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Bermuda is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, its nearest landmass is Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, about 1,030 kilometres to the west-northwest. It is about 1,373 kilometres south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and 1,770 kilometres northeast of Miami, Florida. Its capital city is Hamilton.
Bermuda has an affluent economy, with finance as its largest sector followed by tourism. It has a subtropical climate. Bermuda makes up the easternmost point of the so-called “Bermuda Triangle,” a region of sea in which a number of aircraft and surface vessels have allegedly disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Although usually referred to in the singular, the territory consists of 181 islands, with a total area of 53.3 square kilometres. The largest island, Main Island, sometimes itself called Bermuda. Compiling a list of the islands is often complicated, as many have more than one name.
Bermuda has glistening white-sand beaches, some of the prettiest in the world. But they are not what usually come to mind when you think of the 75 miles of gorgeous coastline. That distinction goes to the country’s famous pink beaches — stretches of fine sand as rosy as the first blush of dawn, as ethereal as the pink of a French rosé in a crystal glass. The cool sand is a pale watercolour pink that, in fact, is often depicted in artists’ paintings and watercolours of Bermuda.
The pink sand makes for a romantic setting, but the nature of its colour is neither romantic nor mysterious. It isn’t crushed coral as many people assume, although there are bits of coral in the sand. The pink crystals are actually the pink and red shells of microscopic insects, foraminifera, one of the most abundant single-cell organisms in the ocean.
The foraminifera live on the underside of reefs and the sea floor. When they die, the currents offshore smash their shells and they tumble onto Bermuda’s beaches with each lapping wave.
Fantasy Cave is a virtual jewel box filled from top to bottom with formations. Rare chandelier clusters of soda straw formations adorn the ceilings in great abundance. Entire walls are covered in calcite mineral deposits that resemble frozen waterfalls.
The climate is humid and, as a result, the summertime heat index can be high, even though mid-August temperatures rarely exceed 30 °C. Winters are mild, with average daytime temperatures in January and February around 20 °C, although cold fronts bring Arctic air masses that can result in rapid temperature drops.
Atlantic winter storms, often associated with these cold fronts, can produce powerful, gusting winds and heavy rain. Factoring in the wind chill, the felt air temperature in winter can fall below freezing, 0 °C, even though the actual temperature rarely drops below 10 °C . The lowest recorded temperature in Bermuda as of 2011 is 7.2 °C.Read More
Sharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in South Sinai Governorate, Egypt, on the coastal strip along the Red Sea. Its population is approximately 35,000. Sharm el-Sheikh is the administrative hub of Egypt’s South Sinai Governorate which includes the smaller coastal towns of Dahab and Nuweiba as well as the mountainous interior, Saint Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai.
Sharm El Sheikh is all about the sea. Whether you swim, dive, snorkel or simply laze on your sun bed and admire the way that the bright blues of the ocean contrast with the ochre colours of the desert, you’ll have to admit that the sea is this resort’s biggest asset. For crystal clear waters, abundant fish and spectacular reefs, there’s nowhere else quite like it. And the resort that has sprung up to cater for all the sea lovers who come here does a very good job indeed, with top class, international hotels next door to cosy guest houses, restaurants from all around the world, and plenty of cheerful nightlife.
The average temperatures during the winter months (November to March) range from 15 to 35 degrees Celsius (59-95°F) and during the summer months (April to October) from 20 to 45 degrees Celsius (68-113°F). The temperature of the Red Sea in this region ranges from 21 to 28 degrees Celsius (70-84°F) over the course of the year.
Hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are located either in Na’ama Bay, the city’s nightlife and dining hub, or across the rest of the city. Most of the hotels in Sharm el Sheikh are mid range, and, the closer the hotel to Na’ama bay, the more expensive the room rates are likely to be. Hotels overlooking the Strait of Tiran usually enjoy panoramic, stunning views of the waterfront, whilst hotels in the Hadaba district are situated at the top of a cliff, but wherever you are to stay, check that rooms include air conditioning as it gets incredibly hot during the high season.Read More
Tonight Sydney has been presenting an inspirational and breathtaking light presentation at the third annual Vivid Sydney Festival 2011. The festival has taken off tonight and will continue to display creative art work, light sculpture, and Firedance by 13 June 2011. There is a lot to see, all those who attended the Vivid Sydney Festival witnessed the wonders as leading musicians contributed from the worldwide to stimulate the excitement of the festival. Not only local music bands were there to exalt the inspiration of the festival but many international top musicians were there to entertain the spectators.
The vivid Sydney festival 2011 was projecting a blended mixture of music, light, and ideas altogether. Besides, there were lights every where, the start of the festival was decorated and adorned with glittering units of 40 lights these arrangements were made the famous French artist team “SUPERBIEN”. The interactive light sculptures were put on display for the connoisseurs, summing up the entire festival has become the creative hub of the Asia Pacific_ it’s really worth exploring. If you can’t attend the festival live or contribute you can watch the live streaming of vivid creative Sydney at Youtube- keep exploring.Read More
The best landscapes are those in which water finds a good spot to display its beauty. Lakes, ponds, rivers, they are all amazing in their own way, but the most spectacular form water can take is that of a waterfall. Delicate or tumultuous, waterfalls are always fascinating. See here twenty of the most beautiful ones in the world.
Langfoss in Norway
A pristine waterfall, never used by man as a source of hydro-energy or any other type of hydro production, the Langfoss waterfall in Norway is 2,008 feet high. Its water rushes in a spectacular display of natural beauty.
Yosemite is the tallest waterfall in North America and you can find it in the heart of the Yosemite National Park. It boasts a 1,430 feet plunge, then a 675 feet of cascades and finally a 320 feet horsetail.
With two major falls and a beautiful section of cascades, Mardalsfossen is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world. It is tapped for hydro production, so you can only see it rush gloriously during the tourist season (between June 20 and August 20).
About 125 feet of water can be seen falling from the Daly Glacier through the Rocky Mountains. This is the Takakkaw Falls in British Columbia, Canada, a glacial melt that falls grandiosely for 853 feet between two sections of cascades.
Angel Falls is famous for being the tallest waterfall in the world. Up to 3,212 feet high, the spectacular waterfall boasts a drop of 2, 648 feet. Even though all these figures are fascinating, the most interesting about this fall is the fact that nobody knows what is the name of its stream.
Documented by camera for the first time ever in 2002, Gocta Catarata has been a hidden treasure for a long time. It measures 2,531 feet and is now an irresistible tourist attraction for waterfall enthusiast and nature lovers.
Coming from a glacier lake, called Lake Quill, the Sutherland Fall features three steps of up to 815 feet each. It measures 1904 feet in all and it is known around the world for its dazzling beauty.
Hanging Glacier Falls in Chile Another hidden treasure is the Hanging Glacier Fall in Queulat National Park, Chile. No one attempted to measure it yet, but it is estimate to drop for about 1,400-2,000 feet. This is definitely one of the best falls in South America.
Ramnelfjellsfossen in Norway
The beautiful Ramnelfjellsfossen falls measure approximately 2,685 feet and feature gorgeous cascades and horsetails. Formerly known as Utigardsfossen, this is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
The tallest waterfall in France and one of the most amazing in Europe, the Gavarnie Falls measures 1,348. It is located in the central Pyrenees Mountains.
Engstiligenfäll in Switzerland
Probably the best thing about this waterfall is the fact that you can admire its beauty from a tram that travels over it from its base to the top. It flaunts two horsetails that drop about 1,640 feet.
Serio is the tallest waterfall in Italy. Located in the Lombardy region of the country, this waterfall is a rare sight, as it only flows for five days a year. Since it has been tapped for hydro production, the Serio Falls can only be admired on June 20, July 18, August 22, September 12 and October 3.
Two large glaciers give life to this gorgeous waterfall in the North Cascades National Park, Washington State. After running into the Sulphide Lake, the waterfall starts rushing down for 2,100 feet, surrounded by a rich green vegetation.
The gorgeous Victoria Falls are located between Zambia and Zimbabwe, right on the border. Its majesty lays in its width rather than in its height: it is 5,700 feet wide and only 350 feet tall.
Also located on a border is the stunning Iguassu Fall. With a width of 8,858 feet, you can find it between Argentina and Brazil. While most of the waterfall is in Argentina, access to it is only possible from Brazil. Its most famous section is known as the “Devil’s Throat”.
With one single drop of 490 feet, the Kjelfossen waterfall in Norway boasts a total height of about 2,477. The thing about its height is that it has never been officially established, but many insist that this is one of the tallest waterfalls in the world.
Even though it is often considered to be one of the tallest in the world, the lovely Kukenaam Fall is actually not among the top five tallest waterfalls. It measures 2,211 feet and it is located somewhere in eastern Venezuela, near Guyana.
Yutaje Fall is the second tallest in Venezuela, measuring 2,200 feet. Several sections of cascades and plunges make it a gorgeous spectacle to admire.
Probably the tallest waterfall in Mexico, the Basaseachic Fall is 1,023 feet tall, dropping in a giant horsetail. It’s absolutely amazing how it squeezes itself between the mountains and falls with mind-blowing power to the ground.
Coming from the Brisdale Glacier in Norway, the Tjotafossen waterfall boasts a superb 1,837-foot horsetail. Many choose this place for a family picnic spot.Read More
Queensland is a state in eastern Australia. It is the second largest state by area and the third largest state by population. It has 4,000,000 people. Its capital city is Brisbane. It occupies the north-east corner of the continent. The state is neighboured by the Northern Territory to the west, South Australia to the south-west and New South Wales to the south. To the east, Queensland is bordered by the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean.
The area was first colonised by native Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, who arrived between 40 000 and 65 000 years ago. Later, Queensland was made a British Crown Colony that was separated from New South Wales in 1859. The area that currently forms Brisbane was originally the Moreton Bay punishment colony, intended as a place for criminals with a repeated offence history who had offended while serving out their sentences in New South Wales. The state later encouraged free settlement, and today Queensland’s economy is dominated by the agricultural, tourist and natural resource sectors.
The population is concentrated in the south-east corner, which includes the capital Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan City, and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. Other major regional centres include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Toowoomba, and Mount Isa. Queensland is often nicknamed the Sunshine State, since it enjoys warm weather and a sizable portion of the state is in the tropics.Read More
Enjoy a memorable Maldivian experience at the Anatara Kihavah Villas resort on the Kihavah Huravalhi island. Only 35 minutes away by seaplane from the Male International Airport, this oasis of luxury and serenity offers 74 one-bedroom villas and four more two-bedroom villas of up to 9,250 square foot.They all flaunt infinity pools, outdoor rain showers, large wooden sun decks and oversized bathtubs.
For rates that vary from $1,170 per night (beach pool villa) to $6,625 per night (two bedroom over water pool villa), you will have access to the resort’s lovely “jungle spa”, the underwater restaurant and the impressive wine cellars. Get a glimpse at the majesty of the Maldivian resort in the following photos.Read More
Today we’re going to step it up a notch by showing you the potential of Canadian architecture firm Sturgess Architecture without looking at one of their modern homes. The project we chose is their daring glass platform called Brewster’s Discovery Walkway which takes you over the edge to show you an even more impressive glacial valley in the Columbian Icefields of Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The pictures below speak for themselves, and if they didn’t I’d tell you the Brewster’s Discovery Walkway is a once in a lifetime architectural wonder which you should experience when you have a chance.Read More