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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Cool Book Carving Art

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Showcasing the cool book carving art by Guy Laramee from his series’ titled 'The Great Wall and Biblios'. Carving magnificent landscapes into relevant volumes of work, Guy is a man with many talents. An accomplished sculptor and painter, Guy is also a highly regarded musician, composer and stage director. A cool guy to know! 








Cool Star Wars Themed Guitars

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I can feel a great distortion in the force! These cool Star Wars themed guitars are out of this world. First up is British guitar nerd Tom Bingham who makes guitars out of pretty much anything but we love his Star Wars guitars, especially his Millenium Falcon guitar remodelled from a Fender Stratocaster.





Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Grand BOULEVARDS of the World

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Champs Elysees, Paris

CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES, PARIS


1 | CHAMPS-ELYSEES

(PARIS
One of the world's great URBAN WONDERS, this boulevard is perhaps the most famous in the world. It inspired so many others throughout Europe and the New World, stretching from a great public square to a major landmark (the Triumphal Arch), and lined with graceful buildings, cafés and shops. 

2 | BROADWAY

(NEW YORK
It cuts through all of Manhattan, passing by several neighborhoods, but it's in Midtown that it becomes what it's famous for -- the world's greatest theater district. This section is also known as the "Great White Way" and includes the light-and-advertising-filled Times Square. 

Broadway, New York
BROADWAY, NEW YORK


3 | PASSEIG DE GRACIA

(BARCELONA
Home to some of the most unconventional architecture in the world, Barcelona's best-known avenue is lined with some surreal façades, many of them the result of Gaudi's highly individual style. It's now Spain's most expensive street, home to several hotels and luxury shops. 

4 | GRAN VIA

(MADRID
Madrid' main avenue took a quarter of a century to complete but the result is admirable -- a series of ornate buildings that make it a showcase of early-20th-century architecture. They know house a large number of theaters, hotels and shops. 

Gran Via, Madrid
GRAN VIA, MADRID

5 | LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD

(LAS VEGAS
Also known as the Las Vegas Strip, this is where most of the world's largest hotel-casinos are found. It's miles of flashing lights, billboards, and theme-park-like recreations of many of the world's most famous landmarks, creating an amusement park for adults. 

Las Vegas Boulevard, The Strip, Las vegas
LAS VEGAS BOULEVARD, LAS VEGAS


6 | AVENIDA 9 DE JULIO

(BUENOS AIRES
The widest avenue in the world honors Argentina's Independence Day. It followed the late-19th-century European trend of opening a great boulevard in the center of the city, and with nine lanes you need to be patient to cross it -- you'll have to obey several traffic lights to reach the other side. At the center is the city's icon, a great obelisk. 

Avenida 9 de Julio, Buenos Aires
AVENIDA 9 DE JULIO, BUENOS AIRES


7 | ANDRASSY UT

(BUDAPEST
One of many great boulevards modeled after Paris' Champs-Élysées, this is Budapest's grandest avenue. It is lined with beautiful Neo-Renaissance mansions, many of them housing luxury boutiques, cafés and restaurants. It is part of the city's historical area recognized as a World Heritage Site. 

8 | AVENIDA PAULISTA

(SÃO PAULO
Latin America's most expensive avenue is also the headquarters of a large number of financial and cultural institutions. Once flanked by European-style mansions, those have been torn down and replaced by shining modern skyscrapers. 

9 | PASEO DE LA REFORMA, MEXICO CITY

This 12-kilometer-long boulevard in Mexico's capital runs in a straight line and is yet another wide avenue modeled after the Champs-Élysées. Many monuments related to the country's history is found here, and when closed to traffic on Sundays it becomes a great leisure area, with tourists and locals filling its sidewalks, restaurants and gardens. 

10 | MICHIGAN AVENUE, CHICAGO

Part of it is known as the "Magnificent Mile," and this wide boulevard is in fact one of the U.S.' (and the world's) most magnificent. It's home to grand upscale department stores, the finest restaurants, hotels and all the brand name shops that attract crowds throughout the day.

UGLIEST CITIES in the World

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We've made the list of the WORLD'S 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL CITIES, now we present the ten ugliest. There may be countless ugly small and medium-sized cities around the world, but these are the ten least attractive of the world's capitals and major cities. If you live in any of these places, you'll surely disagree, but here is our unbiased list: 

Amman, Jordan
AMMAN, JORDAN

1 | GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

This fumes-and-crime-filled city is the capital of an otherwise beautiful country. It looks more like a slum than a capital city, with most buildings appearing on the verge of collapse. 

2 | MEXICO CITY, MEXICO

It's currently known as one of the world's most dangerous cities, but even if it was a safe haven, it still would not be a very inviting city. It's one of the world's most polluted and there isn't much to look at. 

Mexico City, Mexico
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO


3 | AMMAN, JORDAN

The capital of the country with one of the world's most fascinating historical sites (magical Petra) should simply be an arrival and departure point on your travel itinerary. Unless you enjoy dirty, chaotic streets and ugly buildings looking like they're crumbling on top of each other. 

4 | CARACAS, VENEZUELA

Venezuela is known for its extraordinary success at international beauty pageants and Venezuelan women are famous for their plastic surgery-enhanced bodies, but the country's capital sure is no beauty. Not only is it surrounded by shantytowns, its most central districts seem devoid of planning and style. 

Caracas, Venezuela
CARACAS, VENEZUELA


5 | LUANDA, ANGOLA

It's undergoing a spectacular boom as the capital of Africa's recent economic success story, but let's hope the new development creates something more attractive than what we see now: ugly apartment buildings dotting the skyline of what incredibly is the world's most expensive city. 

Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, ANGOLA


6 | CHISINAU, MOLDOVA

Moldova's capital is an eyesore. It's an industrial city mostly made up of very ugly Soviet-style apartment buildings, most of them decaying (and not very clean either). There are many unattractive Soviet-era cities in Eastern Europe, but we expect more from a capital. 

7 | HOUSTON, USA

Houston, we have a problem: You're ugly. This is the United States' fourth largest city when it comes to population, but the attraction sure isn't scenery. There are many other ugly American cities (let's face it -- American metropolises aren't exactly beauties: Atlanta, Cleveland...), but this one should win the title of ugliest of them all, with a large impoverished and homeless population (close to one in five families live below the poverty line) and a cityscape with no formal zoning regulations. 

8 | DETROIT, USA

Here's the ugly truth: Detroit is ugly. Not just aesthetically but also in quality of life, which explains why it lost a quarter of its population in a decade. One of the highest crime rates in the country may have contributed to that, but this is also a dirty, rundown city mostly made up of brick, concrete and glass. Not pretty. 

9 | SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

Nature seems to have concentrated all of its efforts on RIO and completely forgotten Brazil's other big metropolis. São Paulo may be one of the world's most exciting cities when it comes to dining and shopping, but there's no question that it's one big ugly concrete jungle. 

Sao Paulo, Brazil
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL


10 | LOS ANGELES, USA

A city known for its congested highways is enough to make it unattractive, but then there isn't much to look at walking down the street either (if anyone actually walks -- this is one of the world's least pedestrian-friendly cities). Despite the allure of Hollywood and the beaches nearby, Los Angeles is simply not the prettiest place on Earth. As one of the world's most famous cities there is no excuse for lack of beautification year after year.

Top MUSEUMS of the World

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The Louvre Museum, Paris

THE LOUVRE, PARIS

1 | THE LOUVRE

(PARIS
There are always long lines at the door but it's worth the wait to see the world's greatest and most famous museum. Leonardo DaVinci's Mona Lisa is the star, but there are literally thousands of other treasures of human civilization, from Egypt, Asia, ancient Greece and Rome. 

2 | THE HERMITAGE

(ST. PETERSBURG) 
This gigantic museum has the world's largest collection of paintings. It's a stunning place, covering the history of the world from the Stone Age to present times, and especially impressive are the Golden Rooms with their golden gems. 

3 | THE BRITISH MUSEUM

(LONDON
This museum has millions of works of art from all over the world. Its galleries are devoted to Egypt, Greece, Roman civilization, Asia, Africa, and medieval Europe, tracing human history and culture. The highlight is the Elgin Marbles that once decorated the Parthenon in Athens. 

4 | THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

(CAIRO
As you'd expect, here you'll find the most complete collection of Egyptian art in the world. Among the thousands of treasures (which includes the popular Mummy Room) are the famous artifacts from Tutankhamun's tomb. 

Uffizi Museum, Florence
UFFIZI, FLORENCE

5 | UFFIZI

(FLORENCE
This 16th century palace holds hundreds of masterpieces, including marvelous Renaissance sculptures and Botticelli's famous Birth of Venus, among other much-recognized masterworks of the Renaissance. 

6 | THE MET - METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

(NEW YORK
A truly outstanding museum with everything from Islamic, Egyptian, Greek, and Indian art to European paintings. It holds more than 2 million works from around the world, from pre-history to the 21st century. 

The Met, New York
THE MET, NEW YORK


7 | MOMA

(NEW YORK
This is the most important modern art museum in the world. It covers the late 19th century to the present day, with highlights including Picasso's Demoiselles d'Avignon or Van Gogh's Starry night

8 | THE VATICAN MUSEUMS

(ROME
It's a series of exhibition spaces filled with priceless treasures that blow visitors away by their grandeur and beauty. The highlight is Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. 

9 | THE PRADO

(MADRID
This treasure trove includes sculptures and drawing but the strongest collection is, naturally, of Spanish masterpieces by Goya, El Greco and Velazquez (whose Las Meninas is the best-known work of the museum). 

Archaeology Museum, Athens
NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM, ATHENS


10 | NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM

(ATHENS
This is the place to admire the masterpieces of ancient Greece. Its unrivaled collection includes a bronze Artemision Podeidon from the 5th century B.C.

Most BEAUTIFUL CITIES in the World

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1 | VENICE

Venice
Among those who've seen it in person, the conclusion is unanimous: Venice is the most beautiful city in the world, and the only one that can truly be described as unique. Each building is a work of art, with their beauty enhanced when reflected on the canals that cross the city. Its magical scenery is fascinating and breathtaking at first sight, evoking the feeling of entering the setting of a real-life fairy tale. It's perhaps even unfair to all other cities to call Venice a city, as it is a place unlike any other, that no other can compare to, or ever be like. 

2 | PARIS

Paris
The Seine and the bridges that cross it, the grand boulevards, the monumental squares, the magnificent monuments, the charming streets of Montmartre -- these images of Paris confirm that it is indeed the most elegant and sophisticated of all cities. It has inspired practically every major world capital, with every city claiming its own Champs-Elysèes, and Place des Vosges becoming the prototype of residential squares throughout Europe. Sit at an outdoor café table or go on a boat tour of the Seine and see it all romantically flash before your eyes. 

3 | PRAGUE

Prague
It is known as the city of the thousand spires because of its profusion of grand, beautifully-preserved historical monuments dating from practically every period in history. Those spires are best admired from the bridges that cross the Vltava River, especially from the magnificent Charles Bridge, or standing in the stunningly beautiful Old Town Square. Add the atmospheric alleyways and cobbled streets that lead to it, and you know that few other cities delight the senses as much as Prague. 

4 | LISBON

Lisbon
Magnificently sited on a series of hills running down to the grand Tagus River, Lisbon is one of the world's most scenic cities. Beautiful unexpected views are found at every turn down its colorful, picturesque streets, and especially from strategically-placed viewpoints or terraces at the top of each hill. The city has an unpolished, seductive appearance; an effortless beauty with captivating details such as cobbled designs, tiled façades, and pastel-colored buildings blending together to give it a singular atmosphere now lost in so many other cities. In such a stunning place, it's no wonder that many of the world's great explorers questioned what other beauties lied beyond the horizon when they departed from here in the 15th century. 

5 | RIO DE JANEIRO

Rio de Janeiro
There are those who say God created the world in six days and devoted a seventh to Rio. The city is indeed blessed with one of the most stunning settings in the world, making it the most naturally beautiful city in the world. Even if it was deserted of buildings and population, anyone standing at the top of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain or by the Corcovado statue would see one of the world's most beautiful landscapes. Green, tropical luxuriance mixes with the blue of the ocean and the brightness of the sand at the beaches, proving that this is indeed "the marvelous city" as locals call it. 

6 | AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam
Each of the thousands of buildings that line Amsterdam's main canals can be classified as a monument, beautifully kept as apartments, offices, cafés, restaurants, and even brothels. All together they form an aesthetic uniformity that make the city one of the most charming in the world, a stunning place of bridges and bikes crossing canals, picturesque cobbled streets, and strikingly elegant architecture. 

7 | FLORENCE

Florence
Florence is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance, known for the artistic heritage in its palaces and museum collections. Yet with all the beauty both inside and outside its palazzi's walls, it is the city as a whole that impresses the most. See it from Piazzale Michelangelo, a 19th century terrace overlooking the entire city, and you'll be looking at one of the most storybook-perfect cityscapes. You'll see its unspoiled skyline, the towers and domes of the heart of the city, its bridges, the hills in the distance, and the magnificent Duomo standing in the middle of it all. Few other places in the world will leave you as awestruck. 

8 | ROME

Rome
The city standing on seven hills by the Tiber River is a treasure-trove of monuments among some of the most beautiful squares and classical architecture in the world. Because everyone visits Rome for its landmarks, its picturesque streets are often overlooked, such as those of the Trastevere district, filled with charming lanes, faded palazzi, and lovely homes decorated with flower boxes. It is on streets like those that Rome proves itself to really be eternal. 

9 | BUDAPEST

Budapest
Split in two by the Danube River, Budapest is the result of the merging of three cities. Buda is the hill with the royal palace and an old town filled with baroque and gothic monuments looking over the mostly-19th century Pest, crossed by broad avenues lined with elegant neo-renaissance buildings. Admire its setting and remarkable architecture (including the stunning Parliament Building) from the monumental Chain Bridge, and step into the old town for some of the most romantic lanes you'll ever stroll through. 

10 | BRUGES

Bruges
It's a small city, in a small country, hardly a metropolis, but huge on beauty. It's one of the world's best preserved medieval cities, filled with gothic and baroque monuments surrounded by an oval canal and extraordinarily romantic cobbled lanes. It's no wonder that it is one of Europe's most visited cities, helped by its location in the very center of the continent. It's an unmissable destination when in BRUSSELS, and easily accessible from anywhere in central Europe. Its combination of gorgeous architecture and pretty, peaceful spots crisscrossed by canals make it one of the most magical sites to be experienced in the world.