Fresh instant soup – isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Not at the workshops held at the Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, which pays homage to the Japanese specialty. Invented exactly 60 years ago, it is now a cult snack all over Asia. Luxury hotels even serve it for breakfast.
Casino city Las Vegas is not into sentimentalism and tears down legendary hotels to make way for new ones. Happily, many of their huge neon signs have been rescued and 30 are now on show in the recently opened extension of the Neon Museum.
Making a snowman is child’s play. The ingenious ice sculptures on display at the following festivals are far harder to create but also far more beautiful.
Four times each winter, the world’s top ice sculptors travel to Canada to participate in competitions. The most prestigious event is the Canada Cup of Ice Carving in Lake Louise, Alberta (January 18 to 20).
The tallest ice sculptures ever built in Harbin, China, were 46 meters high. Every year, thousands of laborers drag blocks of frozen water to the world’s biggest ice and snow festival. Evening is the best time to visit, when the sculptures are bathed in colored light (ends in February).
Europe’s biggest ice sculpture festival takes place in the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands. This year, 42 artists have created over 100 sculptures, each of which required roughly 275 tons of ice and snow. Europe’s southernmost ice hotel is also in Zwolle (ends March 4)+
What looks like a ship under attack is actually an old fuel barge with a 25-meter steel kraken on top. The pair were recently sunk in the Caribbean Sea to create an artificial base for a new coral reef.