Travel

7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

by Steve Casimiro

Outdoor enthusiast Steve Casimiro has spent the past 30 years writing and photographing remote corners of the world, documenting these experiences on his travel website, Adventure Journal. He shares his must-see mountain views.

1. Mirador Condor (Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile)

Mirador Condor 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

Patagonia is notorious for having some of the wildest weather on earth, so views of the iconic Torres del Paine massif (it’s the inspiration for the logo for outdoor gear brand Patagonia) are a gift. Any of the perspectives from the frosty blue waters of Lake Pehoé will take your breath away, but a 40-minute hike to the Condor Lookout reveals an angle you’ll never forget.

2. Tre Cime di Lavaredo area (Dolomite Mountains, Italy)

Tre Cime di Lavaredo Area 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

The limestone of northern Italy’s Dolomite Mountains is craggy and rough-hewn, as if the DNA of its past life as ocean reefs must show through the curtain of the ages, and wherever you look you see another peak suitable for national park status. Tre Cime di Lavaredo, also known in German as Drei Zinnen, justify their acclaim, but these three sentinels are to some eyes gaudy and monumental. Turn south, toward the resort town of Cortina, and there, with little fanfare, is a ridgeline less heralded but with more classic mountain beauty.

3. Denali, Alaska

Denali, Alaska 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

One view of Denali is enough to satiate for a lifetime, but getting two glimpses of North America’s highest point at once defies words. Accessible by car, Reflection Pond at Wonder Lake is some 85 miles into Denali Park, and when the light is right and the wind at abeyance, it’s one of the world’s most magnificent mirrors.

4. Mount Shasta from Heart Lake, California

Mount Shasta from Heart Lake, California 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

Mount Shasta can been seen almost anywhere you go in northernmost California, a distant speck on the horizon or a looming hulk of glacier-clad white guarding endless green farmlands. But perhaps the sweetest angle is from the west, when you drive to Castle Lake, then hike another mile to a delightful pocket pool called Heart Lake.

5. Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France

Mont Blanc, Chamonix, France 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

The roof of western Europe is the birthplace of alpinism and home to one of today’s most vibrant mountain sports communities, so it’s a given that Mont Blanc and its subsidiary peaks needn’t bow to any mountains, anywhere. It’s needlelike, gothically drawn skyline is the kind that inspires poets and painters.

6. Angels Landing, Utah

Angels Landing, Utah 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

Canyons don’t typically get lumped in with mountains, but Zion National Park in southwestern Utah is studded with peaks all around its signature valley, and no view is better than that from Angels Landing, a three-mile hike that is perhaps the most dramatic in the entire Lower 48.

7. Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand

Aoraki-Mount Cook, New Zealand 7 Mountain Views to See Before You Die

Pick an angle, any angle: New Zealand’s highest point looks stunning from every vantage point. Don’t want to leave the comfort of the lodge at Mount Cook Village? Your eyes will widen at the view through the huge windows, the peak framed by dark green scrub. Got adventure in your veins? Take the ski plane up to the Tasman Glacier and you will be gobsmacked by the sight of the ice-encrusted north face.

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Unique

10 Cats With The Craziest Fur Markings Ever

Everybody knows that cats are well known for being agile, but one thing you probably didn’t know is that cats are also masters of disguise. Check out these furtive felines compiled by Bored Panda to see what we mean. Whether they’re pretending to be cinnamon rolls, hipsters, chocolate chip cookies or even Adolf Hitler himself, there’s no limit to the lengths these cats will go to in order to pass undetected. Which cat has the most distinctive fur patterns? Let us know in the comments below, and if you have any cats with unique markings then feel free to add them to the list!

#1 This Is Sam. He Has Eyebrows

Sam Cat with Eyebrows 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#2 Inception Cat

Inception Cat 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#3 This Is My Cat Paco. I Also Call Her Exclamation Butt

Exclamation Butt 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#4 Marble Beauty

Marble Beauty 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#5 Venus The Two-Faced Kitten

Venus The Two-Faced Kitten 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#6 Hamilton The Hipster Cat

Hamilton The Hipster Cat 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#7 This Cat Must Have A Secret Identity

Secret Cat 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#8 Cat Wearing Cat Ears

Cat Ears 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#9 Cinnamon Roll Cat

Cinnamon Roll Cat 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

#10 A Hitler Cat Look-Alike

Hitler Cat 10 cats with the craziest fur markings ever

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Food

Buttercream Floral Cakes That Look Too Beautiful To Eat

The Seoul-based pastry chef delicately sculpts edible floral bouquets that look truly too pretty to eat. With beautiful petals and exquisite arrangements, all of her creations look so much like flower bouquets, you could barely even tell they’re actually buttercream cakes. Keep on scrolling to check them out and don’t forget to vote for your favorites.

More info: Instagram (h/t)

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Photography

The Magical Beauty Of Mushrooms Captured By Jill Bliss

Jill Bliss is an artist (and naturalist, educator, farmhand, caretaker, and deckhand) who lives on a small island in the Salish Sea in the Pacific Northwest. In 2012 she sold her house and nearly everything she owned to move to the island and reconnect with nature after a busy career as a designer in New York and San Francisco. Using a wide assortment of the beautifully vibrant wild fungi she finds, Bliss turns them into stunning arrangements and photographs them for a project she calls Nature Medleys. See below for a collection of some of our favorites. You can follow the artist on Instagram, and you can also find much of her work for sale in her online shop.

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“I’ve plunked down my life savings for a modest half acre of cleared land on a small island of 30 full-time households to live out the rest of my days in tune with the natural world,” writes Bliss. “I satisfy my nomadic nature by holing up in various off-grid cabins on small islands, preferably with wild animals and semi-feral people for neighbors, mentors and muses. These are the months for hibernation, quiet reflection, close observations of discreet moments in nature, art making, sleeping, reading, cooking, chopping wood, stoking wood stove fires, hiking & kayaking in the rain.”

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6 Eye-Catching Asia’s Luxury Hotels

From the frenetic streets of Seoul to the azure waters of the Maldives, these stunning hotels are sure to deliver a room with a view.

By Andrew Nelson

Asia is seeing a hotel boom, especially for those catering to affluent travelers. At the regional edition of the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) held each summer in Shanghai–and next year in Singapore, too–hoteliers preview the continent’s newest head-turning properties.

Hurawalhi Island Resort 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Hurawalhi Island Resort

“Every year, Asia’s luxury bar seems to be set higher,” says ILTM portfolio director Alison Gilmore. “The hotels grow more spectacular and there’s a notable rise in experiences based around fashion, cuisine, privacy, and off the grid escapes.” If you’re planning to travel to Asia and want to put some glamour in your visit, here’s a list of eye-catching hotels recently opened or about to do so:

THE MURRAY, HONG KONG

How do you say Mad Men in Cantonese? This 1969 25-story commercial skyscraper is being reimagined for the Niccolo Hotel chain by famed British architect, Sir Norman Foster. Plans call for 336 rooms and suites and five restaurants offering views of the city as well as the park holding Hong Kong’s Zoo and Botanical Gardens. The Murray is scheduled to open in late 2017, according to hotel representative Anton Kilayko.

The Murray Hong Kong - a Niccolo Hotel Exterior Night View 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

The Murray Hong Kong – a Niccolo Hotel Exterior Night View

The Murray - a Niccolo Hotel - Guestrooms and Suites 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

The Murray – a Niccolo Hotel – Guestrooms and Suites

SIGNIEL HOTEL, SOUTH KOREA

Housed in the ultramodern 123-story Lotte World Tower, the recently opened Signiel Hotel is Gangnam style indeed. The high-rise hostelry’s 193 rooms offer guests expansive views of the South Korean capital, a Michelin-starred restaurant, duty-free shopping mall, an anti-aging spa, concert hall, champagne bar, and a personal shopper service.

Signiel Hotel - Seoul 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Signiel Hotel – Seoul

Signiel Residences - Living Room 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Signiel Residences – Living Room

Signiel Residences at Lotte World Tower 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Signiel Residences at Lotte World Tower

CAPELLA SHANGHAI JIAN YE LI, CHINA

An urban oasis in Shanghai near the Nanking Road in the city’s former French Concession, Capella’s Jian Ye Li Hotel was originally built by French real estate developers in the 1930s. The property is set amidst a cluster of 55 elegant villas incorporating the last remaining cluster of historic shikumen, or stone warehouse gates. The opening is set for late summer 2017.

Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li - Guest drop off Courtyard 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li – Guest drop off Courtyard

Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li - Living Room 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Capella Shanghai Jian Ye Li – Living Room

SIX SENSES ZIL PASYON, SEYCHELLES

Located in the Seychelles islands, the oceanic crossroads between Asia and Africa, is the Six Senses resort called Zil Pasyon. Built on the private island of Félicité, the property features 30 villas, each with a private pool and ocean views. Outdoor activities include kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling. There’s also a “no meat” restaurant, several other eateries, and a spa specializing in African-inspired treatments.

Six Senses Zil Payson, Seychelles 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Six Senses Zil Payson, Seychelles

Six Senses Zil Payson Hotel 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Six Senses Zil Payson Hotel

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Resort On The Private Island Of Félicité, Seychelles 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Resort On The Private Island Of Félicité, Seychelles

KUDADOO PRIVATE ISLAND, MALDIVES

Only 15 one and two-bedroom villas built on a lagoon make up Kudadoo, a 7.4-acre private island run by the Hurawalhi resort chain. Each villa comes with its own pool and butler, but if you’re feeling chatty after a bout of kayaking, windsurfing, or parasailing, there’s a dining hall where guests can meet.

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Kudadoo Maldives Private Island by Hurawalhi

Hurawalhi Undersea Restaurant - Kudado Maldives Private Island 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Hurawalhi Undersea Restaurant – Kudado Maldives Private Island

Hurawalhi Aquarium Deck - Kudado Dining Area 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Hurawalhi Aquarium Deck – Kudado Dining Area

SIX SENSES, BHUTAN

The Six Senses hotel chain is building a series of five luxury lodges in the Himalayan country of Bhutan, scheduled to open in 2018. Located in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Paro, the lodges offer different experiences. The property in Bhutan’s capital Thimphu, for example, focuses on Bhutanese culture and is decorated with artifacts and local furniture, while others are set in forests or rice terraces.

Six Senses Bhutan Luxury Hotels Resorts 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

Six Senses Bhutan Luxury Hotels Resorts

A journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan with Six Senses 6 Eye-Catching Asia's Luxury Hotels

A journey through the Kingdom of Bhutan with Six Senses

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See the Most Amazing Mosques Around the World

Ramadan is here, but these architectural and cultural gems deserve a look anytime.

sultan ahmed mosque - istanbul - turkey see the most amazing mosques around the world

SULTAN AHMED MOSQUE (BLUE MOSQUE) Constructed during the early 17th century, Istanbul’s most photogenic building gets its nickname from the blue tiles adorning the interior. PHOTOGRAPH BY KEITH ARNOLD, GETTY IMAGES

By Alexandra E. Petri

Roughly one-quarter of the world is Muslim. With facades dressed in mosaics, glowing marble, crowning domes, and spiraling towers, their mosques are awe-strikingly stunning from the outside. Look deeper to exquisite interiors, accentuated by magnificent Persian carpets or valleys of chandeliers.

Also known as masjids in Arabic, mosques are places of prayer and worship in Islam, but they also function as so much more. Often they serve as community centers with classes or social places hosting events and holidays, like Ramadan.

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SHAIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE – The massive Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi holds more than 40,000 worshippers in its courtyard and prayer hall. The world’s largest Persian carpet stretches inside under German-imported chandeliers made with Swarovski crystals. PHOTOGRAPH BY LUTZ JAEKEL, LAIF/REDUX

Historically-speaking, mosques were not always as decadent some we see today, like the infamous Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. In fact, the first-ever mosque was home of the prophet Muhammed in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Muhammed would stand in front of the wall his courtyard that faced Mecca and would preach to the followers that gathered together to hear him.

Since then, the spread of Islam from the Middle East has fostered the proliferation of mosques around the world. Reflective of where and when they were built, mosques showcase different styles or designs, but travelers should look for some key characteristics: A prayer hall with an ablutions area, where worshippers can clean themselves before prayer; mihrabs, or semicircles in the wall of a mosque that indicates the direction of Mecca; minarets, or towers from which the call to prayer is announced five times per day; and domes that top the incredible structures.

From Timbuktu to Washington D.C., these holy marvels provide incredible historic, cultural, and religious commentary, illustrating a city’s identity within the Muslim world and as a destination all its own. Peruse through these photos from around the world, and whenever possible, be sure to stop inside a mosque on your next trip.

nasir al molk mosque - shiraz - iran see the most amazing mosques around the world

NASIR AL MOLK MOSQUE – Uncommon in mosques, the stained glass windows of Iran’s Nasir al Molk in Shiraz illuminate its Persian carpets with a kaleidoscope of patterned flecks of light. PHOTOGRAPH BY RICHARD I’ANSON, GETTY IMAGES

istiqlal mosque - jakarta - indonesia see the most amazing mosques around the world

ISTIQLAL MOSQUE – At the time of its construction in the late 20th century, Jakarta’s Istiqlal was considered avant-garde for its minaret and dome, considered “too Arabic” for the local Muslim population. Traditionally, Javanese mosques include a layered, triple-roof style. PHOTOGRAPH BY DASRIL ROSZANDI, ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES

jama masjid mosque - new delhi - india see the most amazing mosques around the world

JAMA MASJID MOSQUE – India’s Jama Masjid features a red sandstone and marble exterior that pay homage to the Mughal empire, much of which was influenced by Persia. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZHENG HUANSONG, XINHUA/REDUX

mosque of sultan hassan - cairo - egypt see the most amazing mosques around the world

SULTAN HASSAN MOSQUE – Functioning as both a school and a mosque in Cairo for almost 300 years, Sultan Hassan provides an archetype mosque for experts to explain what Islamic philosophy is all about. PHOTOGRAPH BY GETTY IMAGES

shah mosque - iran see the most amazing mosques around the world

SHAH MOSQUE – One of the most celebrated characteristics of Iran’s Great Mosque of Isfahan is its expansion and development for more than 10 centuries, representing nearly a thousand years of Islamic art and architecture. PHOTOGRAPH BY GETTY IMAGES

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NATIONAL MOSQUE OF MALAYSIA – The roof of the National Mosque of Malaysia, built in capital Kuala Lumpur during the late 20th century, draws its inspiration from the underside of an open umbrella. PHOTOGRAPH BY MANAN VATSYAYANA, GETTY IMAGES

education city mosque - doha - qatar see the most amazing mosques around the world

EDUCATION CITY MOSQUE – This mosque in Doha is elevated on five piers, that represent the five pillars of Islam—shahada (knowledge), salat (prayer), zakat (charity), siyam (fasting) and hajj (pilgrimage)—each engraved with Quranic verses in elegant calligraphy. PHOTOGRAPH BY BONNIE JO MOUNT, THE WASHINGTON POST/GETTY IMAGES

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HASSAN II MOSQUE – Hassan II Mosque’s nearly 700-foot minaret–the tallest in the world–is as iconic to Casablanca as the Empire State Building is to New York. PHOTOGRAPH BY WOLFGANG KAEHLER, GETTY IMAGES

ibn tulun mosque - cairo - egypt see the most amazing mosques around the world

IBN TULUN MOSQUE – One of the best preserved mosques in Egypt, this majestic red brick complex was built in 876 by the Turkish governor of Egypt and Syria. PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHEL SETBOUN, GETTY IMAGES

suleymaniye mosque istanbul - turkey see the most amazing mosques around the world

SÜLEYMANIYE MOSQUE – Ottoman mosques, like Istanbul’s Süleymaniye Mosque, intentionally imitate the church of Hagia Sofia, another major tourist site in the city. PHOTOGRAPH BY NIMON_T, GETTY IMAGES

islamic center washington dc see the most amazing mosques around the world

ISLAMIC CENTER IN WASHINGTON D.C.  – The Islamic Center in Washington D.C. is celebrated for fusing together differing styles and cultural influences, particularly from Iran, Egypt, and Turkey. PHOTOGRAPH BY GETTY IMAGES

faisal mosque islamabad - pakistan see the most amazing mosques around the world

SHAH FAISAL MOSQUE – Produced in the late 1970s, the Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is a modern mosque that is Sunni in its practice, accomodating all of the rituals of the different denominations in the Muslim world. PHOTOGRAPH BY SHAHID KHAN, ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

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GREAT MOSQUE IN KAIROUAN – The first Islamic city in North Africa and one of the four holiest cities for Muslims, Kairouan’s holy trifecta is complete thanks to the Grand Mosque of Kairouan, a structure in Tunisia admired for being an example of Islamic architecture of Muhammed’s house in Medina, considered the first mosque. PHOTOGRAPH BY RON WATTS, GETTY IMAGES

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Natural Disaster

6 Terrifying Natural Disasters in History

Along the history, there have been a lot if scary natural disasters that caused big loss such environmental damages, financial loss, and even deaths. Here are some horrifying natural disasters that ever happened.

China Flood (1931)

china flood 1931 6 terrifying natural disasters in history

The flood was caused by the overflow of Yellow River (Huang He). It was actually not the first time the river overflowed and caused flood. Even until now, Yellow River often causes floods. However, the one happened in 1931 is considered as the most horrible one as the disaster killed more people that you could imagine. Around 4 million people died not only because of the flood itself but also due to starving and diseases after the flood. It is no wonder that the Huang He River is then called China’s Sorrow.

Shaanxi Earthquake (1556)

shaanxi earthquake 1556 6 terrifying natural disasters in history

In 1556, the biggest earthquake happened in Shaanxi, China, where more than 800 thousands of people were killed and many others got injured. The earthquake damaged more than 90 districts.

Bhola Typhoon, Bangladesh (1970)

bhola typhoon, bangladesh (1970) 6 terrifying natural disasters in history

On 11th November 1970, a violent wind called Bhola Typhoon destroyed Pakistan (Bangladesh), killing 500 thousands of people. The Pakistan Government was protested because of their inability to handle the problems after the typhoon occurred.

Coringa Typhoon, India (1839)

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Coringa was a port in India. In 1839, a horrific typhoon ruined the town. As a result, around 20 thousands of boat got destroyed and 300 thousands of people died. Before this disaster happened, there had been some other natural disasters that struck the port. Until know the damages have not been repaired so that Coringa was just a small village.

Antioch Earthquake, Turkey (526 M)

antioch earthquake, turkey (526 M) 6 terrifying natural disasters in history

As the earthquake happened very long time ago, there might be not many documents about that. One thing for sure is the disaster was considered as one of the most horrendous ones along the history.

Tsunami in Indian Ocean (2004)

Tsunami in Indian Ocean (2004) 6 terrifying natural disasters in history

The Indian Ocean tsunami that struck 15 years ago was generated by an earthquake. Many people, most of them were children, were killed and lost as they were hurled by the water and crushed by debris.

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Unique

Unique Facts of James Bond’s Car in the Spectre Movie

Are you a fan of James Bond’s movie? If you really are, you must know about the most current movie, Spectre. The car chosen by James Bond for that movie was Aston Martin DB10. The luxurious car that also looks sporty and futuristic is very suitable for the newest Bond. The car is considered as one of the most incredible cars used in James Bond movies. There are some unique facts about the car that’s worth it to know. Check them out below.

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First, the car was specially made for James Bond’s film. Aston Martin was willing to spend a lot of money to make this car. It needed only seven months to finish the car. On September 2014, Sam Mendes, the James Bond film director came to Aston Martin studio for the sketch and seven months later, the car had been completely done. Can you imagine that? Normally, it can take for years to make an automobile.

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Because Aston Martin DB10 is made in very short time, Marek Reichman, the CCO of Aston Martin decides to use carbon fiber to make the car. This aims to avoid the complexity of the assembly and to make the body lightweight.

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Unlike other automobiles that have to pass crash test, emission test, and other tests before being launched, the Aston Martin DB10 doesn’t have to. It’s because the making process of the car is relatively fast so that some tests are skipped.

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Another interesting fact about this car is that the cars are produced in a very limited numbers. There are only 10 units in the world in which the eight of them is used in the film.

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You must be wondering how much a unit of Aston Martin DB is. It is estimated that the price of this high-tech car reaches more than 475,000 US Dollars.

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Travel

The Dubai Miracle Garden: The Largest Flower Garden Built on the Middle of a Desert

Do you like flowers? If you do, The Dubai Miracle Garden is a must-visited place to visit. The garden that is built on the middle of a desert offers more than 45 million colors of flowers that are very amazing. The flowers found there are imported from many places all over the world. This garden is the biggest in the world and located at North West Quadrant. This tourist attraction is awarded by Guinness Record as the largest vertical garden.

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When you enter this fascinating garden, you will be welcomed by the fragrant smell of the flowers. It has been almost three years since the garden was open in 2013. It is always full of visitors especially when Valentine’s Day and other holidays come.

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The most interesting part about this place is the Alley of Hearts, a kind of colorful topiary with heart shapes, forming an alley. Of course, it becomes a beautiful spot to take romantic pictures. If you visit this lovely garden with your lover, you should not forget taking photos here. Every part of the garden is really wonderful, just like in a fairytale.

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Millions of flowers in The Dubai Miracle Garden are also designed in many other shapes such as flags, giant clocks, cars, boats, and houses. The houses are decorated with plants and flowers that are grown on the doors, walls, and tower. Besides, there is a large windmill decorated with flowers that become another favorite spot for photography.

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This striking place has not only flowers but it also provides comfortable sitting area, praying room, large parking area, and souvenir shops for visitors.

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The garden is designed to be eco-friendly in which it has a unique irrigation system where wastewater is recycled. As a result, it can save energy and water up to seventy percent.

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Food

Fugu, the Most Deadly Fish in the World

Fugu is a kind of rare and expensive fish originated from the Pacific Ocean. This fish is considered as poisonous because almost every part of it such as skin, muscle, liver, skin, and other organs contain tetrodotoxin which is a powerful toxin that is very harmful to anyone eating it.

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Although Fugu is poisonous, this fish can still be eaten as long as it is carefully cooked. In Japan, various Fugu dishes are often exclusively served in high-class restaurants. For your information, only certified chefs are allowed to make these Fugu dishes. Restaurants that serve Fugu are also controlled by laws.

fugu – japanese dish made of poisonous fish fugu, the most deadly fish in the world

If Fugu is poisonous then why is it eaten? Of course, this fish is very special that many people still want to eat this risky Japanese delicacy although they know that it contains toxic and the price is expensive. What does its taste like? Actually, it has light and delicate flavor. It also has nice aroma yet subtle fishy taste. When you eat it, there is a short numb sensation that you may feel. Perhaps people who don’t like fishy taste will enjoy the dish.

It is often served as chirinabe and sashimi. Some restaurants also have Fugu soups and salads.

Fuku Fine Fugu Kaiseki Restaurant

You can try Fugu in only a few restaurants in Japan and other countries as well such as in the South Korea and even in the US. Fugu is rarely prepared domestically by individuals at homes. If you know someone, who is not a chef, cooks you Fugu dish, don’t eat it as it can cause accidental death.

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All in all, Fugu is worth eating due to delicateness and savory flavor that cannot be found from other fish dishes. It is real delicacy that everyone should try. However, before you try Fugu, make sure that it is properly prepared and cooked by only trained professional chefs.

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Creativity

How to Create a Tiny Worlds with Magical Miniature Garden

A terrarium is a miniature garden grown inside a covered glass or plastic container. It is extremely easy to take care of and is an ideal choice for homeowners who have little time for gardening. Moreover, a terrarium is a fun way to make your home seem more cozy and modern.

While creating a miniature garden at home may seem a tricky task, with a little bit of creativity and patience you will be able to make an absolutely wonderful terrarium in no time at all. We at Bright Side will tell you how to create and maintain your own green masterpiece. Simply follow these instructions, and you will see how easy it is to make and enjoy these miniature ecosystems.

Choosing a glass container

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You will need a glass container that is deep enough to accommodate the plants’ roots. You can use either an old glass bowl or one specially made for growing plants. Note: if the container was previously used, wash it thoroughly before planting flowers in it.

Almost any container will work:

  • aquariums
  • vases
  • kettles
  • tureens
  • lampshades
  • glass bottles
  • chemistry flasks
  • Wardian cases of different shapes

Choosing the plants

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Almost any type of houseplant can be used for your terrarium. However, it is better to choose plants with similar characteristics that do well together. Some ideal plants to grow in your miniature garden are ferns, moss, succulents, and cacti.

Great terrarium plants

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Purchasing necessary supplies

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Everything you will need to make a terrarium can be easily found in any garden center or hardware shop.

  • Potting soil. You should choose light soil with lots of drainage, preferably with some sphagnum/peat moss in it.
  • Pebbles or gravel. Both rocks provide good drainage when placed at the bottom of the terrarium, and they can give your miniature garden a neat appearance when placed at the top.
  • Activated charcoal. If you’re using a container without drainage holes, add a small layer of charcoal to the bottom of the pot.
  • Sheet moss. When placed in the bottom of the terrarium, sheet moss will function as a sponge that will absorb the excess water.
  • Planting tools, gloves, watering can.
  • Decorations. You may choose any decorations you like. For example, miniature garden gnomes, shells, rocks, small statues, or aquarium decorations.

Planting your terrarium

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  • Clean the glass container. If the container was previously used, wash it thoroughly in soapy water and rinse well.
  • Add some drainage. Mix the gravel and pebbles with a generous handful of activated charcoal. Pour a layer of this mixture (about 2.5 cm thick) in the bottom of the container.
  • Add a layer of moss. This will prevent soil from filtering down into the gravel. Moreover, moss is great at absorbing excess water.
  • Put in the soil. Depending on the size of the terrarium and the length of the plants’ roots, you will need to add from 5-8 cm of soil. Gently tamp the soil to remove air pockets and smooth the surface. Dig small holes where you will put the plants.
  • Add the plants. Remove your plant from its container, shake excess soil off the roots, nestle it carefully into a hole you made previously, and lightly firm the soil around the plant. Repeat with the rest of the plants.
  • Add the decoration. You can use moss, stones, shells, or figurines to create your unique composition.
  • Give your plants a bit of moisture. Lightly water your miniature garden. This will be enough.

Maintenance

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  • Water your plants. If your terrarium is open, water the plants occasionally. Though airtight terrariums don’t require watering, plants in open containers need to be watered about once every week or two. Succulents and cacti can be watered once a month.
  • Keep your plants healthy. As soon as you notice weeds, mold, or sick plants, remove them immediately. You should also remove wilting parts of the plant, such as dead flowers.
  • Let in some fresh air. If your terrarium is airtight, it is a good idea to occasionally air it out. If your plants are wilting or there is excessive condensation on the sides of the terrarium, allowing the container to air out will be beneficial.

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14 Most Dangerous Roads That Take Your Breath Away

Anyone who has ridden a roller coaster at least once knows the expression “to have your heart in your mouth.” However, it’s unlikely this entertainment can be compared with highways built at an altitude of several kilometers over an abyss, in a lonely desert, above the water, or even below it.

We invite you to travel through the most unimaginable roads in the world which overshadow even the coolest rides.

Guoliang Tunnel, China

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The Guoliang Tunnel is 1.2 km (0.75 mi) long and was built through a mountain range leading to the village of the same name. In the 1970s, the inhabitants of the village made this tunnel and the “windows” in it themselves using only hand tools. The width of the tunnel is about 4 m (13 ft), so drivers have to be extremely careful.

Maeklong Railway Market, Thailand

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At first sight, Maeklong Market resembles hundreds of other Thai markets…but only until you hear the whistle of the train which passes right through the market stalls. The sellers take their goods away and fold their tents in seconds, giving way to the train that moves at a speed of about 15 km/h.

Yungas Road, Bolivia

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Yungas Road connects the Bolivian cities of La Paz and Coroico. Descending from a height of 3,300 to 360 m (2 mi to 1,181 ft) above sea level, it forms a number of loops. Despite the fact that the road is very narrow, even trucks manage to pass each other. However, one of them often has to back up for quite a distance.

Eyre Highway, Australia

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Looking at this highway, one can hardly imagine it’s really dangerous. However, the number of accidents on this 1,600-km (994 mi) stretch of Australian highway, built far from localities, is really high. The reason is quite simple: the landscapes here are so monotonous that drivers simply fall asleep at the wheel.

The “Nose of the Devil” Railway, Ecuador

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The “Nose of the Devil” railway is built on the rock of the same name at an altitude of 800 m (2,624 ft). Until recently, tourists were allowed to ride on the roofs of wagons running here, but today it’s prohibited.

Pamban Railway Bridge, India

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Pamban Bridge connects the mainland part of India with the island of the same name. In 1964, the bridge was destroyed by the strong winds of the Palk Strait. This is why now, when wind speed exceeds 55 km/h, trains receive a special signal warning of the possible danger.

Karakoram Highway, Pakistan — China

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At 1,300 km (807.7 mi) long, Karakoram Highway is considered the world’s most high-altitude international highway. One of its sections passes at an altitude of more than 4,600 m (15,091 ft). Summer monsoon rains often wash it out and cause landslides. In winter, the highway is closed due to weather conditions and possible avalanches.

Passage du Gois, France

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This seemingly common passage connects the island of Noirmoutier with mainland France. However, during the tides, it’s fully covered with a 4-m (13 ft) layer of water and is available to drivers only twice a day.

Leh-Manali Highway, India

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Leh-Manali Highway runs through several high mountain passes, located at an altitude of 4 to 5 km (13,123 to 16,404 ft). The road is extremely narrow, but this doesn’t prevent local drivers from zooming through at high speeds.

Tianmen Mountain Road, China

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A road that’s 11 km (6.8 mi) long with 99 bends leads to the top of Tianmen Mountain where the Buddhist temple is situated. In some sections, the distance between two curves is less than 200 m (656 ft), so drivers have to be extremely careful.

Road through Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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The highway running through the dried Salar de Uyuni is located at an altitude of 3,650 m (11,811 ft) above sea level. Local landscapes are so unusual that it’s easy to get lost in them, and cell phones here are mostly useless. Even though it’s safe to go here with a tour group, it’s better to avoid going on your own, especially since at night the temperature falls to −30°C (-22°F).

Road through Skippers Canyon, New Zealand

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Numerous holes and cliffs, steep descents, sudden bends, suspension bridges, and narrowings of the road are far from all the surprises lurking on the crossing through Skippers Canyon. Local car rental agencies don’t even provide insurance for those who are going to conquer this route.

The James W. Dalton Highway, Alaska, USA

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Only 175 km (108.7 mi) of this 666-km (413.8 mi) highway are covered with bitumen, and one has to drive the rest of the way on gravel. There are only 3 settlements, 3 refueling stations, and only 1 medical center throughout the highway. The local police force checks the presence of everything necessary for survival in the difficult Alaskan conditions for everyone who enters this route.

“Train to the Clouds,” Argentina

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During the 217-k (134.8 mi) railway journey, the train passes through 21 tunnels, 42 bridges and viaducts, 2 spirals, and 2 more zigzags. It’s romantic name was given to the road thanks to the altitude on which some of its segments are located: sometimes it’s so high that the trains pass right through the clouds.

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