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(Sources: Wikipedia, Britannica, Frommer’s travel guide)A) The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California is the most photographed bridge in the world. This suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate strait that connects San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean.
B) Olavinlinna castle (in English St. Olaf’s castle) is a three-tower, 15th century castle that was built on an island in Savonlinna, Finland by a Danish-born founder, knight Erik Axelsson Tott. It is the northernmost medieval stone fortress still standing.
C) Canada is the second-largest country by total area (Russia is the largest), covering 3.85 million square miles. The ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and north into the Artic Ocean. An air tour by floatplane would be a breathtaking way to sightsee.
D) Santorini (officially Thira) is argued to be one of the most famous of the Greek Islands. Recognized by the whitewashed, distinctive shaped buildings with steep cliffs and stunning sunsets.
E) Scotland has over 30,000 freshwater lochs - the Scottish word for a lake or sea inlet. Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. It is deep (788 feet) and long (23 miles). Best known for apparent sightings of the Loch Ness Monster (called “Nessie”).
F) Rio de Janeiro is the second-most populated city in Brazil. The world famous landmark, Christ the Redeemer is recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It overlooks Rio from the summit of the Corcovado Mountain at 2,330-foot elevation and was built between 1922 and 1931.
G) The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France was constructed as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair. It is made of iron (called puddle iron), reaches 1,063 ft tall (about the height of an 81-story building), and is the most-visited paid monument in the world. Sous la plurie in English translates to “in the rain.”
H) The Mediterranean includes many countries that surround the strikingly blue Mediterranean Sea. Manarola, Italy, is one of the five towns that make up the Cinque Terre on the Riviera in northern Italy. The charming, picturesque village is built on a high, black rock with multicolored buildings overlooking the marine.
I)The Ha’penny Bridge (officially the Liffey Bridge) in Dublin, Ireland is a pedestrian bridge made of cast iron built in 1816 over the River Liffey. William Walsh, who operated the seven ferries at the time, was given a choice to either complete substantial repairs on his ferries or build a bridge. He chose to build the bridge and was granted the right to charge a ha’penny (halfpenny) toll to anyone crossing it.
J) The Taj Mahal (known as Crown of the Palace), located in the city of Agra, in northern India, is an ivory-white marble mausoleum built on the river Yamuna. Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned it be built in 1632 to hold the tomb of his favorite wife. He was also buried there. The tomb is the center of a 42-acre complex that includes a mosque, guest house and formal gardens.
K) Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country located in the center of Southeast Asia that is about the same land area as Spain or France. Landscapes vary from high mountains, a central plain to upland plateau with rice paddies to sandy beaches. The long-tail boat is a native watercraft in the area often used to transport tourists.
L) Shanghai, located in east-central China, is the most populous and wealthiest city in China. It was one of the first Chinese ports to open to Western trade and remains one of the world’s largest and busiest seaports. The port is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River. Not surprising, it is a major part of China’s commerce/industry.
M) The Sydney Opera House is a performing arts center located on Sydney Harbour in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The white sail-shaped roof structure makes it one of the most photographed buildings in the world. It sets just east of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the seventh longest spanning arch bridge in the world.
N) Austria is considered a world-class skiing destination with 435 ski resorts (the most ski resorts of any country in Europe) and the ability to ski year round. The Soelden ski resort is one of the better known as it hosts the World Cup alpine racing. The Arlberg refers to the connected ski area in Tyrol covering 20 square miles (more than double the size of Vail). Options are endless!
O) New York City is the most densely populated city in the United States. The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, a symbol of freedom and opportunity. The statue was a gift from France during the American Revolution. The Brooklyn Bridge is probably one of the more popular landmarks offering a great view of the Manhattan skyline.
P) London is the capital and largest city of England. The London Bridge connects London with Southward in central London and has undergone several new structure builds. The second build was purchased by Robert McCulloch, dismantled and shipped (all 10,000 tons of it!) to Lake Havasu, Arizona to serve as a tourist attraction! The Fish Statue London Eye is a black, ornate lamppost along the Thames River. Big Ben is a tower clock known for its accuracy and very loud hour bell that is located at the Palace of Westminster.
Q) Rome is the national capital of Italy. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built -- and still the largest standing in the world. Severe damage occurred by the great earthquake in 1349. The tumbled stone was reused to build palaces, churches and other buildings in Rome.
R) Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan – 12,389 ft tall, near the Pacific coast on the island of Honshu and second-highest volcano. Japan is famous for its cherry blossom varieties and celebrations during the season. The Fuji Five Lake region lies at the northern base.
S) Cairo, capital of Egypt and one of the largest cities in Africa on the bank of the Nile. The iconic Pyramids of Giza (on the outskirts of Cairo) are among the largest structures ever built. The Nile runs five miles from the pyramids, a long distance to dray heavy blocks of stone!
T) The Yokohama Bay Bridge is a cable (suspension) bridge that crosses the Tokyo Bay in Yokohama, Japan. It was completed in 1989. Not only does it have a 6-lane expressway, but there is a roofed Sky Walk 50 to 60 meters above the water that allows for great views.
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