The Concordia research station is located on the Antarctic Plateau and operates year round. It is over 500 kilometres from the nearest civilisation and is considered the most isolated human outpost on the planet. 3233 metres above sea level, Concordia is built atop a naturally occurring summit on the Antarctic Ice Sheet and experiences dry conditions with temperatures well below freezing. These conditions are ideal for the study of astronomy, which is one project conducted here along with the investigation into climate change.
Built on the man-made lake in the center of Dubai, this choreographed fountain is the engineering wonder of the world. The 275 m (902 ft.) long system of water jets illuminated by several thousand lights and 25 colored projectors shoots water 75 m (240 ft.) in the air in many different patterns accompanied by classical and contemporary music. The Fountain was designed by California-based company WET Design and its construction cost $218 million.
Ladera Resort located in Saint Lucia, a sovereign island country in Caribbean Sea, is a marvelous place to spend a vacation. Luxury villas built on a high forested ridge have one of their walls left open to provide stunning views of the mountains and the sea. The villas are built of timber and are decorated with local artwork. The Ladera has restaurants, spas and all the activities one would expect from a luxurious resort. The prices for a night’s stay here range from $400 to $1,425 depending on season.
This pair of thick cables with a steel cage powered by a diesel engine is the only access to the outer world for the village of Yushan in China. There are only 200 people living in Yushan and before the ropeway was built they had to walk for several days to get to the nearest village. The ‘high road’ is 1000 m long and is 400 m above the valley floor. It was built in 1997 and since then it has been operated by one and the same person who maintains the engines and manually applies oil onto the cables along the way.
The swamps of Sudd in South Sudan are among the largest wetlands in the world. Located in the delta of White Nile, it covers the average area of 30,000 sq. km. During the raining season the wetland can extend to over 130,000 sq. km, which is as much as the size of England. The Sudd is considered almost impenetrable overland or by boat. The abundant water-loving plants form the massive moving blocks. The swamps of Sudd are inhabited by the Dinkas, one the Sudanese ethnic groups.
Banyan Tree Madivaru is an amazing tropical paradise. Six tented villas on a private island with white sandy beach and a crystal-clear lagoon offer a holiday of a lifetime. The island can be booked exclusively for only 2 persons or to a party of up to 18 persons. The resort has a spa center, an all-day dining restaurant and lounge. The regular excursion here include sunset cruises, fishing, dolphin safari and manta rays sighting cruises. The prices start from $3,680 per night.
Luxurious hotel Monastero Santa Rosa is located on the top of the cliff in the XVII century building that once belonged to a monastery. This splendid place in the little town of Conca dei Marini, Italy, became a perfect option for those who seek for a quiet vacation among beautiful landscapes. The hotel has 20 rooms, spa baths and the infinity pool. The prices of an overnight stay start from $675.
Kenneccott Mines was a thriving mining camp when the richest known concentration of copper in the world was found there in 1900. The development of the ore began immediately, bringing high profits to the state. However, the high-grade copper deposits were exhausted by 1939 and the camp became deserted. Currently the site is open for tourists who come to see old mines and abandoned buildings.
Showers of wine have been poured in Pamplona, Northern Spain, as thousands of people in red scarfs came to city plaza to celebrate the opening of the San Fermin festival. This celebration is famous for its fireworks shows, parties, parades and the running of the bulls, when hundreds of people run in front of six bulls down the narrow streets.