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Welcome to Beyond London Life!

 

 

 

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This year our travels, both real and virtual, will take us beyond the borders of London. We are excited by the prospect and hope to bring you something mad and magical from around the globe.Expect eclectic and quirky.

 

 

 And to whet your appetite, why not download this Lonely Planet ebook for free

 

 http://media.lonelyplanet.com/pdfs/Around_the_world_40_Lonely_Planet_Bloggers.pdf

 

Get in touch

 

Guest bloggers always welcome!

bestoflondonlife@aol.com

 

I'd love to hear from you

Happy Travels!

 

Ursula

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Portugal: Chow down Vegan Style in Lisbon

Portugal: Chow down Vegan Style in Lisbon | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Lisbon is a lively, friendly, beautiful city and we loved our time there. We were especially amazed at how easy it was to be vegan i

Via Mary H Goudie
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Lots of European cities are recognizing the need to offer much more in the way of Vegan and Vegetarian eating options. Recently, Turin's mayor has declared the city Vegetarian, with a five year plan. Majorca wants to be the Vegan Island Capital of Europe. and now Lisbon is declaring its interest and delight in all things Vegan. I love this progressive attitude, especially as so many young travellers favour the vegan way of life. Nice one, Lisbon. 
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A vegan foodies resource when travelling to Lisbon Portugal.
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Iceland: 19th century green-roofed church is straight out of a fairy tale

Iceland: 19th century green-roofed church is straight out of a fairy tale | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Although sod-topped structures may seem like they're straight out of a movie, the fascinating earthen-enclosed Hofskirkja church was built in 1884.
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Guatemala : Visiting The Craft Markets of Chichi (Chichicastenango)

Guatemala : Visiting The Craft Markets of Chichi (Chichicastenango) | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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London blogger Momtaz Begum-Hossain gives a colourful and detailed account of her visit to the craft markets of Guatemala. Full of charming insights and atmospheric photographs. Do take a looksee!
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India: Taxi Seats As A Showcase For Young Designers In Mumbai

India: Taxi Seats As A Showcase For Young Designers In Mumbai | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
We all know the typical Indian taxis from Bollywood movies. Each taxi driver gives his vehicle a unique look to stand out of the crowd of taxis. In Mumbai, they're even part of the city's heritage. A group of 30 young Indian designers builds on this idea by using taxi interiors to exhibit their work.
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Come on #London #Taxis ..follow suit? #LondonUnderground? #Tube carriages? The #Overground? 

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Tiny Living in a Cardboard Box? It Looks Better Than It Sounds

Tiny Living in a Cardboard Box? It Looks Better Than It Sounds | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Dutch design studio Friction Factory recently unveiled the Wikkelhouse, a gabled structure constructed from 24 layers of cardboard. And it actually looks quite nice.
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Where shall I place mine? Ireland? Donegal? Sligo? Tough decision.
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France: Exquisite and Affordable Dining at Peninsula Hotel Paris

France: Exquisite and Affordable Dining at Peninsula Hotel Paris | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
For a taste of true Parisian haut cuisine, elegant dining at its finest, here's my secret! Peninsula Paris, and a fabulous menu that won't break the bank.
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When next in Paris!

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USA: New York in Miniature Artist Creates Storefront Replicas

USA: New York in Miniature Artist Creates Storefront Replicas | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
From icons like CBGB to the city’s mom and pop stores, artist Randy Hage produces impeccably detailed models of the disappearing facades of New York
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".I totally understand the vitality and necessity of change, but it's still ok to mourn the loss of what we knew."

 

Kevin Colleary

NYC - Lisbon - Thailand 

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Georgia: These statues pass through each other daily, telling a tragic love story

Georgia: These statues pass through each other daily, telling a tragic love story | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
‘Man and Woman’ by Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze is pretty striking on its own - two towering human made out of metallic discs - but the installation becomes even more impressive when you realise the statues are moving.
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Do watch the accompanying video.

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Azerbaijan: Baku for Art Lovers | 10 Unmissable Contemporary Galleries

Azerbaijan: Baku for Art Lovers | 10 Unmissable Contemporary Galleries | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Discover what Baku has to offer international contemporary art, with our guide to 10 galleries showing the best of Azerbaijan’s art.
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Somewhere new to discover!

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Russia~Cafe Pushkin

Russia~Cafe Pushkin | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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If in Moscow, seek this out.

Another Messy Nessy recommendation

 

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Spain: 5 new reasons to visit Malaga- A Luxury Travel Blog

Spain: 5 new reasons to visit Malaga- A Luxury Travel Blog | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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Wow!

Think I'll be leaving this experience to the more intrepid visitors and stick to the safe but stimulating museums of Malaga!

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USA: 11 Women Artists Who Should Have Their Own MoMA Retrospectives

USA: 11 Women Artists Who Should Have Their Own MoMA Retrospectives | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Raise your hand if you went to the Museum of Modern Art this summer. I'd imagine more than a few New Yorkers are lifting an appendage, confessing to having seen either the museum's massive flop homage
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The Fantastic Street Art by Kislow

The Fantastic Street Art by Kislow | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
This Ukrainian artist is as original as it gets. Just randomly found his pieces. But how good are they? http://www.lostateminor.com/2012/10/16/ukrainian-street-art-by-kislow/
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it's great to stumble upon something new and exciting. In this case it's street art from the Ukraine.
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 Europe: Abandoned Buildings

 Europe: Abandoned Buildings | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it


" As far as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by abandoned places, so there’s no surprise that after a few childhood explorations, I decided to take a camera with me to bring back memories of my trips. I started giving more and more importance to the place I was shooting, to get the satisfaction of perfectly capturing the spirit of the spot I was visiting. It has been nearly three years now that I have travelledromainveillon around Europe, to find and capture these amazing locations. From communist relics in Bulgaria or Hungary to the incredible villas and palaces in Italy, passing by the tremendous factories and power plants in France or Belgium, I try to grasp the aesthetic beauty that emerges from the chaos of decay. I love when nature takes over human constructions which creates a unique and unreal atmosphere. It puts in perspective our presence on earth and reminds us that we are only passers-by. For me, it’s like traveling in time. Every room is special and has its own history."


Photographs credited to Romain Veillon.

    


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Atmospheric, sometimes eerie photographs depicting Europe's decaying buildings..

(With  thanks to fellow scoopiteer Laura Brown, for the suggestion)
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International: Photographer Karen Knorr

International: Photographer Karen Knorr | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
"Karen Knorr was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s. She finished her education in Paris and London."
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We love the work of Karen Knorr. Read about this photographer and view her contemplative, considered compositions on her beautiful website : www.karenknorr.com


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Czech Republic: A Rotating 42-Layer Sculpture of Franz Kafka's Head by David Cerny

Czech Republic: A Rotating 42-Layer Sculpture of Franz Kafka's Head by David Cerny | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

"Located in a busy shopping center in Prague, this twisting and reflective sculpture depicting the head of writer Franz Kafka is the latest kinetic artwork by controversial Czech artist David Cerny"

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Definitely going to turn heads!
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UK: Brighton Fringe

UK: Brighton Fringe | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
Tickets are now on sale! Browse over 900 events - from cabaret to comedy, theatre to dance, there's something for everyone!
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Brighton never disappoints and is especially lively during the annual Brighton Festival with its ever growing and insanely popular fringe festival. Get there before it disappears for another year! Sun highly possible, fun guaranteed.
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USA: Cindy Chinn Carves Miniature Trains Out of Carpenter Pencils

USA: Cindy Chinn Carves Miniature Trains Out of Carpenter Pencils | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
With a steady hand and very sharp knife, artist Cindy Chinn turns everyday carpenter pencils into works of art.
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I want!

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India/Bangladesh: Beautifully Atmospheric Photos Explore the Essence of the Ganges River

India/Bangladesh: Beautifully Atmospheric Photos Explore the Essence of the Ganges River | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
New York-based photographer Caleb Cain Marcus journeyed 1,500 miles along the Ganges River to create his newest series, Goddess—a striking collection…
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with thanks to My Modern Met

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24 Hours in Aveiro, the Candy-Colored “Venice of Portugal” Messy Nessy Chic

24 Hours in Aveiro, the Candy-Colored “Venice of Portugal”  Messy Nessy Chic | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
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The colours!
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Finland: A Canopy of 1,100 Umbrellas Above the 2015 Habitare Design Fair

Finland: A Canopy of 1,100 Umbrellas Above the 2015 Habitare Design Fair | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

" To transform the interior of the Ahead Arena at the 2015 Habitare Design Fair in Finland (part of Helsinki Design Week), environmental artist Kaisa Berry and creative director Timo Berry of BOTH conceived of this lighter-than-air umbrella cloud suspended above a main stage. The duo used 1,1000 white umbrellas hung at various intervals, somewhat like similar outdoor installations we’ve seen in Portugal. The installation served as a backdrop for speaking events as well as live performances. "

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Can art change the world? The work of French street artist JR

Can art change the world? The work of French street artist JR | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it
French street artist JR turns the faces and bodies of ordinary people into giant artworks on the walls of their cities
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Can art change the world?
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France: Travellers ~Bronze Statues in Search of Themselves

France: Travellers ~Bronze Statues in Search of Themselves | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

 

"Life can often leave you feeling a bit lost for purpose, perhaps even empty inside, but there’s a great way to regain your clarity on what matters in this world: go traveling.

 

Bronze sculptor Bruno Catalano has created a fascinating series of sculptures called “Travellers” which depict people setting out on their journey with suitcase in hand and the center of their bodies missing. It’s as if that hole is their lost self, and they’ve set out to rediscover it."

 

@BenjaminStarr

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Bosnia: Incredibly Intricate Sculptures Carved from the Tips of Pencils

Bosnia: Incredibly Intricate Sculptures Carved from the Tips of Pencils | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

"Ever since he was a child, Jasenko Đorđević (aka @TOLDart) has been drawn to miniatures. As an adult, this fascination grew, leading the him to develop an incredible craft carving intricate sculptures from an unconventional material—graphite. Now, Đorđević transforms the tips of pencils into small works of art, depicting subjects like flowers, animals, and portraits, all of which have to be magnified to fully appreciate the minute details.

 

To craft these awe-inspiring works, the Bosnian artist uses an X-acto knife and tiny chisel. With these simple sculpting tools he creates their overall form, implies texture, and even carves tiny words into the thin stick of graphite. This expert handling creates the illusion that these artworks were made from another material. The graphite resembles a dark, hard stone, and from up close, you might never know they're composed of something quite as simple as an ordinary pencil."


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Intriguing!

Writers will love this.

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Italy - Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome

Italy - Five Must-Visit Trattorias in Rome | Beyond London Life | Scoop.it

 

"A trattoria in Italy is a casual eating establishment, one that serves mid-priced quality food and offers a comfortable retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world without. More often than not, trattorias (or trattorie) are family-run establishments, which makes them less formal than many ristoranti. A lot of visitors love them because they are unpretentious, providing a relaxed atmosphere to diners as well as a variety of dishes depending on what produce are in season at the moment.

 

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Rome yet but you are planning to go there soon, do check out the trattorias we have on this list. Take note that it is always best to make a reservation so that you can be sure you’ll have a seat when you visit."

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Some new places to try, when next in Rome.

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