Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic

February 17th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General |

© flickr.com - Ben Kucinski/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Ben Kucinski/cc-by-2.0

Punta Cana is a resort town within the Punta Cana-Bávaro-Veron-Macao municipal district, in the municipality of Higüey, in La Altagracia Province, the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic. The area has beaches and balnearios which face both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, and it has been a popular tourist destination.   read more…

Spy Museum in Berlin

February 16th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: Berlin, General, Museums, Exhibitions |

Enigma machine © Scontrofrontale/cc-by-sa-4.0

Enigma machine © Scontrofrontale/cc-by-sa-4.0

The Spy Museum Berlin is a private Museum in Berlin which was opened to the public on 19 September 2015. It is located at Leipziger Platz, directly at Berlin Potsdamer Platz station. The Museum shows in an interactive and multimedia exhibition the history of espionage and secret services worldwide. Special emphasis is dedicated to espionage activities in Berlin during the Cold War. In the exit area there are a shop, a café and a cinema.   read more…

Coro in Venezuela

February 14th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage |

Iglesia de San Francisco © flickr.com - Grégory David Escobar Fernández/cc-by-2.0

Iglesia de San Francisco © flickr.com – Grégory David Escobar Fernández/cc-by-2.0

Coro is the capital of Falcón State and the oldest city in the west of Venezuela. It was founded on July 26, 1527 by Juan de Ampíes as Santa Ana de Coro. It is established at the south of the Paraguaná Peninsula in a coastal plain, flanked by the Médanos de Coro National Park to the north and the sierra de Coro to the south, at a few kilometers from its port (La Vela de Coro) in the Caribbean Sea at a point equidistant between the Ensenada de La Vela and Golfete de Coro. Thanks to the city’s history, culture and its well-preserved Colonial architecture, “Coro and its port La Vela” was designated in 1993 as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, thus becoming the first site in Venezuela to be vested with this title. Since 2005 it is on the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger.   read more…

Chinatown in New York

February 12th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General, New York City |

© chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

© chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-4.0

Manhattan‘s Chinatown is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, bordering the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north, Civic Center to its south, and Tribeca to its west. Chinatown is home to the highest concentration of Chinese people in the West. With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people, Manhattan’s Chinatown is also one of the oldest Chinese ethnic enclaves. The Manhattan Chinatown is one of nine Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City, as well as one of twelve in the New York metropolitan area, which contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, comprising an estimated 820,000 uniracial individuals.   read more…

Kite surfing

February 9th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport |

Kitesurfing © flickr.com - Christopher Michel/cc-by-2.0

Kitesurfing © flickr.com – Christopher Michel/cc-by-2.0

Kiteboarding is a surface water sport combining aspects of wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kiteboarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water on a kiteboard similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard, with or without footstraps or bindings. Kitesurfing is a style of kiteboarding specific to wave riding, which uses standard surfboards or boards shaped specifically for the purpose. There are different styles of kiteboarding, including freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed, course racing, wakestyle, jumping and kitesurfing in the waves. In 2012, the number of kitesurfers was estimated by the World Sailing and International Kiteboarding Association at 1.5 million persons worldwide.   read more…

2018 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics

February 8th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport |

© pyeongchang2018.com

© pyeongchang2018.com

Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games, and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, is a major international multi-sport event scheduled to take place from 9 to 25 February 2018 in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. These will be South Korea’s second Olympic Games and its first Winter Games; Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988. Pyeongchang will be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games; the first two were in Japan, at Sapporo (1972) and Nagano (1998).

Pyeongchang (Mountain cluster)
The Alpensia Resort in Daegwallyeong-myeon will be the focus of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Alpensia Sports Park: Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, Alpensia Biathlon Centre, Alpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Sliding Centre, Yongpyong Alpine Centre, and the Olympic Village. Stand-alone venues: Bokwang Snow Park and Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

Gangneung (Coastal cluster)
The coastal cluster is located in the city of Gangneung. The Gangneung Olympic Park will include the following four venues: Gangneung Hockey Centre, Gangneung Curling Centre, Gangneung Oval, and the Gangneung Ice Arena. In addition, a stand-alone venue is located on the grounds of Catholic Kwandong University: Kwandong Hockey Centre

© pyeongchang2018.com

© pyeongchang2018.com

Winter Paralympics
The 2018 Winter Paralympics, officially known as the XII Paralympic Winter Games, will be held from 9 to 18 March 2018 and is organized by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Competitions in the 2018 Winter Paralympics will be held in six Winter Paralympic sports, with 80 medal events in total. Snowboarding will be expanded into a separate discipline for 2018, with 10 medal events (in 2014, two medal events in snowboarding were held within the alpine skiing programme).

Read more on PyeongChang2018.com, Wikipedia 2018 Winter Olympics, Wikipedia 2018 Winter Paralympics and Wikivoyage Pyeongchang 2018. Photos by Wikimedia Commons.

Platinum Tower in Beirut

February 7th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General, Union for the Mediterranean |

Marina Towers (left) and Platinum Tower (right) © A.K.Khalifeh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Marina Towers (left) and Platinum Tower (right) © A.K.Khalifeh/cc-by-sa-3.0

Platinum Tower is a highrise residential building in Beirut in Lebanon. It occupies a large plot on the Zaitunay Bay Marina, at Saint George Bay in the Beirut Central District. The house is illuminated over night at the edges, and on top, additionally with horizontal light lines at every ninth floor.   read more…

Arica in Chile

February 5th, 2018 | Destination: | Rubric: General |

© panoramio-com - eurimaco/cc-by-sa-3.0

© panoramio-com – eurimaco/cc-by-sa-3.0

Arica is a commune and a port city with a population of 196,590 in the Arica Province of northern Chile‘s Arica y Parinacota Region. It is Chile’s northernmost city, being located only 18 km (11 mi) south of the border with Peru. The city is the capital of both the Arica Province and the Arica and Parinacota Region. Arica has a mild, temperate climate with some of the lowest annual rainfall rates anywhere in the world, consequently there are rarely any clouds over Arica. Arica is located at the bend of South America’s western coast known as the Arica Bend or Arica Elbow. At the location of the city are two lush valleys that dissect the Atacama Desert converge: Azapa and Lluta. These valleys provide fruit for export.   read more…

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