Monday, January 31, 2022

Willemstad - Curaçao

The people of the Netherlands established a trading settlement at a fine natural harbour on the Caribbean island of Curaçao in 1634. 
The town developed continuously over the following centuries. 
The modern town consists of several distinct historic districts whose architecture reflects not only European urban-planning concepts but also styles from the Netherlands and from the Spanish and Portuguese colonial towns with which Willemstad engaged in trade. 

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Mogul skiing is a discipline in freestyle skiing.
A short descent over snow bumps from 80 cm to 1.20 meters in height and two mini jumps. 
The mogul skier must come down in as straight a line as possible. 

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Sunday, January 30, 2022

Heard and McDonald Islands - Australia

Heard Island and McDonald Islands are located in the Southern Ocean, approximately 1,700 km from the Antarctic continent and 4,100 km south-west of Perth. 
As the only volcanically active subantarctic islands they ‘open a window into the earth’, thus providing the opportunity to observe ongoing geomorphic processes and glacial dynamics. 
The distinctive conservation value of Heard and McDonald – one of the world’s rare pristine island ecosystems – lies in the complete absence of alien plants and animals, as well as human impact. 

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Valencia - Spain

Valencia is a municipality and the third largest city in Spain. 
It is the capital of the province of the same name and of the autonomous region. 
The mayor is Joan Ribó i Canut. 

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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape - Austria

Human activity in the magnificent natural landscape of the Salzkammergut began in prehistoric times, with the salt deposits being exploited as early as the 2nd millennium BC. 
This resource formed the basis of the area’s prosperity up to the middle of the 20th century, a prosperity that is reflected in the fine architecture of the town of Hallstatt. 

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Moscow - Russia

Moscow is the capital and by far the largest city of Russia, formerly also of the Soviet Union. 
Moscow is also the largest city that lies entirely on the European continent, in contrast to Istanbul.

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Friday, January 28, 2022

Episcopal Complex of the Euphrasian Basilica in Poreč - Croatia

The group of religious monuments in Porec, where Christianity was established as early as the 4th century, constitutes the most complete surviving complex of its type. 
The basilica, atrium, baptistery and episcopal palace are outstanding examples of religious architecture, while the basilica itself combines classical and Byzantine elements in an exceptional manner. 

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Colorado River

The Colorado is a 2,334 km long river in the SW of the United States and northern Mexico. 
It rises in the US state of the same name and flows through Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California before emptying into the Gulf of California at the Baja California-Sonora border. 

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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Dougga / Thugga - Tunisia

Before the Roman annexation of Numidia, the town of Thugga, built on an elevated site overlooking a fertile plain, was the capital of an important Libyco-Punic state. 
It flourished under Roman and Byzantine rule, but declined in the Islamic period. 
The impressive ruins that are visible today give some idea of the resources of a small Roman town on the fringes of the empire. 

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Aria Air Flight 1525

Aria Air Flight 1525 was an Aria Air flight that crashed at Mashhad Airport in Iran on July 24, 2009. 
The plane, an Ilyushin Il-62M, overshot the end of the runway on landing at Mashhad International Airport. 

16 people were killed. 

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