Travelog

FROM The man in the front seat / July 9, 2020

Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ Redentor, in Portuguese, is a statue sculptured by the Frenchman Paul Landowski, and sits on the Corcovado Mountain overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Began in 1922, the monument took nine years to be completed and was unveiled in 1931. It stands 30m (98ft), excluding the 8m (26ft) pedestal, and measures 28m (92ft) from fingertip to fingertip. Weighing a little more than 635 metric tons, it is considered by many to be one of the great icons of Christianity and today it is a cultural icon […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / July 8, 2020

Iguazu Falls, Argentina / Brazil

  “My poor Niagara” – First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt upon seeing the Iguazu Falls   The Iguazu falls, located on the Iguazu river which borders Argentina and Brazil, are collectively considered to be one of the largest waterfalls in the world. Although, the Iguazu river begins in Brazil near the city of Curitiba and the majority of its course continues through Brazil, the vast majority of the falls are on the Argentinean side of the border. The first European to record the falls was the Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 2, 2020

Ponte Dom Luis I, Porto, Portugal

Length: 385.25 m (1264ft)   Weight: 3045 tons (3356 tonnes)   Height: 44.6m (146.3ft)   Arch: 172m (564ft)   Like the Colosseum is to Rome or the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Ponte Dom Luís I is the symbol Porto, Portugal. Luís I Bridge in English, is a metal arch bridge which spans the Duoro river in northern Portugal. Stretching 172m (564ft) the bridge links the cities of Porto & Vila Nova de Gaia and at the time of its construction the longest bridge of its type in the […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / May 2, 2020

Riga Monastery

The full name, the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, is the largest, and the most well-known, Eastern Orthodox monastery in Bulgaria. It is located 117km (73mi) south of Sofia in the stunning Rhodope Mountains. Sitting at an altitude of 1147m (3763 ft), the monastery is also located inside a beautiful national park, Rila Monastery Nature Reserve. Founded in the 10th century and today still the home of more than 60 monks, it is considered one of Bulgaria’s most important cultural, historical and architectural achievements and attracts almost 1 million […]

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FROM The man in the front seat / October 29, 2019

Isola Bella, Lago Maggiore, Italy

“For however fanciful & fantastic the Isola Bella may be, and is, it is still beautiful¨ – Charles Dickens, 1844   Isola Bella, or the “Beautiful Island” is one of the Borromean Islands located on Lake Maggiore in the north of Italy. The Borromean Islands also include Isola Pescatori (Fishermans Island) and Isola Madre (Mother Island) The islands are situated in a small gulf on the lake, known as the Borromean Gulf, with Isola Bella being only 400m (1330ft) from the lakeside town of Stresa. Although quite small, the island […]

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