TripAdvisor has compiled their annual list of must-see museums from around the world, and starting off we have the Gold Museum (El Museo del Oro) in Bogota, Colombia. The museum displays a selection of pre-Hispanic gold work collection - the biggest in the world - in its exhibition rooms on the second and third floors. Together with other pottery, stone, shell, wood and textile archaeological objects, these items, made of what to indigenous cultures was a sacred metal, testify to the life and thought of different societies which inhabited what is now known as Colombia before contact was made with Europe. Continue reading for more.
Barra Airport, first opened in 1936, is situated in the wide shallow bay of Traigh Mhor at the north tip of the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. The airport is unique, being the only one in the world where scheduled flights use a beach as the runway. The airport is operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited, which owns most of the regional airports in mainland Scotland and the outlying islands. The beach is set out with three runways in a triangle, marked by permanent wooden poles at their ends, in directions 07/25, 11/29, 15/33. This almost always allows the Twin Otters that serve the airport to land into the wind. At high tide these runways are under the sea: flight times vary with the tide. Emergency flights occasionally operate at night from the airport, with vehicle lights used to illuminate the runway and reflective strips laid on to the beach. Continue reading for more.
You read that right, a Harry Potter hotel now exists at the 163-year-old Georgian House in Central London, near Victoria Station. The themed rooms come complete with trunks, potion bottles, cauldrons and spell books. In addition to the nifty props, the hotel package also comes with a walking tour of central London landmarks from the films and a trip to the Warner Bros Studio for The Making of Harry Potter Tour (seen above). Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing exactly how marble is extracted, straight from Italy.
Setenil de las Bodegas is a town (pueblo) of 3,016 inhabitants in the province of Cadiz, Spain, best known for its dwellings built into rock overhangs above the Rio Trejo. This small town (pueblo) is located 157 kilometres (98 mi) northeast of Cadiz. It has a distinctive setting along a narrow river gorge. The town extends along the course of the Rio Trejo with some houses being built into the rock walls of the gorge itself, created by enlarging natural caves or overhangs and adding an external wall. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
If you thought this sounds like something straight from a Hollywood movie, you'd be right. Archaeologists have unearthed a giant sphinx buried underneath a windswept California sand dune. This structure was built for the massive 'City of the Pharaoh', the largest set in movie history at the time, for film director Cecil B. DeMille's silent movie "The Ten Commandments." Continue reading for a video and more information.
We've all probably seen enough underwater photographs to know what they're about, but it's uncommon to find photographers who specialize in shots that give a glimpse at where the water breaks up top. The primary obstacle faced by underwater photographers is the loss of color and contrast when submerged to any significant depth. The longer wavelengths of sunlight (such as red or orange) are absorbed quickly by the surrounding water, so even to the naked eye everything appears blue-green in color. Underwater photographers solve this problem by combining two techniques. The first is to get the camera as close to the photographic subject as possible, minimizing the horizontal loss of color. Wide-angle lenses allow very close focus, or macro lenses, where the subject is often only inches away from the camera. Continue reading for more.
From afar and the photos, it looks to be a scene straight from Star Wars, but it's just Finca Bellavista, a sustainable living treehouse community that's situated on 600-acres of land in Costa Rica. Featuring zipline courses, stunning hiking trails, and many swimming holes. It was originally founded Mateo and Erica Hogan, and this treehouse, along with all the land it encompasses, is dedicated to conservation and sustainable living. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Should a Walking Dead-like scenario happen in real-life, you'd need an isolated place, away from the big city, to hideout, or at least until the zombies are contained. For example, this tiny home in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland is surrounded by water on its own little island. Just plant some veggies, raise some livestock, stockpile medicine, and you should be safe for quite a while. Continue reading for more.
Earlier this week, the top awards for the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year were announced at a ceremony held in London's Natural History Museum. This wasn't any ordinary contest, as the winners received their awards from the Museum Patron, The Duchess of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough, wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin and renowned wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. Michael Nichols' photograph came out on top amongst 42,000 entries from 96 countries to take home the grand title award. To capture the shot you're about to see, he followed lions resting with their cubs in Tanzania's Serengeti National Parkpride for nearly 6-months and then photographed them in infrared, which "transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost." Continue reading to see more.
What you're looking at above is not a colorful painting, but rather Valley of Flowers National Park, an Indian national park, located in West Himalaya, in the state of Uttarakhand, that is known for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and the variety of flora. At 3352 to 3658 meters above sea level, the gentle landscape of the Valley of Flowers National Park complements the rugged mountain wilderness of Nanda Devi National Park to the east. Getting to the Valley of Flowers requires a trek of about 17 km (10.5 mi). The nearest major town is Joshimath in Garhwal, which has convenient road connections from Haridwar and Dehradun, both about 270 km (168 mi) from Joshimath. From Delhi, one can take the train to Haridwar and then travel by bus to Govindghat via Rishikesh. Govindghat is approximately 16 km before another important destination of Badrinath. It is also possible to drive from Delhi to Govindghat, a distance of about 500 km. Continue reading for more.