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This is another game for you all to play and I decided to do a totally different one in the name of learning, sharing information and geographical knowledge.

Rules and its so easy.

Just add a geographical country, location, landmark, river, ocean, lake, etc. using the last letter of the previous answer. It can be in any country in the world and add some information about the place/area/landmark/ocean etc. 

In Order to learn with respect of other people from other countries PLEASE DO NOT USE abbreviated words or (initials}. ie P Springs CA. so it would be Palm Springs California, Usa... as USA is understood unless its an obscure country or Melb. Vic. Au which is Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Many do not know state, country abbreviations etc etc

Please offer information rather than not.

If the place you name isn't very well known, please add the state or country in which it's located. Please be specific and correct in all areas including spelling. Hope you enjoy this game as much as the others I have offered.

Im sure we will get the hang of it and in due course iron out some wrinkles if there are any.

We of course will start with an A

here are some examples to go by.

lst poster...Alice Springs, Australia.

Alice Springs is a large and famous desert city in central Australia and is 200 kms from Uluru the now named - famous of old Alice Springs or also called 'The Rock'

2nd poster answers with an S

SulawesIndonesia.............. Sulawesi is one of a few beautiful Indonesian Islands. They have amazing architecture and black Crested Macaques, Bear Cuscus, Tarsiers and Hornbills.

3rd poster answers with an I

Indianapolis, Boston, U Sof America... famous for their world wide events - car "Indy" racing.

4th poster answers with an S

Southern Ocean is associated with the Antarctic Region of Australia and circling the South Pole.

Have fun in learning and sharing everyone.

Now you must start off with the letter N

4 years ago

Napier, New Zealand~ Napier has become an important grape and wine production area, with the grapes grown mostly around Hastings being sent through the Port of Napier for export. Large amounts of sheep's wool, frozen meat, wood pulp, and timber also pass through Napier annually for export.

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Rwanda, in east-central Africa, is surrounded by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi. It is slightly smaller than Maryland. Steep mountains and deep valleys cover most of the country. Lake Kivu in the northwest, at an altitude of 4,829 ft (1,472 m), is the highest lake in Africa. Extending north of it are the Virunga Mountains, which include the volcano Karisimbi (14,187 ft; 4,324 m), Rwanda's highest point.

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Amazon River - Sth America.

The river runs through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. The length of the Amazon River is approximately 6400 kilometres (4000 miles). There are over 3000 known species of fish that live in the Amazon River, with more constantly being discovered.

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Rhaetian Alps


A range of the central Alps primarily in eastern Switzerland and along the Italian and Austrian borders. It rises to Piz Bernina, 4,051.6 m (13,284 ft) high, in the Bernina section of the range on the Italian border.

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Stone Henge, Wiltshire in the UK.

An amazing circular structure with enormous rock/stone slabs which appear to be impossible for the average man or men to lift let alone carry. The owner is Edward Seymour, lst Duke of Somerset. The "henge" portion has given its name to a class of monuments known as 'Henges'. Archaeologists define henges as earthworks consisting of a circular banked enclosure with an internal ditch. They are over 7.3 metres (24 ft) tall. Thats pretty tall isnt it?

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Yes, it is, Summerannie.

The Hague, the Netherlands. It is the seat of Dutch government and all international criminal cases are decided there.

Hope I did that right.

yes! Laura!
4 years ago

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.

It is named after Gustave Eiffel, whose company was in charge of the project. Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France, the Eiffel Tower is one of the most well known structures in the world.The Eiffel Tower was originally built as the entrance arch for the World's Fair in 1889.Around 50 tonnes of paint are added to the Eiffel Tower every 7 years to protect it from rust.Temperature also alters the height of the Eiffel Tower by up to 6 inches (15 centimetres).

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Ranau, Malaysia ~ is a town as well as a district located in Sabah, Malaysia on the island of Borneo. Ranau's diverse flora ranges from rich tropical lowland and hill rainforest to tropical mountain, sub-alpine forest and scrub on the higher elevations and particularly abundant in species with examples of flora from as far as China, Australia and the Himalayas, as well as pan-tropical flora.

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Uganda, twice the size of Pennsylvania, is in East Africa. It is bordered on the west by Congo, on the north by the Sudan, on the east by Kenya, and on the south by Tanzania and Rwanda. The country, which lies across the equator, is divided into three main areas—swampy lowlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and a desert region. Lake Victoria forms part of the southern border.

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Austin, Texas:  Austin is the capital of Texas and the seat of Travis County. Located in Central Texas and the American Southwest, it is the 11th-largest city in the United States of America and the fourth-largest city in the state of Texas. It is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. The 1970s saw Austin's emergence in the national music scene, with local artists such as Willy Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and iconic music venues such as the Armadillo World Headquarters.

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Oslo, Norway. Oslo is the capital of Norway and is the most populous city. It was established as a trading post.

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Well done everyone... Good Laura but could you add some more info to what you have written so we can all learn a bit more about the city/place etc. That would be soooooooooo cool. all in all everyone is doing so well. You are all so smart.

Oman is a country and its capital is Muscat

Oman, officially called the Sultanate of Oman, is an Arab state in southwest Asia on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It has a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. And its currency is Omani rial. It also has its own airline called. Oman Airlines.

Historically Omanis were seafarers and traders who dominated regional commodity trading in the Indian Ocean, East Africa and the Arabian Gulf. There were thus a succession of migrations which saw the growth of settlements along some parts of the East African coast.

In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al Said ousted his father and has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and has preserved a long-standing political and military relationship with the United Kingdom.
Oman's moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.

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Neuchatel, Switzerland~ Above Neuchâtel, roads and train tracks rise steeply into the folds and ridges of the Jura range – known within the canton as the Montagnes Neuchâteloises. Like the continuation of the mountains on either side, this is wild and hilly country, not exactly mountainous compared with the high Alps further south but still characterized by remote, windswept settlements and deep, rugged valleys. It is also the heartland of the celebrated Swiss watchmaking industry.

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Lourdes - France.  Is a Sacred Site. In 1858, a 14 yr old peasant girl named Bernadette Soubirous had a series of 18 visions of the Virgin Mary who appeared in a niche in the grotto of Massabielle, near Lourdes, a villiage on the Gave de Pau River in the foothills of the Pyrenees in Southern France. The first apparition ocurred on 11th Feb. 1858. During her 9th apparition, on 25th Feb, Bernadette claimed to have been directed to a spring that had not ever existed in the grotto. Its by discovery by Bernadette and witnessed by hundreds of onlookers that it was eventually declared as miraculous.


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Damascus, Syria. This region has been engulfed in a brutal civil war that has decimated the country and has left many homeless, and is the worst human rights catastrophe of our time.

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Hi Laura, you will notice that we have highlighted the letter in which to find the next place. I am not sure where you got the D from. The highlighted letter of the first place is what you need to discover at the end of the word/s not country.  Hope that helps. So Damascus ends in an this is what I need to find.

Silfra cracks, Thingvellir , Iceland...

Silfra is a dive into the earthʼs crust where it is very gradually splitting apart. The resulting cracks are filled with glacial water which melts and is filtered through the volcanic rocks. It is pure fresh water in an area with virtually no marine growth
or life producing water clarity easily in excess of  50 metres. As if the visibiity were not enough, the topography is not far from unique underwater. Any downsides? Well, yes. The water may be crystal clear but itʼs only around 2°C and you have to walk all your equipment at least 50 metres over varied terrain.

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San Francisco, California ~ San Francisco is ranked 44th of the top tourist destinations in the worldand was the sixth most visited one in the United States in 2011. The city is renowned for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former prison on Alcatraz Island, and its Chinatown district.

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Olenyok River - Russia 

The Oleyok River is situated at the upper most in the Northern part of Russia. The Olenyok is known for its abundant fish. It is frozen for over eight months every year and the climate in its area is harsh because of the direct influence of the Arctic. It is 2,292 kilometres (1,424 mi) long, of which around 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) is navigable.

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Sorry, Summerannie. I'm not good at this game.

4 years ago

Reed Flute Cave, Guilin, Guangxi, China.

A vibrant natural limestone cave.

The Reed Flute Cave is a landmark and tourist attraction in Guilin, Guangxi, China. It is a natural limestone cave with multicolored lighting and has been one of Guilin’s most interesting attractions for over 1200 years. 


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Embridge, Alaska.

This is where one of the pipelines that threatens wildlife is.

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Edinburgh is the Capital of Scotland  and also the name of the Castle there - Edinburgh Castle the place where they put on a show in summer called 'The Edinburgh Tattoo'  which is military based featuring bag pipes, marches etc. Edinburgh Castle is an historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock.
Its brilliant.
Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth which is the area where the River Forth flows into the North Sea.
4 years ago

Houston, Texas.

This is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the United States. The city has over 2.1 million people within an area of 559..6 miles. It has a leading health care sector and many industries.

4 years ago

Novosibirsk (Russian IPA: [nÉ™vÉ™sʲɪˈbʲirsk]) is the third most populous city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg and the most populous city in Asian Russia, with a population of 1,523,801 (2013 est.). It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the southwestern part of Siberia on the banks of the Ob River adjacent to the Ob River Valley, near the large water reservoir formed by the dam of the Novosibirsk Hydro Power Plant and occupies an area of 502.1 square kilometers (193.9 sq mi).The city is informally known as the "Capital of Siberia". Novosibirsk founded in 1893.

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Kalgoorlie, now known as Kalgoorlie-Boulder after Kalgoorlie and Boulder joined, is a city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, Australia, and is located 595 kilometres (370 mi) east-northeast of Perth at the end of the Great Eastern Highway. The town was founded in 1893 during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and is located close to the so-called "Golden Mile".

As at the 2011 census, it had a population of 31,107,[2] making it the largest urban centre in the Goldfields-Esperance region and the fifth-largest in Western Australia.

The name Kalgoorlie is derived from the Aboriginal, Wangai word Karlkurla, meaning "place of the silky pears"

4 years ago

Essen, Germany~ Founded around 845 and historically linked to the centuries-old Krupp family iron works, Essen has been one of Germany's most important coal and steel centres until the 1970s and attracted workers from all over the country; it was the 5th-largest city in Germany between 1929 and 1988, peaking at over 730,000 inhabitants in 1962. The city has since developed a strong tertiary sector of the economy, so it is sometimes called "desk of the Ruhr area". Essen is home to 13 of the 100 largest German corporations and seat to several of the region's authorities.

4 years ago

Nazareth, Israel  

The city of Nazareth draws its worldwide reputation as the hometown of Jesus of Nazareth. The important role of Nazareth as a pilgrimage and religious center has had a dramatic impact on the history of the city. The special role Nazareth has in the Christian world created special conditions and a unique atmosphere in which a very diverse, rich and complex community has evolved.

The unique history of the city of Nazareth and its location in the heart of the Galilee region makes it one of the most interesting spots in any visit to the land of Israel.

4 years ago
Hastings, Victoria Australia. My most favourite place which has a beach, a Marina and its a fishing village and some great cafes and shops. One day sitting in the car observing the bird life, a Pelican flew down onto the beach and within 8 mins there were nearly 40. I nearly fell out of the car. This is the best place to observe many sea birds and they come in droves.The area around the pier is popular with sightseers, there being a waterfront cafe, and many yachts moored nearby. Pelicans can normally be seen in this area, and the pelicans are fed daily by local fishermen. There is lots more to see in and around Hastings. A beautiful seaside spot off the main stream of frequented beaches. Sssssh dont tell a sole!

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SolovkI  archipelago 

The Solovetsky Islands (Solovki) are an archipelago situated between 64' 57" and 65' 12" northern latitude and 35' 28" and 36' 17" eastern longitude on the point of entering the White Sea Onega inlet in the Archangel region, Russia.

Their area takes up 347 sq. km.  The archipelago consists of 6 comparatively large (Bolshoi Solovetsky, Anzer, Bolshaya and Malaya Muksalma, Bolshoi and Maliye Zayats) islands and many smaller ones.

It's been established that the settlement of these islands began in the early and mid-third millennium BC.  There are many stone "labyrinths" of unknown origin around the islands.

The Solovetsky monastery functioned from 1429 - 1436 up to 1920. For centuries the monastery owned huge territories along White sea coast,  it was the religious, economic, political, ideological, cultural and military center of the region.

From 1923 to 1939 Solovetsky Special Purpose Prison Camps (SLON) and Solovetsky Special Purpose Prison (STON) existed on the islands.  During that time, hundreds of thousands of political prisoners were exiled to the islands.

From 1939 to 1947 Solovki was the Northern Fleet's training squad base and from 1942 to 1945 - the Navy Marine School.

1967 marks the birth of the Solovetsky historical-architectural and outdoor nature museum.  From 1960 work has been going on to conserve and restore the Solovetsk Monastery historical-architectural monuments.

1990s witnessed the revival of the Solovetsky Monastery's activities. The islands' unique nature  and  over 180 archeological, historical and architectural objects attract many tourists.


4 years ago

Tel Aviv, Israel. This is the place that has seen the most fighting in Israel.

4 years ago

Victoria,British Columbia,Canada capital city of British Columbia.Very British city with the beautiful "Empress hotel" which has English afternoon tea every weekday.Lovely cucumber,smoked salmon,cream cheese & various other tiny sandwiches,scones,jam & cream & of course many delicious teas, my favourite being English Breakfast tea. The hotel & gardens are magnificent & in the early Colonial style with many pieces of valuable antique furniture.Its situated on the harbour which sees the arrival of many cruise & cargo ships from all over the world.The wax museum & Crystal palace is also on the harbour.Butchard gardens is a wonderful place to see with many exotic flowers,plants & trees.My grandaughters favourite place is the Butterfly gardens to see the wonderful growth of lovely butterflys from Chrysilis to full growth.

4 years ago

Cape Town, South Africa. Is the most populated city in Africa, and is also the seat of the government.

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Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia.

This is a place where the Hippies live or people who like alt. lifestyles.

Nimbin and surrounding areas are part of what is known as the "Rainbow Region", which is of cultural importance to the Indigenous Bundjalung people. The name Nimbin comes from the local Whiyabul (Widgibal) clan whose Dreamtime speaks of the Nimbinjee spirit people protecting the area. In recent decades, since 1973, the area has become a haven for Australia's counterculture.[4]

Forests of Red Cedar first attracted loggers to the area in the 1840s, but by the end of the century most of the land had been cleared. With the Cedar forests gone, Nimbin was subdivided in 1903 with the land turned over to dairy farming and growing bananas.[5] In the 1960s, the local dairy industry collapsed due to recession and Nimbin went into serious economic decline until 1973, when the Aquarius Festival, a large gathering of university students, practitioners of alternative lifestyles, 'hippies' and party people, was held in the village.[6] The Festival was the first event in Australia that sought permission for the use of land from the Traditional Owners. After the festival hundreds of participants and festival goers remained in Nimbin to form communes and other multiple occupancy communities, in search of an "alternative lifestyle". Nimbin in fact made legal history for the first ever application of group title ownership of land in Australia. Since the Aquarius Festival, the region has attracted thousands of writers, artists, musicians, actors, environmentalists and permaculture enthusiasts, as well as tourists and young families escaping city life

4 years ago

Nagasaki, on the island of Kyushu in Japan. Nagasaki was founded by the Portuguese in the second half of the 16th century on the site of a small fishing village, formerly part of Nishisonogi District. It became a center of Portuguese and other European peoples' influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki have been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War. Its name means "long cape".

4 years ago

Ireland which is divided into Northern Ireland which is part of Great Britain,the capital being Belfast & Southern Ireland which is independant & the capital is Dublin.Lovely  countryside which is very lush & green due to lots of rain.Friendly, helpful people who take life at a easy pace.The Blarney castle is situated in Eire(Southern Ireland) & if you kiss the Blarney stone on the battlements of the castle you are supposed to be given the gift of the gab(I have kissed it!)Hence the expression 'full of Blarney!'

I will go with DubliN
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Nullabour Plain... which stretches east from South Australia. west to Western Australia. The Nullarbor Plain (/ˈnʌləbɔr/ ronunciation_respelling_key" rel="nofollow" >NUL-ə-bor; Latin: nullus, "no", and arbor, "tree") is part of the area of flat, almost treeless, arid or semi-arid country of southern Australia, located on the Great Australian Bight coast with the Great Victoria Desert to its north. It is the world's largest single piece of limestone,

On 25 December 1896, after an arduous journey of thirty-one days, Arthur Charles Jeston Richardson became the first cyclist to cross the Nullarbor Plain, pedaling his bicycle from Coolgardie to Adelaide. Carrying only a small kit and a water-bag, he followed the telegraph line as he crossed the Nullarbor. He later described the heat as "1,000 degrees in the shade". During their three-year cycling trip around Australia between 1946-1949, Wendy Law Suart and Shirley Duncan became the first women to cycle across the Plain

4 years ago

Bergen, Norway. It is the second largest city in Norway and the city is surrounded by mountains. It is a major trading center.

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Niagara Falls! Love it!

4 years ago

Me, too. We were there again on our Vermont trip.

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Amsterdam, North Holland~ Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme,[9] indicative of the city's origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age, a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds

4 years ago

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Well-designed roads and, in particular, the CBD grid, have been an important feature of the City of Melbourne from the beginning.Melbourne was founded in 1835, 47 years after European settlement. Melbourne was declared a city by Queen Victoria in 1847. It is Australia's City of the ARTS. We have been nominated and won 'The Most Friendliest City' and 'the most livable city'  in the world. We are the 5th most expensive city. We have the longest tram routes. We also have the best water in Australia and ranked very high in the world. We here also rank highly for our scientific medical research as well. We have more cafes in melbourne and suburbs and on any street than anywhere in Australia. We also have a huge diverse food culture here too. Here also we are the Sporting capital of Australia too and the weather is temperate so its a great place to live.

4 years ago

Eupatoria- city in Crimea, Ukraine.

The first recorded settlement in the area, called Kerkinitis, was built by Greek colonists around 500 BC. Along with the rest of Crimea, Kerkinitis was part of the dominions of Mithridates VI, King of Pontus, from whose cognomen, Eupator, the city's modern name derives.

From roughly the 7th through the 10th centuries AD, Eupatoriya was a Khazar settlement. It was later subject to the Cumans (Kipchaks), the Mongols and the Crimean Khanate

For a short period between 1478 and 1485, the city was administrated by the Ottoman Empire. Afterwards, it became an important urban center of the Crimean Khanate. In 1783, with the whole Crimea, city was captured by the Russian Empire. Its name was officially changed to Evpatoriya- city named after Eupator Dionysius) in 1784. The city was briefly occupied in 1854 by BritishFrench and Turkish troops during theCrimean War, when it was the site of the Battle of Eupatoria.

After the annexation of the Crimea by Russia Evpatoriya became a residence of the spiritual ruler of the Karaites, the Gakham.

 Today Yevpatoriya is a major Ukrainian Black Sea port, a rail hub, and resort town. 

Evpatoriya has spas of mineral water, salt and mud lakes. These resorts belong to a vast area with curative facilities where the main health-improving factors are the sunshine and sea, air and sand, brine and mud of the salt lakes, as well as the mineral water of the hot springs. The population of the town is sure to have known about the curative qualities of the local mud that can be found here from time immemorial, which is witnessed by the manuscripts of Pliny the Elder, a Roman scholar ( 80 BC).

4 years ago

Ahuimanu, in Honolulu, Oahu~ In Hawaiian ʻāhui-manu means "cluster of birds". Ahuimanu is spread out beneath the steep windward pali (cliff face) of the Koolau mountains and separated by a low ridge from Heeia Kea. Thus, this area is mostly inland and not directly on Kaneohe Bay. However, one neighborhood spreads over the ridge and along Kamehameha Highway where there is private access to the bay shore. Proximity to the pali gives the place a generally wet climate. As of the 2010 census, this largely residential area had a population of 8,810. A small commercial mall is located here across the highway from the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, a large cemetery noted for its Byodo -In Temple.

4 years ago

The Ural Mountains, Russia

The Ural Mountains are probably the richest mountain range of their size in the world. These mountains are remarkable in the variety and amount of mineral wealth which they contain. Salt, silver and gold have been mined here since the 1500s. By the 1800s, the Ural region was famous for its gems and semiprecioius stones, which include emerald, beryl, amethyst, topaz and sapphire. Today, mining activities produce coal, iron, copper, gold, platinum, silver, nickel, aluminum, manganese, lead, zinc, magnesium, chromium, potash, salt, building stone, talc, diamonds, and soapstone. Oil is found west of the Ural area.

The Ural Mountains extend for 1,500 miles in a north-south direction, from the Arctic Ocean to near the Aral Sea. Old map makers used this range to mark the continental boundary between Europe and Asia. Many maps continue to show the Urals as the natural division of the two continents, although not all geographers accept the mountains as the boundary mark.

These mountains are geologically old and have been worn down to rounded hills which are from 1,000 feet (305 m.) to 6,000 feet (1,829 m.) above sea level. The highest peak of the Ural Range is Mount Narodnaya at 6,214 feet (1,894 m.) in the northern part of the range.

The Ural River rises on the eastern slopes of the southern Ural Mountains in Russia. The Ural flows generally south for about 1,570 miles and enters the Caspian Sea.

The Urals are inhabited by animals typical of Siberia, such as elk, brown bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx. Some of the tree species to be found here are Siberian fir, Siberian pine, Scots pine, Siberian spruce, Norway spruce and Siberian larch, as well as Silver and Downy birches. 

By the way, I have many jewerly with gems from Ural mountains. It's very beautiful!

Livadiya, Ukraine
4 years ago

Livadiia  is small town in CrimeaUkraine 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) west of Yalta.

A minor Crimean Tatar settlement in Middle Ages, Livadiya was named after the ancient Greek entrance into paradise in 1835, when a notable landscape park was laid out here. Livadiia became a summer residence of the Russian tsars in 1861. Emperor Alexander III of Russia died there in 1894. The Livadia Palace, built in 1910-11, is now a museum. It was formerly a summer palace of the last Russian Imperial family. In 1945, it served as the meeting place of the Yalta Conference and residence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the Conference. Nowadays, Livadiia is known primarily for producing wine and is also a noted health resort.

minor planet 3006 Livadia discovered by Soviet astronomer Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh in 1979 is named after the suburb.

4 years ago

Amphitheatre, Victoria Australia

A hamlet in Victoria's Pyrenees ranges, originating from the gold mining rush, located in a hollow between two hills which roughly resembles an amphitheatre. Pleasant picnic spot, unless you're a gladiator. Population is just over 206 people.

4 years ago

The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid shaped masonry structures located in Egypt.

There are 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt as of 2008.Most were built as tombs for the country's Pharoahs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.

The earliest known Egyptian pyramids are found at Saggara, northwest of Memphis . The earliest among these is the Pyramid of Djosa. (constructed 2630 BCE–2611 BCE) which was built during the third dynasty. This pyramid and its surrounding complex were designed by the architect Imhotep, and are generally considered to be the world's oldest monumental structures constructed of dressed masionary.The estimate of the number of workers to build the pyramids range from a few thousand, twenty thousand, and up to 100,000.

The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at  Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built.The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

4 years ago


Sakhalin is a large Russian island in the North Pacific, lying between 45°50' and 54°24' N. It is Russia's largest island, which is about one fifth the size of Japan, is just off the east coast of Russia, and just north of Japan.

The indigenous peoples of the island are the AinuOroks and Nivkhs. Sakhalin has been claimed by both Russia and Japan over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries. This has led to bitter disputes between the two countries over control of the island. Russia seized the island from the Japanese near the end of World War II. Most Ainu moved to Hokkaidō when the Japanese were displaced from the island in 1949.Sakhalin was inhabited in the Neolithic Stone Age. The whole of the island is covered with dense forests, mostly coniferous.

4 years ago

North Pole,home of Santa Clause, also known as Father Christmas & good St Nick who tomorrow night will leave the North Pole with a sleigh full of toys for all good children & kittys all over the world.His team of reindeer led by Rhudolf, the red nose reindeer who will land on roof's in every country & drop gifts down the chimneys ready for Christmas day!

Merry Christmas & happy holidays everyone!

4 years ago

Edmonton, Alberta Canada~Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname "The Festival City." It is home to North America's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest mall from 1981 until 2004), and Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum. In 2004, Edmonton celebrated the centennial of its incorporation as a city.In 2013, Edmonton was declared a Fair Trade Town by Fairtrade Canada.

4 years ago

New MexicO? I hope I got this right...have been sick,and much pain from recent knee replacement surgery,so...sorry if I am wrong...wishing all a happy new year

Olkhon Island
4 years ago

Olkhon is the third-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 square kilometres (280 sq mi).

Olkhon has a dramatic combination of terrain and is rich in archeological landmarks. Steep mountains line its eastern shore, and at 1,276 m (4,186 ft) above sea level, Mount Zhima is the highest point on the island, peaking at 818 m (2,684 ft) above the water level of Lake Baikal. The island is large enough to have its own lakes, and features a combination of taigasteppe and even a small desert. A deep strait separates the island from the land.

The island's appearance is a result of millions of years of tectonic movement resulting in the hollowing of the channel between the land (Small Sea Strait) and the block of stone forming the island. The steep slopes of the mountains show the vertical heave of the earth.

The indigenous Buryats, adherents of shamanism, believe the island to be a spiritual place; one of the groups of deities adhered to in Buryati yellow shamanism is called the oikony noyod, the "thirteen lords of Olkhon.[4] On the western coast, close to Khuzhir, is Baikal's most famous landmark, the Shamanka, or Shaman's Rock. Natives believe that Burkhan, a modern religious cult figure of the Altai peoples, lives in the cave in this rock. The rock is one of nine Asian Most Sacred Places. Olkhon is considered a centre of Kurumchinskay culture of 6th-10th centuries.

The museum at Olkhon exposits on the nature and ethnography of the island, including pipe-smoking and a samovar collection.

4 years ago

NGV International = National Gallery of Victoria International or NVG for short.

Set at the entrance to Melbourne itself and next door to many Icons we have here, you would be taken in by seeing the Window at the Main entrance to the NGV where for 24hrs a day water cascades down the glass. It is a source of fascination to all but especially children as is the amazing ceiling within.

Beyond the water wall you’ll find international art that runs from the ancient to the contemporary. Key works include a Rembrandt, a Tiepolo and a Bonnard. You might also bump into a Monet and a Modigliani, a Bacon or a Rubens. The gallery also has an excellent decorative arts collection, with pieces from the late Middle Ages to the present day. It’s also home to Picasso’s Weeping Woman , which was the victim of an art heist in 1986.

Its international blockbuster shows are huge, and bring with them long queues. As well as talks and film screenings, the gallery usually has weekly late-night or all-night viewings for these major shows; the mood can be quite festive, with live music and the like.

Completed in 1967, the original NGV building – Roy Grounds’ ‘cranky icon’ – was one of Australia’s most controversial but ultimately respected Modernist masterpieces. It was designed with a strict geometry and clear circulation patterns, and made extensive use of wood, glass and blue stone. To deal with 30-odd years of wear and tear and the need for more flexible exhibition spaces, interior remodelling was undertaken from 1996 to 2003, overseen by Mario Bellini. The new labyrinthine design does away with the stark simplicity of the original but retains key features such as the water wall, Leonard French’s stained-glass ceiling in the Great Hall and the austere exterior.

The Australian art collection is on display at the Ian Potter Centre: NGVA at nearby Federation Square.

4 years ago

Lake Superior, North America~Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes of North America. The lake is bounded by Ontario and Minnesota to the north and west, and Wisconsin and Michigan to the south.

4 years ago

Rzhev is a town in Tver OblastRussia, located 126 kilometers (78 mi) from Tver, on the highway and railway connecting Moscow and Riga. It is the uppermost town situated on the Volga River

Rzhev rivals Toropets as the oldest town in the region. Rzhevians usually point out that their town is mentioned in the Novgorod laws as early as 1019. Their neighbors from Toropets, on the other hand, give more credence to Rzhev's first mention in a major chronicle under 1216, when it was in possession of Mstislav the Bold, Prince of Toropets. Whatever the truth may be, it is clear that medieval Rzhev was bitterly contested by three regional powers—the Novgorod Republic, the Principality of Smolensk, and the Grand Principality ofVladimir-Suzdal.

Following the Mongol invasion, Rzhev passed to a lateral branch of the Smolensk dynasty, which made the town its capital. Later the princes divided the town in two parts, which are still called the Prince-Dmitry's Side and Prince-Theodor's Side. In the mid-14th century, they had a hard time repelling attacks from Algirdas of Lithuania and Grand Princes of Tver, who bought all the villages around the town. Finally, they left for Moscow, where their descendants (the Rzhevsky family) have become comic characters of many a joke. In the meantime, the town was occupied for a short space by Tver, Poland-Lithuania, and finally by the Grand Duchy of Moscow.

This little town is a native city of one of my grandmothers, her relatives are living there and we are in touch. I've been there several times, first time- at age 2, then- at preschool and school years.That's been my first long distance trip

I have a very nice and sweet memories about this town and time I've had there.

Memories of a happy childhood...

4 years ago

Volgograd, Russia. 

Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, city (1989 pop. 999,000),  SE European Russia, a port on the Volga River and the eastern terminus of the Volga-Don Canal. As a transshipment point, the port handles oil, coal, ore, lumber, and fish. Volgograd is also a major rail center, with connections to Moscow, the Donets Basin, the Caucasus, and SW Siberia. A large hydroelectric dam stands on the Volga just above the city. A center of heavy industry, Volgograd has shipyards, oil refineries, steel and aluminum mills, and tank, tractor, cable, machinery, and chemical factories. Other industries include food processing, flour milling, distilling, sawmilling, tanning, and the manufacture of farm and oil-field equipment. 

Volgograd is being in news lately because of Sunday's blast on the railway station that killed 17 people, and followed blast on December 30, striking trolley bus, that killed 14.

4 years ago

Delhi, National Capital Territory of India~With a population of 22 million in 2011, it is the world's second most populous city and the largest city in India in terms of area. The NCT and its urban region have been given the special status of National Capital Region (NCR) under the Constitution of India's 69th amendment act of 1991. The NCR includes the neighbouring cities of Alwar, Baghpat, Gurgaon, Sonepat, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and other nearby towns, and has nearly 22.2 million residents.

4 years ago

Innsbruck, Austria  .... one of my most favourite places to visit.

One of the great things about Innsbruck is that almost every corner you turn affords spectacular views of the Nordkette Alps, the city’s natural skyscrapers. Urban meets outdoors in the relaxed Tyrolean capital, where Zaha Hadid’s space-age funicular speeds you from the centre to alpine pastures clanging with cowbells in a matter of minutes.

Innsbruck is a one-off. Where else can you spend the morning browsing Old Master paintings in Habsburg palaces, the afternoon skiing and the evening in a rollicking brewpub? With a late-medieval Altstadt (old town), vibrant cultural scene and adrenalin-fuelled pursuits of Olympic fame, Innsbruck is one of those rare places that really can say it has something for everyone without sounding clichéd

4 years ago

Kokomo, Indiana 

Named for a Native American, Kokomo first benefited from the legal business associated with being the county seat. Before the Civil War, it was connected with Indianapolis and then the Eastern cities by railroad, which resulted in sustained growth. Substantial growth came after the discovery of large natural gas reserves, which produced a boom in the mid-1880s. Among the businesses which the boom attracted was the fledgling automobile industry. A significant number of technical and engineering innovations were developed in Kokomo, particularly in automobile production, and, as a result, Kokomo became known as the "City of Firsts." A substantial portion of Kokomo's employment still depends on the automobile industry.

Okhotsk sea, Russia
4 years ago

Okhotsk  Sea

The Sea of Okhotsk is by far the richest of the Russian seas in terms of seabird numbers, with well over three million pairs.
The cool but fertile waters of the region support enormous fisheries that provide food for numerous birds. The sea varies greatly in depth and temperature. The northern section is relatively shallow, but other areas can be up to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) deep.

Currents make the water in the east much warmer than in the west, while areas close to Siberia are icy much of the year. These differences allow the sea to support a diverse array of fish and marine mammals.
Selecetd species include the Golden king crab (Lithodes aequispina), Steller's sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), Ribbon seals (Phoca fasciata), Steller's sea eagle (Haliaeetus pelagicus), Common and thick-billed murre (Uria aalge and U. lomvia), and the Tufted and horned puffin (Fratercula cirrhata and F. corniculata).
4 years ago

Kyoto, located in the Kansai region of Japan, is the country's seventh largest city, with a population of 1.4 million people.  Steeped in history, Kyoto is home to roughly one quarter of Japan's national treasures, countless shrines and temples, and seventeen sites recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Travelers to Kyoto can easily spend a week visiting the city's historical attractions such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), and Sanjusangendo.  All sections of the city contain more than one locale well worth a thorough visit,  Notably, some of Japan's oldest traditions, such as the tea ceremony, flower arranging, and geisha schooling originated in the city.  These ancient customs, while still practiced throughout Japan, can only be observed in their original setting in Kyoto.

Japan's capital city and the emperor's residence from 794 to 1868, Kyoto is known throughout the world for its stunning beauty.  Tourists are drawn year-round by the majestic palaces, statues, and villas, as well as by the carefully tended gardens; each spring, dozens of varieties of cherry trees bloom in Kyoto, and visitors are treated to time-honored hanami (blossom viewing) parties.

Kyoto is dedicated to preserving Japan's oldest traditions, yet it is also a dynamic, contemporary city.  Modern conveniences are readily available, making Kyoto a perfect destination for visitors looking to explore Japan's past without sacrificing the comforts of today.  Known as a national dining mecca, Kyoto proudly offers traditional Japanese cuisines, such as sushi, tofu and obanzi (Kyoto home-style fare).  In addition, a variety of restaurants serve everything from Korean barbecue to French cuisine.  Shopping is also a unique experience in Kyoto, with merchandise ranging from traditional Japanese crafts made by local artisans to cutting-edge couture.  Among Japan's many assets, Kyoto is one of the most prized, comparable only to the world's most dazzling places.

Ob river
4 years ago

The Ob River  is a major river in western SiberiaRussia and is the world's fifth longest river. It is the westernmost of the three great Siberian rivers that flow into the Arctic Ocean (the other two being the Yenisei River and the Lena River). The Gulf of Ob is the world's longest estuary.

4 years ago
Buchan Caves Reserve
Buchan Caves Reserve

Near the township of Buchan, lies a honeycomb of caves full of spectacular limestone formations. The caves were formed by underground rivers cutting...

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This castle is just gorgeous to see.
4 years ago

N is the next letter to find to match the interesting place

NeuschwansteiCastle in Southern Bavaria.

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge.

Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king". In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.

The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. However, movement in the foundation area has to be continuously monitored, and the sheer rock walls must be repeatedly secured. The harsh climate also has a detrimental effect on the limestone façades, which will have to be renovated section by section over the next few years.

Disneyland decided to re create is Castle, which you know when you watch tv or visit Disneyland.

4 years ago

Norway, country of northern Europe that occupies the western half of the Scandinavian peninsula. Nearly half of the inhabitants of the country live in the far south, in the region around Oslo, the capital. About two-thirds of Norway is mountainous, and off its much-indented coastline lie, carved by deep glacial fjords, some 50,000 islands.

4 years ago

YamaL Peninsula 

located in the Yamal-Nentets autonomus district of northwest Siberia, Russia, and is 

bordered by the Kara Sea, on the west and the Gulf of Ob on the east. 

In the language of it's indigenous inhabitants, the Nenets, "Yamal" means "End of the World". 

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