IMG_5701The Altai mountains in southern Siberia form the major mountain range in the western Siberia biogeographic region and provide the source of its greatest rivers – the Ob and the Irtysh. Three separate areas are inscribed: Altaisky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Lake Teletskoye; Katunsky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Mount Belukha; and the Ukok Quiet Zone on the Ukok plateau. The total area covers 1,611,457 ha. The region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation. The site is also an important habitat for endangered animal species such as the snow leopard.


From Russia
Travel from Dec 25 to jan 15
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WRANGEL ISLANDS (Russia) – 0641


Wrangel Island is an island in the Arctic Ocean, between the Chukchi Sea and East Siberian Sea. It lies astride the 180° meridian, displacing the International Date Line eastwards at this latitude to avoid the island as well as the Chukchi Peninsula on the Russian mainland. The closest land to Wrangel Island is tiny and rocky Herald Island located 60 km to the east. Wrangle Island has the highest density of polar bear dens as well as Pacific walrus population in the world. Gray whales migrating from Mexico use Wrangel Island as a major feeding ground. Over 100 species of birds, many of them endangered, migrate to the island during the summer time. Over 400 plants have been identified, more than any other Arctic island.


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Travel from Dec 25 to jan 15
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This is one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world, with a high density of active volcanoes, a variety of types, and a wide range of related features. The six sites included in the serial designation group together the majority of volcanic features of the Kamchatka peninsula. The interplay of active volcanoes and glaciers forms a dynamic landscape of great beauty. The sites contain great species diversity, including the world’s largest known variety of salmonoid fish and exceptional concentrations of sea otter, brown bear and Stellar’s sea eagle.


From Russia
Travel from Dec 25 to jan 15
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Shrimp fishermen on horseback wearing bright yellow slickers, tall rubber boots and sou’westers are seated in their wooden saddles on the back of their horses that drag the large nets behind them. The horses are in the water up to the top of their legs. Draft horses famous for their enormous strength, such as the Brabant draft horse, are used for this task. Every now and then, the fishermen and their horses will return to the shore to empty their nets and deposit their catch in the baskets hung from each side of the horses. Shrimps caught by fishermen on horseback are exceptionally fresh and are a true delicacy when cooked


From Belgium
Travel from Jan 03 to Jan 14
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CHAIN BRIDGE (Budapest) _ 0638


The Széchenyi Chain Bridge  is a suspension bridge that spans the River Danube between Buda and Pest, the western and eastern sides of Budapest, the capital of Hungary. Designed by the English engineer William Tierney Clark, it was the first permanent bridge across the Danube in Hungary, and was opened in 1849.
It is anchored on the Pest side of the river to Széchenyi (formerly Roosevelt) Square, adjacent to the Gresham Palace and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and on the Buda side to Adam Clark Square, near the Zero Kilometer Stone and the lower end of the Castle Hill Funicular, leading to Buda Castle.
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From Hungary
Travel from Dec 30 to Jan 13
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The history of Budapest began with Aquincum, originally a Celtic settlement that became the Roman capital of Pannonia Inferior. Hungarians arrived in the territory in the 9th century. Their first settlement was pillaged by the Mongols in 1241–42. The re-established town became one of the centres of Renaissance humanist culture in the 15th century. Following the Battle of Mohács and nearly 150 years of Ottoman rule, the region entered a new age of prosperity in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Budapest became a global city after its unification in 1873. It also became the second capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a great power that dissolved in 1918, following World War I. Budapest was the focal point of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848, the Hungarian Republic of Councils of 1919, Operation Panzerfaust in 1944, the Battle of Budapest in 1945, and the Revolution of 1956.
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From Hungary
Travel from Jan 06 to Jan 13
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