The sunniest island of the Adriatic

The sunniest island of the Adriatic

We continue to travel with you through the wonderful sunny Croatia!

Today we set off on a sea voyage from the city of Split to the island of Hvar.

Hvar island is known as the sunniest island of the Adriatic (349 sunny days per year). The sun on the island of Hvar shines 2718 hours (compared to 2,600 hours on average in the Adriatic and about 2000 hours in Moscow).

A lot of attractions, beautiful nature and mild climate make the island of Hvar an attractive resort.

In Hvar, lavender is grown in large quantities, which has become a symbol of the island and the most popular souvenir from Croatia.

Hvar Island – the longest (68 km) island of the Croatian coastal zone – is famous for its excellent climate. Hvar is an island of grapes, olives, lavender and numerous springs. Here was found the oldest in Europe bas-relief with the image of the ship.

On the island of Hvar is the oldest public theater in Europe, built in 1612 on one of the city squares, the Cathedral built in the Renaissance style with the original bell tower, rich vestry and paintings of old masters.

The old town of Hvar was founded in 385 BC. as a Greek colony of Pharos. It is located at the bottom of a depression 6 km long. Here you can see the Greek walls, the palace-fortress of the poet of the Renaissance period, Peter Hectorovich, with a pond and arches.

The mild climate, the diversity of the numerous bays, the luxuriant subtropical vegetation make the island of Hvar one of the most beautiful places for recreation and entertainment. Because of this, Hvar was named “Croatian Madeira”.

On Hvar it is better to come in May-June, when gently-purple lavender and white-red-pink oleanders bloom. In addition, at this time, less tourists, and prices are lower.

At the entrance to the harbor a unique view opens up – a fertile hill, on top of which there is a castle with towers rising above the magnificent city of Hvar with beautiful palaces that are a rich cultural heritage of the island.

Particularly beautiful on Hvar is the theater, one of the oldest in Europe, the Cathedral of St. Stephen, the clock tower and the building of the former arsenal. This picturesque and vibrant city, with its narrow streets and squares full of life, occupies a separate place in the literary heritage of Croatia.

The main attraction of the city is the Cathedral of St. Stephen (16th century) with a bell tower (17th century). In the cathedral is the work of the famous sculptor Yura Dalmatinets “Flogging”. This sculpture is an author’s copy from a bas-relief from the altar of the Cathedral of Split. For viewing are exhibited ancient paintings and objects of worship.

Before the cathedral on the square there is a City well (1520). Supply of fresh water is difficult, so the wells on the island are treated with reverence.

Our itinerary for 7 days of travel through Middle Dalmatia:

“Moscow – Split – Trogir – Split – Hvar – Brac island (Bol and Sumartin) – Makarska – Brela – Baska Voda – Promayna – Biokovo (top of St. George’s) – Omis – Split – Moscow airport”

The weather at the end of September was remarkable: + 22-25, water at sea + 21-22 gr.

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Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

Japan is another planet with its own special traditions and rules. So, in one of the recent materials, I talked about the most insane ways to spend money in the Land of the Rising Sun. But what about the Japanese schools and kindergartens?

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

1. A kindergarten in Japan is compulsory, and usually children begin to go there at the age of 3 years. Already in the kindergarten, Japanese kids master the basics of arithmetic and are able to read hiragana and katakana (syllabic alphabet).

2. To enter primary school, all children must take exams. Those who failed to pass the entrance examinations can study in the preparatory school and try again next year.

3. Education in primary and secondary schools is compulsory and free of charge. Education in senior classes and universities is always paid.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

4. In elementary school, do not ask homework. But in middle and high school homework is quite large, so it is believed that Japanese high school students are the busiest people in the country.

5. Each school has its own unique form.

6. Immediately after entering the school there are lockers for shoes.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

7. In most schools, strict rules regarding the color of hair. Only the natural hair color is acceptable for schoolchildren.

8. In many public and private schools, boys are not allowed to wear long hairstyles, only a neat short haircut is allowed.

9. Rules for girls include: walking without a wave, cosmetics, nail polish and jewelry (except for hours).

10. Students can only wear socks white, black or navy blue. If a student wears, for example, brown socks, which is against school rules, then this wardrobe item can be confiscated.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

11. A typical Japanese class in the school consists of 30-40 people.

12. Pupils usually stay in the same classroom throughout the year, and teachers should move from class to class.

13. Schoolchildren need to learn about 2500 characters to be able to read and write in Japanese.

14. Japanese children should learn how to read and write in three different ways: the correct Japanese characters, the Japanese version of Chinese characters and the Latin alphabet.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

15. The main subjects in Japanese schools are mathematics, Japanese, social sciences, craft, music and physical education. Now most of the elementary schools began teaching English. Students learn a healthy lifestyle, computer science, music, art, physical education and home economics, as well as traditional arts – calligraphy and haiku (kind of poem).

16. Schools use information technology to improve education. All schools have internet.

17. In schools, all classes are divided into small groups. These groups carry out various activities – for example, cleaning the classroom, the yard, the halls, etc.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

18. Most schools encourage students to be in one of two clubs – a sports club (football, kendo, baseball, judo, tennis, athletics, swimming, volleyball, rugby) or a culture club (calligraphy, mathematics, science). Club members meet after classes and spend time together.

19. There are no cleaners in Japanese schools. After graduation, students themselves clean up classes, corridors daily, wash toilets and clean up the area around the school.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

20. In Japan, children go to primary school for 6 years, to secondary school – 3 years, to high school – also 3 years, and then if they want to study in the university for 4 years.

21. The school year in Japan begins in April. Schoolchildren study in terms of trimesters: the first – from April to the end of July, the second – from early September to mid-December and the third – from January to mid-March. The so-called summer holidays in Japan last only a month and a half (depends on the school) and fall on the hottest month – August.

22. Schoolchildren are given homework for the summer and winter holidays. Usually on vacation most of the free time students are engaged in homework or participation in school clubs.

23. Usually the school day runs from 8:30 to 15:00. Previously, Japan had only one day off, but in 1992 the government amended, increasing the weekend to two days. Some schools do not adhere to this rule and conduct lessons on Saturday.

24. Schools are rarely replaced. If the teacher for some reason did not come, the students independently study and behave quietly. From time to time another teacher can look and check the class.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

25. Swimming is also part of the curriculum. Many schools in Japan have their own swimming pools, where children are taught to swim for a minimum distance. Pupils who could not learn should fill the gap in the summer.

26. Each school has a nutritionist who monitors the healthy eating of students and making up the menu. Schoolchildren are not allowed to bring snacks to the school, sometimes even medications such as sweets from pain in the throat, because sweets are considered an unpleasant meal for a quick snack.

27. Within the Japanese school, students are not allowed to use mobile phones. Students can use the phone in the parking lot before entering the school between lessons or after them. If the teacher notices the phone at the lesson, it will definitely confiscate it.

28. To pass from high school to senior, you need to pass the exams. You also need to take exams at the end of each trimester and in the middle of the first and second trimesters.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens

29. University students drive cars. In Japan there is no such thing as a school bus. Students go on foot, ride a bicycle or on public transport. In elementary school students go in small groups.

30. The better your results of university entrance exams, the higher the probability of getting support from a large company that will pay for education in college. Then the student goes to work for this company, and the tuition fee is deducted from his salary.

Amazing facts about Japanese schools and kindergartens31. In Tokyo and Yokohama, a curfew is imposed – 22:00. Children under the age of 18 after 22 hours can not visit the cinema and slot machines.

The construction of Venice: the city was erected in the water or flooded it later

The construction of Venice: the city was erected in the water or flooded it later

Venice is the pearl of Italy and one of the most recognizable cities in the world. Unusual island location and rich cultural and historical heritage are the reason for the incredible popularity of this Italian city among travelers. About 20 million tourists visit Venice every year, although the population of the city does not exceed 300 thousand people.

Venice is located both on the mainland and on the adjacent islands. Permeated with picturesque canals, the island part of the city stands literally in the water. It is, of course, insanely beautiful, but terribly uncomfortable. How did they build all these houses? Or were they originally on land, and then flooded them?

According to the researchers, the settlement of the Venetian lagoon and islands began at the end of the VI century, and by the 9th century the island part of Venice was completely built up. Throughout its history, Venice experienced periods of ups and downs, when it was under the rule of foreign invaders. But nevertheless she managed to preserve the unique image that was formed due to the island location.

The island part of Venice includes more than 100 islets, which are separated by a network of canals. That is, the buildings of the city are built on small sections of land that are simply not visible due to the dense construction. And the outskirts of the islands are submerged in the coming seawater. The straits between the islands turned into channels, through which today gondoliers roll romantic tourists. The depth of these channels is small, mostly not more than 2.5 meters. And all the buildings and structures, from apartment houses to bridges, in this island part are built on wooden stilts for very interesting technology.

Choosing a place for construction, the Venetians drove into the muddy soil wooden piles, which were made of larch. This breed of trees is famous for its durability and resistance to decay. Larch for the construction of Venice was specially brought from the Alpine region. Wooden piles up to 7-8 meters long were driven into the ground, and wooden logs were laid on top of them, which served as the foundation for the future building. Well, already on the basis of larch laid a row of bricks and erected buildings.

Since the founding of Venice, its islands are slowly underwater. For this reason, the island area of ​​the city at least twice rebuilt, and modern buildings are dated XIV-XV century. Thus, larch piles on which there is an island Venice, more than 500 years and, as recent studies show, most of them are in excellent condition.

Unfortunately, Venice is gradually submerged in water. This is due both to the overall increase in the Mediterranean Sea level and to the subsidence of the soil. The latter, according to scientists, is due to the depletion of artesian wells, the exploitation of which has already been discontinued. Regular floods cause a lot of trouble to historical buildings. Therefore, the construction of a protective dam, which would delay the immersion of Venice.

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A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

With the advent of Google Earth, satellite imagery of the Earth has become an excellent way to kill time. At the same time, interesting and strange things come across like a source shimmering with all the colors of a rainbow, a very excited giant or lake on an island in a lake on an island. Edition The Telegraph has released a selection of such findings.

The Giant Ring

At 20 kilometers from the city of Nardo in Italy is an ideally round test track for racing cars, built by Fiat, but then overbought Porsche. The length of the route is 12.8 kilometers. It has four strips, inclined so that drivers do not have to turn the steering wheel.

Coordinates: 40.335116, 17.825758

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Route on the roof

This unusual building in the Turin district of Lingotto was once the automobile plant Fiat (also Fiat!). Brilliant work. The cars were raised from the ground floor to the roof, where the test track was located. The plant closed in 1982. Now the building houses a shopping center, a hotel and a concert hall. The route on the roof nevertheless remained.

Coordinates: 45.032083, 7.665710

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Cemetery of aircraft

Most airlines are trying to regularly update their aircraft parks; Military aviation also strives for greater economy and manufacturability. Therefore, the average life of the aircraft is shorter than it seems. Where are the decommissioned planes?

Some of them resell to other airlines, and others are transported to one of the spacious cemeteries of aircraft that appeared after World War II, when the need to keep a large number of aircraft was no longer needed. One of the largest similar sedimentation tanks is located at the Davis-Monten Air Force Base in Arizona, USA.

Coordinates: 32.153513, -110.847546

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Park in the form of a pentagram

This very infernal facility is located not far from the city of Lisakovsk in Kazakhstan. The park was laid in the times of the USSR. Of course, the star was meant as a communist symbol.

Coordinates: 52.479722, 62.185699

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Cheerful giant

Atakamsky giant is an ancient geoglyph (a giant image on the surface of the earth), located in the foothill desert in Chile. In this country (as well as in Peru) there are many geoglyphs, including the famous figures in the Nazca desert.

Coordinates: -19.948855, -69.633612

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Color source

A large prismatic source is one of the most famous sights of the Yellowstone National Park. Along with the Excelsior geyser, located nearby, it is the largest source in the reserve. Prismatic source and Excelsior are complete opposites: Excelsior is a boiling lake surrounded by rocks, and the Great prismatic source is a calm warm pond. An unusual color of its waters is attached to algae and bacteria.

Coordinates: 44.525063, -110.838171

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

A really big swimming pool

In the Yellowstone spring, you should not swim. But in the pool at the resort of San Alfonso del Mar in Chile, bathing places are more than enough. This is the largest swimming pool in the world, its area is more than 80 thousand square meters.

Coordinates: -33.349533, -71.652321

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Strange art object in the desert

“Breath of the Desert” is an installation near the Egyptian resort of Hurghada on the Red Sea. Built in 1997, it consists of 178 cones and grooves that form two spirals. The installation area is more than ten thousand square meters.

Coordinates: 27.380456, 33.632129

Guardian of Badlands

A figure resembling an Indian in a traditional headdress is in the deserts of Alberta, USA. An unusual shape of the rock cavity was discovered by the Canadian Lynn Hickox in 2006.

Coordinates: 50.010611, -110.113422

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Oil fields in Argentina

These strange lines are actually an oil field in the Argentine province of Rio Negro.

Coordinates: -37.660314, -68.177204

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Lake on an island in a lake on the island

This unusual geological formation is on the island of Luzon, Philippines.

Coordinates: 14.010088, 120.997824

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Bright blue ponds

Such blue lakes are located near the potash mine near the city of Moab, Utah, USA. They are evaporative pools with this chemical element.

Coordinates: 38.487876, -109.684299

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Building in the form of a swastika

The similarity of the Coronado naval base built in the 1960s in San Diego, California, with a Nazi (or Buddhist) symbol was not noticed for decades – until Google Earth appeared. Tens of thousands of dollars were spent on solving this problem, but it seems that it could not be found.

Coordinates: 32.676159, -117.157661

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Wood in the form of a guitar

Pedro Martin Ureta created this giant guitar near General-Levallier in Argentina as a dedication to his wife, who died tragically in 25 years. It is noteworthy that Ureta is afraid of flying, so that he saw his creation only in photographs.

Coordinates: -34.0164, -63.9322

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Naked giant

A huge image of a naked man, also known as the “Giant from Sern-Ebbas”, or simply “Rough Man”, as well as many other chalk figures, can be seen flying over the UK (or exploring it in Google Earth).

Coordinates: 50.813676, -2.474771

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Colored lakes of Bolivia

High altitude plateau Altiplano in Bolivia is full of volcanoes, hot springs, strange rock formations and bright lakes. One of the most noteworthy among them is the Laguna Colorado with water of an unusual shade and flocks of flamingos that live there.

Coordinates: -22.198705, -67.781073

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

The whole world at the coast of Dubai

On the coast of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, there are World Islands – artificial islands, forming a rather crude model of the world. Developers hoped that they would turn into a place of elite rest, but this did not happen. Fifteen years after the construction began, only a small fraction of the 300 islands were populated.

Coordinates: 25.226678, 55.164232

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Giant Logo

This logo can be seen in the courtyard of the headquarters of the company – the toy manufacturer Mattel in El Segundo, California, USA.

Coordinates: 33.921325, -118.391684

A giant Indian and a swastika house: the strangest buildings on Google Earth

Ayrs Rock, Australia

It’s not just a big red rock. This Uluru, also known as Ers Rock, is one of the main Australian attractions. It was compared to a huge rusty ship that rises above a deserted landscape. As in the case of ships, most of the rock is hidden beneath the surface: Uluru goes underground for at least six kilometers. The visible part of the rock reminds a sleeping monster, ready at any moment to rise on its giant feet and go beyond the horizon.

Coordinates: -25.343381, 131.036757

Inverted “Cadillacs”

America is famous for its roadside attractions. The Cadillac Ranch is one of them. In 1974, ten of these brightly colored cars were installed near the road, partially submerged in sand.

Coordinates: 35.187574, -101.987010

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The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

For many years now, Sochi is considered not only the city itself, but all the surrounding territories, almost 146 km along the coast of the Black Sea. Therefore, there is much to see here, the choice is great.

Park “Riviera”

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

In general, there are 85 parks in Sochi, but we will stop at the most famous and visited ones. The famous places of the Riviera are the alley with magnolias, which were planted by cosmonauts Gagarin and Leonov; a rose garden with a thousand rose bushes; Fountain surrounded by busts of great classics; various sculptures.

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!The modern “Riviera” is perhaps the favorite recreation center for citizens and visiting tourists. What else can you see in the park?

Attractions must be visited with children:

  • Carousels for children of all ages.
  • “Pirate Village” – attractions where you can win any prize.
  • “Children’s Town” – a place of rest with the youngest children.
  • “Glade of Wonders” – attractions for the whole family.
  • “Roller coaster”.
  • Karting.
  • Cinema 5
  • Various exhibitions.

Dolphinarium of the park, the largest on the entire Black Sea coast, and it works all year round: in the winter, dolphins do two performances a day, in the summer – four. In addition to dolphins, white whales, a sea lioness and walrus participate in the performance. And all this sea show can be shot for free during the show. Also in the dolphinarium you can swim and hold a photo session with animal artists.

The “Riviera” oceanarium is a place where you can see animals from the most remote sea and ocean depths. And continually there are new inhabitants of the oceanarium. The show program with the participation of “mermaid” and scuba divers necessarily draw attention to any family with a child.

No music lover will pass the Green Theater. There were well-known pop and rock musicians. If you plan to visit the park “Riviera”, do not forget to see the schedule of the Green Theater. And suddenly it will be possible to get to the performance of your favorite musician!

A sports town for those who are also on vacation to take care of their health. Tennis courts, playgrounds for ball games, in towns, various simulators. So you will not lose shape here! For those who want a relaxing holiday, there is a health path – take a walk and get some fresh air.

Arboretum

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

At one time the territory of the Arboretum was part of a huge estate of the famous Sochi businessman and playwright Sergei Khudekov. In the late 19th century, he ennobles this territory and gives it to the city. And at the beginning of the next century the park was declared a “public space”, where about 240 species of various plants were planted. At present, unique plants are much larger – almost 1800 species.

The park area is about 50 hectares. The pearl of the park is still considered a magnificent villa built by Khudekov for his beloved wife and named in her honor “Hope”. From the top of the arboretum you can enjoy the views of the city, and in the Lower Dendrarium you will visit the aquarium and exotarium. Fine artificial ponds with live water lilies, snow-white rotundas and various sculptures – all this splendor will remain in memory and, of course, in the photo until the next visits to Sochi.

Aquapark

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

An amazing and very beautiful water park in Sochi is called “Amphibius”. Indeed, you will feel here like fish in the water. And children with such enthusiasm will ride on a dizzying water slide, that after spending a whole day here, you will want to return again. 16 attractions for 2 hectares – there is where to turn around!

For kids a shallow pool is made with small slides in the form of little animals, and for older extremals something is much more interesting. Slides “Lagoon” and “Giant” with sharp twisting turns. A 100 meter “Blue Hall” will carry you through its turns, that the hair will stand on end. After such breathtaking descents, you just want to eat, so there are many tents and small cafes in the water park with various drinks and goodies.

Olympic places

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

The Olympic Park is the most modern landmark in Sochi. All this sporting splendor was built for the Olympic Games of 2014. And although the game has already passed, but sports life here does not cease. By the way, you can visit the Olympic Village, where athletes lived during the Olympics.

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

A bright spot in the park area is the singing fountain, which starts in the evening from 19:30. Currently, the park is in full swing preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Some stadiums are being converted, but some will remain the same.

The Imaginarium

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

Popular entertainment in the modern world in the form of quests, there is also in Sochi. The meaning of Sochi – in 60 minutes to find the keys and exit from the mysterious room. A mysterious story draws players into an atmosphere of vivid emotions that do not let go until the end of the quest.

Svir Gorge

Here is a very beautiful waterfall. If you follow a paved trail, you can see a lot of interesting things. Passing along Svirska Street in Lazorevskoye and climbing up the stream, you find yourself in a clearing with a waterfall. But back the path is laid in the other direction of the unusual route – almost 3 km.

Settlement among the mountains

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

This is a village 40 km from the sea among the high and beautiful mountains. Therefore, in winter, the most popular ski center in Russia is here. All well-known sports complexes are built near Krasnaya Polyana: a complex of Gazprom, the Mountain carousel and the Rose Farm with trails for the Winter Olympics. You can get to the ski complexes by yourself in 15 minutes by car or with an excursion per hour by bus.

The holy temples of Sochi are unusually beautiful and attract many visitors. The Church of the Nativity of the Virgin was very damaged before the Great Patriotic War, was destroyed. Nowadays, they wanted to make a music school in the church, but the believers defended this holy place and now there is again heard the holy bell ringing.

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

The Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord is very similar to the Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Holy springs and springs are open for visits, but some do not recommend drinking water, since it contains hydrogen sulfide. Where to go, not only believers can be learned from guides.

For 1 day it is impossible to see all the interesting places in Sochi. When planning to go here you need to preview the photo in advance and make a list of notable places. Open the map of the sights of the city, it indicates all the famous corners in the great Sochi. It is useful to read and testimonials, but do not rely too much on the taste of others: what you do not like, you can be delighted with it.

The most popular places in Sochi! Suddenly, you have not been somewhere yet!

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Mishka Kwakin

Boris, what’s wrong with the arch? we like it. modest, without perversions.

Krasnoyarsk Triumphal Arch is the historic gate of the city.

The arch was built in honor of the Siberians who defended the Motherland and perished during the Great Patriotic War.

The desire to build a triumphal arch in the heart of Siberia, Krasnoyarsk, was long ago. The head of the city caught fire with this idea after visiting Paris.

The place was not chosen by chance. When he chose, he took into account all the historical details and facts. It is here, presumably, is the point of the first landing of Cossacks on the shore of the glorious Yenisei River. This place later also flashed in the pages of history. During the Great Patriotic War, garrison barracks were located in this very place, and from this place soldiers were sent to further service.

Before the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, a large competition was held for the best project for an architectural monument. The best works of architects and sculptors of Krasnoyarsk were presented at the competition. The winner was the project of the Honored Architect of Russia Vladimir Ulyanov.

September 5, 2003 solemn opening of the Arc de Triomphe took place "In honor of the 375th anniversary of Krasnoyarsk" or "375 years of creation and development".

The Archbishop of Krasnoyarsk and Yenisei Anthony consecrated the Krasnoyarsk Triumphal Arch.

Now the Arc de Triomphe is an architectural monument of Krasnoyarsk and is protected by the state.

Krasnoyarsk through the eyes of a Muscovite

Ancient Khujand

Khudzhand, who had been Leninabad since the 1960s

Ancient Khujand

Khujand is one of the most ancient cities in Central Asia and the second largest city of Tajikistan

Ancient Khujand

After all, since the time of its foundation, it stands at the crossroads of the Great Silk Road.

Ancient Khujand

By the way, they say that it was here that Khoja Nasreddin lived, although officially he is considered a folklore character.

Ancient Khujand

Ancient Khujand

Ancient Khujand

We stopped in Khujand on the way to the Pamir during the Travel # pamirsky trakt with Koz.travel. Of course, we looked at the market, walked around the streets and bought Sims with the Internet πŸ™‚

Ancient Khujand

It was our first Tajik city. A city where the old fashioned neighborhood coexists with modern coffee houses.

Ancient Khujand

Despite the fact that the city is quite large (400 000 inhabitants), we were treated very carefully and benevolently. Everyone to whom we addressed the question, everything showed, told, or literally took us by the hand in the desired place πŸ™‚ We photographed everything with pleasure.

I have not used to yet, that when you drink coffee, people can approach, ask who, where and where to go. It used to be that they started to get the phone with cards and tell them that there is something interesting around and where it is necessary to go.

In a few days I’ll get used to it πŸ™‚

Ancient Khujand

My today’s post is more like a photo.

Ancient Khujand

Ancient Khujand

Ancient Khujand

And there was the most delicious pilaf! The landlady told me everything, but at home on the stove, of course, not so it turns out

And this was only the beginning of the journey Pamir Trakt

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    Samarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the world's most delicious cakesSamarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the most delicious cakes in the world.

    Samarkand is an ancient Uzbek city, covered with myths, mysticism and legends. This city, even according to the most conservative estimates, is almost 3 thousand years old. Samarkand hosted warriors under his leadership, Alexander the Great, witnessed the conquests of the Arab army and experienced the riots of Genghis Khan. The history of Samarkand combines facts and myths. For this reason, it’s sometimes so hard to tell the truth from the legendary legends.

    The war because of the discovery of Tamerlane’s tomb: a prophecy or a coincidence?

    In June 1941, in the streets of Samarkand, with excitement, whispered that the Russian expedition intends to open the grave of Tamerlane, especially revered in Uzbekistan, the national hero. The local Muslim clergy made unsuccessful attempts to stop the excavations. The fact is that according to the ancient legend, as soon as Tamerlane’s ashes are disturbed (Timur), a terrible war will begin in the world.

    Samarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the world's most delicious cakesSamarqand tomb of Tamerlane and his relatives. / Photo: www.beer-viktor.ru

    Despite the obstacles of local residents, on the night of June 20, 1941, the Russian expedition opened the coffin of the great emir. The Samarkandians reasonably linked the beginning of the war with the discovery of the grave of Timur. The expedition was urgently curtailed, and the remains of Tamerlane were sent to Moscow for research. Today it is clear that all these events are just a chain of coincidences, because the Second World War began as early as 1939, and Hitler approved the plan of attack on the USSR in 1940. But there is one moment that plays into the hands of believers in the prediction. As is known, the turning point in the war was the victory of the Soviet army in the Battle of Stalingrad. On the eve of this event, Stalin ordered the return of the remains to Samarkand, burying them with all the due honors.

    How old is Samarkand: 2750 or still 4500?

    Samarkand, without a doubt, is one of the oldest known cities. But his exact age is not defined to this day. According to the latest archaeological data, Samarkand was founded in the 8th century BC. e. As the center of the historical region of Sogdiana. According to the testimony of the Holy Book of Zoroastrians – “Avesta” – in the 5th century BC. Sogdiana was already a developed densely populated formation of farmers. The same is confirmed by the Greek chroniclers and Roman biographers.

    Samarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the world's most delicious cakes

    Ancient city. From the album “Historical monuments of Samarkand”. Photographer G.A. Pankratieva, 1890

    For two thousand years Samarkand was the main point of the Great Silk Road, connecting China with Europe, as well as the leading scientific center of the medieval East. Samarkand is the same age as Rome and Nanking. In the first years of the city’s existence, the Bible was being compiled, and in ancient Greece, the first ever Olympic Games were held. But there are also more daring versions. Abu Hafs Omar ibn Muhammad al-Nesef al-Samarkandi, a well-known Arab historian, claims that Samarkand was founded much earlier – in the second half of the II millennium BC. And that at the time of the Arab conquest in the 8th century the city was already 2,5 thousand years old.

    Some medieval historians wrote that Samarkand in general was formed in the III millennium BC, 3000 years before the prophet. Archaeologists are slow to put a point in this matter, and excavation continues. Until the moment scientists reach the base of the cultural layer, the ancient land of Samarkand can present many more surprises.

    Why Samarkand cakes remain a unique dish in the world. Is it all in the local air?

    The gourmets of the whole world know about Samarkand cakes. This batch is famous not only for its amazing taste, but also for the property not to spoil. Baked in local traditions, the Samarkand cake is suitable for years, without losing its useful properties.

    Samarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the world's most delicious cakes

    Legendary tortillas of Samarkand often decorate the walls of houses. / Photo: nuz.uz

    According to one of the ancient legends somehow the emir of Bukhara was indignant at the inability of his culinary specialists to accurately reproduce Samarkand cakes. He ordered to bring the best pancake maker of Samarkand, the local flour, water and tandoor. But tortillas still turned out different. And then everyone came to the conclusion that it was in the air.

    Samarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the world's most delicious cakesThe modern Samarkand is imbued with ancient legends. / Photo: nuz.uz

    The sacrament of cooking is the subject of study of many world confectioners. Cakes have a unique flavor and taste, baked very quickly, provided high humidity and a temperature of 400-800 degrees. The Uzbeks give the national bakery a sacred meaning – their round form is associated with the sun. Patterns from holes and lines are necessarily put on flat cakes. This is both high-quality bread, and a piece of culinary art, and part of the original culture, and the Uzbek quality mark.

    The place where Christians, Muslims and Jews pray

    The grave of Saint Daniel in Samarkand is one of the few places in the world that are simultaneously revered by representatives of different faiths. According to historical information of the XVIII century, the ashes of the Old Testament biblical prophet are buried in the mausoleum of Khoja Donier, the remains of which were most likely brought to Samarkand for burial by the Central Asian commander and conqueror Amir Timur (Tamerlan). Other sources claim that the remains were taken to Samarkand by early Christians.

    Samarkand is an ancient city that keeps the secret of the curse of Tamerlane and the secret of the world's most delicious cakes“Growing” mausoleum of Saint Daniel. / Photo: www.advantour.com

    Donier (Daniyar) was an associate of the Muslim preacher Kusam ibn Abbas, who played an important role in spreading Islam in the vicinity of Samarkand. For Christians, the prophet Daniel is one of the great Old Testament prophets. This attitude to Saint Daniel and the Jews. The modern building of the mausoleum complex was built at the beginning of the 20th century. According to legend, after the construction of the mausoleum, the grave began to grow, having reached today almost 18 meters. For this reason, the architectural complex was completed several times and extended. According to another hypothesis, the grave purposefully made so large that it was impossible to determine the exact location of the remains with the purpose of stealing them. In 1996, the 15th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II visited the Samarkand mausoleum. At that moment, at the crypt stood a dried pistachio tree. Some time after the patriarch decided to consecrate him, the tree came to life.

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    Intelligent war: How Denmark and Canada have been fighting for 30 years for the island

    Intelligent war: How Denmark and Canada have been fighting for 30 years for the islandThe war for the island of Hans.

    It so happened that the island of Hans is located exactly on the border between Canada and Greenland, belonging to the Danish kingdom. Both countries have not been able to agree on who will take the whole island, so that claims on its territory continue to this day. But how intelligent this “struggle” is!

    The island of Hans.

    It’s about a tiny island called the island of Hans (Hans Island, Hans oe, Ile Hans) with an area of ​​only 1.3 square kilometers – in fact, it’s just a piece of stone on which no one lives and nothing grows. But the principle is a principle – even a piece of stone is simply not something to give to another state.

    Intelligent war: How Denmark and Canada have been fighting for 30 years for the islandThe island of Hans is a round piece of rock on which nothing grows and no one lives.

    At first the island was, as it should be, nobody’s. Local residents – Inuit – always knew about him, but he did not attach much importance – a piece of stone, and only that about him to speak. In the 1920s, the Danish expedition carefully surveyed the surroundings and in 1933, together with the whole of Greenland, annexed it to its kingdom. The logic was this: the island belongs to Greenland, and Greenland now belongs to Denmark, hence the island is also ours – decided in the Danish parliament.

    The island of Hans is located between the territory of Greenland and Canada.

    50 years later, Denmark and Canada began negotiations on the maritime border between states. To make the contract fair, the division was instructed to make a computer – to find out where the middle passes between the territories and to pave the line exactly in the center. The computer paved the boundary exactly through the center of the island of Hans.

    Intelligent war: How Denmark and Canada have been fighting for 30 years for the islandThe island of Hans is among the ice.

    The agreement between Denmark and Canada included a line divided into 127 segments. The segment between the 122nd and 123rd points in the agreement is omitted – it is here that the island of Hans is located, and only on this single piece the countries failed to agree.

    Intelligent war: How Denmark and Canada have been fighting for 30 years for the island

    The computer boundary between the territories lay exactly across the island of Hans.

    Unaware of the debate between politicians, the Canadian oil company, meanwhile, sent its research team to the island to study the composition of the ice. Learning about this, both countries were alarmed: how well will the team find an oil field there? Or something else valuable? How then can there be a gap in the agreement? The countries again convened a council and agreed not to conduct any investigations on the island, so that there was no temptation and no reason to quarrel.

    “Well, how would any other country decide to come to our precious island and start research there?” – thought in Denmark in 1984, and sent a military ship to the island along with a special “parcel”: the military installed an flagpole on the island, hung a Danish flag, leaving under him a bottle of Danish schnapps and a note “Welcome to the Danish island!

    As soon as the Canadian team noticed such a treacherous step on the part of the Danish neighbors, they sent their own “parcel” to the island – they changed the Danish flag to Canadian, and on the ground they left a bottle of the branded Canadian whiskey “Canadian Club.”

    Danish team on the island of Hans.

    This intelligent war lasts already 34 years, and all this time, one or another country sends its team, which drinks alcohol “enemy,” declares its territory and replaces another’s flag with its own. And while knowing that the second party will certainly arrive at the island in the same way, sooner or later, she leaves her branded alcohol: the Danes – schnapps, and the Canadians – whiskey.

    Danish and Canadian landings on the island.

    The most interesting story is also hidden behind one of the attractions of Easter Island – the volcanic crater “Rano Raraku”. You can read about this in our article "."

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    Fans of Anna Netrebko admire her photo in a swimsuit

    Russian and Austrian opera diva Anna Netrebko shared a beach photo with subscribers to Instagram and caused a flurry of admiring compliments in her address.

    In the photo, the People’s Artist of the Russian Federation is posing in a bathing suit and a broad-brimmed bright hat that accentuates her charred shoulders. However, this fact did not spoil the general impression, but only added the piquancy of the publication.

    Fans of Anna Netrebko admire her photo in a swimsuit

    Fans Netrebko, worrying about her health, immediately began to give advice on how to get rid of sunburn, without forgetting to compliment the world celebrity.

    “Southern beauty”, “Anna, you are adorable! I admire your love of life and professionalism! “,” The beauty of this woman’s beauty “, – wrote the fallovers.

    The users noted that the tanned tanned skin looks great from the stage in combination with bright outfits.