December 2013


It´s that time of the year when you are supposed to summarise the past 12 months. 2013 has been a year of change, a year of solid possibilities and a year of new experiences from different angles. With other words, thanks for an intriguing year with a lot of positive outcomes. So, let´s turn the page and welcome 2014 with hopes for new adventures, new relationships and new moments of joy. May you all have a blessed 2014.

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‘Step into the Void’ is a glass room located on the uppermost terrace of the Aiguille du Midi mountain, and is suspended off its side. It comprises glass panes on all sides, including a view of the dizzying 3,395-foot drop, guaranteed to not only take your breath away but also induce extreme vertigo. The Aiguille du Midi, or ‘Needle of the South’, is home to the highest mountain peak in Europe and has a summit of 12,605 feet. It boasts magnificent views, historic cable trams, and skiing and hiking trails.

According to the region’s tourism website, the Pierre-Yves Chays-designed structure is “custom-built to the highest standards for safety and clarity.” The glass room can withstand winds of up to 135 mph, and is part of a renovation that includes the ‘World’s Highest Museum’ and a natural ice cave. The glass attraction was inspired by the Grand Canyon ‘skywalk’, a U-shaped glass cantilever bridge extending off a canyon ledge. Other similar viewing decks around the world include the Sears Tower (formerly Willis) in Chicago and the Tianmen Mountain skywalk in Zhangjiajie, China. ‘Step into the Void’ towers over the rest, and its thrills are not confined to the view. Visitors eager for a double dose of adrenalin can try the heart-stopping Vallée Blanche ski run, a 12-mile long off-piste ski route that with a vertical descent of 9,000 feet straight into the Mont Blanc massif, the largest glaciated domain in the Alps. (via Design Taxi)

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Visitors to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Heilongjiang Province in North East China were treated to an early sight of the dazzling giant snow sculptures. The festival officially kicks off on 5 January and lasts one month. The sculptures were carved out of ice from the frozen Songhua River nearby and they ranged from woolly mammoths and reindeers, to a T-Rex and a replica of the Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. If you’re wondering how they stay solid, Harbin’s extremely low temperatures and cold winds ensure the sculptures remain intact. (via Design Taxi)

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