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Tuesday, 14 March 2023

China?s BIGGEST traditional communal home for more than 600 people

quote [ I've made my trip to China's biggest traditional communal home - Fujian Tulou?
Tulou has been the inspiration of many famous movies, such as Mulan, big fish and begonia, kongfu panda, etc. In reality, they are the traditional home of Hakka people, housing up to 800 people! Nowadays few people live in Tulou because of a lack of modern facilities, but they are still a masterpiece of architecture!
Luckily, I have met a very hospitable Hakka lady who showed me the real life inside the Tulou! ]

Some old school Chinese architecture. Pretty interesting watch.
[SFW] [travel] [+6 Interesting]
[by steele@10:59pmGMT] [2 comments]

Monday, 6 March 2023

Forget the Scenic Route, Take a Detour Down a Corpse Road

quote [ Walk with us, as we follow ancient trails where the living once carried the dead. We?ll be traversing Europe?s rural landscapes via a network of so-called ?corpse roads?, occasionally marked with crucifixes and low stone benches, cutting across windswept hills, overgrown pastures, gushing rivers and rocky brooks. ]

The road paved with corpses leads to the gate
[SFW] [travel] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@12:24pmGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 18 February 2023

The Battle Over Bike Lanes Needs a Mindset Shift

quote [ The thing is, the actual merchants along Skillman? They didn?t believe it. When Coburn spoke to them and described what he?d found, only a few store owners admitted the lanes had helped. ]

Maan, it's so complicated. Pasted in extended.

[SFW] [travel] [+3 Interesting]
[by Paracetamol@4:34pmGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 1 February 2023

Death of a Hotel: The Last Days of Interhotel Veliko Turnovo

quote [ An obituary for one of my favourite buildings. ]

Lord help us 'fore our days end, like a hotel
[SFW] [travel] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:54amGMT] [0 comments]

Saturday, 28 January 2023

The Bloody (and Haunted) History of the Missouri State Penitentiary

quote [ Time Magazine called the prison ?the bloodiest 47 acres in America.? ]

Straight from the state penitentiary
[SFW] [travel] [+2 Informative]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 27 January 2023

Amsterdam?s underwater parking garagefits 7,000 bicycles and zero cars

quote [ Would your city spend $65 million for this? ]

That's a lot of freaking bikes. I wonder what it's like to live somewhere with a decent infrastructure.
[SFW] [travel] [+3]
[by steele@6:18pmGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

The Dismantling of Belleville: A Parisian Village Lost to the Wrecking Ball

quote [ The history of Belleville, the Parisian neighbourhood where legendary French singer Edith Piaf lived and called home, is a dazzling mix of folklore and fact, like all the best places to visit. ]

Looking out on a Belleville crowd
[SFW] [travel] [+2 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [0 comments]

Wednesday, 4 January 2023

In This Seaside Town, the New Year Brings a Battle With the ?Witches of the Sea?

quote [ The local Epiphany celebration of Grado, Italy, is inspired by a mysterious band of 16th-century pirates. ]

all hail, witch of the sea
[SFW] [travel] [+1 Interesting]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:54amGMT] [0 comments]

Sunday, 18 December 2022

Colin's Barn

quote [ Exploring a hidden folly in rural Wiltshire. ]

Like a Hobbit house doors are round
[SFW] [travel] [+4 Good]
[by ScoobySnacks@6:01amGMT] [2 comments]

Saturday, 10 December 2022

The Gimli Glider

quote [ The American system of measurement and its units?feet, miles, pounds, and gallons?are quite bizarre. They are random, unintuitive and have no logical relationship to one another, which makes conversion from one type to another a nightmare. ]

Double checking all my measurements
[SFW] [travel] [+3]
[by ScoobySnacks@8:42amGMT] [1 comment]

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