30 Beautiful Doors That Seem To Lead To Other Worlds Most doors are hopelessly mundane, but they don’t have to be; they can also serve as meaningful symbols of portals between worlds or between different aspects of our lives. When we set out to create a list of beautiful doors around the world, we were surprised to find just how many truly amazing doors there are out there that have been decorated with beautiful craftsmanship and artwork. The door is probably the single part of a building’s exterior that people will interact most frequently with, so if you want a building to look impressive up close, there’s probably no better way to do this than by having a beautiful door. Burano, Italy
Interested But Not Confident? - Know How to be Good at Hand Drawings A-Z guideline to a successful hand drawn design. Design is a process that starts right inside the designer’s mind and the soul. Then it comes out in different physical forms by the help of different media. Though the use of software in the design process is getting popular, still we all know and believe that hand drawn pieces in the initial design state is like nothing else. When it comes to translate the creative person’s mind and soul, what can be greater than the hands doing a sketch on paper? The initial sketches are always the pure documentations of the designer’s idea. 10 awesome Hostels around the World If you don’t want to end up with your financial consultant on speed-dial no. 1 after your next spontaneous city trip, you should definitely make some sort of budget plan. After flights and train journeys, accommodation might be the next biggest expense you have to deal with, and hostels can come in quite handy when you want to save a penny or two for some fun activities during the day. I can hear the jet-setter in you say something like “hostels are not for me” – but don’t let her fool you. There are some awesome hostels around the world and budget is not the same as cheap! We have rounded up 10 of these hostels where filthy bathroom floors, out-of-date milk cartons stacked in community fridges, and sleeping pads that never deserved to be called mattresses are things of the past.
21 Roads to Drive Before you Die There’s nothing like a road trip to really experience a country. From coastal highways and dizzying mountain passes, to scenic routes through national parks and bridges over great spans of water; roads are the circulatory system that connects a country. After an extensive search online, the Sifter has compiled a list of some of the most beautiful, challenging and unforgettable roads in the world. While hardly exhaustive, this list should provide great inspiration and bucket list fodder for those planning an upcoming trip. Please feel free to share any additional roads in the comments and perhaps a pt II will be compiled :)
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13 Butt-Clenching Spots to Visit in Europe If you’ve ever felt a touch uneasy wandering through your local cemetery the places featured in this article should provide some much needed perspective. The Catacombs of Palermo, Sicily, Italy About 400 years ago, the monks of the Capuchin monastery in Palermo, Sicily, ran out of space in their cemetery, so decided to excavate the crypts below their church. The first person interred in the newly created catacombs was a monk called Silvestro, who for reasons not entirely clear was mummified.
The world's best secret islands - travel tips and articles Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new Best in Travel 2011 guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe. 1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia Image by Killer White Fluff
Two Weeks in Sri Lanka – Suggested Itinerary plus Travel Planning Tips I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Sri Lanka twice, once for just a few short days, and then again for around a month where I had more time to explore. I was asked recently how I would recommend spending two weeks in this gorgeous country, and thought a nice long itinerary post would be the perfect answer. First though, let’s start by asking:
Here Are 25 Beautiful Adventures You Should Be Having Right Now We can’t all be globetrotting secret agents or jet-setters like The Most Interesting Man In The World, but we can definitely plan awesome vacations to take us to some cool places we can have an adventure or two in. Here are 20 amazing pictures of equally amazing places that will get your mind wandering, whether you’re sitting at home, at a desk or in traffic. (Click picture for the larger image!) 1. The Art of Astrophotography – The Art of Night - The Photography of Mark Gee The Art of Astrophotography The Heavens Above Palliser by Mark Gee on 500px A Guide To Shooting the Milky Way Introduction Welcome to the wonderful world of astrophotography. 24 Unusual Beaches You've Never Heard Of Before Do you think that beaches are blasé tourist destinations with nothing unique or interesting to offer? Well, you’re only partly correct. Many of them are over crowded and boring, but none of the beaches we feature here will disappoint. A singing beach, a glowing beach, a beach with rainbow-colored sand — here are the most offbeat seaside destinations you’ll find on Earth.
Folded origami decoration // Accordion folding I finally got around to finishing these origami decorations. I’m really pleased with the way they turned out. I’ve started stringing them on to some fairy lights but they would look just as great as Christmas tree decorations. They are surprisingly sturdy too! If you want to have a go then you will find the how-to after the jump. As I said in my previous post if you want to explore more of these folding techniques then you can buy a fantastic book called ‘Folding Techniques for Designers‘ by Paul Jackson.