Weekly Blend: August 28, 2015

The Weekly Blend is your ‘weekly’ source covering real estate news that you just may have missed. Our hard at work Weekly Blend crew scours the web, newsgroups and forums looking for obscure, bizarre, interesting and informative real estate (or real estate related) stories. If you have one you’d like to share please feel free to share it in our comments section or tweet about it using the hashtag #WeeklyBlend. So brew yourself a fresh cup of coffee and enjoy these stories…maybe even share them with friends or colleagues. Happy reading!

Your resident blender is away this week, so I have the pleasure of being able to share this week’s picks.  I hope you enjoy.

In an attempt to boost tourism – and get people off/on the island – an airport is now being built on the island of St. Helena (the island where Napoleon was exiled to).

Hotels, museums, and even wedding reception spaces … just a few surprising second lives of prisons.

And, speaking of second lives, here are 10 rad homes converted from strange, unexpected spaces.

Here are eight airports across the U.S. that are really stepping up their food game.

The Shimano 5-Star Hotel in Shanghai is on track to be finished in late 2015. And, I want to go to there.

To help transform the old Quality Inn on Rideau Street into a new University of Ottawa residence, the hotel furniture has been given away for free.

Ease into your weekend with some stunning architecture from Moloney Architects and the Invermay House.

An incredible corn maze in a New Brunswick town is paying tribute to Terry Fox, who captured Canada’s attention during his Marathon of Hope 35 years ago.

Tiny home, meet tailgate party. Talk about watching the game in style!

Mapdwell, a Boston-based startup, has identified the solar potential of the Big Apple in an attempt to make solar “exciting and simple.”

Spinlister is being dubbed “the Airbnb of cycling” and is making inroads across Canada.

As of October 1, 2015, rental apartments in Paris booked through Airbnb will be subject to a tourist tax.

German photojournalist Matthias Walendy travelled to Asbestos, Quebec, to document a place that (to paraphrase his notes) has “lost its identity.”

This Norweigan couple turned, what some thought was, an inhospitable island into their glorious summer home retreat.

Archaeologists unearthed an ancient Greek palace near Sparta that was likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC.

In case you missed it, a few of the latest words added to Oxford Dictionaries include, “hangry,” “manspreading,” and a favourite of the Blend … “cat café.”

Looking for a good party? Then this infographic is for you: the best celebrations from across the globe.

Last week we shared 10 unique hotels found across America to visit in these dying days of summer. This week, we’re spanning the globe with these 10 luxurious cabins that are (also) well worth the trip.

Drawing its inspiration from boats, Copenhagen’s newest pedestrian bridge is now open to the public. (VIDEO)

Kylee Sauve, Director, Communications, leads a dynamic team of communicators, translators and designers in the execution of CREA's strategic priorities. Since starting her career with an internationally recognized non-profit organization, Kylee has gained more than a decade of communications experience. When not in the office, she can be found working on her house or yard with her husband and dogs.

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