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Welcome to Ikos Andalusia. “All Inclusive” luxury reinvented.

Ikos Resort opens its 5th hotel in Spain, the first resort outside the Greek borders. Nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Ikos Andalusia opened on May 17th. With its 411 rooms, its 4000 m2 of swimming pools and its vast gardens, this new hotel promises an unparalleled experience: outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, sports activities and well-being.

Recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the best All Inclusive resorts in the world in 2021 *, it is a true haven of peace on the Costa del Sol.

Its timeless style evokes both modernity and serenity. The result of the work of international design group Studio Gronda, Ikos Andalusia combines classic Spanish architecture with an exotic ambience.

Gastronomic experience guaranteed : A large choice of world cuisine in seven restaurants. A Mediterranean buffet restaurant and six others à la carte with menus prepared by Michelin-starred chefs (Greek, Italian, Asian, Oriental, French and Spanish cuisine).
300 local and international wines selected by Ikos sommeliers. Cocktail lovers will be delighted: six bars offer drinks selected by Marian Beke, award-winning mixologist and owner of the famous Gibson bar in London. Guests can also enjoy 24 hour room service and branded spirits in their mini bar.

Ideal for Families: a nursery (from 4 months). Two free children’s clubs (ages 4 to 17) offer a full range of fun activities (crafts, sports, cooking, etc.).

Well-being : An Ikos Spa under the direction of Anne Sémonin Paris (9 treatment rooms), eight swimming pools, a fitness room and numerous sports activities.

“Infinite Care Protocol” health protocol : An Ikos Resorts Infinite Care Protocol launched last season with great efficiency. No case of COVID-19 has been recorded. The Ikos group has implemented very rigorous health and safety measures in its five resorts: meticulous disinfection, contactless technology, thermal measurement and permanent medical assistance. Customers are offered a free rapid antigen test on arrival and an on-site PCR / Antigen test before returning home if required.

Discovery of the region: Customers can explore the surrounding area in a MINI, available for a day. And a museum pass to explore the best museums in Malaga. For golfers, a free green fee at Los Naranjos golf course.
The original “Dine Out” option allows you to taste local dishes in the best restaurants of Marbella and Estepona, all within the framework of the all-inclusive formula.

* Ikos Olivia was voted Best All Inclusive Resort in the World in 2021 at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Take part in the Ikos Resorts webinar on Tuesday 06 July at 2:30 p.m.

More information: ikosresorts.com

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Welcome to Ikos Andalusia. “All Inclusive” luxury reinvented.

Ikos Resort opens its 5th hotel in Spain, the first resort outside the Greek borders. Nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, Ikos Andalusia opened on May 17th. With its 411 rooms, its 4000 m2 of swimming pools and its vast gardens, this new hotel promises an unparalleled experience: outstanding service, exceptional cuisine, sports activities and well-being.

Recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the best All Inclusive resorts in the world in 2021 *, it is a true haven of peace on the Costa del Sol.

Its timeless style evokes both modernity and serenity. The result of the work of international design group Studio Gronda, Ikos Andalusia combines classic Spanish architecture with an exotic ambience.

Gastronomic experience guaranteed : A large choice of world cuisine in seven restaurants. A Mediterranean buffet restaurant and six others à la carte with menus prepared by Michelin-starred chefs (Greek, Italian, Asian, Oriental, French and Spanish cuisine).
300 local and international wines selected by Ikos sommeliers. Cocktail lovers will be delighted: six bars offer drinks selected by Marian Beke, award-winning mixologist and owner of the famous Gibson bar in London. Guests can also enjoy 24 hour room service and branded spirits in their mini bar.

Ideal for Families: a nursery (from 4 months). Two free children’s clubs (ages 4 to 17) offer a full range of fun activities (crafts, sports, cooking, etc.).

Well-being : An Ikos Spa under the direction of Anne Sémonin Paris (9 treatment rooms), eight swimming pools, a fitness room and numerous sports activities.

“Infinite Care Protocol” health protocol : An Ikos Resorts Infinite Care Protocol launched last season with great efficiency. No case of COVID-19 has been recorded. The Ikos group has implemented very rigorous health and safety measures in its five resorts: meticulous disinfection, contactless technology, thermal measurement and permanent medical assistance. Customers are offered a free rapid antigen test on arrival and an on-site PCR / Antigen test before returning home if required.

Discovery of the region: Customers can explore the surrounding area in a MINI, available for a day. And a museum pass to explore the best museums in Malaga. For golfers, a free green fee at Los Naranjos golf course.
The original “Dine Out” option allows you to taste local dishes in the best restaurants of Marbella and Estepona, all within the framework of the all-inclusive formula.

* Ikos Olivia was voted Best All Inclusive Resort in the World in 2021 at the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Take part in the Ikos Resorts webinar on Tuesday 06 July at 2:30 p.m.

More information: ikosresorts.com

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629941082) } [1]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(113) "Matt Damon is having such a hard time selling this gorgeous California villa that he’s forced to drop the price" ["link"]=> string(159) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/26/matt-damon-is-having-such-a-hard-time-selling-this-gorgeous-california-villa-that-hes-forced-to-drop-the-price/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Thu, 26 Aug 2021 00:53:30 +0000" ["category"]=> string(9) "Lifestyle" ["guid"]=> string(159) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/26/matt-damon-is-having-such-a-hard-time-selling-this-gorgeous-california-villa-that-hes-forced-to-drop-the-price/" ["description"]=> string(89) "Matt Damon bought the 1,254m² California home in 2012, seven years after it was built..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(14392) "

Matt Damon bought the 1,254m² California home in 2012, seven years after it was built in 2005. Last summer, after considering a move to Ireland, Jason Bourne’s performer and his family bought an apartment. of 557m² on the top floor of a tower on the heights of Brooklyn in New York, which he shares with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, living a few floors below. Wishing to get rid of this property that had remained on the other side of the country, the actor put his California house up for sale in January, but was recently forced to lower its value because it could not find a buyer, after 216 days on the market. From $ 21 million, the villa’s price rose to $ 17.9 million.

Always a fortune then, but easily explained by the standing of this property in Pacific Palisades, chic district of Los Angeles. Composed of seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, it seems to be the ideal haven of peace to breathe and breathe, far from the spotlight. The zen interior, bright, ultra-modern and open to the outside is flooded everywhere by the sun and daylight. A games room, a bar, an office, a gym, a multimedia room, numerous balconies and a wine cellar are part of the festivities included in this residence. Outside, a large terrace with lounge area and dining table protected by a large open cabin, a swimming pool, a spa, a waterfall and even a small carp pond adorn the garden surrounding the house. Before moving to California and then moving to New York, Matt Damon and his family lived in an even larger mansion in Miami, nearly 4000m² wide, sold in 2014 for $ 15 million.

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Always a fortune then, but easily explained by the standing of this property in Pacific Palisades, chic district of Los Angeles. Composed of seven bedrooms and ten bathrooms, it seems to be the ideal haven of peace to breathe and breathe, far from the spotlight. The zen interior, bright, ultra-modern and open to the outside is flooded everywhere by the sun and daylight. A games room, a bar, an office, a gym, a multimedia room, numerous balconies and a wine cellar are part of the festivities included in this residence. Outside, a large terrace with lounge area and dining table protected by a large open cabin, a swimming pool, a spa, a waterfall and even a small carp pond adorn the garden surrounding the house. Before moving to California and then moving to New York, Matt Damon and his family lived in an even larger mansion in Miami, nearly 4000m² wide, sold in 2014 for $ 15 million.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629939210) } [2]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(82) "Real Madrid have made an offer that is very difficult to refuse for Kylian Mbappé" ["link"]=> string(130) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/real-madrid-have-made-an-offer-that-is-very-difficult-to-refuse-for-kylian-mbappe/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 21:44:01 +0000" ["category"]=> string(88) "LifestyledifficultFootballKylianKylian MbappéMadridMbappéofferPSGrealReal Madridrefuse" ["guid"]=> string(130) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/real-madrid-have-made-an-offer-that-is-very-difficult-to-refuse-for-kylian-mbappe/" ["description"]=> string(92) "Will Kylian Mbappé still wear the Paris Saint-Germain jersey on September 1, the date of..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(4165) "

Will Kylian Mbappé still wear the Paris Saint-Germain jersey on September 1, the date of the end of the summer transfer window? A few weeks ago, many football specialists would have been tempted to answer in the affirmative. Since the triumphant arrival of Lionel Messi, left free by FC Barcelona, ​​the answer seems more difficult to provide. Real Madrid realized that the 22-year-old weren’t sure about extending with the Reds and Blues anymore and chose to attack head-on. This Tuesday, August 24, at the end of the evening, the British site TalkSport then the Spanish show The beach bar both announced that the Merengues have provided the capital club with an offer of 160 million euros to urgently sign the French international.

Information which surprised since the PSG confirmed, on several occasions, that Kylian Mbappé would remain Parisian this season in order to form with Neymar and Lionel Messi the most flamboyant attack in Europe. At the presentation of La Pulga on August 11, club president Nasser al-Khelaïfi was clear, even uncompromising in his words: “He wants a competitive team, I don’t think we are more competitive. He has no excuses for wanting something else now ”. This proposal is also surprising because a few months ago Florentino Perez, manager of Real Madrid, campaigned for the Super League to bail out the desperately empty coffers of his club. “In this pandemic situation, this will not happen, neither Real Madrid nor for any other club. It won’t happen, believe me. We need cash inflows. Otherwise, it’s impossible in general… ”, he said last April at the microphone of Spanish radio. Ser string. The sale of Raphaël Varane to Manchester United for 50 million euros and that of Martin Odegaard to Arsenal for 40 million euros have apparently helped to restore a little balance in the Madrid accounts.

What situation does Paris Saint-Germain favor today? By accepting Real’s proposal, the club would lose one of their best players while collecting a substantial check, probably above their expectations. But by keeping the Frenchman without extending him, PSG would have no choice but to let go free next summer, without collecting a cent from his transfer, with the feeling of letting go the player who could become the best of the world in a few years. PSG does not lack resources and does not care, like the big European clubs, about an economic debt that it should pay off (it was also opposed to the Super League project, which could have allowed an increase television rights). It is the message sent, the symbolism, which could give a bad image to the nine-time champion of France. That of a club unable to contain the desires – or the whims – of its stars.

A week from the end of the transfer window, Real Madrid has already succeeded with this offer since it will, whatever happens, instill doubt in the Parisian collective. The daily The team confirmed that the offer of 160 million was immediately declined by the French club, but if Real were to offer an envelope of 200 million euros If Kylian Mbappé were to request his transfer in the coming days, there would be no would certainly have no other option but to let go. We believed the soap opera between PSG and Real Madrid ended for the summer, it may only have just begun.

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Will Kylian Mbappé still wear the Paris Saint-Germain jersey on September 1, the date of the end of the summer transfer window? A few weeks ago, many football specialists would have been tempted to answer in the affirmative. Since the triumphant arrival of Lionel Messi, left free by FC Barcelona, ​​the answer seems more difficult to provide. Real Madrid realized that the 22-year-old weren’t sure about extending with the Reds and Blues anymore and chose to attack head-on. This Tuesday, August 24, at the end of the evening, the British site TalkSport then the Spanish show The beach bar both announced that the Merengues have provided the capital club with an offer of 160 million euros to urgently sign the French international.

Information which surprised since the PSG confirmed, on several occasions, that Kylian Mbappé would remain Parisian this season in order to form with Neymar and Lionel Messi the most flamboyant attack in Europe. At the presentation of La Pulga on August 11, club president Nasser al-Khelaïfi was clear, even uncompromising in his words: “He wants a competitive team, I don’t think we are more competitive. He has no excuses for wanting something else now ”. This proposal is also surprising because a few months ago Florentino Perez, manager of Real Madrid, campaigned for the Super League to bail out the desperately empty coffers of his club. “In this pandemic situation, this will not happen, neither Real Madrid nor for any other club. It won’t happen, believe me. We need cash inflows. Otherwise, it’s impossible in general… ”, he said last April at the microphone of Spanish radio. Ser string. The sale of Raphaël Varane to Manchester United for 50 million euros and that of Martin Odegaard to Arsenal for 40 million euros have apparently helped to restore a little balance in the Madrid accounts.

What situation does Paris Saint-Germain favor today? By accepting Real’s proposal, the club would lose one of their best players while collecting a substantial check, probably above their expectations. But by keeping the Frenchman without extending him, PSG would have no choice but to let go free next summer, without collecting a cent from his transfer, with the feeling of letting go the player who could become the best of the world in a few years. PSG does not lack resources and does not care, like the big European clubs, about an economic debt that it should pay off (it was also opposed to the Super League project, which could have allowed an increase television rights). It is the message sent, the symbolism, which could give a bad image to the nine-time champion of France. That of a club unable to contain the desires – or the whims – of its stars.

A week from the end of the transfer window, Real Madrid has already succeeded with this offer since it will, whatever happens, instill doubt in the Parisian collective. The daily The team confirmed that the offer of 160 million was immediately declined by the French club, but if Real were to offer an envelope of 200 million euros If Kylian Mbappé were to request his transfer in the coming days, there would be no would certainly have no other option but to let go. We believed the soap opera between PSG and Real Madrid ended for the summer, it may only have just begun.

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629927841) } [3]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(37) "Cabasse The Pearl Akoya, speaker test" ["link"]=> string(85) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/cabasse-the-pearl-akoya-speaker-test/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 21:12:17 +0000" ["category"]=> string(37) "LifestyleAkoyaCabassePearlspeakerTest" ["guid"]=> string(85) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/cabasse-the-pearl-akoya-speaker-test/" ["description"]=> string(112) "There are connected speaker and connected speaker. If “mini” formats are popular (such as HomePod..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(12137) "

There are connected speaker and connected speaker. If “mini” formats are popular (such as HomePod Mini for example), they will not satisfy the ears of the most convinced audiophiles. And it is on this ground that this Cabasse The Pearl Akoya speaker plays. This Pearl Akoya is the little sister of Cabasse The Pearl. And just like Akoya pearls, smaller than conventional pearls, remain highly prized by amateurs, this speaker will be popular with amateurs of good sound.

Useless fact : Votre serviteur écoute au quotidien ses films et sa musique sur une paire d’enceintes de la marque bretonne sorties de l’usine de Brest en 1985 ! C’est donc en tant que grand amateur de Cabasse que j’aborderai ce test ! Je vous en parle d'ailleurs plus en détail dans cet article.

The Pearl Akoya, a luxury-oriented speaker

Surprising and elegant

When unpacking the speaker, we are first of all surprised by its weight. 8kg on the scale for a very small footprint, the Pearl Akoya exudes quality. If its exterior may surprise at first, it is clear that it will fit easily into any interior. Especially since it is available in black and white!

High-end design

Under the hull, there is a tri-coaxial design. Understand: we find on the same axis a 2-way carbon speaker facing the front, and facing the rear a bass speaker. The latter of 17cm, having a linear travel of 20mm, ensures a good presence over the entire spectrum in the small size of the enclosure (22cm).

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The speaker can develop up to 2100W peak and 1050W RMS for a solo peak of 115db (120db in stereo).

A luxurious packaging

We are also pleased to discover in the Pearl Akoya package a superb transport bag (bowling atmosphere) which will contain the speaker, as well as its power cable, its remote control, a 3.5mm jack adapter and an adapter. micro-usb. The braided power cable exudes quality, as does the remote control to control the speaker.

Cabasse The Pearl Akoya software side

She reads almost everything

Unlike its competitors (we think in particular of the other French brand, Devialet, whose Phantom we tested here), the Cabasse The Pearl Akoya has impressive connectivity. If it can access the internet via wifi or ethernet, it will be able to read music sources via internet, bluetooth, S-PDIF optics, 3.5mm jack and even USB! This versatility is appreciable. In fact, not everyone subscribes to a streaming service.

Our little Cabasse will be able to read almost all the usual formats (FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC) up to 192 kHz / 24 bits. On the Bluetooth side, the connection will be made through the trusted and proven aptX codec.

A complete application but behind

However elegant it may be, we will tend to leave the bluetooth remote control supplied with the speaker on the button. We prefer his smartphone to control the speaker. The lack of AirPlay or Chromecast connectivity is a handicap for the Pearl Akoya. This forces its owner to go through Cabasse’s StreamControl application.

On the latter, you can access your DLNA network shares and the main streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, Tidal). It will also allow the use of the automatic room correction system (CRCS). The system allows in 30 seconds (and a few weird sounds) to calibrate the speaker response to the best of your listening room.

Cabasse_THE_PEARL_AKOYA_noire_mono

Unfortunately, as efficient as it is, the StreamControl application quickly shows its limits for those who are used to using their usual streaming application. This limit is found on many other manufacturers (Yamaha with MusicCast, Sonos with its proprietary application, etc.). It is unfortunately difficult to do more efficient than a Spotify Connect or Apple AirPlay!

Exceptional sound

Now let’s move on to the basics: sound. As usual, we will be listening to 16-bit / 44.1 kHz FLAC sources from the Qobuz application. We tested the speaker in a mono situation (only one speaker in the room).

Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt 2 – Scene Six : Home : We start directly with a rather complex and demanding piece from Dream Theater. And we are immediately stunned by the rendering quality of this Pearl Akoya. So yes, the power is there. But beyond that, we have no (or very little) the feeling of having a mono speaker. The scene is wide, beautifully homogeneous. The rendering is really qualifying as hi-fi. The whole spectrum is well reproduced, without having a strong predominance of one frequency over another. Without falling into the surgical rendering either, the listening is precise and warm.

Peter Cincotti – Metropolis – Madeline : We can detect on this piece a slight emphasis on the low-midrange. The piano is very faithfully rendered, the bass is present without overwhelming us. The sound knows how to be both enveloping and precise. Listening is pleasant, again bluffing us with the remarkable spatialization for a speaker of this format!

Nina Simone – At The Village Gate – Sinner Man : The transcription of this recording is once again stunning. The Pearl Akoya transforms our 20m2 listening room for almost 8 minutes into the famous Greenwitch Village room. The instruments are well positioned in space. The voice of the great Nina is there to transport us with accuracy.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live 1975-85 – Because the Night : We go from the heat of the Village Gate to the arenas of Bruce Springsteen with always the same ease! The typical Boss energy is there. We find all the instruments, the different frequencies are present, discreet notes from the piano to the bass drum, through the warm voice of our favorite singer from New Jersey. We really take pleasure in listening to this piece on this speaker which seems to be here on conquered ground.

Daft Punk feat. Paul Williams – Random Access Memories – Touch : It is with the same ease that we pass on this song of (fire) Daft Punk. The complexity of the arrangements is brilliantly reproduced, we appreciate the permanent research on this piece. The bass, present, is not overwhelming either, letting the whole spectrum express itself and unfold around the speaker.

The National Bolshoi Orchestra – Swan Lake – Op. 20: Act II: To try to challenge this little Cabasse The Pearl Akoya, let’s use the strong method! This would be forgetting that the objective of George Cabasse, historical founder of the house, was to reproduce classical music as perfectly as possible as in an orchestra. So yes, obviously, it is on this type of music that the speaker (especially in mono) shows its limits. The excellent spatialization on other genres here falters. Quickly making us see that the sound only comes from one source. Everything remains nevertheless of great finesse, precision and breadth.

The queen of hi-fi connected speakers

What to say ? I believe this is the first time that I have carried out such a stunning test. I even went to check that the sound came from the Pearl Akoya and not from my stereo hi-fi system! System made up of my two vintage Cabasses.

So yes, by paying attention, the absence of stereo is felt on the amplitude. However, achieving such results in terms of spatialization, volume, precision and sonic warmth in such a small size is truly remarkable.

Here we find the historical know-how of Cabasse engineers. The Pearl Akoya gives us a great balanced sound. We can even say, for once, real hi-fi quality. All included in a small (and dense) sphere of 22cm. The bet is not only successful, it is largely won.

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There are connected speaker and connected speaker. If “mini” formats are popular (such as HomePod Mini for example), they will not satisfy the ears of the most convinced audiophiles. And it is on this ground that this Cabasse The Pearl Akoya speaker plays. This Pearl Akoya is the little sister of Cabasse The Pearl. And just like Akoya pearls, smaller than conventional pearls, remain highly prized by amateurs, this speaker will be popular with amateurs of good sound.

Useless fact : Votre serviteur écoute au quotidien ses films et sa musique sur une paire d’enceintes de la marque bretonne sorties de l’usine de Brest en 1985 ! C’est donc en tant que grand amateur de Cabasse que j’aborderai ce test ! Je vous en parle d'ailleurs plus en détail dans cet article.

The Pearl Akoya, a luxury-oriented speaker

Surprising and elegant

When unpacking the speaker, we are first of all surprised by its weight. 8kg on the scale for a very small footprint, the Pearl Akoya exudes quality. If its exterior may surprise at first, it is clear that it will fit easily into any interior. Especially since it is available in black and white!

High-end design

Under the hull, there is a tri-coaxial design. Understand: we find on the same axis a 2-way carbon speaker facing the front, and facing the rear a bass speaker. The latter of 17cm, having a linear travel of 20mm, ensures a good presence over the entire spectrum in the small size of the enclosure (22cm).

Cabasse_THE_PEARL_AKOYA_conception

The speaker can develop up to 2100W peak and 1050W RMS for a solo peak of 115db (120db in stereo).

A luxurious packaging

We are also pleased to discover in the Pearl Akoya package a superb transport bag (bowling atmosphere) which will contain the speaker, as well as its power cable, its remote control, a 3.5mm jack adapter and an adapter. micro-usb. The braided power cable exudes quality, as does the remote control to control the speaker.

Cabasse The Pearl Akoya software side

She reads almost everything

Unlike its competitors (we think in particular of the other French brand, Devialet, whose Phantom we tested here), the Cabasse The Pearl Akoya has impressive connectivity. If it can access the internet via wifi or ethernet, it will be able to read music sources via internet, bluetooth, S-PDIF optics, 3.5mm jack and even USB! This versatility is appreciable. In fact, not everyone subscribes to a streaming service.

Our little Cabasse will be able to read almost all the usual formats (FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC) up to 192 kHz / 24 bits. On the Bluetooth side, the connection will be made through the trusted and proven aptX codec.

A complete application but behind

However elegant it may be, we will tend to leave the bluetooth remote control supplied with the speaker on the button. We prefer his smartphone to control the speaker. The lack of AirPlay or Chromecast connectivity is a handicap for the Pearl Akoya. This forces its owner to go through Cabasse’s StreamControl application.

On the latter, you can access your DLNA network shares and the main streaming services (Spotify, Deezer, Qobuz, Tidal). It will also allow the use of the automatic room correction system (CRCS). The system allows in 30 seconds (and a few weird sounds) to calibrate the speaker response to the best of your listening room.

Cabasse_THE_PEARL_AKOYA_noire_mono

Unfortunately, as efficient as it is, the StreamControl application quickly shows its limits for those who are used to using their usual streaming application. This limit is found on many other manufacturers (Yamaha with MusicCast, Sonos with its proprietary application, etc.). It is unfortunately difficult to do more efficient than a Spotify Connect or Apple AirPlay!

Exceptional sound

Now let’s move on to the basics: sound. As usual, we will be listening to 16-bit / 44.1 kHz FLAC sources from the Qobuz application. We tested the speaker in a mono situation (only one speaker in the room).

Dream Theater – Metropolis Pt 2 – Scene Six : Home : We start directly with a rather complex and demanding piece from Dream Theater. And we are immediately stunned by the rendering quality of this Pearl Akoya. So yes, the power is there. But beyond that, we have no (or very little) the feeling of having a mono speaker. The scene is wide, beautifully homogeneous. The rendering is really qualifying as hi-fi. The whole spectrum is well reproduced, without having a strong predominance of one frequency over another. Without falling into the surgical rendering either, the listening is precise and warm.

Peter Cincotti – Metropolis – Madeline : We can detect on this piece a slight emphasis on the low-midrange. The piano is very faithfully rendered, the bass is present without overwhelming us. The sound knows how to be both enveloping and precise. Listening is pleasant, again bluffing us with the remarkable spatialization for a speaker of this format!

Nina Simone – At The Village Gate – Sinner Man : The transcription of this recording is once again stunning. The Pearl Akoya transforms our 20m2 listening room for almost 8 minutes into the famous Greenwitch Village room. The instruments are well positioned in space. The voice of the great Nina is there to transport us with accuracy.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Live 1975-85 – Because the Night : We go from the heat of the Village Gate to the arenas of Bruce Springsteen with always the same ease! The typical Boss energy is there. We find all the instruments, the different frequencies are present, discreet notes from the piano to the bass drum, through the warm voice of our favorite singer from New Jersey. We really take pleasure in listening to this piece on this speaker which seems to be here on conquered ground.

Daft Punk feat. Paul Williams – Random Access Memories – Touch : It is with the same ease that we pass on this song of (fire) Daft Punk. The complexity of the arrangements is brilliantly reproduced, we appreciate the permanent research on this piece. The bass, present, is not overwhelming either, letting the whole spectrum express itself and unfold around the speaker.

The National Bolshoi Orchestra – Swan Lake – Op. 20: Act II: To try to challenge this little Cabasse The Pearl Akoya, let’s use the strong method! This would be forgetting that the objective of George Cabasse, historical founder of the house, was to reproduce classical music as perfectly as possible as in an orchestra. So yes, obviously, it is on this type of music that the speaker (especially in mono) shows its limits. The excellent spatialization on other genres here falters. Quickly making us see that the sound only comes from one source. Everything remains nevertheless of great finesse, precision and breadth.

The queen of hi-fi connected speakers

What to say ? I believe this is the first time that I have carried out such a stunning test. I even went to check that the sound came from the Pearl Akoya and not from my stereo hi-fi system! System made up of my two vintage Cabasses.

So yes, by paying attention, the absence of stereo is felt on the amplitude. However, achieving such results in terms of spatialization, volume, precision and sonic warmth in such a small size is truly remarkable.

Here we find the historical know-how of Cabasse engineers. The Pearl Akoya gives us a great balanced sound. We can even say, for once, real hi-fi quality. All included in a small (and dense) sphere of 22cm. The bet is not only successful, it is largely won.

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629925937) } [4]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(99) "It will soon be possible to travel between Europe and the United States in 3 hours and for 80 euros" ["link"]=> string(148) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/it-will-soon-be-possible-to-travel-between-europe-and-the-united-states-in-3-hours-and-for-80-euros/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 20:41:38 +0000" ["category"]=> string(93) "Lifestyleairplaneeuropeeuroshigh techhoursLondonnew YorkStatestravelUnitedUnited StatesVoyage" ["guid"]=> string(148) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/it-will-soon-be-possible-to-travel-between-europe-and-the-united-states-in-3-hours-and-for-80-euros/" ["description"]=> string(88) "The madness of the greatness of man has further pushed its own limits. Complete trips..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(8193) "

The madness of the greatness of man has further pushed its own limits. Complete trips between Los Angeles and Sidney in 8:30 am, and those from London to New York in 3:15. This is the completely crazy goal that the Boom Supersonic company has set for itself, by developing an aircraft three times faster than current machines. With a top speed of 2,600 km / h, or 2.2 times the speed of sound, this racing car was designed to accomplish an ambitious mission: “to break the barrier of time”, according to the CEO of the company, Blake Scholl. Called Overture, this real rocket will be able to accommodate between 65 and 88 people, reported the American channel CNN. The icing on the cake: it will be possible to board Overture for less than 100 euros, and to travel across the oceans to 500 destinations, in just four hours.

But is all this realistic? Boom Supersonic has already admitted that the project has its share of limitations. The company noted in particular that the insane speed of the plane will generate heat and energy almost unbearable for current engines, which would melt immediately. The start-up has therefore admitted to relying on future inventions to resolve this downside. “It’s possible,” said Sean O’Keefe, an expert in aviation technology at Syracuse University, “but it’s going to take two or three generations of technological development, or about 20 years”.

The consolation prize following this cold shower is provided to you by Blake Scholl, the CEO. He wants to fly the first Overture within 5 years, in 2026. At first, perhaps the machine, guaranteed carbon neutral by the company, will not go at the maximum target speed. But in the long term, this aircraft could well be the technological leap that would bring us out of inertia in terms of aeronautical performance in which we have been frozen since the 1960s. Flight times, although already prodigiously short at the time, on the other hand, have hardly decreased since. Another important point that risks weighing on the balance: Overture has aroused the interest of the highest institutions and companies. A subdivision of the United States Congress and the financial firm American Express have already got their hands on the wallet. As a token of confidence, six billion dollars have been invested in this project so far, the company said. The development of the first Overtures has been set for 2023.

Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic

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The madness of the greatness of man has further pushed its own limits. Complete trips between Los Angeles and Sidney in 8:30 am, and those from London to New York in 3:15. This is the completely crazy goal that the Boom Supersonic company has set for itself, by developing an aircraft three times faster than current machines. With a top speed of 2,600 km / h, or 2.2 times the speed of sound, this racing car was designed to accomplish an ambitious mission: “to break the barrier of time”, according to the CEO of the company, Blake Scholl. Called Overture, this real rocket will be able to accommodate between 65 and 88 people, reported the American channel CNN. The icing on the cake: it will be possible to board Overture for less than 100 euros, and to travel across the oceans to 500 destinations, in just four hours.

But is all this realistic? Boom Supersonic has already admitted that the project has its share of limitations. The company noted in particular that the insane speed of the plane will generate heat and energy almost unbearable for current engines, which would melt immediately. The start-up has therefore admitted to relying on future inventions to resolve this downside. “It’s possible,” said Sean O’Keefe, an expert in aviation technology at Syracuse University, “but it’s going to take two or three generations of technological development, or about 20 years”.

The consolation prize following this cold shower is provided to you by Blake Scholl, the CEO. He wants to fly the first Overture within 5 years, in 2026. At first, perhaps the machine, guaranteed carbon neutral by the company, will not go at the maximum target speed. But in the long term, this aircraft could well be the technological leap that would bring us out of inertia in terms of aeronautical performance in which we have been frozen since the 1960s. Flight times, although already prodigiously short at the time, on the other hand, have hardly decreased since. Another important point that risks weighing on the balance: Overture has aroused the interest of the highest institutions and companies. A subdivision of the United States Congress and the financial firm American Express have already got their hands on the wallet. As a token of confidence, six billion dollars have been invested in this project so far, the company said. The development of the first Overtures has been set for 2023.

Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic
Boom Supersonic

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629924098) } [5]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(73) "6 bottles of whiskey to better appreciate the singularity of Single Malts" ["link"]=> string(122) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/6-bottles-of-whiskey-to-better-appreciate-the-singularity-of-single-malts/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 19:38:43 +0000" ["category"]=> string(65) "LifestylealcoholappfeedbottlesMaltssinglesingularitywhiskeywhisky" ["guid"]=> string(122) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/6-bottles-of-whiskey-to-better-appreciate-the-singularity-of-single-malts/" ["description"]=> string(89) "Among the spirits, whiskey is the most popular strong alcohol, far ahead of vodka, rum..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(11027) "

Among the spirits, whiskey is the most popular strong alcohol, far ahead of vodka, rum or even tequila. And within the whiskey family, we find very different products. “Blend”, “Single Pot Still”, “Tennessee Whiskey”… The world of whiskey is populated by specific terms that are sometimes difficult to understand. But there is a simple and fundamental difference to remember between “Blend” whiskey and “Single Malt” whiskey. The former is the most common of whiskeys. It is the one that is found mainly in supermarkets since it is a whiskey which is the result of a blend of various “malt whiskeys” with “grain whiskeys”. It is a less expensive alcohol because its manufacturing cost is lower. Next to the Blend whiskey, we find the Single Malt. As its name suggests, it is a malted barley whiskey produced by a single distillery. Here, we rely on the know-how of a distillery that makes the whiskey unique. Scotland is the biggest single malt producer. So much so that the Speyside region has made it its specialty. The Single Malt is today the most appreciated whiskey by amateurs. This is why we have selected 6 Single Malt whiskeys to allow you to discover new flavors and refine your palate.

Lagavulin, Islay Single Malt Scotch 8 years old

An iconic distillery for lovers of peated whiskeys, Lagavulin produces its spirits on the Isle of Islay, in the west of Scotland. Founded in 1816, the distillery celebrated its 200th anniversary with this 8 year old single malt whiskey. Since then, the bottle has become a real benchmark. Little brother of the 16-year-old Lagavulin, it reveals marked peat aromas and a light texture.

Lagavulin – Islay Single Malt Scotch 8 year old

Ardbeg Islay Single Malt Whiskey 10 years old

Ardbeg is often defined as the peatiest and smokiest of whiskeys, and enjoys a solid reputation among connoisseurs. What makes it different from other whiskeys? The intensity and complexity of its smoky taste but also its strong Celtic heritage. Unfiltered, it is one of the greatest character Single Malts in the world.

Ardbeg 10 Years Old Islay Single Malt Whisky 70 cl

53,50 €

The Whiskey House

The Hakushu Single Malt Japanese Whisky

We can never tell you enough but Japanese whiskey is to be taken as seriously as that produced by Scottish distilleries. It is in the heart of the “Japanese Alps” that the Hakushu distillery produces its Single Malt whiskeys. For this bottle, it is not a question of age but of an exceptional assembly work. There are young, slightly peated malts aged in bourbon barrels bringing freshness, a malt of over 18 years aged in American white oak barrels for its body, and finally a very peaty 12-year-old whiskey that comes from bring its smoky side. In the end, we find an original whiskey with a lot of subtlety.

Suntory Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky Japonais, 70 cl

Armorik Classic Single Malt

We are also able to produce very good whiskeys in France. The Amorik distillery has just proven it once again with this Single Malt produced in Brittany. This 100% French whiskey is made from organic cereals and water from a granite fault located under the distillery. After aging in bourbon barrels of different ages, a fruity whiskey is obtained with notes of ripe apples, dried fruits and a touch of anise.

Armorik, Classic Bio Whisky Single Malt

The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch 18 ans d’âge

If this spirit is one of the most awarded Single Malt Scotch whiskeys in the world, it is for the special flavors that are found when tasting it. What we notice first are its touches, both sweet and bitter, which bring unparalleled balance. They are obtained thanks to its storage for more than 18 years in American white oak barrels. It is the most popular spirit among lovers of single malt Scotch whiskey.

The Glenlivet Ecosse Single Malt Whisky 18 Ans, 70 cl

Glen Moray Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Established for 120 years in the Speyside region of Scotland, the Glen Moray distillery seduces with a classic and reassuring whiskey offer, allied to a well-established tradition in the selection of casks and the search for flavors. The distillery offers a wide range of Single Malt whiskeys such as the Sherry Cask finish, the Port Cask finish or the Peated (peated). The Glen Moray Classic has one merit: it allows you to learn about the pleasure of single malt while remaining in a very affordable price range.

Glen Moray Elgin Classic 40% Vol. 0,7l

33,34 €19,99 €

Amazon

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Among the spirits, whiskey is the most popular strong alcohol, far ahead of vodka, rum or even tequila. And within the whiskey family, we find very different products. “Blend”, “Single Pot Still”, “Tennessee Whiskey”… The world of whiskey is populated by specific terms that are sometimes difficult to understand. But there is a simple and fundamental difference to remember between “Blend” whiskey and “Single Malt” whiskey. The former is the most common of whiskeys. It is the one that is found mainly in supermarkets since it is a whiskey which is the result of a blend of various “malt whiskeys” with “grain whiskeys”. It is a less expensive alcohol because its manufacturing cost is lower. Next to the Blend whiskey, we find the Single Malt. As its name suggests, it is a malted barley whiskey produced by a single distillery. Here, we rely on the know-how of a distillery that makes the whiskey unique. Scotland is the biggest single malt producer. So much so that the Speyside region has made it its specialty. The Single Malt is today the most appreciated whiskey by amateurs. This is why we have selected 6 Single Malt whiskeys to allow you to discover new flavors and refine your palate.

Lagavulin, Islay Single Malt Scotch 8 years old

An iconic distillery for lovers of peated whiskeys, Lagavulin produces its spirits on the Isle of Islay, in the west of Scotland. Founded in 1816, the distillery celebrated its 200th anniversary with this 8 year old single malt whiskey. Since then, the bottle has become a real benchmark. Little brother of the 16-year-old Lagavulin, it reveals marked peat aromas and a light texture.

Lagavulin – Islay Single Malt Scotch 8 year old

Ardbeg Islay Single Malt Whiskey 10 years old

Ardbeg is often defined as the peatiest and smokiest of whiskeys, and enjoys a solid reputation among connoisseurs. What makes it different from other whiskeys? The intensity and complexity of its smoky taste but also its strong Celtic heritage. Unfiltered, it is one of the greatest character Single Malts in the world.

Ardbeg 10 Years Old Islay Single Malt Whisky 70 cl

53,50 €

The Whiskey House

The Hakushu Single Malt Japanese Whisky

We can never tell you enough but Japanese whiskey is to be taken as seriously as that produced by Scottish distilleries. It is in the heart of the “Japanese Alps” that the Hakushu distillery produces its Single Malt whiskeys. For this bottle, it is not a question of age but of an exceptional assembly work. There are young, slightly peated malts aged in bourbon barrels bringing freshness, a malt of over 18 years aged in American white oak barrels for its body, and finally a very peaty 12-year-old whiskey that comes from bring its smoky side. In the end, we find an original whiskey with a lot of subtlety.

Suntory Hakushu Distiller’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky Japonais, 70 cl

Armorik Classic Single Malt

We are also able to produce very good whiskeys in France. The Amorik distillery has just proven it once again with this Single Malt produced in Brittany. This 100% French whiskey is made from organic cereals and water from a granite fault located under the distillery. After aging in bourbon barrels of different ages, a fruity whiskey is obtained with notes of ripe apples, dried fruits and a touch of anise.

Armorik, Classic Bio Whisky Single Malt

The Glenlivet Single Malt Scotch 18 ans d’âge

If this spirit is one of the most awarded Single Malt Scotch whiskeys in the world, it is for the special flavors that are found when tasting it. What we notice first are its touches, both sweet and bitter, which bring unparalleled balance. They are obtained thanks to its storage for more than 18 years in American white oak barrels. It is the most popular spirit among lovers of single malt Scotch whiskey.

The Glenlivet Ecosse Single Malt Whisky 18 Ans, 70 cl

Glen Moray Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Established for 120 years in the Speyside region of Scotland, the Glen Moray distillery seduces with a classic and reassuring whiskey offer, allied to a well-established tradition in the selection of casks and the search for flavors. The distillery offers a wide range of Single Malt whiskeys such as the Sherry Cask finish, the Port Cask finish or the Peated (peated). The Glen Moray Classic has one merit: it allows you to learn about the pleasure of single malt while remaining in a very affordable price range.

Glen Moray Elgin Classic 40% Vol. 0,7l

33,34 €19,99 €

Amazon

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" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629920323) } [6]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(59) "IHG launches new luxury lifestyle brand Vignette Collection" ["link"]=> string(108) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/ihg-launches-new-luxury-lifestyle-brand-vignette-collection/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:35:14 +0000" ["category"]=> string(9) "Lifestyle" ["guid"]=> string(108) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/ihg-launches-new-luxury-lifestyle-brand-vignette-collection/" ["description"]=> string(102) "IHG Hotels & Resorts has launched a new luxury lifestyle brand called Vignette Collection This..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(4394) "

@IHG

IHG Hotels & Resorts has launched a new luxury lifestyle brand called Vignette Collection

This is the sixth addition to IHG’s brand portfolio in the past four years, bringing the total number of hotels to 17 across nearly 6,000 properties in more than 100 countries.

The hotel group announced in its half-year results earlier this month that it will open a luxury leisure brand, with the goal of attracting more than 100 properties worldwide over the next ten years.

Its sixth brand will debut in Australia and Thailand. It will include urban and resort establishments.

The five-star Hotel X, located in the Fortitude Valley of Brisbane, Australia, will be one of the first properties to join the collection.

The Pattaya Aquatic Hotel in Thailand will also join the collection through a partnership with the Thai real estate group Asset World Corporation Public Company Limited (AWC).

The collection will be part of the IHG Rewards loyalty program and will strengthen the company’s CSR program “Journey to Tomorrow” – IHG says hotels will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on local groups responsible for raising awareness among young people through the through skills development resources, on-site events and volunteering.

The group says the brand will increase “conversion opportunities and further strengthen our position in the luxury and lifestyle industry,” which already includes brands such as Six Senses, Regent, Kimpton, Intercontinental and Hotel Indigo.

Keith Barr, CEO of IHG Hotels and Resorts commented:

Our new Vignette Collection enables IHG to welcome independent, world-class hotels into its family of brands, combining each property’s distinctive identity with the power of our global scale. As our early hotels in Australia and Thailand show, each property is as unique as the next, and all will benefit from IHG’s reputation for quality.

In recent years, we have made strategic improvements to our luxury and lifestyle portfolio, which, with more than 400 hotels and 100,000 rooms, is the second largest in the industry. We have built on the heritage and global success of our InterContinental brand, with the rapid international expansion of Kimpton and Hotel Indigo, and the acquisitions of Six Senses and Regent. We plan to attract more than 100 Vignette Collection hotels within 10 years, and the brand will be key to achieving our ambition of net growth in the number of rooms among the highest in the industry.

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@IHG

IHG Hotels & Resorts has launched a new luxury lifestyle brand called Vignette Collection

This is the sixth addition to IHG’s brand portfolio in the past four years, bringing the total number of hotels to 17 across nearly 6,000 properties in more than 100 countries.

The hotel group announced in its half-year results earlier this month that it will open a luxury leisure brand, with the goal of attracting more than 100 properties worldwide over the next ten years.

Its sixth brand will debut in Australia and Thailand. It will include urban and resort establishments.

The five-star Hotel X, located in the Fortitude Valley of Brisbane, Australia, will be one of the first properties to join the collection.

The Pattaya Aquatic Hotel in Thailand will also join the collection through a partnership with the Thai real estate group Asset World Corporation Public Company Limited (AWC).

The collection will be part of the IHG Rewards loyalty program and will strengthen the company’s CSR program “Journey to Tomorrow” – IHG says hotels will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on local groups responsible for raising awareness among young people through the through skills development resources, on-site events and volunteering.

The group says the brand will increase “conversion opportunities and further strengthen our position in the luxury and lifestyle industry,” which already includes brands such as Six Senses, Regent, Kimpton, Intercontinental and Hotel Indigo.

Keith Barr, CEO of IHG Hotels and Resorts commented:

Our new Vignette Collection enables IHG to welcome independent, world-class hotels into its family of brands, combining each property’s distinctive identity with the power of our global scale. As our early hotels in Australia and Thailand show, each property is as unique as the next, and all will benefit from IHG’s reputation for quality.

In recent years, we have made strategic improvements to our luxury and lifestyle portfolio, which, with more than 400 hotels and 100,000 rooms, is the second largest in the industry. We have built on the heritage and global success of our InterContinental brand, with the rapid international expansion of Kimpton and Hotel Indigo, and the acquisitions of Six Senses and Regent. We plan to attract more than 100 Vignette Collection hotels within 10 years, and the brand will be key to achieving our ambition of net growth in the number of rooms among the highest in the industry.

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629916514) } [7]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(89) "This off-grid triangle house with a 30 ° pitched roof is fully covered with solar panels" ["link"]=> string(135) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/this-off-grid-triangle-house-with-a-30-pitched-roof-is-fully-covered-with-solar-panels/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:04:21 +0000" ["category"]=> string(63) "LifestylecoveredFullyHouseoffgridpanelspitchedroofsolartriangle" ["guid"]=> string(135) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/this-off-grid-triangle-house-with-a-30-pitched-roof-is-fully-covered-with-solar-panels/" ["description"]=> string(95) "For a few years now, tourism has been evolving. Today’s tourists are often looking for..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(6059) "

For a few years now, tourism has been evolving. Today’s tourists are often looking for small original structures, and preferably integrated into the surrounding Nature. Exit the large sets of concrete apartments by the sea … Today, they want authentic, original… AND “respectful of the environment”

This new data, sites such as AirBnb have integrated it well. From now on, they are working with the owners to offer tourists authentic places, which do not disturb the landscapes, or very little. This is exactly the case with this little A-shaped house in Australia, at Gawthorne’s Hut in New South Wales. We present it to you!

Gawthrone’s hut

It is located on a vast agricultural land, very close to a charming little pond. Authorities in Wilgowrah wanted to introduce sources of income for farm workers. They then imagined this hut resembling an agricultural shed. If they have opted for a “hangar” tiny house, or triangle house, it is obviously to blend into the landscape… and to imitate the existing hay sheds.

With its roof inclined at 30 °, the hut has solar panels facing north, in order to provide the farm with internal and external electricity. One of the creators, Anderson, wanted this tiny house to be sustainable and off-grid. He therefore oriented it to the North, the place where the greatest solar power can be stored and then reused. Conversely, windows and doors are located to the south to provide natural ventilation on hot days and safer insulation for cooler nights.

Recycled materials

The architect Cameron Anderson a, for his part, used the pre-existing and surrounding materials of the farm. Using solar panels, Gawthorne’s cabin maintains a 6.6 kilowatt off-grid system and can conserve 12 kilowatts. The solar electric system is hidden behind a large panel.

As for the water supply, it is provided by a huge tank which can store 40,000 liters of water … Of the entire tank, 20,000 liters are reserved for fighting fires, which rage every summer or almost in this region of the globe. Through all these innovations in construction, the cabin aims to be integrated and respectful of the environment.

How is it inside?

This australian hut is a little larger than the classic tiny-houses, since it offers 40 m² of interior surface. Wooden panels give the appearance of a cozy and comfortable nest to the lucky visitors.

The upper floor covers the entire surface of the house, except for the toilets, which are on the ground floor. We find recycled bricks, and wood panels that cover floors and ceilings. All the furniture is in wood or brick … Like the headboard, handcrafted with bricks directly from an old building on the adjoining farm. Recycled bricks also act as dividers between interior rooms.

Built on the edge of a small pond, the little house is quite minimalist, but seems super comfortable. And for the cool Australian nights, tourists can count on a magnificent wood stove to provide them with the necessary heat for serene nights!

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For a few years now, tourism has been evolving. Today’s tourists are often looking for small original structures, and preferably integrated into the surrounding Nature. Exit the large sets of concrete apartments by the sea … Today, they want authentic, original… AND “respectful of the environment”

This new data, sites such as AirBnb have integrated it well. From now on, they are working with the owners to offer tourists authentic places, which do not disturb the landscapes, or very little. This is exactly the case with this little A-shaped house in Australia, at Gawthorne’s Hut in New South Wales. We present it to you!

Gawthrone’s hut

It is located on a vast agricultural land, very close to a charming little pond. Authorities in Wilgowrah wanted to introduce sources of income for farm workers. They then imagined this hut resembling an agricultural shed. If they have opted for a “hangar” tiny house, or triangle house, it is obviously to blend into the landscape… and to imitate the existing hay sheds.

With its roof inclined at 30 °, the hut has solar panels facing north, in order to provide the farm with internal and external electricity. One of the creators, Anderson, wanted this tiny house to be sustainable and off-grid. He therefore oriented it to the North, the place where the greatest solar power can be stored and then reused. Conversely, windows and doors are located to the south to provide natural ventilation on hot days and safer insulation for cooler nights.

Recycled materials

The architect Cameron Anderson a, for his part, used the pre-existing and surrounding materials of the farm. Using solar panels, Gawthorne’s cabin maintains a 6.6 kilowatt off-grid system and can conserve 12 kilowatts. The solar electric system is hidden behind a large panel.

As for the water supply, it is provided by a huge tank which can store 40,000 liters of water … Of the entire tank, 20,000 liters are reserved for fighting fires, which rage every summer or almost in this region of the globe. Through all these innovations in construction, the cabin aims to be integrated and respectful of the environment.

How is it inside?

This australian hut is a little larger than the classic tiny-houses, since it offers 40 m² of interior surface. Wooden panels give the appearance of a cozy and comfortable nest to the lucky visitors.

The upper floor covers the entire surface of the house, except for the toilets, which are on the ground floor. We find recycled bricks, and wood panels that cover floors and ceilings. All the furniture is in wood or brick … Like the headboard, handcrafted with bricks directly from an old building on the adjoining farm. Recycled bricks also act as dividers between interior rooms.

Built on the edge of a small pond, the little house is quite minimalist, but seems super comfortable. And for the cool Australian nights, tourists can count on a magnificent wood stove to provide them with the necessary heat for serene nights!

" ["date_timestamp"]=> int(1629914661) } [8]=> array(11) { ["title"]=> string(29) "Visit Clisson during Hellfest" ["link"]=> string(78) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/visit-clisson-during-hellfest/" ["dc"]=> array(1) { ["creator"]=> string(14) "Peter Crossley" } ["pubdate"]=> string(31) "Wed, 25 Aug 2021 17:33:00 +0000" ["category"]=> string(29) "LifestyleClissonHellfestVisit" ["guid"]=> string(78) "https://brandnewstores.com/lifestyle/2021/08/25/visit-clisson-during-hellfest/" ["description"]=> string(85) "Extending your stay to visit Clisson during Hellfest is a very good idea. Both the..." ["content"]=> array(1) { ["encoded"]=> string(6648) "

Extending your stay to visit Clisson during Hellfest is a very good idea. Both the city and the region deserve to be visited and lingered there. Most festival-goers go to Clisson for 3 days, often 4. Hellfest actually lasts three full days in its “normal” version. From Friday to Sunday evening, the mega-speakers of the six main stages blast their extreme music in the heart of the Clissonnais vineyard.

In 2022, the special edition of the 15 years even lasts 7 days interspersed with 4 days of break! The 2019 edition was preceded at the same place by the Knotfest of Slipknot, for 4 days of concerts. It is therefore sufficient either to arrive a few days in advance. Or to decide to prolong the pleasure and to rest in the region.

For all our friends who are not metallers or who do not participate in Hellfest, it is very likely that staying in Clisson during the festival is not necessarily a great idea. Mainly because all the accommodations are surely taken by storm a year in advance when the seats are sold. That said, you don’t risk being bothered during the day since the festival-goers are pogging in front of Metallica, cuddling on Scoprions, or shouting on Guns N ‘Roses …

Visit Clisson during Hellfest in two or three days

Being already there for Hellfest, visiting Clisson immediately becomes easier! Book three days before or after the festival and the case is settled.

Day 1: explore the city of Clisson

The city center of Clisson alone is worth the detour. Its Italian-style architecture dominated by an 11th century castle makes it a very friendly town.

The west bank of the Sèvre Nantaise, a river that winds its way through the middle of the city, is home to some exceptional buildings. The Gates of the City of Clisson are the symbol of a fortified city far beyond the castle. The latter, perched high, is visible from afar. The construction of Clisson castle was spread over several centuries according to modifications and repairs. Begun in the 11th century, construction ended in the 17th century.

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The city suffers enormously during the wars of Vendées opposing the royalists to the republicans. From 1793, the region and the city burned down and the conflict lasted several years. Fortunately, some period buildings have survived, among others: the 14th century halls, Saint-Jacques Church, the Church of the Trinity, the Liveau Paper Mill. That’s a lot of churches! So be reasonable, try to avoid pentagram t-shirts when visiting metalheads 😀 Other buildings have been rebuilt: Notre-Dame Church for example.

Otherwise, Clisson is several very cute stone points (Pont Saint-Antoine, Pont de la Vallée), a beautiful gothic viaduct. Under the First Empire, great Italian inspiration brought a new design to buildings. It is this final framework that we can discover while strolling in Clisson: a medieval architecture associated with Italian romanticism. Without forgetting to visit the large domain of Garenne Lemot.

Day 2: the Clissonnais vineyard and its famous Muscadet!

Before or after scouring the Muscadet bar at Hellfest, go for a walk in the Loire Valley. This region is clearly underestimated on the vineyard side. It is of a beautiful richness of soil, with a great diversity of wines and for very reasonable prices.

visit-clisson_vin-muscadet-vigne

Clisson is part of the Nantes region wine sub-region, whose flagship grape variety is Muscadet! It is also sometimes called “burgundy melon“. You can read here a tasting note of a typical Muscadet from the region.

Rent a car and take a tour of a few producers around the town of Clisson.

Day 3: relaxation in Clisson, Puy du Fou, or Nantes on a mini-expedition

The city of Nantes is only 30 minutes by car from Clisson. It is therefore easy to make the round trip to this large city for a day. You clearly won’t have time to see everything of Nantes in one day. That said, you will see the gist of it. It is a large city whose town planning is conducive to walks along the Erdre or the Loire, on the island of Nantes or in the historic city center.

You can also choose to take a trip to Puy du Fou. 40 minutes by car – opposite the direction of Nantes – is one of the most famous theme parks in France behind Disney and Parc Asterix. But beware, the Puy du Fou is not open every day of the week in June. It is therefore advisable to check the opening days 😉

visit_clisson_puy-du-fou

The alternative to prepare for Hellfest, or to rest, is also to take advantage of Clisson! Restaurants, spas, massages, hikes, or just sleeping in, you will find what you are looking for.

The message is clear, on the sidelines of Hellfest: stay to visit Clisson! Enjoy the region!

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Extending your stay to visit Clisson during Hellfest is a very good idea. Both the city and the region deserve to be visited and lingered there. Most festival-goers go to Clisson for 3 days, often 4. Hellfest actually lasts three full days in its “normal” version. From Friday to Sunday evening, the mega-speakers of the six main stages blast their extreme music in the heart of the Clissonnais vineyard.

In 2022, the special edition of the 15 years even lasts 7 days interspersed with 4 days of break! The 2019 edition was preceded at the same place by the Knotfest of Slipknot, for 4 days of concerts. It is therefore sufficient either to arrive a few days in advance. Or to decide to prolong the pleasure and to rest in the region.

For all our friends who are not metallers or who do not participate in Hellfest, it is very likely that staying in Clisson during the festival is not necessarily a great idea. Mainly because all the accommodations are surely taken by storm a year in advance when the seats are sold. That said, you don’t risk being bothered during the day since the festival-goers are pogging in front of Metallica, cuddling on Scoprions, or shouting on Guns N ‘Roses …

Visit Clisson during Hellfest in two or three days

Being already there for Hellfest, visiting Clisson immediately becomes easier! Book three days before or after the festival and the case is settled.

Day 1: explore the city of Clisson

The city center of Clisson alone is worth the detour. Its Italian-style architecture dominated by an 11th century castle makes it a very friendly town.

The west bank of the Sèvre Nantaise, a river that winds its way through the middle of the city, is home to some exceptional buildings. The Gates of the City of Clisson are the symbol of a fortified city far beyond the castle. The latter, perched high, is visible from afar. The construction of Clisson castle was spread over several centuries according to modifications and repairs. Begun in the 11th century, construction ended in the 17th century.

clisson_italie_medieval_ville_italienne_architecture

The city suffers enormously during the wars of Vendées opposing the royalists to the republicans. From 1793, the region and the city burned down and the conflict lasted several years. Fortunately, some period buildings have survived, among others: the 14th century halls, Saint-Jacques Church, the Church of the Trinity, the Liveau Paper Mill. That’s a lot of churches! So be reasonable, try to avoid pentagram t-shirts when visiting metalheads 😀 Other buildings have been rebuilt: Notre-Dame Church for example.

Otherwise, Clisson is several very cute stone points (Pont Saint-Antoine, Pont de la Vallée), a beautiful gothic viaduct. Under the First Empire, great Italian inspiration brought a new design to buildings. It is this final framework that we can discover while strolling in Clisson: a medieval architecture associated with Italian romanticism. Without forgetting to visit the large domain of Garenne Lemot.

Day 2: the Clissonnais vineyard and its famous Muscadet!

Before or after scouring the Muscadet bar at Hellfest, go for a walk in the Loire Valley. This region is clearly underestimated on the vineyard side. It is of a beautiful richness of soil, with a great diversity of wines and for very reasonable prices.

visit-clisson_vin-muscadet-vigne

Clisson is part of the Nantes region wine sub-region, whose flagship grape variety is Muscadet! It is also sometimes called “burgundy melon“. You can read here a tasting note of a typical Muscadet from the region.

Rent a car and take a tour of a few producers around the town of Clisson.

Day 3: relaxation in Clisson, Puy du Fou, or Nantes on a mini-expedition

The city of Nantes is only 30 minutes by car from Clisson. It is therefore easy to make the round trip to this large city for a day. You clearly won’t have time to see everything of Nantes in one day. That said, you will see the gist of it. It is a large city whose town planning is conducive to walks along the Erdre or the Loire, on the island of Nantes or in the historic city center.

You can also choose to take a trip to Puy du Fou. 40 minutes by car – opposite the direction of Nantes – is one of the most famous theme parks in France behind Disney and Parc Asterix. But beware, the Puy du Fou is not open every day of the week in June. It is therefore advisable to check the opening days 😉

visit_clisson_puy-du-fou

The alternative to prepare for Hellfest, or to rest, is also to take advantage of Clisson! Restaurants, spas, massages, hikes, or just sleeping in, you will find what you are looking for.

The message is clear, on the sidelines of Hellfest: stay to visit Clisson! Enjoy the region!

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Last year’s Covid-19 pandemic forced the whole world to work remotely. At least, those who could. In any case, there are many people who did not wait for the coronavirus crisis to discover the pleasure of working from home.

This alternative saves workers the tedious journeys between home and work. Still presented as a practical option, it still has its drawbacks. Staying at home, especially in the case of a family with many children, is exposed to constant distractions, not to mention the inconvenience this can cause.

A kit to assemble in just over an hour

Autonomous is an American start-up specializing in the development of products intended to improve working conditions. The WorkPod is his solution to the distractions inherent in teleworking. It allows you to work in an office located in your garden.

To have a dedicated workspace, some people think of a home renovation or extension project. However, traditional construction can be time consuming and require a considerable investment. The WorkPod arises as a practical alternative to facilitate installation. Autonomous describes its solution as ” the ultimate Lego for adults ».

The WorkPod actually comes in the form of a kit to assemble, the deployment of which takes more or less an hour. The engineers behind its development have by no means sacrificed quality and durability for simplicity and practicality. Every step of the design – from every piece of lumber to fasteners and fittings – has been carefully checked and tested to exceed factory standards. Users thus benefit from an independent office that is more robust than a traditional construction.

A comfortable workplace

Autonomous’ kit offers everything an efficient, productive and comfortable workspace should have. The small building is soundproofed for peace of mind, and it has floor-to-ceiling glass doors to give the impression of openness. Its foundation is designed to adapt to concrete, gravel or earth ground.

Incidentally, the irregularity of the laying surface is not a problem. In addition, the thermal insulation of the room ensures comfort up to 50 ° C below or above zero; a feature that makes it an ideal location to work efficiently while enjoying the freshness of nature.

A WorkPod equipped for 22,800 dollars

The Autonomous kit to be assembled includes the essential elements to ensure the comfort of its user: there is a desk, storage spaces and even a mattress for taking breaks. The kit also includes a lighting system and an air conditioning unit. The American start-up offers the WorkPod on its website from $ 22,800.

This remains a significant investment for an ephemeral construction, but given the fact that it is an infrastructure that is easily assembled and disassembled, the game is worth the effort. Finally, be aware that this is a solution that is only intended for people with an outdoor space large enough for assembly: the installed kit spans 3.6 x 2.6 meters with a height of 3.1 meters.

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Last year’s Covid-19 pandemic forced the whole world to work remotely. At least, those who could. In any case, there are many people who did not wait for the coronavirus crisis to discover the pleasure of working from home.

This alternative saves workers the tedious journeys between home and work. Still presented as a practical option, it still has its drawbacks. Staying at home, especially in the case of a family with many children, is exposed to constant distractions, not to mention the inconvenience this can cause.

A kit to assemble in just over an hour

Autonomous is an American start-up specializing in the development of products intended to improve working conditions. The WorkPod is his solution to the distractions inherent in teleworking. It allows you to work in an office located in your garden.

To have a dedicated workspace, some people think of a home renovation or extension project. However, traditional construction can be time consuming and require a considerable investment. The WorkPod arises as a practical alternative to facilitate installation. Autonomous describes its solution as ” the ultimate Lego for adults ».

The WorkPod actually comes in the form of a kit to assemble, the deployment of which takes more or less an hour. The engineers behind its development have by no means sacrificed quality and durability for simplicity and practicality. Every step of the design – from every piece of lumber to fasteners and fittings – has been carefully checked and tested to exceed factory standards. Users thus benefit from an independent office that is more robust than a traditional construction.

A comfortable workplace

Autonomous’ kit offers everything an efficient, productive and comfortable workspace should have. The small building is soundproofed for peace of mind, and it has floor-to-ceiling glass doors to give the impression of openness. Its foundation is designed to adapt to concrete, gravel or earth ground.

Incidentally, the irregularity of the laying surface is not a problem. In addition, the thermal insulation of the room ensures comfort up to 50 ° C below or above zero; a feature that makes it an ideal location to work efficiently while enjoying the freshness of nature.

A WorkPod equipped for 22,800 dollars

The Autonomous kit to be assembled includes the essential elements to ensure the comfort of its user: there is a desk, storage spaces and even a mattress for taking breaks. The kit also includes a lighting system and an air conditioning unit. The American start-up offers the WorkPod on its website from $ 22,800.

This remains a significant investment for an ephemeral construction, but given the fact that it is an infrastructure that is easily assembled and disassembled, the game is worth the effort. Finally, be aware that this is a solution that is only intended for people with an outdoor space large enough for assembly: the installed kit spans 3.6 x 2.6 meters with a height of 3.1 meters.

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