There’s hardly anything that compares to bright-starred sky and silence. It is the stars that OUTLOOK want to tell you about or more precisely about the places with the best view on them. In Europe it is recommended to go stargazing not to some place but to… Slovenia. Point is, this small country is one of the cleanest in the world and consequently isn’t that polluted with smog.
In case you feel like something exotic, you should go to New Zealand. Alongside hobbits and elf, there is Lake Tekapo. This place attracts both professional astronomers who built “Mount John” observatory here and simple admirers of getting an eyeful of distant beauties. Here, in addition, stars reflect in the water creating an effect more awesome than any 3D.Photo booking.com
In order to see Polar lights with your own eyes it is suggested to go to Finnishvillage with a complex named Saariselkä. Those who prefer comfort shouldn’t be afraid to end up outside civilization because opportunistic Finns built Kakslauttanen hotel here that consists of small houses with transparent roofs.Photo pinterest.com
Let’s move to the United Kingdom. Scientists still argue about the purpose of the famous Stonehenge. We’re not going to enumerate all the hypotheses, but there is one of them stating that the place was purposely created for stargazing. If you are skeptical about this theory, just have a look at pictures taken there.Photo thesun.co.uk
Also, on the Foggy Albion there is a wonderful Northumberland park. By the way, it is there where Kielder observatory is situated. Not long ago this territory was acknowledged to be a night sky reserve. Locals are proud of the fact that in Northumberland there is the least amount of visual pollution because even few lanterns look downwards. Romantics from all over the United Kingdom come here for the sake of an overnight in a sleeping bag.Photo northumberlandcoastaonb.org
American Death Valley looks unforgettable not only in the daytime. Local landscape that resembles a Martian one, becomes truly “unearthly” in the light of stars. Due to valley’s location relatively close to big cities, the sky over the cavity quite literally “glows” in the nighttime.Photo thrillist.com
In the East, from where the biggest star rises, there are things to admire, too. For instance, the sky over saline desert in West Kazakhstan is believed to be the most beautiful within the territory of CIS countries. Photo pinterest.com
And to conclude our review we have “Dark sky Park” (Cherry Springs State Park) in the USA where in cases of necessity only red lights are used for it is believed to be less “harmful” to the sky. By the way, gates of the reserve are covered with a special material that blocks light waves. In fine weather one can distinguish about 10 thousand stars with the naked eye and admire shadow cast by the Milky Way there.Photo i.redd.it
It seems to me that on seeing such views one only wants to remain silent and commune with oneself. Or better yet, plan a trip for the weekend in pursuit of the brightest stars…
For 1 month spring has been reining our planet, now just watch warm coats to change for thin jackets, cold and mediocrity for the bright sun. And, of course, what sort of spring it could be without green trees and beautiful flowers? Well, in order to make your expectation of long-awaited colours and flavours less agonizing...
On warm days, nobody wants to remember about the stone jungle of cities, but each of us want to cling to a real green vine and fly into nature, precisely to the place where flora and fauna are harmoniously connected, where you can find trees, birds, flowers, animals, ponds and hills ... towards the zoo!
Upon watching movies about Wild West in America, more than one generation of children dragged their parents towards horses nearby a circus to try on well-loved characters and feel that very atmosphere for a minute. However that minute has always seemed way to short for me. Therefore, when I grew up, I headed to Colorado State to work on a real-life horse guest ranch called Sundance.
Stereotypes are terrible. They form a definite picture of the world in our heads, and it is not so easy to change. Take, for instance, the concept of skyscraper: imagination of 90% people immediately provoke skyline of American cities, familiar from movies and TV. It is quite logical, but nowadays panorama of the best luxury skyscrapers is in other direction – keep moving to the East. For Arab structures may outdo Western ones in all respects.
What do you imagine when you hear the word "abbey"? I'm sure most people will first of all think of Westminster. But what if I said that in fact it is no longer an abbey? So what makes these medieval buildings so special? Let's look at the example of buildings from different European countries.
How many kinds of tourism are there? Gastro, ecotourism, shopping — there are probably as many varieties of them as travelers themselves — everyone choose what they want. Today we talk about people visiting places that have become locations for shoting famous movies.
Famous Kazakh proverb says: “Art of a craftsman can only be told in gold and silver”. Nevertheless, no matter how skillful hands of a creator are, in order to make a truly worthy thing it takes hard work, obstinacy, and, sure enough, courage to make a claim about yourself and about your talent.
The best gift for ladies is flowers. The truth is, it is incredibly romantic and beautiful, suitable for any age and status. Especially nice it is when there is plenty of flowers. Dozens upon dozens! And where else can you admire floral beauty if not at the festival? We selected five the most famous and flowery fests from around the world.
In this day and age, it is difficult to surprise anyone, especially an urban resident, with some large department store or market, since nowadays one can buy everything from a humble convenience store next door. However, the iconic bazaars and flea markets are still operating across the globe, they are famous in legends and described with delight.
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, in the most distant parts of the world. We offer several options for such floral carpets for every taste.
What is it that characterizes any nation without much words and long explanations? Dances, of course, because it is these movements, refined over centuries, that can tell a foreigner about other peoples much more than thick history books. If you carefully watch and feel the way people dance in different countries, their mind set will become much more comprehensible. And these aren’t mere words.
Often the Balkan countries are deemed to be something very close to us in terms of mentality, culture and traditions, that traveling there seems to be something second-rate, no match for a trip to Europe, or to some islands. However, today we would like to tell about magic Balkan cities that can compete with the much favoured tourist centres!
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. To register the people's love by document, in 1960 in Tokyo at the International Conference on the Protection of Birds was created the concept of "national bird".
On the canvas of Scottish legends, mystical patterns are embroidered. Local people believe in ghosts. The famous Scottish legends were not only at the books’ pages. They are assured that every day view the souls of ancestors watch them. Today OUTLOOK will tell you about the secrets hidden in the Mary King’s close.
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…
Theatre shows with visual effects that take audience to the beginning of world creation, and then return to our days. The music that fills in your heart and raises above the earth's vanity. Touring music celebrities from La Scala, San Carlo, the Mariinsky Theatre... We invite you to the left bank of the Ishim River, to the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Astana.
Treehouses, dug-outs and secret shelters – all the things we used to build when children. Unfortunately, as we grow older, fantasy fades and most of us now live in uncomfortable grey “boxes”. However, there are people who have created dwellings of their dreams by themselves.
We all in the OUTLOOK are absolutely sure that each country is interesting in its own way, and the popular destinations are often famed due to competent presentation and good promotion. Today we would like to share with you interesting and curious facts about the wonderful and hospitable Kazakhstan, a state without cultural and historical heritage of which we cannot imagine neither Central Asia nor the whole Eurasia.
Even being adults, sometimes we are able to bring to life the children’s fantasies, see the stories from childish dreams, and embody what has seemed to be the fairytale. Have you ever dreamt of being in the whale’s chaps? Just imagine that you were swollen by the giant fish, and you were living there for a long time, looked at it inside, settled down there, swam and dived there?
Impressions of this city depend much on what you have visited before being introduced to it. After Los Angeles it may seem very business-like and culturally rich, after New York – provincial and old-fashioned somehow. In any case, it has a bright and memorable face of a gentleman from Massachusetts.