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World’s First 3D Wooden Maps

Enjoy The Wood debuts on KickStarter the newest 3D wooden world maps (each map consists of 55 self-assembling pieces) for your home or office interior. Easy to assemble in less than an hour, the new edition includes additional wooden inscriptions, names of locations on the map in any language, gift keychains and illuminations. Rewards for the campaign are essentially a heavy discount for the 3D Travel Wooden Map and instructions for assembly. The difference lies in the sizes of the map, which come in Medium (M), Large (L), Extra Large (XL), and Extra-extra Large (XXL).

The maps are hand-made of birch plywood and have three-layered, stylishly designed pieces available in natural, gray, blue colors or any other color of your choice! The maps are made of very detailed, precision-cut wood using high-quality techniques as well as eco-friendly materials. The exclusive feature is that you can mark all countries you’ve visited or future destinations that you might have! Maps already have tiny holes, so that you can simply put a pin in any location on the map. The world’s 15 most popular sightseeing marvels, such as Taj Mahal, Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, and others are available as beautiful push pins.

It is a high-quality minimalist 3D wooden map, created with laser-cut precision and love of tender hands. You have an option of illuminating the continents. The neon RGB LED lights glow in seven main light options and a couple of illuminations. You can regulate the brightness of the light using a compact remote control. The trendy stylish design makes it a unique wooden wall décor for your home, office or as a gift for vivid travelers!

Key features:
– All pieces are handmade of birch plywood.
– Wooden wall compass, airplanes and boats are included.
– Easy installation in under an hour as each map piece has a number that matches a template, part of the included installation instructions.
– Includes special sticky tape / double-sided removable adhesive that doesn’t ruin your walls (however do not adhere to wallpaper).
– This is not a true geographical map in that we don’t include all countries and islands. However, if you wish to have certain islands or countries added, please contact us and we gladly add it to your order. Many islands are omitted due to the size of the map. You can order more islands as add-ons.
– Comes already gift wrapped, ready for gift giving.
– 3 layers for different countries.
– 4 different colors of wood pieces (light, brown, dark brown and light brown, blue, gray or any color of your choice).
– New wooden push pins of 15 different sightseeing from all over the world
– Ocean names options.
– RGB LED (Neon colors) option, lights that glow in 7 main light options and couple of its illuminations. You can regulate the brightness of the light using a compact remote control.
– Lights are behind the continents.
– Map is placed on the acrylic background ready to be placed on the wall. So you just have to place it on the wall and connect.
– Some of the islands (the smallest) are without acrylic background and without light. You will have to stick them with tape. (which is included)
– Easy installation under 2 hours with the instruction video. Everything, including framing nails, is included (only for LED option Map).
– Works on 110V/220V. EU/US electrical plugs are available.

Fun pins for landmarks:
– Coliseum
– Eiffel Tower
– Sagrada Familia
– Burg Khalifa
– Pagoda
– Pisa Tower
– Big Ben
– Pyramids
– Parliament of Budapest
– The Great Wall
– Taj Mahal
– Machu Picchu
– Statue of Liberty
– Sidney Opera House
– Statue Jesus

Availability: The maps come in sizes: M (100x60cm/39×24”), L (150x90cm/59×35”), XL (200x120cm/79×47”) and XXL (92x66x20 cm/36x26x8 in). The maps can now be ordered on KickStarter at 30-40% discount until June 9, 2019. The prices start at 129$.

Free Philie

“Real 40 Year-Old Virgin “Bachelor” continues search for his one true love in America this Spring, 2019”

In this day and age it seems that romance has become an Instagram ideal; everyone striving to become the illusive “#goals” that are seen in the media. Since the birth of dating app Tinder in 2012, the dating world has been changed forever and social media has taken a strong hold over how we interact with others. Some may think real romance is a thing of the past or something that can only be seen on ABC’s The Bachelor. Shows that have fallen under the large umbrella of the Bachelor Nation have gained notoriety over the years for their strict formula of creating “true love.” Just last week football player Colton Underwood ended his search for love, seemingly as well as his reputation of being a virgin.

Philipp Hebestreit, a German 40 year-old “real-virgin bachelor,” hopes to follow in Colton’s footsteps by taking his search for love to the states. He launched his initial campaign “Free Philie” ten years ago, making headlines in his attempts to enlist the public in his search for the one. To launch his search in America Hebestreit will begin his search in New York City’s Time Square district later this month.

“My parents are my inspiration and the reason I began this campaign to find my one true love,” said Hebestreit. “They have been deeply in love for several decades and it’s the kind of everlasting love you just don’t see anymore.”

“Most Romantic Man in the World…” – Marie Claire

“Free Philie,” one of the largest searches for love in the word, began in 2008 with a lonely plea on Hebestreit’s personal blog. His post garnered the attention of a multitude of women and sparked his curiosity in expanding his search even further. He then took to the streets of several German cities with flyers and large posters. His efforts became even more elaborate with newspaper advertisements, recorded video messages, bulletins and cars equipped with “Free Philie” flags.

He began going even bigger with his attempts and traveling further in order to reach a wider audience. He donned a full body shield in Hamburg, sent out thousands of messages in bottles into the North Sea, advertised on electric boats in the canals of Amsterdam, placed speaking stands in London’s Piccadilly Circus, placed an inflatable Frog at the Eiffel Tower, and even more international exploits for love. Philipp Hebestreit has spread his “love art” as far as Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.

“A phenomenon that is conquering the hearts of women around the world…” – Wall Street Journal

Hebestreit is one of the very few virgin men turning to the public in order to enter his first relationship. This aspect of his sexuality is what drew most of the attention to his search as Philip is amongst just 10% of European men of his age to remain virginal. Those choosing celibacy often keep this fact to themselves to avoid social backlash. As for Philip, he tackles this topic with pride sparking public discussion. It is through his “Free Philie” campaign that Philip has attempted to tackle the belief that male virginity in the Western world should be something to be ashamed of.

By bringing attention to the conversation of virginity, “Free Philie” gained international attention in the form of letters, packages, texts and emails from celebrities and other public figures from over 100 countries. He received gifts such as lingerie and nude photos to a “Medal of Knightliness,” and a 5 foot teddy bear that caused his P.O. box to be terminated.

While stateside, ten years after the campaign’s inception, Philip will begin in New York City and continue his travels with teasers on his whereabouts on his “Free Philie” social media accounts.

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Sports Tours International Spring Marathons

Sports Tours International Invites Runners to Back-to-Back April 2019 Marathons in Rome and Paris

Two European capitals are gearing up for April 2019 when hordes of marathoners create their own spectacles while running through the ancient streets first of Rome and a few days later of Paris.

In 2018, the two cities combined hosted some 56,000 runners who took up the challenge of cobblestone streets and promenades flanked by some of the world’s most remarkable antiquities and architecture.

Sports Tours International, the pros at securing hotel packages and entry into prestigious running and cycling events around the globe, again this spring has lined up hotels (breakfasts included) convenient to the marathons and the services of its seasoned reps who will pamper and prep runners in advance of these events.

Rome Marathon 2019 is first up on Sunday, April 7. Every year 16,000 runners from over 130 countries come to Rome to explore ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum during the Maratona di Roma weekend. Runners may obtain in advance a three-night (April 6-8) plan that includes overnight accommodations for three nights at the four-star Mercure Centro Colosseo, daily breakfasts, local assistance and a pasta party with beverages. The per person rate is from £529. Sports Tours International can also book entry into the marathon from now through Feb. 28 at £75 and from March 1-25 at £85. For details see here.

After running in the Eternal City, marathoners have until April 12 to get to the City of Lights for Paris Marathon 2019 on April 14. Sports Tours International stands ready to arrange accommodation in other places along the way. In Paris itself packages are available for two, three or four nights with two hotel options from £219 per person. With accommodation and daily breakfast come running rep services and guaranteed entry into the race. An early booking entry fee available for a limited time is £75 per entry. Staff service on the Paris Marathon includes a Marathon race briefing, daily hotel visits, an escorted trip to the Marathon Expo on Friday and Saturday and an escorted trip to the Marathon start.

The Paris Marathon, attracting over 40,000 runners annually, was established in 1977 during the beginning of a craze for big city, international marathons. There are now more than 23,000 runners from abroad, making up 40 percent of the field. The 26.2-mile running and sightseeing journey begins on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées. From the foot of the Arc de Triomphe the route heads towards the Place de la Concorde. From the Rue de Rivoli runners sweep through the Place de la Bastille. Then comes a glimpse of greenery in the Bois de Vincennes which has views of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower before reaching the finish line on the Avenue Foch.

Sports Tours International’s operations executive Simon is a huge fan of this race. Find out why he loves it here.

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Sports Tours International suggests booking race packages early. For more information, available packages, space availability and reservations please visit online, email: sales@sportstoursinternational.co.uk, or call: (+44) 161 703 8161.

Sports Tours International is Europe’s leading specialist in sports travel. Since inception in 1973 they have hosted thousands of participants and spectators at major sporting events worldwide. With the tagline, Our experience will make yours, the company’s initial roots came from a devotion to running when founder Vince Regan began taking runners to the NYC Marathon. Since the early 2000s, the company now embraces international cycling events, triathlon competitions, sports training camps and corporate hospitality.

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14 MINIMALIST TRAVEL POSTERS

Minimalism is all the rage at the moment thanks to writers like Fumio Sasaki, so why not apply that approach when planning your next vacation? There’s so much information out there that it can seem overwhelming when you start researching places to go, with so many offers, travel guides, blogs, photos, videos, podcasts and all the rest. Sometimes you just need to drown out the noise and focus on what’s important.

That’s why Expedia has created these minimalist travel posters to help you see the essential elements on 14 of the top vacation destinations in the world. They’ve picked out the most important aspects of each destination, namely where you should go first, what food you should eat and where you can get that one stunning and shareable photo for your Instagram or Facebook page.

If you go to Berlin, for example, a whistlestop tour using these posters would take you to the aptly-named Panoramapunkt for a panoramic view of the TV Tower, followed by a trip to the past at the historic Brandenburg Gate. For food options, currywurst is a spicy taste of Berlin life and culture, while you can finish your stay with an energetic and symbolic bike ride down the Mauerweg, which follows the route of the old Berlin Wall.

Swapping Germany for South Africa, Cape Town has plenty to offer, even in the snapshot form of a minimalist visit. Speaking of snapshots, Bloubergstrand is the place to go to get that iconic photo of Table Mountain while you’ll also want to keep your camera to hand when you’re at Boulders Beach so you can get a shot of the penguins. Yes, there really are penguins there. The Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock is a good place to get souvenirs, while the recommended dish of the trip is potjiekos, a traditional meat stew.

As you’ll have seen from these two examples, there’s so much you can fit into even a minimalist travel poster if the destination is as exciting as Berlin or Cape Town. Others getting the minimalist treatment include Havana, London, Paris and even the Serengeti and Siam Reap, the Cambodian home of 800-year-old temple Angkor Wat. You can probably guess what the iconic photo from that trip would be.

So check out all 14 of these minimalist travel posters from Expedia and see which of the legendary destinations captures your imagination. Given that you can take in all the sights in just one day, you could even do a tour…

 

LIVE NOW • Check out Kölsch performing on the Eiffel Tower

Danish producer-performer Kölsch is performing today on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The DJ set is being streamed from 1800 CET – 1915 CET. Watch the live stream on Kölsch, Cercle Music, and Eiffel Tower‘s Facebook pages. Over 15 million viewers are expected to tune into the captivating sunset spectacle on October 16, so don’t miss out on being one of them!

Rune Reilly Kölsch is coming off of an extremely successful summer. Following a string of high profile festival shows and the release of critically-acclaimed album “1989”, his 3rd and final chapter in an autobiographical album trilogy with German label Kompakt, this Eiffel Tower performance is a great cap to a perfect summer for the DJ. Kölsch will set off on a worldwide tour to promote “1989”. He will be touching down in major cities like Miami, London, Berlin, New York, Melbourne, and more. Check out Kompakt’s site for more information on Kölsch and how to score tickets to see him perform at one of the stops on his tour.

KÖLSCH TO PERFORM ON THE EIFFEL TOWER

Kölsch is set to perform on the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday 16th October. The Danish producer’s exclusive DJ set for Cercle Music will be streamed live and direct from 1800 CET – 1915 CET at facebook.com/kolschofficial. Over 15 million viewers are expected to tune in to enjoy a scintillating sunset show, with magnificent views across the French capital from the iconic Parisian monument.
It’s been a huge summer for revered performer Rune Reilly Kölsch, with a string of high profile festival shows, Ibiza residency ‘In The Dark’ at Hï Ibiza, and the release of critically-acclaimed album ‘1989’, the third and final chapter in his autobiographical album trilogy on German label Kompakt. Add to this a successful BBC Radio 1 residency, and one of the biggest club hits of the summer with his remix of London Grammar’s ‘Hell to the Liars’ and there’s no doubt that 2017 is Kölsch’s biggest year to date.
Before embarking on a worldwide ‘1989’ album tour, which will see him touch down in Miami, London, Berlin, Paris, San Francisco, Milan, New York, LA, Buenos Aires, Hasselt, Sydney, Dublin, Glasgow, Melbourne and more, Kölsch will perform an exclusive DJ set on the Eiffel Tower. The performance will be streamed live on YouTube and across Facebook via the Kolsch fan page, Cercle Music, the Eiffel Tower fan page and a selection of media partner platforms.
Tune in to the live stream from 1800 CET – 1915 CET on Monday 16th October at facebook.com/kolschofficial.
Kölsch Tour Dates  

Oct 20 Awakenings ADE, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 21 ADE Audio Obscura x Spectrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oct 27 Miami, USA Heart

Oct 28 Montreal, Canada La Bacchanale

Oct 31 San Francisco, USA Audio

Nov 3 Cordoba, Argentina BNP Club

Nov 4 Valinhos, S.P, Brasil Laroc – Sunset Club

Nov 5 Buenos Aires, Argentina Oasis

Nov 9 London, UK Fabric (Live Show)

Nov 10 Paris, France Faust

Nov 11 Berlin, Germany Panoramabar

Nov 16 Dublin, Ireland District 8

Nov 17 Cologne, Germany Gewölbe

Nov 18 Hasselt, Belgium Labyrinth

Nov 24 Milan, Italy Volt

Nov 26 Glasgow, UK Sub Club

Dec 8 Melbourne, Australia Forum Theatre (Live show)

Dec 9 Sydney, Australia Greenwood (Live show)

Dec 15 New York, USA TBA

Dec 16 Los Angeles, USA Sound 

VISIT DURBAN × ULTRAMARATHON

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km (approx. 56 miles) which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. Registrations for the 93rd edition of the race open tomorrow, Friday, September 1 and close on November 30, or when the entry limit of 20,000 runners is reached. The Comrades Marathon 2018 theme is “No Turning Back” which encapsulates the grit, perseverance and determination it takes to complete. 

For the first time ever, the race will finish at Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium, host of the 2010 World Cup.

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Wondering why Durban is an awesome place to race, then stay and play? Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. The Golden Mile

This 3.7 mile long sandy beach is by far the greatest attraction in Durban. Swimming is good all year round due to the warm, subtropical climate. Surfing is prevalent, dozens of pools can be found along the esplanade, and crafts can be purchased from seaside stalls. Exotic restaurants, nightclubs, and many hotels can be found beachside. For some of the best views on the beach, visitors can hop on a brightly colored rickshaw and cruise the Golden Mile, Zulu style.

2. Vibrant Afro-Indian Culture & Cuisine

Durban is a coastal melting pot influenced by African and Indian cultures and is home to the largest Indian population outside of India. In the Central Business District, visitors can stroll the Victoria Street Market where men in traditional kurtas and women in saris sell spices, curry powders, silk scarves, and more. One of Durban’s top culinary delights is the city’s signature dish of Bunny Chow, Indian curry housed in a hollowed-out loaf of white bread.

3. uShaka Marine World

Located at the end of the Golden Mile, this 40-acre theme park offers water rides, interactive animal shows, a snorkeling lagoon, shark cage diving, a reptile exhibit, shopping, myriad dining options, and more. uShaka Marine World is made up of five distinct sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, and uShaka Kids World.

4. Moses Mabhida Stadium

With its iconic “arch of triumph”, Moses Mabhida Stadium is an engineering feat that provides Durban with a defining landmark to match the Eiffel Tower, Sydney’s Opera House, or the London Eye. Built in 2009, the 85,000 seat stadium played host to the 2010 World Cup and today is the site of large-scale sporting events, Essence Festival Durban, and six signature activities. These include The Adventure Walk, a 500-step guided climb to the top of the arch, and the Big Rush Big Swing, the Guinness Book of World Records’ tallest swing allowing the adventurous to free fall 772 feet into the stadium bowl while attached to a harness.

 

5. Essence Festival Durban

The Essence Festival returns to Durban September 26 – October 1, 2017. In its second year in South Africa, the festival will again showcase international performers; world-famous speakers; and local artists, chefs, and experts. Just a few of the big names who took part in 2016 included Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, and Kelly Price. A sister festival to the long-running New Orleans Essence Festival, the Essence Festival promotes climate of empowerment, inspiration, and entertainment.

 

6. Florida Road

Florida Road is the heart of Durban’s entertainment scene. The buzz in this shopping, dining, and nightlife district starts in the early morning at the bustling sidewalk cafes and continues throughout the day at a wide range of boutiques, galleries, and more than 30 eateries.

 
7. Zulu Experiences

Zulu people make up the largest ethnic group of South Africa, with an estimated 10 million residents in KwaZulu-Natal. Several opportunities exist to explore Zulu culture in the Durban area including Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, which feature replica Zulu homesteads where visitors can participate in traditional ceremonies, learn Zulu customs, try traditional beer, and enjoy energetic Zulu dance performances; and iSithumba, an authentic Zulu village in the Valley of 1000 Hills where visitors can venture into homes and establishments to meet, interact with, and learn from locals.

 

8. Inanda Heritage Route

The Inanda Heritage Route includes some of Durban’s most important, albeit little-known, historical sites providing a snapshot of critical moments in South African and Indian history. Stops include Mahatma Ghandi’s Phoenix Settlement; the gravesite of Dr. John L. Dube, the first-ever president of the African National Congress; and Inanda Seminary, the first secondary school for African girls.

 

9. Accessible Location

King Shaka International Airport is located just 25 minutes north of Durban’s city center, offering convenient international access and domestic flights to all major South African cities.

 

10. Proximity to Outdoor Adventures in Greater KwaZulu-Natal

Durban is the jumping off point to the Zulu Kingdom, and visitors can experience the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the abundant wildlife of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, and the wetland wonders of St. Lucia, by driving just two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours outside of the city.

  

ABOUT DURBAN

Located an hour southeast of Johannesburg by air, Durban is the beachfront gem of KwaZulu-Natal Province (KZN). A bustling harbor city and popular surfing spot, Durban lies on the Indian Ocean and is South Africa’s third largest urban area. Remnants of British colonialism and a mix of Zulu, Indian, and Afrikaans traditions give the city a rich cultural heritage, while outdoor activities abound on the signature “Golden Mile” beachfront and in the lush rolling hills that encompass Durban’s suburbs. For more information, visit www.durbanexperience.co.za.