Destinations, Travel Tips

Ancient Ruins in Europe

No Comments 06 November 2015

Check out the Ancient Ruins in Europe and decide your plan.

Visegrad, Pest County, Hungary

Visegrad, a city on the Danube in Hungary, is home to the small, but impressively fortified Visegrad Castle. It absolutely was engineered by King Bela IV, but destroyed after raids by the Turks. Today, the ruins of the castle are open to the public.Visegrad Castle

The Castle of St. Hilarion, Northern Cyprus

Perched atop a mountain in the Kyrenia range, the Castle of St. Hilarion is one of the foremost dramatic ancient ruins of Europe. The castle isn’t named after the Palestinian monk St. Hilarion the Great, but after another saint of the same name. The castle dates to the 11th century. The interiors of the castle are fascinating to walk through, and the view of the Mediterranean outside, unbelievable.

Ephesus, Asian Turkey

Ephesus was a Greek town on the Ionian coast of Asian Turkey that was inhabited for 500 years, starting in the 10th century BC. Unlike the other ruins on this list, Ephesus may be a whole town. The ruins contain dozens of temples, fountains, libraries and streets, all preserved in spectacular shape. The amphitheater, especially, was glarge enough to be comparable to a small, modern stadium.

Pula, Croatia

Pula is an ancient waterfront city in Croatia. It has a rich heritage of ancient construction: temples, arches, amphitheaters and gates dating to the Middle Ages and even prehistoric times. From the Pula Arena and the Chapel of Mary Formosa to the Pula Amphitheater, the city has some of the finest ancient ruins you are likely to encounter anywhere.Pula Croatia

The Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Bulgaria

The Plovdiv Roman Theatre, an ancient amphitheater that dates back to 100 AD, is a ruin that isn’t well-known outside of Plovdiv, the second largest city of Bulgaria. With 28 rows of marble seats arranged in horseshoe formation and a three-story stage building, Plovdiv was one of the best-built theaters of its time. After repeated incidents of severe damage over its history, the theater, today, has been beautifully restored. Hosting performances each night, the Plovdiv Roman Theatre is in demand once again, probably as it was millennia ago.


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Important Wetlands in the World

No Comments 23 May 2015

Wetlands are found in almost every region of the world and are considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems. They provide habitat for a great number of water and land species. They are also an important environment to many migratory bird species. Types of wetlands include swamps, bogs, marshes and estuaries. An overview of some the most important wetlands in the world.

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Camargue

The Camargue encompasses the Rhone River delta in the southeast of France. Approximately a third of the Camargue is either lakes or marshland. It is one of the best places in Europe for bird watching. Its brine ponds provide one of the few European habitats for the greater flamingo. It is also famous for the Camargue Bull and the Camargue Horse.

Wasur National Park

Wasur National Park is a massive wetland region in the Indonesian province of Papua, on the island of New Guinea. Dubbed the Serengeti of Papua owing to its incredible biodiversity, Wasur National Park maintains a large number of rare animals and birds. The best place for spotting wildlife in Wasur National Park is Rawa Biru Lake, which is part of the wetlands. There are many water fowl species and migrant birds here along with cassowaries and wallabies. Unfortunately the park natural flooded grassland systems are threatened by the invasion of alien species such as water hyacinth and mimosa pigra.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is one of the most diverse region in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. iSimangaliso is well known for its extensive wetlands, sand dunes, beaches and coral reefs. Animals occurring on the park include elephants, leopard, black and white rhino, buffalo, and in the ocean, whales, dolphins, and marine turtles.

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Mekong Delta

The Mekong Delta is the region in southern Vietnam where the Mekong River approaches and empties into the sea. It is a very rich and lush area, covered with rice fields, that produces about half of the total of Vietnam’s agricultural output. Subsequently, life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river, and all the villages are often accessible by river rather than by road.

Kakadu Wetlands

Kakadu National Park is a diverse park about half the size of Switzerland located in the Northern Territory of Australia. The park’s wetlands provide one of the best wildlife viewing opportunities. The freshwater and saltwater crocodiles sleep on the banks of the many rivers and billabongs for most of the day but can also be seen floating or swimming in the water. One of Kakadu’s best known landmarks is the Yellow Water billabong. Located near the small settlement of Cooinda, Yellow Water is home to crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo and other wildlife. The billabong, which floods to join other waterways during the tropical season, also attracts millions of migratory birds each year.


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