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Hashima Island, Japan--The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island has been administered as part of Nagasaki city since the merger of the former town of Takashima in 2005. As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974.  Travel to Hashima was re-opened on April 22, 2009 after 35 years of closure.

Hashima Island, Japan--The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island has been administered as part of Nagasaki city since the merger of the former town of Takashima in 2005. As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974. Travel to Hashima was re-opened on April 22, 2009 after 35 years of closure.

The Teardrop monument in New York...a donation from Russia for the grief of 9/11.  Why did I never hear about this?

The Teardrop monument in New York...a donation from Russia for the grief of 9/11. Why did I never hear about this?

Places to see in ( La Palmyre Les Mathes - France ) La Palmyre Zoo  La Palmyre Zoo is a zoo in Les Mathes Charente-Maritime France. It was created in 1966 in the forest of the Les Mathes by Claude Caillé. Extending over 18 hectares (44 acres) including 14 of landscape garden it offers the visitor the opportunity of observing more than 1600 animals of all kinds divided into 130 species over a distance of more than 4 kilometres (2.5 mi).  La Palmyre Zoo officially opened its doors in 1966 but…

Places to see in ( La Palmyre Les Mathes - France ) La Palmyre Zoo La Palmyre Zoo is a zoo in Les Mathes Charente-Maritime France. It was created in 1966 in the forest of the Les Mathes by Claude Caillé. Extending over 18 hectares (44 acres) including 14 of landscape garden it offers the visitor the opportunity of observing more than 1600 animals of all kinds divided into 130 species over a distance of more than 4 kilometres (2.5 mi). La Palmyre Zoo officially opened its doors in 1966 but…

20 Places to visit in Dubai - Burj Khalifa: Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft).  Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) development called Downtown Dubai at the First Interchange along Sheikh…

20 Places to visit in Dubai - Burj Khalifa: Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest man-made structure in the world, at 829.8 m (2,722 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010, and is part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) development called Downtown Dubai at the First Interchange along Sheikh…

The Riverside Ground, officially called the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England. It is home to Durham County Cricket Club. The club's acceptance into first-class cricket was made conditional on the building of a new Test match-standard cricket ground. Work began on the new ground at the Riverside, a spectacular location overlooked by Lumley Castle, in 1990, and development has continued in phases until the present day.

The Riverside Ground, officially called the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground, is a cricket venue in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England. It is home to Durham County Cricket Club. The club's acceptance into first-class cricket was made conditional on the building of a new Test match-standard cricket ground. Work began on the new ground at the Riverside, a spectacular location overlooked by Lumley Castle, in 1990, and development has continued in phases until the present day.

Cancun Underwater Museum is a series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor placed underwater off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancún, Mexico. The project began in November 2009 with placement of a hundred statues in shallow waters of the Cancún National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms.

Cancun Underwater Museum is a series of sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor placed underwater off the coast of Isla de Mujeres and Cancún, Mexico. The project began in November 2009 with placement of a hundred statues in shallow waters of the Cancún National Marine Park, which had been previously damaged by storms.

The #London2012 Olympics officially began last week, with the opening ceremony taking place on Friday evening. Did you watch it?  If you’re booking last minute accommodation or travel for the Olympics, or perhaps have decided to get out of London instead? Be sure you book online, to raise funds for us, at no extra cost to you.  It’s so easy to get started, visit http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/cvqo to #shop4good today

The #London2012 Olympics officially began last week, with the opening ceremony taking place on Friday evening. Did you watch it? If you’re booking last minute accommodation or travel for the Olympics, or perhaps have decided to get out of London instead? Be sure you book online, to raise funds for us, at no extra cost to you. It’s so easy to get started, visit http://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/cvqo to #shop4good today

world flags  The American flag, also one of the most recognizable flags in the world, was officially adopted in 1777. After the American Revolutionary War citizens began to fly the flag casually during times of peace, which not only increased its demand but also led to its adoption as a general representation of America. After, other countries soon adopted this relaxed stance of displaying their flags too, although this would eventually be used as a propaganda tool for countries trying to…

world flags The American flag, also one of the most recognizable flags in the world, was officially adopted in 1777. After the American Revolutionary War citizens began to fly the flag casually during times of peace, which not only increased its demand but also led to its adoption as a general representation of America. After, other countries soon adopted this relaxed stance of displaying their flags too, although this would eventually be used as a propaganda tool for countries trying to…

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