We took an immense pleasure in discovering and testing more than 50 unique hotels in some 30 different countries around the world, so that you can enjoy holidays that truly stand out of the ordinary.
Have you ever slept in the cockpit of an old plane or in a train stationed on a bridge? How about spending the night in a see-through capsule stuck on the edge of a cliff, in a secret contemporary work of art, in an old church, or in a house sitting atop a water tower? Would you like to treat yourself to a night in an igloo, in a circus, in a futuristic tree house, in an underwater bedroom or at an open-air suite?
The world is full of very little-known geographical anomalies that are or have often been a source of diplomatic and/or military struggles. Many still exist under the radar and are, or could become, the source of a major international crisis.
Countries that do not really exist, the world's only town that lies entirely underground, a UK hotel room that became Yugoslavian for one day only, an island which is Spanish for six months of the year and French for the other six months, a city which is officially constituted by one single skyscraper, the world's first and only railway that belonged to one country and ran across another, a hotel room whose bedroom is in France and whose bathroom is in Switzerland, Bir Tawil which is one of the very few territories on Earth not claimed by any country, the only place in the world where you can find the so-called counter-enclaves and where in a 20-minute walk around the village you can cross an international border over 50 times at 50 different points...
This report invites the reader to relive, through its striking pictures, more than a hundred years of history, from the beginnings of the Soviet period to the legacy of a communist era now fast fading from memory.
Terence Abela has spent nine years travelling across the former USSR unearthing fragments from its past. His love of history, of photographing relics of the past and discovering the unknown, have combined to create this work. Driven by a desire to preserve the heritage abandoned by states that lurch between the threat of nationalism, dictatorship, wars and the will to invent a new history for themselves, he appeals to us through his pictures to protect these mementos which are at risk of disappearing in the not too distant future.