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…
Airports, railway and bus stations are almost always erected at a human whim, while ports and harbours are joint creation of homo sapiens and nature. In this article OUTLOOK presents you the most beautiful port destinations with their own unique character worth exploring.
Green slopes covered with heather moorland, deserted suburban roads, narrow streets with small cottages and gardens emitting heady fragrance - it seems that British villages are unchangeable through the passage of time. Like stilled scenery for heroic fantasy fiction, each of them has its own story about great battles, brave warriors and legendary artefacts.
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.
After the legendary Frenchman Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his colleagues invented and perfected self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, scuba diving firmly entered the list of the most popular, but unfortunately, unsafe hobbies. OUTLOOK warns and talks about the most extreme places to do scuba diving.
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.
Marketing gurus and restaurateurs are enterprising and ready to do anything to increase flow of visitors to their food courts. Quite often, their methods of "flirting" with the public are the same, interior designs and menus are not much different. So, we have collated for you the world’s wackiest, weirdest, out-of-this-world dining establishments.
Despite ongoing development of air transport, many people across the Earth still love to travel by train for various reasons. Though the majority of passengers associate trains with a rather slow way to travel compared with airplanes, and are concerned with low comfort which can be still at the level of last century, reading through our selection below...
There are many things that we can learn from citizens of the United States but what deserves special respect is love to their land. Patriotism of Americans manifests itself in everything, even in internal tourism - without having properly explored own country, an American would hardly travel anywhere outside its territory. Today we tell about one of the most popular internal tourism towns - about Leavenworth.
Residents of Queenstown, like all New Zealanders, are among the first on the planet to meet the dawn. There are no children's homes, homeless animals. People are resistant to cold, so much so that at zero degrees go in T-shirts. Each of them has an average of nine sheep, and in nature there are practically no such dangers as mosquitoes and snakes.
OUTLOOK keeps publishing series of articles about unique streets. Today we are going to tell you about a sharply angled Baldwin Street from the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. It is world-known not for luxury boutiques, upscale restaurants or fabulous real estate prices, in that respect everything looks pretty down to earth and basic. It is a gradient of the street that strikes - a 32% grade at its steepest section.
London is a city that cannot but impress. Its every guest is bound to admire something, some – architecture, others – crazy pace of life, and some – Victorian spirit and aristocratic atmosphere in our 21st century. Its streets are a treasure trove for own explorations and one should start with the legendary Piccadilly because upon walking it alone, one immediately understands what London is all about.
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.