Icerink instead of heated floor. Bomber hat and a puffer jacket as an alternative to terry robe. Eco-hotels and cafes in Canada, Romania and even hot Dubai offer a possibility to have leisure time a-la North Pole.
Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi pioneered “ice-building”. French artist and ice sculptor Jannot Derid, when having come there because of huge amounts of medium for his work (meaning snow), couldn’t even have thought that he would soon become the owner of a real hotel and restaurant complex.
Originally his plans were only to organize an exhibition. And, as it always happens in such cases, it was all a play of chance. Once, a couple of persons who came to appreciate master’s works simply couldn’t find a single available room in local hotels. So they had no other option except asking Jannot to help them with an overnight stop. Having given his first clients sheets in the form of buck skin, the carver left them in a room among showpieces. Incredibly, but the guests enjoyed the atmosphere so much that the orchestrator, inspired with their stories, decided to go an extra mile with it. It was time to create more significant constructions. This is how development of the first Ice-Hotel in world began.
Construction of a complex is a year-round process. Erection works normally begin in November-December. Hundreds of workmen are involved. All the eager ones occupy frozen mansion as the process goes on. As it was mentioned, spending night here implies acquisition of a sleeping bag, cold-proof underwear and a bomber hat. On awakening thermal procedures await icy guests: a cup of hot cowberry juice and a sauna. Holiday season closes in early April. The building gets scheduled for demolition. No special equipment needed for that. Good weather is enough to make Winter World in the form of melted water go down local Torne River.
Ten years later similar palace was built in Canada. Hotel de Glace, operating from January till March, in addition to apartments and restaurants in a Snow Queen style, also have a chapel at their disposal. Hence, extreme bridal couples can connect their destinies right here and even order an icy honeymoon suite. Number of people seeking unusual accommodations increases over time. Therefore construction design changes constantly with its territory enlarging year over year.
It turns out it is possible to freeze in 40 degrees of heat. It is enough to cross the threshold of Chillout Ice Café in Dubai. To think of it, it is the only public establishment in Middle East where temperature constitutes minus six degrees. All interior design and décor items up to picture frames and window curtains are made of carved ice. Staff familiar with hard winters (mostly from Russia and Romania) hand out puffer jackets to local citizens unaccustomed to frost.
Speaking of Romania, this country also has eco-hotel at its disposal and rooms there are being booked lickety split. In order to have guests feel themselves on the North Pole, owners of Balea Lac even elaborated special dishes. So there will be no need to add ice to your drinks – they will be refreshing anyway. Everything warm except woolen blankets and clothes is taboo here. It is strictly prohibited to bring damoiselles, bottles with warm water or even coffee cups to a room. Road to the location will constitute another trial for those afraid of low temperatures since the only means of transport that goes here is a rope way. So, think twice before you decide to go for such a chill out. More so if you start breaking up after the first ice cream scoop.
They build ice hotels and carve ice fountains pouring white wine, make samovars and even kerosene lamps. Photographers went even far and got the hand to use dry ice to create the effect of smoke and fog in picture. In search of more and more sophisticated ways to use frozen water, humanity almost forgot about another fascinating feature it suggests. So, dig into your wardrobes and find lovely hats with pompoms, fluffy "ears", scarves, mittens, sweaters and... skates. In the spirit of holidays, OUTLOOK prepared for you a selection of the world most popular ice arenas.
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Ukraine Cristian Leon Turkanu organized an official reception in honor of the 25-th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Romania and Ukraine. As well, he set up the exhibition of Romanian artists in Kyiv called ‘Art. Traditions. Baia Mare. Maramures’.
People who for the first time arrive in Toronto have every likelihood to face the local surprises. For example, you may be offered to reach your destination across Yonge Street. When you agree to have this affair, you will be asked once again: ‘Are you going to cross the whole street?' Being astonished you will try to look at the details only to find out that the length of this mysterious street is 1896 kilometers. Then, if you express a bit more curiosity and decide to read the history of the longest street in the world, the adventurous travel in the world in Indians, Europeans occupiers and encountering of the cultures are waiting for you. So, let’s start…
Each one has own notion of a perfect rest: some need ocean, beach and an exotic cocktail for a perfect relaxation; others are drawn to conquer new mountain peaks; some people live in anticipation of acquaintance of ancient ruins… But there are people who dream of cutting loose at full throttle, forgetting everything and anything else!
Alongside fast food, cola and corn flakes with milk, another product that is obsessively mentioned in almost every American movie is maple syrup. Pancakes, flapjacks, muffins and toasts are ‘dressed’ with it as well as by and large everything that is made of flour. It appeared on shelves of European supermarkets very recently to promptly bewilder customers eager to try formerly inaccessible dishes with honey-and-woody taste that they didn’t know how to cook.
In today continuation of our rubrics about the famous Ukrainians who have changed the world here and now, we would like to tell about incredibly dynamic Chrystia Freeland. She is journalist, writer and currently known as the successful politician. Having ethnic belonging to Ukraine, she fluently speaks the national language. It is the wonderful example of the following generalization that if a person has a desire, it is not a problem to develop in many scopes.
Autumn promises that heat would gradually fade away and immediately presents with a choice: either to clutch at stewing days in warm countries or taste cool evenings and admire architecture without being distracted by sultriness.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk and Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine Vladimir Omelyan signed collective plan of actions on Ukraine’s going through audit of International maritime organization. The signing of document happened on the 12-th of July in the room of Embassy of Canada to Ukraine.
In Kyiv within the territory of conservation ‘Sophia of Kyiv’ there was an official reception dedicated to the 150-th anniversary of Canada organized by the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine and personally Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Roman Vaschuk.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vaschuk along with Major of Kyiv Vitaliy Klichko started festive events at Kreschatik dedicated to 150-th anniversary of Canada.
On the occasion of 150-th anniversary of Canada the Embassy of Canada to Ukraine and Ukrainian team of Games of Unconquerable made press breakfast for mass media with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Roman Vaschuk…
The Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Roman Vashuk participated in the event that calls for recognition of French-speaking culture and French language of communication, democratic values, human rights and support of cultural diversity.
Summer is a perfect season for a long-awaited vacation and new experiences. Perhaps, everyone who is going to plunge into fun holiday has already planned spectacular routes and scenic spots. In order not to spoil your trip and not to see gates to the desired gateway closing right in front of your nose, we encourage you to read our selection of locations forbidden for visits.
A visit to picturesque Transylvania is akin to mystic extravaganza that takes place in reality. But laymen rarely know for sure what to visit in Romania aside from the famous Bran Castle, residence of Count Dracula. OUTLOOK solves the problem and offers an opportunity to personally choose an exciting route – its history may not just surprise but also stir your blood. For your attention here come TOP-5 most amazing and mysterious places in Romania that you must see with your own eyes.
There is hardly a person, especially in autumn, when the first frost, who did not cancel his or her appointment or a walk due to nasty weather, since it is a challenge to get dressed, to keep warm, to wait in the bitter cold for transport, instead you feel like wrapping yourself in blanket and read a book. What can we say about the Canadians: the nature tests them with harsh winters and real snowstorms. However, the Canadians do not cancel their meetings, and even go light in winter. How they do it – read below in OUTLOOK.
Braşov is the heart of Romania with the German valves. Saxon spirit is insistently living in the houses with gingerbread roofs, and sounds in the bell ringing of Catholic Cathedral, the largest in Eastern Europe. Even the gates look waiting not for tourists but medieval knights.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Ukraine Cristian-Leon Turcanu along with the attaché on the issues of defense, as well as military, air-force and naval powers attaché arranged an official reception in honor of the celebration of Armed Forces Day.
They say the main attraction of Canada is its nature. But the nature is not quite an achievement of the nation, but objects constructed, erected and built by country inhabitants, reflect the national mentality. Therefore, we would like to tell about the best urban areas of Canada.