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5 Amazing Towns on Perilous Cliff Sides

5 Amazing Towns on Perilous Cliff Sides
Spot Cool Stuff loves a good cliff-side town. There’s something about them that’s romantic, daring and a little impossible. Here are five of our favorites places where no one with vertigo would want to live: Castellfollit de la Roca, Spain Castellfollit de la Roca, in the Catalonia region in the middle of Spain, has a doubly impressive location—this 1,000 person village is perched on a spit of land with cliffs on both sides. LEARN MORE | READ | ShareThis Manarola, Italy The uber-colorful Italian village of Manarola is not the most precariously placed cliff-side settlement of the five in this review. LEARN MORE | READ | MANAROLA B&Bs | BUY WINE ONLINE | ShareThis Al Hajjarah, Yemen Yemen is one of Spot Cool Stuff’s favorite travel countries (though, sadly, these days the security situation there for travelers is spotty). LEARN MORE | READ | ShareThis Bonifacio, France Many of the planet’s cliff-side towns were originally built in their location for some military reason. Ronda, Spain Related:  Natural World

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15 Amazing Castles from Around the Globe Although designed and built for the prominent purpose of defense, today the castles seem like somewhat unrealistic constructions straight from the fairytale world. From solid strongholds to oriental fortresses and highly decorative palaces, the castles are our connection to the past, where legends mix with history and reality blends with a fairyland. This fairytale castle is the historical seat of the Prussian Kings and German Emperors. Its origin dates back to the Middle Ages - it was built in the 11th century, then completely destroyed in 1423 and reconstructed in 1461. The view from the castle that stands on top of Mount Hohenzollern (855 m) is as stunning as the complex itself. The castle is located about 50 kilometers (30 mi) south of Stuttgart, the capital of the Baden-Württemberg state. Although it looks like a castle, Howard is actually a stately home - a private residence of the Howard family that has resided in the complex for more than 300 years. Burg Eltz castle.

10 Most Fascinating Holes on Earth - Oddee.com (holes on earth) Great Blue Hole (Belize) Located in Belize's Barrier Reef Reserve System, the "Great Blue Hole" is about 60 miles away from Belize City and is believed to be the world's largest sea-hole. It's 125 meters deep and 300 meters wide. It was created as a cause of sea level increase about 65,000 years ago. Its almost perfect circular shape made it very popular among tourists who often visit this place, being the most attractive for scuba divers who are exploring its depths. Diavik Mine (Canada) The Diavik Diamond Mine is about 300 kilometers (186 miles) north of Yellowknife in Canada. The Burning Gates (Turkmenistan) In the heart of the Karakum desert of Turkmenistan, the Darvaza Gas Crater or The Burning Gates give off a glow that can be seen from miles away during the dark night. Glory Hole, Monticello Dam (California – US) Located in northern California, the Monticello Dam is the largest morning glory spillway all over the world. Bingham Canyon Mine (Utah – US) Mirny Diamond Mine (Siberia)

ASTRONOMICA by Larry Carlson 2010 Eighth wonder of the world? The stunning temples secretly carved out below ground by 'paranormal' eccentric | the Daily Mail Nestling in the foothills of the Alps in northern Italy, 30 miles from the ancient city of Turin, lies the valley of Valchiusella. Peppered with medieval villages, the hillside scenery is certainly picturesque. But it is deep underground, buried into the ancient rock, that the region's greatest wonders are concealed. Scroll down for more... Here, 100ft down and hidden from public view, lies an astonishing secret - one that has drawn comparisons with the fabled city of Atlantis and has been dubbed 'the Eighth Wonder of the World' by the Italian government. For weaving their way underneath the hillside are nine ornate temples, on five levels, whose scale and opulence take the breath away. Constructed like a three-dimensional book, narrating the history of humanity, they are linked by hundreds of metres of richly decorated tunnels and occupy almost 300,000 cubic feet - Big Ben is 15,000 cubic feet. Few have been granted permission to see these marvels.

Places to see at least once in life They say there are places in this world that anyone should see them at least once in life. Although we want each of you to go see them live, and we offer in the form of photos below. If I had to redo the path for real, the steps you would wear in Norway in Greece, Iceland, Netherlands, Croatia, China and Bora Bora. Whether it will attract the ocean or dream of green forests and endless, fascinating places of the world is waiting to delight. Preachers Rock, Preikestolen, Norway Zakynthos Island, Greece Skaftafeli, Iceland Plitvice Lakes, Croatia Lakes Jiuzhaigou, China Hotel Four Seasons Bora Bora Paterswolde Meer, a lake south of Groningen, Netherlands Marble caves, Chile Chico, Chile Marqueyssac gardens, Dordogne, France Greenland Capilano suspension bridge, Vancouver, Canada Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada Multnomah Falls, Oregon, USA Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, south coast of Iceland Labels: Places to see at least once in life Alesund, Norway Colorado Plateau, Arizona, USA

Teufelsberg: A Graffiti Paradise at an Abandoned Spy Station “I know! Let’s go hike through the snow, up a mountain, to an abandoned spy building to see some graffiti!” I think I started turning a bit nutty while in Berlin. Who was this person and what did they do with warm weather Erica? Was I really willing to go through an impending snowstorm to head to Teufelsberg? It must have rubbed off on me here as Berliners are some of the most resilient people I’ve ever seen. In preparation, we got some advice from people living in Berlin about how to get there. “Oh, once you get off at Gruneswald, you will see it. So we did… except… you can’t see anything BECAUSE THERE IS A GIANT FOREST IN FRONT OF YOU. After some wandering, we figured out that when you get off of the S-Bahn stop you need go under the highway and through the park. Once you get to the top you have two choices: 1. 2. However, the biggest plus about making the trek on a snowy weekday is that we were the ONLY people at Teufelsberg. If you come, plan for at least an hour.

Survival Equipment and Supplies List of "extremely desirable items" in the event of nearly any disaster. ~ Details Variations on a singular, fully-kitted-out wearable go bag. ~ Details Florida based, large range of survival supplies. ~ Details On December 21st, 2012 A.D. the Mayan calendar is going to end. ~ Details Easy to use site offering an emergency backup power system for critical power outage situations. ~ Details Primarily an outdoor enthusiast equipment store, they also sell survival kits ~ Details Tips on how to squeeze more juice out of batteries - could be useful in a TEOTWAWKI situation A bug out kit or bag is one that is prefilled with everything you need to escape urgently. ~ Details ~ Details Inflatable Boats and Life Vests

Top 20 Earth Pictures found on Stumble Upon | Earth Pictures Everybody knows that Stumbleupon is an great source for beautiful photography, nature, pets, arts and much more. They have millions of users and they are probably the most wide used source for finding quality content. Today, we collected 20 popular photographs from Stumbleupon. Most of them have been seen for more than million times each. We hope you’ll enjoy… Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Photo Source Source Photo Source Source Suggested by ISSy; Source You don’t want to miss our new post: 20 Gorgeous Animal Photos. Check out more HERE.

Twenty-Two Reasons to Turn to Your Journal for Catharsis and Creativity by Noelle Sterne Over mugs of herb tea at our favorite café, my friend Anna, a travel writer, slumped in her chair. "What am I going to do?" A few months ago, Anna got her first substantial assignment from a prestigious inflight magazine. So here we were in the café, Anna twisting her cup and staring at me. I asked Anna why she thought the block had descended now. "Anna," I asked, "Do you keep a journal?" She waved her hand, dismissing the thought, "Used to. "Try it," I said. "What's the point? "That's exactly the point," I said. Anna said nothing but, to my surprise, pulled out the notebook that always lived in her handbag. Many writing teachers advise journal writing, and many veteran writers have kept faithful journals for years. After Anna sent off her article, we talked about how the journal had helped her, and what writers can do to keep their journals flowing. Set Up Your Journal 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Surrender to Your Journal 8. I express myself easily and fully. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.

Amazing Underwater River : Cenote Angelita in Mexico Underwater River in Mexico If you are a professional diver you should visit Cenote Angelita Mexico. These amazing pictures were taken by Anatoly Beloshchin in the cave Cenote Angelita, Mexico. – salty water and under me I see a river, island and fallen leaves… Actually, the river, which you can see, is a layer of hydrogen sulphide.” Some Bizzare and Odd things around us… Beauty of the nature lies in viewer’s eyes. A photograph is just a way to show or represent that beauty. Here is a bunch of some wonderful pictures which are not only the example of beautiful photography but are also a photograph of some miracles happening in the world. You can also call it the creativity and innovation of photographer’s mind. Some are really very cute and heart touching. I am simply in love with these photographs and I am sure you will too. Gibraltar Airport is one of the most extraordinary airports around the world. Morning Glory – kind of clouds observed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia. The river above the river: Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany. Heavy fog in Sydney, which enveloped the whole city. Skyscraper-Crescent Crescent Moon Tower (Dubai). Photo of storm in Montana, USA, 2010. Lighthouse guard in Mare, France must be one of the most courageous people on the planet! In northwestern Montana, USA. View of the sunset from inside the wave. Lena Pillars.

Ten Remedies to Demolish an Unexpected Block by Noelle Sterne Your fingers play the computer keyboard like a concert pianist, your pens run dry with astounding speed, your pages pile up like gold. "Wow," you think, "this is how it should be! But then, faster than a form rejection, more powerful than an editor's frown, able to freeze you in a single flash, a horrible thought zaps you: I can't stand it anymore! What! When we're blocked in the usual ways, the reasons are pretty clear -- the infinitesimal progress, the search for the ever-elusive perfect word, the unshakable suspicion that, despite all our sweat, what we've written is still no good. The answers aren't easy. Psychologist and personal growth specialist Gay Hendricks offers insight in his book, The Big Leap. Hendricks admits with candor that he discovered his own "Upper-Limit Problem" early in his career. And so with our writing. But if in this state we quit, we're only defeating ourselves and our writing goals. The first five will shake up your body: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Your 100 greatest travel experiences 31st December 2013 We asked for your ultimate travel experiences – and you voted in your thousands. So here it is, the definitive travel wish list... 100. Soaking up Santorini, Greece Island life Romance out of cataclysm, that’s Santorini’s story. Make it happen: Ferries connect Santorini’s main island of Thira with other islands, including Crete (5hrs), Mykonos (2.5hrs) and Rhodes (16hrs). Get more info on Santorini: Avoid the crowds on Wanderlust's favourite Greek islands 99. Wildlife It’s like a sub-aqua Great Wall of China: 2,600km of coral hugging Australia’s east coast, from Bundaberg in the south to beyond Cape York. Make it happen: Key hubs for diving trips out to the reef include Port Douglas, Cairns, the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach. Get more info on the Great Barrier Reef: Discover Wanderlust's complete guide to the Great Barrier Reef or the Great Barrier Reef's top 10 secrets 98. Get more info on the Outer Hebrides: How many of Wanderlust's top 5 activities will you try? 97.

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