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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mount Vesuvius: An Active Volcano in Italy
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Vesuvio


Mount Vesuvius (Italian: Monte Vesuvio) is an active volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, southern Italy, about 9 km (5.6 mi) east of Naples.



Five interesting facts about Mount Vesuvius:

  • It was formed as a result of the collision of two tectonic plates, the African and the Eurasian.
  • It has erupted many times since it originated less than 200,000 years ago.
  • In 79 A.D., it erupted and destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum by volcanic ash in about 25 hours.
  • It is the only volcano in Europe to have erupted within the last 100 years (the last eruption occurred in 1944).
  • The height of the cone is 1,281 m  (4,203 ft).

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Hiking trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail to the summit of Mount Vesuvius

The summit of Mount Vesuvius

Naples
View over the Bay of Naples

Vesuvius
The 650 m (2132.55 ft) wide crater of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater of Mount Vesuvius

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The crater wall of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
The crater wall of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

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Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius flora
Flora of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius flora
Flora of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius path
Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Trail from the summit of Mount Vesuvius

Vesuvius
Mount Somma – a high semicircular ridge

Pompeii
Mount Vesuvius rising above the ruins of Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius and Somma
Mount Somma (left) and Vesuvius from a distance, Naples


Opening Times:

Monday to Sunday
Summer: 9 am to 6 pm
Winter: 8 am to 3 pm


Tickets:

Standard admission: € 10
Reduced admission: € 8


How to get there by public transport:

In Naples, the Circumvesuviana trains run from the main railway station to Ercolano Scavi, the closest station to Mount Vesuvius access. When you spill out of the train station, there is normally a collection of taxis and minibuses that will take you to Vesuvius and back.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The European Mantis: An Insect of The Family Mantidae
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European mantis

The European mantis or Praying mantis (Mantis religiosa) is an insect of the family Mantidae, native to Southern Europe, Asia and northern Africa.



Five interesting facts about the European mantis:

  • It is the only insect able to turn its head 180 degrees side-to-side.
  • The insect was introduced to the eastern US in 1899.
  • Females are known to eat the males after mating.
  • French folklore suggests a praying mantis can point a lost child back to her home.
  • Although a carnivore and an impressive predator, this mantis is completely harmless to humans.

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

European mantis
European mantis, Spain

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Malaga: The Sixth Largest City in Spain
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Spain


Malaga (Spanish: Málaga) is the second largest city in the region of Andalusia and the sixth largest city in Spain located at the mouth of the Guadalmedina River on the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea.



Five interesting facts about Malaga:

  • It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka in the 8th century BC.
  • Under Moorish rule (the 8th–15th century) it became one of the most important cities in Andalusia.
  • The climate and scenery of the city and its surroundings are very similar to Los Angeles, southern California.
  • It is the birthplace of the painter and sculptor Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881–1973) and the actor Antonio Banderas.
  • An estimated 6 million tourists visit the city each year.

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The Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Malaga
The Roman theatre and the Alcazaba fortress, Malaga

Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación
View of the Cathedral (Renaissance; built in 1528–1782) from the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación
The Cathedral, Malaga

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The Tower of the Cathedral, Malaga

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View of the Cathedral from the port, Malaga

Iglesias Santiago
The Church of Santiago, built in 1490, is the oldest Christian building in Malaga

Iglesia de San Pablo, Malaga
The Church of St. Paul (Neo-Gothic; built in 1874–1891), Malaga

Estatua de Picasso
Statue of Pablo Picasso, Malaga

Estatua de Andersen
Statue of Hans Christian Andersen, Malaga

Malaga
Colours, Malaga

Malaga street art
Street art, Malaga

Malaga Pompidou Center
Multicoloured glass cube, Malaga

Myiopsitta monachus
Monk parakeets, Malaga

Malaga port
View of the port from the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Spain
View of Malaga from a distance

Spain beach
One of Malaga's beaches


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Monday, July 02, 2018

The Green Frog: An Amphibian of The Family Ranidae
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Common water frog

The Common water frog or Green frog (Pelophylax kl. esculentus) is a true frog species with a wide range in Europe.




Five interesting facts about the common water frog:

  • It is the hybrid of the pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) and the marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus).
  • The males are smaller than the females, which reach a maximum length of 12 cm.
  • These frogs inhabit rivers as well as lakes, only fast-flowing locations are avoided.
  • They absorb about 10% of necessary oxygen directly through their skin.
  • The frog is used as a food source to people in France.

Common water frog
Common water frog, Lithuania

Pelophylax kl. esculentus
Common water frog, Lithuania

Pelophylax kl. esculentus
Common water frog, Lithuania

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The Gibralfaro Castle: A Moorish Fortress in Malaga, Spain
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Castillo de Gibralfaro


The Gibralfaro Castle (Spanish: Castillo de Gibralfaro) is a Moorish fortress situated on the Gibralfaro hill at a height of 130 m (427 ft) in Malaga, southeast Spain.



Five interesting facts about the Gibralfaro Castle:

  • It was built in 929 AD by Abd-al-Rahman III (889/91–961), Caliph of Cordoba, on a former Phoenician enclosure and lighthouse.
  • It was enlarged by Yusef 1 (1318–1354), Sultan of Granada, at the beginning of the 14th century.
  • It was besieged by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand (1452–1516) and Isabella (1451–1504) in the summer of 1487.
  • It was used as a military base until 1925.
  • It has two lines of walls and eight towers.

Castillo de Gibralfaro
The Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Castillo de Gibralfaro
The Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Castillo de Gibralfaro
The Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle
Old Cannon, the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle
Rampart and merlons, the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle
Rampart, the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle
Gull, the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle
Rampart, the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Gibralfaro Castle
Rampart, the Gibralfaro Castle, Malaga

Malaga
View of the Montes de Malaga from the Gibralfaro Castle

Malaga
View of Malaga from the Gibralfaro Castle


Opening Times:

Monday to Sunday
Summer: 9 am to 8 pm
Winter: 8 am to 6 pm
Early closed on Mondays.


Tickets:

Standard admission: € 2.20
Combined visit Alcazaba - Gibralfaro Castle: € 3.55
Reduced admission: € 0.60
Free entry Sundays after 2 pm.


Address:

Camino de Gibralfaro, 11, 29016 Malaga, Spain

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