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A Review of “Solly’s” in North London

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Travel Tips | Comments Off on A Review of “Solly’s” in North London

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to London on business, and was pleasantly surprised by the number of kosher dining options near our hotel. First of all, let me tell you, do not forgot to bring a no foreign transaction fee credit card when travelling abroad or you’ll be as sorry as I was when checking my bank statement after the trip. I did, however, manage to avoid airline bag fees, which helped some, but without the best travel credit card my spending was truly abhorrent. In any case, Solly’s was a favorite local eatery for me, and luckily they only accept cash, so I thought I’d share my experience here for any of you planning a London trip in the future.

Solly’s is a little Israeli-style food joint with great menu choices and reasonable prices. From kibbe and vine leaves to delicious and crunchy lamb-filled cigars, in addition to a number of goulash soups, there’s something for everyone here. The main courses include great lamb, steaks, and burgers, and the chicken comes with the breast fried in crumbs or boneless, marinated thighs that are perfectly chargrilled. Each main course comes with basmati rice, or chips, and a mixture of cabbage and lettuce in a nice vinegar dressing. Takeaway is also a great option and is a bit cheaper, with crisp falafel and spicy shwarma as my favorites in my takeout experiences there. Whether traveling with companions or flying solo, the cozy, friendly atmosphere at Solly’s is a perfect fit for anyone seeking a quality meal in North West London.

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15 Reasons to Holiday in the Dominican Republic

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Exotic Locations | 1 comment

These years more than 4 million tourists and holidaymakers visited the Dominican Republic, the majority of which (54%) came from the USA and Canada. Whilst this might sound like an impressive number of visitors it pales in comparison to other island destinations around the world. The reason being, quite possibly, is that in the realms of travel advertising, people just don’t hear about it. So for the uninitiated below is a list of 20 reasons to holiday in the Dominican republic.

1. The Weather!

As it is located in the Caribbean the climate of the Dominican Republic is mostly tropical. In the summer the temperature peaks at around 32 °C (90 °F) and the average daily temperature is 25.8 °C (78 °F) with approximately 6.3 hours of sunlight every day.

2. It Has Great Beaches!

The Dominican Republic has nearly 1000 miles of coastline on its north, east and southern borders, a third of which is made up of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Most of these beaches are pristine oases of brilliant white sand due to the high content of coral and shell, lined by tall shaded palm trees and offset by crystal clear waters. Not only do the beaches look beautiful and are great places to relax, the water temperature is also a constant 28-30 degrees Celsius almost throughout the year, which makes swimming an added pleasure.

3. It has Great Hotels and Resorts!

As well as a wide range of fantastic hotels the Dominican Republic is the Caribbean’s undoubted leader for all-inclusive resorts, with more than two dozen all-inclusive properties ranging from budget to luxury currently in operation. These resorts are based in breathtaking locations and offer world class facilities including Golf Resorts, Spas, Weddings and Water Sports.

4. The Food is Amazing!

The Dominican Republic has an excellent reputation for its varied and flavoursome food. Local cuisine is unique and delicious and as a culture Dominicans love to eat. Holidaymakers will find plenty of places to eat ranging from luxurious restaurants with gourmet menus to casual street cafes, all of which offer a mouth watering array of meals including Oriental, Mexican, Mediterranean, Italian and of course Creole food. You certainly won’t go hungry!

5. It’s a great place to bring the kids!

On top of the great weather, magnificent beaches, excellent range of accommodation and the awesome food, the Dominican Republic offers a wide range of fun activities for children. As well as a full range of water sports including surf boarding, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, diving and sailing, there are opportunities for horseback riding, go karting and mountain biking. In addition to this the Trampoline Museum, the Children’s Library, the National Aquarium, the National Zoo, the National Botanical Gardens, the Waterslide Park and the Las Canquiñas Children’s Park are sure to keep the little ones amused.

6. It’s a fantastic place to get married!

Given its weather and breathtaking location the Dominican Republic is a fantastic place to get married. Many resorts offer complete wedding packages and dedicated co-ordinators who take the hassle out of organising the wedding for you. The Dominican Republic is of course a fantastic place for a honeymoon and just think what those wedding pictures will look like, especially against the backdrop of a pristine white beach!

7. It is an excellent place for a golfing holiday!

If you love golf then you will love golfing in the Dominican Republic as it contains 28 world class courses designed by such legends of the game as Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman. Nine of the country’s golf courses are included in Golfweek Magazine’s 2010 list of the top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Latin America. Not least because the breathtaking coastlines, lush green fairways and magnificent unspoilt views of nature make these courses an absolute joy to play on.

8. There’s no better place for an Eco-Adventure!

The Dominican Republic has no less than nine distinct ecological zones. This natural diversity allows you to enjoy an extraordinarily diverse eco-adventure on one beautiful island. Containing the highest and lowest points above and below sea level in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic entertains practically every form of nature. From luscious tropical rain forests to arid deserts, each area offers a wide range of very distinct activities. Places like Jarabacoa and Constanza provide opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking, horseback riding, and rafting, while Pedernales, Bahoruco, Bani, Azua and Barahona will reveal untouched beaches, geological formations, lagoons, deserts and dunes. At Cabarete and Samaná, in the northeast coast near Puerto Plata you can experience deep dives, windsurfing, kite boarding, jeep safaris, waterfalls and even humpback whales. While all around the island you can marvel at more than 5000 different species of plant, 254 species of birds and 1,411 species of reptile, many of which are endangered or simply can’t be found anywhere else in the world. If eco-adventure tourism is your bag, then the Dominican Republic is definitely for you.

9. You’ll love the Water Sports!

Surrounded by warm waters and breathtaking views The Dominican Republic is a Mecca for water sports. Attracting regattas from around the world, such as the R.o.l.e.x Farr 40 Pre-World Cup in April 2010 and the World Sailing Championship at the Casa de Campo marina, sailing is extremely popular. As well as hosting the Windsurfing World Cup, Cabarete Beach is also revered as the ‘kiteboarding capital of the world’ because its perfect combination of beaches, winds and waves creates the optimum conditions for the sport. Surfing of course is an extremely popular activity and there are 16 fantastic surfing sites located on the northern coast from Puerto Plata to Playa Grande and in Río San Juan, with classic or standard waves that reach over 4 metres high during the months of December to March. Diving too is a major attraction and with 1000 miles of coastline housing coral reefs, caves, shipwrecks and brilliantly covered fish and fauna the Dominican Republic is also known as one of the best places to snorkel or dive in the whole of the Caribbean. If you love water sports, whether it be watching or participating, the Dominican Republic is somewhere you simply have to visit.

10. It has World Class Fishing!

The Dominican Republic is a world class destination for fishing. For years it has been a legendary destination for fishermen and has hosted several international bill fishing tournaments such as the Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament at Cabeza de Toro, the ESPN Billfish Xtreme Tournament at Punta Cana Resort & Club and the new International Billfish Shootout at Cap Cana Marina, the largest marina in the Caribbean. If you like to fish then the Dominican Republic is where it’s at!

11. The National Parks are incredible!

The Dominican Republic has a beautiful topography; so much so that over 25 percent of the country has been protected in the form of National Parks, Reserves, and Marine Sanctuaries. These beautiful ecosystems are protected areas within a conservation plan that boasts 83 distinct areas, including 19 national parks, 15 natural reserves, six scientific reserves, 32 natural monuments, 2 marine sanctuaries and 9 areas of protected islands with panoramic views. Providing awe inspiring views of untouched landscapes and moments of peace and solitude the Dominican Republic’s National Parks include everything from verdant mountains with bosky pine forests to pristine white-sand beaches and arid desert lands. If you love getting at one with nature the Dominican Republic is the place you must go.

12. The Nightlife is great!

If you like to party, the Dominican Republic will not disappoint as most bars and cafes throughout the country are open and serve alcoholic drinks until midnight on Sunday to Thursday and 2:00 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and public holidays.

While most resorts offer a variety of musicals, shows, discos and performances every night if you really want to party then head to Santo Domingo! The Dominican Republic’s capital is the hub of the country’s nightlife. It enjoys arguably the greatest entertainment in the Caribbean, with a wide range of trendy and happening bars, discotheques, casinos and restaurants and has been touted by some as the Caribbean ‘New York’.

13. The Spa’s are mind blowing!

The Dominican Republic houses a number of world-class spas. Many are located in luxury ‘all-inclusive’ resorts that offer the most up-to-date and advanced treatments, including some that use traditional Dominican herbs and minerals. Set in magnificent surroundings, with the subtle sounds of relaxing music, the ocean or waterfalls to sooth your ears and the sweet aroma of natural oils to tantalise your nose, these spas provide the perfect place to pamper your body and free your mind. Many spas also provide a range of cosmetic treatments, hairdressing services; makeovers, hair removal, manicures and pedicures. So there is everything you need to totally unwind!

14. The place oozes of history and culture!

Santa Domingo is generally recognised as the ‘First City in the Americas’, the place where the New World started. As a consequence Santo Domingo has an impressive display of historic monuments that are as captivating as they are enriching. The most famous of which, the “Colonial City” was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1992. The city has also recently been confirmed as the American Capital of Culture for 2010. To mark this celebration The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Culture has scheduled more than 600 activities to take place throughout the year including the Second National Festival of Theatre and the International Book Fair, as well as various exhibitions, festivals and the inauguration of the new National Library and the much anticipated Museum of Dominican Man.

15. You can shop till you drop!

If you love to shop then The Dominican Republic is the place to go as it has a wide range of many excellent places for the discerning shopaholic to get their fix!

In most tourist areas as well as in the bigger cities, you will find upscale open air markets and large well known shopping centres. But if you really want to shop the place to go is Santo Domingo where the range of shops, boutiques and department stores are simply superb. Selling everything from the latest fashions, leather articles, bags, cosmetics, jewellery and shoes to books, electronic games, liquor, cigars, water sports equipment and art, you will find an endless array of fantastic products to suit any budget and taste.

Typically the shops in Santo Domingo tend to stay open from 9am to 7pm on Monday to Saturday and 9am-6pm on Sunday, so there’s plenty of time for a browse even between lying on the beach.

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The Lost City of Inca, Machu Picchu

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Adventure | Comments Off on The Lost City of Inca, Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres above sea level. Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti. Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World.

The Incas started building the “estate” around 1400, but abandoned it as an official site for the Inca rulers a century later at the time of the Spanish Conquest. Although known locally, it was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Most of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed in order to give tourists a better idea of what the structures originally looked like. By 1976, thirty percent of Machu Picchu had been restored. The restoration work continues to this day.

Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.

Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu.

Though Machu Picchu is the most popular spot in Peru, you would be a little disappointed to know that there is no direct route from Lima, the capital of Peru to Machu Picchu. Once you landed in Lima, you need to reach Cusco, the old capital of Inca empire. The distance between these tow cities is more 700 miles. You can fly from Lima, or take a bus for a long difficult travel. Once you reach Cusco, you have to make another journey to reach Aguas Calientes, which is the closest city to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu, the famous ruin is only few miles from Aguas Calientes. You can walk or take a bus to reach there.

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Beautiful Indoor Water Parks

Posted by on Apr 28, 2012 in Adventure | 4 comments

A water park is an amusement park that features water play areas, such as water slides, splash pads, spraygrounds, lazy rivers, or other recreational bathing, swimming, and barefooting environments. Water parks in more current states of development may also be equipped with some type of artificial surfing or bodyboarding environment such as a wave pool or FlowRider.

Aquapalace Prague

Entertainment, sports, relaxation and joy from a stay by the water. All of this is offered to you by Aquapalace Praha, located in ?estlice, 6 km south of Prague. The largest water park in central Europe, the newly opened AquaPalace  sports saunas, a spa complex, and a fitness center—as well as nine water slides—making it an attractive destination for summer and beyond. Next to this interesting aqua world, there are much more Prague Tourism can offer such beautiful architecture and buildings, rich history and amazing sights all around the town.

Water world offers enjoyment in three palaces. In the Adventure Palace you will have fun while riding down the toboggans, slides, spacebowl or wild river. In the Treasure Palace you and your children will enjoy the artificial wave pool and a number of attractions for children. For moments of relaxation, you can use one of the whirlpools, massage benches or the swimming pool at the Relaxation Palace .

World Water Park in Edmonton

World Waterpark is the world’s largest indoor waterpark (under one roof) with a size of roughly six acres. The World Waterpark opened to public in 1986. It is located in the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It has a maximum capacity of 40,000 guests, an average temperature for the water of 30-33 °C (86-89 °F), and is the world’s largest indoor wave pool holding 12.3 million litres.

The highest slides in the park are Twister and Cyclone, which are both 83 feet (25 m) high.

Kalahari Indoor Waterpark

 The Kalahari Resort and Convention Center is a water park resort chain with locations in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin and Sandusky, Ohio. At 173,000 square feet, the indoor water park at Kalahari’s Ohio resort is the largest in the United States.

The Kalahari Resort is named after the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa, hence the African theme at all the resorts. The lobbies have artificial fountains, trees, and animals. Special African-themed events, such as getting photographed with baby tigers, are also held. Most of the water slides in the water parks are named after African animals, such as the Rippling Rhino and the Wild Wildebeest.

Fallsview Indoor Waterpark

The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark located on the 20 acre Falls Avenue Resort directly across from Niagara Falls making it the ideal family vacation destination. Standing eight stories high,& 3 acres in size, the park is hours of water fun for all ages. The waterpark offers 16 thrilling slides up to six stories high, a giant wave pool, outdoor pool/sundeck, and the Beach House Rain Fortress with 1000 Gallon Tipping Bucket.

One of the most popular attractions in the Waterpark is at the Beach House, the 1000 Gallon Tipping Bucket. Keep your head up when you hear the bells as it prepares to drop and drench everything below! The Beach House is also the start or finish point of 8 slides and houses a collection of water jets, and climbing ropes.

Great Wolf Resorts

Great Wolf Resorts is the world’s largest chain of indoor water parks which owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge brand. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.

Great Wolf Lodge was founded by brothers Jack and Andrew “Turk” Waterman, the original owners of Noah’s Ark water park. The first Great Wolf Lodge location opened in 1997 in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The chain has since added ten additional locations with two more currently in development. In addition to a water park, each resort features specialty restaurants, arcades, spas, fitness rooms and children’s activity areas.

Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park

Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort is a Polynesian-themed large indoor waterpark located in Erie, Pennsylvania. On September 17, 2011, after years in the planning, the 30,000 square foot wave pool opened to the public, making Splash Lagoon the third largest indoor water park in the country.

The park is approximately 80,000 square feet. It features seven water slides, two hot tubs, one large activity pool, and a children’s area. The tiki tree house is four stories high and offers many activities. It is located on sprawling Upper Peach Street with many restaurants and retailers nearby. Connected to a Holiday Inn, Residence Inn, and a Comfort Inn; with many other hotels within a few miles.

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Top 5 US Pet Friendly Airports

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Travel Tips | 1 comment

When organising a journey together with your pet which involves traveling by plane, making sure a pleasant and safe flying experience for four-legged flier is the main priority. You have invested plenty of time studying the best animal friendly resorts that will be perfect for your furry friend, however you are worried about their safety and comfort throughout the entire process of flying. One additional thing you need to think about when traveling with your animal friend is to find proper pet insurance plans which will help you and your pet on journeys.

Philadelphia: (PHL) – Philadelphia International Airport. The PHL has seven animal alleviation parts including a mulch surface area, a bench, plus a faux fire hydrant. Every fenced in place ranges from 250 to 600 sq ft and as well provides a animal waste bag accessory and junk can.

Phoenix: Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) The  Paw Pad, the Bone Yard, and the Pet Patch are Sky Harbor’s 3 specified animalpleasant areas. All of these places provide a spot for animals to get wander, relief and sniff, along with drink freshwater. Safety gloves for cleanup are offered.

Atlanta: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). The one thousand square foot fully fenced Poochie Park consists of grass, rocks, flowers and benches to set the scene for puppies to sniff all-around, have a little exercise, and do his or her business. Becoming the world’s most popular airport, it has seen its great number of animals go through and planned to greater focus on their four legged travellers.

St. Louis: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL). Fire hydrants are simply one of many features at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s a pair of outside animal relaxation places. Pets are able to enjoy off-leash inside the four hundred sq . ft . private areas and as well contain junk cans, park benches and plastic safety gloves for clean-up.

Houston: (IAH) – George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Not only does George Bush Intercontinental include 4 specified animal places, it likewise provides the only onsite kennel managed by an airline in the usa. The kennel offers 1,100 sq ft of place for runs and exercise pens, overnight kenneling, day kenneling, and pet grooming.

In some cases it gets to be very hard to care for your pet so the Pet Travel Insurance gives you the liberty of enjoyable when going on a vacation. It’s a offer which gives bunch of facilities to the owner. They’ll care for every little thing.

In cases where resorts don’t enable your mate to remain in their resorts it is when the Insurers is necessary. Sometimes if they’re wiling to support they charge high costs. In case they’re insured it is possible to ask the insurance department to pay for your entire expenses.

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Amazing Balaa Sinkhole and Waterfall, Lebanon

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Nature | Comments Off on Amazing Balaa Sinkhole and Waterfall, Lebanon

The Baatara gorge waterfall or Balaa gorge waterfall is a waterfall in the Tannourine, Lebanon. During millions of years the waterfall had eroded a three leveled large dizzying sink hole, an open cavern some 255 meters deep. Three natural bridges! The waterfall drops 837 ft into the Baatara Pothole, a cave of Jurassic limestone located on the Lebanon Mountain Trail.
Discovered in 1952 by French bio-speleologist Henri Coiffait, the waterfall and accompanying sinkhole were fully mapped in the 1980s by the Speleo club du liban. The cave is also known as the “Cave of the Three Bridges.”

Traveling from Laklouk to Tannourine one passes the village of Balaa, and the “Three Bridges Chasm” is a five-minute journey into the valley below where one sees three natural bridges, rising one above the other and overhanging a chasm descending into Mount Lebanon.

During the spring snow melt, a 90–100-metre (300–330 ft) cascade falls behind the three bridges and then down into the 250-metre (820 ft) chasm. A 1988 fluorescent dye test demonstrated that the water emerged at the spring of Dalleh in Mgharet al-Ghaouaghir.

 

 

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Beautiful Nature Underground

Posted by on Apr 9, 2012 in Nature | Comments Off on Beautiful Nature Underground

A cave or cavern is a natural underground space large enough for a human to enter. The term applies to natural cavities some part of which is in total darkness. The word cave also refers to smaller spaces like rock shelters, sea caves, and grottos.

Speleology is the science of exploration and study of all aspects of caves and the environment which surrounds the caves. Exploring a cave for recreation or science may be called caving, potholing, or, in Canada and the United States, spelunking

Skocjan caves

Skocjan Caves is a cave system in Slovenia. Due to its exceptional significance, Škocjan Caves was entered on UNESCO’s list of natural and cultural world heritage sites in 1986. International scientific circles have thus acknowledged the importance of the caves as one of the natural treasures of planet Earth. Ranking among the most important caves in the world, Škocjan Caves represents the most significant underground phenomena in both the Karst region and Slovenia.

Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave or Melissani Lake, also Melisani is a Greek cave located on the island of Kefalonia, northwest of Sami, about 5 km SE of Agia Efthymia, NE of Argostoli and NW of Poros. The Ionian Sea lies to the east with the Strait of Ithaca. Forests surrounds the cave and the mountain slope is to the west. Near the cave is the entry to the cave with parking lots and is passed almost in the middle of the main road linking Sami and Agia Efimia especially to the northern part of the island.

The cave features a sky-blue lake covered with stones at the bottom. the depth is thin. Plants are at the door of the cave. The color of the rocks which are stucco to honey-like brown is at the door of the cave. The lake is also inside the cave.

Marble Caves

The Marble Caves is geological formation of unusual beauty. These caves have formed in a pure marble and are bathed in the deep blue water of General Carrera Lake.The enormous General Carrera Lake is fed by rivers coming from several glaciers of Patagonian Andes.

The ice of glaciers contains small particles and, when the ice melts, many particles remain suspended in the water. This gives an unusual effect – the glacial meltwater is slightly turbid and it refracts the blue part of sunlight. Due to this the water of General Carrera Lake has a distinct blue color.

Lava Tube Cave

Lava Tube Caves or Lava Tubes are  Primary cave formed by large lava flows. Molten rock (magma) that pours or oozes onto the Earth’s surface is then called lava. The viscosity of the lava depends on its silica content. Low-silica basalt lava has a low viscosity and can form fast-moving, narrow lava streams or spread out in broad sheets up to several miles wide.

Hang en cave

Going underground, expedition members enter Hang En, a cave tunneled out by the Rao Thuong River.

Dwindling to a series of ponds during the dry months, the river can rise almost 300 feet (91 meters) during the flood season, covering the rocks where cavers stand.

 Reed Flute Cave

The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. It is over 180 million years old. The cave got its name from the type of reed growing outside, which can be made into melodious flutes. Reed Flute Cave is filled with a large number of stalactites, stalagmites and rock formations in weird and wonderful shapes.

Inside, there are more than 70 inscriptions written in ink, which can be dated back as far as 792 AD in the Tang Dynasty. These aged inscriptions tell us that it has been an attraction in Guilin since ancient times. It was rediscovered in the 1940s by a group of refugees and has since received many VIPs.

Gouffre de Padirac

The Padirac Chasm or Gouffre de Padirac is a cave located near Gramat, in the Lot département, in France.The chasm itself is approximately 99 m around its rim with a diameter of approximately 35 metres. Visitors descend 75 m via a lift or a staircase before entering the cave system. The cave, at a depth of 103 metres, contains a subterranean river system that is partly negotiable by boat. This cave system is regarded as “one of the most extraordinary natural phenomena of the Massif Central”.

The chasm was created at an undetermined point in time when the roof collapsed into a large internal cavern. It is known that the cavern existed in the 3rd century, and was inhabited during the 15th and 16th centuries during which time Potassium nitrate was excavated from the area.

Fingal’s Cave

Fingal’s Cave is a sea cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa, in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. It is formed entirely from hexagonally jointed basalt columns, similar in structure to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and those of nearby Ulva. In both cases, the cooling surface of the mass of hot lava cracked in a hexagonal pattern in a similar way to drying mud cracking as it shrinks, and these cracks gradually extended down into the mass of lava as it cooled and shrank to form the columns, which were subsequently exposed by erosion.

Enchanted well

Poço Encantado, or Enchanted Well, is located in the Chapada Diamantina National Park in Bahia state, approximately 400 kilometres inland from Salvador, the capital city of Bahia. This giant sunken pool is 120 feet deep and the water is so transparent the rocks and ancient tree trunks are visible on the bottom.

 When the sun is just right, light comes through a crevice and creates a blue reflection on the water. Access to this pond is highly controlled for environmental protection of its rare and delicate ecosystem.

Derinkuyu cave

Ancient caves in Turkey Cappadocia Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Cappadocia Derinkuyu district in Nev?ehir Province, Turkey. With its eleven floors extending to a depth of approximately 85 m, it was large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is part of a network of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia.

Carlsbad caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a United States National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The primary attraction of the park is the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern. Visitors to the cave can hike in on their own via the natural entrance, or take the elevator directly to the Underground Lunchroom some 750 feet below.

Carlsbad Cavern includes a large cave chamber, the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber which is almost 4,000 feet (1,220 m) long, 625 feet (191 m) wide, and 255 feet (78 m) high at the highest point. It is the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world. The largest in the world is the Sarawak Chamber in Malaysi

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew. The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means “the place where water runs through rocks.” Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí, or “spiral rock arches.” Both are located within the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock.

 

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