The Moeraki Boulders (Dragon Eggs) In Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

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Introduction:

The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. They occur scattered either as isolated or clusters of boulders within a stretch of beach where they have been protected in a scientific reserve.


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Facts:

Some are isolated but may occur in clusters. That they are here is the result of three things – erosion, concretion and time. First the waves, inexorable and patient, have pounded the local bedrock for countless millennia. The mudstone on the beach – rock which was originally mud and clay – is slowly but surely eroded.



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The story according to scentists is not quite so exciting. The boulders have come from the mudstone cliffs behind where they eroded away and have been given their round shape by erosion from the surf.

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The Moeraki Boulders (Dragon Eggs) In Koekohe Beach, New Zealand

wat arun

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Introduction:

Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun  is a Buddhist temple (wat) in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok, Thailand, on the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna.



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This Wat or Buddhist temple is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. In the mythology of Tibetan Buddhism, Mount Meru is a place that simultaneously represents the center of the universe and the single-pointedness of mind sought by adepts

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Get in:

Finding a place to go online is not an easy task in Thonburi. It is mostly a residential neighbourhood and most Thais have an internet connection at home. You might want to ask around with the locals. There are some Internet cafes along Phran Nok Road, such as The Corner CoffeeShop & Internet near the Wang Lang area.



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Wat ratchanadda

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Introduction:

Wat Ratchanaddaram  is a buddhist temple (wat) located at the intersection between Ratchadamnoen Klang and Maha Chai Road, in Phra Nakhon district, Bangkok. Meaning Royal Niece, the temple was built to the order of King Nangklao  for the princess granddaughter, Somanass Waddhanawathy  in 1846.

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Construction was started in the reign of Rama III in the 19th century but was only recently completed due to the complexity of its design. There are five towers of varying sizes, topped by huge iron spikes. The many columns create a labyrinth. The central tower has steps that lead to shrine at the top. The amulet market behind the temple is famous.




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The prasat itself is like five concentric square towers, each consecutively taller than the other. The outer, middle and center towers are capped by cast iron spires, which gives the temple its name.


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Wat ratchanadda

Heddal stave church in Telemark, Norway

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Introduction:

Heddal stave church (Heddal stavkirke) is a stave church located at Heddal in Notodden municipality, Norway.The church is a triple nave stave church and is Norway's largest stave church. It was constructed at the beginning of the 13th century. After the reformation, the church was in a very poor condition, and a restoration took place during 1849 - 1851.


Heddal stave church in Telemark, Norway


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History:

The parish of Hitterdal was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). Notodden was separated from Heddal both as a city and a municipality of its own, in 1913.

Heddal stave church in Telemark, Norway

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Get in:


Notodden is a town in Telemark County, in East Norway.The easiest way to get here if you are in Oslo is to take the bus. Timekspressen will take you to Notodden every hour around the clock all year. It will take you about 2 hours. If you are in Bergen there is a flight going to Notodden every day.

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Heddal stave church in Telemark, Norway

Balintore Castle in Angus, Scotland

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Introduction:

The castle occupies an elevated site in moorland above Balintore village, a few miles north of the Loch of Lintrathen, near Kirriemuir, Angus. A tower house named Balintor existed on the site in the late 16th century, according to Timothy Pont's maps.



Balintore Castle in Angus, Scotland


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Though a tower house by the name of Balintor had existed on site in the late 16th century, the present-day Balintore Castle was designed in 1859 by William Burn, commissioned as a sporting lodge by David Lyon, MP. Lyon had inherited his family’s millions which were made through investments in the East India Company.

Balintore Castle in Angus, Scotland

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Baronial sporting lodge empty for over 40 years, potentially saved from dereliction by Angus Council.
The council used its compulsory purchase powers to buy Balintore Castle from its absentee Far Eastern owners. Ownership has been transferred to a buyer, who intends to live there and assist restoration

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Balintore Castle in Angus, Scotland




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The SS 'Dicky' was a coastal trader that operated in and around Australia from at least 1887 until its loss in 1893. The details of its early operation are unknown but by 1886 it was registered in Hong Kong, and was reportedly involved in a minor incident off the north-west coast of Western Australia in July 1887.


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A number of attempts were made to refloat the 'Dicky'. At least twice the vessel was refloated, only to rebeach itself. Eventually the wreck of the 'Dicky', including the engines, steam winch, sails, spars, gear, boats and anchors, was sold at auction on the 6th of June 1893



        Shipwreck, Dickie Beach, Queensland, Australia

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At beach:

Over the past 60 years we have provided thousands of young Australians with life saving skills and the attributes our great nation is known for – dedication, commitment and passion. We are very proud of our record “No lives lost between the red and yellow flags”.

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Shipwreck, Dickie Beach, Queensland, Australia

All beach users are asked to take care when at the beach, and in particular: • Never swim alone - Or surf, dive or sail unless there is someone with you. Always engage in water activities with family or friends. Tell someone when you will be back.


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Introduction:

Stroove is located on the east coast of the Inishowen peninsula a few miles north of the village of Greencastle off the R238. It is a relatively small beach and is located close to the North Inishowen Natural Heritage Area.

All beach users are asked to take care when at the beach, and in particular: • Never swim alone - Or surf, dive or sail unless there is someone with you. Always engage in water activities with family or friends. Tell someone when you will be back.


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 Advises:

All beach users are asked to take care when at the beach, and in particular: • Never swim alone - Or surf, dive or sail unless there is someone with you. Always engage in water activities with family or friends. Tell someone when you will be back.

All beach users are asked to take care when at the beach, and in particular: • Never swim alone - Or surf, dive or sail unless there is someone with you. Always engage in water activities with family or friends. Tell someone when you will be back.

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Get in:

Bus √Čireann's buses stop at the town center, "The Diamond", outside the Abbey Hotel. They provide direct bus service to Dublin, Derry, Sligo, & Galway, and connecting service to numerous locations in the country & Northern Ireland.

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Stroove - Donegal, Ireland

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