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…
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.
Strange nicknames for items known for everybody; quite famous usage of ’ain’t’ form instead of ‘am not’ as well as disappearing letter h in several words are the features of British dialect cockney considered as picturesque language that amazes Englishmen with its sarcastic nature and provocation.
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…
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.
For certain reasons there are two capitals in America – official and actual. Context manager from Kyiv Bohdan Yanchev visited them both and told us about spirits of these cities, about their landmarks and about what they represent in reality. If you think that New York is imbued with expensive perfumes and there is nothing else to do in Washington but to lie on a lawn by the White House – you are wrong!
Next ‘character’ of our cycle about symbolic means of public transport is yellow cab of New York. It is impossible to imagine the Big Apple and especially its centre, Manhattan, without those bright and incredibly handy cars. Seemingly, there are more “checkers” than people.
The closer winter holidays are, the louder all-nation weeping for the lost charms of New Year night is. Rains, fogs, and ordinary tiredness obstructed the way of joy into city, and fairy-tale stands back at the North, in far Lapland. The shivering glow of the polar lights fleshes out the ancient tales and blows off the golden dust from the holiday cards...
Till the beginning of 2019 there is little time that’s why in case one hasn’t decided yet where and how to celebrate the most popular holiday on our planet, OUTLOOK offers the list of the brightest cities for the celebration. There all the wishes and dreams will, definitely, come true!
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.
They build ice hotels and carve ice fountains pouring white wine, make samovars and even kerosene lamps. Photographers went even far and got the hand to use dry ice to create the effect of smoke and fog in picture. In the spirit of holidays, OUTLOOK prepared for you a selection of the world most popular ice arenas.
There are hardly many travelers who would go somewhere further than city centre where their hotel is situated when on a short-term journey. And if location is a metropolis on top of everything else, such “outside” trips are sure to be put on hold till better occasions.