Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure

 

Art and Culture,Travel & Tourism,Recreation & Leisure
This collection of porcelain art in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China is a breath-taking sight of ingenuity – the Sanbao Art Museum!
Sanbao village, a scenic place not far from the Central City of Jingdezhen in China, hosts a nascent, dynamic, porcelain-centric hub with porcelain artists’ studios and porcelain-related industries, causing a highly competitive environment, where it takes great ingenuity and endless efforts to be the best. The relationship between the artists and their creation is sort of romantic, like the feeling of first love: indirect probing, exploring, negotiating and subtle manoeuvring. And the transformation in the pottery kilns is like the process of developing films – full of uncertainties; like the photographers’ having projected their best imaginations onto the films, but results will be unravelled only after the mandatory stint in the dark room!

 

But it is these very risks and uncertainties that mandate detail and delicacy; brain power juxtaposed against a passionate song in the heart… romanticism at its best!

An art museum in this milieu not just builds an interactive space to encourage reciprocal communication between visitors and the space, both emotionally and behaviourally, it inculcates sensitivity and imagination. The museum is a visually linear shape, 150m long, but the visiting flow is nonlinear, with visitors having multiple paths to explore. The purpose is to boost serendipity between people and spaces. Architecture creates the atmosphere with which visitors have personal connections. Walls, the most important part at shaping exhibition space and atmosphere, are made of rammed earth to offer a poetic feeling. The main passage is a long transparent space, 100m; around which rammed-earth walls, 4m high, grow from earth.

Major materials used in building the museum, such as rammed earth, titanium zinc panels and travertine, will be eroded by time. This process of erosion is like the fermentation of wine, time gives its unique flavour. In addition, Sanbao village naturally produces unique soil, slightly red in colour, so the continuous loam walls are built with local clay, delivering a certain familiarity and tension.

Experiences vary, when visitors walk through different areas, attracted by the outstretched eaves after the woods area. The sound from the creeks relaxes, whilst what lies ahead leads visitors further into a cryptic but joyful world. Every tour becomes a story between visitors and architecture – a mix of discovery, expectation, waiting, anxiety, disappointment and joy. DL atelier is the recent winner of the American Architecture Price (cultural architecture category),

Beyond Skiing: The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chamonix

 

Beyond Skiing: The Natural and Cultural Wonders of Chamonix

Attention, ski enthusiasts! Chamonix is renowned for its fantastic skiing – and for good reason! However, this means that its other wonderful attractions are frequently overlooked. You’ve just stepped off your shuttle from Geneva to Chamonix… now how about something a little different? For something distinctly non-touristy yet incredibly worthwhile, why not wander off the beaten skiing track and try some of these alternative activities?
Natural Highlights

 

Visit the Mer de Glace

At 200m deep, this is France’s largest glacier. It flows 7km down Mont Blanc’s northern side, moving at a rate of up to 1cm an hour or 90m per year. The ‘Sea of Ice’ is stunning to behold, and after the 430 steps that lead into the grotto, you’ll see some of the best crystal specimens in the Mont Blanc massif. It is reachable by the Train du Montenvers, a picturesque cog railway that will bring you to an altitude of 1913m, from where you can access the Grotte de Glace by cable car. The entry price also gains you access to the Glacorium, which examines the birth, life and future of glaciers – so hold on to your ticket!

Take the Cable Car to the Aiguille du Midi

Rising to 3842m at its peak, the Aiguille du Midi is perhaps Chamonix’s most noteworthy geographical feature. If the altitude doesn’t put you off, you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, which will literally take your breath away.

You can take the cable car Téléphérique de l’Aiguille du Midi all year round, and the journey itself is quite spectacular. Either hop out halfway at Plan de l’Aiguille to begin hiking or paragliding, or continue to the top for views in every direction, thanks to the glass floor of the ‘Step into the Void’ attraction.

Be aware that even in summer, it will be only be about -10°C at the summit, while temperatures can plummet as low as -25°C in winter.

Cultural Highlights

Musée des Cristaux

This museum is home to a dazzling display of crystals from the Mont Blanc massif, and there are also rocks and minerals on display here. The Espace Alpinisme section focuses on the art and science of mountaineering. It has interesting interactive displays and mesmerising videos and photos of ascents that must be seen to be believed.

Musée Alpin

This collection focuses on the region’s rich history of Alpine adventure, including highlights such as the first ascent of Mont Blanc by a woman, and the cliff-hanging exploits of Jacques Balmat on his quest for crystals.

How to Get There

There are plenty of budget airlines that fly from the UK to Geneva. To get from Geneva to Chamonix, why not book a quick and easy airport transfer? Shuttle Direct offers both private and group shuttles from Geneva to Chamonix, guaranteeing a convenient and pleasant start to your trip.

Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

Catered chalets are the best choice for groups of friends looking for comfort and convenience in the mountains. With food ready when you wake up and when you get home, serving accommodation is perfect for a laser-skied skier who does not want to miss a moment on the slopes. It is also fun for the group to find the shared family room and the accompanying comic.
In holiday packages with villas, food and wine are included with flights, transport and accommodation. The type of food you can expect depends on where you are staying, but usually local alpine dishes are made with fresh ingredients. Breakfast will be ready when you wake up, usually consisting of sausages, eggs and cheese, but vegetarian if you ask for it. After a day on the slopes, return to some afternoon tea, followed later with a pre-cooked dinner. The menu may vary, but if you make a request a few days in advance, the chef can usually customize it for you. Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

There are also a variety of lodgings that serve two to 20 guests. Generally, the more guests, the cheaper per head, but this is not always the case. As well as the size, the chalets vary in service with some specially designed for families, some for luxuries and others for a traditional atmosphere. Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

The Best Catered Chalets in the Alps

Chalet Sonne, Maria Alm, Austria – This cute chalet has two double rooms as well as a triple and quad. The interior is almost entirely made of wood; it’s on the wall, on the floor and in the sauna, which is a great place to relax with friends after a game of table tennis. The ski slopes can be reached via a shuttle bus service, which stops only 300m from the accommodation.

Chalet Martina, Westendorf, Austria – This large chalet has 26 beds and has access to the ski area of ​​the Alps Brixental-Kitzbüheler. It’s also close to some nice bars and pubs in the nearby city of Innsbruck, so there’s always a chance to meet people. The pine-themed decor, warms the soul on a cold night.

Chalet Bianca, Bardonecchia, Italy – Bianca is modern and colorfully decorated. The bed accommodates up to 18 guests and the enthusiastic Italian staff strives to ensure that guests are very full at all times. Located in the resort of Bardonecchia, 140 km pistes will surely greatly satisfy your skiing needs.

Chalet Nadine, La Plagne, France – Storage huts are everywhere in La Plagne. In the center of Montchavin, one of ten villages in the ski area, Nadine has room for 13 skiers. With plenty of living space and a hot tub, basing your group here means stylish skis.

Chalet Elliot West, La Tania, France – The Elliot is an example of a traditional chalet experience, offering premium accommodation. The two wings of the building were armed with a hot tub for the eight guests to enjoy on both sides. Because only a few minutes walk from the ski lift, the location is also fantastic.

And there you have it: five chalets that guarantee an amazing Alpine adventure. What are you waiting for?

Belinda Smythson works for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service that has helped avid skiers and hikers make their perfect winter breaks for more than a quarter of a century. If you are looking for catered chalets, La Plagne is an ideal choice. For accommodation anywhere in Three Valleys, Paradiski, Espace Killy or Chamonix Valley, Ski Amis is a go-to company for winter sports enthusiasts looking for a lifelong holiday. Stylish Skiing For Sale: The Best Catered Chalets in Europe

Say “Mmm!” in Morzine

Say “Mmm!” in Morzine

Nestling at the bottom of an ancient river gorge, the old market town of Morzine is a favourite destination for skiing families and couples alike. Many return year after year not just for picturesque landscapes or the friendly people, but for the food! I am often asked by couples returning to Morzine, or visiting for the first time – where are the very best places to eat? There are host of great restaurants to choose from, but if you only have a handful of days up in the mountains, here are a few that visitors just cannot afford to miss.
L’Atelier d’Alexandre Restaurant

 

If you are looking for pure luxury dining, L’Atelier is perfect. Established by head chef Alexandre Baud-Pachon in 2004, the restaurant is located in the Hotel Le Samoyède and boasts a Michelin star. Alexandre prides himself on using the freshest local ingredients and showcases some of the best French mountain cuisine. The menu is pricy – the cheapest set menu is €45 – but it contains 5 of the most luxurious courses you could imagine. L’Atelier’s 10,000 bottle strong wine cellar isn’t bad either for lovers of the French grape.

La Paika

A restaurant right in the action, La Paika can be found in a gorgeous wooden cabin right in the centre of the Les Gets ski area. On clear and bright days diners can eat out on the terrace which offers a great view of the surrounding slopes. If you or your loved one is a meat lover then La Paika is the place for you, offering a huge array of cold cuts, as well as locally reared meats cooked over a huge wood burning stove. Make sure you arrive with a roaring appetite and leave in time to catch the last chairlift home.

Restaurant Le Clin d’Oeil

Cheese is not hard to come by on skiing holidays. However, with all that cheese to choose from, finding the best cheese menu can be a struggle. Luckily, Le Clin d’Oeil in the centre of Morzine offers the tastiest cheesy dishes available. Run by Jean-Noël and Kristel for the last 10 years, this cosy restaurant specialises in South West French cuisine and serves up the best tartiflette for miles around. Guests can enjoy their meals with a great selection of wine.

La Grange Restaurant

Getting to La Grange requires a bit of exploring. Tucked away on one of Morzine’s pretty backstreets, this popular eatery is only a minutes’ walk from the tourist office. Inside diners will find an authentically decorated restaurant which doesn’t pack its guests in but leaves plenty of room to breathe. Open during the summer and winter months, La Grange offers the some of the best vegetable dishes in gorge, useful if you need a break from all that meat and cheese. Even more useful is the private catering service they offer, making a delicious meal in the comfort of your chalet a reality.

Getting to Morzine

Morzine sits right on the French border with Switzerland and is not too far from Geneva. If you’re flying into Geneva, airport transfers to the town are easy to organise. Popular airliners easyJet, British Airways, and jet2 all fly direct to Geneva Airport with a flight time of around 1 ½ hours. Once you are in Switzerland, Shuttle Direct’s Geneva airport transfers whisk travellers away to Morzine in the same time for a fixed low price, so no haggling when you get here. You can also bring your ski gear on the transfer for free, as long as you let us know in advance. Easy.

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

First wooden free-form houses Museum of Bread!

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU designed PANEUM – Wunderkammer des Brotes is the first wooden building in free form!
Meticulously planned, this customer information centre and event forum for the company Backaldrin in Asten, Austria, is an iconic structure comprising two elements: a box-shaped plinth building with foyer and event rooms that can be used for a variety of presentations, receptions or workshops for up to 120 visitors and the Wunderkammer des Brotes (Museum of Bread), a two-storey freeform exhibition area floating on top. The square base building shows a cast-in-place concrete façade while the rounded wood structure of the museum is clad with stainless steel shingles.

 

A centrally chiselled circular atrium is at once the cynosure of all eyes as it is flanked by a robust spiral staircase that invites visitors to pause awhile and take in the exhibited items from various perspectives. The stair provides access to the two exhibition levels, where the objects are displayed with the help of walls, tables, and cabinets that are integrated into the architecture. It further allows for striking vertical displays that take on a chandelier-like appearance, adding on to the visual appeal of the commanding building. The raw aesthetic of the interior is augmented by its self-supporting wood shell with its layers of cross-laminated timber and the natural light that filters in from above the atrium. This method of construction enables the realization of the free form and the high degree of prefabrication with 3D CNC technology that is precision-driven and cuts valuable construction time. It is a step into the future of construction; as Design Principal, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Wolf D. Prix says, “3D plotting, 3D milling and building with robots – that is the future of building.”

It’s not just color, but a thoughtful combination

It’s not just color, but a thoughtful combination with a long and fabric that can turn your home into a magic Cinderella train. Here is a checklist that you need to keep, when you go shopping stuff …

Curtains can tidy up the house with faded fluid! The room decides the curtain.

It’s not just color, but a thoughtful combination

If the theme is understated elegance, you may want to avoid printing. Go for cloth with sheen, monochrome while keeping the length flowing to the floor.

In case, you are a happy and crazy home with sharp prints and patterns so as not to let the curtain slip off. A simple or psychedelic flower print will just do the trick!

Curtains can multiply the lintel narrowing feature, while keeping the sun out of your eyes. Experiment with length by tying the blinds at different heights until you get the desired look. According to the season, you can choose between linen in summer and velvet in winter.

To enjoy the best rainy season, no one can beat translucent curtains of green or white light. As the wind passes through the axle, a hot, hot chocolate cup will surely look inviting.

While lace is a symbol of unease; If it does not fit properly, lace can look very tacky. Short curtains as a framing device in the window can give a strange ambient impression along with a bit of eternity. Look hard, choose well!

And finally print! Very uncertain … but if paired with the right accessories, the prints on the curtains provide a spectacular visual image. In the picture above, while the furniture is in the ambiguity of vintage and art deco, the pillow fits perfectly with the curtain, thus, giving the interior a new experience!  It’s not just color, but a thoughtful combination

Idea Mosaic Glass Tiles: Gold Edge Mosaic Tiles

Idea Mosaic Glass Tiles: Gold Edge Mosaic Tiles

Using a variety of mosaic tiles available today, it’s sometimes scary when you try to pick the right tiles to produce a perfect search for your bathroom or kitchen. You want something fancy together with a real eye-catching style? You will want a rich selection of beautiful and rich colors to match your decoration choices? You want to choose a unique, unique tile design along with the actual talking point because it is so different? Then take a look at the Glass Mosaic Gold Fleck Glass collection; contemporary classics as well as the epitome of modern luxury.
This beautiful handmade glass mirror is really unique – no two sheets are exactly alike! The color cuts developed with hand-painted brush strokes and effects developed by gold spots never recur. Each individual tile is positioned inside the sheet at random, thus making the combination of colors and patterns absolutely unique.

Idea Mosaic Glass Tiles: Gold Edge Mosaic Tiles

The modern selection of these mosaic glass tiles has beautiful gold flecking that stretches with glass, giving them a bit of elegance. The most famous in this range is definitely a Jewel Gomeda mosaic tile. The dark darkness of the black streaks in Jewel Gomeda is balanced by a brilliant gold flecking and resulting in a luxurious and warm and stylish atmosphere. It will look beautiful in almost any bathroom or modern kitchen.

You can use these gold spotted glass mosaic tiles all over the walls or panels to produce a remarkable effect. In addition, they look great when used in a much more subtle way, by creating border areas or random colors to focus on your color scheme. Or why not be more creative? Try solving the sheets and creating your own custom mosaic design. Create wild shapes and color bands or finish one shadow to a different color. The choice is endless!

Dark Gomeda Jewel mosaic tile design looks stunning when contrasted against the glossy glow of Jewel Opal tile mosaic. My personal favorite is definitely the beautiful purple blue of Jewel Amethyst colors. I can see this on my own bathroom wall!

Whichever way you decide to use these beautiful glass mosaic tiles, you will surely produce a beautiful effect. I am sure they will make all your visitors look to the glossy depths of the tiles and the longing to comb their fingers against them! Idea Mosaic Glass Tiles: Gold Edge Mosaic Tiles

This collection comes in a variety of colors and styles. From the beautiful beige and gold blue, to the shades of bright red, orange, green and blue; Then to the drama of the black, brown, purple tip of the color spectrum. You can browse this image gallery for color samples and get inspiration for your upcoming home design project.

Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

When you make plans to feel secure in your retirement, it is important that you include life insurance in Greenville, SC, as planned. This sounds strange to many people in this situation because the policy is meant for after death, and retirement planning is generally meant to be enjoyed while staying. If this is your view on this issue, it may be helpful to understand some important things about good policy on this matter. They can be loaned, can offer protection in the sad event of death, will look good in the financial profile, and easier to do faster than later.

You Can Lend The Policy

Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

No one knows what will happen with the economy. It is very unstable and many experts admit that it is difficult for them to predict what will happen over the next few weeks. If all your other accounts fail, it will be helpful to know that the amount of your life insurance policy in Greenville, SC, can be used as collateral if you need a loan or mortgage. Having such assets in place is very important. In addition to the need for money when faced with death, it will make you more stable in your own finances by opening important credit options.

They Offer Protection in Death Cases

Just as no one can predict what will happen to the economy, no one can predict what will happen to you. As you plan for the future, it is important to remember that you can not always rely on tomorrow. Make that plan for the future, but also put some action to help your loved ones if you pass in a way that is not on time. A good amount to add to your policy is an offer that will offer payments that are close to your current earnings. This will allow a loved one to abandon the ability to overcome grief without having to deal with major financial problems as well.

Good Look at Financial Profile

Diversity is great when you are dealing with investments. The reason for this is that when certain types of investments are struggling and dropping, you will not lose everything. Putting all your eggs in one basket is not a great idea. Having such a policy will be a good way for you to diversify your retirement investment. Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

It will be easier to get early in life

Not everyone will qualify for life insurance, or at least not at the rates that are considered reasonable. Pain, injury, age, and certain hobbies can raise interest rates. The sooner you begin the qualification process for this policy, the easier it will be for you to get away and the lower your tariff. If you do not already have a policy, then this is the best time to start the process. It will only get harder the longer you wait. Get the peace of mind you want at a lower cost by not waiting to get qualified.

When you start finishing your business and start adding important investment accounts, make sure you do not forget this important step. The truth is that you never know what will happen. Having life insurance in Greenville, SC, as part of your retirement plan will give you peace of mind. This will ensure that all your plans can be put in place even in the face of severe tragedy. Controlling the unexpected is as simple as some good policies in place as soon as possible. Why Life Insurance Is An Important Part Of Retirement Planning

French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

Any trip through any region in France will likely be a culinary adventure. This is a country where the national cuisine is like a religion everyone believes and delicious home-cooked food can be found in the simplest brasserie restaurant. But while France is generally regarded as a very good home cooking, it does not mean that every department has no unique taste and taste of its own. From the northern crepes to the stews of the fish to the south, each region has a culinary tradition that boasts.
One of the great pleasures of a relaxed French barge cruise through a certain region of the country is the opportunity to instill yourself in the cuisine of this district and to discover the unique flavors, ingredients, and preparations used in local food. French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

Local ingredients of Bordeaux

The first thing you will see on your French barge cruise through the beautiful Bordeaux countryside is access to a variety of beautiful fresh and fresh ingredients. A landscape that includes a vast expanse of fields given for farming, the rivers that cross the road in this region, and the Atlantic coast that marks its border contributes to Bordeaux’s wonderful dishes. From fresh Atlantic oysters and local lamprey delights to the wild cèpes mushrooms found in forests and forests, Bordeaux’s natural environment is reflected in its cuisine.

As well as food grown on land, you will find different types of livestock kept in this fertile environment. Particularly notable in this area are lambs fed from Pauillac and lambs whose milk is used to make a famous local delicacy: Roquefort cheese. Of course the wine, especially Cognac and Armagnac, is the region’s most famous export; Not surprisingly, they all praised the delicious local cuisine.

Dishes to enjoy

On French Waterways French cruises, your on-board chef cruise will use a lot of fresh and locally sourced ingredients to create some of the delicious dishes served during your trip. Tasty food including pâté de fois gras, lamb with truffles, and cèpes prepared with breadcrumbs, garlic, parsley and ham, all can find their way to the dining table. Our chefs believe in a traditional approach to French regional cuisine – local drinks are served before the meal, and a three-course feast starts with a gentle amuse bouche to really get your flowing gastric juices. French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

There are some better ways to end your meal in Bordeaux than with a glass of Cognac or Armagnac to aid digestion and complete the fun of the evening. Whether you choose to enjoy it on your barge deck watching the sluggish winding of water beneath you, or in the company of friends in the elegant dining room, every meal will feel like a party to remember. In France the food is a way of life and there is no better place to enjoy a relaxed approach and pamper excellent cuisine than the French barge cruise through beautiful Bordeaux.

Paul Newman is a Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, France’s most respected luxury barge cruiser service provider, and cruise ship barge to other major destinations. Part of an experienced barge team, Paul first queued to support a slow-paced barging cruise facility for anyone looking for a unique holiday experience. French Barging: Bordeaux Cuisine

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

Giant tortoises are one of the best known animals in the Galapagos Islands. And, for nature lovers who choose wildlife holidays in the Galapagos, this is one of the most sought-after encounters. Like many other animals, however, despite its iconic status as the world’s largest tortoise, it faces the challenge of survival, and is now extinct or nearly extinct on several islands in the archipelago.
Of the 14 native populations, only eleven are left – with many of them considered to be highly threatened. The GTRI (The Giant Tortoise Recovery Initiative) is a conservation project  aimed at changing the flow and restoring its population across the island. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

GTRI work

Established in 2014, GTRI has worked closely with the Directorate of National Parks to achieve a number of objectives. The long-term goals of the initiative include:

• Restoring population to historical summits throughout the archipelago. This includes breeding programs to recover the islands where endemic subspecies have become extinct. Restoring the Past in the Galapagos

• Rejuvenate and restore the required habitat.

• Survey of current population to inform future conservation research and efforts.

• Use genetic advances to improve future conservation programs.

Why Do They Need Help?

In an environment where it has no natural predators for millions of years, the Giant Turtles become the animals most affected by human arrivals on the islands. For years, they were used as a food source by settlers and maritime tourists, who managed to find out that they were able to survive for long at sea. They transport them aboard in holding the ship, and then kill them as needed.

In addition to being a source of food, the population is devastated by the introduction of animals such as dogs, goats, cows and pigs. Dogs and pigs loot eggs and hatchlings, while cattle and goats compete with the turtle’s own food source.

Although it is illegal to catch them today, and introduce animals gradually controlled or removed, in some cases too late. But generating an extinct subspecies, such as endemic disease on the island of Floreana, becomes a reality in itself by GTRI’s deductive work.

Progress Created

Species from Floreana Island have been deemed extinct since 1850. But thanks to advances in DNA testing, scientists were able to determine their genetic traces in 2008. They then tested the hybrid population on Wolf Isabela volcano island that has different DNA, and found that it fits well the extinct Floreana species. How this cross-crossing takes place is a mystery, although the most likely explanation is through human intervention, perhaps by dismantling them among the different islands.

A group of 30 have been transferred to a research center in Santa Cruz, where scientists can analyze their DNA even further. It was found that two were classified F1, meaning that they were descended from two elderly races. Through a breeding program, GTRI now intends to refill Floreana Island with the offspring of these animals – effectively bringing the species back from the dead.

Visit the Past and Future on Holidays in the Galapagos

Thanks to GTRI, past species are now closely related to their future, and it is highly likely that populations can be restored to their natural habitat. Visitors to wildlife vacations in the Galapagos can visit the Tortoise Center in Santa Cruz to see the resurrection of Tortoise Giant Floreana in (albeit very slowly). Restoring the Past in the Galapagos