Damme Canal: The Canal that Napoleon built in Belgium

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The Damme Canal (French: Canal de Damme. Dutch: Damse Vaart or Napoleonvaart) is a canal in the Belgian province of West Flanders. The canal links Bruges with the Western Scheldt at Sluis, Netherlands. It was constructed on the orders of Napoleon Bonaparte who wished to create a canal network in order to permit the efficient transport of troops without the risk of disruptive interventions from the British navy.

Following the defeat of Napoleon, the original strategic imperative for the canal was removed. The plans in the Napoleonic era had called for a link to the Scheldt at Breskens. Half a century later the canal opened to traffic in 1856, and the link with the sea had moved to Sluis.
After World War II use of the canal resumed, but it was used now by pleasure boats, along with a tourist boat connecting Damme and Bruges.
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The Domes of Fabedougou

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These amazing weathered rocks in the village of Fabedougou, near Banfora, in  Burkina Faso, are nearly 2 billion years old sculpted into quirky dome like shapes  by water and erosion. The domes are about fifty meters high and formed  at a time when this area was occupied by an ocean. The site is both an excellent view and climbing spot.

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Monet’s Pond in Japan

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Nemichi Shire, a Japanese Shinto shrine located in the city of Seki, Gifu Prefecture, Japan, has become famous for its koi pond, which has been compared to the Water Lilies paintings of  19th century French impressionist painter Claude Monet. Monet’s famous Water Lilies series actually depicts the Japanese garden at his home in Giverny, France.
Koi ponds are designed to promote health and well being and also the growth of the koi, the Japanese Ornamental Carp.

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Hawaii’s Haiku Stairs

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The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaii. The total 3,922 steps span along Oahu’s Ko’olau mountain range. Access is forbidden by the Hawaiian government due to liability issues and land access problems.
“Haiku” does not refer to the Japanese poetry genre. The area is named “Haʻikū” after the Kahili flower. Originally built to transmit radio signals to Navy ships that were operating throughout the Pacific during World War II. In order to obtain the necessary height for the antennae, the Navy stretched them across Haʻikū Valley, a natural amphitheater surrounded by high ridges. To accomplish this, they needed “easy” access to the top of the ridges, so they installed a wooden ladder up the mountain. The ladder was later replaced by a wooden staircase. The trail was closed to the public in 1987. Some hikers ignored the “no trespassing” signs and continued to climb, contributing to the local community’s misgivings about reopening the structure.
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The upside down hotel said to have inspired the sandcrawler vehicle of the Star Wars

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The Hotel du Lac in Tunis was designed in the Brutalist style by the Italian architect Raffaele Contigiani and built from 1970 to 1973. It was constructed on 190 reinforced concrete piles up to 60 m (200 ft) deep, and built from exposed concrete around a steel structure, creating a single long block with ten floors, with large windows. Projecting cantilevered stairs at each end create an inverted pyramid shape. The striking design, departing from traditional Arab and European architecture, made the hotel a symbol of modernism in Tunis. Its distinctive shape has prompted comparisons with the sandcrawler vehicle of the Star Wars films. The hotel closed in 2000. It was bought by the Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO) in 2013, which proposed demolishing the building and spending up to $100m to replace it with a new five-star hotel tower. Concerns about imminent demolition were raised again in 2019.
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The Arches of Alabama Hills

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The Alabama Hills are a range of hills and rock formations near the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada in the Owens Valley in California, United States. Dozens of natural arches are among the main attractions at the Alabama Hills. They can be accessed by short hikes from the Whitney Portal Road, the Movie Flat Road and the Horseshoe Meadows Road. Among the notable features of the area are: Mobius Arch, Lathe Arch, the Eye of Alabama and Whitney Portal Arch. The Alabama Hills are a popular filming location for television and movie productions, especially Westerns set in an archetypical “rugged” environment.

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The Windmills of Kinderdijk

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Kinderdijk is situated in the Alblasserwaard polder at the confluence of the Lek and Noord rivers. To drain the polder – like much of the Netherlands, Kinderdijk lies below sea level – a system of 19 windmills was built around 1740. This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands. The windmills of Kinderdijk are one of the best-known Dutch tourist sites. They have been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997.

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