Category archive: travel

July 24, 2014

Family Vacation As Parenting/Comedy Lab

We are back from the competitive, comparative parenting petri dish that is my family's annual gathering on the Outer Banks. And we survived. It is truly fascinating to watch a dozen+ cousins growing up in clumps and waves and to...
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July 21, 2014

DT Outer Banks Report

That Point In The Family Vacation Where Two Of The Twelve Cousins Open The 3,800-Piece LEGO Death Star On The Coffee Table...
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June 25, 2014

!Playmobil Limpieza en la Casa! ¡Diversión de Verano!

Esta muñeca de limpieza de Playmobil viene con todo lo que necesita para limpiar las habitaciones de hotel en todo el día, salvo un salario digno, la reforma migratoria, y la representación sindical! Y gracias al descuento de Amazon,...
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June 19, 2014

Kristof Kintera Bulletproof Stroller In Basel

Prague-born artist Kristof Kintera's 2007 work, Bad Innovation In The Name Of Protection, is included in his exhibition I AM NOT YOU, which just opened at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland. It is basically an armored stroller, made...
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June 4, 2014

St Louis Airport Checkpoint Playground

Hello, St Louis airport! Where kids can play at being a listless TSA official— Rebecca Mead (@Rebeccamead_NYC) June 4, 2014 Honestly, if your kid can go through the play X-ray machine, I think I'm totally fine with this....
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May 28, 2014

Jade Jagger Climbing Out Of A Sunroof While Bob Colacello Snaps Pictures

Here is Bob Colacello's 1974 photo of three-year-old Jade Jagger climbing out of a sunroof of a Mercedes at the old Montauk airport after a "weekend drawing with Andy Warhol." While we're all relieved to know that Jade survived,...
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April 28, 2014

DTQ: How Much Crunch Berries Does It Take To Fly To Africa?

I was flying back to DC yesterday and a very nice young mom and her 16-month-old son lap babied in my row. Then the middle seat was open, so we all relaxed a bit. I wished there had been...
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April 8, 2014

Clear Eyes, Rebel Hearts, Can't Win

You could blog for years and still not come up with a scenario that combined just the right about of aspirational travel fantasy with the opportunity to judge the bejeebees out of someone else's parenting half as perfect as the...
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February 22, 2014

Would You Could You On A Plane?

Two tweets, from the same company, less than 24 hours apart. This is why so many women struggle with #breastfeeding.— Kelly Kautz (@kellykautz) February 21, 2014 I totally get Kautz's point here, which goes right to the heart of...
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February 19, 2014

The World Of Sid & Mart Krofft Sounds Like It Sucked

I hated HR PufnStuf as a kid. That show creeped me out. ? f you have no idea what I'm talking about, imagine a dark, slightly sadistic, acid-laced mashup of Barney, Yo Gabba Gabba, and live action versions of...
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January 31, 2014

Polizei Onesie

This doesn't inspire confidence. #siko #sicherheitskonferenz— Nein. (@NeinQuarterly) January 31, 2014 Spotted at the Münchner Sicherheitskonferenz, the Munich Security Conference, sort of a Davos of international security policy, surrounded by ticky tacky market tents full of swag. I love...
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If Not Breastfeeding Is Illegal, Only Criminals Won't Breastfeed

Breast is best, in fact, it's so great, that the United Arab Emirates' legislature, whose members are appointed by each emirate's ruling monarch, has decided that every child should be breastfed until the age of two. And so they passed...
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December 26, 2013

The Bank, By Superflex And The Residents Of Sharjah, UAE

It's Things I Really Want To Post Before The End Of The Year Week here at DT, starting with The Bank. The Danish artist collective Superflex contributed one of the most thoughtful installations for this year's Sharjah Art Biennial....
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December 3, 2013

Etihad Airlines And Flying Nannies Both Exist

I'll be honest, I don't fly in and out of Abu Dhabi, but I'd still like to think I'd at least heard of Etihad Airways before seeing their logo plastered all over the off-the-hook UAE college student conference which...
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November 11, 2013

Mother Nature

WOW, I was told not to read Ariel Levy's account of her reporting trip to Mongolia while she was 19 weeks pregnant if I wanted to get anything done today, and I didn't listen, and I read it, and now...
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October 17, 2013

Portrait Of The [Pregnant] Artist By Jennifer Rubell

Frieze Week is always good for a blog post or two. So mazeltov this year to noted Miami food- and gala-artist Jennifer Rubell, whose Portrait of the Artist, a monumental fiberglass-on-steel sculpture of her eight-months-pregnant self, complete with enterable...
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September 3, 2013

DT Road Trip: West Virginia Badonk-A-Wagon

Wow, after 13 years of blogging, I might be due for one of those, "Sorry, I haven't updated in a while" posts. We went on a kid-free roadtrip this weekend in the least-wired region of the United States: the...
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August 15, 2013

Black Plate Special: Cherry Chevy Malibu Wagon In Utah

You never forget your kid's first classic car photo shoot. We are in Salt Lake City for a little grandparent facetime, and this sweet California black plate Chevy Malibu wagon merged onto the freeway next to us, and then...
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August 4, 2013


I was kind of snarky about how Chinese parents' global scramble for baby formula is affecting local markets in various countries. But holy crap, people. NYT reporter Edward Wong's account of living in Beijing with his wife and 9-mo daughter...
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August 3, 2013

'Collect All 10 Grillz'

Shitty toy vending machines are to New Jersey Turnpike rest stops what ice cream trucks are to parks and playgrounds: parasitic menaces designed to extort loose change from parents under threat of a meltdown. Honestly, these kid-size "grillz", they...
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July 31, 2013

Chinese Parents Prefer Foreign, Non-Poisonous Formula

If only Big Formula could sell two cans of formula to everyone in China... China's Search for Infant Formula Goes Global [nyt]...
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July 26, 2013

From The Desk Of Adolf Hitler

Richard Helms was an OSS agent who went on to lead the CIA during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. [He was fired by Nixon for refusing to have the CIA intervene on national security grounds in the early days...
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July 19, 2013

Mountain-Dwelling Japanese Have One Word For Kids Sled. And Box.

I don't know why, I guess it's because I didn't watch enough [any] Grizzly Adams when I was a boy, but I just assumed that in the olden times in the mountains of Japan, when the snow fell thick...
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July 15, 2013

Irezumi Kewpie Doll Supercollection

We got back from Japan Sunday safe and exhausted--and up at 3AM, which gives me a chance to get caught up on some finds from the trip. First up, obviously, is the rather amazing assortment of tattooed Kewpie dolls in...
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July 12, 2013

B-Side Label Sticker Desk, Also Rampant Japanese Sexism

The dancing baby sticker i posted from Tokyo was from B-side Label. We came across an entire store in downtown Kyoto, which had this awesome little school desk and chair in front. As K2 pointed out, the double d-cup...
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Philosopher's Playground

Much like life itself, the Tetsugakusha no Michi, or Philosopher's Walk, in Kyoto, was longer, hotter, and less interesting than one was led to believe. So I guess it works. It does have this nice throwback truncated icosahedral jungle...
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July 11, 2013

Sanjuusangen-do Changing Table

Built in 1164 by order of Emperor Go-Shirakawa, the Rengeō-in, or Hall of the Lotus King, is more commonly known as the Sanjūsangen-dō, or Hall of Thirty-Three Bays. It contains one thousand statues of Kannon, each unique, carved from...
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Worst Daddy

I thought that even by Japlish standards, Worst Daddy was the world's strangest name for a water purifier company. But looking it up online, it turns out to be one of the newest teams in the Hida Takayama amateur...
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July 5, 2013

Kouenji Rocking Skull

So we were wandering through Kouenji, just outside Shinjuku, when we came across a strip of American vintage and antique stores. I can't tell if this human skull painted with what look like someone's drag racing livery was attached...
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July 3, 2013

Muji Baby Room

One of our first stops in Tokyo yesterday: the Muji mother ship in Ginza. Here is the front half of the baby room, with changing tables for three. There was also a sink and bottle warming station, and a...
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June 30, 2013

DT Roadtrip: Visiting The Muji Motherland

A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law sent this photo of a young family in Tokyo checking out a sweet-looking Muji bunkbed. I looked online and couldn't find any information on it, so we decided to go visit it...
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June 17, 2013

New Dads On The Block Bring Home New Kids On The Block

I've had New Dads On The Block's blog open in my browser tabs since, like, the third trimester. Now these two dads Josh & Matt have not only made it to India for the birth of their twins [mazeltov!],...
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April 24, 2013

This Is Not A Drill. Should I Teach The Kids The McCrew Dance?

Alright, so we know that McDonald's Japan has made this McCrew Dance video to virally recruit the Kids Of Today to work there. This is not my concern. But there is also a McCrew Dance instructional video. Which makes...
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April 15, 2013

Il Faut Que Tout Parte! Except This Hotel Crillon Kids Robe

So the Hotel Crillon on the Place de la Concorde in Paris is closing for a gut reno, and they're auction off basically everything, floor to ceiling, that might be worth more than the cost of hauling it to...
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April 10, 2013

Belligerent Hustling Muppets Take Manhattan

After another reported assault by violent, tip-hustling muppets, the NYPD and government officials said that sorry, there was really nothing to be done. "It's very challenging legally because dressing up in a costume and walking around Times Square is,...
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April 3, 2013

Tokyo Street Art Coloring Pages By A Small Lab

Gaijin-turned-Edo-ko anthropologist Chris Berthelsen has spent years documenting the stickers, stencils, tags and graffiti of various neighborhoods around Shinjuku and Shibuya for his Tokyo Street Art Research Project. Until now the best way to see the fruits of his...
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March 7, 2013

It Was An Ancient Randonneur

I've had a draft for a post about this 1940s randonneur in the style and meter of Coleridge's "The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" half-written for so long, the unsold item listing has disappeared from French eBay. Which is...
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February 26, 2013

There's An ADO Speelgoed By Ko Verzuu Exhibition In Apeldoorn Until March 17.

Wow. You remember that amazing digital archive of ADO Speelgoed at the CODA Museum in the Netherlands? Well, there's an exhibition, too, and it runs through March 17. CODA (Cultur Onder Dak Apeldoorn) is in, obviously, Apeldoorn, in central Holland,...
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February 20, 2013

DTQ: Should You Go In The Family Security Line At The Airport?

Dulles Airport, by Eero Saarinen, photo: Ezra Stoller, 1964 Dulles, I love you, but you're bringin' me down. Let's just start by agreeing that after 25 years of construction and $190 billion, the new underground security screening & train...
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February 15, 2013

Sundance Onesies

It's that cold, snowy time of the year when we bring the kids to Sundance for a little skiing/snowboarding/grandparental facetime combo weekend. And whoa, the Sundance store has had a kid-friendly makeover. There is an entire wall of baby...
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January 15, 2013

Follow The Crab

Alright stay with me on this one, mkay? From eBay, a vintage Creative Playthings Crawlie Crab pulltoy that wobbles around when you pull it. In "like new" condition, "gnawable plastic. Extemely hard to find." From Bloomberg--and this is really one...
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January 10, 2013

Ja, FRA: Lufthansa Loaner Stroller

I've been busy dealing with the blowback of leaving my kids on the school doorstep at 5AM--YOU AMERICANS ARE SO UPTIGHT!--which means I'm only just starting to work my way through my photos from our recent European Family Vacation....
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January 9, 2013

DT's Top One Tips For Kids & Jet Lag

A kid's first big accomplishment after being born is learning the difference between day and night--and that night is for sleeping. And then you bundle'em up on a plane to visit Omma and Papa in Zurich or wherever, and the...
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January 8, 2013

The Impending Destruction Of The Planet, Or Chicco Rocking Eggplant

Your mind is altered a bit by traveling abroad. Also by getting up at 4AM, so you can get yourselves and two little kids to the Nice airport--two boxes set at opposite ends of a sadistic, disastrous traffic labyrinth--by...
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December 26, 2012

Daddy Types European Vacation

I hope everyone out there is having a happy holiday season. The clan and I are just setting out to the airport for a 3-hour tour of France, a 3-hour tour. I'd say what could go wrong, but the last...
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November 30, 2012

If You See Something, Play Something

Just in time for the holidays, a couple of Brooklyn fellas have debuted Commute, a giant, playable pegboard subway map of New York City. It's made locally from local, sustainable, blah blah blah plywood and stuff, and it looks...
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October 2, 2012

Don't Bring A Kinder To A Massfight

image: dpa/spiegel Der Spiegel reports that the number of lost children so far at this year's Oktoberfest is 93, compared to 56 in 2011. Also:"Happily, there were no attempted killings during the first half of the festival, and no...
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August 30, 2012

Long Live The Wagon Queen Family Truckster

You weren't supposed to want one in the first place, but after this, it shouldn't have even mattered, right? There just were no Wagon Queen Family Trucksters to be had. No. There is another. Apparently one Truckster survived the...
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August 3, 2012

Don't Take A Baby To A Tennis Fight

Seriously. Someone has a newborn baby at the Federer-Del Potro match at the Olympics. A crying baby. At a tennis match. At Wimbledon. And my mom tells me it's been there for a while, in other matches. so it's apparently...
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July 19, 2012

Playmobil Albrecht Dürer

I would like to think that this Playmobil version of Albrecht Dürer is just the first step in Playmobil's master plan to create tiny, beady-eyed, plastic versions of every artist, architect, and historical and literary figure on earth. And...
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