Sunday, 17 November 2013

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Resort is a luxury  

The Coeur d'Alene Resort is a luxury resort hotel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S. Located on the north shore of Lake Coeur d'Alene, the Coeur d Alene Resort is best known for its astounding 18-hole golf course, a part of which is perched on a movable artificial island is the middle of a lake.

Coeur d'Alene's celebrated 14th hole is located on a boat and it moves around Lake Coeur d'Alene, never to stay in one place for more that a day. Built on a barge on submerged tracks, the green is moved daily by computer. Hitting the turf is difficult since the distance keeps varying. Water taxis transport golfers to and from the hole.

The golf course and the floating green were designed by Scott Miller, and the course opened for play in 1991. It has since been ranked among the best resort golf courses in the United States by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and others.

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Every year between autumn and spring, Venice

Every year between autumn and spring, Venice and the neighboring costal town of Chioggia suffers from bouts of temporary flooding caused by exceptionally high tides that occur in the northern Adriatic Sea. The flooding is periodic, just like any high tides, and they reach their maximum in the Venetian Lagoon where they cause partial flooding of Venice and Chioggia. The phenomenon is locally known as acqua alta.

Acqua alta occurs when high tides caused by the moon's gravitational pull coincide with a strong scirocco, a warm wind blowing across the Mediterranean that forces water from the Adriatic into the Venetian lagoon. This coincidence happens from about the middle of October to the beginning of December. Since, acqua alta is a tidal phenomenon, it lasts three to four hours, during high tide. Once water goes down again, things go back to normality. The water may last a bit longer if there is a particularly strong scirocco, but is assured to drain away when the tide subsides, which happens every six hours.


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multi-storey towers called Diaolou

Throughout Kaiping County in China, are scattered hundreds of fortified multi-storey towers called Diaolou. Built of stone, brick or concrete, these buildings represent a complex and flamboyant fusion between Chinese and Western architectural styles. During the Qing Dynasty of late 19th and early 20th centuries, these buildings were used as temporary refuge by several families or residential towers by individual rich families and as fortified residences, and watch towers. During the 1920s and 1930s, there were more than three thousand of these structures. Today, approximately 1,833 Diaolou remain standing in Kaiping, and approximately 500 in Taishan. 20 of the most symbolic ones are inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.


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