Will the Everglades be different after Hurricane Irma?; Adam Wernick; Public Radio International

USA – Everglades National Park

Hurricane Irma may have altered the ecosystem of the Everglades in Florida, restoring some of the dynamics that disappeared during decades of development.

When Hurricane Irma hit Florida, it blasted an estimated 3 to 10 feet of storm surge into the Everglades. Combined with the drenching rain, the storm may change the vegetation patterns of the enormous wetland and perhaps prod the people of South Florida to rethink how it lives with its water.

The Everglades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has shrunk to about half of its original size since people started draining it for development and agriculture in the 1800s. The so-called River of Grass extends from Lake Okeechobee in Central Florida down to its southern tip at the Gulf of Mexico, and much of it is a national park.

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The 22 Cornish landmarks you’ve driven past and always told yourself you should visit but never did; Olivier Vergnault; Cornwall Live

UK – Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

You should pop in sometime and discover more of wonderful Cornwall.

Cornwall is rich in history and a place of natural beauty we have come to enjoy. But we tend to take it for granted at times and more often than not we will drive past a landmark and tell ourselves how we should climb that tor or visit this castle, but we never do.

Below is a list of 22 Cornish places we have all driven past or seen a sign for, but never bothered to check out.

Hopefully this list will give you the impetus to take that detour, turn off the A30, the A38 or the A39 and go and explore more of Cornwall.

It is worth it we promise.

Tintagel Castle – Tintagel

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Top 11 Most Beautiful Cities In The World – 2 African cities make the new list; MT; How Africa News

Czech Republic – Historic Centre of Prague

Want to get away from the daily grind? We have selected for you the 15 most beautiful cities in the world where you will spend your holidays. Discover them

1- Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Capital of the United Arab Emirates, this city is full of many tourist sites such as:

The island of Palm Jumeirah

The Burj Khalifa

With its 828 meters in height, the Burj Khalifa is unattainable. Being the tallest tower in the world dominating the urban landscape of Dubai, it is also called the building is the most appreciable up close or even better from the inside.

Fountain of Dubai

The Dubai Fountain, which is located at the foot of the iconic Burj Khalifa and the entrance to the famous Dubai Mall, is a real building for shopping. You will find all you need.

Dubai Mall

 

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Grim reality sets in as ‘Golden Week’ tourists steer clear of quake-hit Unesco World Heritage Site Jiuzhaigou; Sidney Leng; South China Morning Post

China – Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Some restaurant and hotel operators are considering cutting their losses and leaving – if they haven’t already.

This time last year, Zhuoma was busy preparing yak meat, fried potatoes and butter tea for all the holidaymakers wanting to sample some hearty Tibetan fare at her restaurant near the Jiuzhaigou National Park.

But after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the mountainous area in Sichuan province in early August, it has been the quietest “Golden Week” holiday she has seen in a decade.

So much so that Zhuoma – who has run the A Bu Lu Zi Tibetan Restaurant for 13 years – decided to take a break herself and go to Yunnan province with her family.

“It’s just too quiet down here,” Zhuoma said.

Her trip is one of an estimated 701 million being made across the country during the extended National Day break from October 1 to 8.

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11 awesome itineraries for your trip through the Alps; Matador Network

Austria – Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

Whatever you’re looking for in the Alps, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find it in these 11 itineraries.

Europe’s highest mountain range — spanning a whopping 750 miles — naturally holds every kind of adventure one could possibly think of. The Alpine valleys of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland still hide idyllic villages where cheesemaking and woodworking reign supreme. Bustling cities like Zurich, Salzburg, and Munich mean world-class experiences at the foot of Mother Nature’s best work of European art.

But keep in mind that a trip to the Alps is all about who you are. These mountains, villages, and cities can hold whatever you want them to hold — which itinerary will you choose?

-1- Town And Country

Touch down in any buzzing Alpine city and you’ll be surrounded by snowcapped Alps, teeny villages, and bucolic landscapes spreading out into the horizon.

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Switzerland’s Canton of Vaud Has It All: Lakes, Mountains, Wines and Charlie Chaplin; Cynthia Dial; JustLuxe

Switzerland – Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces

With an arrival timed to Swiss National Day, a holiday that symbolizes the 1291 founding of the Federation around which Switzerland was formed, celebratory fireworks seem to shout: “Welcome to Vaud.” Home to such illustrious settings as Lausanne, Vevey and Montreux—all perfectly perched along the shores of Lake Geneva—this is where bonjour is spoken to passing strangers “just because,” a three-kiss greeting is standard and everything is considered an opportunity to open a bottle of wine.

As one of Europe’s largest lakes, Lac Léman, better known as Lake Geneva, is a significant presence in this region that shares the liquid icon with its across-the-water neighbor, France. When you add lakeside promenades, hillside vineyards, cobblestone town centers and a backdrop of the Alps, the resulting recipe is a magnet for those lured by luxury.

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Cyprus’ Paphos offers fun for all the family; Michael Booker; Daily Express

 

Cyprus – Paphos

The beautiful island of Cyprus is famously the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of love. Michael Booker falls under its spell.

According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, rose naked from the sea at Paphos and floated to shore on a scallop shell.

Try that sort of arrival these days and you’ll probably get arrested. Still, when your father is Zeus, King of the Gods, certain rules can be waived.

The amazing myths and legends surrounding this pretty harbour town, on Cyprus’s west coast, have always proved to be a magnet for tourists looking for that little extra from their summer holidays. And this year has seen its historical attractions take centre stage, with the town awarded the impressive accolade of European Capital of Culture.

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Tigers burn bright in the Sundarbans; The Tribune

India – Sundarbans National Park

Ramen Mistry (55) climbed a tree to pluck some fruits during one of the fishing expeditions he undertakes for livelihood in the perilous Sundarban forests in the Gangetic delta. A Royal Bengal tiger followed him, climbed up the tree and began pawing at him. It dug its claws on his hip as he bled profusely. As Mistry screamed in pain, his companions rushed to his rescue and shooed away the tiger. He was rushed to a hospital in the South 24 Parganas district, where he remained for three months.

The incident occured nearly 20 years ago.  But Mistry still ekes out a living from crab fishing and honey collection in the same tiger-infested mangrove forests of the Sundarbans.

Three months ago, when Mistry was in one such crab fishing expedition, a tiger attacked a young village boy accompanying him.

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A Trip To Wachau – The Most Beautiful Valley In Austria; Yaya & Lloyd; Hand Luggage Only

Austria – Wachau Cultural Landscape

This is a contentious one. 🙂

Austria has absolutely no shortage of absolutely stunning natural sights so you’re bound to find somewhere else say their valley is more beautiful but when you beauty is so renowned that it’s been award UNESCO World Heritage status, you kinda know you got that title in the bag!

Despite its UNESCO World Heritage status, the valley of Wachau (with the Danube River running right through it) is not a place I’d really heard about before visiting Vienna.

Wachau is only about 1 hour away from Vienna (perhaps 1.5 hours if you stop for snacks and photos), so deciding to visit was pretty much a no-brainer.

Carrying on in our theme of wine and food, our very first stop was Weingut Holzapfel-Prandtauerhof – a restaurant, vineyard and indeed a hotel in Weißenkirchen, a small village in Wachau.

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The Top 10 Places to Visit in Greece in the Winter; Pavlos Zafiropoulos & Paulina Kapsali; Greece Is

Greece – Meteora

As the weather cools, our gaze turns to the mountains, ski slopes, rivers and stone-built villages of Greece’s top wintertime destinations.

So, just in case there is any confusion, yes, Greece does have a winter. The dry-baked Cycladic islands turn green as the rains arrive; their inhabitants bundle up against temperatures that can sink to the low single digits when biting northerlies whip through the Aegean.

On the mainland, mountain villages are frequently covered in blankets of snow. Many of the peaks above are dressed in white from November to April.

In fact, it’s pretty great.

Winter is the time to swap the sandals for hiking boots, and the cold beachside beer for a brandy or warm rakomelo by the fireplace. Hearty, slow-cooked stews replace light summertime salads, and a whole host of different seasonal products begin to appear: wild mushroomsjuicy oranges, fat chestnuts.

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