Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Golden Mountains of Altai - Russia

The Altai mountains in southern Siberia form the major mountain range in the western Siberia biogeographic region and provide the source of its greatest rivers – the Ob and the Irtysh. 
Three separate areas are inscribed: Altaisky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Lake Teletskoye; Katunsky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Mount Belukha; and the Ukok Quiet Zone on the Ukok plateau. 
The total area covers 1,611,457 ha. 
The region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation. 
The site is also an important habitat for endangered animal species such as the snow leopard. 

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Old Minnneke

A saga about a witch who steals the soul of a farmer's son. 
Old Minneke is a witch who seduces young farmers' sons: if they sleep with her, they get as much gold as they want. 
All men are in her power, only one boy knows how to stay out of Old Minneke's hands. 
However, when he falls in love with a rich farmer's daughter, he needs a lot of gold to marry her. 
He decides to take a gamble... 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž - Czechia

Kroměříž stands on the site of an earlier ford across the River Morava, at the foot of the Chriby mountain range which dominates the central part of Moravia. 
The gardens and castle of Kroměříž are an exceptionally complete and well-preserved example of a European Baroque princely residence and its gardens. 

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Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing or ski-running is a way of moving on skids over the snow. 
It is practiced as a sport in winter and is also an Olympic sport. 
It's 'walking and sliding on slats' in flat or sloping terrain. 
In addition to two skis, you also need two poles. 

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

Fuerte de Samaipata - Bolivia

The archaeological site of Samaipata consists of two parts: the hill with its many carvings, believed to have been the ceremonial centre of the old town (14th–16th centuries), and the area to the south of the hill, which formed the administrative and residential district. 
The huge sculptured rock, dominating the town below, is a unique testimony to pre-Hispanic traditions and beliefs, and has no parallel anywhere in the Americas. 

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Barcelona - Spain

Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. 
Only the capital Madrid has more inhabitants. 
It is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and of the province of Barcelona. 

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Thursday, March 24, 2022

Flemish Béguinages - Belgium

The Béguines were women who dedicated their lives to God without retiring from the world. 
In the 13th century they founded the béguinages, enclosed communities designed to meet their spiritual and material needs. 
 The Flemish béguinages are architectural ensembles composed of houses, churches, ancillary buildings and green spaces, with a layout of either urban or rural origin and built in styles specific to the Flemish cultural region. 
They are a fascinating reminder of the tradition of the Béguines that developed in north-western Europe in the Middle Ages. 

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Hudson river

The Hudson is a river in the United States of America. 
It rises in the Adirondack Mountains in the northern part of New York State and runs via Albany to New York City, where it flows past Manhattan and Jersey City and empties into New York Harbor and New Jersey. 
The river is 507 km long. 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

East Rennell - Solomon Islands

East Rennell makes up the southern third of Rennell Island, the southernmost island in the Solomon Island group in the western Pacific. 
Rennell, 86 km long x 15 km wide, is the largest raised coral atoll in the world. 
The site includes approximately 37,000 ha and a marine area extending 3 nautical miles to sea. 
A major feature of the island is Lake Tegano, which was the former lagoon on the atoll. 
The lake, the largest in the insular Pacific (15,500 ha), is brackish and contains many rugged limestone islands and endemic species. 
Rennell is mostly covered with dense forest, with a canopy averaging 20 m in height. 
Combined with the strong climatic effects of frequent cyclones, the site is a true natural laboratory for scientific study. 
The site is under customary land ownership and management. 

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Ethiopian Airlines flight 409

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 409 was a scheduled international flight that crashed over the Mediterranean Sea on January 25, 2010. 

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