vtravelled Weekly Round-Up w/c 23rd May


This week’s summary of web wonders is something of an American odyssey, with some great tips and tempting tidbits for anyone travelling to the States in the near future. Enjoy”¦


LA Wonderland


29th May marks the beginning of a must-see exhibition as the massive Tim Burton retrospective hits the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The collection, already hosted at New York’s MoMA last year, brings together drawings, paintings, photographs, storyboards, puppets, costumes and all sorts from the quirky director’s entire career. If you can’t wait or can’t make it, top design blog The Fox Is Black have a great 74 picture preview of the works.


San Francisco Twice


Anyone off to San Francisco soon can experience an extra special view of the bay at the Explorium’s Tinkering Studio. Scott Weaver’s Rolling Through The Bay, which took him 35 years and 100,000 toothpicks to complete is an incredible (not so) miniature that also doubles as a kind of game. For those who can’t get to see it person, you can see it in action here.


Scott Weaver’s Rolling through the Bay from The Tinkering Studio on Vimeo.


And while we’re looking at SF from an artistic angle, check out this superb Flickr set of long exposure photos by exxonvaldez: beautiful long exposure images of take-offs and landings at San Francisco International.


Big Sur Stop-Off


…And if you happen to be travelling between LA and San Francisco, we doubt you could find a cooler place to spend a night than the Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur (thanks to filmmaker Philip Bloom for the tip). Sitting among the coastal cliffs with endless ocean views out front and mountains behind, this looks like luxury defined. Check out their pics on the site.




The compact, capsule-style Yotel will be a familiar sight to most people who’ve passed through UK airport terminals in recent years, but their new Times Square property is something of a surprise. Opening next week, the company’s first US hotel has 669 rooms and if the pics in this sneak preview on Hotel Chatter are anything to go by, they look pretty damn nice. We’d certainly stay there.


Chicago Mirrored


We’re suckers for time-lapse films and have featured a few before. We love the way they capture urban landscapes, but we’ve never seen one quite like Craig Shimala’s mirror-image video Floating Chicago.


For a more close up look at this city, this one on Craig’s Flickr page uses the same mirror technique on footage of a drive through the city’s Loop district.


Junk Art Washington DC


And finally”¦ Just after we posted our piece on Weird Washington this week, we stumbled on this charming story about a brand new offbeat attraction in the city: the Luther Place Memorial Church’s intriguing Junk Art Garden in Northwest DC. Nice.

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