7.04.2010

Maison Moschino - Milan, Italy

Maison Moschino
Viale Morte Grappa, 12
20124 Milan
Tel: (+39) 02 29 00 98 58
Email: maisonmoschino@mobygest.it

Entering the Maison Moschino is like falling down a rabbit hole: visitors come to expect the unexpected. Located in central Milan, the hotel is a former neoclassical railway station (built in 1840), now transformed into 65 contemporary rooms and suites with the theme of fairy tales.

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5.16.2010

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Here's a few pictures of Amsterdam, one of my favourite cities in Europe. I love their canals and style of housing. I've been here only once before (in the summer of 2007), though it was only for 2 days..would love to go back soon. The colouring and lighting in these photos are just perfect.

( All the photo credit goes to: n_e_e_d_l_e_s_s @ Livejournal & Natalia Ilina Photography )

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5.02.2010

World Expo 2010: Part II - Shanghai, China

(photo credit: AP Photo)
Fireworks at the opening day

(photo credit: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg)Sunshine Valley
(photo credit: Eugene Hoshiko/AP Photo)Denmark Pavilion with the famous Little Mermaid statue
(I can't believe they actually brought this here..I remember going to see it in its original location
when I visited Copenhagen a few years ago - on my first ever trip to Europe!)

(photo credit: Reuters/Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy)France Pavilion

(photo credit: Reuters/Stringer)Russia Pavilion
(photo credit: AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)South Korea Pavilion

(photo credit: Reuters/Stringer)Serbia Pavilion

(photo credit: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Spain Pavilion

(photo credit: Kevin Lee/Bloomberg)
Inside the Seed Cathedral/UK Pavilion

(photo credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Preparing for a show
(photo credit: AP Photo)
Performers dressed up as Terra Cotta warriors

(photo credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Shanghai Corporate Pavilion

(photo credit: Reuters/Shanghai Pacific Institute for International Strategy)Newly-lit highway intersections of Shanghai
Part I here.
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4.23.2010

Xkeken Cenote

(photo credit: John Stanmeyer/National Geographic)

Among the most distinguising attractions in Mexico's Yucatan state are its cenotes (with over 3000 in existence). "Cenote" comes from the Mayan word "dzonot", meaning "cavity of water". Besides being the most important source of fresh water in forests, cenotes were also sacred places for the Maya - they believed it led to the spiritual underworld. Offerings and jewelry had been recovered from the floors of cenotes, apparently thrown into the depths after human sacrifices. Ceramic remains and utensils used for religious ceremonies have also been found.

The water that gathers in these underground wells is a crystal clear turquoise colour, with a temperature of around 25 degrees celcius. Holes in the ceiling allow sunlight to filter through, giving the scene a magical feeling. The Xkeken Cenote (pictured above) is perhaps one of the most photographed cenotes of Yucatan.

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4.13.2010

World Expo 2010: Part I - Shanghai, China

The Sunny Valley
(photo credit: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
A trumpet-shaped structure designed to harness solar energy and collect rain to water green areas.
The 2010 World Expo of Shanghai starts May 1st and runs for 6 months, expecting to draw as many as 70 million visitors from around the world. This post contains a few of the many (around 200?) pavilions under construction.
The Cultural Centre
(photo credit: Reuters/Nir Elias)
United Kingdom Pavilion
(photo credit: AP Photo)
A 20-metre-high cube "Seed Cathedral", consisting of over 60,000 transparent acrylic rods.
Each rod contains a seed of a different plant, all collected from a bio-diversity project.
Russia Pavilion(photo credit: Lucas Schifres)
Designed as a city resembling a fairytale land, giving the impression of a children's paradise. It features 12 irregularly shaped towers in white, red and gold with a 15-meter tall central building linking all the towers.
Netherlands Pavilion
(photo credit: Reuters/Aly Song)
Known as "Happy Street", the Dutch Pavilion is constructed in a figure eight shape. It comprises of a 400-meter pedestrian street that curves in the shape of an eight, with 26 small houses along the street. Built completely on stilts, the street resembles a suspended roller coaster.

Finland Pavilion
(photo credit: Lucas Schifres)
Surrounded by a lake, the pavilion looks as if it is floating on water. The design draws inspiration from Finnish nature - elements incorporated include the shape of small rocks found on coastal islands, the surface of a fish, reflection on water, framed view of the sky and smell of tar on wood.
Israel Pavilion
(photo credit: Reuters/Nir Elias)
Composed of two buildings intertwined with each other. The pavilion looks like two clasped hands or a seashell. One side is made of stone while the other of transparent glass. Represents the relationship between humanity and nature, the earth and sky, as well as the past and future.
Luxembourg Pavilion
(photo credit: Reuters/Aly Song)
Occupies a small space; theme of "small is beautiful", a pocket size forest and fortress.

Macau Pavilion(photo credit: Lucas Schifres)
The rabbit-shaped pavilion is covered by a double-layer of glass and flourescent screens, with exterior LED lights that change colours to create a splendid show.
Spain Pavilion
(photo credit: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
Designed to be a hand-weaved wicker basket structure supported by a steel frame. Created by more than 8000 unique wicker panels, handmade by craftsmen in the Shandong province of China.
Switzerland Pavilion
(photo credit: Lucas Schifres)
Pavilion represents the characteristics of modern Switzerland - pursuit of excellence, innovation and high-quality life. The structure is surrounded by a curtain of woven aluminum elements.
United Arab Emirates Pavilion
(photo credit: Reuters/Aly Song)
A huge golden sand dune inspired by the country's desert. The outer covering is gold-coloured stainless steel, with the roof looking as if shaped by the wind.
Republic of Korea Pavilion
(photo credit: Reuters/Aly Song)
The three-story colourful pavilion consists of 20 basic letters of the ROK alphabet. Its interior showcases blueprints of future cities along the country.

China Pavilion
(photo credit: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)
The main structure of the China Pavilion, "The Crown of the East", has a distinctive roof made of traditional dougong or brackets, dating back more than 2000 years. Wooden brackets are fixed layer upon layer between the top of a column and crossbeam. This unique structural component of interlocking wooden brackets is one of the most important elements in traditional Chinese architecture.
(photo credit: Reuters/China Daily)
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