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This awesome arboreal dwelling is the Living the High Life Tree House created by Blue Forest, a British tree house design and construction firm. It’s a luxury family-sized complex featuring two separate tree houses, one for kids and one for their parents. The elevated dwellings are connected by a network of rope bridges which also lead to an adventure play area and an assault course, the latter of which is also accessible via an 80-yard zip line.

It may look rustic, but this is a top-of-the-line tree house. The kids’ house features three medieval towers, and inside one of them a concealed hatch in the upper floor leads to a secret game room containing a plasma TV and video game console. Meanwhile the grown-ups’ treehouse features a conical thatched roof and interior walls made of hand-split oak shingles and cedar tongue-and-groove boards. Inside there’s a kitchen (complete with plenty of wine storage), bathroom, and a large open living area for treetop entertaining. The complex also features accommodations for guests of the family.

Head over to the Blue Forest website to check out more of their amazing custom-built tree houses.

[via designboom]



Citizens of Herculaneum in the dock buildings, 79 AD

All of these people flocked to the harbor, thinking that the buildings would keep them safe, unable to get to boats in time to outrun the incredibly fast pyroclastic flow overrunning the town of Herculaneum. Today, you can still glimpse the terror these people must have gone through, as you approach Herculaneum by descending a hill made up of the sediment and ash which covered the land nearly 2000 years before. It is an incredibly humbling experience.

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