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Yep, it's real. This wiki article corresponds with the information you have, and searching the island name itself pulls up lots of information about the destination in mind for you: Vaadhoo (Raa Atoll) Vaadhoo island is famous for the 'sea of stars.' This marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. Woodland Hastings ...


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OK, It's called the Hite Crossing Bridge, and a Street View shot is available at this link that best matches the angle you have. It confused me for a bit as yours is using a long lens, but you can 'walk' down the hill and confirm it's all the same rocks, and in your shot you can just make out the Hite Bridge in the background, which is certainly the one at ...


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My guess would be the Mohonk Mountain House, "Around the last bend, a Victorian castle rises above Lake Mohonk, surrounded by carefully landscaped gardens and pristine wilderness. Inside you discover a warm interior that is reminiscent of the beauty outside – extensive woodwork, fireplaces constructed from Shawangunk stone, and expansive windows that frame ...


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What you have described fits the town of Черноголовка, or with in Latin font, Chernogolovka (directly translated to approximately 'Black Head') It is to the North East of Moscow (rather than the South), just outside of the A107 'ring road' (beltway, orbital, etc). The institute you referred to would be the Russian Academy of Sciences (Nauchny tsentr v ...


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This is the Rock of Cashel. Located at Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland. This castle is also known as: Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock.


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This category of equipment is known as "Ground Support Equipment" (see Wikipedia article). This includes a variety of utility vehicles, including refuelers, dollies, chocks, buses and more. However, the one you're after is the Belt loader: Belt loaders are vehicles with conveyor belts for unloading and loading of baggage and cargo on aircraft. A belt ...


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I just found it in Ground support equipment: It is called "Belt loader".


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Signs like this are an artefact of earlier postcode assignment schemes that recall when the sign was manufactured. They may or may not sync up with the current postcode, or may indicate only a portion of the current postcode. There is no effort I'm aware of to make the older signs to synch up (presumably because of the cost). The discrepancies are not, to ...


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It would appear to be the ones put up in San Mateo, Rizal, The Philippines. The largest ten commandments tablet was presented to Guinness World Records at HalleluYAH Prayer Mountain For All Nations in San Mateo, Rizal, Philippines on April 11, 2009. The tablet measured 65.04 square meters (700.08 square ft), organized by Sister Grace ...


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From diamond geezer's blogspot: At the Goresbrook interchange, the most iconic of Artscape's installations. The two exit roundabouts each rise to a sharp elevated point, curved and conical, created from a skin of black tarmac. Officially they're named Scylla and Charybdis, but their shape has earned the nickname Madonna's Bra, or (sssh) Madonna's Tits. ...


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The city is Fujiyoshida on the NNE side of Mt Fuji. See jpatokal's answer for the exact camera location. From left to right, the marked buildings are: Fujisan station. The glass facade that's visible from street level is quite poorly defined in this photo, but covers the bottom third of the blue frame. The lighter part that's visible in the photo sticks ...


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There is an answer in the site that Mark linked in the comments. It is Salem, Massachusetts, and the building is Essex County Juvenile Court. Google Street View


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Wikimedia Commons has a picture where the contents of the plate can be discerned. They are there to help you identify landmarks in the vicinity. These sorts of things are called “orientation tables” in several European languages (French, Dutch…). I have also come across the phrase “viewpoint indicator”.


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I think this is the building: Google Maps street view link


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There were apparently three main parts, each under a local mountain: Zouzan ("Section I") This is the area that is most accessible to the public, with the entrance near the museum as described in the blog post linked in comments. On this map it is marked A. On the city website (in Japanese) it says hours for the tunnels are 9am to 3pm (some sites says ...


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Going out on a limb here I would say that it represents a play-on-words. Placing a Witches' Hat on a roundabout recalls the homonym carousel game. A witches' hat roundabout, is according to Wikipedia: A cone shaped playground roundabout that is mounted in such a way that the axis of rotation is free to tilt. In the old days, these roundabouts looked ...


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By the looks of things and the comments posted on the photo below it is a North Korean Whiskey. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyfox/7070619751/ This is confirmed by another blogger, which apparently is available from a shop at the DMZ. Additional Info Found another blog with the trip to DMZ with a picture of the alcohol from North Korea but the ...


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"Was"? Travel insurance vending machines are alive and well in that wonderland of vending machines, Japan! Ryokouhoken-jidouhanbaiki (旅行保険自動販売機) can be found to this day at most larger Japanese airports. For example, JII has machines at 8 airports, and here's a row at Kansai Int'l: (courtesy this guy) As for how they work etc, it's really no different ...


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The photo is taken from the grounds of Arakura Sengen Shrine in Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi, Japan, and appears to be a crop of this image (not the original either, though). The rightmost building appears to be the town hall. Not sure about the rest, but there are a bunch of large hotels and the Fuji-Q amusement park nearby that seem like likely ...


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The bottommost building is labeled as 富士五湖文化センター (Fujigoko Cultural Center) on Google Maps. However, the official website of that cultural center http://www.mfi.or.jp/fcpa/access.htm tells us that the biggest building (which is probably the one you are interested in) is called ふじさんホール (Fujisan Hall). The same complex also hosts a city meeting hall and a ...


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Its probably Chez Clément ! This restaurant has a lot of pots hung on the ceiling by the entrance.


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Broadly, the answer to your question is 'no', there is no logic that routes the traveller through Lyon. Assuming that the two end points are Omaha Beach in Normandy and the Sylvenstein Dam in the Bavarian Alps, the prima facie route is Caen - Paris - Stuttgart - Munich. It's shown below... Even in the fictional journey from Normandy to the Bavarian ...


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I've seen this in Byron Bay, Australia, it wasn't quite as pronounced as those photos make it out to be if I recall correctly. It's amazing though, as you swim through the water the glowing intensifies as you move through it.


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Inpung sul is brandy. It's made from grapes. It says so right on the bottle. 인풍술 Inpungsul is 강계포도술공장 which is Kanggye Grape Liquor Factory.


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The background is called 'Temple' by Jason Absolom. It was one of the announced wallpapers chosen in a competition for the selection of them. I believe it is a composite image and not a real place, which is why I'm putting this as an answer, but if I'm proven wrong I'm happy to remove it.


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The city is Salem in Massachusetts. The building that looks like a greek temple is maybe Registry of Deeds and Probate Court located at 36 Federal street.


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I'm not certain, but it sounds like Paekrosul. According to the description on lonely planet forums. Paekrosul: A "well-known liquor," this is a Kanggye specialty from the D.P.R.K. (aka North Korea). Shoddy packaging, with a bottle full of defects (at least no holes beyond the necessary one) and a cap that guarantees it will leak in your ...


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It is the Rock of Cashel. The Wikipedia article says, The rock originated in the Devil’s Bit, a mountain 20 miles (30 km) north of Cashel, when St. Patrick banished Satan from a cave, resulting in the Rock’s landing in Cashel. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St Patrick in the 5th century. The Rock of ...


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I don't know for sure if they own the building, but the image appears on http://www.cassandra-fp7.eu/page/Workshop_home (on the first section of their slideshow), this could though be beacuse it is a stock image.


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You can see from the photos that they are long exposures, which will make the "bugs" look a lot brighter than they will appear to the naked eye. Mission Bay, San Diego, CA Torrey Pines Beach, San Diego, CA It will be seen all along the west coast, but only when there's a "red tide".



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