Located in the verdant mountains at the north-west end of the country, Chefchaouen, Morocco boasts intimate, wandering streets painted in multiple shades of bright blue. Russian photographer Maxim Kiryushin recently took a trip to the uniquely picturesque town, capturing daily life in the streets and on the goat covered slopes surrounding. As if to match it’s sky blue theme, clouds sometimes ring the city, giving it the appearance of floating. The town is so beautiful it now finds itself a fairly popular tourist destination… and no wonder, Kiryushin mentions that the hotel pictured at the bottom of this page cost only $5 (150 rubles) a night! See more of his excellent travel photography on Livejournal.
A row of Christmas stockings hung by the fire are cozy and traditional. A cluster of vibrant Christmas socks strung up to create a sculpture is anything but conventional. This Christmas display was created by Montreal creative agency Paprika, for Domison, a retailer that has become known for creative and eco-friendly holiday installations. The sleigh-like swoop of Paprika Christmas Display comprises 600 socks fastened together with safety pins. For the holiday season it can be seen hanging from the ceiling of the Domison store at 4117 Boulevard Saint-Laurent. After the holidays, the socks will be removed and given to 300 cold toes in need at a local homeless shelter. [Read more...]
Putting the cycle back in recycle, some clever Aussies in Sydney built a huge Christmas tree completely out of old bicycles. For the third year running, the people at The Rocks have built their tree completely out of reused objects. In 2008 the tree was built out of discarded wooden chairs and in 2009 it was made entirely of plastic bottles. This year they really raised the bar and used 100 old two-wheelers painted green, radially mounted with multi-colored lights to illuminate.
This year’s bicycle tree: