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No more love locks on Pont de Arts in Paris

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A part of the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris collapsed from the weight of the padlocks of love! The most romantic attraction, which allowed couples to lock padlocks with their names on the rails, has been evacuated by the French police. The weight of love appears to have been the cause of the fall of the metal part of the bridge, which thankfully didn’t fall on the River Seine and the passing ships.

The collapsed part
The collapsed part

The love locks may be considered a gesture of devotion for couples, but for city officials they have turned into an endless suffering from 2008. Tourists target other bridges in France, with the officials to even have removed over 40 padlocks from the Eiffel Tower. At the same time, recently the New York authorities removed 5,600 padlocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, as it threatened its stability.

Romance on the bridge
Romance on the bridge

Of course, there are few online campaigns such as Nolovelocks.com, arguing that this has caused vandalism of historic monument since the Pont des Arts bridge  dates from 1804. The  destroyed section has been temporarily covered with wooden panels, but the government is looking to find an artistic and ecological alternative to reduce the weight of the bridge!

According to Anne Hidalgo, the new Mayor of Paris, Pont des Arts has been downgraded to a terrible degree, both in a visual and a structural matter. Within a few years, it has taken its toll on the image of the heart of Paris, depriving residents from safe public spaces and good quality of life. Meanwhile, along the Seine, tourists have dropped thousands of keys.

Love locks on Pont de Arts
Love locks on Pont de Arts

It is characteristic to say, however, that online campaigns reported in April that the bridge weighs over 40 tonnes and is in danger of collapse. Besides, in the last six years only, Pont des Arts, with a length of 150 meters, connecting the Tuileries Gardens and the Musee d’Orsay, has hosted over 700,000 padlocks. According to rumors, the custom started in Russia, but so far it has spread throughout the world and especially in Paris, the city of lovers.

Love locks on Pont de Arts
Love locks on Pont de Arts

Bruno Julliard, a French alderman said that it is necessary to think of other ideas, safe and with good aesthetics to maintain the custom of love in Paris. What could be done, for example, is to replace the padlocks with ribbons or take advantage of the new technology, with couples writing messages to appear somewhere in the center of the capital.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Tips on saving money on traveling in Europe

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Traveling today is a luxury that fewer and fewer people can afford given the high cost that stays require, in addition to the growing prices of planes and ferries. Taking some steps, however, can save you some money, especially for the younger ones who are best able to fit compared to families with children who certainly demand a bit more. All this is possilbe without sacrificing the quality too! Traveling to Europe with friends will not be difficult, with a special focus on spending so let’s see how you can do that.

The Parthenon, Athens
The Parthenon, Athens

First, you must know where you want to go and how to get there: choosing a destination to be reached should be done with care, taking into account all the aspects that are important to your journey. Consider then the means of transport to be exploited and the duration of the trip to the place, and to choose the location where you want to go, you can do so on the basis of culture or climate.

Once you have chosen the general features, you’ll have to look at what are the available means you have to get there. Remember that looking for low- cost is a must if you want to save money!

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Once you’ve booked your flight you will have to choose the accommodation. The hotels or residences, you know, offer comfort but if you really want to save money, especially if you are a large group, it is undoubtedly advisable to rent a vacation home and then split the cost. Also, the fact that you are not bound to have lunch or dinner in the hotel is certainly one way to save money. You have to be strategic in the choice of the area you’ll stay, so that you can get the best out of it without having to move around and use a lot of means of transport that may be expensive.

The Eiffel Tower, Paris
The Eiffel Tower, Paris

In a nutshell, traveling in Europe can be done in a quite inexpensive way only if you spend some time planning everything out. Once you have chosen the place you want to go to, look for a low-cost way to get there and when you do go, choose the place of your stay in a clever way, so that it will be close to the sights you want to see, so that you can save money on the transportation. The best choice you have is renting a house or else a hostel may be good too, as you will split the cost between your friends and yourselves.

The Colosseum, Rome
The Colosseum, Rome

If you don’t want to do everything by yourself you can always turn to the specialized agencies that will follow you throughout the planning of the tour (obviously under a minimal fee), which is useful, for example, as to learn about special promotions or for help in booking flights well in advance, saving further.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

World’s first for the airport of Dubai

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The impressive Dubai International Airport has the largest passenger traffic of airports all over the world and displaces the first place which was the Heathrow Airport in Britain. According to data provided by the airport authorities, the first quarter of Dubai International Airport, home of the national airline Emirates, handled the move of 18.36 million passengers, recording passenger growth of 11.4% compared to the same period of 2013. At the same time at Heathrow moved 16 million people, but the British airport remains the busiest in Europe. Last year the picture was reverse as the full year of Heathrow, which remained the first airport in the world for decades, attracted 66.7 million passengers, exceeding 813,000 in Dubai.

Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport

In third place came last year the Hong Kong airport, the fourth place is owned by Charles de Gaulle in Paris and the fifth airport is the one in Singapore. In Dubai, however, approximately 50% of the passenger traffic of passengers who choose flights with Emirates, face the strategy of the airline which is the use of large aircrafts, which combine passenger audience for Europe and USA. Dubai itself has relatively few passengers that visit. The superiority of the emirate’s airport is not exhausted, however, the numbers. The luxurious terminal which is dedicated solely to the national air carrier, Emirates, has an area of ​​1,713,000 sq.m. and is the second largest building in the world.

Emirates
Emirates
Dubai Airport
Dubai Airport

The last financial year Emirates carried nearly 40 million passengers, while with the smaller company Flydubai, also based at the emirate, added 28 new destinations to Dubai International. The Emirates, began operations in 1985, currently serves 142 destinations in 80 countries and is one of the largest airlines in the world with plans for further development. It has 374 jets, which has sourced both from the American Boeing and the European Airbus Group. Cumulative value reaches 162 billion dollars. This fleet far exceeds the 218 aircraft used as the company plans to replace some of them with other younger. As regards Flydubai, this small but rapidly growing company increased its passenger numbers last year by 38% to 6.8 million people.

Flydubai
Flydubai

It is possible that Heathrow will regain the top position for the whole of this year, as the airport of Dubai is planning an improvement project that will last 80 days and will temporarily reduce the number of flights at the airport by 24% while hurt profits Emirates, everything for the whole year, at 272 million dollars.

By Nicole P.

Adventure travel with special specifications

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From the Alps to the desert towards a different action film/documentary and browsing in lesser known corners of the Mediterranean. The Australian Adam Riemann initiator of the motology site for off road motorcycles, activities and excursions decided to leave his imprint in a way that suites him even more. The also reporter Adam expresses himself by writting in off road motorcycles magazines has the option of driving, recording the image and photographic film. The combination of all of these ended up in a life adventure as he describes. A journey from Austria to Egypt on a KTM 500EXC! The less suitable motorcycle that one can choose for travelling.

Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

But its really not if you have in mind the way that Riemann thought. No film crew, no support vehicle, the resulting images exceed the requirements of even the most strict judge. The adventure lasted a month, maintaining the original target filming of an alternative adventure travel. And there were a few mishaps as stated in the report. Interbreeding trucks, cars and animals were consistently the most dangerous part but the traffic between armed soldiers with his finger on the trigger, was the most frightening. It was a risk that but fully compensated with more than 1000GB in video footage from over 7 countries. Saved in my waist bag that never left my sight.

Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

A Canon 5D, 7D and five GoPro cameras constantly pulled and a helicopter with videokamera X650. It is understood that we were carrying everything on our motorcycles, without having any kind of help. It is best not to ask what was going on when we needed to get through all these stuff from police control, military, airports etc. The idea came to Austria via Australia. Greg Chambers and Jeff Leisk of KTM Australia, trusted the idea from the first moment and convinced the factory in Austria to supply us with two bikes for the trip.

Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad
Motonomad

The factory was cautious for our final destination and wanted us to use some of the greatest adventure models. But I was running races with KTM for several years so i knew that a 500EXC 2014 would be ideal for the routes we planned to take. Seven countries, 7,000 km in 32 days was a package that our bikes passed easily. It was also easy for both drivers as you can see in the picture below. And to get a taste of the film Motonomad you will have to wait until the editing is complete. Finally the movie will have a 2 hour duration.

Motonomad
Motonomad

By Nicole P.

Horsetail Fall, the waterfall that changes colours

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The Yosemite Falls are the tallest in America and located in Yosemite National Park in Sierra Nevada, California. The height of the largest waterfall seems to reach 739 meters and holds the 6th place in the world. In the Yosemite National Park , which its foundation date is in the 1890’s, takes place a spectacular natural phenomenon. The waterfall that flows on the eastern edge of El Capitan, aka “fire waterfall” or better known as Horsetail, seems to have gained popularity as more and more people have noticed that the color changes under specific conditions. Which are these though?

Horsetail waterfall
Horsetail fall

Shortly after dusk…

Every year there’s an increasing number of photographers who hope that the moment will come when the sun and the earth will align to create this fascinating phenomenon.  The clear sky, the appropriate light and the appropriate amount of water is up to the nature. This miracle can be seen in mid-February at dusk and lasts just two minutes. The setting sun illuminates the waterfall so accurately that it makes it look like lava is flowing onto the granite surface of the imposing El Capitan.

Taking a picture of this waterfall is said to be a lesson in astronomy, physics and geometry. Photographers look for that angle to capture a spectacular photo, similar to that captured by the known photographer Galen Rowell in 1973. In order to get one shot with success, all you needed is luck, timing and a little help of the nature.

Horsetail waterfall
Horsetail fall

The breathtaking scene

Photographers and visitors share their experiences during their visit to Yosemite so we can imagine what it is like through their testimonials: “You sit here and watch this gray, silver water which turns to pink and then more and more red. It’s hard for someone to return home with photos that he did not like. Everything is wonderful in this place. The way you breathe, the sunset, the sunrise, the valley… The scene is breathtaking. There’s always one more picture, one more experience in the exact same spot. Nature continues to offer you ceaselessly one gift after the other.”

Horsetail Fall
Horsetail Fall

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Do it for Denmark! A contest to raise the low birthrate

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A peculiar contest conducted by a travel agency in Denmark invites citizens of the country to have sex to combat the problem of low fertility.

The birth rate in Denmark is at its lowest level in 27 years and one out of five couples in the country is childless, although the majority of Danes say that if it was possible, they would like to have up to three children. However, the situation is far from that.

Do it for Denmark!
Do it for Denmark!

Prompted by declining birth rates travel agent Spies Rejser, using the slogan: “Do it for Denmark” invites residents to make love so that they can have children. In fact, the winners will have layette items for the first three years of the baby and a holiday pack friendly to a couple with a newborn.

The premise of the competition is based on research done and have found that a couple’s love life is renewed during holidays. As a matter of fact, according to a survey 10 % of Danes conceive a child during their holiday, while 46 % of the population has sex outside Denmark. Keeping these numbers in mind, it is possible indeed that this might work.

The numbers are in a towering height!
The numbers are in a towering height!

The travel agency promises gifts provided that couples can prove that the child’s conception was during the holidays. The office offers the couples a list of romantic cities and invites all interested women to indicate the first and last day of menstruation to calculate the fertile days so they can have their holidays at that period.

A trip to refreshed passion
A trip to refreshed passion

In terms of the competition it is stated that the woman should do a pregnancy test immediately after the holiday and if it it’s positive, it should be photographed immediately to provide the evidence for the period that the conception was made.

The video for the contest is a hit on the internet, as it also provides couples with advice regarding fertility. For example men are suggested not to wear tight pants even if they think that they may be flattering whereas a great piece of advice for women is: “Use the gravity to your advantage. Lie down for at least 15 minutes after the instercourse”.

So basically, Danes have now the motivation they needed to raise their birth rate. Sounds promising.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Isola San Giulio | Fairytale island

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The island Isola San Giulio is located near Lake Orta, in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy and stands out for its natural beauties and picturesque locations. So much, that at first sight the visitor thinks he is in a fairytale wonderland! The Isola San Giulio is a small area, just 275 meters long and 140 meters wide, while hiding behind a very interesting story. The legend says that Saint Giulio was founded in the 4th century A.D the 100th church on the west side of the beautiful village of Orta San Giulio.

Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio

According to the legend, the appearance of the Saint in the island is due to a huge snake, which terrorized the villagers, making consecutive attacks. The Saint came here in order to save the inhabitants, ultimately knocking out the mythical creature from the island. After the death of the saint, the Isola San Giulio was more closely associated with the Christian religion and a small chapel was built in memory of the island in the 5th century, followed by the creation of a larger church in the 6th century.

Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio
Isola San Giulio

Picturesque alleys of the village and romantic boating in the calm waters of the lake make unique images, all plucked from the fairy tales of our childhood years. Definitely somewhere you will meet a fairy with her wand in order to make all hidden your wishes come true, or Alice to offer you an exciting tour of this magical wonderland!

By Nicole P.

Millions of roses will fly over Europe

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On Valentine’s Day, millions of people will be able to express their love with red roses by early air travel. The flowers are very sensitive to the long stalk must be transferred quickly and carefully to Europe from countries where grown in Africa and South America.These days, the Lufthansa Cargo fills its commercial aircraft with flowers to ensure that millions of red roses can arrive on time and be sold on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Overall, the top commercial airline in Europe will carry about 1,000 tons of roses from warmer climates in Frankfurt, equivalent to 1,000 small cars.

Lufthansa Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo

The logistical process of transferring up to 90 tons of roses on a flight is actually more environmentally friendly than the cultivation of this quantity in Germany. According to research conducted at Cranfield University in Britain, this process would result in the release of larger amounts of carbon dioxide as well as to develop any artificial flower needs water and additional heating. Kenya, Colombia and Ecuador, where the capital, Quito, called the City of Eternal Spring, is the largest exporter of roses. The Lufthansa Cargo connects all these countries with floral production hub in Frankfurt with multiple cargo flights a week. In order to ensure that the special needs of Valentine’s Day have launched additional flights beyond the scheduled.

Lufthansa Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo

The Lufthansa Cargo has created a special service for the movement of perishable goods such as flowers or food. A sophisticated logistics system of the airline with specialized cooling systems to freight areas and alongside the experience and specialization of crop producers in exporting countries ensure that roses will arrive fresh at their destination. Immediately after harvesting the flowers are transported as quickly as possible from the nurseries in packing and from there directly to the aircraft. This ensures that they will retain all their freshness upon arrival at the airport in Frankfurt. From there coordinated their transfer to the next destinations of Europe.

Lufthansa Cargo
Lufthansa Cargo

By Nicole P.

London plans to develop cycle tracks over the railroad tracks

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London officials discuss plans for the construction of a road network for bicycles over the railway tracks in the British capital. The bicycle is a popular mode of transport in London and the Government says it supports it. There are a considerable number of places where you can rent bikes, many people go to work on two wheels and even the London mayor prefers this type of transport. However, London is one of the few European cities where cycling today literally means struggle.

In early December, hundreds of cyclists staged a protest in the British capital. They lay on the sidewalk in front of the building transport control to show their opposition to the failure of the authorities to protect the bike lovers. Lately in London accidents have increased in which a car hits a cyclist and most of these cases end in death. Now authorities are working on the project SkyCycle. It is a route of about 219 miles. The first phase includes the journey from East London to Liverpool Street Station. Its cost will be more than 200 million pounds.

Cycle Road
Cycle Road

If this project is approved, 10 trips over the existing railway lines, the work will take about 20 years to complete. Each of these routes would have the capacity to transport 12,000 users per hour. “To improve the quality of life for all Londoners and to foster a new generation of cyclists we have to make sure the project is completed” is what British architect Norman Foster said on an interview at BBC. Meanwhile, the company that operates the rail network in the UK, Network Rail, said it supported the project. “We are always willing to help improve travel and transport in London. Work with all involved to develop this innovative plan” said a spokesman for the agency.