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Monsanto - Portugal Village Built Among Rocks

Monsanto - Portugal Village Built Among Rocks
Monsanto is a beautiful village built in the Portuguese countryside.Featuring narrow streets carved from rock and granite houses squeezed between giant boulders, it looks like a real life Bedrock. At the top of the 400 feet high hill stands a very old square built fortress / castle. The castle played an important role in Medieval times when the Templars Grand Master built a castle which withstood several battles including the Napoleonic invasions. Related:  UrbanizationTravelEnvironments

Small Attic Loft Apartment In Prague The design of this modern loft conversion located in Prague, Czech Republic uses natural materials such as stone, brick and wood to enhance the flat and angular surfaces. Designed by architect Dalibor Hlavacek, the two-storey attic loft makes good use of limited floor space. The living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom are on the lower floor. The upper gallery, accessible via staircase and a steel footbridge, creates an intimate space for the study, which can also be used as a second bedroom. Via: ArchDaily Superheated American City Dealing with 110 Degrees for 33 Days -- Phoenix Confronts Apocalyptic Climate Change Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com March 14, 2013 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here. If cities were stocks, you’d want to short Phoenix. Of course, it’s an easy city to pick on. In Phoenix, you don’t ask: What could go wrong? And that’s the point, really. Phoenix’s pyramid of complexities looks shakier than most because it stands squarely in the crosshairs of climate change. In Phoenix, it’s the convergence of heat, drought, and violent winds, interacting and amplifying each other that you worry about. If, in summer, the grid there fails on a large scale and for a significant period of time, the fallout will make the consequences of Superstorm Sandy look mild. In the summer of 2003, a heat wave swept Europe and killed 70,000 people.

60 mind-bending rock formations from around the world [PICs] Much like rare cloud formations, these rocks, stacks, pillars, caves, cliffs, massifs, volcanic plugs, karsts, arches, hoodoos, and concretions illustrate the tremendous diversity present in all Earth systems. Once you’re fired up by the images below, check back to our rock climbing page + destination pages to plan your next expedition.

The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012 *Update: The Top 100 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2012 have just been published. Click here to check out the most up-to-date post! After the positive reception from last year’s “Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2011“, the Sifter promised to highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘ at the end of every quarter, eventually culminating in an epic Top 100 for 2012. It’s hard to believe we’re already into the final quarter of 2012. *Please note the photographs themselves were not necessarily taken in 2012, they just happened to be featured as a ‘Picture of the Day’ this year. Enjoy! Breathtaking Photos of Frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia [23 Pics Breathtaking Photos of Frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia [23 Pics] Apr 16 2012 Lake Baikal is the the worlds oldest and deepest lake. Experts say that it is approximately 25 million years old (possibly older) and has an average depth of 744.4 meters (2,442 ft). A group of friends (livejournal page) documented their trip to Siberia where they have crossed the lake on ice skates. Beautiful photography and even more beautiful nature! See more photo posts Like our Facebook page & receive daily updates on your wall: Stunning Kronotsky Nature Reserve Aug 14 2011 Another proclaimed World Heritage Site by UNESCO, this beautiful nature area is reserved for the study of natural sciences of the Russian Far East. View Post

Cynicism Humorously Illustrated by Eduardo Salles Eduardo Salles (Mexico City, 1987) is advertiser, designer, illustrator, writer and professor at the Miami Ad School. And a professional procrastinator!, he says. Liquor-license moratoriums: NIMBY idiots are strangling great neighborhoods by blocking new bars and restaurants Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images An interesting thing happened in my neighborhood recently. A small posse of local busybodies organized as the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance proposed a moratorium on new liquor licenses for the increasingly vibrant nightlife corridors on 14th Street and U Street in Washington, D.C. Similar moratoria already constrain longer-established D.C. drinking hubs, and when I heard about the Shaw Dupont proposal, initially I felt despondent. Similar fights play out in cities all around the country but not always with the same happy outcome. My neighborhood is hardly the only nightlife cluster in urban America featuring a version of this controversy. Proponents of curtailing licenses typically cite local nuisance effects as the key reason. These complaints ought to be understood in the larger context of urban economics. In reality, there’s nothing particularly unusual about similar firms clustering together.

Arucas rum is stored in the oldest cellar of distillates in Europe | Norte de Gran Canaria By Redacción on Sep 04, 2011 in Foodstuffs Barrels for aged, whose content was stored in 1983 (Photo: Yuri Millares). ARUCAS. Arucas City, home to some industries centenarians in the food and beverage industry, are currently enjoying the success that give their customers. See Destilerías Arehucas in a bigger map The range of Arehucas products: Gold and White rums, aged rums, aged rum and honey, and some creams with banana, coffe, chocolate, almonds, menthe, etc. The Sugar Factory San Pedro in 1884, the origin of Arehucas Distilleries (Photo: Archivo Arehucas). Destilerías Arehucas met in 2009 its first 125 years. Still and mill buildings when the distillery was called San Pedro (Photo: Archivo Arehucas). Aerial view of Distilleries Arehucas during the late twentieth (Photo: Archivo Arehucas). Receiving sugar cane grown in Arucas during the harvest of 2000 (Photo: Y. Stills from the distillery now (Photo: Y. Bottling a product Arehucas: banana cream Banadrink (Photo: Y. Be Sociable, Share!

60 insane cloud formations from around the world [PICs] Cloud varieties go way beyond the cumulus, stratus, and cirrus we learn about in elementary school. Check out these wild natural phenomena. STANDING IN A CORNFIELD IN INDIANA, I once saw a fat roll cloud (like #4 below) float directly over my head. It’s a 12-year-old memory that remains fresh. I imagine a lot of these photographers having similar hesitations as they set up for the shots below.

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40 Home Library Design Ideas For a Remarkable Interior Modern homes are not just about living rooms, the kitchen, bedrooms, the dining space or the bathrooms. While they do constitute the bare minimum, home owners across the world always wish to add an extra dimension to their homes — which not only makes the house unique and special, but also caters to the specific interests of those residing in it. From media rooms to stunning stone fireplaces, every single special element has been put in place to reflect their individual design choices and priorities. The latest and hottest trend is the advent of amazing home libraries. Bermuda blue home library housing a Chesterfield Sofa by Crisp Architects Home libraries are considered not just a symbol of once aptitude, but rather they simply showcase how much you love your personal book collection and the amount of care and attention you give them. Books storage space for those who like to keep it light Inspiring home library for those who need loads of shelf space by Abramson Teiger Architects

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