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Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia
Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region."
Giraffe Manor in Nairobi Kenya
Giraffe Manor is a luxury boutique hotel located only 20 kilometers from Nairobi city center. Built in the 1930s, this luxury boutique hotel has maintained all the charm of the era and is now famous for its resident herd of Rothschild Giraffe. Giraffe Manor offers you an unparalleled experience of the giraffes, with them vying for your attention at the breakfast table, the front door and even your bedroom window."
Ice Climb Hyalite Canyon Montana
The ice of Hyalite Canyon, just south of Bozeman, has gained fame as the proving ground of legendary Himalaya climbers Conrad Anker and Alex Lowe, as well as a spot for the locals to just get out and swing their picks. Filled with countless waterfalls in the summer, Hyalite sets up with a smorgasbord of ice climbs in the winter. Routes range from popular, consistent classics to ephemeral wisps of ice that have only have been climbed one season."
Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River Zambia
Ever since discovered in the year 1855, Victoria Falls has unfailingly mesmerized every visitor to its midsts. Nearly a mile wide, the falls are situated on Zambezi River. The mist that rises when millions of gallons of water leaps 400 feet down, is seen from almost 40 miles away. At the foot of the falls, the rapids that are formed provide perfect setting for rafting. To get the best views of Victoria Falls, opt for 'Flights of the Angels', a 15 minute plane trip that takes you over the falls. It has been dubbed as the most scenic flight trips in the world."
The Old City of Berne Switzerland
Crowning a hill top and river-hugged with the Aare, the medieval Berne retains a lot of the old time charm present in sandstone squares, clock towers and arcaded buildings lining the walkways. The riverside elegance of Switzerland's capital manifests itself in the winding cobbled streets, murmuring fountains, fairytale clocks and ornate covered arches, all showing a remarkable design coherence characteristic for the 11th and 12th century urban concepts."
Hagia Sophia Turkey
Probably the most famous tourist attraction in Turkey, the Hagia Sophia is one of the best preserved ancient buildings in the world. Built in the sixth century AD by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian, the building was converted to a mosque with the Turkish conquest and today operates as a museum. With its remarkable architecture and beautiful mix of Byzantine and Muslim adornment, the Hagia Sophia remains among the most popular sights in Turkey."
Phuket's Big Buddha Thailand
Phuket's Big Buddha is one of the island's most important and revered landmarks. The huge image sits on top of the Nakkerd Hills between Chalong and Kata and at 45 metres high it is easily seen from far away."
Kattenstoet, Festival of the Cats Belgium
Kattenstoet, Festival of the Cats, is a parade in Ypres, Belgium, devoted to the cat. It is held every third year on the second Sunday of May. The parade commemorates an Ypres tradition from the Middle Ages in which cats were thrown from the belfry tower of the Cloth Hall to the town square below. Symbolically reviving this practice for the parade festivities, a jester tosses plush cats from the Cloth Hall belfry down to the crowd, which awaits with outstretched arms to catch one. The throwing of the cats from the belfry is followed by a mock witch burning."
Esala Perahera Festival Sri Lanka
The Esala Perahera is one of the oldest and most extraordinary festivals in the world and it takes place every year in July/August in the old royal capital of Kandy. Snaking their way around Kandy lake and the Temple of the Tooth thousands of dancers, drummers, whip-crackers and fire-eaters parade through the city accompanied by close to 100 caparisoned elephants the largest of which carries the sacred tooth relic taken from Buddha’s funeral pyre almost 2500 years ago."
Visit the Chi Lin Nunnery Hong Kong
When China, under Chairman Mao, was cut off from the outside world, Hong Kong provided a microcosmic reflection of its 'Great Within'. A more recent addition to this rich treasury of things Chinese is the Chi Lin Nunnery, a stunning recreation of Tang-dynasty architecture built in 1930. This extensive Buddhist complex covers some 33,000 square meters, including the nunnery itself, temple halls, Chinese gardens, a visitors' hostel and a vegetarian restaurant."
Katmai National Park Alaska
Katmai National Monument was created in 1918 to preserve the famed Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, a spectacular forty square mile, 100 to 700 foot deep ash flow deposited by Novarupta Volcano in 1912. A National Park & Preserve since 1980, today Katmai is still famous for volcanoes, but also for brown bears, pristine waterways with abundant fish, remote wilderness, and a rugged coastline."
Red Square Russia
St. Basil's Cathedral, considered a masterpiece of Orthodox art, overlooks Moscow's famous Red Square.
Backpack the Hayduke Trail Utah
The Hayduke Trail was founded by hikers Joe Mitchell and Mike Coronella, who wanted to go out on a long, Abbey-esque trek that celebrated the land. They set a route that spans the Colorado’s Plateau’s must-see list of postcard landscapes, starting in Arches National Park (where Abbey worked), heading through Canyonlands National Park, down into Capitol Reef National Park, across the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, into Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Canyon, and finally ending up in Zion National Park."
Camp With Alaska Brown Bears Alaska
It’s thrilling to see big browns with no fence or barrier between you and them. At the Great Alaska International Adventure Vacations Bear Camp, you can quietly watch a dozen or more brown bears from a spruce-fringed meadow that lies between Mount Iliamna in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve and Cook Inlet."
The sliding stones of Death Valley California
The sliding stones of Death Valley, California - The movement of the rocks continue to baffle experts, with some rocks sliding across a perfectly flat bed despite weighing up to 700 pounds each.
Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex Iran
Tabriz has been a place of cultural exchange since antiquity and its historic bazaar complex is one of the most important commercial centres on the Silk Road. Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions."
Palms and Flowers festival in Panchimalco El Salvador
A child in traditional costume takes part in a procession with the image of the Holy Virgin during the Palms and Flowers festival in Panchimalco, 12 km south of San Salvador May 10, 2009. The residents of Pabchimalco celebrate the yearly festival at the beginning of the rainy season to ask for a good harvest."
Kakum National Park Canopy Walk Ghana
Kakum National Park has a unique tourist attraction: the only year-round tour over a hanging bridge in the forest canopy level in all of Africa. From the so-called Canopy Walkway, at up to 40 meters height, the visitor can approach the plants and animals in their living space which would otherwise be inaccessible for people."