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Pathfinders: finest blogs, Instagram photographs and movies from February 2019

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Koh Lipe, Thailand Get a singular perspective of Koh Lipe from our unbelievable Instagramers © Golf Photographer / Shutterstock

As all the time our motley crew of ever extra adventurous Pathfinders have been off exploring the far corners of the globe. This month we dig into the cool and quirky – whether or not it’s getting a recent and strange perspective of well-travelled locations like London or discovering a lesser-visited (and barely weird) cities and areas like Užupis in Lithuania.

Better of the blogs

Užupis: A unusual unbiased republic within the coronary heart of Vilnius – Dave McClane

The Uzupis Republic, Lithuania Uzupis is each bit extraordinary © Julia Khvoshch / Shutterstock

You will have been to Paris and Rome, possibly even Minsk, however right here’s one European vacation spot you’re unlikely to have ticked off your journey checklist. Užupis is a tiny breakaway ‘republic’ (full with its personal structure, forex and ambassador – who’s, the truth is, a cat) situated within the coronary heart of Vilnius, Lithuania, and on this put up Dave paperwork his day exploring the quirky district. It’s all a little bit of enjoyable, and Dave’s observations make for entertaining, light-hearted studying, however there’s additionally a deeper gratification right here that comes with understanding that even within the age of world homogenisation, peculiar locations like this nonetheless exist – and that’s one thing value celebrating.

Dave is a Yorkshireman on a quest to see – and – as a lot of the world as doable. See extra of his work at

Japan highway journey: Iga and Shigaraki – Anja Ben

Pottery on sale in the village of Shigaraki Pottery on sale within the village of Shigaraki © Stray Toki / Shutterstock

It’s your entire aesthetic of this put up that efficiently captured our intrigue: saturated imagery of sweeping landscapes and stylish ceramics puncturing a skinny strip of textual content targeted on a lesser-visited artsy city in Japan – all of it simply feels very cool. That’s to not take something away from Anja’s writing – she weaves an attention-grabbing story about following her ardour for pottery to the village of Shigaraki, holding the story good and light-weight due to the presence of Ninjas, a wonderfully-welcoming host and, in fact, karaoke en route.

Anja is a author and photographer who believes gradual journey is the best way ahead and tends to keep away from the crowds (although she’s going to wait in line for good meals). Learn extra at

Prime Instagram photographs

London, UK – Romi Nicole Schneider

Why we prefer it: London’s Tate Fashionable gallery is not any stranger to an Instagram function, however Romi’s shot of the constructing’s viewing degree is recent, thought-about and vastly efficient. The construction’s sloping angle offers the right steadiness for the picture, naturally dividing it into two and drawing the attention throughout the picture. The sky’s dappled hues mix fantastically with the textured brickwork, leading to a fragile color palette which runs all through everything of the body. This can be a actually unique tackle a well-known metropolis landmark.

Romi is a roaming photographer, always on the hunt for her subsequent good body. Comply with her on Instagram @romiaround.

Koh Lipe, Thailand – Xavier Marchal

Why we prefer it: Ocean drone photographs can present a very new perspective on a picturesque shoreline, and Xavier’s picture is a superb instance of that. The distinction between the shallows’ rocky texture and turquoise colouring and the white sands studded with blue boats creates a vertical central focus, pulling the viewer’s consideration from high to backside. This can be a effectively conceptualised, expertly captured shot that we may fortunately stare at for hours!

Xavier is a full-time backpacker who has been on the highway for 15 months. Comply with him on Instagram @xaviermarchal.

Our favorite footage

Why we journey: 10 nations in a 12 months – Mark Hadj Hamou

Why we prefer it: Apart from Mark’s unbelievable footage, which incorporates sweeping aerial scenes, close-ups of individuals and smiling faces and dynamic point-of-view photographs, we cherished this video as a result of it actually tugs on the heartstrings. With out saying a lot he manages to color a whole image of the journey expertise from fulfilling your goals to skyping your dad and mom and linking up with buddies alongside the best way. Combining journey inspiration with uncooked emotion we expect this video will reply the query of ‘why we journey’ for many individuals.

Mark is a photographer, videographer, and Artistic Director based mostly in Paris. Take a look at extra of his movies on his YouTube channel.

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