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Entries Tagged as 'Blog posts by Lia'

Fail ‘o the Day: Seat 52F

November 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Fail 'o' the Day, Quick Post

Happily, my last few big flights have been business class (which I’ve already enthused about), but who hasn’t been in this seat at least once? See also: the Travel Annoyance-Off.

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16 Best iPad Apps for Travel

September 6th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Transportation bliss

One of the most popular posts ever on newelty has been our list of top iPhone apps, so it’s no surprise that I received a request for the best iPad apps from a friend. Having made it happily from Seattle to Nairobi to Copenhagen back to Seattle again–and having found this travel easier and more [...]

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The “Real” Nairobi

August 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Africa, Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Recommended sights

I recently started reading and enjoying the blog called “Sociological Images,” which I find to be provocative and insightful. But a recent post by Lisa Wade gave me pause. From the post: Sadie M. sent in an example of the reproduction of the idea that “Africa” is an arid, desolate place where nature still dominates [...]

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Travel Movies We Love: Pardon, But Is This Balmoral?

April 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Travel Movies We Love

This week on newelty, we’re indulging in all things British to celebrate the Wills & Kate-athon. Evidently, a million stories are released every single day about them and the wedding. Yeesh! But it is a fun bit of escapism that reminds most Americans of everything we like about the Brits. Which is why “The Queen” [...]

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Cycle Chic–But Guess Where?

April 25th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Euro-style cycle chic, Transportation bliss

The word that I think of when I see the photo above is “dapper.” Those bikes look dapper posed against the white stone of the building. (Close newelty readers will also recall when I described this older gentleman as dapper, as well. Similar feel to both.) And what about this huge fiestsenstalling pictured below? Any idea [...]

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Club World Has Ruined Me for Life

April 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Transportation bliss

I am in love with British Airways. There’s no other way to say it. I’m obsessed (having signed up for a credit card with them to get more miles). I spend time thinking about them, and how to fly them next. It’s like the worst high-school crush ever, and all because of Club World. Betty [...]

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Great Ideas: Send a New Yorker to Shoot Milan Fashion Week

February 24th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty

New York Magazine has a fascinating photo series by Jeff Mermelstein, who normally takes super-earth New Yorky photos like this one: How great is she? I also love this couldn’t-be-more-New-Yorky-shot: It was a brilliant juxtaposition to send him to fashion weeks all over the world. How often have you seen photos of the front row [...]

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Sharing Bike-Love with Boneshaker

February 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Transportation bliss

As regular newelty readers know, I am obsessed with Dutch bikes, a result of being obsessed with the Dutch in general. Which is why I was immediately drawn to Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac, which I picked up at one of my favorite bookstores today. It includes such novelties as a review of Swedish army bicycles, [...]

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Good Bye, Waxy Lenin!

February 17th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty

No, this post isn’t about our #6 favorite travel movie of all time, but about the actual Vladimir Lenin. As you probably know, he’s been on display as a kind of tourist trinket-slash-semi-religious icon since his death, in Red Square in all his waxy glory. But possibly not for much longer. I went to check [...]

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Beware the “City View” Room

February 8th, 2011 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Wary of the advice of others

I have a friend, a photographer, who loves photoshop mistakes. His favorites are more of the airbrushing gone wild variety, but I’m loving the travel equivalent: Oyster.com’s Photo Fakeouts. ” alt=”Via Oyster.com” width=”450″ /> The one above, for a Dominican Republic hotel, makes for a pretty great side-by-side comparison. Enjoy the blissfully solitary view above [...]

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