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Yes, That's a Giant Colin Firth Floating in the Serpentine

July 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM | by | Comments (0)

There's a new British TV channel called Drama and, unsurprisingly, it's about all things drama. As part of the promotion for the new network, Drama asked thousands of Brits what was the most memorable dramatic movie moment, and the winner was the Mr. Darcy (Colin Firth) lake scene from the BBC's Pride and Prejudice.

To celebrate that win, there's now a giant Colin Firth sculpture floating in the Serpentine, the lake inside London's Hyde Park.

The 12-foot sculpture will continue bobbing in the Serpentine a little longer before it goes on tour throughout other bodies of water in the UK. Its final home will be Lyme Park in Cheshire, a location chosen because nearby Lyme Hall played the role of the Pemberley house in the BBC version of the classic tale.

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What Everybody's Buying in Australia: Kangaroo Fur Rugs

Where: Australia
June 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

Spinning a globe or day-dreaming while looking at a world map will get most anyone realizing that Australia is really quite far away. Except for Aussies, Kiwis and other South Pacific islands, it takes a while to head down under and that's why it's even more important to get the right souvenirs.

The land down under offers plenty things worthy of eating up our checked baggage allowance. From Aboriginal didgeridoos and boomerangs to crocodile jerky, we could find gifts for everyone we know and then some. The one thing that's really caught our eye, however, are stacks of kangaroo pelts that double as floor rugs and wall hangings.

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New Vancouver Exhibit Explains How Hotels are Shaping Modernity

Where: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6Z 2H7
May 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, hotels. If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re already a believer in the power of hotels for good. In them, a conversation can be started between strangers from opposite ends of the world; an idea can be sparked over breakfast and a changing streetscape; a restless soul can be momentarily at peace during a detoxifying herbal wrap; and more visceral needs can be sated with a special someone in the privacy of a room of one’s own.

Happily, we’re not the only ones who think this way. The Vancouver Art Gallery has opened their Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life exhibition and you have until September 15 to check it out. It explores the hotel from the beginning –- when it was simply a utilitarian place to rest your head –- to what it is today: a center of design, a social hub and, sometimes, a destination unto itself.

The Grand Hotel exhibit is broken down into four themes: Travel, Social, Design, and Culture. Here’s our take on what these themes mean. It’s a bit esoteric but that’s art, right? (If you’d like to see how these themes play out in real life, check out our sister site HotelChatter.)

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Easy Day Trips from Paris: Monet's Gardens at Giverny

Where: Giverny, France
May 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

For most people, Paris is such a dream destination that the idea of leaving town sounds anticlimactic. However, even lifelong Parisiens know the value of occasionally getting out of the city. This week, we'll be looking at four daytrips—or even two-day trips—that you can take from the City of Light.

Today's destination: Giverny.

Though the village of Giverny is quite charming, the reason that 99% of tourists come here is to visit the house and gardens of artist Claude Monet. Unlike Versailles and Fontainebleau, Giverny is quite difficult to reach via public transit from Paris; the best option is either to rent a car or join up with one of the many tour companies which ferry visitors there and back (Citylink, located near the Eiffel Tower, is a good option with both full and half day tours that are quite hands-off and no leaders with giant flags in sight).

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Neighborhoods to Know and Go: Brooklyn's Gowanus

May 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

Someone told us the other day that the word 'Brooklyn' has entered the French lexicon—as an adjective, used to describe something that's super trendy. While we think that's going overboard, nobody can deny how fashionable the borough has become over the past 10 years, and that popularity isn't likely to dwindle anytime soon.

Most tourists tend to migrate towards northern Brooklyn when they visit, and while we love us some Williamsburg and Bushwick, there's another new 'hood that's emerging as a ground zero for art, culture and lip-smackin' good eats: Gowanus.

For better or worse, the neighborhood is best known as the home of the Gowanus Canal—a.k.a. one of the most toxic bodies of water in the country—though that's all about to change, as city officials recently announced a multi-million dollar project to clean up the gunky waterway and make Gowanus a little easier on the eyes (and the nose).

This is all great news for visitors, though locals have been tuned into this spot—with its growing artillery of cool performance venues, cozy coffeeshops, and (yes) clam shacks—for quite some time.

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What Everybody's Buying in Fiji: Masi Tapa Cloth

Where: Fiji
May 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to "What Everyone's Buying," a new series on souvenirs, wherein we investigate what tourist trinkets are the hottest selling in hotspots around the world.

After a few days, or even a week, on any of the islands of Fiji tourists leave with stellar suntans and big smiles on their faces from saying "bula!" all over the island. But the souvenir that your friends and family really want is the traditional masi, or tapa cloth seen all around Fiji.

You may remember our original feature on the masi, from when we headed to the islands for the unveiling of Fiji Airways and their new airplane livery—it's a traditional pattern painted all around the airline's new Airbus A330.

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The Other Atlantic City Boardwalk You'll Want To Check Out This Summer

May 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

On Monday morning, the Atlantic City Alliance hosted a press conference announcing a brand new sculpture garden that will be going up in the Marina District. Located two and a half miles north of the main boardwalk (as in, the Boardwalk), the mile-long walkway has in fact existed for over a decade. The trouble is, no one really used it.

Until now.

Launching this summer, AC Waterfront Sculpture Park plans to install 40 pieces of outdoor art along the walkway. 25 of those are scheduled to go up this summer, in early July, offering local and regional artists the chance to have their work seen by tens of thousands of tourists.

Though it can't really compete with the Boardwalk with a capital 'B,' the Marina District walkway is notable for two reasons: it winds along the bay, offering incredible waterfront views (see above), with plenty of greenery and public benches. And it connects three of the major casino hotels, Golden Nugget, Harrah's and Borgata. So even if you're not a fan of outdoor public art (shame on you), then you still have several practical reasons to be strolling down the new art walk this summer.

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At 'Pick Me Up London,' The Art Festival for the Rest of Us

April 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's face it, sometimes we all feel a little out of place at art galleries. Some are stuffy, the free ones are crawling with kids (literally), and others feel more like convenience stores with the gift shops pushing touristy trinkets which have nothing to do with the art hanging on the walls.

While we can all appreciate the masters, sometimes we need to be inspired by fresh, new artists injecting their techniques and talent into vector graphics, sculpture and good old brush and canvas. The best place to see this type of work is at Pick Me Up London.

Pick Me Up London is the UK's original graphic arts festival, held annually at Somerset House in London. The 11-day festival focuses on contemporary graphic art, design and illustration. It consists of two floors of paintings, colorful giclée prints, zines, lectures and demonstrations, and a chance to meet some of the artists behind it all.

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Just in Time for Spring, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum is Back in Business

April 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Take a break from checking out the tulips if you’re heading to Amsterdam this month, as it’s finally time for one of the city’s most famous museums to reopen to both travelers and locals. It’s been under the knife for around ten years—at a cost of nearly $500 million–so we’ll assume all the upgrades and updates are totally worth it. That being said, if the Rijksmuseum wasn’t on your Netherlands itinerary before, it certainly should be now.

Not surprisingly the museum is home to all kinds of Dutch masterpieces, and they now all look better than ever in their recently refreshed home. Rembrandt van Rijn's The Night Watch is probably one of the museum’s most famous pieces, and it’s one of few paintings to hold onto its original spot in the museum. Sounds like a lot of the other paintings and pieces have been shuffled around to new spots during the Rijksmuseum renovation, as they have been displayed alongside related items—like furniture and ceramics as well.

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Samsonite Calls on Students to Design the Next Snazzy Suitcase Style

March 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you’re in the market for a new suitcase we’ve got some good news for you. No need to pick one out that only fits some of your needs and only part of your style, as Samsonite is inviting you to design your very own piece of luggage. It’s all up to you, and they’re running a little bit of a contest to find the next great design.

Bust out the crayons and markers, as the contest is all about your original artwork. Basically, Samsonite is looking for aspiring artists to design some snazzy artwork to slap on the outer shell of a Samsonite suitcase like the Cosmolite or the Firelite. The only bummer is that they want real artists working on these designs—so we’re excluded—because it’s only open to registered undergraduate and graduate art and design students.

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Two More Easter PEEP Shows for All Ages

March 27, 2013 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just last week we were all excited about the arrival of marshmallow Peeps at the Racine Art Museum over in Wisconsin. Not to worry—they’re still putting on their Peep exhibit—but there’s actually a few more places where you can see candy turned into art during the spring season. We just wonder when the chocolate bunnies are getting their own gallery space.

There must be something about the sugary candies and Wisconsin, as another seasonal selection of Peeps is now doing its thing at the Riverfront Arts Center in Stevens Point. Things here run through April 7, and last year there were around 1,300 or so peeple—ha—that came to check things out. This year there’s around 30 entries from both little kids and big kids, and they illustrate every thing from superheroes to a candy version of the Papal Conclave.

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Four Museum Exhibits You Absolutely Have to See Right Now

March 11, 2013 at 4:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

These are the weird days. These are the days of blustery winds and wet afternoons, the days stuck in between winter and spring. In other words, these days are perfect for hitting museums and soaking in a little culture.

March and April are popular months for ending large exhibitions, so you've gotta get in while the getting's good.

Here the four museum exhibits we recommend you rush off to, right away:

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