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60% of the lakes on earth are located in Canada

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Amazing Travel Fact – 60% of the lakes on earth are located in Canada 

 
The second largest country on the planet is home to 60% of the planet’s lakes. Still not amazed? How about we rephrased: the number of lakes in Canada is bigger than the rest of the lakes on the planet combined! The largest lake in Canada is the Great Bear Lake, spreading over 31,153 km² and going as deep as 435 meters.  
 
Amazing right?

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Cliff diving is spectacular and dangerous

Cliff diving is spectacular and dangerous

Amazing Travel Fact – Cliff diving is spectacular and dangerous.

But did you know that there is a famous place in the world that has been known for cliff diving since the forties? Not only that, at one time it was The party destination for celebrities – John F Kennedy and Jackie and Bill and Hillary Clinton even honeymooned here.
 
Do you know where we need to travel to find this?
 
Cliff diving has been a tradition in Acapulco since the forties and it is currently one of the most famous cliff jumping locations in the world. The jump is off a 45 foot cliff into the ocean. Divers must consider the wind and the timing of the ocean waves to hit the water when there is at least four and a half meters of water covering the jagged bottom. Cliff divers can be watched by paying an entrance fee to gain access to a viewing platform.
 
In the 1930s, John Wayne and Errol Flynn purchased Hotel Los Flamingos to use as a home base for social events and fishing trips. Acapulco became the party destination of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities, attracting the likes of Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Delores Del Rio, Rock Hudson, Debbie Reynolds and Orson Welles.
For her 28th birthday, Rita Hayworth celebrated in Acapulco Bay aboard Errol Flynn’s yacht. Elizabeth Taylor married Mike Todd in Acapulco, and John F. Kennedy and Jackie honeymooned in Acapulco, as did Bill and Hillary Clinton.
 
In the 1960s, moviegoers got a taste of Acapulco’s frolicking beach life in Elvis Presley’s hit movie, “Fun in Acapulco.”

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Electric air taxis

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December 29, 2021 – Electric air taxis

The two largest U.S. regional carriers have made a commitment to buying electric air taxis. 

On Tuesday, Indianapolis-based Republic Airways said it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent to purchase up to 200 electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft from Embraer-controlled Eve Air Mobility. 

Electric air taxis for SkyWest and Republic Airways

In addition, SkyWest announced that it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent for the purchase of up to 100 Eve aircraft. 

Both airlines said the partnerships will also focus on the development of air taxi networks in key U.S. markets.

Republic said it will focus on developing such networks on the East Coast and in the central U.S., with an initial emphasis on Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. 

SkyWest was less specific, saying only that it and Eve had committed to optimizing eVTOL service in key cities that are early adopters. In so doing, SkyWest and Eve plan to focus on airport specifications and a roadmap for certification of Eve’s eVTOL craft.

Financial muscle for eVOTL

Tuesday’s announcements came as Eve revealed that it will take the company public on the New York Stock Exchange in combination with Zanite Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The public company will trade as Eve Holding and Embraer will have an 82% equity stake.

Eve has provided few details on the eVTOL craft it has under development. But Republic and SkyWest are far from its lone airline partners. The company has lined up 15 other launch partners, including Fort Lauderdale-based aircraft lessor Azorra, which also announced its intent Tuesday to purchase up to 200 Eve craft. 

SkyWest operates regional flights for Delta, United, American and Alaska Airlines, while Republic operates regional flights for Delta, United and American. Among U.S. carriers, they join United, American, JetBlue and regional carrier Mesa Airlines, each of which has invested in eVTOL craft, made tentative purchase commitments or both. 

Airlines that are supporting eVTOL development tout its possibilities for easing commutes to and from major airports, as well as the environmental benefits of electric-powered transport.

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The longest architectural project in the world – Amazing Travel Facts

the longest architectural project in the world

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Did you know that there is an unfinished masterpiece in the world which is one of the longest architectural projects in the world? Construction has already taken approximately 140 years.

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Completion of  the longest architectural project in the world is now estimated in 2030, but surrounding apartments might need to be demolished in order to finish it. Amazing, right?

It is La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. The date of completion of the Sagrada Familia has been postponed many times. It is one of the longest architectural projects in the world and if the finish date is met, construction will have taken 147 years. The main facade and its crypts, where Gaudí himself is buried, are listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.

Municipal authorities expect to collect €36 million, about $39 million, from the foundation over the next decade to help pay for improvements, maintenance and other costs in the surrounding area.
The year 2026 will mark the centenary year of the death of Gaudí and they want to celebrate this anniversary by completing the Sagrada Familia. However, there are two things which won’t be finished by 2026: the artistic part and the surroundings of the Basilica.

The next phase of construction might mean the demolition of people’s homes to make way for a sprawling new staircase and a grand surrounding area, up to 200-feet wide and stretching across two blocks, leading up to the main entrance 16 feet above the sidewalk.

In Barcelona, visitors to Sagrada Familia pay between $22 and $36 each to take the tour, generating 95% of the foundation’s revenue. The foundation had revenue of $113 million last year, up from about $87 million in 2018. Residents estimate about 1,000 homes would be demolished to make way for the expansion.

The city says no final plans have been made and all options are on the table. The city’s master plan currently allows for demolition of buildings in the two blocks south of the main entrance.

 
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Not sure if there are beautiful dunes in the country you live in, there is even one in France! But did you know that the highest sand dune in the world is 1234 meters high?
 
Can you imagine going sandboarding on it?
 
Amazing, right?
 
It is indeed in Argentina.
 
A sand dune is, more or less, a giant lump of sand. Like a mountain… but sand. That’s it. A sand tune is literally any huge mound or hill of sand. They are formed from large masses of sand blown by the wind, and are most common in deserts, but also often appear near beaches.
 
When sand is blown by the wind into a sheltered area, behind an obstacle, where it then becomes sheltered from that wind, the sand accumulates and forms a dune. They can make for quite a miraculous sight – and real adventure playground. Think hiking, fat biking or sandboarding.
 
The highest sand dune in the world is named after Federico B. Kirbus, the journalist who discovered it. As well as spanning 1230m from base to peak, it also reaches 2845m above sea level. The dune sits in front of beautiful mountain views.
 
The Federico Kirbus dune is a dune located near the town of Tatón , in the Bolson de Fiambalá , in the department of Tinogasta in the province of Catamarca , in the northwest of the Argentine Republic.

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Amazing Travel Facts Egypt

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Amazing Travel Facts Egypt

You have all heard of the seven wonders of the ancient world, right? But did you know that only one of them has survived? It weighs 6 million ton and was built around 2700 BC.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know where we need to travel to see this ancient wonder?
 
And that ancient Wonder is the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
 
The original list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World comes from a work by Philo of Byzantium written in 225 B.C. called On The Seven Wonders.
The Great Pyramid, located at Giza on the west bank of the Nile River north of Cairo in Egypt, is the only wonder of the ancient world that has survived to the present day. It is part of a group of three pyramids–Khufu (Cheops), Khafra (Chephren) and Menkaura (Mycerimus)–that were built between 2700 B.C. and 2500 B.C. as royal tombs.
 
The largest and most impressive is Khufu, known as “The Great Pyramid,” which covers 13 acres and is believed to contain more than 2 million stone blocks that weigh from two to 30 tons each.
 
For more than 4,000 years, Khufu reigned as the tallest building in the world. In fact, it took modern man until the 19th century to build a taller structure. Amazingly, the nearly symmetrical Egyptian pyramids were built without the aid of modern tools or surveying equipment.

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Amazing Travel Facts Russia

Amazing Travel Facts Russia

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Did you know that there is a museum in the world where it would take 11 years to view their collection? Not only that, the museum houses 50 cats that are, according to the director, as popular as Rembrandt. They have their own dedicated press officer and a dedicated kitchen. The museum also hires three full-time volunteers to look after them.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know in which city this museum stands?
 
It is indeed the Hermitage in St Petersburg, Russia.
 
John is right, there have been cats in the palace since Peter the Great’s daughter, Empress Elizabeth, issued a decree, in 1745, that the biggest cats, capable of catching mice, be sent immediately from Kazan to the court of her imperial majesty. Catherine the Great is thought to have favored Russian Blues as indoor palace cats.
 
The cats of the Hermitage live in a large cellar of almost 20 km long. It is well-equipped for comfortable living and hunting of the animals. Nothing limits the cats, they can free walk around, but not in the exposition halls. In the summertime, they prefer staying in the museum’s yard, enjoying the sun and not being bothered by the museum staff and guests
As the director of the state museum in Saint Petersburg says, the cats are even as popular as Rembrandt. Every cat has its own passport and a vet book.

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Amazing Travel Facts Italy

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Did you know that one of the most famous paintings in the world is not found in a museum, but in a convent? The painting inspired some wild theories and several books and films. And it is missing a piece, because in 1652 a doorway was added to the wall it was painted on.
 
Amazing, right?
 
Do you know which painting it is and where we need to travel in order to see it?
 
It is indeed in Milan, Italy.
 
Although The Last Supper is easily one of the world’s most iconic paintings, its permanent home is a convent in Milan, Italy. And moving it would be tricky, to say the least. Leonardo da Vinci painted the religious work directly (and fittingly) on the dining hall wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie back in 1495.
 
In The Templar Revelation, Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince propose that the figure to the left of Jesus is not John, but Mary Magdalene, and that The Last Supper is key evidence in a cover-up of the true identity of Christ by the Roman Catholic Church.
 
Musicians have speculated that the true hidden message in The Last Supper is actually an accompanying soundtrack. In 2007, Italian musician Giovanni Maria Pala created 40 seconds of a somber song using notes supposedly encoded within da Vinci’s distinctive composition.
 
Three years later, Vatican researcher Sabrina Sforza Galitzia translated the painting’s “mathematical and astrological” signs into a message from Leonardo da Vinci about the end of the world. She claims The Last Supper predicts an apocalyptic flood that will sweep the globe from March 21 to November 1, 4006.
 
 

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Did you know that there is a famous painting in the world that receives love letters daily? The painting has its own room and its own mailbox.

It is the Mona Lisa! Not only does the Mona Lisa receive love letters, there are also some other interesting facts:

She has her own room in the Louvre Museum in Paris.

After the Louvre launched a four-year, $6.3 million renovation in 2003, the painting now has its own room. A glass ceiling lets in natural light, a shatter-proof glass display case maintains a controlled temperature of 43 degrees F. and a little spotlight brings out the true colors of da Vinci’s original paints.

4. It is a painting but not a canvas.
Da Vinci’s famous masterpiece is painted on a poplar plank. Considering he was accustomed to painting larger works on wet plaster, a wood plank does not seem that outlandish. Canvas was available to artists since the 14th century, but many Renaissance masters preferred wood as a basis for their small artworks.

5. Jackie Kennedy invited her to visit.
Over the centuries, French officials have only rarely let the painting out of their sight. However, when first lady Jackie Kennedy asked if the painting could visit the U.S., French President de Gaulle agreed. “Mona Lisa” went on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. and then at the Metropolitan Museum of the Arts in New York City.

6. A thief made her famous.
Although in the art world, the painting had always been an acknowledged masterpiece, it wasn’t until it was stolen in the summer of 1911 that it would capture the attention of the general public. Newspapers spread the story of the crime worldwide. When the painting finally returned to the Louvre two years later, practically the whole world was cheering.

7. Picasso was under suspicion for the theft. During the investigation, the gendarmes went so far as to question known art dissidents such as Pablo Picasso about the theft. They briefly arrested poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who had once said the painting should be burned. Their suspicions proved to be unfounded.

 

 

 

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Did you know that at the most unusual post office in the world, all mail gathers in a wooden barrel? Started in the late 1700’s by whalers, this mailing system requires visitors to take a postcard with a local address and hand deliver it upon return to their own country.  And there’s no facebook, texting or tweeting allowed. Amazing, right?

Started by whalers in the late 1700s, this mailing system – possibly the oldest in the world – requires visitors to take a postcard with a local address, and hand deliver it upon return to their own country.

The tradition has existed ever since tourism began on the islands in the 1960s and for over 200 years before. English whalers and seamen travelling through the bay would leave letters to family, then those travelling in the opposite direction would deliver them back in England.

And it is Galapagos where we find this post office.

 

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