vtravelled Weekly Round-Up: w/c 14th Feb

Welcome to our weekly web round-up of the things that have caught our eye on our online travels.  This week is a big city special, it’s all about the urban…

 

Visions of Tokyo

We mentioned eternally enchanting Tokyo in our last round-up and this week we’re looking at it from all angles. For the fashionistas and architecture enthusiasts, there are some great pics of the new Marc Jacobs store over at We Heart.

 

For the culture vultures, check out this lovely personal overview of the Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park by solo traveller Zen-aida.

Any trip there can be an adventure into the unknown, but if you want to get to the heart of things have a look at five of Tokyo’s lesser-known neighbourhoods.

For another unique view of the city, you needn’t even leave your seat. Chris Wild’s How to be a Retronaut blog has this incredible panorama showing how Tokyo looked in 1865 – cooler if viewed full screen.

Back to the future: at 310 miles an hour (!) the new train from Tokyo to Nagoya is set to be the fastest in the world. We look forward to riding that, but will always love the charm of the local trains we featured last week.

 

New York City Stories

Recently we featured our own pick of Ten Essential Travel Apps; this week, Jazz Hostels have their own special on cheap and free NYC apps. Find free drinks and know exactly where to exit that subway station!

 

Look around! Photo stories really don’t get any better than this of NYC at Pictory. Beautiful large scale pics of scenes from all over the city that will transport you there in an instant.

Look up! Pioneering architect Frank Gehry’s addition to the world’s most famous skyline has just been completed in downtown Manhattan: a slideshow of awesome images over at The New York Times.

From luxury apartment blocks to luxury accommodation”¦if you’re looking for somewhere snazzy to stay in the Apple, you could do a lot worse than Morgans Hotels’ brand new Mondrian Soho, which opens Feb 22nd.

Urban Africa

Heading back east for a magic mix of urban and rural flavour, this Top 10 Best things to do and see in Nairobi, makes the “City of the Sun” look very inviting. We want to go right now!

 

Staying in Africa, this wonderful article about Cape Town’s thriving art scene by Roslyn Sucas, shows how the city continues to reinvent itself as one of the world’s most vibrant.

 

A different Dubai

It’s not all about big buildings and shopping, you know. Explore the desert and get your glamp on at the Al Maha Resort & Spa – this looks heavenly.

 

Photo of Shibuya crossing, Tokyo by Guwashi999 on Flickr.

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