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Eiffel Tower: Find 10 Differences

If you need to compare two random images with Eiffel tower, would you be able to separate which one is the real one? Take a look at some pictures below and make your own judgement. Credit: François Prost No, it is not a Photoshop effect. And maybe we are wrong to call the other one a fake one. Maybe we should call it a distant cousin instead. How it came into being? The city of Tianducheng, that belongs to China, has a replica of the Eiffel tower. Nevertheless, it is a third copy of the original size in the world. Well, the French can feel proud of this extraordinary monument, as not so many masterpieces own such big worldwide attention! The Paris-based artist, François Prost, decided to make a project called Paris Syndrome. It presents a photographic series of iconic places in France comp...

Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul is where the West meets the exotic East in a riotous collision of cultures. Over the centuries, the city’s strategic location has attracted marauding Greek, Roman and Venetian armies before the Ottomans finally succeeded in storming Istanbul. This intersection of cultures gives rise to many of Istanbul’s points of interest. The final leg on the legendary Silk Road, which connected a distant Asia with Europe, Istanbul soon emerged as a major trading hub. The cosmopolitan nature of its merchant visitors imbued the city with a delicious cultural diversity that survives to this day. The Best Places To Visit In Istanbul There are so many things to do in Istanbul that the hardest part is choosing what to see next. We bring you 15 of the best attractions in Istanbul. Topkapi Palace To vi...

Spain’s 10 Most Beautiful Villages

In Most noSelecting the most beautiful villages in Spain is no easy task, as there are many. Stunning landscapes, beautiful buildings and interesting history make these places worth visiting. Here are what we think are Spain’s 10 most beautiful villages. Zahara de La Sierra Recognized by the Spanish Beautiful Villages Association, this village located in Cadiz province, was an important Islamic enclave until 1407. The influence from this period is still visible in its monuments, traditional homes and whitewashed streets. Main Image: Blanchi Costela (Getty Images) Briones, La Rioja  Vineyards welcome visitors to this medieval location. Brimming with cobblestone streets, palaces, churches and mansions this village has a long and rich history. In addition to well-known wineries, small family ...

10 of the Craziest Bridges In The World

Would you dare to experience these craziest bridges from around the globe? 1.The Storseisundbrua, Atlantic Highway, Norway (main photo) “The road to nowhere” is how many call this bridge. This is the longest of eight bridges that make up the Atlantic Highway along Norway’s West Coast. It’s complex architecture creates an optical illusion. From the angle of approach it seems that one is heading directly into the sea. Scary! Furthermore, when storms hit there are mile high waves that crash over the bridge making most turn away. 2.Glass Skywalk, Tianmenshan National Forest Park, China   Skywalks are always a little scary. This one is sure to give you vertigo. The Glass Walkway is also referred to as “The Walk of Faith” because it hangs off the edge of a cliff in the Tianmen Mountains. This br...

Mallorca’s Best Areas to Live

Mallorca, Spain is a true paradise island for living and many who reside here year-round feel fortunate to do so. However, if you are not familiar with this Balearic Island it can be difficult to decide on which area will be best for your day to day life. If you are looking to buy or rent a home in Mallorca this guide to Mallorca’s best areas to live will be useful. Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca is the capital of Mallorca. This city has the benefits of a cosmopolitan city mixed with old world charm. Palma is easily reached from the airport and is located directly by the sea with the largest marina on the island. Palma de Mallorca was recently declared the best place to live in the world by the UK ‘Sunday Times’. If you are looking for a home here, you will find a range of sea-view, h...

How to Behave Like a Local in Manila

Moving to Manila may be intimidating for anyone, but it doesn’t have to be. From acting like a shark in theatres, pointing with your lips, these tips will help you fake it until you feel completely immersed in local society. Pretty soon people will be calling you “Chip” or “Te.”  Find out how to behave like a local in Manila with these tips. How to Talk to Strangers Address men as “Boss,” “Chip” (chief), “Kuya” (Tagalog for older brother), “Pogi” (handsome) or “Pare.” When speaking with women, call them “Miss.” But replace the short “i” with a long one, so that it sounds like “Meees.” If that doesn’t roll off your tongue, then you can call women “Te” which is Tagalog for older sister. In Manila, communication between people is about a balance between fam...

Your Most Common Questions About Flying… Answered

The wonders of air travel continue to amaze us no matter how often we fly.  We’ve answered your most common questions about flying.  Read on to get the inside scoop. Why Must Planes Fly So High? Most commercial planes travel at around 35,000 feet. This is because higher altitudes have thinner air and aircraft can travel faster and more cost efficiently at these altitudes. There is a limit however at above 42,000 feet. At this altitude engine problems can occur due to insufficient oxygen. How Common Are Emergency Landings? Well, emergency landings happen more often than we’d like to think. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Heathrow averages about one emergency landing per week. These can be a result of things such as bad weather or an ill passenger. If you’re on a flight when this ...

Things That Make French Food Amazing

A lot of shade gets thrown at French for, frankly, being uncompromisingly French. Known for their underwhelming economy, and accused of nurturing a deeply held conviction of their superiority. However, when it comes to popular French food, the French sense of entitlement sits comfortably on the solid ground. French Gastronomy French gastronomy is where many cuisines aspired to be. Revered at home, respected abroad, traditional French food holds an extraordinary and enduring place in the hearts of the French. Whether it’s the fantastic flair the French demonstrate with all things pastry, their decadently rich sauces or their deep relationship with local cheese and wines, it’s easy to understand why our love affair with French food lasted. French food is more than just a melding of rec...

Tips And Tricks For Where To Go In Portugal

Fabulous food, fantastic wine and warm and welcoming people mean the most difficult question you have is where to go in Portugal? A low cost of living in Portugal combined with an idyllic climate, and incredible natural beauty make a Portugal vacation one to remember. Where To Go In Portugal From the vibrant nightlife of the capital Lisbon to the bling of the Algarve’s glamorous beaches, to picturesque medieval villages of the Central region and the North’s sweeping expanses of vineyards, you’ll discover something for every interest and every budget. Here are the 15 places you must visit on your Portugal trip! Lisbon Portugal’s capital and gateway city, Lisbon is a convenient place to start your visit Portugal vacation. Stretching languidly along the banks of the Tagus River near the Atlan...

The Best Places to Soak Up the Sun as an Expat

By Matthew Andrews With the days getting shorter, colder and wetter, you would be forgiven for fantasising about starting a new life in the sun overseas. But what destinations actually have the most to offer sun worshipers? Europe Spain might be one of the first countries to pop into your head when thinking about sunny destinations – and for good reason too, parts of this Mediterranean country can expect up to 300 days of sunshine a year. With a large expat community as well, Spain is a great choice for Brits looking to move abroad. The South of France also enjoys an abundance of sunshine each year, with cities along its southern coast generally averaging around 230 days of sunshine on an annual basis. However, residing on the South Coast often comes at a premium price, with costs being es...

The Best Secret Islands in America

By Emma Sloley Fancy setting sail for a less-discovered all-American destination? Drop anchor on one of these enchanted isles, each with its own unique flavor and plenty of room to stretch out. John Greim/Getty Images Hatteras Island, North Carolina This 42-mile-long Outer Banks gem, with its distinctive black-and-white lighthouse, is also big on water activities like surfing, kite-boarding and windsurfing. There’s a big sportsfishing scene—Blue Marlin is the prime catch—but if you prefer to let someone else do the work, waterfront joints like Dinky’s serve up old-school seafood platters and Carolina shrimp. Mark Wilson /Getty Images Smith Island, Maryland Slow down on this sleepy, salty island in the Chesapeake Bay, which has a tiny population (around 200 full-timers) but an o...

December Events in Istanbul For and By Expats

By Yvonne Ergil A new month and season are here and the art and entertainment schedule is full of events geared up for Istanbul’s expats. The end of the year can be a trying time for those far away from their homeland, loved ones and family. However, the active expat community in the city means that there will always be something to do and new people to meet. The following are a list of events coming up this month to mingle in the expat scene, perform and watch others tell stories, make music, garner giggles and do good for good causes: Dec. 5 – Spoken Word IstanbulSpoken Word Istanbul, the weekly multicultural open mic held at Arsen Lüpen on Tuesdays, is easily one of the most popular among Istanbul’s expat community. It offers anyone inclined to take the stage for six m...

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