Subterranean London

5th September 2014

I thought these images from a new book called Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital were too amazing not to share, so I’ve finally come out of my blogging hibernation. Hello friends!

London is an amazing enough city above ground and although I knew of old tube stations and lines no longer in use, this book shows a beautiful insight into the city’s underground world. The work on the new Cross Rail system is also fascinating to see, as well as the old advertising that is still found in some of the stations.

Written by Bradley Garrett with a forward by Will Self, you can purchase a copy here.

(via BuzzFeed)

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Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

5th February 2014

In the new year we spent a night in Venice and oh my god, wow. It was breathtaking and I fell in love. With only 24 hours we walked and ate, and walked and drank espresso, and walked and ate gelato and walked and walked and walked. And took a million photos.

So Polpo is essentially a Venetian bàcaro but in London, with locations in Soho, Covent Garden and Smithfields. We visit the Smithfields one every time we’re in town and the sexy decor, combined with food to die for makes it one of our favourite places.

Anyway – I thought it would be a good idea to get Si the Polpo recipe book for Christmas, which turned out to be a great idea actually. He cooked from it on Saturday night and everything was delicious. The book itself is not only beautiful: printed on gorgeous paper with a lovely chain bound spine … it includes all of the recipes we love too. Hooray!

It also has a whole section on awesome cafes in Venice which we unfortunately didn’t realise while we were there. Oh well. We can reminisce over Arancini and Pork and Fennel Meatballs at home instead ;)

Check it out here.

Move

3rd February 2014

Hello friends!

I’m back!

Happy New Year (can I still say that?) happy 2014, happy February (omg) and sorry for the wait on BTN updates this year – it’s been a bit of a mad start.

Here is an inspiring and amazing video to get back into the swing of things with, found by my sweet little sister.

(Thanks Han)

Adventure Is Calling

29th October 2013

Today I love this video by photographer Shane Black.

Black and 2 friends left their jobs and went travelling for 2 months – covering 32 states, 13 national and state parks, and drove nearly 13,000 miles, capturing these beautiful timelapses along the way.

Our world is pretty amazing hey?

(via Gizmondo. Thanks Dad)

Side note: I very much liked the comment on Gizmondo by Captain Jack. Take a moment to read and think about it.

Namibia

5th July 2013

Sorry for the lack of posts this week guys, work has been crazy and on Sunday morning we’re embarking upon a 4×4 Namibian adventure!

See you in a couple of weeks – wide eyed, desert wizened and bronzed by Africa.

Woopee!

Ray-Ban Baby

28th June 2013

Oh guys, I know I’ve been slack with posting and I’m sorry.

London (and that cool little dude up there) have been keeping me so busy.

We’ve been eating, drinking, working, shopping and spending as much time with the Munchkin as possible.

This was us yesterday in St. James’s Park. How awesome are his new Ray-Bans? I’m also quite in love with the Mr Bean bear that we found in Hamley’s.

One more London weekend to go.

The Magic Of Mexico

19th June 2013

This morning my favourite online shop Yuppie Chef sent me an inspired email about The Magic of Mexico – a new range of cooking supplies they stock.

Perfect timing for our Spicy Vegetarian Tortilla Soup this evening!

Mmmmmmm.

New & Improved Flickr

23rd May 2013

We started using Flickr right before we left London in 2007 to go travelling, and it’s been my friend ever since.

Photojojo’s Timecapsule is just one of the reasons it’s so amazing – every 2 weeks we get an update of photos from the same time last year which is beyond cool. You can also send messages to yourself in the future.

Anyway, this week Yahoo launched their new and improved site and I have to say I love it. Admitedly I haven’t had a good play yet, but I love the layout and being able to view all of our photos in one long stream.

Flickr, you will forever have my heart (along with 7000 of our most favourite photos that I will continue to add too). xx

Travel

2nd May 2013

So we’re off to Si’s motherland for 2 months today and I can’t wait.

London here we come!

I’ll be back on the 13th with some British love… so until then, stay happy my neon friends!

erin x

Handpresso Auto

26th April 2013

Handpresso is an espresso maker for your car.

Yep, that’s right. Your car.

Plug it into the cigarette lighter, add water, a E.S.E. coffee pod, then press the button and wait for the 3 beeps to tell you your espresso is ready. With a 16 bar pressure system the espressos are bound to be tasty and the design itself is pretty slick.

Now if only they would make a milk heater + foamer for my latté…

Studio Mobile

3rd April 2013

Shanghai photographer Maleonn came up with the idea for a mobile studio when he looked back at his work and realised that although the images he was taking meant a lot to the people he was photographing, they were actually quite detached from what was going on.

After seven months of preparation, painting, prop hiring and making, Maleonn began travelling with his Studio Mobile, and 25 Chinese provinces later he’s photographed 200,000 people.

Amazing.

You can find more images on his site here.

(via TheGuardian)

Maria Sibylla Merian

2nd April 2013

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 366th birthday of Maria Sibylla Merian, the German scientific illustrator and naturalist, known for her exquisite documentation of the metamorphosis of the butterfly and her studies in Suriname between 1699 – 1701.

Beautiful.

Maps GL

27th March 2013

Maps GL is Google’s map technology using Web GL (which is a javascript library) to allow transitions between 3D scenes and photographs.

It’s pretty awesome and let’s you get up close and personal to all kinds of places you might otherwise never see.

All you need to do is enable Maps GL on your Google Maps and then take a photo tour of a place you want to explore.

Enjoy!

Meshu

14th January 2013

I just had to share with you guys another awesome present my little sister got me for Christmas (yes, she’s really, really cool!)

Meshu is a company that makes custom pendants and earrings based on journeys. My Meshu is made up of places I’ve travelled to over the last few years – from Australia to Mozambique. Each place is a point on my necklace. You can choose from Bamboo, Silver, Nylon and Acrylic and each piece comes with a postcard of your design in a little black box.

I love it.

Skulls

14th January 2013

Everyone knows how much I love skulls especially my sweet little sister, and when she gave me this amazing bottle of wine for Christmas I completely fell in love with it.

Skulls 2008 was produced by R Wines (a collaboration between winemakers Dan Philips and Chris Ringland) in South Australia. It was then imported to Vancouver where she bought it and took it back to Hong Kong. Then she gave it to me for Christmas and I brought it back to Cape Town. How’s that for around the world?

The best bit about this wine though (aside from it’s 16.3% alc./vol.) is the AMAZING label by Hungarian designer István Orosz, entitled Ship of Fools. It’s surreal and beautiful. Orosz is often compared with M. C. Escher because of his forced perspectives and optical illusions, so spend some time seriously checking it out.

As Eat Magazine says: “This wine, and its label, is not for the feint of heart.”

Think we’ll have to save it for a special occasion.

Google Doodle / 9th January

9th January 2013

Love today’s Google Doodle.

Happy 150th birthday to the London Underground!

Hong Kong

7th December 2012

This afternoon we fly to Hong Kong for Christmas and New Year with my family! It’s been almost 3 years since we were there and I can’t wait to get back.

I also have the added bonus of some realtime Between the Neon and the Sea action – my blog comes from a short story with the same name, which reminds me of Hong Kong everyday. I will try my best to get some awesome HK-neon-inspired posts uploaded while I’m there.

Happy Friday everyone!

Up

21st November 2012

Jonathan Trappe is off on an adventure in his floating house, just like Mr Fredricksen in Up!

Trappe was the first person to cross the English Channel with cluster balloons and this test run at the Leon International Balloon festival in Mexico was a warm up for his Atlantic crossing attempt next Summer.

The clever guy plans to fly the 2500 miles in a 7 foot lifeboat with 365 balloons … and so he can’t fail really. Perfect!

(via TheTelegraph)

In South America

19th November 2012

This beautiful video of 3 friends travelling around South America left me dreaming of our trip a few years ago.

Well worth a watch.

Luckily The Seats Go Back

16th November 2012

Do you remember Between Friends with the lovely Miss Yael Fachler?

Well, after a couple of delays (including a massive, inconsiderate superstorm) her American road trip has officially begun!

I’ve been checking out luckily the seats go back almost hourly to see where they are, what they’re eating and where they’re staying … and I feel like I’m tagging along in the backseat. Yay! Miss you hunny!

Flight Path

5th November 2012

So, after a pretty hectic 2 weeks we arrived back in Cape Town this morning.

London was awesome. Cold, busy, and fun … but it’s nice to be home. I thought this timelapse of a Heathrow approach was lovely and appropriate.

(via LaughingSquid)

Hello London!

22nd October 2012

We’re back in London and having an awesome time – even though it’s drizzly, cold and so foggy you can’t see 2 feet in front of you!

Tubes, chocolate skulls, sexy neon and Chilli Beef Ramen = the perfect start to a 2 week trip.

Midway

17th October 2012

Midway is a film by photographer, director and activist Chris Jordan shot on the Midway Atoll in the North Pacific Ocean.

“The MIDWAY media project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.”

With filming continuing throughout this year and a Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 (they ended up raising $112,273) the completed film is due for release next year. I can’t wait to watch it.

(Thanks Lauz)

Between Meals / San Julian

16th October 2012

On Friday we went to our favourite Mexican Restaurant in Cape Town, San Julian. It’s probably the most authentic Mexican we’ve had outside of Mexico (except for Wahaca in London), the tortillas are sooooo good and the chilli sauces hot, hot, hot! The best bit though is that we always reminisce about our Mexican travels over tequila and cerveza and get to practice our Spanish with Arturo = Perfecto.

Where:
San Julian on Rose Street – Cape Town

What we ate:
Nachos (yum!), Ceviche (yum!) and Sinaloa Chilorio Pork Tacos with lots of spicy sauce! Yum!

What we drank:
El Jimador shots washed down with Sangrita and Coronas.

Best bit:
Dreaming of Mexico while sipping on tequila.

Guerilla Underground

11th October 2012

These cheeky London Underground stickers have been appearing for a while, but it looks like they’re only just beginning to create a stir with the BBC reporting on them yesterday.

Do you think these stickers qualify as graffiti or are fun little distractions to brighten your day? I think they’re awesome and will totally be on the lookout next time we’re back!

Want more? Check out The Poke.