Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Marhällan Lighthouse | Aland

The Åland Islands is an archipelago at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia in the Baltic Sea belonging to Finland. It is an autonomous, demilitarised zone and is the only monolingually Swedish-speaking region in Finland.

Marhällan Lighthouse is located on a rock, 6 kilometres southwest of Mariehamn, capital of Aland Islands. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Göbekli Tepe | Turkey

Located in the Germuş mountains of south-eastern Anatolia, this property presents monumental circular and rectangular megalithic structures, which were erected by hunter-gatherers between 9,600 and 8,200 BCE. This is probably the first human-built holy place.

One of the best ways to comprehend just how ancient Göbekli Tepe is, is to compare it to other things that are considered incredibly ancient. Göbekli Tepe predates Stonehenge, one of the most famous prehistoric construction feats in human history, by over 6,000 years. The site predates the era of Sumer, considered one of the earliest true civilizations, and the invention of writing, by a similar, 6,000-ish year margin. To really put things in perspective, there was about as much time between the construction of Göbekli Tepe and the construction of Stonehenge as there was between the construction of Stonehenge and today.

Göbekli Tepe is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Montpelier Plantation | Saint Kitts and Nevis

Nevis is located about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west of Antigua. The island has a population of about 11,000. Together with neighbouring island of Saint Kitts it constitutes one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

Originally a sugar plantation, today the historic Montpelier Plantation is a Hotel and beach resort.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

San Agustín Archaeological Park | Colombia

San Agustín Archaeological Park in Colombia contains the largest collection of religious monuments and megalithic sculptures in Latin America. The site is considered the world's largest necropolis.

San Agustín Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Panch Mahal at Fatehpur Sikri | India

Fatehpur Sikri (the City of Victory) is a small city in northern India, just west of Agra, founded by a 16th-century Mughal emperor. One of the monuments is the Panch Mahal meaning 'wind catcher tower'.

Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Cave of Altamira | Spain

The Cave of Altamira located in Cantabria region in Spain, is renowned for its numerous cave paintings. The earliest paintings in the cave date back 36,000 years!

Cave of Altamira and Paleolithic Cave Art of Northern Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Flags of the World | Czech Republic

The national flag of the Czech Republic is the same as the flag of former Czechoslovakia.

Upon the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic kept the Czechoslovak flag while Slovakia adopted its own flag.

Cahokia Mounds | USA

Cahokia Mounds, near the city of St Louis, Missouri USA is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400), when it covered nearly 1,600 ha and included some 120 mounds. It is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many satellite mound centres and numerous outlying hamlets and villages.

Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site is a UNESCO is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Willemstad | Curacao

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe island has an estimated population of 150,000. Otrobanda is one of the historically important quarters of Willemstad.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site | Canada

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site contains the excavated remains of a complete 11th-century Viking settlement, the earliest evidence of Europeans in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The sword of San Galgano | Italy

One of the most famous British legends is that of King Arthur and the sword in the stone. According to the various versions of the story, the sword could only be pulled out of the stone by the true king of England.

A similar, though much less well-known, story can be found in the Italian region of Tuscany, and has even been suggested by some as the inspiration for the British legend. This is the sword in the stone of San Galgano.

Thank you so much Gian Luca and Raffaella!

Langstone Island | United Kingdom - England

Hayling Island is an island off the south coast of England near Portsmouth. Langstone is a village near Havant, Hampshire in the south east of England in Portsmouth. The village surrounds "Langstone Road" which leads to Hayling Island.

A postcard from DPRK

This card travelled from North Korea to my home in little more than a week. Covering a distance of about 10.000 km. Thank you Koryo travel for sending!

North Korea is well known for its propaganda posters. This one looks rather peacefully. The posters are meant to inspire patriotism, build confidence in the leadership and give a sense that the struggles of life are for the greater glory of the nation.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Flags of the World | Christmas Island

The flag of Christmas Island was unofficially adopted in 1986 after being chosen the winner in a competition for a flag for the territory. Since Australia Day 2002 this is the official flag.

The Territory of Christmas Island is an Australian external territory, located in the Indian Ocean, about 1,500 kilometres of the closest point on the Australian mainland.


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