Tag Archives: Leisure

Future Of Mobile Living: Amazing “Expanding” Tiny House (Zero Squared)

The 26 foot long tiny house on wheels has large rooms with a Murphy bed on the main floor, a 3-seater couch, rotating TV and fireplace, a combo washer dryer, loads of storage space, and a massive kitchen with a full-size fridge and more!

About the Aurora:

This model features two of our propriety integrated modular expanding spaces that adds over 120 sqft to a traditional tiny house towing platform of equal length. Available in lengths of 26′, 28′ and 30′ in a 8′ 6″ towing width that expands to 15′ 6″ onsite:

The “Nordic” features Scandinavian design features:

  • 341 sqft main floor 
  • 33 sqft double bed loft
  • Ground level queen bedroom Rotating RV and Fireplace
  • Solid cedar window trim
  • Gloss finish millwork
  • Integrated 50 sqft deck
  • Full Size Kitchen, living and dining rooms

Website

Top Motorhomes: “2021 Wonder Rear Lounge” By Leisure Travel Vans

Introducing the all-new 2021 Wonder Rear Lounge, built on the 2020 Ford Transit Chassis featuring 2 living spaces, modern design, advanced technology, a spacious three-piece dry bathroom, and expansive galley. https://leisurevans.com/wonder-rl/

Inside the compact Wonder, an innovative dual-zone floorplan features a spacious rear living area that emulates the comforts of home while being surrounded by nature.

Future Of Mobile Living: “Trakka – Jabiru” From Australia – “Ingenious”

Trakka logo

Trakka Jabiru Motorhome Van Australia interiorWith 3.0L V6 turbo diesel and 7-speed automatic transmission, our Mercedes-Benz Sprinter based Jabiru motorhome is a next generation range that features upgraded infotainment, updated safety technology and a host of revolutionary TRAKKA features that are unrivaled in the motorhome industry. 

Measuring 7.1m in length these motorhomes are available in 2WD and selectable All Wheel Drive (with high and low range gearing), while each model comes standard with swivel front seats, single fuel source Remote Pack, and advanced electrical system including Lithium batteries, compatible charging systems and striking LED dimmable lighting.

Website

New Hospitality Books: “Amerifine – Hotels: Icons Of American Luxury (2020)

The fifty independently owned and operated hotels in this book make up the best of Amerifine Icons of American Luxury - Hotels - Assouline April 2020what the United States can offer: extraordinary locations, exquisite design, fantastic food, and boundless comfort. These first-class establishments are run by American hoteliers with a passion for proper American hospitality.

Over the course of the last two centuries, the American hotel has become a fixture of the modern lifestyle and a concept that has revolutionized travel, created subcultures, and given new meaning to locales both urban and remote. A superior hotel is much more than a place to spend the night: it is an institution, a cultural center, an icon of luxury. Since the 19th-century opening of the Tremont House—America’s very first five-star hotel—the great American hotels have come to symbolized style, opulence and social distinction to well-heeled travelers from around the globe.

Amerifine Icons of American Luxury - Hotels - Assouline April 2020

Amerifine, a discerning voice of American luxury, has endeavored to curate the finest, most iconic expressions of American hospitality currently in operation. Without exception, each hotel pictured here fulfills and transcends the great responsibility of the modern hotel: to turn each visitor’s experience of their destination into something truly memorable.

Faye Mythen was born in London but lives between the USA and Europe. She is a passionate Ameriphile and founded Amerifine to promote the most ambitious and well-loved American luxury brands and hotels and experiences. Mythen’s career spans 25 years as a entrepreneur, uncovering new businesses, several of which embody America’s proud history of excellence, craftsmanship and great design.

Read more or purchase

Travel & History Books: “Great Camps Of The Adirondacks” – Gorgeous Updated 2nd Edition (2020)

The foremost guide to the historic camps of the Adirondacks―a unique vernacular style of rustic architecture designed to complement the land. Now available in a Great Camps of the Adirondacks Harvey H Kaiser 2020second and enlarged edition, here is the foremost guide to the historic camps within America’s spectacular forest preserve, the six million acre Adirondack Park.

When first published in 1982, Great Camps of the Adirondacks launched a campaign for the preservation of these architectural treasures while also sparking a trend in great camp-inspired home design, a cohesive approach to building that author Harvey H. Kaiser named Adirondack Rustic Style.

Great Camps of the Adirondacks - Harvey Kaiser 2020

In this second edition, preservationists will find a success story. Designers and builders will discover page after page of inspiration. All readers will see the history of a region unfold as Americans from the mid-1870s to the late-1930s, including the very wealthiest New Yorkers, sought out the wilderness. The camps they built as private seasonal retreats are distinguished both as architectural responses to the Adirondack environment in the use of logs and stone, and as successful examples of buildings blended into the forest and the natural contours of the mountains and lakes―homes built to serve as beautiful complements to the land itself.

Harvey H. Kaiser served as the Senior Vice President for Facilities Administration and University Architect at Syracuse University between 1972 and 1995. His 1982 book Great Camps of the Adirondacks popularized the term “Great Camps” to refer to the grand summer residences that wealthy families built in the Adirondack Mountains in the nineteenth century, and revitalized interest in these sites. Several studies on western national park architecture culminated in his 2008 book The National Park Architecture Sourcebook.

 

Steven Engelhart is the executive director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) located in Keeseville, New York. AARCH is a private, nonprofit. historic preservation organization for New York State’s Adirondack Park, whose mission is to promote better public understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the region’s architecture, communities, and historic sites.

Read more or purchase

Future Of Mobile Living: “HAAKS Opperland Camper” Easily Detaches From Chasis – “Open Living Area”

At the push of a button, the HAAKS camper extends its support legs, so that the car can be driven out of it; it remains available for day trips. The module self-levels and the automatically extendable roof unfolds your sleeping area.

Haaks Campers inside view

HAAKS campers offers you the freedom and flexibility  for your adventures, with a new way of  camping. A way of camping with luxury and  comfort, but also more sustainable and with natural  materials. Closer to nature.

A motorhome should feel like a second home. Building a HAAKS motorhome is a  process that we go through together. Take us  on your journey. What does your ideal adventure look like? Where have  you been and what do you want to do? Together  we design the perfect camper for all your  travels. Do you want a specific type of upholstery,  a different layout, or a different toilet? We fully adapt the camper to  your wishes. So that you feel at home in it.

Website

Destination Hotels: Parco Dei Principi In Sorrento, Italy – 1960’s “Infinite Blue”

From a Cereal Magazine online article (March 2, 2020):

Hotel Parco dei Principi di Sorrento facebookOf all Gio Ponti’s 100-odd buildings, Sorrento is the only hotel where you can still stay, fully immersed in his art — for as well as the building itself he designed every last detail. He was not just an architect, but a designer — of interiors, furniture, industry, cars — an artist and a ceramicist, a writer and a teacher; and at Parco dei Principi his passion for so many disciplines converged in one triumphant paean to modernity.

Website

The concept of infinite blue was architect Gio Ponti’s driving inspiration when he built Parco dei Principi, his slice of 1960s modernism on a coast of faded antiquity. When it opened in 1962, the hotel was something new for ancient Sorrento: a clean-lined, contemporary edifice on the tufa-stone cliff. Inside, the bright, wide-open spaces were pared down and decorated entirely in white and blue.

Read full article

Best Pets: “Domestic Cats – Our Wild Companions”

From Cell.com “Trends In Ecology & Evolution” (Feb 22, 2020):

Cats as Pets Our Wild Companions Cell Press February 22 2020The value of domestic cats as predators-in-residence certainly played a significant part in their global spread, as they were employed for rodent control on trade ships and in the outbuildings of emerging civilisations.

They are predisposed to form attachments with people during early developmental stages, tolerate the presence of humans, other cats, and other domestic animals far better than wilder felids, and exhibit distinctive behavioural traits (including vocalisations and body language) that facilitate effective interspecies communication…

Cats share a long history with humans but are remarkable among domesticated species in largely retaining behavioural and reproductive independence from people. In many societies, the cat maintains liminal status as both a domestic and a wild animal. An adaptive push-and-pull between wild and domestic traits corresponds with dual roles as companions and pest controllers, and with conflicted treatment in husbandry, management, law, and public discourse. To move forward, we must proceed by understanding that cats are not exclusively pets or pests, but both a central component of human societies and an important, often adverse, influence on ecosystems. Developing a collaborative ‘companion animal ecology’, in which human–animal domestic relations link to ecological processes, will enable sustainable management of this wild companionship.

To read more

Best Of Camping: “2020 Polydrop KJ-20 Fully Loaded Camper Trailer”

Polydrop Trailer is not only designed to be futuristic-looking. It is aiming at truly futuristic, eco-friendly travel trailers. Polydrop’s energy system runs by 100w solar panel and battery.

  • 2020 POLYDROP KJ-20 Fully Loaded Camper Trailer interior bedPolydrop Trailer fully loaded model weighs only 1150LBS, it can be towed by most cars. Hydraulic disc brakes come stock on all of Polydrop Trailer models will help you drive safely.
  • Polydrop Trailer is the most insulated travel trailer in the market. Polydrop’s maximum 8.7″ insulation lets you stay comfortable during any weather conditions. There is no such word as camping season with a Polydrop Trailer.

Website

2020 POLYDROP KJ-20 Fully Loaded Camper Trailer kitchen

2020 POLYDROP KJ-20 Fully Loaded model comes with all of below features.

  • Aluminum Frame
  • Timbren 2000LBS Independent Suspension
  • Titan Hydraulic Disc Brake
  • 175/80/13 Tires
  • Maximized Wall Insulation (Max. 8.7″ Rigid Foam)
  • 100W Solar Charging system
  • 12V Battery
  • Gull-wing Doors on both sides
  • 48″x75″x5.5″ Mattress
  • Full HVAC with thermostat (Heater, 5000 BTU Air Conditioner)
  • Interior Cubbyholes w/ hidden LED Lighting
  • FRP/Wood Kitchenette Galley
  • Dometic CD20 Fridge
  • Hand Pump Sink w/ 2 of 1.6 Gallon Water Containers
  • 2 Burner Stove
  • 4 Channel Outside Security Cameras
  • Fan-Tastic Ceiling Fan
  • Rhino-Rack Roof Rack
  • Sunseeker Awning
  • Road Shower 4S

 

Few things need to be installed on your towing vehicle

  • Tow hitch on your car
  • 1-7/8″ or 2″ Ball receiver (18″ Ball height from the ground)
  • 4 Way flat connector

Entertainment: The “Moulin Rouge” In Paris, In Films And On The Stage

The Moulin Rouge, the famous cabaret with a windmill that opened in the Montmartre section of Paris 130 years ago, is still drawing crowds to its spectacular shows featuring a chorus line of often-topless dancers. And it’s now Moulin Rouge Poster from 1889the inspiration for a hit Broadway musical. Correspondent Alina Cho visits the landmark that has inspired artists and writers (and even marriage proposals), and talks with its artistic director and dancers, along with the Tony Award-winning set designer of the new Broadway show, “Moulin Rouge!: The Musical.”

Moulin Rouge (“Red Mill”) is a cabaret in Paris, France.

The original house, which burned down in 1915, was co-founded in 1889 by Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller, who also owned the Paris Olympia. Close to Montmartre in the Paris district of Pigalle on Boulevard de Clichy in the 18th arrondissement, it is marked by the red windmill on its roof. The closest métro station is Blanche.

Moulin Rouge is best known as the birthplace of the modern form of the can-can dance. Originally introduced as a seductive dance by the courtesans who operated from the site, the can-can dance revue evolved into a form of entertainment of its own and led to the introduction of cabarets across Europe. Today, the Moulin Rouge is a tourist attraction, offering musical dance entertainment for visitors from around the world. The club’s decor still contains much of the romance of fin de siècle France.

Website

From Wikipedia