Enormous sandstone towers loom within a Czech forest
Otherworldly rock formations fill this park, cropping up among the trees like giant stone guardians of the forest. The sandstone behemoths are massive. Yet despite their impressive size, they cast a rather small shadow on the Czech international tourism scene.
Pass through the Gothic Gate, which looks like a portal to a mythical realm, and you’ll find yourself winding among the rocks, squeezing through crevices, and generally feeling small. Various trails weave around the formations, and climbers often test their skills on the sandstone towers. Keep an eye out for peregrine falcons, too, as this reserve is one of the species’ largest permanent breeding sites in Europe.
Within these obscure and towering rock formations are such unique finds as a bust of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Why Goethe, who was German and not Czech after all? Goethe not only wrote “Faust,” which would be reason enough. He also visited these rocks in 1790, well before the reserve was on the tourism map.
Taste the white whiskey that the United States’ first president once distilled and enjoyed at Mount Vernon
After leaving the presidency in 1797, George Washington settled into a comfortable retirement as one of the new nation’s largest producers of whiskey—if not the largest.
That wasn’t the founding father’s intention when he left office for his pastoral home of Mount Vernon in Virginia. But his newly hired plantation manager, a Scot named James Anderson, proposed a distillery after noticing that Mount Vernon had most of the necessary infrastructure (a water supply and gristmill) as well as plenty of rye, which enslaved workers planted as a cover crop.
Washington had to be talked into the enterprise, but it quickly proved successful. Within two years, his distillery was producing nearly 11,000 gallons of white whiskey that sold for over $100,000 in today’s dollars—a nice, alcohol-soaked profit. Washington’s whiskey was neither bottled nor aged, but sold in wooden barrels for 50 cents a gallon.
The distillery had a short run, as it fell into disrepair after Washington’s death in 1799 and eventually burned down. But in 2007, the distillery was resurrected, and it’s now open to the public and selling bottles of whiskey and brandy. The stills are re-creations of those used by Washington’s staff and enslaved workers, and the recipe, like in the 18th century, is 60 percent rye, 35 percent corn and 5 percent malted barley. Unlike in Washington’s day, some of the whiskey is now aged. (The unaged stuff is clear.)
As for Washington himself, he was known to enjoy his whiskey on occasion. But he was more of a Madeira man.
Need to Know
Bottles of Washington’s Whiskey (and brandy) are available for purchase at the Mount Vernon distillery. They’re not sold online, and they sell out quickly. (A large distillery in 1799 is small by today’s standards.) But if you try a tipple, be careful. As Steve Bashore, Mount Vernon’s director of historic trades and current head distiller, told Food and Wine, “For some people, unaged whiskey is a little strong.” The distillery and grounds are open to the public seasonally. Note that the distillery and gristmill are located a short distance from the main Mount Vernon entrance.
Last month, an international team of researchers started scanning Egypt’s pyramids using the latest technology, in the hopes of finding out more about the country’s three famous structures, which are located in Giza just outside of Cairo.
And they’ve already found something interesting – mysterious heat spots across the pyramids, including one particularly large patch inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Khufu pyramid.
Because different materials – such as air and rock – hold heat differently, these ‘thermal anomalies’ could be a sign of voids below the surface, potentially indicating cracks or cavities in the rock, or, excitingly, even secret passages or tombs.
While thermal scanning revealed that there are many of these temperature changes across the pyramids, the team found “a particularly impressive one (anomaly) located on the Eastern side of the Khufu pyramid at ground level,” said Antiquities Minister Mamdouh El-Damaty.
“There is something like a small passage in the ground that you can see, leading up to the pyramid’s ground, reaching an area with a different temperature,” said El-Damety. “What will be behind it?”
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The scanning was done throughout the day, which means that the researchers were able to monitor temperature changes as the pyramids heated up and then cooled down during sunrise and sunset.
So even though each block that makes up the pyramids is slightly different in temperature, by monitoring the speed of this heating and cooling, the researchers were able to isolate several persistent anomalies.
While the difference in temperature between most adjacent limestone blocks was between 0.1 to 0.5 degrees Celsius, the anomaly in the Great Pyramid was an impressive 6 degrees warmer than the surrounding bricks, as you can see in these thermal scans:
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So far there are plenty of hypotheses as to what this might indicate – with the leading assumptions being empty areas, internal air currents, or different building materials – but no conclusions just yet.
The good news is that the study, which is called operation ScanPyramids, will continue until the end of 2016, and thermal scanning is just the first step.
Next the researchers intend to use infrared to survey the three pyramids, which were built between 2613 and 2494 BCE, and they also plan to use cosmic particles called radiographic muons and 3D reconstruction to try to map the secrets within the pyramids.
Egyptologists are hoping that their results will shed some more light on the structures and the people who built them around 4,500 years ago.
“At the very least, this anomaly will shed additional light on the construction techniques of the 4th dynasty Egyptians,” Egyptologist Beth Ann Judas told the Huffington Post. “It’s rather exciting actually. Over the past few years, archaeologists have been learning more about the workmen and officials who are connected to the pyramids, and this gives us more information about their work.”
A formation of around 90 stone monoliths has been found 3 kilometres northeast of Stonehenge in Wiltshire, Britain, and archaeologists suspect it could be part of the largest Neolithic site ever discovered.
Dated to over 4,500 years old, the sandstone blocks were detected under less than a metre of earth, and scientists in the UK are now using a combination of remote sensing and geophysical imaging technology to construct an underground map of the area. “We don’t think there’s anything quite like this anywhere else in the world,” lead researcher and archaeologist Vince Gaffney from the University of Bradford told BBC News. “This is completely new and the scale is extraordinary.”
The monument is located at Durrington Walls, the site of a large Neolithic settlement that could have contained up to 1,000 houses between 2525 and 2470 BC.
Around 30 intact stones reaching about 4.5 m tall have so far been identified, along with the fragments or foundation pits of another 60. Noting its “extraordinary scale”, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes team behind the discovery has nicknamed the immediate area ‘Superhenge’, suggesting that it could cover up to five times the area of Stonehenge. They say it could have been constructed at the same time as Stonehenge, or perhaps even earlier.
“What we are starting to see is the largest surviving stone monument, preserved underneath a bank, that has ever been discovered in Britain and possibly in Europe.” “This is archaeology on steroids.”
While the stones have yet to be excavated, the researchers have found evidence that they’ve been shaped like those found in settlements nearby. Named sarsen stones, these sandstone formations have been found throughout Britain, particularly on Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs in Wiltshire, the BBC reports, and it’s thought that they were originally carved upright before being pushed over and incorporated into the circular enclosure of Stonehenge. A similar technique could have been employed for the formations at Superhenge.
“All the monuments have a relationship with each other,” David Jacques, an archaeologist from from the University of Buckingham, who was involved in the discovery of another formation near Stonehenge called Blick Mead, told the BBC. “So rather than just ‘atomising’ them and looking at them as individual entities there are deliberate lines of sight or knowledge that things are just over the hill. When you put that together in the late Neolithic – there’s something vibrant, exciting and dynamic. The findings were announced yesterday at the launch of the 2015 British Science Festival at the University of Bradford.
If you were to list off a few of the world’s most popular places, you’d probably name something like Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids. After all, these historic structures attract millions of people every year and they have one thing in common: they actually exist.
Sure, existing seems like a prerequisite for any ‘place’, but it actually isn’t, because one of the most ‘visited’ sites on Earth is an imaginary place called Null Island, located at 0°N 0°E on the map in the South Atlantic Ocean, thanks to researchers making errors while working with various geographic information systems (GIS).
But before we get to Null Island itself, we need to discuss what a GIS is, and why this technology is vital to researchers and the general public alike.
A GIS, in a nutshell, is a computer system that stores, analyses, and manipulates geographic data, and visualises it all on a map. In other words, it’s a behind-the-scenes system that enables things to get accurately placed and visualised so people can make sense of data.
Researchers use GIS to study climate change, for example, but everyday things are powered by it, too, like finding a restaurant nearby.
One function performed inside a GIS is geocoding – a process that takes things like addresses and transforms them into coordinates so they can get easily placed somewhere on a map. So if you search for pizza places on Google Maps, the GIS will automatically plot them on the map thanks to an internal geocoder that’s turning a list of addresses into longitude and latitude coordinates. These coordinates are then pinned on your screen for easy browsing. Boom, you just used a geocoder!
Pretty simple, right? Well, it gets a lot harder when incorrect information is added into the geocoder, which happens a lot. In fact, improper data entry, software glitches, and various other technological problems often lead geocoders to spitting out “0,0” coordinates and plotting things there by accident.
Though that doesn’t sound like a big deal, 0°N 0°E is actually a real place that happens to lie in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. Since geographers deal with this coordinate all of the time when working out errors, they’ve nicknamed it Null Island.
“This shared experience among geographers has fed the mystique of Null Island, with GIS enthusiasts creating fantasy maps, a ‘national’ flag, and articles detailing Null Island’s rich (and fake) history online,” Tim St. Onge writes for the US Library of Congress.
After years of geocoder errors, Null Island has a bunch of addresses and places labelled to it that do not, in reality, exist there. This means that it is one of the most interesting, most visited places on Earth, despite the fact that it’s only a data dump that’s been fictionalised by geographers.
To be clear, droves of people aren’t actually heading out to this buoy – but that’s what the incorrect data are suggesting. If aliens ever get a hold of this data, they’ll probably assume we all have an unhealthy obsession with a single buoy out in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, but they probably think dogs rule the planet, so that’s not so bad.
While this fictional place exists only in the imaginations of countless geographers across the world, if you were to travel to 0°N 0°E, you’d actually find a buoy owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which they use to collect climate data year-round – a far stretch from some a fictional land with a tonne of impressive attractions.
Once upon a time, the worst names to be named were things like Hugh Jass and I.P. Freely. But that all changed when we started living our lives on the internet.
A BBC story looks into some names that you don’t want to have in our hyperconnected world, and topping them all is the name of a woman in Virginia named Jennifer. Her full name is Jennifer Null:
When Jennifer Null tries to buy a plane ticket, she gets an error message on most websites. The site will say she has left the surname field blank and ask her to try again.
Instead, she has to call the airline company by phone to book a ticket – but that’s not the end of the process.
“I’ve been asked why I’m calling and when I try to explain the situation, I’ve been told, ‘there’s no way that’s true’,” she says.
Apparently Null has trouble getting into the IRS’s site, and had problems with her utility bill as well. I guess that’s what happens when your name is a programming placeholder for “nothing.”
What’s worse is that this is not her maiden name: Null willingly put herself into this situation by taking her husband’s name when she got married. And they have a child, so it’s something that something Little Null will have to live with forever as well. Thanks for Null, mom.
How much would you pay to celebrate 100 years of Leica photography? The Leica Store in Miami recently asked that question and found over 100 people who were willing to pay out $55,000 for a limited edition ‘Leica M Set’. Now, Leica is asking that same question yet again, but with a pre-production camera set from an even more finite collection… and a much higher price tag.
We all know that Leica cameras are quite expensive, and the argument over whether the equipment is truly worth the collector’s price tag will continue to rage on. The new “unofficial” 25 pre-production cameras will feature the same parts as the Leica M Set including a Leica M-A Edition ‘Leica 100’ and a Leica M Monochrom Edition ‘Leica 100’.
A few lenses are also paired with the set: a Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH, a 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, and a 50mm f/1.4 ASPH.
“It represents a unique opportunity for collectors, investors and Leica enthusiasts alike to own one of Leica’s most celebrated special edition sets of the modern era.” the web page reads. “Beautiful to behold with its solid stainless steel construction and unique design, the Leica M Set Edition “Leica 100” is sure to be remembered as one of Leica’s iconic editions.”
When Leica crafted the original ‘Leica M Set’, there were 100 copies produced and numbered from 1914-2014. However, twenty-five other models existed and remained unavailable to the public; these were part of the “null set”.
Now is your chance to own camera 24 of 25 in an entirely unused and prestige condition — the lenses have never even been mounted to the body.
If this once in a lifetime Leica is getting you excited, then maybe the $74,500 price tag will calm you down.
PRETTY MUCH EVERY name offers some possibility for being turned into a schoolyard taunt. But even though I’m an adult who left the schoolyard decades ago, my name still inspires giggles among the technologically minded. My last name is “Null,” and it comes preloaded with entertainment value. If you want to be cheeky, you will probably start with “Null and void.” If you’re a WIRED reader, you might move on to “Null set.” Down-the-rabbit-hole geeks prefer the classic “dev/null.”
As a technology journalist, being a Null has served me rather well. (John Dvorak, you know what I’m talking about!) The geek connotations provide a bit of instant nerd cred—to the point where more than one person has accused me of using a nom de plume to make me seem like a bigger nerd than I am.
But there’s a dark side to being a Null, and you coders out there are way ahead of me on this. For those of you unwise in the ways of programming, the problem is that “null” is one of those famously “reserved” text strings in many programming languages. Making matters worse is that software programs frequently use “null” specifically to ensure that a data field is not empty, so it’s often rejected as input in a web form.
But what if lastname isn’t “null” but is “Null” instead? Essentially this is another spin on the Y2K problem, and what happens next will depend a lot on the quality of programming underlying the website or app that’s doing the work. Most will accept “Null” without complaint. Some will loop back to the input screen and tell the user to try again, that the last name field can’t be blank (But it’s not blank! That’s just my name!) Some will tell the user that “null” is a reserved term that can’t be used. And some will just crash. The unique challenges inherent with the Null Dilemma can be a surprisingly difficult problem to solve. It turns out it’s also surprisingly common, and it seems the larger the company is behind the application or the website, the more trouble it will have with my name.
When Null Won’t Work, Nothing Will
This has all gotten to the point where I’ve developed a number of workarounds for times when this happens. Turning my last name into a combination of my middle name and last name, or middle initial and last name, sometimes works, but only if the website doesn’t choke on multi-word last names. My usual trick is to simply add a period to my name: “Null.” This not only gets around many “null” error blocks, it also adds a sense of finality to my birthright.
Sometimes, my name leads to harmless hilarity, particularly when mailing lists don’t know what to do with the word. American Express is probably the biggest perpetrator, regularly sending junk mail to my house addressed to my business—but dropping the “Null” from the name. The company called “Media LLC” is often helmed by a mysterious gentleman who is addressed only as “Mr.”
This downtown city in New Zealand boasts an area which is easy to walk through and explore. The architecture varies from the 19th century style wooden cottages to latest masterpieces across the city. So many places to visit here that you won’t get time to explore the city thoroughly. View of the city from the scenic Mount Victoria is one of the best sights of Wellington. The museums, the cafes and the nightlife with vibrant colors and the sea all add to the wonderful liveliness of this city.
When To Go:
The summers in Wellington are quite pleasant with the average temperature going just a little above 20 degrees Celsius. In the winters the minimum temperature is just slightly below 6 degrees Celsius, making it quite chilly in the city. During the winters the winds are a major factor as these winds can turn into gales making it difficult to go out and explore the city. Rainfall is high during the months of May till August. The best time to visit the city would be during autumn and spring where the rainfall is low thus making it easy to move about the city, the temperatures aren’t too high or too low, the winds are pleasant and welcoming and the city is fully alive.
Here is a list of the top things to do in the city of Wellington:
World of Wearable Art
The World of Wearable Art opened up in the city of Wellington in 2001 becoming a major tourist attraction. The gallery exhibits the garments and adornments of the World of Wearable Art Show which is held annually in the country during September. It began in Nelson in the year 0f 1987 after which it became an annual event. The show extends to more than 11 and people all over the country and from across the world. The idea of the World of Wearable Art was conceived by the sculptor from Nelson named Suzy Moncrieff as a part of a promotion of a rural art gallery.
She came with the idea of taking art off from the wall and making humans adorn it and flaunt it. With time this show has become one of the most dynamic events in the country. To actually appreciate the style and glamour of the show and clothes you have to be present and watch it all on stage. The pictures and videos put up don’t show the actual fun. So try to make it to the show or go through the vast gallery and be amazed by the creative clothing designs.
Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)
This exquisite and unique museum is not like any other museum. Withholding history of the country dating back to thousands of years the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa) is vast and highly interesting to visit and walk through. There is a section in the museum where presentations are put up explaining the earthquakes, the formation of land and how human life came into being. The displays are highly interactive especially for children, which explain history and each of the exhibits in a very detailed manner.
The museum covers almost all ranges of possible topics which include flora, fauna, settlement, history, fashion, marine, geology, music, culture and different eras. You can go and experience an earthquake itself within the museum and learn its effects and causes. The giant squid is one of the best natural specimens placed in the museum. The entrance to the museum is free. The true history and culture about the Maori roots of the country can be learnt here in detail. You can spend more than half your day and be fully entertained. Find some snacks inside and delve in the history of the city with enthusiastic fun.
If you climb the famous Mount Victoria of Wellington you can get a wonderful panoramic view of the city at all 360 degrees. Watch the city life going on about from this serene place a little away from the main city. The mountain is part of the Wellington Town Belt which was land set aside in 1841 during the colonial rule of New Zealand for the recreation of the public inhabitants of the city. People usually go here for walking, jogging or cycling. The loop walk to the mountain top is about 2 and a half hour and is excellent for those who are just averagely fit.
Along the walk you can view some special parts of the city, the harbor and other places. Reaching the top will mesmerize you. The full and complete view of Wellington is bound to amaze you. The scenic sight requires a camera so don’t forget yours while going here. If you don’t want to walk to the top, you can take a bus too. Just don’t miss out on the amazing experience of getting a full view of the surroundings of the city and the city itself.
Old St. Paul’s Church
This church is one of the great architectural pieces inherited by the city. Old St. Paul’s Church was the first Anglican church of Wellington and is a classic Gothic Revival church built in 1845. Made from wood this building is just beautiful to look at and the architecture, style and surroundings in the church leave one speechless. Old St. Paul’s Church was designed by a parish vicar Reverend Frederick Thatcher. The simple white exterior prepares one for a very dramatic and amazing interior all in wood.
The use of native timbers inside is very much bold with the wood of the piers forming trusses and curving upwards to meet in the centre of the roof making it look like a hull of an upturned boat. The stained glass of the building is another highlighting factor which makes the building extremely glamorous. These vibrantly colored windows and glass surround the apse and south of the church. It no longer does the regular Sunday services but is mostly used for funerals and weddings by people. Visit this church and be struck by its marvel of architecture.
Wellington Botanic Garden
This lovely garden covers more than 25 hectares of land with views that you have never seen before, landscapes that are highly unique, forests, native bushes, specialist gardens and colorful flower displays. If you want peace and tranquility this is the place you should definitely go to. The Wellington Botanic Garden was established in 1844 and is home to the most exotic plants and trees in New Zealand. At night this garden is alive with wonderful illumination and colorful lights that bring this nature to life and make it one of the most visited places at night.
During the day you can get a tour of this marvelous place. You will find a herb garden, the native and exotic forests being complemented by duck ponds, a begonia house and café with lovely snacks, an Australian garden and the award winning Lady Norwood Rose Garden. While walking through the garden you will find many sculptures and many stunning views of the harbor and the city. In the evening you will find glow worms along the shady areas of the parks. Relax on the benches and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this heavenly place.
Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience
The Karori Sanctuary is the place where rare and exotic species of animals are kept safe and are conserved from being extinct. These species are flourishing in their natural habitat in the wild which is specially maintained for their protection. You can wander through this wild habitat of the animals and find very scenic spots, enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surroundings, relax at the café with some coffee while overlooking the beautiful lake and go to the museum. Take a boat ride or go for ranging in this uniquely lovely place.
Zealandia is a mainland island which is a forest surrounded by a fence to separate it from the rest of the area. With 32 kilometers of different tracks to choose from the Karori Sanctuary Experience provides its visitors with a whole range of activities to choose from. Going to this place you can spend your day well while sightseeing and also relax in the natural surroundings of the sanctuary while also admiring the rare species of birds and animals kept safe there. Don’t miss out on exciting fun in this exotic area.
The best place to view and enjoy the sea. The sparkling and clear blue waters are alluring for anyone going to the city. You will find many locals going by walking or jogging along the sea especially on weekends. The best part of going to the Oriental Bay is the special ice cream which rounds up your day perfectly. Plan a picnic by the sea. Just lie down in the white sands of the shore, go for a swim or just walk into the sea. You can relax here after a hectic day or just take a break from all the sightseeing in the city.
The sunset view from here is classic and worth watching. Right at the bay you will find many small restaurants and bars which offer the finest seafood in the city of Wellington. Just walk around and enjoy your time with some lovely things to find. You will even find some small shops and hacks to buy things from. The Oriental Bay is a relief from the busy and noisy city itself and is a hub for people to come and just relax at the end of the week. So go here and enjoy the pleasant breezes coming from the sea and get the sea experience.
Matiu Somes Island
This lovely little exotic island was given its Maori name by Kupe more than 1000 years ago. After the Europeans settled in here the island was named after the Deputy Governor Joseph Somes of New Zealand and later on the names were combined to become the Matiu Somes Island. The location makes it an ideal spot for the first inner harbor lighthouse in New Zealand. Moreover, there is a military defense position, an internment camp and an animal quarantine station. In 1995 the island became open for the public revealing whatever secrets it had which are now open for the people to explore.
Go to the Matiu Somes Island on a ferry; plan a proper picnic on this spot where you can get a 360 degree view of the harbor making it a much more scenic place. Find some rare species of New Zealand as well and explore the island with the little things built on it. Visit the monument to pay your respects to those who died while they were confined on the island. Learn the war history of New Zealand on this pretty little island with its deep secrets.
The Embassy Theatre, Wellington
One of the grandest picture palaces of New Zealand stands the Embassy Theatre which was fully refurbished in 2003. After that it has been hosting the largest film festivals and shows in the country. It was originally built in 1926 and was then renovated for the premiere of the Lord of the Rings. The Embassy Theatre, Wellington has been a major attraction of the city with its grand festivals and premiers taking place.
The interior of the theatre has always been grand and well maintained with the large marble staircases, wrought iron handrails, originally tiled foyers and the plastered ceilings which have always remained the same despite many renovations and upgrades of the building. The refurbishment of the theatre added a giant cinema scope screen, state of the art sound system installation, luxurious seating and some detailing which goes with the style of the previous century. This site is a must visit with its grand importance and lovely aura.
If you are looking for some scenic views and some trekking fun then Mount Kaukau is the place to visit with its terrific sceneries and some good fun. It is the highest point overlooking the harbor of Wellington city. There are several tracks which lead to the summit of the mount. This place, along with natural sceneries and surroundings is fully equipped for people who travel a long distance.
There is a 30 meter swimming pool situated in the native bushes with an area for children and toddlers. There is also a small café located near the swimming pool which has some great coffee and refreshments to offer. This place is great for a picnic. When you reach the top you will be amazed by the beautiful view from Mount Kaukau. Another place where the camera becomes a must. Don’t forget to visit this site and best part is to walk till the top.
Take a look at the marvelous southern skies through the Carter Observatory with its multimedia exhibition and a digital full dome planetarium. This digital experience will take you from the skies of Wellington to across the world. It has been New Zealand’s longest serving national observatory which offers an unlimited amount of space journeys. Visiting this place will enhance your knowledge of the ways to learn direction by looking at the sky, the Maori ways of distinguishing stars and about the Maori New Year.
The Pickering Gallery in the observatory is the place where you can launch your own rocket and touch the moon along with the Tuhura Module, which is an interactive space where adults and children can learn about surviving in space and about the life there. Take a tour of this amazing gallery which will take you across different skies and learn more about stars and planets.
This zoo is one of the best zoos of the country and is widely gaining its reputation across the world. The Wellington Zoo not only offers you to walk through it and look at the animals, but also provides many interactive activities for adults and children who are keen about learning more about the wildlife. Here you can see many rare and exotic species of animals all protected and safe from the danger of extinction. There are small cafes built around the zoo for refreshments and snacks. While sitting on benches and enjoying the view you can look at your children dig like a dingo in the sandbox or jump like a kangaroo on the trampoline. The zoo is an amazing experience of the native animals thriving in the country. So take your kids along and walk through this lovely zoo which is clean and well kept and enjoy watching the animals going about their business.
Wellington is a major tourist attraction in the world due to the magnificent sites it beholds. The Oriental Bay and the harbor with its clear blue waters are a perfectly serene sight for people looking to relax. The views from the Mounts Victoria and Kaukau are lovely and highly memorable for anyone who reaches the top. The Botanic Garden is another peaceful place with its gloriously exotic plant species and the wonderful illumination that happens in the evening and night. With much more glorious views and splendors this city is one great place to spend your vacations. Go ahead and get going to indulge in this holiday.