úterý 16. ledna 2018

Russia - Pskov

Pskov  is a city and the administrative center of Pskov OblastRussia, located about 20 kilometers (12 mi) east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River
The Pskov Krom (or Pskov Kremlin) (RussianПсковский Кром) is an ancient citadel in PskovRussia. In the central part of the city, the Krom is located at the junction of the Velikaya River and smaller Pskova river. The citadel is of medieval origin, with the surrounding walls constructed starting in the late 15th century
The Krom was the administrative and spiritual centre of the Pskov Republic in the 15th century.
In 2010, two of the towers of the Krom (the Vlasyevskaya, which dates to the 15th or 16th century, and the Rybnitskaya, which dates to 13th or 14th) were damaged in a fire.

čtvrtek 4. ledna 2018

Senegal - Kébémer

Kébémer is a town with commune status in Louga Region in north-west Senegal, lying midway between Thiès and Saint-Louis.
The town was founded in 1774 by a Marabout family.
View from Senegal..

pondělí 23. října 2017

USA(New Hampshire) - Derry

Official seal of Derry, New Hampshire
Derry is a town in Rockingham CountyNew HampshireUnited States.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.5 km2), of which 35.6 square miles (92.2 km2) is land and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) is water, comprising 2.39% of the town. Derry is drained by Beaver Brook. The highest point in the town is Warner Hill, at 605 feet (184 m) above sea level, where from the top one can see the Boston skyline on a clear day. Derry lies almost fully within the Merrimack River watershed, with a small section along the northern border of town lying in the Piscataqua River watershed.

pátek 20. října 2017

USA(North Carolina) - Asheville

Official seal of Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is a city in and the county seat of Buncombe County, North CarolinaUnited States. It is the largest city in Western North Carolina, and the 12th largest city in North Carolina.
Asheville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Swannanoa River and the French Broad River.
Biltmore Estate is a large private estate and tourist attraction in AshevilleNorth Carolina. Biltmore House, the main house on the estate, is a Châteauesque-styled mansion built by George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895 and is the largest privately owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet (16,622.8 m2)[2] of floor space (135,280 square feet (12,568 m2) of living area) and featuring 250 rooms. Still owned by one of Vanderbilt's descendants, it stands today as one of the most prominent remaining examples of the Gilded Age, and of significant gardens in the jardin à la française and English Landscape garden styles in the United States.
ArchitectRichard Morris Hunt;Frederick Law Olmsted
Architectural styleChâteauesque

středa 18. října 2017

USA(Pennsylvania) - Titusville

City of Titusville Pennsylvania
Titusville is a city in Crawford CountyPennsylvaniaUnited Statesthe city is part of the Meadville, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area and Erie-Meadville, PA Combined Statistical Area. Titusville is where the modern oil industry began.
The Drake Well is a 69.5-foot-deep (21.2 m) oil well in Cherrytree TownshipVenango County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, the success of which sparked the first oil boom in the United States. The well is the centerpiece of the Drake Well Museum located 3 miles (5 km) south of Titusville.
Drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859, along the banks of Oil Creek, it is the first commercial oil well in the United States. Drake Well was listed on National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmarkin 1966. It was designated a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark in 1979. The well was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2009, on the sesquicentennial of the strike.
The Drake Well is often referred to as the first commercial oil well, although that title is also claimed for wells in AzerbaijanOntarioWest Virginia, and Poland, among others. However, before the Drake Well, oil-producing wells in the United States were wells that were drilled for salt brine, and produced oil and gas only as accidental byproducts. An intended drinking water well at Oil Springs, Ontario found oil in 1858, a year before the Drake Well, but it had not been drilled for oil. Historians have noted that the importance of the Drake Well was not in being the first well to produce oil, but in attracting the first great wave of investment in oil drilling, refining, and marketing:
The importance of the Drake Well was in the fact that it caused prompt additional drilling, thus establishing a supply of petroleum in sufficient quantity to support business enterprises of magnitude

pátek 13. října 2017

Taiwan - Penghu

Coat of arms of Penghu Islands
The Penghu or Pescadores Islands are an archipelago of 90 islands and islets in the Taiwan Strait. The largest city is Magong, located on the largest island, which is also named Penghu. Covering an area of 141 square kilometers (54 sq mi), the archipelago collectively forms Penghu County of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and is the second smallest county, after Lienchiang.
The Penghu Great Bridge or Penghu Trans-Oceanic Bridge is a bridge in Penghu CountyTaiwan. It connects Siyu Island and Baisha Main Island.
The idea of the bridge construction came after knowing the sea current between Siyu Island and Baisha Main Island was too harsh to sail. The construction of the bridge began in 1965 and was completed in 1970. The bridge was expanded in 1984 due to its erosion and collapse because of the sea wind. On 1 January 1996, it was re-inaugurated as two-lane road bridge
The bridge was initially 2,478 meter long and 5.1 meters wide. But after renovation and expansion, it becomes 2,494 meters long and 13 meters wide. It has 7 emergency space along the path.

The Double-heart of Stacked Stones (Chinese七美雙心石滬pinyinQīměi Shuāng Xīn Shí Hù) or the Twin-Heart Fish Trap is a stone weir located on the north side of Qimei TownshipPenghu CountyTaiwan. It is a well-preserved ancient fish trap made by stacking stones to form a trap that resembles a flying heart. 

pondělí 9. října 2017

Poland - Poznań

Coat of arms of Poznań
Poznań is a city on the Warta river in west-central Poland, in the Greater Poland region. It is best known for its renaissance Old Town and Ostrów Tumski Cathedral. Today, Poznań is an important cultural and business centre and one of Poland's most populous regions with many regional customs such as Saint John's Fair (Jarmark Świętojański), traditional Saint Martin's croissants and a local dialect.
The Archcathedral Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in Poznań is one of the oldest churches in Poland and the oldest Polish cathedral, dating from the 10th century. It stands on the island of Ostrów Tumski north-east of the city centre.
The cathedral was originally built in the second half of the 10th century within the fortified settlement (gród) of Poznań, which stood on what is now called Ostrów Tumski ("Cathedral Island"). This was one of the main political centres in the early Polish state, and included a ducal palace (excavated by archaeologists since 1999, beneath the Church of the Virgin Mary which stands in front of the cathedral). The palace included a chapel, perhaps built for Dobrawa, Christian wife of Poland's first historical ruler, Mieszko I. Mieszko himself was baptised in 966, possibly at Poznań – this is regarded as a key event in the Christianization of Poland and consolidation of the state. The cathedral was built around this time; it was raised to the status of a cathedral in 968 when the first missionary bishop, Bishop Jordan, came to Poland.