Torre de Hércules is an ancient Roman lighthouse just outside the city of La Coruña in the north west tip of Spain. The lighthouse is overlooking a part of the Death Coast (Costa da Morte). The structure dates back to the 2nd century and is the oldest roman lighthouse still in use.
The lighthouse is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Gaztelugatxe is an islet on the north coast of Spain where there is a hermitage (religious retreat) in dedication of John the Baptist. The islet is connected to the mainland with a man made walk way and stairs up to the church that dates back to the 10th century.
In the 7th season of Game of Throne the islet was used as Dragonstone with a digitally made castle on top instead of the church.
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Clouds comes in all sizes, shapes and forms. As a photographer, it’s close to impossible to predict when interesting cloud formation will appear.
All photos were taken in Norway last year.
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Catedral de Santa María de la Sede de Sevilla (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, is the third largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church. (See photos of the second largest church HERE).
We visited this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the winter of 2017.
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Vemork hydroelectric power plant in Rjukan, built by Norsk Hydro was completed in 1911, and was the largest plant in the world. The power plant was built to power a fertilizer factory built at the same time. Later a hydrogen factory was built next to it, and in the basement they produced heavy water as a bi-product from the hydrogen production. The hydrogen factory has later been demolished, while the basement is trying to be rescued and turned into a museum.
During WW II, while Norway was occupied by Germany, there was several sabotage attempts at the plant to inhibit the German to use heavy water in development of nuclear weapons. There has been made several movies of the sabotage operations.
The whole plant it now shut down and house the Norsk Industriarbeidermuseum (Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum), and the new Vemork hydroelectric power plant is relocated into the mountain.
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We have a lot of nice photos that somewhat is difficult to fit into the “normal” posts, so here we go with some random photos with a common theme, reflections in water. All photos were taken in Norway last year.
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Officially named Ilha de São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Island), but commonly just called Ilhabela, the “Beautiful Island”, just outside the coast of São Paulo state. A short fifteen-minute boat or ferry trip brings you to the relatively small island with a population of about 32 000, witch during holiday season quadruples. For most people that comes to Ilhabela do it for the beaches, sailing and surfing, there is also a lot of hiking trails in the mountains where seven tops reaches above 1000 meters
Ilhabela also has a history of being a hiding place of pirates and privateers, and has the largest graveyard of shipwrecks in whole Brazil, making it a paradise for scuba divers. We visited the island about ten years ago.
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A couple of years ago we have visited Valencia, in Spain, a city with many cultural treasures and rich history. Interestingly it is not only preserving the past through architectonic, literary and art jewels, but it also nurtures its future with modern buildings and attractions. One of them is the Oceanographic, the largest complex of its kind in Europe. The park is divided in 10 areas, with species from all around the globe, including not only fishes, but many other species such as birds and mammals.
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One of the few scenic train routes in Brazil goes from Curitiba and winds its way trough the mountain range of Serra do Mar and down to the port city of Paranaguá in the state of Paraná in southern Brazil.
We did the trip in 2007, but now it seems like the train stops at the historic city of Morretes, about two thirds on the way to Paranaguá. Highly recommended way to feel and smell the Atlantic Rainforest.
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Heddal Stave Church is one of the most visited stave churches in Norway, located just next to the E138 in Notodden in Telemark county. The church is the largest of the remaining stave churches, reaching 20 meters in length and 26 meters in height, and was built in the beginning of the 13th century.
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At 1628 meters, Campos do Jordão, is the highest city in Brazil. The city is located in the east of the state of São Paulo on the border of the state of Minas Gerais. At this level you may experience some few degrees minus in the winter, although there is no snow to be seen even at the nearby mountains. Some of the wealthiest families in the state has a holiday residence in the city, and in the vacation times the city’s population more than quadruples.
The city has the nickname: “Brazilian Switzerland” due to strong architectural influences from the European alps area. We visited the city about ten years ago.
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Legend has that a King’s Knight stole a gorgeous woman from another Knight in the area, and after setting the houses on fire, he escaped with the woman over the nearby gorge and the followers didn’t dare to jump it.
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