Monday, November 30, 2020

Statue of Liberty - USA

Made in Paris by the French sculptor Bartholdi, in collaboration with Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for the steel framework), this towering monument to liberty was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence. 
Inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbour and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since. 

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Volos - Greece

Volos is a city in central Greece, about halfway between the country's two main cities, Athens and Thessaloniki. 
The city is located in the east of the mainland, on the Aegean Sea. 

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Salonga National Park - Congo

Salonga National Park is Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve. 
Situated at the heart of the central basin of the Congo river, the park is very isolated and accessible only by water. 
It is the habitat of many endemic endangered species, such as the dwarf chimpanzee, the Congo peacock, the forest elephant and the African slender-snouted or 'false' crocodile. 

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Bremen - Germany

Bremen is a city in Northern Germany that, together with Bremerhaven, forms the state of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. 
Bremen city lies on both sides of the Weser, the river to which the old Hanseatic city probably owes its existence. 

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Friday, November 27, 2020

Port, Fortresses and Group of Monuments, Cartagena - Colombia

Situated in a bay in the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has the most extensive fortifications in South America. 
A system of zones divides the city into three neighbourhoods: San Pedro, with the cathedral and many Andalusian-style palaces; San Diego, where merchants and the middle class lived; and Gethsemani, the 'popular quarter'. 

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Wampi - Clausena lansium

The wampi is a plant from the rue family. 
It is a tree that stays green up to 7 m high with a gray-brown bark and long, sloping, flexible branches. 
The alternately placed leaves are dark green, 10-30 cm long, compound and pinnate. 

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Monastery and Site of the Escurial, Madrid - Spain

Built at the end of the 16th century on a plan in the form of a grill, the instrument of the martyrdom of St Lawrence, the Escurial Monastery stands in an exceptionally beautiful site in Castile. 
Its austere architecture, a break with previous styles, had a considerable influence on Spanish architecture for more than half a century. 
It was the retreat of a mystic king and became, in the last years of Philip II's reign, the centre of the greatest political power of the time. 

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Rennes - France

Rennes is a city in France, in Brittany. 
It is the capital of the Brittany region. 
The city lies on the river Vilaine. 
The city has two universities and a number of higher technical schools, accounting for 63,000 students. 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas - Zimbabwe

On the banks of the Zambezi, great cliffs overhang the river and the floodplains. 
The area is home to a remarkable concentration of wild animals, including elephants, buffalo, leopards and cheetahs. 
An important concentration of Nile crocodiles is also be found in the area. 

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The passion flower (Passiflora incarnata)

The passion flower is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. 
The flower has a beautiful violet color and the breathtaking corona (the kind of strings from the heart of the flower) is very special. 
The passion flower is native to the southeastern United States. 
What's special, in addition to the beautiful flowers, is that the plant can handle a temperature of up to minus fifteen degrees. 
The Passiflora lutea (another kind of passion flower) is the only passion flower that can survive an even colder temperature. 

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