Great Pyramid of Giza!

 

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Great Pyramid of Giza: credit:

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).

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

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When Thunder falls at Victoria!

Victoria Falls is regarded as one of the largest, most beautiful waterfall in the world. It is located in the Zambezi River, laying between the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe ( victoriafallstorism, 2016).

The falls is 1,708 metres wide in width with the deepest depth of 108 metres ( whc.unesco, 2016). The thunderous noise created from the water plummeting down the edges can be heard from 40km away. The mist from the falling water rises up to 400m where it can be seen as far as 50km away ( airpano, 2016).

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Victoria Falls was thought to be first founded by famous explorer of Africa, David Livingstone who named the falls after Queen Victoria ( interesting-africa-facts, 2016).He was the first European to cross Africa from south to north, when he inadvertently stumbled upon the great falls upon his journey. His mission was to bring Christianity to Africa ( airpano, 2016) .

The local tribes used to call the falls ‘ Mosi-o-Tunya ‘ or more commonly known as ‘ The smoke that thunders’. In modern times, it is called the greatest curtain of falling water in the world ( zambiatourism, 2016). Rainbows are very unique here as it features a gorgeous ‘moonbow’, produced when the light reflects off the surface of the moon ( victoriafalls24, 2016).

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The falls is at its lowest flow during the dry season, between October and December every year. People can now safely walk through most parts of the waterfall while embracing the thrilling experience. Victoria Falls is less forgiving to trespassers at other times as the vigorous an ferocious ‘thunderstorm’ blasts will pummel anyone in its path ( world-of-waterfalls, 2016).

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site ( softschools, 2016)

Relieve the amazing beauty of thunderous Victoria below:

Scary, Spooky ! Boababs!

In Madagascar, there lies a lot of horrifying looking trees that come from the ‘underworld’.Their roots ‘grow into the sky’ which makes them very unique ( madamagazine, 2016) . These mysterious yet marvelous trees are called the baobabs. This scenic destination is called ‘The Avenue of the Baobabs’.

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The Avenue of the Babobabs: credits:

 


The Avenue of the Baobabs, also known as The Alley of the Baobabs lies in a long dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsirbihina of western Madagascar. It is the most accessible place to see baobab trees in the world. It is one of Madagascar’s most famous sights where it attracts avid travellers from all around the world with its tantalizing landscapes and scenic views ( dangerousroads.org, 2016).

The baobabs are numerous nicknames such as boab, boaboa or bottle tree ( naturalwondersofafrica,2016). Its most well-known nickname is the upside-down tree for its giant thick trunks and crooked branches which are similar to roots ( thecrowdedplanet, 2016). The boababs can also be called the ‘roots of the sky’ as this is particularly distinctive when the trees are without leaves ( lomography, 2016). There is a tale which described that the trees kept running away, so God transformed them with their roots facing the sky so they could no longer flee away ( thecorwdedplanet, 2016). How wicked is that!

Baobabs are outstanding as they can live up to 800 years old with heights of 98 feet ( 30m ) and diameters of 36 feet ( 11m ) ( dangerousroads.org, 2016). What an amazing tree ! Their massive trunks also have a large water storage system for holding up to 300 litres of water so as to brave the dry season ( lomography, 2016). This just adds to their incredible features!

Famous tree- Baobab Amoureux

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Baobab Amoureux: credits:

This bizarre tree shows two baobab tress who are embracing each other by ‘hugging’ each other passionately. It is a popular place for lovers and young women who pray for a child. However, the Baobab Amoureux received fierce threats when the baobab trees are actually male identities. Local authorities protested for the special tree to be chopped down for it was ‘unclean’. Nothing has been done towards the mystical tree so far ( thecrowdedplanet, 2016).

Well, I certainly will want to visit this beautiful place someday! The baobs are totally awesome!

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