dreamscapes that intrigue and challenge the viewer. The extraordinary digital images offer fantastic sci-fiesque libraries of the mind.
The popular French travel guide publisher Le Guide du Routard has created a wonderful new 90 page graphic guidebook for migrants and refugees in Europe. Titled Hello, and illustrated by French artist Pascal Gauffre, the handbook allows communication by simply pointing at images. The guide is divided into helpful categories that include “Practical Information”, “Accommodation”, “Health & Hygiene” , “Food”, and “Leisure”. The initial print run of 5,000 copies was co-funded by Le Guide du Routard and French travel agency Voyageurs du Monde. The handbook will also be available as a pdf and an ebook.
Posted in Art, Books, Europe, Middle East, Public Transport, Tech, Travel Writing
Tagged EU, France, migrants, refugees, Travel Guidebooks
Cimetière Père-Lachaise is on everyone’s top ten lists of Paris attractions. Tourist flock to see the stunning funereal architecture, while art and music lovers make solemn pilgrimages to the graves of Chopin, Bizet, Piaf, Proust, Balzac, Delacroix, Oscar Wilde, and of course the great Jim Morrison. The marvelous time-lapse video below was directed by Mathieu Stern.
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Tagged 20th Arrondissement, Paris, Sarah Bernhardt, Seurat
The Los Angeles-based screen writer and street artist known as WRDSMTH has been dropping thought-provoking pieces all around Melbourne, Australia. The well crafted works combine stenciled typewriters with cleverly worded paste-up.
Last weekend, hundreds of moronic tourists invaded Playa Ostional near Sarara, Costa Rica. They came to “observe” the annual mass migration of sea turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. Brought to the national wildlife refuge by paid tour guides, the thoughtless mob swarmed the beach, disturbing the turtles and disrupting their nesting. Five park rangers from the Refugio Camaronal tried to move the crowd back off of the beach to no avail. The gormless cretins took selfies, turned over turtles, and even put children on to the backs of the struggling animals.
Many years ago, when I lived in South Florida just a few blocks from the beach, local residents would guard the shore each year when the turtles returned to lay their eggs. And after the turtles completed nesting and returned to the ocean, volunteers protected the nests with fences and signs. When the babies hatched, we rushed to the beach to help them into the surf and to protect them from sea gulls. Has the world changed that much ?