In 10 Years there will be a windowless airplane where the sky is the limit. Imagine sitting in a flight cabin where the windows are display screens, relaying a choice of views from around the aircraft. Sounds great and this company is working on it. The Center for Process Innovation (CPI), a British technology research company is working on the next big step in air transportation. They are aiming to replace the windows from passenger planes with touch-screens that extend along the plane’s entire length and display the view from outside through cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior. According to CPI, windows are one of the greatest sources of unnecessary weight in passenger planes. Solid walls are stronger and allow the walls to be built thinner as well. The OLED screens that replace the windows would display the view outside and allow passengers to select entertainment and stewardess service. Nice side effect: less weight means less fuel consumption which results again in lower CO2 emissions. Thumps Up! A bright technology to look forward to and a whole new flight eperience. No need to look through these tiny little airplane windows any longer. We already see ourselves about to land in New York City with a stunning panoramic city view by night or passing by the Mount Everest. 2024 can come. JafJaf! Extra designed OLED screens will show passengers the world outside. Via the screens passengers can ask for service, see all flight information and enjoy internet access and media players.
Michael Tapp captures the feel on Times Square. We've only been once to New York, but can tell you: Times Square is a place that you never forget. The lights, the atmosphere, the people that walk around. Gotta love it. Small note: J probably loves it a little bit more since it was the place where he saw the one and only Snoop Dog, aka nowadays Snoop Lion. Video artist Michael Tapp made a great video of the big square with a focus on the people that pass there during nighttime by having a chat with them. Watch out: tearjerker. Enjoy! JafJaf!
Dive into one of the best pools in the world! You know you deserve it! ;-) Most of Europe might have forgotton about the true meaning of great Summer weather. However, lots of dream destinations are more than willing to give you a bunch more value. It's actually not even necessary to travel wide abroad. Countries that are closer to home, like Greece and Switzerland, are more than happy to cater to your needs to have a relaxing, breathtaking time off. In need of a bit of inspiration? We sure found our portion and since we care, we share! Meet: the best pools in the world. Meow! Gocta Lodge, Peru Vivere Arco, Italy Como Shambhala Estate, Bali Lecrans Hotel & Spa, Switzerland Hilton Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand Thanda Private Game Reserve, South-Africa Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Kreta Already wearing your bathing suit or will it be a skinny dip? Don't forget to send us a postcard. By the way, if you're in for a bit more daydreaming: Check out our Travel section! JafJaf!
Always in for a little adventure? Same here! How about spending the night in a robust drain pipe? We can surely recommend it as a cool experience. Dasparkhotel Bernepark, located in Bottrop (near to Essen and a small 30 minutes drive from Düsseldorf), is quite something. Actually, we already spotted the hotel last year but were sadly not able to get there. Now was the time! The hotel exists out of five drain pipes (aka five suites), each suitable for two people to spend the night. Pure simplicity from the outside and surprisingly comfortable from the inside. You actually have full headroom, storage space underneath the bed, a wide eurofoam mattress and electricity to charge your laptop, mobile phone and camera. What more do you need? We enjoyed the experience a lot. And you know what? You decide your own price! Because Dasparkhotel uses regular hotel facilities from surrounding public infrastructure, they work with the 'Pay as you wish' formula. Just give what you think it was worth and leave it in an envelope in your suite when you leave. Did we get you curious? Ofcourse we did! The hotel is opened from May till October but due to the popularity, there's a limit in still available dates. Bookings via dasparkhotel.net. JafJaf!
If Summer at home isn't what you expected it to be, now is the perfect time to still book a ticket to the top beaches in the sun! In need of a bit of inspiration? Tripadvisor lined up their top-25 of top beaches in the world. Worth a look if you ask us. As a breathtaking warm-up on JAF: the ultimate top 5. JafJaf! 5. Whitehaven Beach, Withsunday Islands "Absolutely spectacular. Nothing but pure, pristine beach. Shallow, warm, clear water.” 4. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa "The sand is golden, the water is crystal clear and there are plenty of fish for snorkeling." 3. Flamenco Beach, Puerto Rico "The best beach that we have been." 2. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos "Powder-soft, white sand. Green water, fading to turquoise graduating to purple on the horizon. Amazing!" 1. Baia Do Sancho, Brazil "Truly spectacular, from the walkway on the cliff above and on the beach itself. Idyllic."
Woohooh! We're on Holiday! After our big move in February and starting a new job in March, it was time to take a little walk on the free side. That's why we decided to grab our Belgian friend, Joke, and to cruise towards the lovely Berlin. We start off with a classic one day city tour through Berlin. But instead of taking one of the tourist busses, we take the legendary bus line 100, starting from Bahnhof Zoo towards the Alexanderplatz. It stops at all the main attractions and if you get off, just minutes later the next one passes by. There even is a an app for ios that works as an audio guide for the full route. We anyway managed to check-out the Siegesäule, the Bundestag, the Kansleramt, Brandenburger Tor, the Jewish monument and the Fernsehturm at the Alexanderplatz. A great shot of culture if you ask us. JafJaf!
Looking for a hotel that gives you thé most unforgettable experience? You've come to the right address. We've listed 14 hotels as a must-sleep-at checklist. JafJaf! Icehotel - Jukkasjärvi, Sweden Icehotel is the first and largest (5500m²) hotel build out of snow. The hotel gets rebuild every year around November - December, which takes around 100 people. Open for cool guests from December - mid-April. Whitepod Hotel - Swiss Alps, Switzerland It's like camping but instead of sleeping in a sleeping bag, you just received a 5 star accommodation. Whitepod is all about being ecologic and being one with nature but without giving up on luxury. Attrap Reves - Marseilles, France You, your lover and the starry sky. This place is perfect for romantic nights where you actually don't feel like closing your eyes. Your personal bubble offers the needed privacy but allows you to see everything that's happening in the sky. The Mirrorcube Treehotel - Harads, Sweden Remember building a treehouse in your childhood? This 4x4x4 hotel sure gives it a bit more arty touch. Covered with mirrored walls, it feels like you're completely hidden in nature. Hotel Not Hotel - Amsterdam, The Netherlands In this hotel in the centre of Amsterdam, every room has its own story with its own design. It's like living in a museum. Poseidon Undersea Resort - Fiji This 5 star accommodation exchanges the big blue sky for the deep blue ocean. Can you find Nemo? The Atomium - Brussels, Belgium Ever slept in a monument? Ngorongoro Crater Lodge - Ngorongoro, Tanzania This Lodge offers a small garden of approx. 8300 km². The Ngorongoro Crater often gets called 'Africa's Eden', we call it quite the view at least. The Oberoi - New Delhi, India And we'll never be royals? We do think so. Jade Mountain - Soufriere, St. Lucia This summer sanctuary is definitely one of the Caribbean’s most mesmerizing resort experiences. But watch out: Jade Mountain is techno-free: there are no telephones, radio or television. Relax: Internet access is available at the reception. :-) Nhow Hotel - Berlin, Germany If you're staying in a capital city as cool as Berlin, go the extra mile and stay in a cool place. The Nhotel, that all about music should do the trick. It's like waking up in a recording studio. Amangiri Resort - Utah, USA Amangiri stands for peaceful mountain. Makes sense if you think about it, since the resort is in the middle of nowhere, tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views over colourful, stratified rock towards the Grand Staircase. Ubud Hanging Gardens - Payangan, Bali This is most definitely F's favorite. But can you blame him? Look at those infinity pools, the nature and... those infinity pools! Fairy Chimney Hotel - Goreme, Turkey Who can say they ever slept in a cave? Cavemen? This guesthouse with floor heating and a personal Hamam in each room, doesn't offer great luxury, it also has a great mountain view.
Dinner at a restaurant can taste twice as good when you have something nice to look at. Having said that, here you have six cool restaurants, spread over the globe, that will probably make you get quite hungry. The Grotto - Krabi, Thailand It couldn't get more romantic than this: this restaurant was build in an ancient cave, giving you a magnificent view over the Phranang Beach while you warm up for dinner with a lovely cocktail. Sirocco - Bangkok, Thailand Thailand doesn't seem too bad for dining. From the 63rd floor of the State Towers, the crazy metropole called Bangkok turns into a sea of lights. Sirocco is not only famous for being the world's highest open-air restaurant with a killer view, the Wagyu steak should also be divine. El Farallón - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico On your plate: fresh sea fruits, straight from the grill. In your face: the Pacific, reflecting all the colors of the beautiful sunset. Fangweng - Yichang, China Afraid of heights? If the answer is yes, than it's wise to skip Fangweng. If not, enjoy the view from this restaurant that actually hangs on a cave. Real daredevils even have the opportunity to do a bungee jump. Maybe best before eating... Grotta Palazzese - Polignano a Mare, Italy A real romance maker. You, your loved one, candlelight dinner, the Adriatic sea and a restaurant that's carved inside of a cave. Great to score some extra points. Clouds - Hamburg, Germany Who ever said you have to travel far to discover the world? Also near to home you can enjoy something incredible. At Clouds you can get a mighty good steak on the 23rd floor of the 'Tanzende Türme' and meanwhile enjoy the supplementary view over wonderful Hamburg. JafJaf!