A Walk Through Time: Cuenca’s

As Ecuador’s third-largest city, Cuenca is no new discovery among foreigners. In fact, it’s known for being one of the best places in the world to retire to. That’s not surprising, considering the gorgeous colonial architecture and cobbled streets, the low cost of living, and the relative ease of access to everyday conveniences that westerners…

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year falls between the 21st January and the 20th February, and is the longest running festival in the Chinese Calendar. Small scale celebrations began c.2300BCE during the Neolithic, but it was not until the Shang Dynasty (c.1600-1050BCE) that New Years celebrations became a part of the year end religious ceremony. During the…

Best Carnivals Around the World

Carnival is the religious festive season which occurs immediately before Lent (the six weeks directly before Easter marked by fasting), traditionally held in areas with a large Catholic and, to a lesser extent, Eastern Orthodox makeup. Cologne, Germany Beginning 11th November and going through winter, Germans celebrate during Karneval, aka Fasching. In cologne events include…

Archaeological Sites Used in Entertainment

Abu Simbel Temple, Egypt in The Mummy Returns Al Khazneh, Jordan in Indiana Jones: the last crusade Alnwick Castle, England in Harry Potter Dubrovnik, Croatia in Game of Thrones Hadrian’s Wall, England in Robin Hood: the prince of thieves   Ouarzazate, Morocco in Gladiator Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan in Batman Begins Rosslyn Chapel, Scotland…

Must See Rock Art from Around the World

Altamira Cave Located in northern Spain and is known to be the first prehistoric painting to be discovered dating to c.16000-11500 years ago Bhimbetka Located in central India dating to c.12000 years ago Chauvet Cave Located in the south of France dating to c.32000 years ago Cueva de las Manos Located in southern Argentina dating…

10 World Heritage Sites You Should Not Miss

Angkor Wat Located in Cambodia, this temple complex was built c.12th C CE. Built in the capital of the Khmer Empire by King Suryavarman II as his temple and mausoleum, this site is the largest religious monument in the world. Borobudur Temple Compounds Built during the Sailendra Dynasty, c.8th–9th C CE, this UNESCO World Heritage…

Spectacularly Photogenic Caves Around the World

Batu Caves, Malaysia Created 400 million years ago, this limestone hill is located 13km north of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India which is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Capricorn Caves, Australia The limestone Capricorn Caves, located 23km north of Rockhampton, Australia, is one of the longest…

Famous Places: what the perspective

Check out these top 10 famous landmarks from the post 23 far away perspectives of famous places as seen on Distractify. Brandenburg Gate Forbidden City Great Wall of China Little Mermaid Mona Lisa Mont St Michel Niagara Falls Pyramids of Giza Sagrada Familia Taj Mahal   Source: Distractify

Lesser Known Pyramids From Around the World

A pyramid is defined by its shape, where its outer surfaces are triangular and converge upwards. Although pyramids are predominantly associated with Egypt, the pyramid shape was first used in ancient Mesopotamia to build the mud-brick ziggurat. The pyramids shape was continued to be used by the Greeks and Romans. If you like it, you should pin it!