The hostel is named after the great Italian mountaineer Guisto Gervasutti and looks out over the same mountain range he was the first to conquer – the east face of the Grandes Jorasses – which he scaled in 1942.
The Gervasutti shelter is solar-powered and equipped with a unit to measure local conditions (self-diagnosis, weather conditions, web-cam, emergency rescue communication) connected with logistic and rescue headquarters. The shelter offers a sanitary module with a biological toilet, wooden bunk beds, living area with kitchenette and a breathtaking view above Freboudze glacier.
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Hotel Zlatibor in the Serbian city of Užice opened its doors on 24 September 1981. It was designed by a (then) young architect Svetlana Radovic and nicknamed “Sivonja,” which means “The Gray Ox,” an affectionate reference to its color and shape. Luxuriously designed with a piano bar and rooms dressed in brown velvet and employing he best chefs, waiters, confectioners and other service personnel the Grey Ox was both a tourist magnet and a symbol of of Yugoslav confidence. During the 90s and in connection with the collapse of Yugoslavia, the sanctions against Serbia and consequently the complete lack of maintenance, the building started steadily decaying. Nowadays, the Ox might be old but it still maintains its strength: beautiful and dynamic architecture and the hotel still operating!
I love that picture because It shows the context in which this bold building was built and how pioneering and progressive architecture can be.
Pictures taken on April 2013 by WWT
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If you are travelling to Porto, Portugal and feel uncomfortable in hotel chains, the Flattered apartments is a cool place to stay.
Closely situated to the old town of Porto, offers 5 different apartments for rent, each for 2 or 3p per 110, with fully equipped kitchen and resonable cost.
The property is managed by Miguel, an animal sciences consultant. Book here.
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Astley is a unified site of great complexity and resonance: moated castle, gateway and vestigial curtain walls, lake, church and the ghost of pleasure gardens all combine in a picturesque landscape of great power. The Astley Castle can accommodate 8 people. You may book here.
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The unique Seaventures Dive Rig, a former oil-drilling platform “based in the heart of the coral triangle” and “located off the north east coast of Borneo, Malaysia, just 1km from the white sand beaches of Mabul and only 20 mins from Sipadan’s world famous dive site” (?!), now converted into a dive resort.
There are about three million oil rigs and platforms scattered throughout the world’s waters. As underwater oil fields start to dry up a decent percentage of them—no one seems to know the exact figure—have already been abandon or fallen into misuse.
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