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13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXCVI)

6:44 am PDT, July 16, 2018

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXCVI)
1. What they found when they dredged canals in Amsterdam The incredible archaeological finds have all been washed, categorised and photographed, and are on display online on the Below The Surface website. They were discovered while work on the city’s North/South metro line between 2003 and 2012… Along the banks of the Amstel, at its…

Don’t be a Tourist in Paris: Now available as an eBook!

11:35 am PDT, July 13, 2018

Don’t be a Tourist in Paris: Now available as an eBook!
Okay, you asked for it. With a wave of my baguette magique– why yes, that is indeed how you say “magic wand” in French– Don’t Be a Tourist in Paris THE eBOOK is here!  On the one year anniversary since the release of the first print edition, I finally took the leap from the bookshelf to your…

Conical Paris Rooftops & other Unusual Parisian Abodes For Sale

3:41 am PDT, July 13, 2018

Conical Paris Rooftops & other Unusual Parisian Abodes For Sale
It’s Bastille Day in France this weekend, so I thought, what better a time for you to be daydreaming about moving to Paris. I haven’t done this for a while– that is, browse real estate listings for apartments I can’t afford, but I’d forgotten how much fun it is to play Goldilocks in Paris. So…

Whatever You Do, Don’t Tell the French About Tarrare

3:08 am PDT, July 13, 2018

Whatever You Do, Don’t Tell the French About Tarrare
(A word of caution: this is not an article to read on your lunchbreak).  He could wrap his empty stomach around his waist like a belt, and began eating his bodyweight in meat every day as a child. His lips were nearly non-existent, and his mouth was so wide, it could hold 12 eggs at…

Princess Bonaparte’s Orgasmic Quest

6:01 am PDT, July 12, 2018

Princess Bonaparte’s Orgasmic Quest
Every family has its black sheep. For the Bonaparte clan, it was Napoleon’s great grandniece, Princess Marie (1882-1962). She was not only a pioneer of psychoanalysis who actually saved Freud from the Nazis, but a staunch advocate for women’s sex research on some pretty taboo topics. You see, she was on a war path —…

Little do they know, that Rundown Motel is the Coolest Place in Town

3:43 am PDT, July 12, 2018

Little do they know, that Rundown Motel is the Coolest Place in Town
One of these days, I’d like to open a “Messy Motel”; buy a mid-century modern fixer-upper and revive it to all its shabby chic glory. Kate Berry is right there with me– in fact, she’s two steps ahead of me. The Australian photographer and self-confessed “stupid adventurer/ compulsive ideas lady” who founded a successful indie magazine, Lunch Lady…

French Art Deco Dream Girls

5:21 am PDT, July 11, 2018

French Art Deco Dream Girls
Pochoir was a damn delicate practice, and it was inextricably bound to the star of Paris’ Golden Age of Illustration, André E. Marty. The Frenchman and his stencil-centric drawing or pochoir method defined the aesthetics of a generation, especially for the high fashion set. There was “an outpouring of luxury fashion publications that used pochoir” at the…

Before Björk, There Was the Last Incan Princess

3:58 am PDT, July 10, 2018

Before Björk, There Was the Last Incan Princess
She claimed to be the final descendant of the last Incan Emperor, Atahualpa — a claim the Peruvian government backed in 1946 — and she allegedly learned to sing from “the creatures of the forest.” Yma Sumac didn’t just hit octaves. She knocked them out of the park with a growl, and took them for…

A Rock Band’s Vintage Closet on the Run

2:51 am PDT, July 10, 2018

A Rock Band’s Vintage Closet on the Run
Starling and Rein Irving are on the run. In a good way, mind you, and in extremely stylish fashion. You see, the 20-year-old-ish sisters have been making pilgrimages across the United States, with a collection of vintage treasures in tow. Their vessel?

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXCV)

8:48 am PDT, July 9, 2018

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. CCXCV)
1. This Provençale Chateau for rent Chateau Grimaldi, found via Instagram/Sassy Fanny.   2. A Dream Cabinet of Curiosities, Lost in Time The Leverian collection was a natural history and ethnographic collection assembled by Ashton Lever.

The Parisian Mushroom Catacombs

8:14 am PDT, July 6, 2018

The Parisian Mushroom Catacombs
In a fresh episode of our Don’t Be a Tourist: Mini Bites series, I venture underground on a quest to find one a gastronomic legend in the Parisian catacombs … Catch up with the rest of the series here and find the Don’t be a Tourist in Paris book here.  

The Forgotten LGBT Queen of Paris and Her Secret Masonic Temple

7:38 am PDT, July 6, 2018

The Forgotten LGBT Queen of Paris and Her Secret Masonic Temple
She was the kind of woman who never belonged to anyone but herself. At least, when it came to love. But for Natalie Clifford Barney, life overflowed with colour, creativity, and passion in Paris’ Left Bank during one of city’s most romantic periods. Think of her as a lesser-known Gertrude Stein, albeit one who curated…

Forget Route 66: Get Your Road Trip Kicks on Route 62

9:36 am PDT, July 5, 2018

Forget Route 66: Get Your Road Trip Kicks on Route 62
Sun-bleached buildings, a hot convertible, and the smell of a dusty roadside town. There’s nothing more American than a stretch of quiet highway, and photographer Ashley Noelle has been on a quest to capture its old haunts before time and decay beat her to it. “I started at the beginning of route 62 and the…

Overnight at the Prime Minister’s Library & other Bookshop Hotels

2:24 am PDT, July 5, 2018

Overnight at the Prime Minister’s Library & other Bookshop Hotels
If you’d rather camp outside than stay in a soulless hotel chain on holiday, join the club. But today, we’re taking our charming hotel search to another level. Bookworms and library lovers gather round, because we’ve got 5 overnight stays where you can eat, sleep and dream about books… (okay, maybe not eat books). Pack your…

Discovering Black Outsider Art in a Whitewashed World

6:24 am PDT, July 4, 2018

Discovering Black Outsider Art in a Whitewashed World
Their abilities don’t come from any artistic establishment. They didn’t have any formal training and they were not influenced by other mainstream artists. Hailing from places like Mississippi, Tallapoosa, and other rural pockets of the deep south, they’re the African American Outsider and Folk artists whose voices and colour palettes explored a world that wasn’t…

Your Dream Fairytale Library is Hiding in Midtown Manhattan

8:02 am PDT, July 3, 2018

Your Dream Fairytale Library is Hiding in Midtown Manhattan
A miniature palace of rare books is hiding in one of the busiest parts of Manhattan. All you have to do to enter is walk past the foyer of 225 Madison Ave and push a button deep in the back right corner. A door will swing open into a space that feels like it rolled right out…