Costa Brava

The Costa Brava (Catalan: [ˈkɔstə ˈβɾaβə], Spanish: [ˈkosta ˈβɾaβa];[a] “Wild Coast” or “Rough Coast”) is a coastal region of Catalonia in northeastern Spain, consisting of the comarques (counties) of Alt Empordà, Baix Empordà and Selva in the province of Girona. Costa Brava stretches from the town of Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border. In the 1950s, the Costa Brava was identified by the Spanish government and local entrepreneurs as being suitable for substantial development as a holiday destination, mainly for package holiday tourists from…

Belcastel, France

Bridge over the Aveyron river in Belcastel, France An act of careful conservation sometimes inspires more of the same. Such is the case with Belcastel, a small village built into the steep hills above the Aveyron river in southern France. In the 1970s architect Fernand Pouillon restored the Château de Belcastel, a hulking medieval relic abandoned since the 17th century. Inspired by the château’s rebirth, the people of Belcastel then revamped much of the medieval village, including cobblestone streets, lauze-roofed homes, a 15th-century church, and the bridge from that same period that we see here. The restoration…

Dunn’s River Falls

Dunn’s River Falls is a famous waterfall near Ocho Rios, Jamaica and a major tourist attraction of the Caribbean, receiving a multitude of visitors every year. At about 180 feet high and 600 feet long, the waterfalls are terraced like giant natural stairs though some incorporate man-made improvements. Several small lagoons are interspersed among the vertical sections of the falls. Dunn’s River Falls are bordered by lush, green vegetation that shades the area from the sun and keeps the area, and climbers, refreshed. The climb can be relatively hard so…

North American ALPS

Many tall waterfalls occur where meltwater from mountain glaciers drop down a headwall, which are common occurrences in the North Cascades. Many waterfalls, despite their great height, are non-notable as they are not clearly visible and often have low volume. Seahpo Peak Falls, despite its great height at nearly 2,200 feet (670 m), is an example of one of these waterfalls. A few notable exceptions do occur; Sulphide Creek Falls occurs where meltwaters from two of the largest Mount Shuksan glaciers are forced through a narrow chute over a 2,183-foot…

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)

Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) is an island nation south of India, in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to plateaus and sandy beaches. It is famous for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th century Citadel of Sigiriya with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, has many ruins over 2,000 years old.

Saona Island

Saona Island lies off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Part of the East National Park, it’s known for mangroves and coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches like Palmilla Beach. The island’s shallow waters are home to starfish. Mano Juan is a laid-back fishing village near Flamingo Lagoon, with colorful shacks and a turtle sanctuary. To the west, the Cave of Cotubanamá has pre-Columbian rock art.

The Masai Tribe Kenya Africa

The Masai  are a tribe, estimated at about 880 000 people living in Kenya Southern and Tanzania Northern. They speak Maa , which is an Eastern Nilotic language , although many of them are able to express themselves correctly in Swahili and English . Most of the Maasai maintain their traditional religion, although in recent years some have converted to Christianity. 3 Before colonization they were dedicated to predation. Currently, they are nomadic herders of bovids , sheep and goats, around which their economic wealth revolves. They live in settlements…

Labadee Beach Haiti

This is one of the beaches of Haiti The location is named after the Marquis de La Badie, a Frenchman who first settled the area in the 17th century. The peninsula and a village were named Labadie. The cruise company spells the name “Labadee” to make it easier for American English-speakers to pronounce.Once you get to Labadee you will understand why it’s famed for its Zipline excursion and hopefully get to ride it. Soaring 500 feet above ground, it is the longest over the water zip line course world overAlthough Labadee is more safe than the rest of Haiti,…

St Nick Abbey

Battle Abbey and dedicated to St Martin of Tours. The Grade I listed site is now operated by English Heritage as 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, which 10 KB (1,092 words) – 19:27, 26 October 2019 Mount St Bernard Abbey Mount St Bernard Abbey is a Roman Catholic, Trappist monastery near Coalville, Leicestershire, England, founded in 1835 in the parish of Whitwick, and 81 KB (11,975 words) – 23:43, 25 January 2020 Downton Abbey Jessica (2011). The World of Downton Abbey. Foreword by Julian Fellowes, photography by Nick Briggs. New York: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 978-1-250-00634-9 121 KB (11,325 words) – 01:09, 24 January 2020 St Albans Abbey railway…