Beautiful Rhine Fall At Switzerland

Beautiful Rhine Fall At Switzerland


Dear friends, I like to introduce  you a spectacular spot which I have been to in Switzerland with my mum and grandma. It was a Europe holiday trip with many pleasant memories that are unforgettable. One of them was at River Rhine. The beauty of this river really captivated us and I highly recommend you to visit this spot.

The Rhine is the longest river in Germany and is known for its beauty, with medieval castles and pretty wine villages along its banks. But it was not like this in the past. For a long time it was heavily polluted. Part of the Rhine is part of the UNESCO cultural heritage. People used to be drawn to the Rhine for all sorts of games – even swimming, despite the dangerous currents. Legend has it that in winter, part of the Rhine freezes over and people then walk across the mighty waterway. The river begins in Switzerland. It flows through the city of Basel, forms the border between Germany and France, flows into Germany and the Netherlands, and ends in the North Sea. But after an environmental disaster 20 years ago in Switzerland, many stayed away from the water, and experts wondered if it would ever be clean again. At a recent press conference, an international commission declared that the Rhine was once again a “living” river. Pesticide pollution In 1986, a fire broke out in a storage room at the Sandoz pharmaceutical company’s manufacturing plant in the Swiss city of Basel. As a result, huge amounts of pesticides were released into the Upper Rhine, killing a variety of fish and microorganisms. The accident turned the river into the largest cesspool in Europe. Fritz Holzwarth, head of the International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine in Bonn, said the disaster was the catalyst for concern about the health of the river. “We can say that the Sandoz incident was basically the worst possible scenario that was possible at the time, and it did a lot to make water protection a major issue in politics,” he said. A daunting task Fairytale beauty along the river’s meanders It took a great deal of effort to make the river a place where people could swim again. Ultimately, it was pressure from an outraged public that forced politicians to act quickly. Since then, investment in industrial and public water treatment plants has totaled 60 billion euros (more than $75 billion), with local governments investing one billion euros annually in water treatment. The risk of another dramatic accident has been minimized because companies located along the Rhine have taken precautionary measures, Holzwarth said, adding that a proactive approach is needed to keep the river clean. “The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine wants to work with the riparians of the river to create a perspective that allows people to live with and enjoy the river,” he said. “We want to involve the river in our lives and in those of our children,” he added. To that end, a 320-kilometer hiking trail, the Rheinsteig, was recently completed between Bonn and Koblenz. In addition, the Rhine, the most densely populated river in Europe, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has once again become home to more than 60 different species of fish. DW recommends The gold rush on the Rhine In Neuchâtel, there is a gold-digging atmosphere on Saturdays. Then amateur treasure hunters wade into the Rhine and dig for gold. With a little luck, they bring home splinters of the precious metal. (16.10.2006) A river passes through Riverboats have access to more than 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles) of inland waterways in Germany. Many routes are popular with travelers who want to relax on a cruise ship and watch the world go by.  Rejuvenating the Rhine A German state plans to designate part of the Rhine as a special protection zone to meet EU targets for preserving its natural habitat. The move, however, has drawn mixed reactions.

The pioneering phase. With a length of 1300 km, the Rhine is the third longest European river after the Danube and the Volga. It serves a catchment area of 170,000 km2, which extends over seven countries: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. More than 50 million people live in this catchment today (Huisman et al. 2000; Wieriks and Schulte-Wuelwer-Leidig 1997). By the beginning of the twentieth century, the wild nature of the Rhine had been tamed so that salmon, once abundant, were nearly extinct. The Tulla Correction Project (1817-1876) played an important role in this change. Named after its architect, Johann Gottfried Tulla, the project primarily sought to stem the flooding of the river. This meant shortening the river by about 82 kilometers and unifying its width between Basel and Strasbourg to between 230 and 250 meters. This massive river project brought with it various unintended consequences, especially for the nature of the river landscape. Fish breeding grounds were damaged, and bird populations declined. Industry was attracted to the natural resources of the Rhine basin, which included vast coal deposits. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Middle Rhine was the hardest hit; new canals were dug, railroads laid, and port facilities built to exploit these resources. In particular, the Ruhr, named after the Rhine’s tributary, became synonymous with coal and iron. In the slipstream of mining and smelting operations, the chemical industry followed, leading to ever-increasing demands for water and energy. At the turn of the century, the first steps toward electrification were taken on the High Rhine. This was an international affair from the beginning, as electricity was transmitted across borders. There are at least three reasons for this. First, the High Rhine formed the political border between Switzerland and Germany. The construction of a dam with a power plant near Rheinfelden in 1894 therefore required a bilateral agreement between the Swiss canton of Aargau and the Grand Duchy of Baden (Kleisl 2001). After Rheinfelden, ten more dams were commissioned on the High Rhine between 1912 and 1963, including the one at Laufenburg.15 Growing entrepreneurial and industrial activities gave further impetus to cross-border cooperation and rising energy demand.


Saint Mark’s Square Doge’s Palace – Travel Experience And Facts

Saint Mark’s Square Doge’s Palace

St. Mark Square,Doge's Palace

During my travels to Saint Mark’s Square Doge’s Palace, I remember going to a café drinking coffee and eating black forest cake with my mum and grandma. It is so enjoyable and relaxing. There is this beautiful view of the palace as we sip our coffee and eat the cake. We are accompanied by beautiful music that makes us relaxed and happy. The ambience is amazing and enjoyable, I highly recommend you check out this lovely spot.

Below are some facts of this place.

A brief history of St. Mark’s Basilica Originally, this building was to be an extension of the Doge’s Palace, but the construction of St. Mark’s Basilica, which began in 828 and ended in 832, was to house the body of St. Mark the Apostle, who was brought from Alexandria and appointed protector of the city.

This was an essential condition for Venice to be constituted as an independent episcopal see. Work on the present basilica began in 1063 in the Byzantine style to represent the power of the wealthy Republic of Venice. The basilica was built on the model of two basilicas of the ancient imperial city of Byzantium, with a central complex in the shape of a Greek cross, with five large domes and a particular mixture of ancient and oriental art. Over time, the basilica has undergone several transformations, especially in terms of decoration, the Gothic pointed arches, the Sant’Alipio arch, the 17th and 18th century sculptures and mosaics of the main façade, the bas-reliefs representing the professions and signs of the zodiac of the central door, the marbles coming from the East, the porphyry figures of the Tetrarchs and the horses of Saint Mark.

The result is a stunning and beautiful blend of styles. The basilica as we know it today, although altered, has a Greek cross base with five domes. It became the city’s cathedral in 1807 and has more than 4,000 square meters of mosaics, many of which date back to the 13th century, and more than 500 columns from the 3rd century.

What is the Basilica of San Marco today? The Basilica of San Marco is today and has always been the center of public and religious life in Venice. Today, this basilica receives hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This basilica is of very special historical interest, as it was here that the Dukes of Venice were consecrated.

Curiosities of St. Mark’s Basilica. Did you know that you can visit the basilica at high tide (acqua alta) via catwalks? When the level of the Adriatic Sea rises, Venice is flooded. High tide means about 90 cm above the normal level. In case of immediate flooding, the city’s alarm signals sound and some walkways are created in the zones with more traffic. The lowest part of the city, St. Mark’s Square (San Marco Square) and its surroundings are the first to flood, but do not worry, you can still visit this spectacular basilica.

Why should you visit St. Mark’s Basilica? St. Mark’s Basilica is the most important religious temple in the city of Venice. Located in St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) next to the Doge’s Palace, it has always been the center of the city’s public and religious life. The basilica is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Europe and in the whole world. This basilica is the result of different styles, but over the years and its restructuring, it has always preserved oriental aspects that can amaze the visitor with its peculiarity and splendor.

St. Mark’s Basilica is a fascinating combination of architectural and artistic styles. It is a testimony to the wealth and power of the Republic of Venice, as well as the reckless adventures of its inhabitants in the Mediterranean as merchants and conquerors. How can you visit St. Mark’s Basilica?

Admission to St. Mark’s Basilica is free, but the line outside the entrance is usually very long, so it is advisable to book a guided tour of St. Mark’s Basilica to avoid unnecessary queuing. Other attractions in the area St. Mark’s Basilica is located in St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), from where you can visit other magnificent museums in Venice. Next to the basilica is the Doge’s Palace. This magnificent building was the seat of the rulers of Venice for centuries and is still a monument to wealth and power.

Here you can choose between several routes, but the “Secret Route of the Doge’s Palace” will surely surprise you. This is a tour of the political and civil history of Venice, passing through the secret places of the palace, protagonist of the activities of the Serenissima. In the same square you can visit the Correr Museum, a building rebuilt at the beginning of the 19th century in an elegant neoclassical style. Here you can also find the Biblioteca Marciana, open to anyone who wants to read, study, look up, search or just walk through its rooms and visit it. Not far from St. Mark’s Church is the pier from which you can visit the wonderful islands of Venice: Murano with its spectacular crystals, Burano with its ornate lace and Torcello, which has an invaluable archeological heritage with only 17 inhabitants.

Thanks for being at my blog.

Yours sincerely

Anthony Aries

Jet Boat Adventure in New Zealand

Where Am I ?- Jet Boat Adventure in New Zealand. Can you tell from the photograph below where am I seated in the Jet Boat?

I can’t remember where I am seated but I always remember the fun and excitement on the jet boat. We screamed when the jet boat is speed near the cliffs and water splashed on us.

Jet Boat Adventure in New Zealand -Where am I

Jet boating in Queenstown is the best way to explore our wild rivers. Glide across the water, whiz around curves and shoot through narrow rocky gorges on a fast-paced Queenstown jet boat ride. Queenstown is home to the world’s first commercial jet boat tour.  Today, adrenaline-pumping jet boat tours vary from fast-paced whitewater rafting and wilderness tours to combo packages that combine jet boating with a wine tasting afterwards. Experience a new generation of jet boats on Lake Wakatipu. Hydro Attack’s semi-submersible sharks are another world first in Queenstown. Like a cross between a jet and a torpedo, they reach speeds of 80 km/h, diving below the surface and thrusting into the air. Choose your jet boat adventure below.

This half-hour ride full of thrills, fun and excitement will take you along a beautiful river lined with native bush, steep rock faces and hot water streams. Hold on tight as you ride in one of our state-of-the-art jet boats at an incredible 80 mph! Along the way, our signature 360-degree spins will have you smiling brightly and your heart pounding with adrenaline.