Edit: The new answer by Jack is quite excellent! However, unless doing something like that, then:
There was a lot of leftover debris while the Berlin Wall was being demolished. That, however, was a long time ago and parts of the Berlin Wall are now being intentionally maintained* as a historical monument. Therefore, removing pieces of it without permission ...
There is a hotel in Berlin that lets you chip away your own pieces of the wall and take them with you as part of a package deal. So there do still exist legal options for you to take your own piece home.
This contradicts travel etiquette more generally. (Barring some more specific local ethic saying it's okay, but that doesn't seem to exist here). The ethic is known as Leave No Trace (wikipedia) and is developed for respecting the outdoors, but in my opinion, perfectly well applies here.
Taking a pebble or stick or leaf when on "sacred" grounds, whether it ...
This question is hard to answer since you would have to define "in use" very precisely. Here are some wild guesses:
Wikipedia has a list of the oldest buildings in the world. Prominently feature tombs/graves/similar and you could well argue they are still in use. That would go back as far as very roughly 4000 B.C.
Stonehenge is believed to have been ...
WikiTravel doesn't have an article on the Gates of Hell, but WikiVoyage does.
There's at least four tour companies listed. Two international and two local.
You apparently can drive there but it requires a 4x4 and you'll be driving across the sand rather than on a road. They suggest that you won't be able to get there in a rental car but don't give any ...
As of October 26th 2019, it will not be possible to climb Uluru:
In line with the agreed process in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Management Plan 2010-2020 and the wishes of traditional owners, the climb to the top of Uluru will close on 26 October 2019.
There are a great many locations on the Great Wall that can be visited. The most common start point if from Beijing, however, I would disagree with the answer by Mark Mayo in that they are not all over crowded with tourists. Most tours head to the section along Badaling, near Beijing, and that is the bit to avoid. Though again, if timed right and going off ...
EDIT: As of October 26, 2019, it is no longer permitted to climb.
(The final weeks before the ban have caused an embarrassing level of climbers to 'beat the ban')
Yes it's possible. The question is - should you?
To climb or not to climb
Uluru is sacred to the Anangu people of the area. They say that the
climb follows the track ...
Checkpoint Charlie is probably worth seeing anyway but it's very touristy and not quite a piece of the Berlin Wall: The checkpoint has been rebuilt and stands alone in the middle of the street. Incidentally, it became a symbol for several reasons but it was mostly notable as the only checkpoint for members of the allied forces. Other border crossings existed ...
It is an apartment complex built on the waterfront of Aarhus in Denmark.
Isbjerget was created in a collaboration between four architectural
firms: JDS, CEBRA, SeARCH, and Louis Paillard. It took 5 years for the
project to be completed, and is one of the first projects to be
completed within De Bynære Havnearealer, the new docklands quarter of
The Great Pyramid of Giza initially had two functions, to serve as a tomb for the pharaoh, and to demonstrate his power and prestige. Today, it has two functions, to serve as a tourist attraction and to demonstrate the power and prestige of the pharaohs. It is a structure that has continuously fulfilled one of its functions since 2540 BC.
As far as I know, ...
Yes, that is Cittadella, province of Padua, Italy
and aerial view picture:
another view picture
it is really easy to spot since you can read clearly the
domus dei et porta coeli
meaning house of God and heavens door! in the main square church
The statue is located in the port at Odessa and can be seen here and here.
Created by the sculptor Alexander Tokarev. It is the modest memorial,
dedicated to the faithful wives of seafarers and their children who
accompanied their husbands and fathers to Sevastopol in the autumn of
I have a database of OpenFlights data laying around from What's the quickest route between antipodes using regularly scheduled transit?, so let's put it to work.
[an excruciatingly boring period ensues wherein we discover that PostgreSQL got upgraded on my system, leaving a database that is incompatible with the new version, and entirely too much nonsense ...
GMaps for the geographical center of Russian Federation:
As you can see, this is a mountain located lake with no cities within many miles of it. Also this lake is on the Arctic Circle, and not very well explored by people. We don't even know the maximum depth of it.
Also you have to know that this region is seismically active - you can see trees at the ...
Well there were actually several stages of the wall, and it's now in various states of disrepair / ruin depending on where you go. Presumably you want to go where there's actually wall, as opposed to rubble.
One of the most common routes is ex-Beijing, but since you want less crowded, we'll skip that.
For something quite cool and different, try Shanhaiguan ...
How to possibly avoid waiting at the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower consists of several stages. The lower part can be done either by stairs or by lift. The higher part can normally only be done by lift. There's usually a big queue for the lift at the ground floor, but not much of a queue for the stairs.
When I climbed the Eiffel Tower, I didn't know that,...
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. ...
The one he is probably referring to was actually presented by Venezuela - The Equestrian Monument of Simon Bolivar, liberator of Bolivia, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela from Spanish rule.
This statue is at the entrance to Central Park at the north end of Sixth Avenue - The Avenue Of The Americas - so it fits the context of the story well.
Following the same procedure as the longitude question and the same elimination of nonsense and duplicates:
SELECT ST_Y(source_geom) as src_y, ST_Y(destination_geom) as dst_y, abs(ST_Y(source_geom)-ST_Y(destination_geom)) as delta, name, destination_airport, source_airport from flights order by delta limit 25;
Beside another picture on Panoramio, I only found this paragraph in german on the Bamberg site, which refers to a Steinobelisk near the castle:
Neben dem unweit der Burg befindliche Grab von A. F. Marcus lässt sich
auch ein Steinobelisk aus dem Jahr 1903 finden, der eine besondere
Botschaft vermittelt. In östlicher Richtung gelegen, befindet er sich
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 up ...
The Etchmiadzin Cathedral was built in 301 AD.
The original church was built in the early fourth century—between 301 and 303 according to tradition—by Armenia's patron saint Gregory the Illuminator, following the adoption of Christianity as a state religion by King Tiridates III. It replaced a preexisting temple, symbolizing the conversion from paganism ...
White House - Tours are available, but you'll need to do some work in advance, especially if you're not a US citizen. All tours need to be booked at least 21 days in advance, but especially during busy periods you'll need to book months in advance to get a spot. They are booked via your Member of Congress for US Citizens, or via your Embassy if you're not. ...
The site explains:
If all the times are taken, the following message will be displayed: "no tickets available for the date requested". Choose another day (or purchase your ticket for immediate entry at the monument ticket counters).
That says to me that if you can't buy online, you can still go up, but you'll have to wait in a (possibly long) line.
Transportation and getting around wise, your best bet would be to stay somewhere near the Termini train station. That is where the long haul trains arrive, and you are pretty much 10-20 minutes away from pretty much every major attraction. Being close to the Termini station can be helpful if you plan to go/come from Florence, or Civitavecchia, where the ...
Is the town of Continental Divide, New Mexico located on the actual continental divide?
In Grants the Continental Divide Trail crosses a river. On the map you link to it can be seen about 8 km SE of the Grants label. The trail follows Route 66 at this point, and that is the road in this image (courtesy Google Maps):
The river, such as it ...