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Kölner Dom
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Cologne Cathedral
Kölner Dom
Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany
Type : Monument
Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus, Latin: Ecclesia Cathedralis Sanctorum Petri, English: Cathedral Church of Saint Peter) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 157 m (515 ft) tall. Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second-tallest spires. The towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world. The choir has the largest height to width ratio, 3.6:1, of any medieval church. Cologne's medieval builders had planned a grand structure to house the reliquary of the Three Kings and fit its role as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite having been left incomplete during the medieval period, Cologne Cathedral eventually became unified as "a masterpiece of exceptional intrinsic value" and "a powerful testimony to the strength and persistence of Christian belief in medieval and modern Europe". Source: Wikipedia
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Aqaba
Aqaba
Aqaba, Jordan
Aqaba, Jordan
Type : Beach
Aqaba is the main and the only Jordan port, on Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, located on the southern side of the kingdom, just near the Saudi borders, benefiting from its location and status as Jordan's special economic zone (duty-free zone). The city has a relaxed-small town atmosphere, a known as a holiday destination for Jordanian and for tourists as well. The Weather The winter temperature in Aqaba rarely goes below 20°C and is often quite a few degrees warmer. In summer the weather is hot, with daytime temperatures over 35°C, but the sea breezes make it bearable. It also helps to follow the traditional siesta: everything shuts down around 2 pm and reopens after the afternoon nap, around 6 pm. How to Get There It is located about 350 km (4 hours) from the capital Amman. Most of the Jordanain go to Aqaba by their personal cars or by bus service by private companies like JETT (http://www.jett.com.jo/Default.aspx) or Mawakeb (http://mawakebholidays.com/). Usual it costs around $20 for the return ticket. Things to Do Water Sports Jet-ski, para sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, banana boats, speed boats, pedalos and many more. On a more laid back side there are also sailing boats and cruise yachts for a relaxing trip around the gulf, a meal on board while watching the sunset over the mountains of Sinai. Scuba Diving: http://aqabadivingseastar.com/ http://diveaqaba.com/?q=diving Glass bottom Boat Aqaba has lots of glass bottom boats that you can hire, down at the fisherman's harbour you can negotiate a price for a trip anything from a 1 hour tour up to a full day including a lunch. However, these boats are quite small and simple and usually only a small window in the hull. ATVs – dirt buggies: This is not just in Wadi Rum. There is also a centre here in the south beach area of Aqaba that takes you up into the mountains behind the city. With different sized engines for different ages, this is a great activity for all the family. Ultra Light Flight: Discover Aqaba from above. Taking off from Aqaba's own King Hussein International Airport, this tour will show you all the highlights of the city, the south coast and the resort of Tala Bay. It is also possible to do this flight together with an aerial tour of Wadi Rum covering Lawrence's spring and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
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Basic-Fit Salles de Sport Paris - Porte de Choisy
Paris, France
Paris, France
Type : Sports activity
To be honest, after my bad experience in Basic Fit in Madrid, I was very biased, but still, I decided to sign up at Basic Fit in Paris and give it a try because it was the closest gym to my home. And I do not regret this decision: it has nothing to do with Basic Fit in Spain: it is by far a better gym. What I love about it is that you can train however you want and how hard you want (whereas in Spain I was limited by the equipment (e.g. 40kg max dumbells in Spain vs 50kg in France) and by the staff (e.g. they interrupt you during your sets), it is a small warehouse-style gym, it has all the equipment you need (what I like that you won?t find in most gyms: a trap deadlift bar, and breaker benches (you can swing the bar while still racked to unrack it easier and more safely). Most of the staff is extremely friendly. There is an excellent atmosphere among the regular members. However this gym is far from being Fitx in Germany (best chain in Europe), and here are some reasons why: The maintenance of the equipment is very poor, karabiner goes missing for months (the entire gym currently has only 2 of them, so whether your bring your own or your wait for people to finish using it), you need to go downstairs to the reception every time you need to use the rope (because there is only one for the whole gym, and the staff hide it so it does not get stolen). Also, the large surface is highly underutilized For the 5000 members that are signed in, there is only one dual adjustable pulley, two lat pulldown pulleys, and one rowing pulley. The water system is absurd: there is only one dispenser, and only downstairs (the weight section is upstairs), so you need to go downstairs every time you want a refill (which would be fine if you could fill your bottle every time, but you can't choose how much water you want: it automatically fills 300ml, and you need to wait 30 min for the next refill). So you pretty much spend your whole training session going downstairs and upstairs again: it gets really annoying. In addition, you need to pay 5? per month to be able to use this machine and scan your Clubcard for every refill (and wait for the software to load). If this wasn't enough, the screen that you need to touch to select the water flavor often does not work or bugs. More over, what I don't like about this gym, is that the single day pass costs 8 euros (non-refundable; in FitX you get one free day pass in each different location), and they will make no exception to let you in if you forgot your Club Card. Last but not least, what I don't like about Basic Fit are the opening times: 8:00am-10:30pm (weekdays), 9:00am-4:00pm (weekends).
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Another good gym in Tangier
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Club Hollywood
Another good gym in Tangier
Tangier, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Type : Sports activity
Club Hollywood is a great gym to train, all the equipment is handcrafted (except dumbells and barbells). Therefore most of the machines are unique. My favorite one is the one that stands out more from normal gyms: a plate loaded smith-machine-styled shoulder press machine, that moves in a perfect vertical motion, without any angle degree modification (I actually found a very similar machine in Olymp, Düsseldorf, but selectorized). All the selectorized machines and all the pulley aren't attached with metallic cables like you're probably used to, but instead, they are attached with bicycle chains, or with ropes, which gives a totally different muscle feeling (the rope gives a smooth feeling and the chain a harder one). About once a month, an oil guy comes to oil all the machines of every old gym in Tangier. What I don't like too much about this gym is that most of the plates are 10kg plates, there are very few 20kg plates (so for deadlifts since I only had 10kg plates and I had to elevate them because they were too small and I didn't want to do deficit deadlifts, I used step wood stools, which I broke after 3 sets, and the staff was not too happy about it but they did not make a big deal out of it because they knew I was here to train and I did what I could). This gym is open 4 days per week. It is located next to Boulangerie Florance, in the way between Lycée Regnault et Ecole Berchet.
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Best handcrafted machines
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Club Roxy
Best handcrafted machines
Tangier, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Type : Sports activity
Club Roxy is an awesome gym to train, all the equipment is handcrafted (except dumbells and barbells). Therefore most of the machines are unique. My favorite one is the one that stands out more from normal gyms: a selectorized single handed biceps machine, with two different handles, and chain-attached (like in many gyms in Tangier, all the selectorized machines and all the pulley aren't attached with metallic cables like you're probably used to, but instead, they are attached with bicycle chains, or with ropes, which gives a totally different muscle feeling (the rope gives a smooth feeling and the chain a harder one). About once a month, an oil guy comes to oil all the machines of every old gym in Tangier) They also have a standing Scott bench and a standing Spider curls bench. The staff is amazingly friendly. The owner has 3 gyms in Tangier (Omni Sport, Club Roxy, Sports Dradeb), so you can pay for only one (200MAD/month) or for the 3 of them (350MAD), which I highly recommend for many reasons: -each gym is very different and has different equipment (but same staff) -unfortunately, like most gyms in Morocco, Men and Women can not train in the same gym during the same time: so in most of the gyms, 3 days are for men and 3 for women (for example). Signing up in different gyms is the only way to train almost every day: in this case: Omnisport is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for men, Club Roxy is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for men, and Sports Dradeb is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. From which my only reproach to this gym: being closed on Sunday. It is located in front of the Cyber Coffee Nad Net and close to the Bucher in the angle of the street, in the way between Lycée Regnault et Ecole Berchet.
10 - 20 USD
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International equipment
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Omni Sport
International equipment
Tangier, Morocco
Tangier, Morocco
Type : Sports activity
Omnisport is a more than complete gym: it has second-hand machines bought from gyms all around the world: funny but true: you might even come across some machines from Planet Fitness. Don't get me wrong: the machines have very good maintenance so they look as if they were new! Space is very well utilized, you will find all kind of machines: for example, there are at least 5 machines chest press machines from 5 different manufacturers! Dumbells go up to 50kg. The staff is amazingly friendly. The owner has 3 gyms in Tangier (Omni Sport, Club Roxy, Sports Dradeb), so you can pay for only one (200MAD/month) or for the 3 of them (350MAD), which I highly recommend for many reasons: -each gym is very different and has different equipment (but same staff) -unfortunately, like most gyms in Morocco, Men and Women can not train in the same gym during the same time: so in most of the gyms, 3 days are for men and 3 for women (for example). Signing up in different gyms is the only way to train almost every day: in this case: Omnisport is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for men, Club Roxy is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for men, and Sports Dradeb is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. From which my only reproach to this gym: being closed on Sunday. It is located next to a Fruit/Vegetable store, in the way between Lycée Regnault and école Adrien Berchet.
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Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan
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Hitachi Seaside Park
Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan
Chiba, Japan
Type : Nature
Hitachi Seaside Park in Japan One of the most spectacular natural displays on earth. This huge spacious park is home to a variety of colorful flowers and grasses throughout the four seasons, as well as numerous other attractions. The park is located on the Pacific Ocean side of the Japanese coast, and incorporates a unique natural environment of sand dunes, forests, grasslands and springs. Special Events Suisen Fantasy (from late march to mid-April): one million narcissuses of over 600 species that bloom across a hectare of land under the pinewoods. Tulip World (Mid to late April): The colorful tulips (220 varieties and 280,000 individual plants) extend to the Tamago no Mori, where you'll find egg-shaped toys here and there. Nemophila Harmony (Late April to mid-May): In spring, 4.5 million nemophilas (baby blue eyes) paint the 3.5-hectare Miharashi Hills light blue. The nemophilas are stunning under the blue sky against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Kochia Carnival (Late September to mid-October): In October, kochias (summer cypress) turns the Miharashi hills from green to crimson against the backdrop of the ocean and sky. Cosmoses cover the hillside with flowers of white, pink, and red. Hitachi Seaside Park is in full swing in autumn. Winter Fair (Mid December to mid-January): There's a host of fun events to enjoy in winter, including food tasting, which is available only in winter. And you can experience the fireplace "Irori" in the old house at year's end, as well as at New Year.
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