Another world that is always sunny and green. The world, where it never snows; and it seems like there are no problems. And it is so distant – even mapwise. This is how I picture New Zealand. My long-distance acquaintance with the country began some five years ago. Back then a prominent ENT expert tried and failed to cure me from an allergy that was bugging me every spring. When the Aesculapius realized that all the efforts, including folk remedies, were unavailing, he thought and told: “Well, save me from that. You’d rather go to New Zealand. Climate there is nice.”
Through lakes cascade in Canterbury to Takapuna coast. We travel around the country of lupines and clumsy kiwi birds. Indeed сlimate is perfect there – there is no exhausting heat or rapid temperature changes year around. In warm season (and in New Zealand it comes when in Ukraine winter is in full swing – in January-February) it is 23 degrees Celsius above zero with indicator on a thermometer never getting lower than +13. But no doubt this is not the main thing.
It is hard to believe but it was New Zealand that gave women a ticket to big-league politics. There is a good reason for the isles to be called a country of ‘developed feminism’ – here in 1893 for the first time in the world gentle sex representatives gained equal voting rights with men. And as recently as several years ago all high offices, from the one of the state’s leader and Governor General to Chief Justice, were occupied by ladies.
Rightful place is devoted to women on national currency notes: on exactly a half of them there are faces of female heroes of New Zealand. Often local money is almost tenderly called ‘kiwi’ in honor of the namesake bird. Lack of wings and, respectively, inability to fly doesn’t prevent it from being a symbol of the country. To meet a clumsy bird, that looks like a fluffy chicken, in the wild is a dream of every New Zealander. For both locals and tourists it is better to make it come true in one of three reserves: Trounson Kauri Park, Okarito Lagoon or Stewart Island
And if visiting national parks won’t feel enough for unity with nature, it is worth heading to Canterbury region (by the northernmost tip of Mackenzie River) to South Island. It is primarily famous for its cascade of blue lakes, so clear that its bottom can be seen. In mid-November outline of Tekapo water basin is covered with multicolored meadow of oblong lupine flower heads: white, orange, purple, pink and blue. The image is so amazing that many globetrotters spent hours unable to take their eyes off of the lake and miss their trains as a result. This mélange carpet is in blossom for over a month – as long as till Catholic Christmas.
In New Zealand it is better to spend cold season in Auckland Bay. In this period sun is especially gentle in the area of Takapuna – central part of North Shore. Local beaches are citizen’s favorite place to rest despite the fact that the district successfully performs a function of the city’s business centre. However, here one cannot find skyscrapers customary for such locations – on the contrary, buildings are short in height and without extravagance. A view on the whole bay greets eyes from a beach and almost on the horizon there is an outlook of the top of Rangitoto volcano, covered in greenery; it seems like it is resurfacing from the ocean.
To live in this part of Auckland is fairly expensive for an average New Zealander (sometimes price of a house exceeds one million dollars) therefore locals are reluctant to settle here. So Takapuna is gradually transforming into a tourist nook that gleams with signboards of hotels, bars and restaurants. Cuisine in New Zealand is almost no different from European one and should we be absolutely frank, former United Kingdom colony inherited British gastronomic traditions. The majority of national dishes are cooked from fish and seafood – that is favored by geographical location.
If you happen to be in this part of the coast, you should definitely wait for a flow. Its amplitude is so huge that ocean covers almost entire beach leaving only a thin stripe of sand that tourists walk on.
Standing in a mountain ravine and looking into an expanse of the lake where rays of an evening sun play, get a lungful of crystal air with a scent of herbs and flowers… And forget that somewhere metropolises, fuss and winter exist.
5 tons of water fall off into the ravine every single moment, roaring, raising steam and disseminating spatter in all directions. ‘Liquid wall’ of Iguazu Falls extends its crescent on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
Today Outlook tells about another inspiring example of how a dream can become a lifetime project. Creation of one of the most successful channels in history of television – Discovery Channel, followed by a huge media empire Discovery Communications, simply cannot but motivate to own great engagements.
Good tourist is not just someone who is always quick off the mark and ready to embark on a journey any minute. It is the one who is also known for an ability to carefully plan holidays six months in advance. If you are one of them and already think where to go in summer - our next story about gigantic Issyk-Kul Lake and kinds of recreation there is for you.
This year it will have been 25 years since the moment of establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ukraine. The events in the course of celebration of ‘Japan’s year in Ukraine’ have already been organized actively. As the sakura is the symbol of Japan, the Embassy starts campaign on the tree-planting of sakura along all the territory of Ukraine so as to give to majority of Ukrainians the possibility to savor its beauty.
Flower fields and valleys are impressive and attract attention of the most discerning connoisseurs of beauty. Multi-coloured deposits of fragrant plants adorn vast valleys of almost every country! We offer several floral destinations to suit every taste.
At the bare mention of the word lake, our imagination pictures soothing, nostalgia-laden images of quite pond cosily embraced by the grassy hills. OUTLOOK prepared a selection of the most spectacular lakes, which will change your understanding of this work of nature. Each of them has something to surprise, whether it is unusual water shade, or frightening ability to petrify living creatures.
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below.
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Very often nature tests people. From time to time we have to conquer and subjugate the elements. When men mastered construction of bridges, water obstacles have ceased to be a problem for humanity. However, what to do if a town is behind a pit, flatland or gorge? All-too-common "bridge" on pillars cannot be constructed everywhere. In such cases people resort to erecting viaducts, some of which are true works of art.
Ice and snow has long been used by artists to create different figures and objects, and only 1960, this age-old skill became a new trend of a land art! The largest number of winter artworks is created during special festivals about which we will tell our readers.
The cold season brings not only such important things as wrapping into a reindeer sweater, drinking hot chocolate and once again reviewing Christmas comedies. Thus, sport has not been canceled yet, so OUTLLOK compiled top five ski resort bucket list for you to cheer up and get out of your winter sleep.
When we hear about "water city", Venice immediately comes to mind, doesn’t it? Tranquil gondolas, narrow waterways, gentle light of the evening sun and ancient architecture create that heady romantic cocktail which attracts tourists from all over the world to the Italian city.
Each of us wants to escape rush of a city from time to time and lie low somewhere far from everything and anything. And it better be a place where one can listen to whisper of waves, feel light breeze and forever make friends with inimitably loud silence that muffles every disturbing thought…
Already on the way to the water, the strong smell of salt and sulphur hit my nose. Shore were dotted with bizarre-shaped yellow-white boulders, and the whole expanse of the sea was enveloped in mysterious, whitish haze. This strange place was very quiet: no birds, on holidaymakers on sun loungers, the sea looked like a huge pot with hot thick jelly that barely reacted with light rips in response to rather strong wind.
Lighthouse - this word evokes beautiful associations: sea adventures, storms, huge ships. And we do not want to dispel these thoughts, but rather to add fuel to the fire.Today we are sharing with you the quintet of amazing lighthouses!
Autumn promises that heat would gradually fade away and immediately presents with a choice: either to clutch at stewing days in warm countries or taste cool evenings and admire architecture without being distracted by sultriness.
A jewel-case of Turkey is full of pure wonders provoking an inspiration for fairy tale writer. When people first see blindingly white mountains in the midst of warm country, they experience various desires: someone wants to fall into white drifts and make a snow angel, as some people imagine that white cliffs taste sweet just like cotton candy...
Many city dwellers are irritated by cats, dogs or even pigeons in the streets. Attempts of zoo-advocates to save them from attacks of people and from starvation are mainly ineffective. But there are wonderful cities in this world where people perfectly coexist with deer, peacocks and cattle…
As a child I could spend hours gazing at the sky and spying majestic flocks of birds winging their way south. For a kid this movement was a real magic. Today my bookshelf hosts almost no books about magic, though I am still excited about feathered tribes travelling in hope to land on their winter grounds.
It has been known since olden times that wine-making process is a true art that is within the power only of the ones sincerely in love with their trade. Let alone beauty of masterpieces created by skillful hands – grape gardens, scattered in various nooks of the world, that impress with grandeur and adorn this planet, ornamenting it with bright juicy colors.