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Street art with random people in Penang

I was absolutely thrilled about my stay in Georgetown, Penang, as it's famous for its street art and – as regular readers know – I love strolling through a new city looking for exciting public art.

The great thing about Penang is, that you don't really have to look for long... Read more


Colours of Penang

Penang looks like it was very colourful a couple of years ago and with time, the sun has bleached the facades, creating a pastel rainbow theme for the entire city... Read more


Street art in Tonsai Bay

I did not expect to find a Street Art all over a Tonsai, a tiny peninsula in Krabi! ... Read more


Exploring the Phi Phi Islands

I mean, there is a chance that Leonardo di Caprio comes back to Maya bay for a sequel of “the Beach”, right? ... Read more


Koh Tao by scooter

Regular readers know already what my favourite mode of transportation is: The scooter... Read more


Cooling down in Bangkok at Lumphini park and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre

It is hot in Bangkok! With temperatures close to 40°C (sorry Fahrenheit's, that's 100°F) I feel like I am melting here... Read more


Architecture Love in Amsterdam: The atrium at Rijksmuseum

... what I wanted to see was right there in the entrance hall:

The two massive chandeliers in the two parts of the atrium.

Repeating the structural lines of the building, it closes the space towards the ceiling but still leaves enough space for the light to come through... Read more


Expo Milan: 5 Pavilions you have to see (and 3 more you can skip)

There is no way you can see it all at the Expo in Milan. 148 countries are taking part in this giant fair this year, additionally to the theme pavilions like “Sea life” and “Rice”, all spread over the distance of a small town... Read more


Fondazione Prada and MUDEC: Two new museums in Milan for architecture lovers

Milan has two fancy new museums incorporating every architect's wet dreams:
Fondazione Prada (Prada Foundation) by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and Museo delle Culture (Museum of Cultures, short MUDEC) by David Chipperfield Architects... Read more


The church of Bones in Milan: San Bernadino Alle Ossa

Apparently, there was a church next to a cemetery, where they started to build with bones when there was no space left for new graves. This was something I had to see for myself!.. Read more


Future Flowers by Libeskind in Milan

We were strolling through Milan because my friend Elena absolutely needed this eyeshadow base she had seen the day before when we walked by Statale University. Through an archway we saw a beautiful courtyard and – since no one tried to stop us – walked in... Read more


Street Art impressions from Berlin Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain

There it was, right in front of me. And I didn't even look for it. This massive masterpiece by Case, an artist who's work I've been admiring for ages. This was going to be a good day for Street Art... Read more


Kraftwerk and Neue Heimat: Two industrial Locations in Berlin to keep an eye on

I'm not sure what it is about industrial architecture, that I find so exciting. Maybe it's the history of the place, that still comes through. Or the cool materials used... Read more


Coming Home to London Broadway Market

Broadway Market is located in Hackney, next to London Fields Park, opens every Saturday and fortunately you don't have to be there before lunch time... Read more


TO PLAN OR NOT TO PLAN YOUR TRIP

Here comes a secret that sounds like a sin for a proper traveller: I love planning my trips... Read more


TEN ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS TO FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM

Many great architects and designers also show their inspiration and their work on their Instagram feed. Check out my ten favourites ...Read more


Exploring Hamburg by Vespa

It happened in Indonesia. An old man at a tiny shop handed me a key and pointed at a scooter:
“that's yours”. It was green, heavily scratched and the speed indicator didn't work.

I was freaked out and definitely in danger when I started driving, but I was in love... Read more


Liebster Award, Baby!

whoop! I've been nominated for a Liebster Award! ...Read more


A WALK THROUGH HAMBURG ST. PAULI BY DAY

You probably know Hamburg's St. Pauli for its nightlife, the red-light district around Reeperbahn or the soccer club.

But if you manage to get up early after a long night of partying, there is actually a lot to see around there and the combination of crazy nightlife and a relaxed area to have coffee with my friends, makes it one of my favourite parts of Hamburg... Read more


Lazy ass boat tour through Hamburg

Are you as lazy as me when it comes to sightseeing? I get distracted quickly and quite often end up having drinks in the middle of the day instead of looking at all the exciting things I had planned... Read more


HUNGRY FOR DESIGN - HAMBURG PART II

part two of “Hungry for design” featuring AlpenkantineAltes Mädchen and Elbgold in Hamburg...

Read more


GUEST POST: HOW LIVING IN A VAN IN NEW ZEALAND CHANGED MY LIFE

It all started with the idea to get a visa and move to New Zealand for a year. Going abroad for a year isn’t that crazy of an idea, particularly in places other than the U.S.... Read more


LOVE AT THE SECOND SIGHT: SIAULIAI, LITHUANIA

Reading about Siauliai on Wikipedia made my heart weep. This was probably the unluckiest town I had ever heard of... Read more


AMAZED AND FREAKED OUT: DISCOVERING THE HILL OF CROSSES IN LITHUANIA

Breathtaking.

This is kind of a bad way to start a story, but that's just what it was. A moment when I couldn't talk and just looked around me with my jaw dropped, almost forgetting to breathe... Read more


WHAT TO DO AROUND RIGA – A WALK THROUGH JURMALA

After my friend Judith and I had spent two days in Riga – one being ridiculously active and one being lazy and hungover – we decided we needed to get out of the city and see what's going on in the rest of tiny Latvia we had already fallen in love with... Read more


THE VIEW OVER LATVIA - JURMALA OBSERVATION TOWER

After a day of strolling around in the beautiful traditional Jurmala, a coast town in Latvia just half an hour from Riga, we couldn't believe it when we finally reached Dzintaru Mezapark with it's oberservation tower... Read more


RIGA HAUNTED HOUSE WALK

Places that are dominated by green nets wrapped around buildings, where flowers have found extravagant places to grow and that might look a little scary at night... Read more


RIGA CENTRAL MARKET

Can you believe that Europe's largest market is located in tiny Riga in Latvia? Read more


Hungry for Design - Hamburg

This is part one of “Hungry for design” about the restaurants Bullerei, Witwenball and Marend in Hamburg... Read more


A SECRET TUNNEL IN HAMBURG

Overlooking the city I live in always fascinates me. I can't help but to start thinking about my life once I see it all laid out in front of me... Read more


A CAFÉ LIKE A WEDDING CAKE: HERR MAX IN HAMBURG

If you could design a space for the café that makes the best cakes in town and is specialized in decorations, what would it look like? Read more


A LOVE LETTER

There you are, standing in front of me. Tall and beautiful. I feel tiny standing next to you.

I've been coming to see you for almost ten years now but you are still playing hard to get... Read more


DOES YOGA MAKE ME A BAD DESIGNER?

I love yoga. I love how I walk into the studio and how everything is just quiet and peaceful. My teacher says it's the room's aura, I think it's just good architecture... Read more


ZECHE ZOLLVEREIN: GETTING OVERLY EXCITED ABOUT ESCALATORS

The industrial area of Zeche Z­ollverein consists of a complete infrastructure of a coal-mining site, which was in use until 1993... Read more

SALON WECHSEL DICH HAMBURG

Have you been to a café and asked the waiter if you could buy their cutlery, furniture or decorations because you liked it so much?... Read more


STREET ART WALK HAMBURG

I love wandering through a city and finding little gems of artwork around every corner which are invisible to many people... Read more


POTATO HEAD SEMINYAK

The Potato Head is a Restaurant and Beach Club located in Seminyak, Bali, which has everything a designer's heart desires... Read more


SUBWAY HAFEN CITY UNIVERSITÄT

Hamburg's new subway station came with a flashy light installation...  Read more


HELSINKI LIGHTS

Finland is a country where light is more valuable than in many other places. There's always too much too little... Read more


THE HELSINKI ABATTOIR

Helsinki's Hipsters have found a new home in an old abattoir... Read more

Journeytodesign.com is a blog about traveldesign and architecture. The most popular posts are:

Helsinki Lights: the finish capital rocks hundreds of light installations throughout the city.

(tags: EuropeFinlandlight design)

The Helsinki Abattoir: developing a hip new place to be in a discarded abatoir.

(tags: EuropeFinland)

Subway Hafen City Universität: Light installation in a new built subway station in Hamburg.

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburglight Design)

Potato Head Seminyak: a stylish and well-designed beach club in Seminyak, Bali.

(tags: AsiaIndonesia, Restaurants)

Le Pirate Nusa Ceningan: a beach club and resort on a small island close to Bali, designed with lots of love. (tags: AsiaIndonesiaHotel)

Street Art Walk Hamburg: discovering hidden masterpieces of street art in Hamburgs Sternschanze, Karoviertel and St. Pauli. (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Salon Wechsel dich Hamburg: a cafe with a special design concept, located in Hamburg Grindelviertel.

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburgRestaurants)

Zeche Zollverein or: Getting overly excited about escalators: an industrial complex with several inspiring buildings in Essen. (tags: EuropeGermany)

Does yoga make be a bad Designer?: Could my yoga practice make me too weak for real life?

(tags: EuropeGermany)

A love letter: my feelings for one of my favourite buildings in Hamburg: the Elbphilharmonie

(tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

 A café like a wedding cake: Herr Max in Hamburg: a beautifully designed café selling beautifully designed cakes (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

A secret tunnel in Hamburg: taking a walk through Alter Elbtunnel in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburglight design)

A design hotel for a hostel budget: Superbude St.Pauli: a beautifully designed hotel in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburgHotel)

Hungry for Design: Hamburg: featuring the restaurants Bullerei, Marend and Witwenball in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

Riga Central Market: about the architecture of the biggest market in Europe, found in the Latvian capital (tags: EuropeLatvia)

Riga Haunted House Walk: discovering all kinds of art nouveau in Latvia's capital

(tags: EuropeLatvia)

The view over Latvia - Jurmala observation tower: discovering modern architecture in traditional Latvia (tags: EuropeLatvia)

What to do around Riga – A walk through Jurmala: a visit to an adorable beach town in Latvia

(tags: EuropeLatvia)

Amazed and freaked out: The hill of crosses in Lithuania: a visit to an impressive landmark in Siauliai, Lithuania (tags: EuropeLithuania)

Love at the second sight: Siauliai Lithuania: visiting a city more beautiful than you might think 

(tags: EuropeLithuania)

How living in a van in New Zealand changed my life: Guest post about how staying in a van in New Zealand for a year changed Skeeter's life (tags: NewZealandGuestPost)

Hungry for Design - Hamburg Part II: featuring Alpenkantine, Altes Mädchen and Elbgold in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg, Restaurants)

Lazy ass boat tour through Hamburg: discovering some of Hamburg's best architecture while sitting on a boat (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

A walk through Hamburg St. Pauli by day: a photo tour through Hamburg's most exciting area (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)
Liebster Award, baby! Can I call this blog award-winning now? (tag: travel)

Exploring Hamburg by Vespa: a tour through Hamburg with a Vespa by Jaano (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

Ten architects and designers to follow on Instagram: Finding inspiration for architects and designers on Instagram (tag: Inspiration)

To plan or not to plan your trip: Are you a planner or do you just hop on a plane? (tags: travelinspiration)

Coming home to London Broadway Market: coming back to my favourite market in Hackney, London fields (tags: EuropeGreatBritainInspiration)

Getting spoiled at Crowne Plaza Berlin: a girls weekend at Berlin City Centre (tags: EuropeGermanyHotel)

Kraftwerk and Neue Heimat: Two industrial locations in Berlin to keep an eye on (tags: EuropeGermany)

Street Art impressions from Berlin Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain: a walk through Germany's capital (tags: EuropeGermany)

Sisterhood of the world bloggers award: whoop! Another travel bloggers award (tags: travel)

Future flowers in Milan by Libeskind: discovering an installation at University Statale's courtyard (tags: EuropeItaly)

The church of bones in Milan, San Bernadino alle ossa: exploring the church of bones in Milan, Italy (tags: EuropeItaly)

Fondazione Prada and MUDEC: Two new museums in Milan for architecture lovers: admiring the work of OMA and Chipperfield in Italy (tags: EuropeItaly)

Expo Milan: 5 pavilions you have to see (and 3 more you can skip): two days at one of the largest exhibition in the world (tags: EuropeItaly)

Architecture love in Amsterdam: the atrium at Rijksmuseum: Exploring the newly renovated Rijksmuseum (tags: EuropeNetherlands)

Cooling down in Bangkok at Lumphini Park and BACC: What to do in the heat in Bangkok (tags: AsiaThailand)

Exploring Koh Tao by Scooter: Three tours through one of Thailand's most beautiful islands (tags: AsiaThailand)

Relaxing at AliSea Boutique Hotel Aonang: two days in Aonang to bring me back to health  (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

Exploring the Phi Phi Islands: a day of island hopping and snorkelling in Thailand (tags: AsiaThailand)

Cast away on Koh Lipe: relaxing in a private bungalow on Thailand's southernmost island  (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

Street Art in Tonsai Bay: I did not expect to find Street Art on a tiny peninsula in Krabi, Thailand! (tags: AsiaThailand)

Colours of Penang: Exploring Georgetown, Penang and its colours (tags:  AsiaMalaysia)

Street Art with random people in Penang: People interacting with murals in Penang, Georgetown (tags:  Asia, Malaysia)

The old and the new Railway Station in Kuala Lumpur: Eastern and Western Architecture at it's best  (tags:  Asia, Malaysia)

Views from the Yangon Circular Railway: Driving through Myanmar's old capital by train (tags:  Asia, Myanmar)

Newsflash: Mandalay isn't horrible : what to do in a (fun) city everybody seems to hate (tags:  Asia, Myanmar)

El Nido in Style: Staying at SPIN Designer hostel, the fanciest hostel in town (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Wreck diving in Paradise with Two Seasons Coron: Exploring the wrecks at Coron Bay (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Paradise found at Two Seasons Coron: busy on a private Island (tags:  Asia, PhilippinesHotel)

A tour through the Philippines for visual people: the best beaches, the whitest sand, the most puppies (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

Z hostel: Hip in Manila: staying at Z Hostel, a cool and cozy design hotel in Metro Manila(tags:  Asia, PhilippinesHotel)

Life in Manila's South Cemetery: visiting a family living in a graveyard in Manila (tags:  Asia, Philippines)

French and Lao Design at the Putaxai Victory Monument in Lao's capital Vientiane (tags: AsiaLaos)

Getting crafty in Luang Prabang: taking a weaving class in Lao's capital (tags: AsiaLaos)

Falling in love with Laos in Luang Prabang: finding the peace I was looking for in Laos (tags: AsiaLaos)

French architecture memories in Hanoi: dreaming of Paris while strolling through Vietnam's capital (tags: AsiaVietnam)

Shopping and architecture at Phnom Penh Central Market: Exploring Phsar Thmei in Phnom Penh (tags: AsiaCambodia)

How to do a day trip from Hong Kong to Macau (for the architecture, not for gambling) (tags: Asia, Hong Kong)

Coming home to Yim Huai Khwang Hostel in Bangkok, Thailand (tags: AsiaThailandHotel)

What to do in Hamburg when it's raining (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Murals in Hamburg at Frauen Freiluft Galerie (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg)

Inspiration from Salone del Mobile and Fuorisalone in Milan 2016 (tags: EuropeItaly)

Chinese Hutong Architecture in Beijing (tags: AsiaChina)

Street Art impressions from Athens: exploring the capital of Greece (tags: EuropeGreece)

Salty on Milos: Staying at Salt, a beautiful design hotel on Milos(tags: EuropeGreecehotel)

Milos for beach bums: Exploring the islands's best beaches (tags: EuropeGreece)

Two days in Santorini: An itinerary for the most famous Cycladic island (tags: EuropeGreece)

Artsy in Amsterdam: Visiting the Banksy exhibition at Moco (tags: EuropeNetherlands)

Street Art at Millerntor Gallery 2016 in Hamburg (tags: EuropeGermanyHamburg,)

Itinerary for travelling South East Asia for four to six months (tags: AsiaThailandMalaysiaMyanmarLaosVietnamPhilippinesCambodiaHong Kong)

Ten things to do in and around Bucharest: What to do in the Romanian Capital (tags: EuropeRomaniaGuestPost)