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Net-zero Sawmill House is 100% self sufficient in California's high desert

Building a comfortable self-sufficient dwelling is no easy task, especially when in a harsh climate. But when Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig was …

Off-grid

Lisbon

1 place 2 days Staff Pick<p>Delightfully unpolished. Visibly historical.<p>Jericho Pascual<p>March 4, 2018<p>A city from which voyages sailed to the ends of the Earth - neither the grit nor grime of centuries can hide the beauty of Lisbon's proud history.<p>Formerly one of the wealthiest empires in the Age of …

European Travel

Want to Radically Improve Your Life? Ask Yourself 3 Powerful Questions Most of Us Have Never Thought of

Research found that the average person has about 60,000 thoughts per day. The bad news? 80 percent of those thoughts are negative and fear-based. Here are three questions to instantly curtail a negative mind.<p>If you're going through the ups and downs of life, maybe thinking about quitting on that …

Self-help

The Vipp Shelter – The Ultimate Prefab Home Comes Packed With Cool Features

All buildings regardless of their function are usually constructed and planned in relation to their surroundings and the context of their location. …

Prefab Homes

Holiday guide to inland Galicia, Spain: vineyards, hotels and restaurants

Straddling the provinces of Lugo and Ourense in the middle of Galicia sits La Ribeira Sacra, one of Spain’s least known and most mysterious areas. Its rivers, Miño and Sil, which meet at the region’s heart, mould the landscape, gouging out vast canyons and vertiginous valleys. Thick green forests …

Italy

The best of Lisbon’s new restaurants

Prado<p>Acclaimed 26-year-old chef António Galapito returned from London (where he worked with Nuno Mendes) to open Prado in November 2017. An abandoned fish factory was converted into this stylish, high-ceilinged restaurant, with Roman ruins on display – discovered the during renovation. Prado means …

European Travel

Cantilevering modern home redefines the ranch house

Long and lean<p>This rectangular house is an exercise in simplicity. Built on top of a hill in Portsea, Australia, the modern home is comprised of three parts that connect together and stretch into an elongated volume. Its exacting shape and sharp edges are a lovely, if unnatural, contrast to …

Architecture

Spain's Best Kept Secrets- 15 Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of Spain

The beauty of Spain lies in its sleepy, forgotten corners. This is where the real drama unfolds- mesmerizing sights and timeless heritage. If you’ve …

20 amazing places in Spain that the British haven't discovered yet

Spain, which this weekend hosts the travelling Formula One circus, overtook the US to become the world's second most popular holiday destination last year. It welcomed an estimated 82.2 million international visitors in 2017 - more than ever before and up from 75.3m in 2016. But that doesn't mean …

The Azores: An Eden We Want to Leave Alone, But Can't

The Portuguese archipelago is a paradise for adventurers—and a destination at a tipping point.<p>My bones rattle like a bag of quarters left on a spinning dryer as I roll down a steep dirt hill, the mountain bike’s back-wheel skidding across wet, loose gravel at each touch of the brake. Visibility is …

Galicia coast holiday guide: the best beaches, bars, restaurants and hotels

Lush green valleys and rugged mountains, sheer cliffs and wild, frothing, slate-grey seas. Bagpipes, baroque cathedrals and the smell of grilled seafood. The architectural grace of Santiago de Compostela and the industrial churn of Vigo. Galicia, the north-west corner of Spain, is a diverse region, …

European Travel

Hooked on Galicia: spectacular seafood … but not without a fight

A Coruña's Old Town is an excellent place to get lost in, as we did, before winding up at a great bar called La Bombilla<p>It’s one thing to cook an octopus. It’s quite another to catch one, to actually haul an octopus out of the sea and try to convince yourself, as its tentacles wind around your arm, …

5 of the Most Underrated Destinations in Spain

With over 75 million foreign visitors, Spain was the third most visited country in the world in 2016. It's also been ranked the most tourist-friendly …

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This Prefab L.A. Workspace Was Designed by a Computer Algorithm

Cover uses robotics to design livable structures<p>Designing a home based on sophisticated computer programming seems like something out of science fiction, but that’s exactly what Cover has to offer. Naturally, the idea of outsourcing aesthetic and architectural decisions to an algorithm was met with …

The best honeymoon hotels in Amsterdam

An insider's guide to the best honeymoon hotels in Amsterdam, including the top places to stay for romantic suites, antique-filled interiors, lavish décor, intimate restaurants and canal views, in locations including Centrum, the Canal Belt, Jordaan and De Negen Straatjes.<p>The Dylan<p>Amsterdam, …

Why Seville is the perfect city for an autumn break

Need one last blast of warmth? Look no further than Seville.<p>Go now<p>As summer’s heat fades into mild autumn days, so Seville changes pace and the cultural season kicks off. Noche En Blanco (sevillasemueve.org) on October 6 sees the city buzz late into the night with museums, galleries and rarely …

From an Undervalued Region in France, New Energy, New Inspiration and Great Wines

PRAYSSAC, France — Back in 1975, Jean-Marie Sigaud had a brilliant idea.<p>As a child, Mr. Sigaud, whose family grows grapes and makes wine here in the Cahors region in southwestern France, had heard the old men talk about how the best wines, the ones that had won medals at international expositions, …

Top 10: the best boutique hotels in Madeira

An expert guide to the best boutique hotels in Madeira, featuring the top places to stay for designer interiors, rooftop pools, tropical gardens, relaxing spas and excellent restaurants, in locations including Funchal and Ponta do Sol.<p>Castanheiro Boutique Hotel<p>Funchal, Madeira, Portugal<p>9 Telegraph …

4 life hacks from ancient philosophers that will make you happier

You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.<p>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first …

Nolan House

Located in Melbourne, Australia, the spectacular Nolan House is a project by Coy Yiontis Architects whom have created a beautiful light filled open …

Architecture

Why You Should Visit Fátima, Portugal's Holy City

Fátima is the ideal launching point to explore the culture, history, and natural beauty of Portugal's Centro region.<p>One hundred years ago, the sleepy agricultural town of Fátima in Portugal’s Centro region skyrocketed to international renown when three children reported seeing an apparition of …

Vrijstaand woonhuis Tilburg

Woonhuis te Tilburg. Gevelstucwerk, wrc geveldelen. Interieurarchitectuur: Francine Broos. Foto's: Chris v.d. Bijgaart.

The midlife health checklist: how to maximise your wellbeing in your 40s and beyond

There is no louder wake up call than crossing the threshold into middle age. Turning 40, according to cancer specialist Dr David Agus, is when we begin to question our mortality and take stock of our sedentary, desk-bound lives – and rightly so, given that in our fourth decade we put on weight more …

The secrets of Spain's most underrated city

When you are in Seville, imagine how it once was: the gateway to the New World, to the Americas and to Asia. Galleons laden with bullion, dyes such as cochineal and indigo, chocolate, Aztec sculptures that amazed Durer, arriving on the Guadalquivir River. It was Europe’s great port as Spain had a …

Here's How You Can Use Meditation To Change Your Brain

<i>Futurism only supports products that we use and love. The Gravity Blanket is one of those products. A subsidiary of Futurism launched this product</i> …

Mindfulness

Harvard Neuroscientist: Meditation Reduces Stress and Literally Changes Your Brain

<i>Futurism only supports products that we use and love. The Gravity Blanket is one of those products. A subsidiary of Futurism launched this product</i> …

Mindfulness

Dit is Europa‘s eilandparadijs

De zonovergoten Portugese eilandengroep Azoren loopt voorop in het ontwikkelen van duurzaam toerisme.<p>In het midden van de Atlantische Oceaan ligt een …

Secrets of the souks: Jasper Conran reveals the best shopping spots in Marrakech

Marrakech is an extraordinary city. I’ve been coming here for over 30 years and it was love at first sight. In many ways the city has hardly changed since then. I think Winston Churchill would still recognise the place today (he used to come in the 1930s and 1940s to paint, staying at La Mamounia …

Travel

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