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THE MYSTERY BEHIND GREECE’S TEMPLES

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 15, 2017

Astronomers believe that Greek temples were built to align the occupied parts of Earth with the planets in the sky. It is a belief that the ancient Greeks were astute enough to build their holy venues and these represents something greater than us. A Spanish language teacher, Manolo Fernandez also believes that Greek temples were not placed randomly.

If we look at the map of Greece, the temple of Poseidon in Sounion forms an isosceles triangle with the Hephaisteion in Athens and the temple of Aphaia Athena in Aegina. This is assured by Fernandez that the triangles reflect the movements of sun, moon or planets and stars with respect to Earth’s surface. In the National Observatory of Athens, Fernandez while seeing the moon, Saturn, Mars and constellations, is obstinate that the Greek temples were built to align the occupied parts of Earth with the planets in the sky.

According to astronomy or mythology, the religious sites were situated in a triangulation termed as ‘sacred geography’. It was termed as a ‘grand design’ which bonds sacred sites with each other and the sky, by Jean Richer, a French literature professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis in the 1960s. He declared that Greece’s 12 sectors reflects the 12 zodiac signs. But these theories never got that respect from orthodox science which is based on proven facts.

The astronomical orientation of Ancient Greek temples were recently determined by George Pantazis and Evangelia Lambrou, associate professors at the National Technical University of Athens. It was found that the orientation of temples Parthenon and Hephaisteion is related to the sunrise on the celebration day of the goddess Athena. The sunrise occurs on the central axis, illuminating the central statue of the worshipped god. It was ensured that both had the same view towards the ease by symmetrically positioning the temples.



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FLORIDA THEME PARKS: TOP THREE THEME PARKS TO VISIT IN FLORIDA

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 14, 2017

Situated at the extreme of the southeastern coast of U.S.A, the state of Florida is known for its miles and miles of beaches, its distinctly Latin-American cultural influences, its nightlife and most importantly, its theme parks. There are over a dozen theme parks within Greater Orlando itself. And if you are someone who is looking forward to having some good old fun time with your family or by yourself, then your best option will be to visit some of the Florida theme parks. However, with so many theme parks to choose from, deciding which one to visit may not be the simplest task. Here are the top three theme parks in Florida, which will surely make your job a lot easier.

Discovery Cove, Orlando3. Discovery Cove, Orlando

If you are someone who loves animals, especially marine life, then this is surely the place to be for you. Discovery Cove is an amazing amusement park full of dolphins, colourful tropical fishes, sharks and much more. Here you will find yourself up close and personal with the natural world, which you will never forget in your lifetime. The centrepiece of this park is the dolphin swim, where you will be able to go on a one-on-one swim with your own dolphin-friend. You can also immerse yourself in the waters of the Grand Reef, where thousands of exuberant fishes wait for you. You can also trade waters with friendly stingrays, sharks and lionfish. Apart from the marine life, the towering waterfalls, the tropical birds and other attractions make this theme park a must visit for all the animal lovers among you.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park2. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park

Meet all your favourite characters from your childhood days at the Magic Kingdom Park of Walt Disney World. This place is truly the most magical place in the world. You’ll get to party at different animated parades, see some spectacular firework shows and capture some moments with your favourite Disney characters. There are a lot of rides which are equally fun for kids and adults, also a number of entertainment shows for you to enjoy. After a busy day, you can indulge in a fancy candlelight dinner at the lavishly themed restaurant. A lot of special events are held here during the seasonal holidays, which makes it the perfect place for a memorable family getaway.

Universal Studios Florida1. Universal Studios Florida

If you and your kids are in love with the Harry Potter series, then this is the place for you to be. This huge theme park makes every Harry Potter fan’s dream come true. You can travel below Gringotts bank if you are in the mood for some adventure, or dine at the Leaky Cauldron. You’ll get to walk through the streets of London and enter Diagon Alley, to choose the perfect wand for yourself or your kid from the oh-so-famous Ollivanders. And if you buy a Park-to-Park admission ticket, then you can also ride on the Hogwarts Express to travel to Hogsmeade located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park. No matter the age, you’ll surely be enchanted by seeing this magical world come to life in front of your eyes. That is why this is the number one theme park which you should visit in Florida.

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THINGS TO DO IN SAN FRANCISCO

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 13, 2017


Stretched across 7 miles, San Francisco is packed with activities that would please foodies, outdoorsy types and curious wanderers of all ages. Some of the San Francisco attractions include – the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building Marketplace, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, and many more.

Golden Gate Bridge

The orange arches amidst the rocky seascape of the San Francisco Bay have made the Golden Gate Bridge the most popular San Francisco attraction. The name has been referred to the body of water it spans. It was built to travel between San Francisco and Marin Country. The best shot of the bridge can be seen from the Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point which is situated on a hill overlooking San Francisco. One can find some scenic trails which lead to secluded beaches – Kirby Cove and Black Sands Beach.

Ferry Building MarketplaceFerry Building Marketplace

San Francisco attraction, the Ferry Building Marketplaces, is popular amongst foodies. It is a public food market featuring small restaurants, grocery stores and snack stops. You can find variety of staples such as Mexican food, seafood, burgers, Japanese delicatessen, nut shop and a cheese and dairy bar. It is an impressive fact that despite having the formal restaurants, the visitors love to pick up to-go meal and enjoy it along the scenic waterfront. Just avoid coming on the weekends as you will end up standing in long queues. The market is open from 10am to 7pm, the farmer market from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays.

Golden Gate Park

This San Francisco attraction is equivalent to California’s Central Park, about 174 acres bigger. It takes a full day to experience so many things offered by this park. Within its evergreen borders are trails, playgrounds, sports, picturesque picnic spaces, gardens, sports courts, museums and more. The best part is the Japanese Tea Garden, serving as the oldest Japanese Garden in the USA. The Conservatory of Flowers is another standout which is the oldest existing public conservatory in the Western Hemisphere.

There is the California Academy of Sciences that features – planetarium, an aquarium, natural history museum and the Osher Rainforest that houses 1,600 live animals.

The Exploratorium

Also known as “a learning laboratory”, this San Francisco attraction consist of 600 hands-on exhibits covering various subject matter – psychology, engineering, biology and geography. There are six main galleries, highlights include – the tactile dome, the pitch-black sphere, the colored shadow area, and the 10,000-toothpick sculpture of San Francisco. It not only attracts children but also people of different ages.

Cable CarsCable Cars

The Cable Cars is one of the most popular San Francisco attraction seen in a television show or a movie. It has been given the title of a National Historic Landmark in 1964. The history reveals that the cable car was conceived by Andrew Smith Hallidie after he witnessed an accident involving a horse-drawn buggy trying to climb a steep San Francisco hill and failing. Approximately, nine million visitors ride the cable in a year.

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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN SYDNEY

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 13, 2017

Sydney is known for its beaches – the most popular tourist attractions for locals as well as for visitors. The things to do in Sydney include exploring Darling Harbor or Sydney Harbor, Sydney’s Opera House, museums, the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

Sydney Harbor Bridge

One of the major tourist attraction is the Sydney Harbor Bridge which is next to the Opera House and considered as the iconic landmarks. Also known as the ‘Coathanger’ by the locals, it is the world’s largest steel arch bridge.

Sydney Harbor

The blue water laps up to sandy shores, the Sydney Harbor’s 150 miles of shoreline and more than 30 square miles of water makes it the most beautiful natural harbor. The things to do in Sydney Harbor include ferry rides, exploring shops and restaurants, and the Vivid Sydney color festival.

Sydney Opera HouseSydney Opera House

This tourist attraction has been designed by Danish architect – Jorn Utzon. One amongst the most important things to do is watching a music concert or opera performance offered daily from 9am to 5pm. The house consists of more than one million tiles on its roof shells, music venues and six theatres.

Darling Harbor

It is filled with amazing things to do such as the LG IMAX Theatre Sydney, the Harborside Shopping Centre and the Australian National Maritime Museum. There are multiple tourist attractions for the kids, do not forget some of the delectable cafes and restaurants.

Coogee BeachCoogee Beach

Coogee is known to be famous amongst the people if you are looking to soak up some sun and swim in Sydney’s famous waters. The things to do does count snorkeling, coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee and the eateries along the shore.

The Rocks

It is located next to the tourist attractions like the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. Its name comes from the sandstone rocks that line Sydney Harbor. A visit to the arts and crafts market and a foodie market are some of things to do here.

Manly Beach

Yet another tourist attraction is the Manly Beach is situated 10 miles northeast of downtown Sydney. The water here is known for their rough waves, so avoid swimming.

Royal Botanical GardenRoyal Botanical Gardens

These wonderful gardens were found in 1816, spread across 74 acre of the land. It abounds with bright and colorful flora and fauna. The park is divided in various areas including – Latitude 23, the Palace Rose Garden known as Sydney’s wedding venue.

Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair

The Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1810, commissioned a bench for his wife which was carved out of a sandstone rock. It provides picturesque view of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge in one frame, making it a top tourist attraction.

Bondi Beach

What makes Bondi Beach a top surfing destinations in the world is its gnarly waves. The things to do must include strolling, swimming, and sunbathing, souvenir shops, fashion boutiques, and a 6-mile trek.

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Historic and Famous Prisons

Best Destinations - Amanda - September 12, 2017



All through time jails have been utilized to detain an assortment of individuals from solidified hoodlums to the individuals who contradicted the current political administration. A couple of these jails have turned out to be notorious because of their renowned detainees, their savage treatment of detainees and here and there in light of the challenging getaway endeavors that some of their visitors concocted. A review of the historic and famous prisons on the planet.

Historic and Famous Prisons

Hanoi Hilton

The Hoa Loa Prison, mockingly authored the Hanoi Hilton by American POWs, was initially worked by the French to house Vietnamese political detainees. The North Vietnamese Army later utilized the jail to house detainees of war amid the Vietnam War. Detainees imprisoned there were liable to torment, starvation, and significantly kill. Surely understood figures, for example, Senator John McCain, James Stockdale and Bud Day were only a couple of the numerous detainees of war that invested energy in this jail. In 1999 a Hilton Hotel opened in Hanoi and was painstakingly named the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel.

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum

Changed over in 1975 by the Khmer Rouge Regime from what was at one time a secondary school, Tuol Sleng is presumably a standout amongst the most frightening penitentiaries on the planet. Detainees were routinely tormented to constrain an admission to whatever wrongdoing they had been accused of. When they admitted and named any schemers, they were then executed. Of the more than 17,000 individuals imprisoned of Tuol Sleng in the four years it worked, there are just a couple known survivors. After the Vietnamese armed force revealed the jail in 1979 Tuol Sleng was handed over to an authentic gallery memorializing the activities of the Khmer Rouge administration in Cambodia.

Port Arthur

Port Arthur is a previous convict province in Tasmania, Australia. From 1833, until the 1850s, it was the goal for the hardest of indicted British and Irish crooks and insubordinate detainees from different penitentiaries. Today, numerous exceedingly conspicuous vestiges remain, including the prison, the healing center, the crazy haven, and a congregation worked by the convicts. In 1996 Port Arthur turned into the site of Australia’s deadliest weapon slaughter when a solitary shooter opened discharge on guests, executing 35 individuals.

Elmina Castle

Worked in 1492, Elmina Castle in Ghana is the most seasoned European working in presence south of the Sahara. For more than three hundred years, it filled in as a holding region for individuals caught without wanting to be sold into servitude. It was normal for slaves to impart a cell to upwards of 200 others, cramped together with not in any case enough space to rests. By the eighteenth century, more than 30,000 slaves were going through the Door of No Return every year.

Robben Island

Found simply off the shore of Cape Town, South Africa, Robben Island has served many capacities throughout the years, including a pariah settlement at a certain point. In any case, it’s most referred to for filling in as a jail under the politically-sanctioned racial segregation administration. Surely understood figures, for example, Nelson Mandela and Kgalema Motlanthe are only a couple of political detainees that invested energy there. Today Robben Island is a prominent traveler goal and can be come to by ship from Cape Town. The island is an imperative reproducing territory for an expansive African Penguin province.

Goree Island

A huge number of slaves went through Goree Island in Senegal before France annulled the slave exchange 1848. The Maison des Esclaves, also called the House of Slaves, is only one of the spots on the island that held slaves before they were put on boats headed for the New World. The gallery now fills in as a journey site for some African-Americans following their underlying foundations.

Chateau d’If

Manor d’If in France is outstanding through its utilization as a setting in the book “The Count of Monte Cristo” composed by Alexander Dumas. From 1634 through the finish of the nineteenth century, the manor filled in as a dumping ground for religious and political detainees. Taking after the custom of the time, detainees with riches or class got preferred treatment over less lucky ones. Notwithstanding, they frequently needed to pay for the benefit. It was disarmed and opened to people in general in 1890 and is presently a standout amongst the most well known detainment facilities on the planet.

Devil’s Island

Initially opened in 1852 under Emperor Napoleon III’s rule, Devil’s Island reformatory province is a standout amongst the most scandalous penitentiaries ever. Amid its 94 years of operation, this notable jail was home to everybody from political detainees to solidified lawbreakers. Detainees that endeavored escape confronted the piranha-pervaded waterways and thick wildernesses of French Guiana. The personal history of previous prisoner Henri Charrière depicts various charged escape endeavors. In 1973 the book was made into the motion picture Papillon featuring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.

Tower of London

Presently home to the British Crown Jewels and one of the top vacation destinations in England, the Tower of London filled in as a jail from 1100 to the mid twentieth century. This has prompted the expression “sent to the Tower”, which means detained. Acclaimed detainees incorporate Sir Thomas More, King Henry VI, Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard and Rudolph Hess. The Tower of London is supposedly the most frequented working in England. There have been stories of phantoms, including that of Anne Boleyn, possessing the tower.

Alcatraz

Alcatraz, maybe the most acclaimed jail in the United States, was the main greatest security least benefit jail of the nation. It was home to the absolute most famous culprits of the time including Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Situated on a rough island encompassed by the solidifying water of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was accepted to be inevitable. Of the 36 men that endeavored escape, 23 were gotten, 6 were shot and executed, and 2 suffocated. The rest of the 5 were never observed again after their escape endeavor and it is trusted that they suffocated. Their bodies have never been recuperated. Today, the island is a standout amongst the most well known vacation destinations in San Francisco.

Enjoy!

Shelia

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