News roundup for the savvy traveller.
Make your own font shop
Copenhagen - Nestled in Copenhagen's edgy Vesterbro district, Playtype is in the unique business of selling fonts. It's impossible to ignore the bold wares inside this recently opened concept store. Giant letters are emblazoned on the storefront. Shoppers can browse through a collection of more than 100 fonts that have been created by e-Types, the Danish design firm behind the typefaces of Carlsberg and Georg Jensen. Purchases are stored on specially designed USB flash drives that resemble a credit card. If you prefer a more tangible takeaway, pick up an initialled T-shirt, mug or notebook. Like all pop-up shops, Playtype won't last forever. The store is set to close at the end of 2011. playtype.com
Rock 'n' roll rooms
Palma de Mallorca - Uber-cool boutique hotels will go to any length to attract VIP guests. The Puro Oasis Urbano has transformed itself from a Bohemian chic island crash pad to a modernist escape, with redesigned rooms, sleek new furnishings and an updated modern art collection. What sets it apart from Mallorca's other hotels, however, is a new private wing. Scheduled to open in April, the wing features 11 suites, dedicated butler service and a music studio, where visiting rock 'n' roll types can use recording equipment and host all-night parties. Guests with neither entourage nor musical talent are better off booking one of the hotel's 40 other rooms.
Pop goes the ballet
London - Can the Pet Shop Boys score classical dance? The electro-pop duo sidesteps into ballet by composing the music for The Most Incredible Thing, a full-length dance adapted from a Hans Christian Andersen tale. Choreographer Javier fe Frutos, (whose previous work Eternal Damnation to Sancho and Sanchez was banned by the BBC due to graphic content) has put his unconventional spin on this contemporary show. Not surprisingly, the toe-tapping soundtrack would work just as well in a hip cocktail lounge. On until March 26 at Sadler's Wells. sadlerswells.com
Moscow - If a $200,000 round-trip journey on Virgin Galactic is out of reach, consider travelling to outer space with your feet kept firmly on the ground. MIR Corporation has designed an 11-day trip that takes travellers from a tour of the once top-
secret Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre to seats at the Soyuz spacecraft launch to the International Space Station. Also on the itinerary is a Cold-War-era aviation museum, but opt instead for a hands-on session in cosmonaut training and a zero-gravity flight simulation. The trip begins Sept. 17, 2012, only 20 spots available. From $13,995 (U.S.) a person. mircorp.com/tour_russianspace2010.asp
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