Hancu Monastery

May 24, 2024

Hancu Monastery is a significant Orthodox Christian monastery with historical and cultural importance. Founded in the 17th century, the monastery complex includes a main church, several smaller chapels, living quarters for monks, and defensive walls. It is renowned for its stunning architecture, featuring traditional Moldavian style, and is nestled amidst picturesque natural surroundings. The monastery has played a role in preserving Moldovan heritage and spirituality over the centuries and continues to be a place of worship, pilgrimage, and cultural appreciation. The monastery is located about 70 km west of Chisinau city and 32 km far from Straseni town.

RR: Vacation RR
Date: May 14


May 23, 2024

Situated in the Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin, nestled between two lakes, Glendalough is one of the most significant monastic sites in Ireland. The most famous of all the landmarks in Glendalough is the Round Tower which stands 33 meters above the ground. It was built almost 1000 years ago by the monks of St. Kevin’s monastery. The towers were sometimes used as a place of refuge for monks when the monastery was under attack. They also served as both as lookout posts and as beacons foe approaching monks and pilgrims.

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Date:May 7

Park Güell

Park Güell is a sprawling wonderland of colorful mosaics and nature-inspired architecture. It's famous for being one of architect Antoni Gaudí's greatest creations. The park is full of whimsical sculptures and stunning examples of Catalan modernism. The centerpiece is the intended covered market, a majestic forest of fluted columns. Its roof forms a vast terrace with a view of the city. An undulating continuous bench surrounds it, the back of which forms a balustrade, its entire surface encrusted with ceramic shards of all colors, some randomly arranged, some in patterns. The seat is unusually comfortable for a stone bench: Gaudi had a workman drop his pants and sit in soft plaster to record the correct anatomical curve – foreshadowing the science of ergonomics by half a century.

Unesco: Works of Antoni Gaudí
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Date: May 11

The Great Wall

The Great Wall is the largest man-made project in the world. The complete route is over 20,000 km, stretching from the east seaside to the west desert in northern China, winding up and down across mountains and plateaus like a dragon. The Great Wall is not a single-structured wall, it includes beacon towers, barriers, barracks, garrison stations, and fortresses along the walls, together forming an integrated defense system.  Perhaps the most recognizable symbol of China and its long and vivid history, the Great Wall was originally conceived by Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the third century B.C. as a means of preventing incursions from barbarian nomads. It is the product of countless labors over a period of 2,000 years, and is a feast of engineering.

Unesco: The Great Wall
RR: 10x10 RR
Date: April 15

Flags of the World - Armenia

Armenia's national flag was adopted in 1990. The red emblematizes the Armenian Highland, the Armenian people's continued struggle for survival, maintenance of the Christian faith, Armenia's independence and freedom. The blue emblematizes the will of the people of Armenia to live beneath peaceful skies. The orange emblematizes the creative talent and hard-working nature of the people of Armenia.

Many thanks Lara!
Date: April 23

Nine-banded armadillo

Texas adopted the armadillo as its State Small Mammal in 1995. The nine-banded armadillo is the only armadillo species native to North America and it is found as far north and east as Oklahoma and Mississippi. The mammal is cat-sized, armored, and a major digger known for creating burrows in a variety of places including brush, woods, scrubs, and grasslands. The unique female armadillo only gives birth to quadruplets that have developed from the same egg, and therefore all of her four offspring are always of the same sex.

RR: RR Francophone
Date: May 2

Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse

The white, cast iron tower stands at the west end of the breakwater. It is 49 feet tall, with a lantern, watch room, 4 stories and a basement. It rests on a caisson filled with concrete and surrounded by rip rap.

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Date: April 6

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park is a national park in the central highlands of Sri Lanka that was designated in 1988. It is located at an elevation of 2,100–2,300 m and encompasses montane grassland and cloud forest. It is rich in biodiversity and many species found here are endemic to the region.

Unesco: Central Highlands of Sri Lanka
RR: Unesco RR
Date: March 18

Mount Huangshan

Mount Huangshan is renowned for its magnificent natural scenery which includes massive granitic boulders and ancient pine trees which are often further enhanced by cloud and mist effects. This dramatic landscape includes formations of natural stone pillars, grotesquely-shaped rocks, waterfalls, caves, lakes and hot springs, formed by its complex geological history. Mount Huangshan features numerous imposing peaks, 77 of which exceed an altitude of 1,000 m, with the highest, the famous Lianhua Peak, reaching up to 1,864 m.

Unesco: Mount Huangshan
Date: Feb 18

Nelahozeves Chateau

The Nelahozeves Chateau, with interiors richly decorated with frescoes, is among the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the Czech Republic.Tthis 16th-century estate is perched above the Vltava River, 35 km from Prague. It features a permanent exhibition, gift shop, festivals, surrounding gardens, and elegant, Italian-inspired architecture. Nelahozeves is an example of the castello fortezza, a chateau-like home with faux architectural defenses such as decorative bastions and a moat-less entry bridge.

Thank you Ladislav!
Date: May 16