Great Pyramid of Giza!

 

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This is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza ( softschools, 2016). It is located at the northern edge of the Giza plateau. The Giza complex consists of three large pyramids built for the pharaohs Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu. But Pyramid Khufu is the largest of the three and has a more complex structure compared to the other two ( history, 2016).

Today, the Great Pyramid of Giza stands around 450 feet ( 137 metres), having lost 31 feet due to erosion. Experts say that it once held the record for tallest man-made structure for almost 4,000  years! It weighs a staggering 6.5 million tonnes (history, 2016)!

The base of the Great Pyramid is square with each sides 756 feet. The triangular sides of the pyramid slopes equally together with each side having 5.5 acres. The Great Pyramid of Giza contains around 2.3 million blocks, requiring over 20 years for its construction! Imagine the workers they used ( history, 2016)!

It was originally covered with highly polished limestones ( casing stones ). These stones reflect the sunlight and make the construction shine like a precious gem ( gizapyramid, 2016).

There are three known chambers in the Great Pyramid. One of the chambers was built into the bedrock underground. Then, there is the Queen’s chamber and the King’s chamber in the upper levels ( softschools, 2016).

  • Seven Wonders of the World

There you have it folks, the oldest Seven Wonders of the World that still exist in the world.

More info can be found here.

 

The Garden of Europe

Roses are red, violets are blue… Have a look at this video first:

The flowers are beautiful right?! There are a lot of gorgeous flowers in the Garden of Europe, enchanting the eyes with a brilliant scenario indeed.


 

Keukenhof, translated to English means ‘The Garden of Europe’, is located in Lisse, Netherlands.The garden is the largest flower garden in the world.It is exhibited with over 7 million flower bulbs, filling the whole place with sweet aroma of blossoming flowers covering an area of 32 hectares. ( netherlands-tourism, 2016)

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The story of the garden 

Keuhenhof was initially a 15th century hunting ground. It was a source of herbs for Jacqueline, Countess of Hainut’s castle which was where the name Keukenhof comes from ( it was used to provide herbs for the castle’s kitchen. Rich merchants then took over the garden after the countess’ death. ( ilovetravelling-org, 2016)

Landscape architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher, who had also worked on the Vondelpark ( a park in Amsterdam), designed the grounds of the castle. ( ilovetravelling-org,2016)

Keukenhof was established in 1949. The function was for growers from Netherlands and rest of Europe to flaunt their magnificent hybrids, and assist in the Dutch export industry. ( ilovetravelling.org, 2016)


Tourist will find a wide range of different garden styles in Keukenhof. The English landscape garden features winding paths and unexpected see through points. The historical garden has many type of old bulbs. The Japanese garden is a non-traditional garden in a natural environment. ( ilovetravelling-org, 2016)

Beware, fellow tourists, Keukenhof only opens for a few weeks in a year, below is the time:

Opening times: mid March – mid May, every year ( keukenhof.nl,2016). 

During these times, it is open from 8.00am to 7.30pm daily ( keukenhof.nl, 2016). With flower parades, flower shows, fun activities for family, different events happening everyday, you can ensure that your time here is not a second wasted!

So, make sure everybody ticks this site as an absolute must! The flowers are just too good to witness!

Here are some pictures of the Garden of Europe:

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One word Sydney – Opera!

Finally, we’re moving on to Australia this time. And the most famous landmark in Australia is none other Sydney Opera House. Located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, it is one of the most distinctive buildings of the 20th century ( environment.gov.au, 2016).

As Australia’s most popular landmark, it is a place where many great arts  performances have taken place. It attracts millions of visitors every year, making it one of Australia’s main economy input. It is situated at Bennolong Point in Sydney Harbor ( environment.gov.au, 2016).

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The most symbolic feature of the Sydney Opera House is definitely its white roof shaped like shells and sails. The white roof was constructed of over a million glazed white granite tiles imported from Sweden.The opera house has received much global acclaim for its amazing creativity and innovation and is regarded as an architectural icon of the 20th century. Many architects from all around the world will come here to examine its grand architecture. ( sheppardsoftware, 2016)

The opera house has five theatres which are the Concert Hall ( the biggest capacity with 2679), Opera Theatre, Drama Theatre, Playhouse and Studio Theatre. The Concert Hall has the Grand Organ, which has the largest mechanical organ in the world with over 10,000 pipes. ( sheppardsoftware, 2016)

Sydney Opera House was designed by J∅m Utzon, who won the competition to design the opera house. He was rewarded $5,000 as his prize money. Moreover, one of the 1,000 rooms in the place was named after him, the Utzon room, able to seat 210 people ( telegraph.co.uk, 2016).

Sydney Opera House is one of the only buildings in the world to have had an opera written about it – Alan John and Dennis Watkins’ The Eighth Wonder ( architectboy, 2016).

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site ( telegraph, 2016)

For more detailed info, click the link here.

Here is a brilliant event video at the opera house:

 

 

Christ the Redeemer~

Today we go to Brazil! Not for the FIFA World Cup though….

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This landmark is typically what symbolises the whole Brazil in brisk words. Christ the Redeemer! The statue can be said to be the momentous symbol of Rio and Brazil, welcoming all visitors with open arms.

The 98 feet ( 30 metres ) tall ( not counting the 26 feet pedestal) Christ statue, with arms wide spread across measuring 92 feet ( 28 metres ) is one of the world’s top landmarks. He is about 635 tonnes in weight, made from reinforced concrete and soapstone. Christ the Redeemer stands atop 2,300 feet ( 700 metres )  Corcovado Mountain  at Tijuca National Forest, overlooking Rio from its lofty position ( softschools, 2016)

Christ the Redeemer is designed by local engineer Heitor da Silva Costa and sculpted by Frenchman Paul Lawdowski ( world.new7wonders, 2016). Construction of one of mankind’s most prodigious work began in 1922 and was completed in 1931. The cost for the colossal statue was approximately US $250,000 and opened to public on October 12, 1931 ( britannica, 2016). ,The full story of the statue’s creation can be recalled here.

In 2003, escalators, walkways and stairs were built around the statue. This made the public able to access the surroundings at the statue ( britannica, 2016).

In 2008, the statue was struck by lightning during a destructive thunderstorm when the fingers, head and eyebrow were damaged. Restoration efforts were put in place by the Rio de Janeiro state government to replace some of the outer soapstone layers and fix lightning rods installed on the statue ( britannica, 2016).

One of the world’s best tourist attraction spots is a definite go destination for adventurous travellers! Feel Rio’s warmth first hand with Christ the Redeemer!

  • Seven Wonders of the World ( britannica, 2016)

More info on Christ the Redeemer here:

 

 

 

 

Into the Deep Blue Oceanarium!

Take a joy ride underwater in Lisbon! Portugal’s Oceanário de Lisboa is one of Europe’s most wonderful and largest oceanarium. From penguins,sea urchins, sharks, rays , there are just so many aquatic lifeforms here, with over 450 species ( destination360, 2016). The most mind-blowing, bizarre, weird species of the sea are here for all to see! You can even find Nemo and Dora here!

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. Four different tanks around the central tank recreates four different unique habitats: Atlantic ocean, Pacific ocean, Antartica and Indian ocean (travel.usnews, 2016).   These tanks are separated from the central tank only by large sheets of acrylic to provide the illusion of a single large tank ( wikipedia, 2016).

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One of the special fish which is inhibited in the oceanarium is the sunfish, which needs lots of care ( wikipedia, 2016).

 

 

 

Here are some wonderfish fishes at the oceanarium:

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For more fintastic fishes, check out the short video below:

Sea you on land in the next episode!

 

 

Perito Moreno Glacier~

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This is a most spectacular glacier in the world. It is located in the Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina. The place is about 80 kilometres off El Calafate, an hour  half journey by bus ( patagonia, 2016).

The ice formation which measures 250 square kilometres, 30 kilometres in length, is Argentina’s most famous glacier. It is one of the 48 glaciers in the Patagonia Ice Field, even amazing is the fact that it is the world’s 3rd largest fresh water reserve ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

It is named after famous explorer Francisco Moreno, who studied the region in the 19th century and helped to defend Argentina on the international border dispute with Chile ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

The most wonderful sight at the glacier is when it ruptures.  Pressures from the weight of the ice slowly pushes the glacier over the southern tip of Lake Argentina, damming the section and separating it from the rest of the lake. With no outlet, the water-level on the dammed side of the lake can rise by as much as 30 meters above the level of the main body of Lake Argentina. This eventually causes rupture and the huge block of ice tumbles down on the lake. It ruptures averagely every 4,5 years. The last rupture occured on March,2012 ( efe, 2016).

There are two trekking options available for fervent visitors. The ‘mini trekking’ which is a short hour and a half walk, and ‘big ice’ which is five hours ( sevennaturalwonders, 2016).

Below is a beautiful rupture info video. Enjoy!

 

Alishan!

Alishan National Scenic Area is Taiwan’s most visited national park ( travelkaohsiung, 2016).

Alishan is not a single a mountain, but actually a range of mountains, averaging 2,500 metres in height with Datashan ( 2,663 metres) the highest peak ( wikitravels, 2016).

The whole area was inflicted by a massive blow when Typhoon Morakot wiped out roads, villages, railway tracks in 2009. Tourism took a massive setback then but things have returned steadily ( roughguides, 2016).

Alishan National Scenic Area is filled with wonderful tea plantations, idyllic homestays and friendly Tsou aboriginal villages ( roughguides, 2016). The place has various gorgeous views that just a privilege to witness!

The main flora are the giant Taiwanese red cypresses and endemic Taiwan Pleione are quite famous native trees found in the area ( travelking, 2016)

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Lady Liberty!

Hi there guys, sorry that I didn’t update my posts in the last couple of days. Today I am continuing.

This is one of the most momentous symbols in the history of mankind. This has appeared in various blockbuster movies which I’m sure you are have seen her appear many many times too. She is the Lady of Liberty.


 

Also known as “The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World”, she is one of the world’s most pivotal monuments ( nps.gov, 2016). She was a gift of friendship from France to the USA to commemorate the centenary of American Independence ( whc.unesco.org, 2016). It shows the deep historical relationship that France and the United States share between them. She holds the tablet which inscribes the data of  United States Declaration of Independence firmly in her left hand, and a flamboyant torch in her right hand ( wikipedia, 2016).

The Lady of Liberty consisted of very high construction and engineering techniques. She was designed by sculptor Frederic Bartholdi and engineer Gustave Eiffel. Its design and construction was one of the best in the 19th century and was recognised as the bridge between arts and engineering ( whc.unesco.org, 2016).

The Statue of Liberty has stood on the entrance of New York Harbor since 1886 and has since welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ( whc.unesco.org, 2016).

The Statue of Liberty has been recognised as the National Monument since 1924 with a lot of visitors coming every year ( wikipedia, 2016). You can have a look at Lady Liberty by ferry system ( statueoflibertytickets, 2016).

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Statue of Liberty seen from the Circle Line ferry, Manhattan, New York: credit: