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Did you know that there is a palace in the world, that has its own ATM machine? Not only that, it also has a post office, a cafeteria, a movie theatre and 78 bathrooms.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Queen Elizabeth’s home is like a town! Equipped with a chapel, a post office, a staff cafeteria, a doctor’s office (outfitted for surgical procedures) and a movie theater, it doesn’t seem like the royals ever have to leave. The palace also has an indoor swimming pool, of course. The pool house is said to be seen to the left in the photo of the back of Buckingham.
 
The Palace has its own ATM
Cash money! In 2001, now-former head of Coutts bank, Gordon Pell, confirmed to The Standard that there is indeed an ATM inside Buckingham Palace. It is tucked away in the Palace basement and reserved for the royal family.
 
The Queen’s corgis have free reign of the place
Who let the dogs out? In Brian Hoey’s 2011 tell-all book Not In Front of the Corgis, a royal footman told the author that Queen Elizabeth’s beloved canines “are allowed unrestricted access to any part of any royal residence; nowhere is off-limits.” As they’re not completely house-trained, the pups sometimes relieve themselves inside the Palace and footmen have to clean up after them.
 
Most massive garden in all of London
A British quiz show in the vein of Jeopardy! touts that the Palace is home to the largest private garden in all of London. The well-manicured greenery encompasses 40 acres – four times the size of Wembley Stadiums, where major soccer matches (and the occasional football game) take place.
 
It has an underground tunnel system
While there is no secret underground Tube station, as many have speculated, the Palace does have secret tunnels that connect it to Clarence House and the House of Parliament.
 
 

Amazing Travel Facts Ecuador

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Ecuador

Did you know that there is a group of islands, on which Darwin’s famous book “The origin of the Species” was based? He noticed that the animals were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their surroundings. His book in 1859 completely changed people’s views on the origins of life.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands had a resounding impact on the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection.
 
A rather unmotivated and failing medical scholar, Charles Darwin accompanied Captain Robert Fitzroy as a travel companion and naturalist on the HMS Beagle.
 
His book the Voyage of the Beagle is an account of his worldwide journey.
 
When setting off from England in 1831 for a five-year voyage, Darwin had little ambitions for ground-breaking scientific research.
 
After surveying the coasts of South America, the ship stopped over in the Galapagos Islands.
 
During his visit to the islands, Darwin noted that the unique creatures were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their environments which led him to ponder the origin of the islands’ inhabitants.
 
Among those that struck Darwin so greatly were the finches that are now named in his honour. Darwin would later base some of his thought from the supposing that these finches were all descendants of the same lineage.
 
Years later in 1859, Darwin finally consolidated all of his observations into his famous book On The Origin of Species, drastically and controversially altering the scientific view on the biological origins of life.
 
 

Amazing Travel Facts USA

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When you are traveling with your partner and feeling romantic, there is one state in the world, where you can get legally married if you say out loud three times that the person is your husband or wife.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know where we need to travel to in order to get married this way?
 
It is indeed in the mighty state of Texas.
 
If you publicly announce that the person is your husband or wife three times, your marriage is legal in the eyes of Texas. A few caveats: both parties must be at least 18 years old, unmarried, and not related to each other.
 
Some more amazing laws in Texas
You Must Warn Your Victims 24 Hours in Advance
If you’re planning a criminal activity in Texas, you must warn your victims within 24 hours of the crime. You must explain the nature of your upcoming crime, orally or in writing, giving your victims fair warning. This strange law is a recent addition to Texas’ anticrime provisions in an effort to reduce crime.
 
You Can’t Eat Your Neighbor’s Garbage Without Permission
One man’s trash is another man’s criminal conviction in Texas. If you eat your neighbor’s garbage without permission, you may face jail time for trespassing and stealing another’s property.
 
You Can’t Feather Dust a Public Building
Texas currently prohibits the dusting of any public building with a feather duster. It’s unclear whether the dusting of a building with another tool is legal… or why the state would need to outlaw such an obscure act.
 

You Can Watch an Opera Under Water at This Luxury Resort in the Maldives

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Hurawalhi Island Resort, a luxury resort located on the Lhaviyani Atoll in the Maldives, has revealed its 2021 holiday programming lineup, and it includes a musical spectacular unlike any other.

From Dec. 27 to Jan. 5, guests can visit to experience the “Opera Under the Sea,” a series of performances by renowned Turkish soprano Burcu Hanci in the resort’s 5.8 Undersea Restaurant. In case you didn’t venture a guess, the restaurant gained its name thanks to its location 5.8 meters under the water’s surface. That means diners, and now music lovers too, can enjoy a meal and entertainment while surrounded by stunning marine life and tropical blue waters.

“Burcu Hanci, from Turkey, has had a successful international concert career including performances at the invitation of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and the VOICEISTANBUL International Conference,” the hotel shared in a statement. “She has sung the soprano solo in ‘Britten’s War Requiem, Op.66,’ with the Daejeon (Korea) Philharmonic Orchestra and has performed as Ciesca in Puccini’s ‘Gianni Schicchi’ and as Marianne in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra to name but a few of her accomplishments. Now a Soprano Soloist, Hanci performs at special concerts and classical music festivals all over the world and we are very much looking forward to her performances at Hurawalhi.”
 
Hanci’s Opera Under the Sea events will take place on Dec. 27, 28, and 30, as well as Jan. 1, 3, 4, and end on Jan. 5.
 
This Private Island Resort in the Maldives Is Reopening After a Stunning 6-month Transformation
 
Other holiday festivities commence on Christmas Eve with a sunset cocktail party at the resort’s Champagne Pavilion before a Christmas Market Dinner. There, the resort said, guests can dine on an array of local and seasonal specialties and listen to a bit of live music from a local band who will play straight through to Christmas day.

“Christmas isn’t just for children, with The Great Christmas Treasure Hunt in the lagoon taking place on Christmas Day,” the hotel added in a statement. At the Treasure Hunt, “guests search for fabulous prizes including a 5-night stay at Hurawalhi Island Resort.”

Between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, guests can also take part in a number of incredible activities including a bioluminescent night dive, snorkel trips to swim with green sea turtles and manta rays, or take a jet ski safari in search of dolphins.
 
The holiday festivities close out with a New Year’s Eve celebration including a cocktail party on Dream Island where “guests can wave goodbye to the final sunset of 2021 with champagne and canapés before the grand gala dinner, a lavish event accompanied by live music throughout the night.”
 
 

 

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Amazing travel facts Turkey

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AMAZING TRAVEL FACTS
 
Did you know that there is city which has the world’s oldest and biggest covered market? It was built in the 15th century, has 61 covered streets and more than 4000 shops.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know where we need to travel to visit this market?
 
The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, World’s Oldest and Biggest Covered Market.
 
The Grand Bazaar was commissioned by Mehmet II (1444-1481) immediately after the Ottoman conquest of Istanbul in 1453 to provide financial resources for the Hagia Sophia.
 
The construction of the Grand Bazaar began in 1461. The Grand Bazaar, which was a wooden structure at the beginning, is now entirely built of stone and brick. Bricks were used for the vaulted arches, cut stones were used at the base of the arches, and walls were built by plastering over bricks or stone.
 
The oldest building is the Cevahir or İç Bedesten. The second oldest building is the Sandal Bedesten. Bedesten, a vaulted and fireproofed segment of the Grand Bazaar, gets its name from bez (cloth) and means cloth seller’s market. Both bedestens are typical examples of classical Ottoman architecture.
The Cevahir Bedesten, initially built for cloth trading and separated from the rest of the Grand Bazaar by four gates, later developed into a market for gold and precious stones. Located in the center of the Grand Bazaar, it also houses a bank.
 
Named after a type of cloth woven of silk and cotton fibers, the Sandal Bedesten spans an area of 2.435 square meters and is covered by 20 lead-plated domes. The Istanbul Municipality used the Sandal Bedesten as an auction house 1914 to 1980.
 
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Amazing travel facts Finland

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AMAZING TRAVEL FACTS
Did you know that there is a sport where a man has to carry his wife through an obstacle course? Amazing, right?
Legend has it that men stole wives from neighboring villages in the 19th century and this is where it originates from. This competition is now held all over the world, but do you know where the sport was invented? We can travel to see it in July.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know where we need to travel to cheer them on?

It is indeed Finland.
A ­wife-carrying contest is actually a lot like it sounds. Men, carrying wives, race through an obstacle course that includes sand, water and fences. The prize for winning the race is the wife’s weight in beer. It’s really all very civilized.
The Wife Carrying World Championships are hosted each July in the Finnish town of Sonkajärven. The contest’s popularity has inspired similar events in the United States, Australia, Ireland and even China, among others. Some contests — like the North American Wife Carrying Championships — award money to winners to pay for travel expenses to compete in the big leagues — Finland. Even celebrity and former U.S. NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman competed at Sonkajärven — although he only ran the last 100 meters of the course, claiming he wasn’t prepared for such a grueling contest.
You’ll find wife-carrying contests all over the globe, but the Finnish competition is the mother race. In 2008, 39 couples competed, and historically, the competition has included Finnish, Japanese, Chinese, Irish, American, Australian, English, Kenyan, Swedish, German, and Estonian competitors [source: Sonkajärvi]. Two Estonians — Margo Uusorg and Birgit Ulricht — share the wife-carrying world record of 55.5 seconds.

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Did you know that there is a desert which has beautiful striped hills that look like a layered cake? It has multi-coloured valleys and is called “the Painted Desert”.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know where we need to travel in order to see this desert?
 
It is indeed Arizona. 
 
The Painted Desert was named by a Spanish expedition under Francisco Vázquez de Coronado during his 1540 quest to find the Seven Cities of Cibola. He located these some 40 miles (60 km) east of Petrified Forest National Park. Finding the cities were not made of gold, Coronado sent an expedition to find the Colorado River to gain supplies. Passing through the wonderland of colors, they named the area El Desierto Pintado (“The Painted Desert”).
 
Travellers who decide to visit one of the most amazing deserts of the planet will be able to observe an unusual phenomenon. Sometimes, the desert air is heated to such a degree, that mist of pink or purple is generated from the dust. It’s a great experience to watch this haze. Researchers found out that millions of years ago, a significant part of the current desert was covered with dense forests.
 
 

Underwater ‘forest’ off the coast of Ayia Napa

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Jason deCaires Taylor is the mastermind behind the Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (Musan)

Artist Jason deCaires Taylor has made a big splash in the art world once more – this time with an underwater forest off the coast of party hotspot Ayia Napa in Cyprus.

The Briton is known for creating underwater museums that feature striking sculpture collections. He’s created aquatic sculpture gardens everywhere from Cannes, Mexico, Grenada, the Bahamas, Lanzarote, Norway, Australia, and the Maldives – though this one was partially destroyed after it was deemed offensive.

Titled Museum of Underwater Sculpture Ayia Napa (Musan), his latest submerged endeavour is 200 metres (656ft) off the coast of Pernera Beach and features 93 sculptures on the seabed between eight and 10 metres (26 to 33ft) below the surface.

The exhibition, made with a budget of £846,685 (€1million), opened last month, with divers and snorkelers invited to explore what lies beneath.

The artworks, lowered into the sea using a crane, allude to the relationship between man and nature, with life-size sculptures of children pointing cameras and playing amid 13-tonne blue-tinged trees that catch the light as swimmers paddle overhead.

Made in conjunction with the government of Cyprus, the artworks are intended to resemble a path through the forest floor.

And it’s hoped that the materials will be a haven for sea life.

A launch statement said: ‘The sculptures have been designed and made with materials that attract marine life, and are placed at different depths, thus creating a suitable substrate for marine life at all levels.

‘The sculptures are made of inert materials, with neutral pH, so as not to affect the area adversely. It’s a sandy area and it is expected that over time the biodiversity of the area will be enriched, thanks to the museum.’

The artist describes the sculptures as ‘active catalysts’ in nurturing aquatic life and reefs, meaning Musan will become an evolving and growing underwater forest.

Ayia Napa’s Mayor, Christos Zannettou, said: ‘We believe that with this unique diving museum visitors will be able to enjoy an underwater oasis.’

The past 20 years have seen maritime ecosystems in the Mediterranean deplete radically, with eco-artists like deCaires Taylor determined to make a change.

The qualified diving instructor is preoccupied with man’s impact on the earth in his work, which has a focus on biodiversity.

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Egypt’s ancient King Khufu’s Boat moved from Giza pyramids to new home

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CAIRO – King Khufu’s Boat, an ancient vessel that is the oldest and largest wooden boat discovered in Egypt, has been painstakingly moved from its longstanding home next to the Giza pyramids to a nearby giant museum, officials said.

The 4 600-year-old vessel, also known as the Solar Boat, was moved to the nearby Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), due to be inaugurated later in 2021.

“The aim of the transportation project is to protect and preserve the biggest and oldest organic artefact made of wood in the history of humanity for the future generations,” the tourism and antiquities ministry said in a statement.

It took 48 hours to transport the cedarwood boat, which is 42 metres long and weighs 20 tons, to its new home. It arrived at the GEM in the early hours of Saturday, the ministry said.

The boat was transported as a single piece inside a metal cage carried on a remote-controlled vehicle imported especially for the operation, said Atef Moftah, supervisor general of the GEM project.

The vessel, discovered in 1954 at the southern corner of the Great Pyramid, has been exhibited for decades at a museum bearing its name at Giza Plateau.

Egypt says the Grand Egyptian Museum, which has been under construction intermittently for 17 years, will contain more than 100 000 artefacts when it opens.

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Thanda Island, Tanzania – new mermaid will help build up reefs

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Thanda Island, off the Indian Ocean coast of Tanzania, has introduced an underwater mermaid sculpture that doubles as a tool in the private island’s ongoing marine conservation work, which includes growing and preserving the vulnerable coral reef that surrounds the island.

Created by Antigone Meda, island manager and “Head of Magic” at Thanda Island, the bigger-than-life-size concrete sculpture contributes to an expanding artificial reef that is part of an coral nursery beneath the waves of the Shungimbili Island Marine Reserve about 5 minutes by boat from the resort. 

The piece is also the first of many mermaid sculptures that Meda intends to create to symbolize “the wonderful women that work on the Thanda Island team.” Made from environment-friendly concrete and cast in fiberglass molds, the sculpture is named “Rianne” for resident marine biologist Rianne Laan, who created the coral nursery in 2018.

Meda, who joined Thanda Island in 2016 and became island manager two years later, drew inspiration for the sculpture from the underwater artwork of British artist Jason Taylor. She only works on mermaid sculptures at night after her work is over, she said, “so this one took about two years. It was worth it — this was a dream project.” 

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