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Holi Festival of Colours, India

Spring has arrived and the sun is shining brightly.

 Well-known worldwide, Holi Festival of colors is one of the oldest Hindu festivals observed during the spring season, with adults and children who participate in the celebration. Depending on the region, it is also in Holaka, Phagwa, Dhulheti, Dhulandi or Dhulendi. For those on holiday, Holi is time to move darkness last winter and spring Celebrate colors.

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 The festival of colors in India is celebrated every year in the Hindu month of Phalguna on the day of the full moon in late February or early March. The celebration includes bonfires and Hindus shower each other with colored water and powder. Although it is easy to buy colors in today’s market, many people will make flowers home from tesu and palash flowers. The festival is celebrated by all ages, as well as shops and offices are routinely closed to the main event, which is throwing colors.

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 Mythology plays an important role in the festival, and the most famous stories of origin, Holly refer to “Holika Dahan” and the legend of Radha-Krishan. tradition of “Holika Dahan” is the kindling of fire and celebrates the victory of good over evil. Legend of Radha and Krishna is more about throwing colors. Young Krishna was jealous of his beloved Radha fair complexion, and a sense mischieveous one day he puts color on his face. To this day, lovers of color with each other as an expression of their love.

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Egypt offers an underwater gateway to Alexandria

Egypt revived the idea of ​​a giant underwater museum off the coast of Alexandria. o reveal the beauty of centuries ago mired palace of Cleopatra. The idea for the unusual archaeological museum has existed for years and has generated thousands of ancient treasure discovered in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern port of the famous city. A treasure trove found on the seabed in the last decade includes 26 Sphinx , several huge granite blocks weighing up to 50 tons , as well as alleged debris legendary lighthouse on the island . Pharos is considered one of the seven wonders of the world . According to scientists, around here are found the remains of the palace complex of the last ruler of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra , lost after a series of earthquakes in the IV-V century AD .

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In the near future the admirers of historical tourism will have the unique opportunity to glimpse these submerged treasures closely ,promise the Egyptian authorities . Under their ambitious plans, in early 2010 they should start building a giant underwater tunnel fiberglass and it should be completed in two and a half years. The project is made by the famous French architect Jacques Ruzhri who has an extensive experience with underwater structures and the support of UNESCO.

The appearance of the first ever archaeological museum below sea level to attract millions of tourists in the second largest city of Egypt , however, remains questionable because the necessary $ 140 million for its constructionOfficials hope the money will come from private companies and organizations , but some experts fear that the huge technical challenges associated with the construction of such an unusual structure can repel them . Among the main problems are ensuring visibility among frustratingly murky waters of the bay, and the creation of stable enough structure to resist the strong undercurrents .

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Door to hell, Turkmenistan

A unique but little-known place near Darvaz, Turkmenistan

 Near the small town Darvaz in Turkmenistan is located a peculiar natural phenomenon called  “the door to hell.” In fact, nature has very little “guilt” in creating this phenomenon.

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How was the door to hell formed ? It all started back in 1971 when scientists from the then Soviet Union were sent to explore the area for the presence of natural gas. Well, they indeed  discovered natural gas reserves . It turned out , however, that under the surface there is a huge underground cave and digging during stability studies violates its surface.It then collapsed and left a hole with a diameter of about 70 meters and a depth of about 20 meters. To prevent the free flow of poison gas, geologists decided it was best to ignite the hole.They  Expected the gas to burn a few days and then continue to work safely on the site. To their unpleasant surprise gas not only burned for a few days , but continues to burn to this day – over 40 years after the accident . Whether it was right or wrong  to ignite the gas one can not say definitely , but the fact is that during these four decades the door to hell has burned huge amounts of gas.

So , today we are witnessing the phenomenon “door to hell” due to the nature, with little help from  scientists’ error !

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The history of coffee…

We do not know exactly when the coffee was discovered for the first time , but archaeologists have found descriptions of the use of coffee as a medicine in the Arab world in writings dating back to 900 AD

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A legend attributes to the discovery of coffee to an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi (around 300 BC).
He observed that his flock was very active when the animals ate certain red berries ;
so decided to try them and discovered the energetic effect of the coffee berries . Gradually the  use of the coffee berries as food energy spread over the world and people learned that they could prepare a tasty drink by first boiling and then fermenting the berries .

From Ethiopia the use of coffee spread to neighboring areas , when the first coffee plantation was built in Yemen. The cultivation then spread to Arabia and Egypt, where coffee drinking (called ” Kahweh ” ) soon became a daily habit .

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The coffee became popular in Europe in the 17th century and its popularity grew very quickly. At the beginning of 1600 ” coffee houses ” began to rise a little everywhere, especially in Italy, France, Britain , Holland and Germany .
Earlier – in 1570 – the coffee was introduced to Europe by a Venetian doctor , Prospero Alpini . Venice was the first Italian city to enjoy the coffee and to have public spaces where it can be enjoyed. The oldest, the Cafe Florian,  continues to offer the precious drink  under the arcades of Piazza San Marco. In Italy , among the aristocrats , coffee soon became a precious gift to offer as a symbol of friendship or love. The coffee culture soon spread throughout the peninsula and also other cities had their ” coffee houses ” : the Greek Cafe in Rome , Caffè Pedrocchi in Padua , Caffè San Carlo in Turin.

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The first machine to make coffee at home was invented in Naples in 1691 by the famous Neapolitan coffee maker . People would use that tool metal , clean water , and 4-5 grams of finely roasted coffee to prepare three or four cups of coffee at once and drink it at home .It soon became a ritual in Italy to conclude the meal with a cup of aromatic coffee .
The coffee was freed early with a reputation of ” aristocratic drink ” and spread to all social classes. Then it became a daily habit to enjoy the pleasure of an invigorating drink . The Espresso was combined with other ingredients , and the most famous coffee-based beverages have Italian names : Espresso, Cappuccino, Macchiato . Over the years Italy has become the official ambassador of the philosophy of Espresso .

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Carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Carnival in Rio is organized in the former capital of Brazil (1763-1960) – Rio de Janeiro. Situated between  mountains and sea it provides its visitors beautiful beaches, lovely scenery and unusual culture. Rio is the ideal place for such an event . Contributing to the mood of the town are the local people who live in the rhythm of their national music – choro , samba and bossa nova . Brazilians are very proud of the Carnival ; This year’s carnival is expected  to be visited by  700,000 foreigners.

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The Carnival in Rio is a real extravaganza of colors, movements and beautiful bodies all under the fiery rhythm of samba . The carnival is organized at the end of February or early March each year. The very first event was held in 1830. Rio pulsates to the rhythm of Carnival 4 days and 4 nights.It always starts on Saturday – exactly 40 days before Easter , and its end is the last day before Lent. Its appearance  is still preserved since its establishment, which includes a variety of events – from street parties, parades and circuses to masquerades , various theme parties and dances .

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During the Carnival themain boulevard Sambadrom – or also called Boulevard of samba is filled with thousands of dancers. The biggest event during the Carnival parade is the 13 samba schools in the city,which are dancing to the crazy rhythms on different platforms and structures for 2 nights. Each school has its own scene and theme of dance and creates its own original storyline , which contains a brief history . Each dance troupe openes the show with 10 to 15 people , which aims to promote the school and set up the audience for their upcoming choreography. Later in the performance each school involves some 5,000 dancers , and each has its own role and everything is exercised many times, so that it looks perfect . Usually the stands has about 100 000 people , although there are only seats for 60,000 . Sets and costumes of the schools this year reached a record 28 million dollars worth , as to win the Carnival in Rio is a great prestige.

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During the carnival in Rio a lot of  different music bands play and sing as many Brazilians dance and have fun. So that at any time when you want to join the fun , just join in with a dance step .

King of the Carnival or the so-called Momo , has always been happy and elected local fat uncle, as was required to be at least 100 kg, but for the sake of the global fight against unhealthy eating , Momo this year will be healthy , lean and muscular.

The combination of a parade , street carnival and crazy music makes Carnival in Rio the greatest show and the craziest party in the world. Combine all this beauty with the irresistible beaches in Brazil and it just becames an explosive combination that you should visit .

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Lake Superior, Canada

 Lake Lake Superior is the largest of the five Great Lakes in North America. Bordered on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of Minnesota , and to the south – with the U.S. states of Wisconsin and Michigan. It is the largest freshwater lake in the world that has an area of 82 103 km2. Only the area of the Canadian territory of the lake is 28 700 km2 , thus it is the third largest lake in Canada and 2nd in the province of Ontario. The altitude of the water is 183 meters.

 Lake Superior is the third largest freshwater lake in the world by volume of 11,600 km3  after it is Baikal in Russia(we have a post for it as well!) and Tanganyika in Africa.

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Legend of Baba Marta

Baba Marta is a mythical character from the Bulgarian folklore. According to the folk tradition the name is associated with March. Except March, January and February also have a special place in Bulgarian mythological ideas. January and February are presented as brothers with a spicy character – Large beetle-Small beetle, January and February . Baba Marta is considered their sister ‘s mood – sometimes smiling and benevolent , sometimes unpredictably evil.The Nature of Baba Marta is consistent with the changing weather in March.

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Old are the sources describing how the Bulgarians have been decorated with red and white threads for health, strength and longevity. Most likely, the holiday is inherently Bulgarian originating from 580 – 630th AD. From Asia ( the continent on which initially Bulgarians live ) the tradition is transferred to Europe with the migration of a large group of Bulgarians led by Khan Asparuh. The tradition is observed today in the territories that were once Bulgarian – part of Romania, Macedonia, part of Greece, Serbia, and also in some of today’s Russia .

Each year, before the beginning of March, Bulgarians give ‘martenitsi’ made ​​of red and white threads , traditionally of wool . This makes for health and happiness. On March 1st Bulgarians put martenitsi clothes or wrists and wish health and happiness with the words “Happy Baba Marta .” The holiday symbolizes the end of winter and the coming of spring.

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National Park Plitvice, Croatia

Plitvice lakes (Plitvice Lakes) or known as Plitvice Lakes are a unique landmark on the territory of Croatia . This huge water beauty is preserved in the National Park ” Plitvice ” that is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage in 1979.

Within the park’s biggest attractions are the 16 lakes , each on a different level. Between this leveling is built natural system of incredibly beautiful cascading waterfalls , the highest of which is 76 meters . Around the park grows dense and picturesque woodland , which gives the protected area finished .

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Plitvice National Park with its crystal clear lakes located in eastern Lika , between the mountains of Mala Kapela and Pleshivitsa , close to the road that connects Zagreb to Dalmatia. The highest point of the Plitvice Lakes is the peak of Mala Kapela , which reaches 1280 m altitude. According to the Croatian area-based measurements Park Plitvice Lakes is about 29,482 ha , of which 22,000 are allocated to forest areas . The total area of ​​the lakes is 217 hectares . Three quarters accounted for the two largest lakes – Kozyak and Proshchansko lake.

Plitvice with a pure heart can be called a natural phenomenon. The area in which are located Plitvice Lakes , was declared a national park on April 8, 1949 . Plitvice name was given back in 1777 by the priest Dominic Vukasovich man of God from Otochats . By 1958 the area of Plitvice lakes is inaccessible by the beautiful waters could be reached only by small forest paths .

The then governor of the park – Josip Movchan , began to realize the idea to build a system of wooden bridges to be in the convenience of visitors. So park curator lays the foundation of the tourist development area of ​​the park Plitvice .

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Plitvice Lakes are divided into upper and lower . The highest of these is Proshchanskoto Lake, which is located 639 meters above sea level. The lowest one is Lake Novakovic Brod, which is located 503 meters above sea level. The upper lakes are located on dolomitic base where surface erosion creates highly indented relief and forms a common river valley .

The lower lakes are characterized in that they are smaller and shallower . They are located on limestone and are located in the canyon of cliffs carved by the river over time , even when the Plitvice lakes were not formed. All Plitvice lakes are surrounded by dense forests . The area of the waterfalls is no exception to this rule.

In essence Plitvice lakes are karst springs, which are fed by groundwater from karst background. It is only partially within the park . The main reservoir of water content of the Plitvice lakes comes from streams Crna and Bijela Rijeka (Crna i Bijela rijeka) and Plitvice (Plitvica) with Sartuka (Sartuka). They flow into the lakes of karst springs and Riechitsa (Riječica) – in Kozyak and hence into the lake of oozed dolomite springs.

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Which is the lowest point on earth?

The lowest point on land is the Dead Sea . The Dead Sea is a large salt lake , on the border between Israel and Jordan, and the basin is located at the lowest point on Earth. It is a terminal lake , meaning that it has no emissaries , and is fed by the waters of the Jordan. The degree of salinity is much higher than that of the oceans, which prevents almost all forms of life . There are in fact only microorganisms , algae and one species of shrimp , but there are also rich mineral reserves . In historical documents, the Dead Sea is indicated by various names : Sea Salt , Sea and Sea of Destiny Aggressive . The Dead Sea in Palestine , on the border between the state of Israel and Jordan , is the lowest point in the world , being approximately 395 meters below the sea level.

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The Dead Sea is a sea no outlet , which is a terminal lake which for thousands of years has received the waters of the Jordan River and other smaller rivers , such as the river Arnon.

The trip from Amman to the Dead Sea is 55 km. On the road a stone reads: ” Sea Level “, but the Dead Sea itself can only be achieved after a further descent of 400 m below this signal. The sea has a high concentration of salts and minerals. This concentration is due to two basic reasons:

–  For thousands of years, the water which is rich in salts , has been removing soils  from the rocks of the Jordan River and other rivers have been channeled in the basin;

–  The Dead Sea , lying nearly 400 feet below sea level rise , has no emissaries and all the water is coming progressively. In addition, losses due to the strong evaporation because of the hot, arid climate and low rainfall, have favored the concentration over time of a huge amount and characteristic of salts.

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Piano and Violin building, Huainan, China

This amazing house called Piano House was built in Huainan (Anhui Province, China) on the project students of Architecture Department Hefeyskogo University of Technology (Hefey University of Technology), developed in conjunction with the designers of Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Co.
Piano House consists of two parts, representing the two instruments – violin, transparent, based on semi-transparent piano.
unique building was built for music lovers, but the music has nothing to do. In the violin is the escalator, and the piano – Fair Grounds, where the visitors are plans for streets and suburbs of the city.

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The object is created with the filing of the local authorities. Unusual building seeks to attract the attention of Chinese people and tourists to the new developing area, which is the most significant object. Due to the continuous glazing (clear and tinted glass), the premises of the complex are the maximum amount of natural light. And at night, the body of the object is hidden in the darkness, leaving only the visible contours of the silhouettes of the giant neon “tools”.
Despite its popularity, the building is often criticized as a kind of postmodern kitsch and a typical student project, which is much more outrageous than the art and functionality.

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Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

This is not an illustration from a book with stories and photos of the real place . Located in Ukraine , near the town of Kleve and is known worldwide as the ” Tunnel of Love” . In fact, he has a practical purpose – under the natural arch of leaves moving private train that carries wood to the local factory . Nearly three -kilometer-long tunnel , however, is much more popular with its romantic feature. Lovers from different places travel to him specifically to kiss under the green and they want desires. The belief is that if their love is sincere , it requested will come true.

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Madrid, Spain

 Madrid is the capital and largest city in Spain. It is the third most populous municipality in the European Union after Greater London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third-most populous in the European Union after Paris and London. The city is located on the river Manzanares in the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid.

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 Madrid is considered one of the top European destinations concerning art museums. Best known is the Golden Triangle of Art, located along the Paseo del Prado and comprising of three museums. The most famous one is the Prado Museum, the most popular Golden Triangle of Art member known for such highlights as Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas and Francisco de Goya’s La maja vestida and La maja desnuda. The other two museums are the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, established from a mixed private collection, and the Reina Sofia Museum. This is where Pablo Picasso’s Guernica hangs, returning to Spain from New York after more than two decades.

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 Madrid hosts the largest Plaza de Toros (bullring) in Spain, Las Ventas, established in 1929. Las Ventas is considered by many to be the world centre of bullfighting and has a seating capacity of almost 25,000. Madrid’s bullfighting season begins in March and ends in October. Bullfights are held every day during the festivities of San Isidro (Madrid’s patron saint) from the middle of March to the middle of June, and every Sunday, and public holiday during the rest of the season. Madrid is served by Barajas Airport. Barajas is the main hub of Iberia Airlines. It consequently serves as the main gateway to the Iberian peninsula from Europe, America and the rest of the world. Current passenger volumes range upwards of 52 million passengers per year, putting it in the top 20 busiest airports in the world. Given annual increases close to 10%, a new fourth terminal has been constructed. It has significantly reduced delays and doubled the capacity of the airport to more than 70 million passengers per year. Two additional runways have also been constructed, making Barajas a fully operational four-runway airport.

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 Casa de Campo is an enormous rural parkland to the west of the city, the largest of all Madrid’s green areas. It is home to a fairground, the Madrid Zoo and an outdoor municipal pool, to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the park and city take a cable car trip above the tree tops.

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10 interesting facts about New Zealand

1.  New Zealand is the first place on earth that receives the first ray of light. It specifically glints first on the small town of Rangitukia in North Island.

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2. New Zealand established a state-run tourism department in 1901 – the first in the world.

3. The world’s smallest marine dolphin and the rarest sea lion thrive only in New Zealand’s waters.

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4. The heights of Mount Everest were first conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary, a New Zealander.

5. The first Rugby World Cup in 1987 was won by the New Zealand All-Blacks.

6. Vineyards located in the southernmost tip of the world belong to New Zealand’s Central Otago region.

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7. Wellington’s old Government Building is the biggest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere.

8. In 1893, New Zealand gave women the right to vote. It was the first country to do so.

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9. Only three countries in the world have two official national anthems – Denmark, Croatia, and New Zealand.

10. New Zealand has a ratio of 400 golf courses for every four million people. It has the greatest number of golf courses in the world.

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Facts about the Colosseum, one of the greatest buildings of Ancient Rome.

The Colosseum took ten years to build. Its construction was ordered by the Emperor Vespasian in 70 AD and it was completed under the rule of his son, Titus, in 80 AD.
It had a capacity of over 50,000 and it could be filled in about half an hour.
Spectators could watch gladiators fighting each other, executions, demonstrations of animal hunting, battle re-enactments and even sea battles – the arena would be flooded.
The Colosseum was built on the site of a former lake. Drains were built 8m below the building to deal with the water flowing in from nearby streams.
It has massive foundations which are over 10 metres deep in some places.
Historians haven’t been able to discover the name of the Colosseum’s architect.
The arena in the centre of the Colosseum was covered in sand and contained a number of trap-doors so that wild animals could leap in to spice up the gladiatorial combat.

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It is estimated that over 400,000 people lost their lives in the Colosseum.
The Colosseum is the largest of the 200+ amphitheatres built in the Roman Empire.
The outer walls are nearly 50 metres high.
When it rained or when the sun was beating down too strongly on the spectators, a large fabric covering called the velarium was drawn across the Colosseum and anchored by ropes.
The last recorded evidence of Roman gladiators fighting in the Colosseum was in 435 AD.
The Colosseum was severely damaged in an earthquake in 1349. Lots of its stone was used to build churches, hospitals and palaces in Rome. Over the centuries, much of the building’s most valuable materials were stipped away. Today only a fraction of the original building remains intact.
The Colossuem is one of Rome’s key toursit attractions.
During its years of neglect, the Colosseum was home to many exotic species of plants. These probably grew from seeds which were brought in from across the Roman Empire when wild animals were used in the amphitheatre.

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Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. The Royal National City Park, (the first National City Park in the world), is a green space that breathes for the city, and a constant presence in the crush of the city.

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With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. Most of the city’s attractions can be reached on foot, and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short time. Experience big-city life, the history of civilization and natural scenery, all in the course of the same day.

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Visit Stockholm City Hall. Climb the City Hall tower for a fantastic view of Stockholm. Don’t miss Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s oldest attraction and one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. Walk through small winding streets lined with stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral are also located in Gamla Stan.

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The green island of Djurgården is home to some of the city’s most popular attractions. Visit the world-famous warship the Vasa, the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. And don’t miss the chance to see Stockholm from the water. Naturally a city built on fourteen islands offers marvelous views over the water. There are many different sightseeing tours to choose from. And if fourteen islands aren’t enough, Stockholm offers a wonderful archipelago with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries.

There are many reasons why Stockholm is the natural Capital of Scandinavia. One is that Stockholm is positioned at the heart of the region, and enjoys the benefits of a world-class transport infrastructure. Another is that Stockholm is the largest city in the largest country in Scandinavia.

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It is also where you find the most multinational companies, the largest stock market and, not least, the most visitors. People come to Stockholm for the food, the design and the music. Stockholm also offers a unique range of galleries and museums, and every year the eyes of the world are on Stockholm when the Nobel Prizes are awarded.

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Reichsburg Castle, Mosel Valley, Germany

In the most romantic part of the Moselle Valley, where the river curves between two hiking paradises – Eifel and Hunsrück – lies the old town of Cochem. Even the Romans sang the praises of this remarkable landscape. It is true – a few things have changed since then, but the attraction has remained because the past centuries – above all the Middle Ages – have left their marks here.

The magnificent Reichsburg, the big castle, situated on a precipitous rock high above the town, dominates the landscape. The many delicate pointed towers, battlements and oriels give the impression of a typical fairy tale castle, particularly as it is one of the few castles in Germany, which was rebuilt in its original style after its complete destruction. As impressive as the castle itself is the view of the Moselle Valley with its beautiful forests, meadows, fields and vineyards, as well as the old part of the town.

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The town of Cochem itself is a sight worth seeing, not only because of its narrow streets and twisty alleys, the lovingly restored half timbered houses with the typical slate roofs, the historical market-place, but also because of its medieval town gates, churches and walls. The wine-growers and restaurant owners would also like to take the time to introduce you to the variety of their excellent Riesling wines.

You can enjoy another facet of the town walking along the Mosel promenade which is decorated with flowers and where many benches invite you to a quiet break. A further attraction is a river tour on one of the Moselle boats, either during the day or at night with music and dancing, when the lights of the castle and the town are reflected in the water. Have fun and relax in the only indoor swimming pool with artificial waves in this area. It is a wonderfully situated leisure centre between meadows and vine-yards and offers all the luxury of a modern swimming pool in fine and bad weather.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary, Columbia

Less than 5 miles from Ipiales, alongside Colombia’s Guaitara River, sits the resplendent Las Lajas Sanctuary and its Gothic Revival-style minor basilica church. Fervor, legend, and mystical belief have it that, following a series miraculous events involving a mother and her deaf-mute daughter, a dramatic image of the Virgin Mary spontaneously appeared on a gargantuan rock above the river. During the years since the image’s mid-18th century apparition, many shrines have been built in its honor, and many thousands of pilgrims from all over Colombia and Ecuador have journeyed to Las Lajas to pay their respects.

The existing church, designed such that the Virgin Mary’s image and her flat sedimentary canvas are its high altar, took over three decades to erect. Funding funneled in over the years from local churchgoers’ donations, with a final completion date of August 20, 1949. The homage and prayer retreat rises nearly 330 feet from the bottom of its canyon foundation, and connects to the opposite side of the canyon via a bridge clocking in at 165 feet high. Its decidedly un-South American appearance renders the basilica all the more striking amidst the sweeping water and rock formations, and religious imagery. Truly, Las Lajas looks more like a castle than a house of worship.

But house of worship–and house of divine intervention–it is. Not surprisingly, due to its storied history, many of Las Lajas’ visitors leave with accounts of transformative spiritual experiences and miracles. A 10 to 15-minute walk through the grounds reveals a collection of plaques along a cliff wall that the years’ pilgrams have left as thanks for revelations and wonders they accredit to the presiding Virgin Mary’s influence.

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The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, as the name suggests, are especially related to the polar regions. They occur most frequently in a belt of radius 2500 km centered on the magnetic north pole. This so-called auroral zone extends over northern Scandinavia, Island, the southern tip of Greenland and continuing over northern Canada, Alaska and along the northern coast of Siberia. The coasts of the Norwegian counties of Troms and Finnmark lay where occurrence is greatest, making northern Norway, due to its ease of access and mild winter climate, an attractive destination for people interested in observing this atmospheric phenomenon.

The Northern Lights can be seen from regions both north and south of the auroral zone, but the likelihood decreases with distance. There is a corresponding auroral zone around the southern magnetic pole, but these ‘Southern Lights’ are largely only seen from Antarctica and the surrounding ocean. Of the populated regions in the southern hemisphere, the Southern Lights, may only be glimpsed from Tasmania and southern New Zealand. The Northern and Southern Lights occur simultaneously and are almost mirror images of each other.

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