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Oslo, Norway City Guide. Today’s Oslo, Norway City Guide comes to us from Frankie Elmquist, an American architect and interior designer living in Oslo with her small family and two giant Norwegian Forest Cats.

Oslo, Norway City Guide

Originally hailing from Portland ME and Brooklyn, Frankie is an intrepid traveler and seeker of design, art and culture and is happy to call Oslo a new home. Today she shares with us the some of the many charms and wonders of this Norwegian city. Thanks for such a wonderful guide, Frankie! —Stephanie Read the full guide after the jump… Velkommen til Oslo- Scandinavia’s diamond in the rough! And don’t forget your wallet – Oslo runs a close race with Tokyo each year as the most expensive city in the world. Oslo is loosely divided into three areas- the well-heeled residential neighborhoods to the vest- “west”, the industrial and artsy neighborhoods to the øst – “east”, oriented on either side of Sentrum – “the city center”.

Atlasobscura. Every year, in the heart of Central Oregon’s Cascade Mountains, there is a lake that mysteriously drains down a hole.

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It fills up to capacity each winter, quickly starts to drain every spring, and transforms itself into a quiet meadow by summer. Lost Lake, near the small town of Sisters and the Hoodoo Ski Resort, is a 79-acre watery haven during the rainy months. Streams and creeks are running high and fast, and this mountain basin fills up like a bathtub. When the rains slow down, so do the streams, but the cycle of the lake doesn’t stop there. The water recedes, pours into a 7-foot wide hole, and simply disappears.

Geologists speculate the culprit is a collapsed lava tube created during a period of intense volcanic activity over 12,000 years ago. When Lost Lake is gulping water in winter it can keep up with the constant draining. Atlasobscura. St.

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Govan lived his life as a hermit in a cliffside cave in Wales, and those willing to make the steep hike can still visit his mystical hermitage by the sea. The history of St. Govan is murky at best. Atlasobscura. Join Atlas Obscura to explore the fringes of Berlin—immersing yourself in the sometimes verboten, often quirky, and always dumbfounding magic of this unique capital.

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Berlin remains one of the most popular and eclectic metropolises in the Atlas Obscura community—a much-deserved position for one of the funkiest cities on the globe. A visual and cultural mishmash, Berlin defies definition. This carefully concocted five-day trip features highlights discovered by our travelers over the last several years, combined with a wide array of encounters with those who call Berlin home. With its edgy contemporary art scenes, a complex history, and seemingly endless beer options, this investigation will leave you in awe of this shape-shifting city in the heart of Europe. Our trip will also coincide with the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's "95 Theses," which sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517. This trip caps off at 20 travelers. Itinerary. American Airlines to New Zealand. These Are the World's Cheapest Countries to Visit Right Now. Satellite Photos Explore Earth's Stranger Side.

Kazakhstan. Atlas Obscura's journey into Kazakhstan will delve into the complex contours of a young country rich with thousands of years of nomadic history.

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On this trip, you'll learn about folk music, falconry, and the future of energy in Almaty and Astana, the country's old and new capital cities. An overnight train will then whisk you across long expanses of Central Asian steppe, where you'll have the opportunity to wander through bustling marketplaces, listen to fascinating and unfamiliar instruments, and taste Kazakh, Uzbek, Uighur, and Georgian delicacies. While the stunning Tian Shan Mountains beckon from beyond, you'll be welcomed by the country's artists, diplomats, guides, and architects.

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Turismo. Ghost.towns. Granada. Testigo y protagonista de los acontecimientos que fraguaron la historia moderna europea, Granada le suma a su linaje de siglos una intensa combinación de cultura árabe, cristianismo y arte flamenco.

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Vivaz, intensa y luminosa como todo el sur de España, hoy atrae por el arte y el estilo de vida marcadamente andaluz. Cuenta la leyenda que durante los años de la prolongada presencia árabe en España, una de las hijas del sultán que por entonces dominaba la región se enamoró perdidamente de un artista que vivía en el barrio del Albaicín granadino. Era un amor tan desmedido como idílico, lo suficientemente arrebatador como para que la princesa dejara a un lado todas sus comodidades, abandonara al rey y atravesara las gruesas murallas de la Alhambra en busca de su sueño. Pero no era el amor un argumento suficiente como para convencer al monarca: al conocer la deshonra, su majestad envió matar sin piedad a la princesa y a su amante.

Peldaños más arriba se encuentra el barrio de Sacromonte. Corea del Sur - Pyongyang. Places. Holanda - The Town With No Roads. China. 2011-10-21 17:35:39 GMT2011-10-22 01:35:39(Beijing Time) China Daily A village in Mengxian county, Yangquan city of North China's Shanxi province, has just 17 residents.

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The village is called Dapin by local residents. [Photo/CFP] Hoi An.