We Love Friday!- Cityscapes Around the World

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In his highly acclaimed book, Cities and Countries, Roman Payne beautifully explains what travel is all about:

Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.

If you haven’t read Cities and Countries yet, I highly recommend it. To celebrate the beauty of cities all over the world and encourage everyone to travel to find their perfect place, we searched Instagram for this lovely collection of cityscapes.

5 Years of Hitchhiking Around the World: Completed!

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In 2007, Jeremy Marie of Caen, France graduated from university, packed his bag and began a journey with the goal of hitchhiking around the world. On March 12, he finally arrived home after 5 years, 5 months and 5 days. In all of the 1,752 vehicles that gave him rides, he never once paid a single cent. Jeremy traveled 180,700 kilometers (112,282 miles) in over 100 countries and used many forms of transportation including boats, tractors, historic cars and camels.

Toy Stories: Children’s Favorite Toys Around the World

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If there’s one unifying thing about children around the world it’s this: they love to play. Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s latest project “Toy Stories,” captures this aspect of our young people’s lives through their prized possessions, artfully arranged around them in the places where they live. It’s an intimate and revealing look at the worlds diverse cultures as experienced by kids.

Drop that Pin for Real: City Maps Printed on Felt

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Do you have a favorite city you’ve collected memories while exploring? Do you work in a major city and have events happening you’d like to remember geographically? These creative maps from Italian design house Palomar look to fill that niche, providing maps of cities from London to New York printed on a polymer felt surface and delivered with 15 custom pins to mark places or hang location based items you’d like to remember.

MEME the World Encourages Art, Fun and Sharing

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meme [meem] : an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. (via merriam-webster dictionary). Justin Crowe believes in the cultural value of creativity and he’s spreading the word to the world with a meme. This Ohio based potter is creating and distributing custom made mugs with baked-on instructions encouraging a fun game of sharing. His project is called MEME the World.

Man Follows Girlfriend All Around the World

1-Murad Osmann

What started as a photographer trying to capture as much as he could while traveling while his girlfriend pulled him along has now become an internet sensation. Russian producer Murad Osmann and his gorgeous girlfriend, Natalia Zakharova, have been traveling the world together for quite some time. Beginning in Barcelona in September of 2011, Osmann started labeling his Instagram photos pictures “Follow me” where he takes beautiful pictures of his girlfriend pulling his arm through exotic and familiar locations around the world. In the small breaks between his busy work schedule, the jet-setting lovebirds have travelled to Singapore, Bali, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, England, and China and continue to document their journeys on Instagram.

Rán Flygenring’s Charming Life, Illustrated

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Charming. It was the word that came to mind when we ran across the work of Icelandic/Norwegian illustrator Rán Flygenring and her improvisational, doodling style of drawing and watercolor. She captures her nomadic lifestyle on small pieces of paper, coloring a beautiful world of interesting people, tasty food and worldwide travel.

Ice Hotel in Sweden Showcases its Design for this Year

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Artists from around the world have come to create the 23rd ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden. Organized by the ICEHOTEL art & design group, the only building material used is 1,000 tons of pure ice and 30,000 cubic meters of snow extrapolated from the frozen water of a river. In addition there was some support from thin metal frames that helped with some of the weight of the ice. While it is a place for guests to come, wine, dine and stay, it also serves as a large scale art exhibition.

A Map of Beirut in Rubber

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Beirut is a vibrant place with a storied past… one which has left the city covered in scars that are still being repaired. Lebanese artist Marwan Rechmaoui often works with themes of urban development and social history revolving around his home country – in this case a large, floor based map of the current city layout. Titled Beirut Caoutchouc, the coastal Mediterranean city is recreated with heavy pieces of rubber embossed with roads, byways and segmented into 60 individual pieces that demarcate neighborhoods.

Would You Volunteer for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

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Would you volunteer for a one-way trip to Mars, never again to return to the Earth? That is the proposition the non-profit organization Mars One is putting forth for a group of 4 brave people with a distinct lack of nostalgia for old Mother Earth. Once on the red planet, they will establish a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive additional astronauts every two years. If the plan works, we will see Mars being colonized by as early as 2023… that’s 10 short years people!