World Heritage Sites

Brasília: a Modernist Masterpiece

The largest city on the planet that wasn’t in existence at the beginning of the 20th century, the city of Brasília was built in 1960 to serve as the new capital of Brazil. One of the greatest civic engineering achievements…

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Wednesday, 9th February 2011

Santiago de Compostela

For centuries, pilgrims have made their way to a small town in Galicia called Santaigo de Compostela. The cathedral at Santiago de Compostela is the culmination of the Way of St. James. The pilgrimage route leads to the ornate cathedral…

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Monday, 17th January 2011

Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a city in the south of France famous for its fortified old town, a strategic hill-top location which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1997, and its inspiration for the board game of the same name. While…

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Wednesday, 1st December 2010

Gammelstad Church Village

Gammelstad, in northern Sweden, is the best preserved example of a Scandinavian Church Town – a type of community that developed solely to house members of a Church congregation who lived too far away to be able to get there…

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Thursday, 4th November 2010

Top 10 Rudest Place Names in Canada

O’ Canada, say it isn’t so! From the Northwest Territories all the way to Newfoundland, we’ve got a list of the top 10 rudest (or just plain funniest) real Canadian places you’ll ever see! It doesn’t matter if it’s a…

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Friday, 15th October 2010

Struve Geodetic Arc

The Struve Geodetic Arc was a network of triangulation points developed in the 19th century, in an attempt to accurately calculate the size and shape of our planet. 34 of the original 265 points are clearly marked and were recognised…

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Tuesday, 21st September 2010
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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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