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Amazing Buildings – Air Force Academy Chapel

The Cadet Chapel is the most popular man-made attraction in Colorado, with more than a half million visitors every year. Groundbreaking began on the iconic landmark Aug. 28, 1959, and was completed in 1963 at a cost of $3.5 million. Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate...

Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge – Victory for Michigan University Team

The three-day Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge started in the capital of the United Arab Emirates and wound through city streets and desert landscapes. Fifteen international university teams were competing in the Abu Dhabi Solar Challenge that started Thursday at Yas Marina Circuit. The ADSC was sponsored by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and hosted by Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, The Michigan...

No Pants Skytrain Ride 2015 in Vancouver

Annual event at Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station began as a prank in New York City in 2002. Vancouver Improv Anywhere hosted this flash mob where participants boarded the SkyTrain with their pants off. This year the event attracted hundreds of participants packed on the Expo Line at the starting line on Commercial-Broadway Station and ending at Stadium SKYTRAIN for photo opportunities. credit:...

Visit the Reichstag in Berlin

The Reichstag building was completed in 1894 following German national unity and the establishment of the German Reich in 1871. After a complete restoration, Since April 1999, the Reichstag is once again the seat of the Bundestag. A part of the Reichstag is open to the public. An elevator brings you to the building’s roof and you can even walk all the way to the top of the dome via a spiral walkway....

AGV Italo – The Most Modern Train in Europe

AGV Italo is the first train in the AGV Series which entered into service in April 2012. It has a maximum operational speed of 360kmph. The train broke a record speed of 574.8kmph in April 2007. AGV Italo was built by Alstom. The AGV is offered in trainset configurations of 7, 8, 10, 11 and 14 cars. AGV 575 is currently the fastest operating train in Europe and third fastest train in the world. It...

Utah Beach Museum in Normandy

Utah Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings during World War II. The museum boasts more than 3000m2 of exhibition space. The museum traces the German occupation, the forces on the eve of D-Day, the Allied strategy and conduct of June 6, 1944 in Utah Beach. Opening Hours: October 1 to May 31: 10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM June...

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan

The park is a sprawling 470 acre park located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan, that features vast flower gardens including millions of daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and an estimated 4.5 million baby blue eyes. You can explore the colorful fields by walking or cycling. Beware that this is not a park for free. The entrance costs about $4 per adult. The Seaside Park is easily and quickly accessible...

The F&F Tower aka Tornillo in Panama

The Revolution Tower is a controversial “corkscrew” tower complex of modern offices in one of the most prestigious real estate areas in Panama City. Facts: Official Name F&F Tower City Panama City Building Function office Structural Material concrete Height 243 m, (797 ft) Construction Start 2008 Completion 2011 Owner/Developer F&F Properties Architect Pinzon Lozano & Asociados Arquitectos Structural...

Portuguese El Jadida Cistern, Morocco

This vast underground vaulted hall was part of the fortified castle built in 1514. It was probably a weapons room before being used as a water reservoir. The underground chamber, measuring 34 meters by 34 meters, was constructed with five rows of five stone pillars. The cistern is famous especially for the thin layer of water that covers the floor, and which creates fine and exciting reflections from...

Memorial and Museum – Concentration Camp Sachsenhausen

More than 200,000 people were imprisoned here by the Nazis and some 50,000 were brutally murdered. Sachsenhausen was initially used to imprison political opponents. Later, the camp became a training ground for the SS and the site of the headquarters of the whole concentration camp system. After the Nazis were defeated, the Soviets used Sachsenhausen as a camp for their own political enemies. The Soviet...

Geologic Treasure – Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona. It includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. The Monument borders Kaibab National Forest to the west and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the east. The 3,000-foot escarpment of the Vermilion Cliffs reveals seven major geologic formations in layer-cake fashion. This remote, unspoiled 294,000-acre...

Fabulous Guildhall Building in Derry

The Guildhall is one of Derry’s most recognisable landmarks and has been at the heart of city life since 1890. It was built in 1887 by ‘The Honourable The Irish Society’ on land reclaimed from the River Foyle at a cost of L19,000 (equivalent to L1.5 million today). It is free to the public and it is not only gorgeous but educational. There is an historic, interactive exhibit that is well worth...

The Draa Valley in Sahara Desert, Morocco

Located in the deep south of Morocco, the Draa Valley stretches from the city of Ouarzazate into the Sahara Desert. The Draa River Valley is over 100 kilometres in length. The Draa Valley is a stunning oasis home to Berber villages, sumptuous Kasbahs, streaming sand dunes, lush green plains, snow-capped Atlas Mountains, endless stretches of palm trees and the Draa, Morocco’s largest river. It was...

Teatro Amazonas – Opera House in the Heart of Amazonia

The Opera House is an attraction not to be missed upon visiting the city of Manaus. This gorgeous theater was built at the height of the rubber boom, using European designers, decorators, even raw materials. Construction began in 1884, under the supervision of Italian architect Celestial Sacardim. No expense was spared: roofing came from Alsace, furniture from Paris, marble from Italy, and steel from...

Magnificent Mulanje Mountain and Tea Estates

The small town of Mulanje in the south of Malawi is the centre of Malawi’s tea growing industry. The main attraction in the town is Mount Mulanje. Mulanje is a spectacular 650km2 granite inselberg that rises in dramatic isolation above the Phalombe Plains southeast of Blantyre. The massif consists of a plateau of rolling grassland set at an average elevation of 2,000m, but this is incised by several...