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PHOTO OF THE DAY: An old wooden chapel near the Polish town of Zakopane.

What really caught my attention with this building was how it was in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the trees that could possibly have been used to build it. The church seems so self-sufficient and content with its place in this world.

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Streets of Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain

In the 17th century, much of the town was built in a romantic Italian style to intentionally give it a stylised feel with an artistic unity. The idea was also that the public buildings would appear to have a historical consistency. This was probably more about politics than aesthetics at the time but, several centuries later, it is still clearly a clever strategy.

One of the reasons for this unified approach to design was because of the tumultuous history that had befallen Ciutadella previously. In the 16th century a Turkish Armada of about 140 ships had attacked the town and captured all of the surviving inhabitants to sell them into slavery in the slave markets of Istanbul.

See more photos: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/ciutadella-streets-menorca-spain/
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Sunset at the beautiful natural wonder of Pamukkale in Turkey.

These terraces are made from the minerals that the flowing water has left there over many thousands of years. Although you could once bathe in them, they are now protected and part of a World Heritage Site.

Most people would visit during the day as part of a tour - but I would definitely recommend sunset, which is when I went a couple of years ago.

#travel #travelphotography #turkey #photooftheday #picoftheday #worldheritagesite
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

I can see the diversity as we drive around the reserve. The sun is shining down and we bump along tracks while botanist Sean Privett points out different plants that we’re passing. We also see lizards and birds and evidence of some bigger animals. Every so often we stop and jump out of the jeep to look at something up close. Like the king protea. What a beautiful flower, I think to myself. You can see why it has become a national emblem here in South Africa.

Read more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/grootbos-cape-floral-region-south-africa/
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I can see why too! Beautiful shot))
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Grootbos is the kind of place where it’s not too hard to make things interesting, though. On the edge of Walker Bay, about two hours drive from Stellenbosch, this nature reserve is part of one of the most biologically diverse parts of the world. The Cape Floral Region makes up less than 0.5% of Africa’s landmass but has 20% of its plant species.

“It’s not only that there are so many plants but two thirds of them are found nowhere else in the world,” botanist Sean Privett explains.

“I grew up in Cape Town and I got to know the flora near Cape Point really well and I thought I knew the vegetation and then I went 60 kilometres north to another area and I knew nothing. You start all over again! And then I did a big study in that area and I came here thinking I knew the flora and I knew nothing again!”

“So it’s just amazing. Just the distance from here where we are now to 20 km across the bay is completely different, new species, lots of rare and threatened plants. So I think that’s what makes it exciting, especially if you’re interested in plants. It’s just an amazing diversity over very short distances.”

Read more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/grootbos-cape-floral-region-south-africa/

#travel   #travelphotography   #southafrica   #nature   #worldheritageite  
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D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, Lemmer, The Netherlands

Inside this building are the mechanics of the largest steam-pump station ever built. It is a masterpiece of engineering and the most technologically advanced steam pumping station in the world. Most remarkable of all – it is still in use.

The Wouda Pumping Station is on the edge of the Dutch city of Lemmer, a small residential centre in the north of the country. The station was built in 1920 and was just another battle in a long war between Holland and water. Much of the Netherlands was once covered in water and was unusable for anything – but the country needed space for agriculture and for residential development.

You can see more photos of it here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/df-woudagemaal-pumping-station-lemmer-netherlands/

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Streets of Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain

In the 17th century, much of the town was built in a romantic Italian style to intentionally give it a stylised feel with an artistic unity. The idea was also that the public buildings would appear to have a historical consistency. This was probably more about politics than aesthetics at the time but, several centuries later, it is still clearly a clever strategy.

One of the reasons for this unified approach to design was because of the tumultuous history that had befallen Ciutadella previously. In the 16th century a Turkish Armada of about 140 ships had attacked the town and captured all of the surviving inhabitants to sell them into slavery in the slave markets of Istanbul.

See more photos: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/ciutadella-streets-menorca-spain/
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Es una Ciudad preciosa, con palacios y arquitectura, que recuerda a una pequeña Florencia, Menorca es una isla ideal para pasar unas vacaciones tranquilas, culturales, y con unas playas virgenes increibles, tambien tiene un patrimonio prehistorico de gran valor, es reserva de la Biosfera.
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Streets of Ciutadella, Menorca, Spain

Perhaps it’s the beautiful glow of the early evening sun. Perhaps it’s the relaxing mood of the end of a weekend. Or perhaps it is simply the architecture. There is something about Ciutadella at the moment, though, that has drawn me in.

On the western point of the Spanish island of Menorca, here in the Balearic Sea, this town of Ciutadella is just continuing to give. Whether I am simply turning a corner into a street of houses or whether I am emerging onto a grand square with the views down to the water, I find everything visually stunning.

See more photos: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/ciutadella-streets-menorca-spain/

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It's beautiful and rustic, the architecture really catches your eye.
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

I can see the diversity as we drive around the reserve. The sun is shining down and we bump along tracks while botanist Sean Privett points out different plants that we’re passing. We also see lizards and birds and evidence of some bigger animals. Every so often we stop and jump out of the jeep to look at something up close. Like the king protea. What a beautiful flower, I think to myself. You can see why it has become a national emblem here in South Africa.

Read more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/grootbos-cape-floral-region-south-africa/
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what huge proteas and such a clear shot
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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

I can see the diversity as we drive around the reserve. The sun is shining down and we bump along tracks while botanist Sean Privett points out different plants that we’re passing. We also see lizards and birds and evidence of some bigger animals. Every so often we stop and jump out of the jeep to look at something up close. Like the king protea. What a beautiful flower, I think to myself. You can see why it has become a national emblem here in South Africa.

Read more: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/grootbos-cape-floral-region-south-africa/
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PHOTO OF THE DAY: The waves crashing on the north coast of Madeira.

It's been a while since I did a 'photo of the day' series and it feels like time to bring it back.

This photo is from a fantastic trip last year to the Portuguese island. There are wonderful natural vistas everywhere but I was particularly impressed with the coastline in the north. It makes for a great drive along those curving roads!

#travel #travelphotography #portugal #madeira #waves #photooftheday#picoftheday
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D.F. Wouda Steam Pumping Station, Lemmer, The Netherlands

You probably wouldn’t even notice it if you were driving past. Just off the main street, a few hundreds metres down a small side road, is a brick building with what looks like a small lake in front of it.

If you look closely, you’ll notice that the building is elegantly designed, with a lovely symmetry and large windows between the bricks. From the outside, you would never know what is inside, though. Even if the sign on the building saying ‘Ir.D.F. Woudagemaal’ gave you a clue.

Inside this building are the mechanics of the largest steam-pump station ever built. It is a masterpiece of engineering and the most technologically advanced steam pumping station in the world. Most remarkable of all – it is still in use.

You can see more photos of it here: http://www.timetravelturtle.com/2015/05/df-woudagemaal-pumping-station-lemmer-netherlands/
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Although Schokland is a very significant place, you have to really understand the history to appreciate it. Luckily there are quite a few signs and information booths across the site to tell you more. It is a very pleasant place just to walk around and it was nice and quiet on the day that I visited. The museum was closed because it's only open during peak seasons, but it is still worth a visit, partly because of its World Heritage Site status.
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Beautiful accommodation with private bungalows that look out over the coastline. But the real highlight is exploring the reserve. The tours of the area give you an incredible insight into the nature and the way the plants and the animals interact. This is one of the most biologically diverse parts of the world and the details of how it all works are astounding.
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The botanical gardens are not overly impressive and I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to see them. They are part of the World Heritage Site and of interest historically but they seem to just be used these days by locals who want some shade to rest.
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Even though it was never finished, there's something quiet beautiful about the Hassan Tower as it is. There's not too much to see and you don't need to spend ages there. But make sure you don't miss it on a trip to Rabat.
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You would hardly notice it from the road but this building has the largest steam powered pumping station in the world. The most incredible thing is that it's still in operation. To see the inside, you'll need to take a tour. They leave regularly from the modern visitors centre which has an excellent move and displays for while you wait. It doesn't take too long to see everything inside the main building but the guide will be able to answer your questions. I was on my own so was able to have a good chat about how it all worked. This is a little out of the way of most other tourist attractions but well worth the visit if you are nearby.
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There are two main sections of the Kasbah. The lower level is a quiet and cool garden, filled with trees and seats in the shade. The upper section has a small maze of alleys with painted blue houses. If you can navigate your way through the streets, you’ll come out on a large terrace with views across the water. It's beautiful to visit at sunset.
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Really cool place and easy to walk through and see all the old buildings. There are some great views from the top. This site is older than most of Rabat and worth visiting. Don't be surprised if there are heaps of birds nesting in the ruins - although they are pretty loud and you'll hear them before you see them!
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