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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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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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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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KLM and Marcel Wanders’ Perfect, Practische Plates

December 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Obsessed with the Dutch, Transportation bliss

As a little pick-me-up, I bought a cheerful new lipstick at MAC recently, designed by Dutch wonder-designer Marcel Wanders. I liked the look of the lipstick tube itself, which resembles a turned wooden leg of a table.

Which leads me to the pleasing setup above, also from Meneer Wanders–the business-class table setting of KLM. Evidently, this has been a project of his for some time. It’s lovely, with the scalloped edges that instantly remind you that you’re not on US Airways.

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London to Paris by Bike (Really!)

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Recommended sights, Transportation bliss

I recently came across this article because of a friend’s friend’s Facebook feed, and I’m glad I did. The concept of a bike trail running continuously between London and Paris is amazing, isn’t it?

Called the Avenue Verte, it already includes views like this in the finished sections:

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My Daily Dutch Commute

August 26th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Dutch bikes, Dutch language school, Euro-style cycle chic, Good design, Novelty, Obsessed with the Dutch, Transportation bliss

I had a vision for my time at the Regina Coeli Language Institute (a.k.a Dutch Princess School), and that vision involved biking to and from school, in order to give myself a physical break after a long, mentally challenging day. I admit that almost an Eat Pray Love-style cliche, but I don’t care. I’ll own that’s it’s something almost exactly like this European fantasy.

I searched the Google maps nearby towns looking for a B&B, and mapped out my route using Google street view. It looked like the total commute time by bike would be 30 minutes, 45 tops. After my freakout about how it would work and my test drive in Delft, I found out that the Netherlands really makes biking easy, no matter where you are.

Video of my daily ride after the jump.

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The Other Amsterdam

August 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Dutch bikes, Obsessed with the Dutch, Transportation bliss

When I used to travel for a living, updating travel guidebooks, I would often think to myself: Why isn’t this making me happier? After all, for lots of people who don’t know better, being a travel writer is a dream job…in theory.

I realized that when you’re being paid to do something, it’s work. Period. It might not be anything as difficult as working in a coal mine, but it still is work. When I was in the Netherlands, rocketing from place to place, I would sit on the train, noticing the neat bicycle lanes that ran out across the flat fields into infinity. Where were people biking to on those paths?

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Cycling and Smooching

June 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Dutch bikes, Quick Post, Transportation bliss

We’ve had an unseasonably gray and dour June in Seattle, which is why I’m in love with this photo series from Amsterdamize called “Love Is Bike.” This one is a favorite, of two people catching a quick smooch, probably at a stop light: I’m also fond of this photo, which shows a dad clearly gleeful [...]

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By Dutch Bike to Fuurin-Oka Ryokan

June 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Obsessed with Japan, Reading List, Transportation bliss

But for this weekend, to visit a traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, I wanted to do as much as possible under my own steam. The journey still involved a diesel-powered ferry, but for a trip to Kyoto without an airline ticket, it seemed like a fair trade.

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