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Beautiful Sykes Hot Springs

Posted by on Dec 12, 2015 in Adventure | Comments Off on Beautiful Sykes Hot Springs

Sykes Hot Springs is one of my favorite places to take first time backpackers who are reasonably fit. The destination has some nice hot springs and a trout filled stream. The hike is pretty. The trip is long enough that people have a sense they have accomplished something, but short enough that it’s not overwhelming for most.
Sykes-Hot-Springs-The trail is easy enough to follow that no maps are needed and there is little to no risk of getting lost. There are a number of clear milestones, so people can easily see that they are making progress. The conditions tend to be moderate year round so there is never a bad time to go.

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Os Jardins de Marqueyssac

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Houses | Comments Off on Os Jardins de Marqueyssac

The Marqueyssac gardens are on a hill overlooking the Dordogne River, with splendid views. The primary planting is boxwood hedging, with cypress and wild cyclamen. The box is more sculpted than clipped, with the organic shapes harmonizing with the landscape. The clipping is done, by hand, with only four gardeners and the planting dates from the nineteenth century.
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Beautiful Village on the Coast – Scopello

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Travel Tips | Comments Off on Beautiful Village on the Coast – Scopello

Scopello is not more than a hamlet above the coast in Sicily’s north-western corner. But for several years now, this low-key destination has been in vogue not just with local people but with trend-setters including film directors and magazine photographers. The picturesque little spot may become a victim of its own success, but in the meantime it is still a remarkably scenic spot for a swim, a leisurely meal or an afternoon excursion.
scopello-Scopello is a tiny village on the coast between the fishing and resort town of Castellammare del Golfo and the Zingaro nature reserve. This part of the Sicilian coastline, though dotted with villas and a few seaside developments, is nevertheless unusually well-conserved by the standards of this construction-happy island. There are attractive stretches of rocky coastline and green hillside nearby, and Sicilians from as far away as Palermo come to the Scopello area to enjoy the landscape and the sea bathing.

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Great Experience to Walk on a Glacier – Herbert Glacier, Alaska

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Adventure | Comments Off on Great Experience to Walk on a Glacier – Herbert Glacier, Alaska

Herbert Glacier Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail (10 mile round trip) located near Juneau, Alaska and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking/biking and is accessible from May until October.
Herbert-Glacier-As glaciers retreat, plants move in to occupy the recently exposed land in a process called succession. This entire trail is a classic example of Ice Age succession, since you’ll pass from mature forest to scrub trees to rocky moraines as you approach the glacier. Herbert-Glacier-3There are picturesque views along the Herbert River, and while the hike is mostly flat and one of the area’s easier walks, it’s long—about 5 hours round-trip.  After four miles, the trail ends at a braided stream and gravel bar under Herbert Glacier. Herbert-Glacier-1If the water is low you can stand on the sand bar and look up at the ice. It’s truly a dramatic sight. Herbert-Glacier-7

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Unmissable Attraction in the Jasper Area – Maligne Canyon

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Adventure | Comments Off on Unmissable Attraction in the Jasper Area – Maligne Canyon

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canada Rocky Mountain area. As part of the World Heritage site, its environment is well preserved with protected eco systems. What you get to see is its most natural view, with beautiful, spectacular and rugged mountainous scene.
Lower Maligne Canyon, Jasper National Park, Alberta, CanadaThere are so many places of interest to visit within the Jasper National Park that you probably need at least a month to visit each of them.

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Another World – Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Adventure | Comments Off on Another World – Son Doong Cave, Vietnam

Son Doong Cave is in the heart of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park in the Quang Binh province of Central Vietnam. Only recently explored in 2009-2010 by the British Cave Research Association, the cave has only been open to the public since 2013.
son-doong-cave-Less people have seen the inside of Hang Son Doong than have stood on the summit of Mount Everest. Join us on this otherworldly expedition and become one of the lucky few who have had the life changing experience of exploring the world’s largest cave.

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Hundreds of fish take over abandoned shopping mall after it’s flooded

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Weird | Comments Off on Hundreds of fish take over abandoned shopping mall after it’s flooded

A mall in Thailand that used to be awash with shoppers is now teeming with fish after the abandoned building was flooded. The New World Mall, in Bangkok, was closed in 1997 after it was found to have breached building regulations, before a fire in 1999 left it without a roof.

abandoned-shopping-mall-bangkok-Rainwater slowly filled the building with water, causing a major mosquito problem. In an effort to rid themselves of the pests, the locals introduced freshwater talapia fish to eat the insects.

abandoned-shopping-mall-bangkok-1The fish thrived, quickly multiplied, and now fill the lower floors of the mall, swimming around rusty escalators and across the 5,000sqft floor. Shops around the mall sell fish food to tourists who visit, but throwing anything else into the subterranean lake is banned in order to protect the aquatic inhabitants.

abandoned-shopping-mall-bangkok-2New World Mall, found on Bang Lam Pu Junction in Bangkok’s old town, was built in the 1980s. The company that built the mall was found to be in breach of building regulations as the 11-storey mall was seven floors taller than the approved construction blueprint.

abandoned-shopping-mall-bangkok-3The mall was forced to close in 1997 and was set ablaze in 1999, leading to its partial demolition.

abandoned-shopping-mall-bangkok-4The fifth to eleventh floors were later dismantled so the empty shopping centre was in line with the original  construction plans.

abandoned-shopping-mall-bangkok-5Mr Rockwell, a chef, said: “Some people think it was set ablaze because it was too tall. Lots of people in old town Bangkok think it is insulting to build something taller than The Grand Palace. ‘So when the mall was built people got really angry.’

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