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Tuesday, July 31, 2012


           Cairo ( القاهرة) is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. With a population of 6.76 million  spread over 453 square kilometers (175 sq mi), Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. With an additional ten million inhabitants just outside the city, Cairo resides at the centre of the largest metropolitan area in Africa and the eleventh-largest urban area in the world.
           The main objectives are Abdeen Palace ( قصر عابدين ), Ain Shams University ( جامعة عين شمس ), Al Azhar Park (حديقة الأزهر), Al Hakim mosque (الجامع الانور‎ ), Borg Al-Qāhira - Cairo tower ( برج القاهرة), Al Azhar Mosque ( الجامع الأزهر ) and University, Coptic museum, Gates of Cairo (ابواب القاهره), Grand Hyatt, Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan (جامع السلطان حسن ), Sheraton Hotel, French University of Egypt ( الجامعة الفرنسية في مصر), Cairo Opera House ( دار الأوبرا المصرية).

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Abdeen Palace Ain Shams University Al Azhar Mosque Al Azhar Park

Monday, July 30, 2012

Syrian desert

          The Syrian Desert (arabic  بادية الشام bādiyat ash-shām‎) is a combination of steppe and true desert that is located in the northern Arabian Peninsula covering 200,000 square miles (over 500,000 square kilometers). 
          The desert is very rocky and flat. The desert's remarkable landscape was formed by lava flows from the volcanic region of the Jebel Druze ( جبل الدروز) in southern Syria. In the desert are the ruins of ancient city of Palmyra (مملكة تدمر). The Syrian Desert is the origin of the Syrian hamster.

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Tisza river

             The Tisza (Tisa, тиса) is one of the main rivers of Central Europe. It drains an area of about 156,087 km2 (60,266 sq mi) and has a length of 965 km (600 mi) the biggest catchment and length of any of Danube tributaries.
              It is passing several cities along its way, including Sighetu Marmaţiei, Khust, Szolnok, Szeged, Bečej. The main tributaries are Someş (Szamos), Körös (Cris), Mureş (Maros), Bodrog, Vişeu River, Iza, Săpânţa, Şugătag, Tur River, Kraszna, Sajó, Zagyva, Bega River, Jegrička, Čik.
              In early 2000, there was a sequence of serious pollution incidents originating from accidental industrial discharges in Romania. This series of incidents were described at the time as the most serious environmental disaster to hit central Europe since the Chernobyl disaster.

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            Liepāja ( German: Libau, Polish: Lipawa) is a city in western Latvia, located on the Baltic Sea directly at 21°E. It is the largest city in the Kurzeme Region of Latvia, the third largest city in Latvia after Riga and Daugavpils and an important ice-free port. As of 1 July 2011 Liepāja had a population of 82.386.
            The cities main touristic objectives are the center, Hotel Liepāja, Liepaja fortress, Liepaja market, Peldu street (Peldu iela), Liepaja port, Liepaja university (Liepājas Universitāte), Rose square (Rožu laukums), St. Anna's Lutheran Church, Liepāja Holy Trinity Lutheran Cathedral (Liepājas Svētās Trīsvienības katedrāle), St. Nicholas Orthodox Sea Cathedral

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Sunday, July 29, 2012


               The Vistula (Wisla, Weichsel) is the longest and the most important river in Poland, at 1,047 km (651 miles) in length. The watershed area of the Vistula is 194,424 km2 (75,068 sq mi), of which 168,699 km2 (65,135 sq mi) lies within Poland (splitting the country in half).It  rises at Barania Góra in the south of Poland, 1220 meters above sea level in the Silesian Beskids (western part of Carpathian Mountains). It empties into the Vistula Lagoon ( Zalew Wiślany) or directly into the Gdańsk Bay of the Baltic Sea with a delta.
          It is passing several large Polish cities along its way, including Kraków, Sandomierz,Warsaw, Płock, Włocławek, Toruń, Bydgoszcz, Świecie, Grudziądz, Tczew and Gdańsk.

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mycteria Storks

          Mycteria is a genus of large tropical storks with representatives in the Americas, east Africa and southern and southeastern Asia. Two species have "ibis" in their scientific or old common names, but they are not related to these birds and simply look more similar to an ibis than do other storks.
         These storks walk slowly and steadily in shallow open wetlands seeking their prey, which, like that of most of their relatives, consists of fish, frogs and large insects
         In this genus there are 4 species: Mycteria cinerea (milky stork), Mycteria ibis (Yellow-billed Stork), Mycteria leucocephala (Painted Stork) and Mycteria americana (wood stork).

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mount Robson

                Mount Robson is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range; it is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. The mountain is located entirely within Mount Robson Provincial Park of British Columbia, and is part of the Rainbow Range. It is commonly thought to be the highest point in B.C., but that distinction is held by Mount Fairweather at 4,663 m (15,299 ft). Mount Robson is the second highest peak entirely in British Columbia, behind Mount Waddington.
               The south face of Mount Robson is clearly visible from the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16). The south face can be seen from the Berg Lake, accessible after a hike of 17.5 miles.

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Nefud desert

              The Nefud (arabic  صحراء النفود ṣahrā' al-nefud) desert is a desert in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula occupying a great oval depression. It is 180 miles (290 km) long and 140 miles (225 km) wide, with an area of 40,000 square miles (103,600 km²). Before the Battle of Aqaba (during the Arab Revolt) forces led by Auda ibu Tayi attacked the Turkish-held coastal town of Aqaba on its poorly-defended eastern flank, achieved by taking a long and wide desert route, passing close to the edge of the Nafud.
              The Nafud is an erg, noted for its sudden violent winds, which account for the large crescent-shaped dunes. Rain comes once or twice a year. In some lowland areas, namely those near the Hejaz Mountains ( جبال الحجاز ), there are oases where dates, vegetables, barley, and fruits are raised.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012


                   Trondheim is a city and municipality in Sør-Trøndelag county, Norway. With a population of 176,348, it is the third most populous municipality in Norway and city in the country, although the fourth largest urban area. It is the administrative centre of Sør-Trøndelag county. The settlement was founded in 997 as a trading post, and was the capital of Norway during the Viking Age until 1217. Trondheim lies on the south shore of the Trondheimsfjord at the mouth of the river Nidelva.
                  The main objectives are The Old Town Bridge of Trondheim (Gamle Bybro),  Nidaros Cathedral (Nidaros Domkirke), The Trondheim Museum of Arts, Our Lady's Church ( Vår Frue kirke), Norwegen Speicherhäuser, Munkholmen, Ringve Museum, Bakke kirke, Lademoen kirke, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet).

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Bakke kirke Eisige Strasse Lade kirke Munkholmen


             Tucson is the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and is the home to University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census puts the city's population at 520,116, while the 2011 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan area was 989,569. The English name Tucson derives from the Spanish name of the city, Tucsón. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, which both anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor.
             The main objectives are University of Arizona, Pima County Courthous, St. Augustine Cathedral, One South Church, Fox Theater, Saint Xavier Church, El Presidio Park, UniSource Energy Tower, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Trail Dust Town.

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Catalina Church Old Main University of Arizona Pima County Courthouse St. Augustine Cathedral

Monday, July 23, 2012


          Sana'a (صنعاء) is the capital of Yemen. Sana'a is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. At an altitude of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), it is also one of the highest capital cities in the world. Sana'a is one of the oldest populated places in the world. Sana'a has a population of approximately 1,748,000 (2010) making it Yemen's largest city. The old city of Sana'a, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a distinctive visual character due its unique architectural characteristics, most notably expressed in its multi-story buildings decorated with geometric patterns.
         The main landmark is the old city of Sana'a with Bab Al-Yemen (the Gate of Yemen), Suq al-Milh (Salt Market), Tahrir Square, museums and mosques (Al Saleh Mosque - جامع الرئيس الصالح, Al Khair Mosque, Great Mosque of Sana'a.

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                Copenhagen (København) is the capital of Denmark and its most populous city, with an urban population of 1,213,822 (as of 1 January 2012) and a metropolitan population of 1,935,746 (as of 1 April 2012). Copenhagen has over 94,000 students enrolled in its largest universities and institutions. With the completion of the transnational Øresund Bridge (Øresundsbroen) in 2000, Copenhagen has become the centre of the increasingly integrating Øresund Region (Øresundsregionen). Within this region, Copenhagen and the Swedish city of Malmö are growing into a combined metropolitan area. Copenhagen is situated on the islands of Zealand and Amager.
               The main objectives are Amager Square (Amagertorv), St. Nicholas Church, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace (Amalienborg Slotsplads), Marble Church (Marmorkirken - Frederiks Kirke), Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen på Holmen), Ørstedsparken, The Sluseholmen Canal District ( Sluseholmen Kanalby), The statue of the Little Mermaid (Den lille havfrue), Thorvaldsens Museum, Royal Playhouse (Skuespilhuset), Tycho Brahe Planetarium, The Royal Danish Theatre (Det Kongelige Teater), the Pantomime Theatre (Pantomimeteateret), Tivoli Gardens, Øresund Bridge, Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot), Rosenborg Castle (Rosenborg Slot).

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amager square Børsen christiansborg castle city hall Copenhagen

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Novi Sad

              Novi Sad (Нови Сад) is the second largest city in Serbia, the seat of administrative organs of the northern Serbian province of Vojvodina (Војводина), and the administrative center of the South Bačka District (Južnobački okrug). Today, Novi Sad is an industrial and financial centre of the Serbian economy, as well as a major cultural center. According to preliminary results of the latest census in Serbia conducted in October 2011, the urban area of Novi Sad has a population of 221,854, while its municipal area has a population of 335,701.
              The main objectives are Petrovaradin Fortress (Петроварадинска тврђава), Sremska Kamenica (Сремска Каменица), The Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George (Саборна црква у Новом Саду), The Name of Mary Catholic Church (Црква имена Маријиног), the City Hall (Gradska kuća u Novom Sadu), Dunavska  street, NIS building (Нафтна Индустрија Србије), Matica srpska, Jovan Jovanović Zmaj Grammar School ( Гимназија "Јован Јовановић Змај"), Liberty Bridge (Most slobode), Main railway station.

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