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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

The picture is of horses in the road. When I stayed with friends in The New Forest, UK, where free range ponies roam (not actually wild), they often block the road in groups, and nothing apparently ...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

Bear in mind that these photos weren't spur-of-the-moment snaps. The skilled photographers who took them likely went to great effort to capture them at exactly the right moment, when the weather was ...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

The best views are the unexpected ones. When are on a hillside and suddenly a gap opens up in the mist through which you glimpse a small lake in the valley down there that you didn't even know ...
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What is the white fluff floating around in Northern Italy (Lombardy) in Spring?

It's the seed tufts of a poplar species, specifically Populus nigra: As this article says: The tree loves a wet, marshy soil. Which explains why there are so many poplars around Milan and in the ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

In my country, since it's a large country with a lot of long highways across deserts and mountains where a wide range of animals cross the streets (mainly camels, baboons and donkeys), I have faced ...
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Where can I take a selfie with kangaroos in Australia?

Kangaroos are wild animals. While you will come across them if you are driving in rural areas, do not approach them. While most will simply run away, some may enter a more defensive posture especially ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

While what constitutes a "best" spot is subjective, here are some popular options: Icho Namiki This road is located in Tokyo, between the Gaienmae and Aoyama-Itchome stations. The best time to visit ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

Stay in your car, as in the car you are a car and not a danger or enemy. Walking you may be seen as danger and the animals may try to scare you off, which can be dangerous for your health. If you do ...
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Where can I take a selfie with kangaroos in Australia?

It depends on how close you intend on getting for your selfies. If you insist on approaching closely, I would only do so in a controlled environment. If you're willing to have your selfie with the ...
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What is the white fluff floating around in Northern Italy (Lombardy) in Spring?

Strictly speaking, they are the seeds and not the pollen :-) Milano and surroundings are really green and full of mountains and trees and parks, poplars especially are quite popular (pun intended), ...
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I would like to travel to (the smallest) island where there are squirrels

Madagascar or Mauritius, both are islands and both have Indian Palm Squirrels. They aren't that far from South Africa too. This species of squirrels is not native to neither Madagascar or Mauritius, ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

It depends on the species. If you're driving in Sápmi (Lapland) and there are reindeer on the road, shout at them. They'll understand a human voice much better than a car honk or engine. You may ...
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Are Ginkgo trees in Japan rare and if so, where can I find them?

Visit Toyko's Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden to experience the ginko tunnel in the Meiji-Jingu Gaien, the golden canopy and carpet the most glorious in the autumn.
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Within 300 km of Tokyo: Where for flora, landscape, nature?

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 ...
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Is it OK to eat turtles in Cambodia?

Here's a recent article from the Phnom Penh Post: Dealing in turtles is mostly illegal in Cambodia, where six of the 14 turtle species are endangered, some critically. The only legitimate ...
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Where near the Dead Sea can you most likely get to see a Hyrax?

Speaking strictly statistically, judging by the official range of the creature, it actually runs in two bands from the north of the Dead Sea, down the west a bit, and down the east. Notably, not SW (...
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How can you enjoy nature, when it looks better in photographs than in person?

This is very much an opinion-based question. That said, it's my experience that if you travel enough, you'll eventually be lucky enough to witness some pretty darn beautiful sights with your own eyes: ...
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I would like to travel to (the smallest) island where there are squirrels

If you come to the UK, don't bother with grey squirrels, which are classified as an invasive animal pest species (introduced from the USA) and have almost wiped out the native European red squirrels. ...
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Hiking/nature around Lyon

National parks are a bit far but you have many options depending on how long you are willing to travel. Here are a couple options closer or further from Lyon. Parc National des Écrins This is far ...
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Am I likely to see a snake on a desert safari or in a souk in Dubai?

I’m planning to visit the souks and take a desert safari including dinner at a campsite during my 5 day holiday in Dubai Chances of such an encounter in a Souk are negligible, Those are crowded ...
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On the trail of the Alpine Ibex in Switzerland

I recommend going to Creux du Van, Canton of Neuchatel, Switzerland. It is not in the Alps, but in Jura. Tt is very close to 100% sure you see an Ibex there. They normally don't flee there, cause you ...
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Parts of Scotland without sheep

It is not just sheep - in many parts of Scotland, the main problem is overgrazing by deer. Especially in the highlands - much of the land is owned by shooting estates, who want to maintain high ...
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Is it dangerous to camp in western Ukraine?

Western Ukraine is generally very safe. The region of Carpathian mountains is very touristy and attracts thousands of campers/hikers from all over the Central and Eastern Europe every year. Please be ...
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Is it common/accepted to bring a dog in Tuscany (Italy)?

We have a very different etiquette compared to where? (yes, I'm italian) Anyway, I see a lot of people bringing their dogs to the restaurant, so I don't see any problem. Especially if the dog is ...
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Are there wisteria tunnels close to Tokyo?

Yes. The Ashikaga Flower Park is within day trip distance from Tokyo, and has a wisteria tunnel (as well as some other very impressive non-tunnel wisteria.) I've been there during peak wisteria and I ...
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When the road is blocked by animals, what's the proper way to proceed?

In the UK, the Highway code offers specific guidance: Rule 214 Animals. When passing animals, drive slowly. Give them plenty of room and be ready to stop. Do not scare animals by sounding your ...
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How far away from artificial light do you need to get to experience the night sky without light polution?

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 ...
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