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Loire Castels.Chateau de Chambord

The Chateau de Chambord is the largest of all the chateaux residing in the Loire Valley and is undoubtedly the most astounding. In 1519, under the instruction of King Francois I, the original manor was demolished and the construction of Chambord castle begun. The design is suggested to have been initiated by Leonardo Da Vinci, and the location, amongst the Boulogne Forest, served as a perfect hunting lodge for the king.

In 1537, 18 years after its initial construction, the castle keep, with its towers and terraces was completed by 1800 men and 2 master masons. Francois I later ordered the erection of a royal pavilion on the castle’s northeastern corner, with a connecting two-storey gallery, and at one stage contemplated diverting the Loire River to flow directly in front of his chateau. Henri II, his son, initiated the building of the castle’s west wing, housing the chapel; and later in 1685, Louis XIV completed a 440 roomed extension.

By the 17 th century Chambord consisted of 440 rooms, 365 chimneys, 14 main staircases and 70 smaller staircases. The key features of the magnificent Chateau de Chambord include the grand staircase and the remarkable skyline.The innovative staircase was designed by Leonardo Da Vinci, consisting of two separate flights of stairs spiralled around each other. It is possible for two people to enter the two staircases at the base and not see each other until they reach the very top. The castle’s skyline is its most distinctive and astonishing feature, with a central lantern tower reaching 32m high and roof terraces with stunning spires, turrets and sculptured gables.

The grand estate of Chambord covers 1000ha of oak trees, pine groves, moors, swamps and magnificent clearings. The vast forest is open to visitors who wish to discover the national wildlife reserve by foot, bike or horseback. All year-round visitors can access observatories set up for viewing wild animals. The beauty and magnificence of Le Chateau de Chambord is breath-taking and is a ‘must-see’ for all tourists visiting the Loire Valley on either a short break or an extented holiday.

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Visiting Gibraltar ,part one

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To arrive into Gibraltar is to be awestruck by the sheer majesty of the Jurassie limestone Rick that dominates the horizon .The Rock has attracted visitors ,some friends,some foe .Throughout its colorful history .All drawn its unique charm and character ,which still thrive today in the Gibraltarian people .

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Strategically situated on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula ,the British Overseas Territory is almost entirely surrounded by water other then the narrow isthmus which links it to mainland Spain .
Gibraltar is less then seven square kilometers on the outside ,but inside lies a myriad of caves and tunnels that stretch for almost fifty kilometers .Herein lie some of Gibraltar ‘s biggest mystery and secrets .

To be continued

Cape Verde

Cape Verde is an Archipelago of nine islands lying like a jeweled necklace off the coast of West Africa

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Cape Verde’s beauty was largely kept a secret – the long beaches of endless white sand, lapped by turquoise ocean: the historical mystery of colonial style towns like Ribeira Grande, the first European City in the tropics: the wide variety of landscapes – from dramatic volcanic to lush and verdant. If you enjoy fine beaches, beautiful scenery, vibrant cultures and have a sense of adventure, Cape Verde will not disappoint.

The Cape Verde islands are a great destination all-year round for a getaway that refreshes your soul. You can expect temperatures from 24-27 degrees in the Spring/Summer season, and 22-25 degrees in the Autumn/Winter season.

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Fernando de Noronha ,Pernambuco ,Brazil

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Fernando de Noronha is one of the most beautiful places in the world .
The statement that may sound pretentious can be confirmed by anyone who has ever visited archipelago .A proof are the three prizes received from one of the most respected magazines in the segment of the country,which put the island as one of the best destination in the country.In addition Baia de Sancho has been chosen as the best beach in Brazil.

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The archipelago is still highlighted by the Baia de Sancho and Baia dos Porcos in the world’s largest tourism site ,which also list the Baia do Sancho as the fourth best in international rankings ,which comprises 25 destinations altogether .

Formed from volcanic rocks and located 545 km from Recife,it is a natural patrimony of humanity.only the main island is inhabited and administrative centre works in the Palace of Sao Miguel.
Before being an important centre of environmental preservation and research ,the coveted target today used to be a prison.Part of the structure built to house the inmates can still be visited.Later the archipelago was a military base during World War II .The facilities build by the Americans during the war currently serve as the tourism centre .

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From the 60’s Fernando de Noronha has been visited by researchers from all over the world ,interested in its immense marina fauna.
There were also breakthrough discoveries of endemic species of reptiles and birds .Noronha houses one of the few oceanic mangroves In the world .Today archipelago is controlled by environmental agencies,to preserve its delicate ecosystem .
The tourist is always welcome and the natives who work in receptive tourism undergo constant training ,to serve better and better .
However visits are limiter in number ,so it is important to schedule your trip in advance .

Upon arrival at the archipelago ,the tourist will find an unrivaled paradise .The see offers up to 30 meters visibility ,perfect for diving .Those Who can’t or don’t want to dive can see submarine life through
Projeto Navi ,consisting of a vessel with a large lens at the bottom which allows observation of the marine environment .
For those who enjoy surfing ,Fernando de Noronha is one of the finest peaks in South America .Tubular waves guaranteed to place the nickname of Brazilian Hawaii.it is possible to go hiking on trails through oceanic woodland,which lead tourist to wonderful lookouts .
At night the excitement is the “forro de pe de serra”,which gathers tourist and natives .

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Tuktoyaktuk,NWT Canada,my 4 years trip around the world

TUKTOYAKTUK, NWT – Located on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, at the uppermost edge of Canada, Tuktoyaktuk, or just Tuk as it is more known locally, is a small Inuvialuit community and a unique travel destination. From dogsleds, to the Midnight Sun, Northern Lights and pingos, Tuktoyaktuk, or Tuktuyaaqtuuq, is the hamlet that has much to offer the adventure tourist. Approximately 150 kilometres north of Inuvik, Tuk is accessible by plane or ice-road and is well worth the extra travel time. Whether visiting in the summer or winter, Tuk will offer travellers an adventure of a lifetime.

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Barrow Alaska ,top of the World

The town of Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States, located on the arctic ocean north of the arctic circle. It has been home to the Native Inupiat Eskimo people for over 1000 years and many still reside there, making up over half of the population. It is the largest of the many remote villages in Alaska, not accessible by roadways. Because Barrow is north of the arctic circle the sun does not rise for several winter months, nor set for several summer months. It has the coldest average temperatures in the state, some years experiencing snow every month of the year.

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My 4 Years trip around the World ,part 25 Haida Gwaii ,Queens Charlotte Island ,BC Canada

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Haida Gwaii is located 100 kilometers west of the northern coast of British Columbia, Canada and is an isolated group of over 200 islands, large and small, totaling approximately 3750 square miles or 1,000,000 hectares.

The west coast lays at the edge of the continental shelf – an abrupt tectonic scarp rising from 3,000 metres below sea level to the 1,000 metre-high peak of the San Christoval mountains. Exposed to Pacific Ocean weather systems, it bears the brunt of the strongest winds in Canada, waves up to 35metres, and four metres of rainfall a year.
The east coast is a gentler leeward landscape of sheltered inlets, islands, lowland and plateau, with an annual rainfall of about 80 centimetres, yet is also exposed to high wind speeds from most points of the compass.

The islands’ shores are bathed in nutrient-rich waters of the north Pacific,
their climate tempered by warm offshore currents. There are extensive seabird nesting colonies, large numbers of raptors, and many salmon spawning streams of all sizes.

The closest city to Haida Gwaii is Prince Rupert with a population of 13,392.
The ferry from Prince Rupert to Skidegate is 93 nautical miles or approximately
8 hours in good weather. The islands are situated 48 km south of Alaska, and 720 km north from Vancouver with a population of 2,116,581.
The territory of the Haida Nation includes the entire land of Haida Gwaii, surrounding waters, sub-surface and the air space recognizing the independent jurisdiction of the Kaiganii (southern Alaska) The watersinclude the entire Dixon Entrance, half of the Hecate Strait, halfway to Vancouver Island and westward into the abyssal ocean depths.
– From the Constitution of the Haida Nation

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The Village of Masset is a small fishing village located on Graham Island – the largest of the more than 150 islands that comprise the archepelago of Haida Gwaii (Islands of the People).

Located along the northwestcoast of British Columbia the Village of Masset provides access to northern Naikoon Provincial Park, is the western terminus (Mile 0) of the Yellowhead Highway (HWY 16), and is at the heart of of a unique and vibrant Islands culture.

Famous celebrities and people from all over the world have visited Masset to enjoy the areas pristine beauty, rich sportsfishing and unique culture. As well, Masset is known for its endless hiking trails, magnificent beaches and exceptional birdwatching opportunities. World renowned artists hail from Masset and can be found at studios around the village and at our close neighbour, the Haida community of Old Massett.

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My 4 years trip around the World ,part 24 .Prince Rupert BC Canada

Prince Rupert is a little marine city (population: 15,000) with one-of-a-kind wilderness exploration and wildlife viewing experiences on Northwest BC’s Pacific Coast. It’s also a popular stop on various Alaskan cruises.

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The port city of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, is actually on an island at the mouth of the Skeena River, just 40 miles south of the Alaska border and 65 miles south of Ketchikan. Its name was decided in a nationwide contest at the time of its incorporation in 1910, but plans for the city to rival the Port of Vancouver, some 550 miles south, have never been realized.

Arriving into port by ship is breathtaking, as you skirt hundreds of islands and make your way through narrow, mist-shrouded passageways to this town of 16,000 residents. And, because of its moderate climate and mists, it is not unusual to see several rainbows a day, including double and triple rainbows that span the entire horizon.

The natural landscape provides most of the draw for this locale, but it also has a history as one of the oldest continuously occupied regions in the world, with a First Nations culture that dates back over 10,000 years. In fact, the area surrounding Prince Rupert was at one time one of the most densely populated regions north of Mexico. The Tsimshian Nation’s sites and archeological artifacts are available to visitors touring here, and there is a museum dedicated to the First Nations peoples.

If it’s wildlife you seek, Prince Rupert is a dream location, home to Canada’s only Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, the highest concentration of humpbacked whales in North America, white Kermode bears and soaring eagles. Your visit will leave you with a greater appreciation for the interaction between man and the natural world.

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Next trip .Haida Gwaii ,Queen Charlotte Island BC Canada

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