среда, 9 декабря 2009 г.

BRAZIL / Serra da Capivara National Park

Serra da Capivara National Park
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Serra da Capivara National Park is a national park in the north east of Braz , near the town of São Raimondo Nonato, 220 km south of Floriano and 5,230 km from Teresina. The main body of the park is the Serra do Congo massif and the central Chapada da Capivara in the State of Piauì. The park was created to protect the prehistoric artifacts and paintings found there. It became a World Heritage Site in 1991.
Many of the numerous rock shelters in the Serra da Capivara National Park are decorated with cave paintings, some more than 25,000 years old. They are an outstanding testimony to one of the oldest human communities of South America.
Over 300 archaeological sites have been found within the park, the majority consisting of rock and wall paintings dating from 50,000-30,000 years ago. Certain geological formations and palaeofauna that included giant sloths, horses, camelids and early llamas indicate that the Ice Age environment was quite different from the existing semi-arid conditions.

CANADA / Nova Scotia

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вторник, 3 ноября 2009 г.

FRANCE / Cite de Carcassonne

The Cite-de-Carcassonne is located in the lovely Languedoc region of France, near the border with Spain. The closest big city is Toulouse, about sixty miles to the northwest.
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Carcassonne history goes back as least as far as Roman Gaul; parts of the city's fortifications date from 1st century AD. Located at the strategic intersection of two historic trade routes, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean and from Spain to the center of France, Carcassonne's defenses were strengthened by successive owners. In the 5th century, the Visigoth's extended the Roman defenses and for many years after Carcassonne Castle proved impenetrable to invaders.

вторник, 6 октября 2009 г.

TAIWAN / Little Liouciou - Vase Crag

This is famous flower vase crag.
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Vase Crag is a coral limestone about nine meters high. Some people called it the guardian of Little Liouciou, which has been heavily visited by domestic and foreign tourists alike. Vase Crag is located at the end of the northeastern side of White Sand Beach next to Basha Harbor. It is only about 300 meters away from the highway circling the island. Vase Crag totally resembles to a vase! Because of the flower clusters and the green grass growing on the top of rock, it appears quite similar to a vase filled with flowers and green leaves. That is how Vase Crag gets its name from.
It is a quite fascinating experience that Vase Crag blends in perfectly with the deep sapphire waters and displays a different kind of charm depending on the time of the day. In the morning, it looks like a shining jewel in the shimmering blue waters; at night, it seems like a guardian watching over the residents on the island.

понедельник, 21 сентября 2009 г.

BRAZIL / Curitiba

Oscar Niemeyer Museum, from Curitiba.
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The Oscar Niemeyer Museum (Portuguese: Museu Oscar Niemeyer) is located in the city of Curitiba, in the state of Paraná. It is called The Big Eye or Eye Museum too, due to the design of the building. The museum focuses on the visual arts, architecture and design. For its magnificence, beauty and for the importance of the collection, it represents a cultural institution of international significance.

понедельник, 7 сентября 2009 г.

CANADA / Alberta Cree Indian

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The Cree are one of the largest groups of First Nations/Native Americans in North America, with 200,000 members living in Canada. In Canada, the major proportion of Cree live north and west of Lake Superior, in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories, although 15,000 live in eastern Quebec.
In the United States, this Algonquian-speaking people lived historically from Lake Superior westward. Today, they live mostly in Montana, where they share a reservation with the Ojibwe (Chippewa).

суббота, 5 сентября 2009 г.

CANADA / Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's beautiful coastal regions provide a wealth of captivating natural and Maritime beauty.
Pictured on front: Lunenburg, The Cabot Trail, Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, and Yarmouth Lighthouse.
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ENGLAND / Leeds

Whitelock's bar in central Leeds in the 1950s, a favorite haunt of Leeds poets and artists, by Maurice de Sausmarez, first Head of Fine Art in the University.
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Postcard from Netherlands

пятница, 7 августа 2009 г.

INDONESIA / Jakarta

Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta - Asia's largest mosque.
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 Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia is the biggest mosque in Southeast Asia, befitting its location in the largest Muslim country in the world (in terms of population). This national mosque of Indonesia was built to commemorate Indonesian independence, as nation's gratitude for Islam's blessings; the independence of Indonesia. Therefore the national mosque of Indonesia was named "Istiqlal", an Arabic word for "Independence".

INDONESIA / Bali

Saraswathi Temple - Ubud
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 Located amongst the rice paddies of south central Bali, Ubud is the island's cultural capital, an oasis of art, music, dance and history. Ubud's Pura Taman Saraswati temple, famous for its lotus ponds.
The royal family commissioned this temple and water garden, dedicated to the Hindu goddess of art and learning, at the end of the 19th century. The main shrine is covered in fine carvings, and the bale houses (small pavilions) and giant barong masks.