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The London List Abroad: Ecuador’s Quilotoa Crater Overlook offers spectacular views over an 800-year-old volcano craterThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 10 Dec 2014



Deep in the Ecuadorian Andes and some 12,000 feet above sea level, the Quilotoa Crater Overlook teeters over the edge of a collapsed volcano and the stunning Quilotoa Lake. The glass-fronted double platform is made from pre-weathered teak, designed to compliment and blend into its surroundings, and offers two viewpoints from either the top deck “producing an almost vertigo-like sensation” or the lower stairs, “a space for passive viewing.” A project from the Ecuadorian tourist board, the Quilotoa Crater Overlook supports the indigenous Shalalá community who run the area’s facilities and was designed by architects Javier Mera, Jorge Andrade and Daniel Moreno.

Berlin-based photographer Anke Nunheim traverses the glacial lakes and lava fields of Iceland

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 3 Dec 2014



On a road trip through the stunning natural landscapes of Iceland, photographer Anke Nunheim takes in vast waterfalls, black beaches, glacial lakes and lava fields. The country’s sheer size and scale is a sight to behold. Show the rest of this post…








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Kinfolk’s short documentary of John Moore and Hannah Henderson’s beautiful life in Venice Beach will fill you with envy

By Sam Bathe on 25 Sep 2014




Stepping into the lives of Venice Beach couple John Moore – who helped found the Hollister brand and also runs The Pop Studio and designs menswear line M.Nii – his partner Hannah Henderson – who runs General Store, a home goods shop in Abbott Kinney – and their children, Kinfolk might just fill you with envy. Meandering through their hippy home and idyllic Venice streets, the charming interiors and backyard space give a good look of life on the West Coast. Directed by Chris and Sarah Rhoads.

Spanish architecture firm CaSA create the perfect holiday apartment in Barcelona

Posted in Architecture, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 17 Sep 2014



Briefed to transform a neglected and poorly distributed apartment into an attractive holiday home, with the Rocha Apartment in Barcelona, CaSA have created the perfect light and airy city retreat. Located in the centre of the city between between Plaza Catalunya y Plaza Universitat, the apartment is on the sixth floor of a beautiful art nouveau building. Show the rest of this post…

Pastel tones and warm wood paneling accent the white walls of the living space, while folding windows and French doors connect the inviting outdoor balcony. The other side of a striking turquoise corridor lie three bedrooms and their brightly tiled bathrooms. The balance of tone and colour and the new distribution of space is a real success.













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Photographer Richard Gaston captures a world that is for exploring

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 11 Sep 2014



Documenting his adventures in the great outdoors, Glasgow-based Richard Gaston has a real energy and free spirit in his photography. Conquering great lands with his friends, the epic scale of the landscapes is a real sight to behold. Show the rest of this post…










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Ezaram Vambe’s ‘In Havana’ is a beautiful ode to the Cuban capital

Posted in Film, Short Films, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 5 Aug 2014


Shot while visiting for a few days in January 2013, filmmaker Ezaram Vambe‘s In Havana is a gorgeous ode to the Cuban capital. Free from the marks of globalisation you’ll find in pretty much every other corner of the world, “Havana is one of those cities that stay with you long after you have left,” explains Vambe, who has effortlessly captured the essence and spirit of this amazing city. The music is Tarrega Minor by Broque.

Jenny Harmsen’s landscapes show the vast expanse of nature

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 19 Jul 2014


Photographer Jenny Harmsen shows off just how impressive in scale nature can really be with her series of landscapes. Show the rest of this post…






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The London List Abroad: Paris’ iconic Piscine Molitor swimming pool reopens its doors after 25 years of disrepairThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 8 Jun 2014


The magnificent Piscine Molitor opened to Art Deco splendor in 1929. For decades it was the place to be seen in Paris, hosting galas and fashion shows and converted into an ice skating rink in winter. Show the rest of this post…

When the Piscine Molitor closed in 1989, it fell into disrepair. Though the building was saved from demolition after local protests, skateboarders and graffiti artists transformed it into a focal point of urban culture.

Reopening in May, the Piscine Molitor has been brought back to its former glory after a €80m redevelopment. The new Molitor is a luxury hotel and private members’ club, breathing new life into the Art Deco property whilst preserving the original features. The hotel offers 124 rooms, plus a spa, gym, restaurant and rooftop bar, and will also host rolling exhibitions from local artists. The club will certainly be an exclusive affair too. A single day of swimming will cost €180, with annual membership fees rising to €3,300.

Find out more about the Molitor hotel and private members’ club on their site:







The London List Abroad: The Glacier Skywalk tests your nerves whilst giving breathtaking views of the Canadian RockiesThe London List

By Sam Bathe on 9 May 2014

At the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Glacier Skywalk jets out 30-metres from the cliff’s edge, above a 915ft drop to the ground. With a glass-bottomed floor, the Skywalk allows visitors a unique 360° view of the beautiful Jasper National Park, though you’ll need nerves of steel to look down. A steel and wood construction helps the walkway structure blends into its surroundings, with the project close to a zero carbon footprint. The Glacier Skywalk opened May 1st and will set visitors back $24.95, head to their site for more details:

Photographer Chris Schoonover explores the vastness of nature in Iceland

Posted in Art, Photography, Travel
By Sam Bathe on 7 May 2014



A web designer by trade, Chris Schoonover, however, has made a real name for himself with his photographer. Reveling in open space, Chris likes to give his photos a clean aesthetic, and so felt right at home in the rolling expanses in Iceland. Show the rest of this post…







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