10/28/13 12:00pm

paris waiters race

The Waiters Race is exactly what it sounds like. Appropriately dressed participants – in full waiter and waitress gear, line up at the start line balancing a tray in one hand. On the tray will be placed at least one full bottle of liquid of some sort and some glasses which may also be filled with liquid. The intrepid sportsman or woman must run a designated course, past throngs of cheering fans and get to the finishing line without spilling a drop and without dropping a glass. (more…)

10/26/13 9:00am

Here’s a roundup of what the Untapped Staff has been enjoying this week for great city reads!

wish-jorge-rodriguez-gerada-belfastJorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s piece, “WISH,” is the largest land art in the United Kingdom. Photo via Arrested Motion.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

How many masterpieces have been painted using 4,000 metric tons of soil and sand and 30,000 wooden stakes? “WISH,” an installation by Cuban-American artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, spans 11 acres through a field in a Northern waterfront sector of Belfast. According to The Atlantic, the shy smile depicted on those 11 acres belongs to a six-year-old Belfast resident, and Rodriguez-Garada hopes that her face will inspire a ”genuine hope for a brighter future for all of us who share this land.” The installation should last until December 2013––or at least, until it’s plowed over by a forgetful farmer. (more…)

10/25/13 3:00pm

Here are our picks from the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool, featuring works of intrepid Untapped Cities readers and explorers. To submit to our weekly roundup of the best of the Untapped Cities Photo Pool, hashtag your photos #untappedcities. Also, follow along to see what others are snapping!

An insider view of the Woolworth Building by @whygams, a lucky Woolworth employee. We’ll be giving an Untapped Cities tour of the Woolworth Building in November:

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10/25/13 11:00am

Rue-Cremieux-Beatrix-House_Paris-France_Messy Nessy ChicImage via messynesschic.com

Last week in our Untapped Mailbag, we suggested a few places to visit in New York City for those looking for a piece of Paris in the Big Apple. Here’s another cultural transplant—this time, it’s a piece of London right in Paris. And it’s not the first one we’ve come across in the City of Light.

Messy Nessy Chic recently featured Rue Cremieux, a street lined with colorful, terraced homes resembling those of London’s Portobello Road, located right in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris. There’s also an adorable hostel on this street called L’Hotel Particulier that doesn’t have a sign!


10/23/13 3:00pm

One year… thirteen illustrations. When we first interviewed cartoonist David Cessac, he said, “for me, the characters, the Parisians, are the most important, and they are the ones who define the character of the whole city.” In this anniversary video marking David’s one year mark illustrating the column “A Few Parisians” for Untapped Cities, videographer Enzo Van Erven captured David at work on the streets of Paris on a staircase near the Palais de Tokyo and the Boulevard d’Iena. It was particularly special for us to witness the process of creation and the moment where David’s sharp wit meets his talented drawing hand. To another great year, David!


10/22/13 3:00pm

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Today’s cinematic Google Doodle honors André-Jacques Garnerin, who was the inventor of the modern frameless parachute. Garnerin’s successful parachute jump occurred 216 years ago today, on October 22, 1797. On that day, Garnerin ascended in a Montgolfier hot air balloon until he was at an elevation of approximately 3,000 feet. Then he cut the rope connecting his balloon and parachute. While the balloon continued its ascent, Garnerin and his silk parachute descended into the middle of a large crowd of onlookers located in Paris’ Parc Monceau. Today, visitors to the park can find an illustrated plaque honoring Garnerin’s historic achievement.