The Milford Sound

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 02/28/2021 - 14:19

Milford Sound is a fjord on New Zealand's South Island. It belongs to the Fiordland National Park, which is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Boat tours along the many waterfalls and through the narrows lined with pointed mountain cones are impressive.



Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Wed, 01/27/2021 - 14:56

The place Þingvellir or Thingvellir has a special meaning for two reasons: One is geological. because one is here in a rift zone at the boundary between two tectonic plates. On the other hand, one of the oldest parliaments in the world met here. Since about the year 930, the traditional Althing assemblies have been held annually in Thingvellir, which have both legislative and judicial functions.

The place impresses with the high basalt rocks and its waterfalls. It is not far from the capital Reykjavík.



Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sun, 01/24/2021 - 12:17

Directly at the Hard Rock Cafe you can walk to the inviting street cafes and impressive squares of Antwerp city center. The Large Market with its imposing buildings, the town hall and the guild houses, also impresses with a decorative fountain, the Brabo fountain in honor of the folk hero Silvius Brabo. This is said to have done the same to a vicious giant who cut off the hands of merchants who were unwilling to pay on the way to Antwerp. Hence the giant hand that is flung away from the stature like a discus.


The Moldavian monasteries

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 06/22/2020 - 14:03

The Principality of Moldova, founded in the 14th century, reached its cultural heyday in the 15th century under the province of Stephen the Great. Stephan cleverly managed to assert himself against Hungarian, Polish and Ottoman expansionist desires and he promised to build a religious building for every victory. His successes over Hungary, Poland and Turks finally led to the construction of over 40 churches and at the same time to the largest expansion of the Principality of Moldova in the areas of what is now Romania, Moldova (Republick Moldau) and Ukraine.


Mapungubwe - place of the stone of wisdom

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:07
The Mapungubwe National Park is located in the South African province of Limpopo. In addition to the biodiversity typical of Africa, archaeological sites have considerably expanded the level of archeological knowledge of the development of this region. The Mapungubwe Hill, which at first glance seems inconspicuous, turns out e.g. on closer inspection than the hilltop that was populated around 1000 years ago. Royal tombs were found here and it is believed that "up" lived between 1030 and 1290 the kings and soldiers of the Mapungubwe Empire, who were fed by the 3000 to 5000 farmers and hunters living at the foot of the elevation - the earliest class society in southern Africa .

Hawaii - Big Island: Living on the crater rim

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 03/21/2020 - 14:00

With a little luck we were able to get accommodation directly on the crater rim at the Kilauea volcano. The former Sheraton Hotel and today's Volcano Home offered a fantastic starting point for exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This is an approximately 1348 square kilometer biosphere reserve in the southeast of Hawaii, which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. The area includes extensive lava fields and the active Kīlauea volcano. (Wikipedia)


Himeji Castle

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Tue, 01/21/2020 - 10:38

Himeji Castle is located in the city of Himeji in Japan and is e.g. easy to reach from Kyoto with the Shinkansen. From the train station in Himeji, you walk along the city's promenade to the castle complex, which consists of over 80 individual buildings.


Ouessant - Island at the end of the world

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Sat, 12/21/2019 - 15:59

Through the Iroise, the part of the Celtic Sea declared off the Breton coast by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve, it goes at the End of the World (Finis Terrae, the tip of the Breton peninsula and today's Department of Finistère) through the passage of fear to Ouessant, the westernmost French island.


Białowieża: The last free bisons

Submitted by Jürgen Tenckhoff on Fri, 12/06/2019 - 19:23
The history of the Białowieża Forest (Polish: Puszcza Białowieska) dates back to the 8,000 BC, making it "the only surviving example of the original forests that once covered almost all of Europe", as stated in the substantiation for the status as UNESCO World Heritage. The Puszcza Białowieska National Park is one of the oldest in Europe and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.