04-07-15

Amanera to open in the Dominican Republic

Aman Resorts has announced the launch of Amanera, a 25-casita luxury resort, set to open in the Dominican Republic in the last quarter of the year.

Amanera draws its name from "aman", the Sanskrit-derived word for 'peace' and "era", the word for 'water' in Taíno, historically spoken by the indigenous people of the Caribbean.

The 2,000 acre property, designed by award-winning architect John Heah, sits atop 60-foot cliffs and will be a "golf-integrated" resort.


Guests can choose from 25 casitas with organic designs realized with natural materials, such as stone from local quarries, handmade tiles, and Dominican art and artifacts. The casitas all have flat biodiverse roofs that cultivate green gardens, cool living spaces and further blur the lines between dwellings and jungle.

The resort features a variety of amenities including a spa with both single and double treatment rooms, a fitness centre, an open air-bar, a cigar bar, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining areas and an informal beach club.

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07-06-15

The Best Drives in the World

Sean Connery as James Bond in 'Goldfinger' (1964), the Furka Pass, Switzerland 

There are over 11 million miles of roadways in the world. However, only a very small number of them are worth the drive.

Here at iSuperdrive we've compiled a list of the best driving routes out there; incorporating both stunning, scenic views along with pure driving pleasure. We've even taken the complications out of it and recommended the most fitting supercars that you should rent to most fully experience each drive to.

So go and grab your passport, update your iPod with a new driving playlists and belt in for some of the best driving roads in the world:

1.) The Furka Pass (Switzerland)


The Furka Pass is a stunning high mountain pass located in the central Swiss Alps that cannot be missed. It is one of the most scenic vistas in the world, offering spectacular panoramas around almost every bend. The road surface is immaculate making it a road that you can really "drive", perfect for the abundance of sweepers and tight switchbacks that the Pass has to offer. It really is a breath-taking road with breath-taking views.

The Furka Pass was actually featured in Goldfinger, so naturally we recommend you be your very own 007 and rent a luxury Aston Martin DB5 for the experience.

2.) The Stelvio Pass (Italy)

The Stelvio Pass is one of the most dramatic mountain passes that you can experience in the European Alps. Views from the road, which at times reaches 2757m high, are spectacular with clouds clinging to the highest peaks and waterfalls streaming down the mountainside. The Pass is best experienced when approached from the North-West side. This is due to this being the only direction that allows you to drive up its famous wall of switchbacks – all 48 of them. It’s also by approaching from this side you get to run through the heart of the Stelvio National Park itself before starting the ascent. This route then takes you through several great stretches of alpine forest and many kilometres of fast/ sweeping roads before arriving at the foot of the pass and allowing you to breath.

Top Gear voted the Stelvio Pass the 'best driving road in the world' in 2008 and, as it fared Richard Hammond so well, we recommend experiencing it in the lightweight Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

3.) The Atlantic Road (Norway)

Opened in 1989, the Atlantic Road is a National Trust Route and was honoured as Norway’s Construction of the Century in 2005. The 8.3km Atlantic is a long section of Country Road 64 built on a number of small islands and skerries, and is spanned by eight bridges and several landfills. It has been the location of numerous car commercials, in part due to the roads impressive engineering but predominantly due to the stellar open sea views that are available throughout. The breath-taking beauty of the Atlantic Ocean winding its way into the Norwegian countryside as it travels below the stunning architectural marvels is an experience not to be missed.

For this one we recommend throwing the top down on a Maserati Gran Cabrio and cruising along the coastline, giving you a highly responsive yet comfortable ride as you soak up the sun.

4.) The Seven Mile Bridge (USA)

The road from Miami to Key West is truly a drive through paradise. The Seven Mile Bridge, also called the Overseas Highway, was constructed between 1909 and 1912. You’ll have the experience of being surrounded by ocean as you traverse what, for the most part, is a narrow ribbon of islands. Driving so close to the bright blue waters of the Florida Straits really is a sight to behold/ The road has been featured in many action films such as James Bond Licence to Kill, Mission Impossible 3 and 2 Fast 2 Furious, and really does look as impressive on film as it does in real life.

Here we think it's right to emulate the guys in 2 Fast 2 Furious, so rent out a superb BMW M3 for a truly thrilling yet comfortable ride.

5.) The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse - Black Forest High Road (Germany)

The Schwarzwaldhochstrasse, or "Black Forest High Road", is the oldest and one of the best known themed drives in Germany. A road that combines glass smooth sweeping sections elevated above the forest with a dramatic switchback run back through the forest to nearby Baden Baden. The drive is one the most beautiful elevated sections of highway in the black forest region, and there are fantastic views either side of you. The road always remains wide making it fantastic to drive, and hundreds of lay buys mean that you’ll never miss that perfect photo opportunity. The cherry on top with the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse is that the final stretch feels almost like you are on a race track, complete with dozens of tight switchback turns and race track barriers.

You're going to want a fast car with superb handling and control here, so it's a no brainer to rent out the classic Ferrari 458 Italia.

6.) Chapmans Peak Drive (South Africa)

Chapman's Peak Drive is a mountain around 15km south of Cape Town. Arguably the most spectacular marine drive in the world, it winds its way between Noordhoek and Hout Bay on the Atlantic Coast of the south-western tip of South Africa. With 114 curves, sheer drops to the sea below on one side and towering mountains rising above you on the other, the drive is as exhilarating as it is terrifying. Locals affectionately call the route “Chappies”, and there are many areas along the drive offering 180 degree views where you can stop and take in the incredible, scenic views.

A Lamborghini Aventador was truly designed for this road. It will handle well around all of the curves, can be pushed hard on the straight and has a terrifying roar to match.

While hardly exhaustive, this list should provide some great options to add to your bucket list, and hopefully some inspiration for those planning an upcoming adventure abroad.

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12th WestLicht Photo Auction | Highlights


MARION POST WOLCOTT (1910–1990)
Roney Plaza Hotel, Miami 1939

Gelatin silver print, printed around 1970
30,5 x 22,7 cm
Signed, annotated and dated by the photographer in pencil on the reverse





RENÉ BURRI (1933–2014)
Rio de Janeiro, 1958

Vintage silver print
20 x 30,3 cm
Photographer's agency stamp. neg. no. stamp (58 19 1216 10) and several handwritten numerical notations in pencil and ink on the reverse

PHILIPPE HALSMAN (1906–1979)
Marilyn Monroe (Life Cover), 1952

Gelatin silver print, printed 1981
28,3 x 21,6 cm
Photographer's "Halsman / Marilyn, Copyright Philippe Halsman ©81, Edition Number 95 [handwritten] / 250" stamp on the reverse

FLOYD McCARTY (1913–1999) 
Warren Beatty – 'Bonnie & Clyde', USA 1968

Vintage silver print
35,2 x 27,7 cm
Photographer's stamp and “BONNIE & CLYDE” Warner Bros. stamp on the reverse


BELA DOKA ( 1969)
'Soy Cubano', Havana 1994

Gelatin silver print
c. 42 x 60 cm
Signed, and numbered by the photographer in pencil on the passepartout and on the reverse, edition no. 1/25


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WestLicht Photo Auction
 12 June 2015, 6 pm CEST
Live Bidding

30-05-15

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for LUI

Cover LUI Magazine
Model: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Photography: Luigi & Iango
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More here

05-05-15

'Vietnam: The Real War,' a photo history by AP

Hovering U.S. Army helicopters pour machine-gun fire into the tree line to cover the advance of South Vietnamese ground troops as they attack a Viet Cong camp eighteen miles north of Tay Ninh, near the Cambodian border, March 1965. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

An exhibition in London by the Associated Press is currently showcasing some of the most striking images taken by photographers during the Vietnam War.

To cover the Vietnam War, the Associated Press gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the great photographic legacies of the 20th century. From Malcolm Browne's photograph of the burning monk to Nick Ut's famous picture of a nine-year-old running from a Napalm attack, these photographs capture the experience and tragedy of people caught in a war of insurgency in which everyone was suspect.

Severely burned in an aerial napalm attack, children run screaming for help down Route 1 near Trang Bang, followed by soldiers of the South Vietnamese army's 25th Division, June 8, 1972. A South Vietnamese plane seeking Viet Cong hiding places accidentally dropped its flaming napalm on civilians and government troops instead. Nine-year-old Kim Phuc (center) had ripped off her burning clothes while fleeing. The other children (from left) are her brothers Phan Thanh Tam, who lost an eye, and Phan Thanh Phouc, and her cousins Ho Van Bon and Ho Thi Ting. This photograph by AP staffer Nick Ut received the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)


A U.S. paratrooper wounded in the battle for Hamburger Hill grimaces in pain as he awaits medical evacuation at base camp near the Laotian border, May 19, 1969. (AP Photo/Hugh Van Es)

The body of a U.S. paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is lifted up to an evacuation helicopter in War Zone C, May 14, 1966. The zone, encompassing the city of Tay Ninh and the surrounding area north of Saigon, was the site of the Viet Cong's headquarters in South Vietnam. (AP Photo/Henri Huet)

"The Vietnam War left its mark on AP, taking the lives of four of our photographers, but we made an unprecedented commitment to report on it," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography. "Thanks to an uncensored press the world saw more of this war than any other. This exhibit now allows an even wider audience access to the photographic record of the tragedy of it."

Women and children crouch in a muddy canal as they take cover from intense Viet Cong fire, January 1, 1966. Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (background) escorted the civilians through a series of firefights during the U.S. assault on a Viet Cong stronghold at Bao Trai, about twenty miles west of Saigon. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

 An unidentified American soldier wears a hand-lettered slogan on his helmet, June 1965. The soldier was serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade on defense duty at the Phuoc Vinh airfield. (AP Photo/Horst Faas)

Vietnam: The Real War, A Photographic History by The Associated Press runs until the end of May 2015 and is open each day from 10.00 to 18.00. Admission is free.


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Guardian News & Media Gallery
90 York Way
King's Cross
London N1 9GU

25-04-15

Upcoming event: YogaFest Amsterdam

"Yoga is the fountain of youth. You're only as young as your spine is flexible." - Bob Harper

If you're a (fanatic) yoga practitioner or you just want to find out what yoga is and feels like, then it might be worth considering a visit to YogaFest Amsterdam.

On  6 & 7 june 2015 the Houthavens, a former dockland district in Amsterdam, will be transformed into a Zen-Zone. In between the renewed office blocks with a view of the IJ river, some 1,500 novice or expert yogis and yoginis will attend 80 yoga, meditation, music, food and wellness (master)classes provided by 30 leading national and international teachers.

YogaFest Amsterdam is aligned with society's development and needs. Increased consciousness, room to calm down, to counterbalance the growing pressure and the need for a healthier life and movement. Yoga and meditation have proven that they can play a major role in this as is confirmed by a rising number of studies at various universities.

YogaFest Amsterdam will offer a high-end line-up of teachers from Amsterdam, the UK and France, and a wide range of yoga styles. From astanga, Iyengar, kundalini, jivamukti, yin, acro yoga, vinyasa flow, hatha, hotpod, aerial yoga, yin yang to chakra and various forms of meditation and breathing techniques.

Saturday 6 June 2015, 9:00 – 23:00
Sunday 7 June 2015, 9:00 – 21:00