Spain - Tenerife National Parks

by Kimp 1. August 2018 11:55
When the Mar’s rover team’s want to field test one of their prototypes, they often head to Mt Tiede National Park in Tenerife, as parts of it are similar to the Geographic Landscape on Mars. The European Space Agency is also planning a rover mission to the Moon’s South pole, which has a very low light angle, casting very long dark shadows, that present their own issues, so they come here at night time to conduct’s test’s in the darkness. [More]

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Spain - Canary Islands - Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz

by Kimp 7. July 2018 00:26
Hanging ten and riding on cloud nine, describes Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife to a tee. Great water temperature year around, a plentiful variety of fresh caught fish, great beaches, a large relaxing water park, and a quaint old town. Words just aren't good enough. Is there a negative? With so many positives, who cares? [More]

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Spain - Canary Islands - Tenerife - Santa Cruz

by Kimp 23. June 2018 23:30
A Spanish Island off the North Western coast of Africa, that is one of the Canary Islands. Tenerife has one of the best climates in the world, with average air temperatures between 72-82F (22-28C) and average water temperatures between 66-73F (19-23C). A dozen world-class surf spots and a great reef break in Winter, it is known by European surfers, as the Hawaii of Europe. Cheap Accommodations and a variety of beaches, add to the beautiful scenery, seen while sitting on the board and waiting for the perfect wave. Natural Laurisilvas (Laurel forests), unique flora and fauna, a massive volcano, lava landscapes, every kind of fresh fruit there is, and very friendly locals, make off the beach activities just as enjoyable as hanging out on the beach. With crappy weather in the UK, this is favorite winter destination for people from the UK, making English the most prevalent language spoken here.




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Greece - Olympia

by Kimp 9. April 2018 06:22
The ancient Olympic Games, occurred every 4 years for over 1,200 years at the ancient complex in Olympia Greece. The only recorded competition during the first 13 Olympiad's, was a single foot race of 192m(640 ft or 1/8 mile). The winner of the first recorded race, was Koroibos, who was a cook by profession. Ancient Olympia, was also a sacred religious grounds, dedicated to the Olympian Gods, where thousands would make the pilgrimage to partake in its yearly religious festival. In 393 AD, the Christian emperor Theodosius I, forbade the celebration of pagan cults, which included the Olympic Games. In 426 A.D., Theodosius II ordered the Olympia complex destroyed. Earthquakes in 522 and 551 further devastated the ruins. Around 600 A.D., Olympia was covered by up to 24 ft (8 m) of sediment by a Tsunami that occurred in the Mediterranean. It was lost until 1776 when Englishman Richard Chandler, in search of antiquity items discovered it. In 1874, the Greek state signed an agreement with Germany for an archaeological exploration of the Olympia site. The German Archeological Society started excavation and have been working on it ever since. [More]

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Switzerland - Lausanne

by Kimp 31. January 2018 17:51
Lausanne is the capital of International Sports and yet another beautiful Swiss city. Surrounded by vineyards, French speaking and located on the Swiss plateau, a high ground, between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It slopes down a steep incline, to share a pleasant shoreline with Lake Geneva. Peace, serenity, and a love of sports, pretty much describe all that is Lausanne. [More]

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Germany - Nuremburg - Christmas Market

by Kimp 6. January 2018 22:10
The smell of wine mulling, chestnuts roasting, and gingerbread baking. The taste of Original Nurenburger Sausage hot off the grill and the sight of hand painted Christmas Ornaments. Christmas is just around the corner and I am one of the 2,000,000 people who will visit Nurenburg this year, to partake of the atmosphere and meander through the 180 spruce stalls of German handcrafted goodness. The largest and most visited Christkindlesmarket (Christ Childs Market) in Germany. Besides German crafts, vendors from several countries, rent booths to pedle their wares. It starts on the Friday before the first Sunday in Advent and goes until Dec 24th, unless that is on a Sunday. [More]

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Italy - Venice

by Kimp 9. April 2017 01:00
In 400 A.D., when the Western Roman Empire was starting to fall, the people of Northern Italy sought refuge from the barbarian's, on the Islands in the Veneta lagoon. Over the next 50 years, they tried to go back to the mainland, but when "Attila the Hun" was on his way to take Rome, he was destroying everything in Northern Italy. Atilla failed to take Rome and left, but by that time, Venetian's had built up enough infrastructure to make Venice a nice place to live, so they stayed and other's joined them. [More]

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Sicily - Monreale

by Kimp 16. March 2017 03:54
The Cathedral Santa Maria la Nuova in Monreale Sicily is one of Italy's national treasures. Built from 1172-1189 A.D. in a Norman-Benedictine-Arabic style, the inside contains 130 Biblical Byzantine Mosaic scenes and a very large adjoining Benedictine Monk's Cloister, with 106 column capitals, each hand carved with it's own biblical scene. [More]

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Germany - Esslingen - Christmas Market

by Kimp 21. December 2016 22:21
The Esslingen Christmas Market is one of my personal favorites. Just about every village in Germany that has an old town, has a Christmas Market. Some last only a week, and some, the entire Month of December. To attract more people, a few have gone to the effort of creating a uniqueness that sets them apart from the rest. Esslingen's theme is medieval, and most of the vendors are artisans, who sell their hand crafted items. It the artistry, and the personal touch, that makes it my favorite. [More]

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Germany - Tubingen - Chocolate Festival

by Kimp 15. December 2016 13:25
Every year Tubingen is host to the world's most prestigious Chocolate Festival. ChocolArt, which will see master chocolatiers from five continents, competing for the title of the best cocoa-based products. More than 200 thousand visitors of ChocolArt judge the artworks prepared during the festival. About a hundred chocolatiers from Africa, South and North America, Europe, Asia meet here to put on live performances and showcase of their talents. [More]

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