Category archive: travel

December 7, 2016

Isamu Noguchi Mega-Playscape Pilgrimage

Speaking of amazing Japanese playgrounds, there is nothing that tops Moerenuma, the vast, last project by Isamu Noguchi, the 400-acre park in Sapporo which was only completed in 2005, after his death. Moerenuma gets 750,000-850,000 visitors a year, but...
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Kyoto Slide

I haven't seen a Japanese concrete slide this awesome since the itinerant Tako-no-Yama octopus slide roundup of 2007. Thanks, esoteric survey! Kyoto Things [esotericsurvey] Previously, related: Tako-no-yama: the itinerant octopus slide builders of Japan also: Slides Rule! the 517...
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November 28, 2016

Runbike Racing Is The Muttonbusting Of Japan

image: rfj We have come a long way from the Like-a-Bike. Balance bikes are called runbikes in Japan, and so the competitive racing circuit is known as the Runbike Challenge Series. It is organized by the RFJ, Runbike Foundation...
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July 5, 2016

Sucre Daddy Types

I think the blog may have a new mascot. Hmm. []...
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July 3, 2016

Ile sur la Sorgue-Spotting: Awesome Wooden Slat Kids Chair

We are in France visiting family, and went on a quick tour through Ile sur la Sorgue, which is chock full of antique and vintage stores. This sweet Danish-style folding kids chair was at 50 Cinquante, one of the...
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June 15, 2016

We're All Captain Hook Now

I cannot even begin to I mean I There is no way to even That dad That family...
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March 25, 2016

English Baby Born In Mumbai Doing Well

Rather than do the typical expat thing (?) of going home for the delivery, Financial Times Mumbai bureau chief James Crabtree and his wife decided to have their first kid in India. I mean with an oceanfront hospital called Breach...
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September 3, 2015

'I was holding my wife's hand, but the children slipped through my hands'

An image of Abdullah Kurdi, and his sons Aylan and Galip, sent to me by a family friend. Heartbreaking.— Hussein Kesvani (@HKesvani) September 3, 2015 Abdullah Kurdi was the only survivor in his family after the overcrowded dinghy they...
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July 18, 2015

Road Trips And Hanging Out

If you need a place to hang out with a baby for three hours in the greater Chicago area I can recommend the lobby of the Westin at O'Hare— Gabriel Roth (@gabrielroth) July 19, 2015 No one's even asked for...
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July 5, 2015

I'd Like To Be Set Out To Sea On An Octopus-Shaped Float Toy

Not that you should plan for it, of course, but it's nice to know that if you did forget about her, an Octopus Mini Lilo can keep your 10-month-old afloat a kilometer out to sea until the coast guard...
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May 12, 2015

What To Expect When You're Not Expecting

Dad, Chloe, happy flight attendant, via There's too much to love about the story of the kid born on the Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo to be upset about it for long. Let's start with the...
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April 18, 2015

IDGI: Pre-Natal Wifi?

So far the Language Log folks at UPenn have not found an explanation for why the pregnant lady graphic on this Korean train priority seating plaque has wifi. Though I wouldn't be surprised if Korean signmakers expect every fetus...
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March 30, 2015

Five Stars All Around

have you ever delivered a baby in the backseat of an @uber ? i have.— dh (@davidhorvitz) March 30, 2015 [mazeltov to the DHs, who also win tweet of the year, via @soulellis] Update: Everyone's doing well, and...
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March 24, 2015

Les Carrats Kids Furniture By Georges Candilis & Anja Blomstedt

I'd kind of given up hope, but one of my favorite design/inspiration blogs an ambitious project collapsing is back in the swing again. It's great. And one of Andrew's new finds: kids resort furniture by the French architect Georges...
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March 2, 2015

Smokey Sue Smokes For Two

Guess skymall's going out strong.— Mike Levine (@bizmichael) February 24, 2015 Smokey Sue Smokes For Two is designed to teach powerful lessons, including: the harm caused to mothers and their fetuses by smoking during pregnancy. the unsustainability of a...
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January 14, 2015

Philippe Starck Baby Name Generator

Nothing has prepared me--not even blogging about his kid-related designs for 11 years--I tell you nothing has prepared me for the datapoints coming in about Philippe Starck as an actual parent. For example, this bit Simon flagged, which was originally...
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January 8, 2015

M-I-C Caught Measles At Disneyland! K-E-Y Why? Because We Weren't Vaccinated!

"You've got the measles! What're you going to do next?" "I'm going to Disneyland!" From NBC 4:Disneyland officials issued a health warning for the tens of thousands who visited the theme park during the holidays. A theme park visitor is...
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December 31, 2014

Spotted In the Wild: BOB On The Breakwater

So we met the Tokyo in-laws halfway for New Years, in Hawaii. During the kids' surfing lessons in Lahaina this morning, I snapped this BOB Revolution stroller on the breakwater. The dad of two was there taking surfing photos...
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December 4, 2014

Several Sharks Getting Cesareans

Here is a YouTube video of some American folks in Capetown, South Africa, and the dad who guts a dead shark on the beach to release three pups, who then get put into the water. The video is sped...
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October 23, 2014

This Post Is Entirely Unrelated To The Previous One

A+ advertisement trolling by AirBnB, here. RT @mik3cap: Really? Really?? #trolling— Alastair Coote (@_alastair) October 23, 2014...
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September 17, 2014

Dads Instagram Likes To Fave

Seeing LAist's "favorite new Instagram account," DILFs of Disneyland, I was glad to see Bugaboo's still got some publicist product placement juice, at least with the older parents. I also thought about the unsung heroes, the Disneyland dads who...
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August 18, 2014

Repainted Kids Table At Isle sur la Sorgue

Isle sur la Sorgue is full of antique malls, which, on a slow (week)day feel a little like a strange zoo, where each dealer gets to decorate his or her own cage. Anyway, this little table and chair was...
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August 11, 2014

Concord Neo Climbs The Mountain

It's been out in Europe for more than five years, but today was the first time I've ever seen a Concord Neo stroller in person. It was at Les Baux de Provence, a gorgeous tourist trap on top of...
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August 9, 2014

DT A Week In Provence

It's a little quiet around here while we are on vacation, visiting family in Provence. Posting will be light, the submissions queue will grow a bit, and hopefully kids all over the place will be well-behaved and sleeping as they...
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August 6, 2014


here is a picture of the kid's goldfish, which is deciding it might die the day we leave for France:— gregorg (@gregorg) August 6, 2014 It's like, Oh, it's gone! laying in the corner of the tank, but then...
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August 1, 2014

Stokke Ragazzo

So I was just looking for Cy Twombly's place in Roma, because Horst P. Horst had taken this great photo of Twombly and Tatia Franchetti's son Alessandro there in 1966. And whaddyaknow, the first thing that pops up on...
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Elmo Gangs Of New York

It's funny because they arrest protestors all the time for wearing masks on the street, but they don't use that same 19th century law to arrest the tourist-harassing character hustlers. As long as we can produce slideshows like this...
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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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