Author: Angela

Location of the Week - Pamukkale

Location of the Week: Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale translated means ‘The Cotton Castle’ which is truly fitting for this stunning location.

The terraces of Pamukkale are made up of sedimentary rock, deposited by mineral rich water from the hot springs which gives it the gorgeous color.

It looks like a location you would find in the Antarctic with it’s snow like terraces. However, not all of the terraces are sparkling white colour, some of the minerals falling bring colors.

At the top of pools are the ruins from the city of Hierapolis and some of these ruins are in the bottom of the springs!

In 1988 Hierapolis- Pamukkale was made a World Heritage Site.

Rio De Janeiro - Olympics 2016

Location of the Week: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What other destination could we chose, other than the hosts of 2016 Olympics.

The games will be held in four zones: Barra, Copacabana, Deodoro and Maracanã.

Beyond the Olympics Rio de Janeiro is a huge seaside city and it’s most famous beaches are copacabana and Ipanema beaches. Plus a must see is both Cristo Redentor translated as ‘Christ the Redeemer’: Iconic Christ statue and Sugarloaf Mountain.

Something else most people think of when they think of Rio is Carnivals and the flamboyant outfits and floats. A must see! The main carnival is held in Rio every year before lent and is considered the biggest carnival in the world with two million people per day. The next event is in February 24 to March 1 2017.

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Location of the Week: Mendenhall Ice Caves Of Juneau, Alaska

Wow! I am literally lost for words when I look at this image.

This is a true wonder of the world: mystical, magical, majestic, I could go on….

The ice caves are under the Medenhall Glacier in the southeast area of Alaska. It is possible to hike through the Ice Caves. Admittedly, I do not know how safe I would feel walking through these caves but the experience must be incredible yet surreal.

The sad fact is that this glacier continues to retreat given the increase in yearly temperatures. The Glaciers are affected by climate change because they are a created by the climate.

If you want to learn more about these ice caves and see some incredible images, there is a blog which shows the entire hike to the cave: derek low

 

 

Tianzi Mountains

Location of the Week: Tianzi Mountain, China

Step into the world of Avatar. Tianzi Mountain boosts staggering limestone pinnacles often covered in a mystical mist which inspired the floating mountains seen in the film Avatar. In fact one of the pillars has been officially renamed ‘Avatar Hallelujah Mountain’ in honor of the film.

The Tianzi Mountain is located in the Hunan Province of China. ‘Tianzi’ means ‘son of Heaven’

Visitors can take a cable car to Huangshi village and they can then explore the breathtaking views of Tianzi via the many trails.

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Location of the Week: The Great Blue Hole, Belize


The Great Blue Hole in Belize is the largest Sea Hole in the World. The hole is 1000 feet wide and 412 feet deep.

It is a popular destination for divers. The types of fish divers can expect to see are midnight parrot-fish, Caribbean reef shark, bull shark and hammerheads,

Claim to fame: Jacques Cousteau named it as one of the top 10 scuba diving sites in the world. It is also part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System which is a World Heritage Site (of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

One for the Bucket List!