The Art of Intarsia

This art does not contain any paint. Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses different types of wood, with their natural color and grain pattern.

The picture above shows Damiano da Bergamo’s work realized during the 16th century.

More info: The Lost Art of Intarsia

Crystal Cave, Svínafellsjökull Glacier

This magnificent iced cave is only accessible during winter through a frozen lagoon.

The “Crystal Cave” is located in the Svínafellsjökull glacier, at the Skaftafell national park, Iceland. Due to the fast movement of the glacier, you can hear the ice cracks during your visit.

More info: Crystal Cave

Ching Shi, from Prostitute to Pirate Lord

Ching Shi (1775 – 1844) was a prositute from southeastern China. She became one of the most powerful female pirate, with the command of a fleet exceeding 300 ships.

After a coalition with the Cantonese pirate forces, the Red Flag fleet grew to more than 1700 ships, manned by more than 50 000 pirates. Ching Shi entered in conflict with the Portuguese Empire, the British Empire, and the Qing dinasty, and became the “Terror of South China”.

More info: Ching Shi

Shi Cheng, China’s Atlantis

Built over 1300 years ago, the city of Shi Cheng (“Lion City”) is only accessible by experienced divers.

In order to create a lake for the Xin’an River Dam project in 1959, the valley was deliberately flooded. Located 400 km south of Shanghai, the ruins of the ancient city remain in the bottom of Qiandao Lake.

More info: Shi Cheng

 

Vaadhoo Island’s Sea of Stars

Vaadhoo island (Maldives) is known for the “Sea of Stars”, where a marine bioluminescence creates the illusion of stars sitting on the beach.

The natural phenomenon is due to the presence of phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. They glow at night and offer this beautiful and unique lanscape.

More info: Sea of Stars

The Royal Scotsman

If you enjoy luxury train journeys and decide to visit Scotland, then you might want to consider traveling in the Belmond Royal Scotsman.

The train makes trips through the Scottish Highlands, pausing at different locations to explore lochs, mountains and historic castles. The journey also includes several tours and excursions.

More info: The Royal Scotsman

Stockholm’s Underground Art

Stockholm’s metro stations are very unique. They comprise the world’s longest art exhibition in the world.

Since the 1950’s, one hundred metro stations were decorated by more than 150 artists. If you have the chance to go there, you will be able to admire sculptures, murals, mosaics and installations.

More info: The Art of the Subway

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