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  • A place
    Kyrgyzstan, almost indescribable beauty
  • A History
    Zang's, the croissant inventor
  • A Dream
    Olivier Grossetête, bridges float in the air
  • A Building
    Zaha Hadid transforms Tokyo with a Stadium
  • A Painting
    Jean Beraud's Journal des Débats
  • A SCULPTURE
    Anish Kapoor Monumenta at the Grand Palais
  • A Nightmare
    Sandy beats unfortunate records
  • A Pool
    Jade Mountain shines on St Lucia
  • An Illustration
    Kal's ever relevant Buy/Sell
  • A Track
    Dirty Radio, the latest hot Canadian export
  • A Restaurant
    Robots replace waiters in Bangkok
  • A Picture
    Houses fly with Laurent Chehere
  • A LOOK
    Belmondo, modern new wave
  • A Girl
    Girls power K-Pop with the Wonder Girls
  • An Ad
    Guido Daniele hand illusions
  • A Cause
    Reporters Without Borders
  • A House
    Concrete + Alicante = Magic
  • A Treat
    Corn like you never had it before
  • A Movie
    L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie
  • A Rest
    Aire Ancient Baths in Tribeca
  • A Design
    Washing Toilet Machine with Washup
  • An Illusion
    555 KUBIK transforms walls
  • A Boat
    Steve Jobs' Venus
  • A Car
    How much is the oldest car worth?
  • A Drink
    Drink like royalty with Louis XIII
  • A Symbol
    Fleur-de-lis, everybody wants this flower
  • A Hotel
    Barcelona with the Mandarin Oriental
  • A Motobike
    Custom Kawazaki Z1000
  • A watch
    You just need a finger says Timex
  • A Gadget
    Save, Save, Save with the Tube Wringer
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A Place

Kyrgyzstan

PLACES TO VISIT

Home to stunning mountain scenery, including toothy-edged, snow-covered peaks, and lush river valleys, some adventure travelers feel that Kyrgyzstan is one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. For those who venture in, sites include the capital city of Bishkek and its crowded bazaars and traditional soviet-style monuments, plus the glacier peaks of the Tian Shan mountains and the almost indescribable beauty of the surrounding canyons, gorges and valleys.

A History

Pâtisserie Viennoise

The famous Boulangerie Viennoise opened in 1838 in Paris. It was founded by August Zang, (1807 - 1888), a nineteenth century Austrian entrepreneur who had a major influence on French baking methods. Among other typical Austrian fare, Zang's bakers made kipfel, the crescent-shaped roll that had existed in Austria since at least the thirteenth century. Soon French "Viennese bakeries" opened, and made what the French called a "crescent", or croissant.

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A Dream

Pont de Singe

by Olivier Grossetête

French artist Olivier Grossetête used three enormous helium balloons to float a rope bridge over a lake in Tatton Park, a historic estate in north-west England. He created Pont de Singe, which means "monkey bridge", for theTatton Park Biennial, which this year was themed around flight. The structure comprised a long rope bridge made of cedar wood held aloft by three helium-filled balloons. The ends of the bridge were left to trail in the water.

A Building

Zaha Hadid design selected for Japan national stadium

UK firm Zaha Hadid Architects has been selected to design the new national stadium for Japan. The new 80,000-seat stadium will replace the existing Kasumigaoka National Stadium in Tokyo and could become the main sporting venue for the 2020 Olympic Games if Japan is successful in its bid to host the event. The unique structure is both light and cohesive, defining a silhouette that integrates with the city. The new building will also feature a retractable roof and is scheduled for completion in 2018.

A Painting

La salle de rédaction du Journal des débats [The Newsroom of the Journal des Débats]

The Journal des Débats was founded in 1789, the year of the French Revolution. In 1812, it had the highest circulation of any newspaper, with 32,000 subscribers. Its liberal standpoint led it to express Orleanist ideas under the constitutional monarchy. It subsequently opened its columns to the republicans, and presented itself, until the end of the century, as a conservative newspaper with moderate tendencies. It ceased publication in 1944. Béraud's painting was commissioned by the editors of the newspaper to celebrate the centenary of its founding. The painting brings together all the main administrators and contributors of 1889

A Sculpture

AnishKapoor Leviathan

Each year the French Ministry of Culture invites a leading artist to create a work that responds to the exceptional architectural space of the Grand Palais in Paris. The sheer monumental scale of the building provided the inspiration for a big idea: Monumenta. Last year, Indian-born, British-based artist Anish Kapoor created an installation inside the 13,500 m2 space that was originally unveiled at the 1900 universal exhibition. "'the sculpture is a total immersion in an unexplored physical and mental dimension. once you are inside, in the giant 4-armed balloon, the involuted form reminds you of an organic outer space and inner self at the same time -- but when you travel outside of it (once you are back in the space of the grand palais), I hope the viewer has another encounter with the piece and with the luminosity thrown down by the glass roof" said Kapoor.

Hurricane Sandy's

Rising Costs

The storm became the largest Atlantic hurricane on record. Preliminary estimates of losses due to damage and business interruption are estimated at $65.6 billion, which would make it the second-costliest Atlantic hurricane, behind only Hurricane Katrina. At least 253 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries. Its storm surge hit New York Cityon October 29, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city.

A Nightmare

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Jade Mountain is Nick Troubetzkoy's unique declaration of love for St. Lucia's stunning beauty. From the outset, it was his foremost desire to create a unique living experience that would not only take full advantage of the unforgettable views of St. Lucia's Piton mountains but to essentially allow the onlooker to float into space and become one with them. The Russian-Canadian architect came to St. Lucia in the early 70's. What was meant to be a brief stint in paradise, turned into a lifelong passion for the island and its people. We understand him.

A Pool

KAL'S ILLUSTRATIONS

Kevin Kallaugher is a political cartoonist for The Economist. He is well known as KAL. BUY! SELL! ""Just a normal day at the nation's most important financial institution..."" is Kal's most famous cartoon to date. Published during the Asian financial crisis of 1997, this artwork has graced the pages of magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, textbooks as well as the walls of cartoon fans around the world.

An Illustration

A Track

HAJIME ROBOT RESTAURANT

Not only do these robots impress with their dance moves, they also serve the food at this restaurant from the future. Hajime Robot Restaurant may not be the intergalactic, mind-warping experience the world has been waiting for, but as far as Bangkok goes, it's pretty damn close.

ADDRESS:
Monopoly Park, Rama3 Road between Soi61 and Soi 63, Bangkok, Thailand 10120
Bangkok 02 683 1670 Pattaya 038 043 273

A Restaurant

A Picture

Flying Houses by Laurent Chehere
Symbol of the contemporary world at large.

A Photographic Fairy Tale

Laurent Chehere makes houses fly in his seriously believable photographs. Sporting washing lines, window flowers and even one burning building, the inspiration for the suburban town houses comes straight from the 19th and 20th arrondissement of Paris. In June, Laurent won a prize for the project at Dock en Seine City of Fashion and Design and later in the year the Parisian gallery Galerie Paris-Beijing will be showcasing his work.

Jean-Paul Belmondo

Taking the formal attire of Bogart and Gable and combining it with a slouchy, laissez-faire attitude and a face that looks like its carved out of rubber, Jean-Paul Belmondo became the poster boy of French Cinema in the 1960 s. The leading man of many a Nouvelle Vague feature, Belmondo championed a thrown together, semi formal look which matched the effortless cool of the films and characters he was involved with.

A LOOK

GIRL'S GENERATION

As well as being a world leader in electronics, South Korea excels in the creation of pre-fab girl groups. Wonder Girls is one of them. Its current line-up consists of five members: Yubin, Yeeun, Sunye, Sohee, and Hyelim. The meaning behind the group's name 'Wonder Girls' comes from the idea that they are "the girls who can amaze the world".The group began their entry into the American market in 2009 as an opening act for The Jonas Brothers' World Tour, performing the English version of their hit single "Nobody". In late 2009 their song charted at number seventy-six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making the Wonder Girls the first South Korean group to enter the chart.

A Girl

An Ad

Guido Daniele "Handimals"

Italian artist Guido Daniele lived in India since 1972 to 1974 where he attended the Tankas school in Dharamsala. In 1972 he started working as hyper-realistic illustrator, in co-operation with major editing and advertising companies, using and testing different painting techniques. He creates trompe l'oeil, both in private houses and public buildings. In 1990 he added a new artistic experience to his previous ones: using the body painting technique he creates and paints models bodies for different situations such as advertising pictures and commercials, fashion events and exhibitions. "Handimals" is a remarkable series of body painting used in advertising contexts

A Cause

Reporters Sans Frontiere

Reporters Without Borders was founded in Montpellier (France) in 1985 by four journalists: Robert Ménard, Rémy Loury, Jacques Molénat and Émilien Jubineau. This association, registered as a non-profit organization in France since 1995, soon took on an international dimension. The organization gradually developed two essential and highly specialized spheres of activity: one focused on Internet Censorship and the New Media, and the other devoted to providing material, financial and psychological assistance to journalists assigned to dangerous areas.

A House

Casa del Acantilado

by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

This bright-white house in Alicante by Spanish studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos features an 18-metre-long balcony that stretches out towards the Balearic Sea. Concrete was used for the entire structure, but the walls were coated in stucco to create the clean white aesthetic.

Nolita's fashion-forward crowd storms this chrome corner fixture for the jumping scene and addictive grilled corn: char-grilled golden ears doused in fresh mayo and generously sprinkled with chili powder and grated cotija cheese. Staples include a respectable Cubano and crisp beer-battered catfish with spicy mayo. For dessert, try the eggy caramel flan. Those not willing to suffer the wait for a table can hit the takeout annex next door—you can get that corn, on a stick, to go.

Address: 17 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012 Phone:(212) 625-200

A Treat

A Movie

The Big Picture (2010)

L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie

A Rest

AIRE ANCIENT BATHS
OF NEW YORK

The 16,000-square-foot space at Aire—where only 20 people are allowed at a time—is filled with white marble and stone brought from the South of Spain. Visitors alternate between four pools ranging from fiery (102 degrees) to icy (46 degrees); there is a saltwater bath (the Roman alvea), and a large, multiperson tub with aggressive bubbling jets

Aire Ancient Baths; from $75, 88 Franklin Street, NYC, 212.274.3777; ancientbathsny.com

A Design

WASHUP

"Washup" is a conceptual design integrating a washing machine with toilette-flush. It suggests a sustainable water consumption by storing the wasted water in the toilette-flush tank and reuse it for flushing. Moreover, "Washup" is a solution for washing machines in small bathrooms, overlapping washing machine usage space with toilette usage space. It is fixed on wall upwards toilette, so that loading of clothes would be easier for the user without bending or crouching. A special interface including three semi-sphere control units & two flushing buttons is designed for a practical usage of the product. "Washup" is a green product offering solutions for the problems of standard washing machines.

An Illusion

555 KUBIK

The theoretic conception and visual pattern of the Hamburg Kunsthalle. Permeability of the solid facade uncovers different interpretations of conception, geometry and aesthetics expressed through graphics and movement. A situation of reflexivity evolves - describing the constitution and spacious perception of this location by means of the building itself.

A Boat

Steve Jobs' Venus

The yacht that Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs designed for himself before he died this time last year with interiors by French designer Philippe Starck is now complete and has been unveiled at the Dutch shipyard where it was built. Named Venus, the 80-meter-long ship has an aluminium exterior reminiscent of the company's notebooks plus large panels of glazing common to Apple stores and seven 27-inch Macs in the wheelhouse. It was built over six years for a cost of about $130m.

A Car

De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux

The 1884 Steam Runabout fetched a record-breaking $4,620,000 at auction in Pennsylvania late 2011. The steam-powered vehicle still runs, and, despite not being powered by gasoline, is believed to be the world's oldest usable and running automobile. The vehicle managed to fetch about twice its estimated value, though many felt it would have a hard time even reaching the $2 million range. Ultimately the auction did not disappoint. At its peak, the car reached 37 miles per hour, and was among the fastest vehicles in existence during its racing career. Just five people have claimed ownership of the De Dion during its long documented history.

A Drink

Louis XIII Cognac

The prestigious cognac is manufactured using wine grapes from the Grande Champagne territory of Cognac, France. It is blended from 1200 eaux de vie, from 40 to 100 year-old. A 750 ml bottle of Louis XIII may be priced as high as US$8,000; the average price range is $1,900 - $2,500. "Louis XIII Black Pearl" was a limited edition cognac individually numbered from 1 to 786 in Baccarat dark crystal decanters. The 2008 edition sold out within two months

A Symbol

Fleur de Lis

In French, fleur de lis literally means "lily flower". It is particularly associated with the French monarchy in a historical context. Throughout history, the fleur-de-lis has represented many things, including royalty and religion. The symbol has been found on ancient Greek and Roman coins. In the twelfth century, either King Louis VI or King Louis VII became the first French King to use the fleur-de-lis on his shield. English kings later used the symbol on their coats of arms to emphasize their claim to the throne of France.

A Hotel

Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

Located on Passeig de Gràcia close to a number of Barcelona's shopping and dining establishments as well as cultural and entertainment venues. The Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona opened in November 2009 and was designed by a team of Spanish architects and designers: Carlos Ferrater and Joan Trias de Bes (architecture) and Patricia Urquiola (interior design). The hotel's 98 guest rooms and suites are housed in a re-developed, mid-20th Century building that was once home to a ban

A Motobike

Kawasaki Z1000 ST

Dubbed Monkee #49 this Kawasaki custom has had its front forks lowered, its been fitted with a Kawasaki Z1000A fuel tank and a Kawasaki VN1500 rearhub (machined to fit a one-off rear brake disc adapter), that rear brake calliper is from a Kawasaki KLR650, the front hub started life on a Kawasaki Z900A and the front discs were pulled from a Kawasaki Z750B. As you can see, this is just about the most Kawasaki-Kawasaki ever made.

A watch

Timex TX54

Save for jewelry, forget about wearing anything on your wrist. In the future, our nails will tell the time. At least if Watch on thumbnail TX54 ever hits retail. As a concept, the TX54 is simply a translucent tiny timekeeping device that attaches to your fingernail. Features such as changing the color of the display text and deactivating the visuals are available, and the concept is even complete with some subtle branding.

A Gadget

Tube Wringer

Squeeze up to 35% more out of your household supplies with this forearm and time-saving device designed to make tubes good to the last drop. Squeezing out the last bit of toothpaste can be an unwelcome, time-consuming endeavor, especially when you're running late--ditching even milligrams of pricey paste can feel wasteful. But, with the Tube-Wringer, squeezing out that last drop is a cinch, literally. Just secure the tube between the aluminum rollers and turn the steel handle to compress.