SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – VICTORIA FALLS


Found along the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls provides a stunning border for Zambia and Zimbabwe. The stunning wall of water that plummets from its ledge spans over 1,700 m/5600 ft. There are six gorges that feed water into the Zambezi. Nearby towns of Livingstone, Zambia and Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe offer excursions to see the incredible falls.

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – FREETOWN CHRISTIANIA


A note and an apology: This weekend was my birthday weekend and what a fun one it was. Additionally, my big sis is visiting. We had a fun yet busy day today and are sitting down to a nice dinner in about five minutes. As a result I am purposefully engaging in what some may consider a faux pas. I am reposting an old blog entry. In my defence, it was posted on my old blog that was with Blogger and I did not have much of a readership. My apologies and it is my hope that many of you it will be a ‘new’ post, so to speak. 

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Freetown Christiania is a micronation found within the city of Copenhagen, Denmark.  To quote Wikipedia: “Micronations, sometimes also referred to as model countries and new country projects, are entities that claim to be independent nations or states but which are not recognized by governments or international organizations.”

Okay, so it is not a real country but it is a real place.  The area it is located in has had various incarnations. More recently, prior to it becoming Christiania, it was deserted military barracks. In 1971 it was taken over by “The Hippie Movement” and “The Squatter Movement”. Although its almost 1,000 residents call it a free nation, most recognize it as a commune.

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Christiania has had a colourful and eventful history that is for certain. From officials trying to have it closed, tourist flocking to get an eyeful to idealists trying to live simply to dubious characters around the infamous “Pusher Street” and old buildings in disrepair and then re-done, there appears to be no lack of adventure to be found in the unique community.

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SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – TIVOLI GARDENS, COPENHAGEN


This week’s round of SSS is an attraction I have actually visited. It was many, many years ago but I still remember it. Back when I worked in the travel industry I had an opportunity to go an a “familiarization trip” or “fam trip” as industry insiders call it. Myself and other travel agents from Ontario headed to Copenhagen, Denmark. My first fam trip it was. One that I still recall with a smile. One of the attractions we were to see on several occasions as we had special passes was Tivoli Gardens – an amusement park filled with rides, shows, gardens, restaurants and music! It was fun and I do remember the fun house and the roller coaster most clearly. Despite the fact that it rained much on our trip I was able to visit the park a couple times. Tivoli spelled backwards is I LOV IT ! I certainly did.

Opened in August of 1843, Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world and is the second most popular seasonal theme park around. Architecturally it retains some old charm and is filled with gardens and fountains. At night it is light up with over 100,000 amazing lights in its 21 acres. It maintains three seasons to visit: summer, Hallowe’en and Christmas.

Twinkling Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Twinkling Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

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SUNDAY’S SPECIAL SPOT – FITZROY TREK, PATAGONIA


I am not a die-hard hiker. Heck I rarely hike at all but am willing to do a nice trail that is a couple hours. I am much more a city girl. But there are many souls who love all that a challenging trek brings them – a stunning challenge in a dramatic natural playground. A definite area of beauty is Patagonia. A glacier filled area that spans the southern tips of both Chile and Argentina, Patagonia has the Patagonian Andes mountains, grasslands, deserts and glaciers. It is here that there are numerous treks that draw the adventuring souls. One of them is the Fitzroy Trek in Argentina. The trek is named so as there are majestic views of Monte Fitz Roy that rises upwards of 1,828.8 m/6,000 ft from the glacier’s base. Located in the Los Glaciares National Park, 2 – 5 day treks are available around the base of Fitz Roy, as well as daily hikes and combining excursions with the Torres de Paine W trek in Chile. The options for all the hiking enthusiasts are varied and amazing, no doubt.

Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina

Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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