Tropic of Capricorn
So you think you know where the Tropic of Capricorn is? The Equator, well, that's easy – it's the middle of the earth, zero degrees latitude, where north meets south. The Tropic of Capricorn would seem to be similarly located, sort of halfway towards the South Pole, right? More precisely, 23.5° south of the equator? Well, yes and no. Apparenty it's not that simple. Apparently the Tropic of Capricorn moves.
Things that go bump in the air…
I used to hate turbulence. Now I have kids, so I have to pretend I don't. Which means it still makes my palms sweaty every single time it happens, but I don't grip the arm-rests quite so determinedly any more. Psychologists always suggest the best way of dealing with fear is to confront it, so here goes…
Rock 'N Roll, V.I.P.
Tired of rank communal toilets, nursing third degree sunburns while laying on a concrete parking lot, and having to lay in a sleeping bag next to a hippie who hasn't showered since Woodstock? Well, music-loving, British festival-goers, Boutique Camping is about to rock your world.
In the desert of the Sinai peninsula, you'll find strange otherwordly concrete structures scattered across the landscape. Why they are there is open to debate (check out BLDG BLOG); the only agreement is that they were built to be hotels. Whether they were abandoned due to conflict, embezzlement or lack of funds is not clear. Some say Egyptians create these speculative structures to show investors and, left in this state, they don't have to pay duties on them.
Spend enough time in the historic quarter of Lyon, and you'll want to take it home with you. Which is almost exactly what a Dubai businessman has plans to do. I say 'almost' because he's not moving it London Bridge-style across the world. He's just rebuilding it back home. The city, or at least a sizeable chunk of it.
Cannes in full swing
If watching all the coverage of red-carpet screenings and golden sands is whetting your appetite for the French Riviera, get yourself on a plane. There's still a week or so of the super-glamorous Cannes Film Festival to go, and lots of the city to explore.
If reality is a little too real for you, here's a whole new way of seeing the world. Walk around wearing lifeClipper's special goggles and backpack and, with the help of GPS, you can see your surroundings virtually.
Our senses absorb the world differently when we are under water. Apparently, we can absorb sound through our skin and bones while we are floating, the vibrations stimulating our senses and awakening our souls. This is the philosophy of Liquid Sound, a revolutionary spa technique pioneered in Germany.
So you are a swimmer? You like to crawl back and forth along the shore? I might know you, even if you've never noticed me while having fun in my ocean. Maybe now you would like to know what is going on under the water as you are passing over our heads without even paying attention to us. So many things are happening, you'll be surprised. I'm going to give you a little taste of what I was up to these past weeks.
Schwebebahn in Wuppertal
Wouldn't it be great if you could take all the cool things you see when you travel, put them together and build your own little Utopia? And I don't mean the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids and the Acropolis. I'm thinking more of the magical things you find in places you don't expect to. I'd include this electric monorail - the Schwebebahn - from a town called Wuppertal in Germany. Not only because it has an entertaining Germanic name, but because it's emission-free, looks great – and is over 100 years old.