The Playmobil Boat Sailing 3,000 Miles Across the World

The Playmobil Boat Sailing 3,000 Miles Across the World

Ollie and Harry Ferguson aren’t your average sea captains. They’ve only got one ship under their command, and a combined age of 15. They’ve never stepped behind the vessel’s helm, but they’ve been hawk-like trackers of its progress. Granted, their ship is barely two feet long and made by Playmobil.

Amsterdam is Turning its Bridge Houses into Tiny Hotels

Amsterdam is Turning its Bridge Houses into Tiny Hotels

Well that’s it for me. I’ll never stay in a normal hotel in Amsterdam again now that 28 of the city’s bridge houses have been transformed into charming little hotel rooms. For over a century, these canalside gate houses accommodated the storied bridge keepers whose task it was to conduct the city’s water traffic and allow…

You Can Blow a Kiss to the Real St. Valentine

You Can Blow a Kiss to the Real St. Valentine

 That’s right, there really was a flesh-and-blood Italian behind the kitsch holiday we’ve got today, and he went by the name of Saint Valentine. Unfortunately for Valentine, however, the day-turned-holiday marked his tragic end, as the martyr was clubbed to death in Rome on February 14th, 269 AD. But you can still go blow a…

Meet the Walt Disney of Eastern Europe

Meet the Walt Disney of Eastern Europe

For those whose taste in fairytales favours a darker touch, we’re traveling to the far reaches of Eastern Europe, and into the enchanting world of animator Jiří Trnka. The late Czech animator (whose name is pronounced “Yershy Trinka”) created nearly two-dozen films over his lifetime, from folksy gems like Grandfather Planted a Beet (1945) to the…