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Wikipedia's entry on this lake has detailed information on tracks and lodges. It also provides 6 references with details. Apparently about 700 people visit annually. It is reached as a side trip of the Travers-Sabine circuit. There is a map available. The blue lake is a side trip, estimated to take 7 hours. DISCLAIMER: I haven't been there, all information ...


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Yes, this is possible, but I guess only if you have your own vehicle. I have done two road trips together with 3 friends through France experiencing all the things listed, except for the vultures. On both road trips we didn't have a clear goal in mind, and chose a destination from day to day. The first road trip was around the Vosges mountains, on the ...


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I am not sure this answers your question but here it goes: If you travel into the sea at night you will be able to find the most beautifull sky. From my experience, being around 15 miles offcoast should already give you a very nice sky panorama. Another option is finding a dark sky reserve. It's just like a natural reserve but applied to the sky. Some ...


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Yes, the 2014 winter was very warm, tulips were already being cut mid-April and everybody was speaking about that. Still, I am pretty sure Keukenhof will not depart from its planned opening (to wit, in 2014 it will be opened until 18 May) and going early or late in the season is always a bit more risky. There will in any case be flowers in the park, even if ...


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Don't forget that you are not alone to look for quiet places. Everywhere that you can go to with a car, other people can as well. Therefore, I would recommend remote places that are not accessible by car, or at least with a restricted access. For example: remote parts of mountainous regions such as the Pyrénées, but stay near the French/Spanish border. ...


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Apparently the Kitee (Finland) Zoo (62°02′45″N) has emus. According to Wikipedia, Ranua, Lapland has the northernmost zoo in the world (65°56′32″N). I checked the website; it doesn't seem to have anything I recognize as Australian (it lists mainly northern birds, and a surprisingly large number of species of weasels). I also checked the Ähtäri Zoo ...


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Well the main problem is that the host/hostel staff have yet to meet you. They don't necessarily know you, and they don't know what emergency it will be for. So the call might go something like: Operator: What's your Emergency? Host: Er, I'm not sure. Someone's meant to turn up, and they haven't? Operator: Can you describe them? Host: No, I've never ...


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Looks like an Eastern Water Dragon to me. From wildlife.qld.com.au: Sexually dimorphic with males more robust than females. Prominent spines on head and along length of back, with a laterally compressed body and tail. Long powerful limbs. Olive green to brown in colour with short dark bands on the body, dark stripe behind the eye. Males have a ...


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It sounds like what you are looking for is a field guide to the Grand Canyon; Field guide - a book designed to help the reader identify wildlife (plants or animals) or other objects of natural occurrence (e.g. minerals). It is generally designed to be brought into the 'field' or local area where such objects exist to help distinguish between ...


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There's a list of IDA-certified dark sky reserves. Wikipedia has a more comprehensive list, that includes nationally declared areas that may not be certified by IDA.


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You may not realize it, but that's actually quite a difficult set of conditions. One by one: Well, this one's easy, there are no lethal animals anywhere near Tokyo. Also not a problem, public transport anywhere around Tokyo is also easy. "Off the beaten track" means relying on buses instead of trains, but you certainly don't need to rent a car. But... If ...


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I would recommend Kumano in southern Mie Prefecture, located about four hours south of Nagoya (Location in Google Maps). I spent five years living very close to here and, based on familiarity with the area and its offerings, can recommend it to you! It satisfies all of your criteria: We love rocky beaches, nature hikes, history, the smell of ocean air, ...


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They are definitely a problem, with over 200 dog bites treated at hospital in 2012 (so not including any that weren't reported). Samoa passed a law called the Canine Control Act 2013 last year to try and rectify some of the issues by implementing pounds, registration of dogs, and allowing destruction of diseased and/or aggressive dogs. That should have an ...


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Close to Estepona there are a roman baths called "Baños de la Hedionda" (stinky baths, literally). To get there you have to have your own vehicle or find a local transport to Manilva (it's the nearest village). From Manilva you can walk (there are some interesting trekkings around there) or go by car. If you have a GPS go to: (WGS84) 36.396483 -5.2614660 ...


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Answer isn't clear cut. A lot depends on atmospheric conditions, as well as geography and the direction you're looking. If there's cloud cover, those city lights can be seen a long way away indeed, it can make the clouds over the place glow (ever more yellow or orange because of the sodium lights used for streetlighting in ever more cities). If the city is ...


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To answer my own question. Yes, it's open. Regarding if it's worth it or not to go there in late May: Many flowers will not have the flower any more - this gets worse over time. The fields around (planted on purpose I think) are also empty. The garden itself is still very beautiful but like @annoyed said less spectacular. Spread around the park they put ...


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First of all, please let me explain what is Tokyo. Tokyo is not a city in its traditional meaning, Tokyo is a whole prefecture and at least half of it is covered by evergreen forests and scenic mountains. Quite unexpected for Tokyo, right? There are bears in Japan and even in Tokyo. But odds of meeting one are quite low, so I would not worry. Monkeys are ...


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Enoshima, Kamakura and Zushi are on the Shonan coast and reachable from central Tokyo in 90 minutes. Enoshima has direct express service from Shinjuku. Kamakura has the giant buddha but you can easily avoid both him and the very large temple at the north end of Kamakura. All have sandy beaches and bustling retail areas. A bit further down the road is ...


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Hokkaido is great, although transportation there is far from perfect. While relying on public transport only the easiest places to visit would be Sapporo, hot springs around there and Hakodate. Taisetsuzan is amazing place itself but there's nothing to do without a car, unfortunately. Of course, buses do run, but travelling from one place to another place ...


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Seconding sandfly repellant (I live in the South Island and sandflies are a real pain), some anti-histamines are a good idea as wasps are common in some places in the summer, and DON'T just drink any stream water, even in the mountains as Giardia (aka beaver fever) is quite common especially in the North Island (I've always used iodine pills or similar to ...


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It does look like animals (including wild animals) are grazing on this field. It's also possible that some animals were brought there especially to maintain the landscape (“conservation grazing”). In that case, you wouldn't expect to see animals most of the time and, since feeding is not the main purpose of the land, it does not exhibit some features typical ...


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I'm an American living in France and have a summer home in Auvergne (Parc Naturel du Livradois Forez), and family living in the Ardeche (in the mountains, not the canyon). The Massif Central truly is deserted in many places, so I'm not sure where you went with floods of tourists, although of course farmers live there so you won't be sure to be completely ...


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No, there are none to be seen from any regular organized dolphin watching tour. While there is an aquarium in Dalian that has Dolphins, even those at least party come from Japan. Looking up several sources for population areas of Dolphins, you can discover that several species actually extend their territory to the coast of China, but all of them seem to ...


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Spain has a wealth of hiking areas, Asturias, Cantabria, Galicia and the Basque Country offer amazing landscapes. Some people call them the Switzerland by the Sea. Sites worth visiting for hinking, landscaping and taking photographs: - Cordillera Cantábrica 1. Lagos de Covadonga (Asturias) Senda del Oso (Asturias) where you will be able to see bears ...


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I would recommend Shikoku. It's kind of the forgotten island with the least tourism, from both Japanese and foreigners. It's very natural and although public transportation isn't as regular (as would be expected from a lower population island) it's still decent with some planning: ...


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Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster (or sometimes Dinosaur) in Vermont (usa) Wikipedia: REDACTED Other: REDACTED http://www.lakechamplainregion.com/recreation/heritage/champ Just in case, both Vermont and New York (states bordering the lake) enacted laws to protect Champ back in the 80s. ...


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Bunyip Australian Moehau Monster / man Wikipedia The Moehau (also called the Maeroero) is reputed to be a large, hairy hominid cryptid in the Coromandel-Moehau ranges of New Zealand's North Island. It may be synonymous with the Maero, another New Zealand cryptid, because both have been reported have long, sharp fingers in some sources. In fact, ...


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Some years back I went to a butterfly farm in Suriname. Their core business was exporting butterfly dolls to European and American Butterfly gardens. At the time it seemed like a very interesting business model. Due to the climate American and European butterfly gardens depend on a steady stream of new Dolls. I was told that the through put was a shipment ...


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Jogashima (城ヶ島), at the southern tip of the Miura peninsula, is a decent day trip. Rocky beaches, tidepools with marine life, and a nice hike along a bluff where you can see cormorants. There's a small town with eateries serving fresh seafood. The Keikyu rail/bus network sells a one-day pass (I think weekend only) that will cover the train and bus fare from ...


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Maybe consider some place like Zhangjiajie Forest Park, but in the winter time- it should be less crowded.



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