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Schildehof Park, Belgium

Have you ever seen movie called The Secret Garden? If so, for sure you wanted to find such a place by your own, if no, just watch it and you will see.

Last weekend I visited The Park Schildehof in the north of Belgium. It looks like a huge forest once you walk in. There used to be a beautiful castle but now it is gone. It is difficult to describe that amazing place. Despite of winter it was still very green and full of magic. On some of the pictures you can see how great that place is, unfortunately photos don’t give the real feeling of fear and magic, but maybe it should be like that. Then you can go and visit that place by your own.

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I couldn’t get much information about history of the castle and people living there. Here you have some old photos, just to imagine how it looked like.

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So Do Not Go There If You don’t believe in magic and you don’t want to discover a magic places.

 

 

How how how… Christmas is near…

Christmas is so close. So today a little about places, where you can REALLY feel Christmas spirit.
Do you remember Griswold family? If so, for sure you remember their Christmas lights on their house. So here we are, today about places with that great decoration!!!

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First place is Louisvillle in Kentucky. It is a cavern that has 17 miles of Christmas Lights underground. Christmas music echoes through the caverns as you drive through. Unfortunately you are not able to stop, so I guess that is why there are so few good photos. The rout is $25.00 per car.

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For those who cannot see it (like me) there is nice video to give you an idea.

The next place which I want to present you is definitely The lights at Clifton Mill. It is located to the east of Dayton near Yellow Springs, the amazing display takes 6 men about 3 months to assemble and is one of the biggest with over 3.5 million lights. There is a 100 foot waterfall of lights, a Miniature Village and Santa Claus Museum. If you arrive in the evening, the lights go out every hour on the hour and then with the flip of a switch, all 3.5 million lights come back on at once for a spectacular show! The visit is 10 dollars per person.
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After that I choose some pictures that are mind-blowing. I really wouldn’t like to pay a bill for electricity in those houses! I cannot give you a location of the places, because I too the pictures from web.

 

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The Ometepe Island- Nicaragua

Looking for a job is a horrible process, that I guess mostly all of you dear readers, know pretty well. I had been lucky with it until one day. Day of arriving to Brussels. Nothing, not even a coffee place, so here I am dreaming about beautiful places and writing for you.
To cheer myself up, we are going today to visit a great place.

Today about place where I saw the most beautiful sunrise in my life. (Ok there were not that many which I actually saw, but anyway it was gorgeous)

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The Ometepe Island is located in Nicaragua. It is a beautiful island inhabit by about 10 thousands people living in. It is the biggest island on the Nicaragua lake. The island is most famous for it’s two volcanos : Concepcion and Maderas. Both of them are active. During my staying there, all the time I was thinking where should I go to escape from eruption . How fast will be the evacuation process etc. But with time you are getting use to those beautiful volcanos and I was mostly enjoying it’s view.
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It is totally worth to see Ojos de aqua- natural pools that are surrounded by nature. The water is a little cold, but once is hot it is nice to refresh yourself in that crystal water. And the best is that everything is located between banana plantation.

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So the only reason To Not Go There is that you don’t like cool water and you are freaking out thinking about active volcanos.

The rainiest place in the world

Some time ago I wrote, that being in Belgium requires having an umbrella. Today it’s more than true. Since early morning didn’t stop to rain! So I started to wonder (and hoping that is not Brussels), WHAT IS THE MOST RAINY PLACE ON THE EARTH?

Uff it is not Brussels 😉 So there are people in worst situation than me. (Thinking about rain)

So, the slopes of the Waialeale mountain on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i are considered for the wettest place on the planet. It is raining there for about 350 days in a year! It means that during 2 weeks in year you can enjoy not rainy weather!

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There is other place on the Earts that is consider as well, for the rainiest place in the world. Mawsynram in India. So who is rigth? In terms of the average annual precipitation the winner should be Mawsynram as they fall there about 232 mm of rain more than in Hawaii. In addition, it is permanently inhabited place in contrast to the Hawaiian summit.
BUT…
The rains in Mawsynram occur only during the reign of the wet monsoon season, so for half a year, while the second half of the year is dry and sunny. Then again in Hawaii the annual rainfall is similar, and what is more almost every day is wet.

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Umbrella that allows you to be always dry 🙂
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Then there is just one more thing to add… Do Not Go There If You really don’t like rain!

Cold? There are worst places than yours… Ojmiakon

Nobody likes cold. Especially when is cold at your place and you are dreaming about some hot island on Indian Ocean. That is why I wanted to show you today the coldest habitat place in the world and you will see that where you are is not that bad. 😀

Officially Russian Ojmiakon is that place. The lowest temperature was -71,2 C. During January the average temperature is about -50 C.
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Because of the cold, there are no mobile phones, and the average problem of people is frozen ink in the pen or glasses that are frozen to their faces. For sure some children are happy while they don’t have to go to school. But it is happening only when temperature is above -52 C!!!!!!

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In Ojmiakon live about 500 people. Most residents work as reindeer herders, hunters and fishermen. Their diet consists mainly of reindeer and horse meat, because in these weather conditions it is not possible cultivation of plants.
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So are you still cold? Then Do Not Go There If You hates winter, snow and coooooooold.

All pictures above are taken from Internet.

Winchester Mystery House

Are you thinking about visiting California?

If so, you should definitely visit Winchester house that is hunted by ghosts. That located in San Jose, never finished mansion, has incredible story.

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After deaths of daughter and husband, Mrs. Winchester inherited a lot of money. But as they said, money can’t buy you happiness she wasn’t happy at all. What is more she had gone crazy thinking that all the time somebody in watching and following her.

She asked for a help a local psychic, and thanks to him, she got in contact with her dead husband, which said that death and her feelings, are a punishment from angry ghosts for all murders that he committed in his entire life. He told her as well to move to the West and built a house where she could live together with ghosts, and which shouldn’t be never finish. That will guarantee her staying alive for longer.

So in 1884 she left and started to build that mansion with 160 rooms! For 38 years nonstop 24/7 people were building her house, until death took Mrs. Winchester.

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You can get more information about that creepy place on their web page http://winchestermysteryhouse.com/index.cfm

So are you going to California? Then definitely Do Not Go There If you are afraid of ghosts and labyrinths!!!

Beauty of Santorini.

Tomorrow I am going to Greece, so that is why I decided to share with you about beautines of this country. If it would be possible we would like to go to visit Santorini so that is why today I will write some interesting facts about it.

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Santorini is an island that belongs to Greece. It got its name, thanks to the sailors, that reached that place and built a church in a name of St Irene. Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island and created the current geological caldera.

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Santorini generally experiences two seasons. April to October is the warm and dry season and the cold and rainy season lasts from November to March. There are three kinds of beaches: white, red and black. Of course it refers to the color of the sand. As i said it is a volcanic island, so that is why there are 3 types of beaches. What is interesting, on the island are the around 300 sacral places like churches and chapels. It is because in the past, when sailors were leaving for a long time their homes, relatives were building chapels or other sacral, where they could pray for a safe coming back. Probably the most characteristic thing of the island are two colors. White and blue. You may ask why… So it is all connected with the hot. White reflects the light and that is why inside the house is not so hot, and blue helps to protect from the unwelcomed flies.

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So if you are afraid of the see or flying, and you hate white and blue definitely Do Not Go There!!

El saler, amazing beach

It has been long time since last post, but as many of you we took as well the holidays.

I can’t imagine better topic for today than beach. I was wondering if I should share that beach with more people, because it is really beautiful and calm and I and I would like to stay that way forever, but anyway I decided to share that place with my dear readers.

I already wrote here about Valencia and its great Las Fallas party but this time about beach. Not far away from city center is located a beach called El Saler. As I said, it is really calm and natural. It is placed in National Natural Park of Albufera. Its crystal water invites you to swim and do some snorkeling. That beach is protected so you can really feel like in the middle of nowhere, especially during winter time. The beach itself is long-almost 5km and quite wide- 35 meters.

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So if you are planning to go to Spain, you should definitely visit that place, but Do Not Go There If You are afraid or ashamed of nudists. Some part of beach is a nudist beach. As well Do Not Go There If You are afraid of jellyfishes. The crystal water is inviting not only people, especially during summer time you can find some in the see.

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All of the pictures are downloaded from Internet.