World Heritage Sites

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 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

Mount Kilimanjaro (Volcano Week 5)

Mount Kilimanjaro is an inactive stratovolcano and is the highest mountain in Africa. At 5,893 metres (19,334 ft) above sea level, it is also the tallest freestanding1 mountain in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro is also known for its glaciers at…

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Friday, 6th August 2010
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Walled Cities of the Caribbean

In many people’s imaginations, walled cities are associated with mediaeval Europe, but such cities exist all over the world. In this post we look at walled cities from around the Caribbean.