Cape Town
New York


Canadian firm Christopher Simmonds Architect have  helped realise this contemporary residence in the suburbs of the country’s capital, Ottawa. While the exterior bares many of the cubist hallmarks that have come to be associated with modern architecture since the advent of Le Corbusier, it’s the interior that really offers something special. The floor-to-ceiling windows on both walls of the top deck create an exceptionally light living area in which the sitting room, dining area and kitchen all flow into one another; meanwhile, the use of rich, caramel-esque woods for the dining table, kitchen counter, stairs and bannisters breaks up the grey tones of the furniture perfectly. This theme is extended throughout the property, from the bathroom to the bedroom, creating a harmonious space with a clearly defined aesthetic across all areas.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-21 16:28:20)

Meet Tijn. He is our technology and online branding guru here at Travelteq. We had a look inside his Trash Laptop Bag to see the items he can’t travel without! As a tech buff, you won’t see him anywhere without his laptop, ipad, headphones and vintage camera. He can also usually be found wheeling around town on his motorcycle, so he never leaves the house without his sunnies and Honda book either. Thanks Tijn!

The Savvy Traveler

Best tip for traveling on a budget?

I love the outdoors. For this reason the best tip for traveling on a budget is going to beautiful places, on my motorcycle, with my awesome tent. For instance Scotland, when it’s not raining too much, or the beautiful outdoors of Norway. Take your time, because the journey is more important then its destination.

Favorite beach destination? Favorite cold weather destination?

Costa Rica, the surf is awesome there. The nature is breathtaking. Favourite cold weather destination is Chamonix, France. I've been visiting it twice a year for the last 5 years in a row. The Mont Blanc/The Valle Blanch is an awesome adventures skiing route. There are countless feeride possibilities in the whole area.

Top tips for getting through a long haul flight?

Get drunk asap. A good book. A lot of movies or series on my iPad.

Treat Yourself

What items do you splurge on?

Going out for dinner with my girlfriend and drinking an bottle of very good red wine.

How do you unwind after a long day?

Going for a run and then diving into my vinyl collection and playing some records. Or forget the run and go out for dinner with friends.

Favorite shopping spot in Amsterdam? Eating spot?

I’m more of a online shopper but love 290squaremeters and Tenue de Nîmes. Eating spot; Fa. Speijkervet and Rijsel.

What's inside Tijn's bag:

Reported by Suzanna Heldring (2014-08-20 10:58:45)

Amsterdam’s ETQ present their fresh line of shades for Summer. Handmade in Portugal, these acetate creations come in a variety of shapes, plays on classic round and rectangular frames. Black or tortoiseshell finishes, each pair is fitted with Dark Green tinted 100% UV protection lenses. Find yours here.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-18 16:45:17)

The car was delivered new to McQueen in 1967 after his own Ferrari had been rear-ended just one month after he took delivery. He wanted the 275 quickly, so he bought a car right off the lot and had it painted to a color of his liking. This is the car McQueen was driving during the filming of Bullitt, and though he only kept it for four years, it is one of a few indisputably McQueen owned Ferrari's.

RM Auctions will be selling this incredible car this Saturday during Monterey Car Week. The pre-sale estimate is $8million to $12million, and you can read more about it right here.

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-13 14:56:37)

If you’re planning a spa vacation abroad, take cues from the results of the World Spa & Wellness Awards 2014 presented in London, where the industry handed out 11 awards that singled out the best regional hotel and spa destinations around the world.

See the list here

Reported by Tijn Benedek (2014-08-13 14:54:52)