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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cape Town Water Sports

Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is popular throughout the year in Cape Town, so whether you are a beginner or a pro, you will find plenty of opportunities to enjoy the activity. False Bay is one of the main places to visit, with fantastic visibility in winter up to 25 metres. You’ll find reefs and shipwrecks to explore, as well as a large variety of marine life including seals, octopuses, lobster and dolphins if you’re lucky. You also have both the Atlantic and the Indian oceans to choose from so there are plenty of options.

Shark Diving
One of the biggest thrills you can experience in Cape Town is shark diving. South Africa boasts some of the biggest great white sharks in the world, and you can go face to face with one from the safety of a steel cage. You’ll have to travel about 90 minutes to reach Gansbaai, near which you will find Shark Alley. This is the perfect way not just to experience a real thrill but to learn more about these feared and misunderstood creatures.

Surfing
If you are a pro surfer looking for some great waves, Cape Town is one of the best places you can go. But you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the waves: even if you’ve never used a surfboard in your life you can take lessons in Cape Town and improve your skills. There are lots of surf schools on offer, and lessons with guides are available. During the summer you can get some really big waves as well, but this is only for the experts.

Kite Surfing
Don’t fancy surfing? How about kite surfing? This fairly new sport has taken off in a big way in Cape Town. It involves a cross between surfing and the use of a kite to get more power and go faster. With consistent winds, big waves and excellent schools with trained instructors, Cape Town is an excellent kite surfing location.

Windsurfing
Windsurfing is also very popular in Cape Town. Again there are a number of schools to train you up, or you can simply hit the waves if you already know what you’re doing. Strong winds are present throughout the year and equipment is available to rent from a number of places. You will have a fantastic time out on the waves!

Enjoy the Waves
Cape Town is a water-sport lover’s paradise. With a choice of two oceans, great weather year-round and beautiful waters, you can head here any time of the year and have a great time enjoying the above activities. Why not try one out next time you are in Cape Town?

Great Wall of China Facts

# The Great Wall of China was built to protect the Chinese agricultural lands from invasion and to keep the nation’s people from vacating the empire.

# That the Great Wall is a single, continuous wall built all at once is a myth. In reality, the wall is a discontinuous network of wall segments built by various dynasties to protect China’s northern boundary.

# The wall was renovated in the Qin dynasty (221-206 BC) to link the old sections that were built in previous dynasties, which were unified to build a whole entity.

# Over 1700 years, the Great Wall of China was enhanced and enlarged which gradually became a world renowned manmade wonder.

# Contrary to common belief, the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from the moon without aid.
# It used to be called the Ten Thousand Li Wall which referred to the wall’s length. (1 li equals half a kilometer or one third of a mile).

# The sections of the Wall in the eastern part of China were built out of bricks and stones while in the western sections of the Wall were made out of less durable material – earth and grass.

# The mortar that has been used to bind the stones that make the Wall has been made up of rice flour.

# The most visited section of the Great Wall is in Badaling, close to Beijing, which was built during the Ming Dynasty. It was the first section of the wall to open to tourists in 1957.

# President Nixon’s visit to China in 1972 increased tourism to the Great Wall. Increased tourism to view the Wall instigated restoration of disparate sections of the Wall.

# The highest point of the Great Wal is in Beijing at Heita Mountain (5,033 feet/1,534 meters). The lowest point is at Laolongtou (sea level).

# While the Great Wall is currently a symbol of national pride, China has to invest in resources to manage and preserve the Wall. The organizations, China Great Wall Society and the International Friends of the Great Wall, are dedicated to preserving it.

Great Place in Cordoba, Spain

Mezquita is undoubtedly an awe-inspiring place of worship. Located in Cordoba city of Spain, Mezquita was built as a mosque in the year 758 over the site that was originally a Visigothic Church. Later, Mezquita was christened as a catholic cathedral. Art lovers find Mezquita to be an auspicious blend of religions and cultures. Visitors in thousands travel Cordoba, only to visit Mezquita. Mezquita is a magnificent exemplar of Moorish architecture and it really gives a good reason for Cordoba visit.

It’s easy to get to Cordoba through Andalucia. Cordoba is also easily reachable through Madrid and Seville by train. Through train the journey takes around 3 to 4 hours. The fastest way to reach Cordoba from Seville or Madrid is through a high-speed train called Ave. This train has only three stops at Madrid, Seville and Cordoba. Cordoba is also easily reachable by bus with many connections from Ronda, Seville and Granada.

After you reach Cordoba you’ll have to reach the mosque. The visitor entrance to Mezquita is through Puerta del Perdon which was built in the fourteenth century. This entrance connects you to Patio de las Naranjas which is a beautiful patio full of orange trees. You’ll also find the ticket office here. The ticket cost to Mezquita is around $10.

Looking at Mezquita’s arches you’ll find that the best way in which you can understand the true beauty of this mosque is by simply strolling around and having a look at countless pillars and archers in different directions. A marvelous effect of light and space creates hypnosis. This effect will help you forget your troubles and cares. As you get into the cathedral, you’ll find beautiful mudejar architecture, and art belonging to 16th century. Most of this work has been destroyed the church authorities that were under Carlos 1.

The original mosque of Cordoba once used to be the second largest mosque in the world. It is extremely renowned for the sequence of high arches it has. These arches stand over 1000 tall columns that are made of marble, onyx, jasper and granite. No matter in which part the mosque you stand, the arches retreat forming a distant gloom. Other features of Mezquita cathedral include elaborate flowing plant designs, gilded prayer niches and geometric patterns that have been used to decorate domed ceilings.

You can also visit old Cordoba and have a tour of the winding streets, strolling through white-washed homes, shops, beautiful plaza that have bars, restaurants and relax yourself.

Great Adventure Destinations

Maui
Home of some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere on the planet, trips to Maui for adventure seekers often revolve around some of the gorgeous terrain that make up the mountainous regions of the island. Hiking through some of the primeval jungles of Maui can be awe-inspiring and can be the highlight of any trip to Hawaii. Outside of that, adventure-seekers will also be interested in the surfing that a Hawaii vacation has to offer that brings in people from all over the world.

Channel Islands
Located just off the coast of California, a trip to Santa Barbara or Los Angeles trip is not complete until you get to visit Channel Islands. This chain of five islands is perfect for anyone looking for a paddling adventure and can be highlighted by sea caves, which dot the shore. Take an expert with you if you can and be sure to bring plenty of water and let someone know where you are when you’re paddling around these magnificent islands.

Niagara Falls
This might a little outdated, but Niagara tours used to include a barrel and a whole lot of water. Now however, Niagara Falls tours are more likely to include a trip to this beautiful locale where you can see these raging waters up close and take in stories of adventures of the past.

The Galapagos Islands
The nice thing about a trip to The Galapagos Islands is that not only is this a great place to enjoy an adventurous vacation, but it can also be romantic. Try snorkeling off the coast and enjoy the wildlife and aquatic life that resides just under the crisp ocean layer on a honeymoon or just go with some friends and enjoy the trip.

The Grand Canyon
Not that this needs much explanation, but trips to the Grand Canyon often include a helicopter ride over this giant chasm that’s 18 miles wide, 277 miles long and 6,000 feet deep. After your helicopter ride, check out various places that’ll allow other adventure, such as hiking or mule rides down into the canyon.

Alaska
Likely our coldest mention, Alaska vacations often include cruises. However, our more adventurous travelers might be willing to hop in a small vessel to do a little exploring of their own. While this might not be much of an adventure, it sure brings you up close to parts of the world you probably haven’t seen before and hopping in a small boat on an Alaska tour might be one of the more adventurous things you’ll end up doing.