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I have a super random background in Scandinavian Studies from a cultural concentration I completed in college. I also happen to be Danish. :)

After taking a course focused only on Tolkien, one on Nordic Colonialism and another exclusively on The Vikings, I can tell you some pretty interesting facts about old wooden ships and perhaps share a saga or two.

I’ve been in a love affair with Iceland for too long. Here is yet another stunning visual of dreamland.

Mattius Klum/National Geographic

I love this article via the BBC.com – Iceland’s literary history is rarely brought to light in a travel piece.

“Iceland has a higher percentage of writers in its population than any other country in the world. Since the 10th Century, the country has been the birthplace of several significant literary works and authors – from the Viking’s famed Iceland sagas to novelist, poet and playwright Halldór Laxness, winner of a 1955 Nobel Prize in Literature. But its dramatic landscape, unique culture and unpredictable weather conditions have also helped cultivate an influential body of literature by authors from around the world.

The tales Vikings told about elves inspired JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit; Sveitarfélagið, southern Iceland’s biggest municipality, and Skagafjörður, a town located in a submerged glacial valley, provided the main settings for Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale; and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap, was a prime location for George RR Martin’s imagined world in Game of Thrones.In 2011, Iceland’s capital Reykjavik became a Unesco City of Literature, continuing the country’s literary traditions with a growth of events, tours and sites that celebrate the nation’s love of storytelling.”

'Planet Earth' Yowah Nut Opal

‘Earth’ Yowah Nut Opal

One of the most unique gemstones in the world is the Yowah Nut Opal. 

These unusual opals are mined in the small town of Yowah, located in outback western Queensland, Australia. Yowah is known for its opal mining and they produce some of the most beautiful opals in the world.

Distinctive to the region, Yowah Nut opals are referred to as  ‘picture stones’ because of the gorgeous patterns they naturally create due to their formation in an ironstone (hematite) matrix.

Iceland has been on my top five trip list for way too long. Travel photographer Jerome Berbigier took this gorgeous shot – his work is amazing.

Meet Brúarfoss, a natural wonder more commonly known as the ‘Turquoise River’. Brúarfoss translates to ‘Bridge Waterfall’ and its name is derived from a natural stone arch that crossed over the Brúará river many moons ago. The river turns into a small waterfall, full of cascading bright blue glacial waters. Wow.

And yes. The dark side of the moon really is turquoise.

Brúarfoss, Iceland

Originally posted on Jo2TheWorld:

Just brilliant!  World, I am back from across the pond and after a month of traveling, some medical woes, and some major post-design job decompression, I have returned to you.

Whitby Street, London

Whitby Street, London

To make up for my absence, I thought I would post a double dose of Adore A Door – two doors in one!  I spotted these while wandering around my new favorite neighborhood in East London, Shoreditch.  The area is filled with beautiful street art and Whitby Street is no exception.

This entry caught my eye immediately.  What can I say, I’ve always been drawn to geometric graphics.  The lines and triangles are great on their own, but the combination of colors really stood out to me.  I love the use of primaries with pastels and the black and white striping mimicking the iron gate.

 I am not sure who or what resides here, but I took the message to heart: “LAUGH…

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Fashion inspired by art, art inspired by nature. Whichever way it goes, it’s great. I guess you could say that my obsession with Taffin has reached another level. James Claude Taffin de Givenchy is a French born, New York-based jewelry designer and a descendant of the Givenchy fashion house. His jewelry company, Taffin, blows my mind. Each piece he designs is usually one of a kind and many of them are auctioned off. Taffin is currently the creative director for Sotheby’s. I love this guy. Pictured below is his stunning ceramic tree brooch with pear shaped diamonds.

I cannot get over how ridiculously talented people are, how they envision something so beautiful in their mind and manage to create it seamlessly with their hands. The striking resemblance of the Taffin tree to Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting below is amazing. Maybe they’ve both taken trips to Lake George? ;)

From the Lake (Lake George), No. 3, 1924, Georgia O’Keeffe