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natural diversity


Bogotá

contains several very Important Spanish settlements that were located here due to its vicinity to the Magdalena River. Today, Mariquita is frequented by tourists from the capital attracted to its natural diversity, like the Medina Waterfalls (Las Cataratas de Medina) and the mint (mint (coin)) (casa de la moneda). It was the place of death of the Spanish Conqueror Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada and today it is home to large hotels and haciendas, among them La Villa de los Caballeros


Nicaragua

orchids are abundant in the cloud forests of the region. Bird life in the forests of the central region includes resplendent quetzal, goldfinches (Lesser Goldfinch), hummingbirds, jays and toucanets (Emerald Toucanet). Caribbean lowlands This large rainforest region is irrigated by several large rivers and is sparsely populated. The area has 57% of the territory of the nation and most of its mineral resources. It has been heavily exploited, but much natural diversity remains. The Rio Coco (Coco River) is the largest river in Central America; it forms the border with Honduras. The Caribbean coastline is much more sinuous than its generally straight Pacific counterpart; lagoons and deltas make it very irregular.


Cairo

referee Steiner (Austria (Austrian Football Association)) * '''Inhabiting the World'''. A study about how humankind relates to the planet's environment. It showed the need to adopt a more rational criteria for the use of natural resources on a planetary scale. It also showed Earth's natural diversity, and the effect caused by human activity, specifically by the phenomenon of urbanization. Finally, exposed the huge consumption and waste production by Western society (Western world). * '''Cities-Corners'''. A study about how cities are built. It included models about well known streets and building from the world (Picadilly Circus in London, Times Square or the Flatiron Building in New York City, La Pedrera in Barcelona, etc.) and maps showing how some cities grew. It also showed about the growing of megacities, like Bombay, Mexico City, Monterrey, Cairo or Istanbul. * '''Warriors of Xi'an'''. An exhibition of Chinese funerary art, based on archaeological finds at the tombs of Qinshihuang and Yangling. Among the pieces displayed, there was an exhibit of terracotta warriors of Xi'an (Terracotta Army) from the Qin Dynasty. Militants struck again (April 2005 terrorist attacks in Cairo) in Cairo at tourists in April 2005, killing three and wounding several. Resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh were bombed (July 23, 2005 Sharm el-Sheikh attacks) in a similar attack in July 2005 and in Dahab in 2006. '''Abdeen Palace''' (


Mexico City

about how humankind relates to the planet's environment. It showed the need to adopt a more rational criteria for the use of natural resources on a planetary scale. It also showed Earth's natural diversity, and the effect caused by human activity, specifically by the phenomenon of urbanization. Finally, exposed the huge consumption and waste production by Western society (Western world). * '''Cities-Corners'''. A study about how cities are built. It included models about well known streets and building from the world (Picadilly Circus in London, Times Square or the Flatiron Building in New York City, La Pedrera in Barcelona, etc.) and maps showing how some cities grew. It also showed about the growing of megacities, like Bombay, Mexico City, Monterrey, Cairo or Istanbul. * '''Warriors of Xi'an'''. An exhibition of Chinese funerary art, based on archaeological finds at the tombs of Qinshihuang and Yangling. Among the pieces displayed, there was an exhibit of terracotta warriors of Xi'an (Terracotta Army) from the Qin Dynasty. The Triple Alliance ended with the Spanish conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés and native allies in 1521. Over the centuries, Mexico City expanded to include the former site of Tlacopan, which today lies in the Mexico City borough of Miguel Hidalgo (Miguel Hidalgo, D.F.). '''MASTV''' is a Mexican wireless cable (MMDS) television company. The company belongs to MVS Comunicaciones. The wireless cable company offers service to 11 cities in Mexico; Mexico City, Guadalajara, Leon (Leon, Guanajuato), Merida (Mérida, Yucatán), Monterrey, Pachuca, Queretaro (Queretaro, Queretaro), San Luis Potosi (San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi), Toluca, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Villahermosa. What is MASTV? History thumb 140px right MVS Multivision former logo (1989-2002). (Image:MVS_Multivision_former_logo_(1989-2002).png)The system started operations on September 1, 1989 as '''MVS Multivisión''' in Mexico City. It later expanded to 10 other markets across Mexico. In 2002, MVS Multivision changed its name to MASTV on 2002. MVS and Echostar Corporation, operate the DTH system Dish Mexico. '''Greengates School''' is a British (United Kingdom)-style international school located in San Mateo, in the northwest of Mexico City, Mexico, founded in 1951. As of 2005, it has approximately 1,150 students of some 50 nationalities, derived mainly from the diplomatic and international business communities. Greengates School - Mexico City During Forms 4 and 5 (Grades 9 and 10 in the American System), students study for the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations, while in their last two years of high school (Sixth form), students prepare for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. goals2 Flores (Antonio Flores) Dmoz:Regional North America Mexico States Federal District Commons:Category:Mexico City Wikipedia:Mexico City


Slovenia

) is a town and municipality in southeastern Slovenia. It lies on the left bank of the Lahinja and Dobličica rivers. The municipality is at the heart of the area of White Carniola, the southeastern part of the traditional region of Lower Carniola. It is now included in the Southeast Slovenia statistical region (Jugovzhodna Slovenija statistical region). '''Šmarje pri Jelšah''' is a town and a municipality in eastern Slovenia. The area was part of the traditional region of Lower Styria. The municipality is now included in the Savinja statistical region (Savinjska statistical region). Šmarje pri Jelšah municipal site The development of the settlement is associated with a medieval mansion known as Jelšingrad on a slight hill northwest of the town. Slovenian Ministry of Culture register of national heritage reference number ešd 4632 '''Gorenja Vas–Poljane''' (


Bulgaria

, it is a beautiful place, with a wide range of activities for the traveller to do. Despite not being a large country (approximately the size of Cuba, Portugal or the state of Virginia), Bulgaria offers a wide diversity of landscapes, each possessing its own unique beauty. Because of its natural diversity there is a great number of tourism opportunities in the country. ''"When God gave the peoples of the world their lands, He had forgotten about the Bulgarians, and because there was no land left for them, He tore a piece of Heaven for them."'' - a Bulgarian saying. Geography Terrain The Balkan mountain chain (Balkan Mountains) separates North from South Bulgaria as it goes all the way from the furthest northwestern parts of the country to the east ending on the coast of the Black Sea. In its South, the terrain of Bulgaria is dominated by high mountains and river valleys taking up almost all of the western and the southernmost areas of the country. The South also includes the Thracian plain and the low mountains of Strandzha and Sakar. The territory of North Bulgaria is entirely lowlands. Eastern Bulgaria is all coasts and beaches of the Black Sea. Highest point: Mount "Musala" in Rila mountain - 2925m (highest peak in Eastern Europe) Climate Continental in most of the interior: moderately cold winters with occasional heavy snowfalls; hot and dry or mildly humid summers. Temperate on the coast: mild autumns, cool winters, mild springs and warm and breezy summers. Subtropical in its South-West: mild winters with more rain than snow in the lower grounds; hot and humid summers. The temperatures during the winter period average between -5°С and 0°С in the plains, between -2°С and 3°С at the seaside, and between -10°С and -6°С in the mountains. The winter extremes usually reach -15°С in the inhabited areas, with the occasional -25°С during cold years. In the summer the temperatures vary from 25°С to 30°С in the plains, from 21°С to 28°С on the coast of the Black Sea, and from 18°С to 21°С in the mountains. The extremes in summer pass 40°С and occasionally the temperatures in the plains near the rivers reach 46°С-48°С. History Ancient World Excavations have found artefacts dating back to 5000 B.C. The territory of the country has been continuously inhabited from then on and various peoples and communities have lived on the grounds of present-day Bulgaria. In ancient Greek times the region had numerous towns established in it, with some of them still standing as cities and towns in Bulgaria. In later ages the area of modern Bulgaria was part of the Roman Empire with tree provinces. In the beginning of the Middle Ages some Slavic tribes settled on the Balkans, and in the late 7th century a branch of them merged with the Proto-Bulgarians - a Central Asian tribe coming along with the last waves of the Great Migration - to form the first Bulgarian state on the Balkans. First and Second Bulgarian Empires In succeeding centuries, Bulgarian and the Byzantine Empires dominated South-East Europe, with constant changes in the proportion of power and influence that the empires had in this part of the world. At times the Bulgarians were days away from conquering the cradle of civilization of that period: the Byzantine capital Constantinople (Istanbul); and at times, the Byzantines made fatal blows on the Bulgarian state. During the Middle Ages Bulgaria was the centre of Slavic culture and one of the focal points of Christianity. Religious literature and fine arts were developed in Bulgarian schools and the country was famous for its hand crafts. Bulgaria was the first state to adopt the Cyrillic alphabet (in its primal form) as its own writing system in 886 A.D. The first "Golden Age" of Bulgaria lasted from about 811 A.D. to 924 A.D. during the rule of knyaz Boris I and of tzar Simeon the Great, kings of the First Bulgarian Empire. The second Golden Age in the state was from 1200 A.D. to 1241 A.D. in the reign of tzar Ivan Asen II, king of the Second Bulgarian Empire. He was a ruler of the Asenevtsi dynasty, a house that re-established the Bulgarian state after it had fallen from the Byzantine Empire and was "absent from the map" for nearly two hundred years until 1185. The rule of Asenevtsi is famous for crushing the crusaders after they gave up on their aim to conquer the holy lands and turned against Orthodox Christianity. Around and after the battle with the crusaders the rulers of the Second Bulgarian Empire had a reign of supremacy in this part of Europe as the state has become the largest and most powerful in "the neighbourhood". Ottoman Rule But by the end of the 14th century the region was overrun by the Ottoman Turks. The Bulgarians, along with the other Balkan peoples, became part of the Ottoman Empire. Five centuries later, in 1878, Bulgaria was liberated with extensive help from the Russian Empire as part of their larger fight against the Ottoman Empire. The country's iconic heroes include freedom fighters and intellectuals from the time of the Ottoman rule. Some of the most prominent are: Father Paisiy, Georgi Sava Rakovski - the revolutionary strategist, Vasil Levski - the Apostle of Freedom, and Hristo Botev - poet and fighter. Bulgaria gained its ''de facto'' independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Third Bulgarian State After a series of bloody and brutal Balkan wars and a national catastrophe, Bulgaria had the further misfortune to be occupied by the losing side in both World Wars, and fell within the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War. It became a People's Republic in 1946, with the communist party in the leader position. During Communist times, the Black Sea was a favorite destination for travellers behind the Iron Curtain and many of the resorts in the country were built in that era. In the end of 1989 the communist domination was brought to a swift end. Though Bulgaria held multi-party elections, many communist politicians stayed in power with re-branded socialist policies. Hyperinflation and economic meltdown made long retired workers to go begging in the streets to supplement their now-worthless pensions, young people to start shady businesses and the community to look up to leaders of the mafia for help. The situation finally drove the old guard out of power in 1997, but the country was in a tough political situation because of the spread of the influence of the "underground processes" in all the levels of the government. Today, reforms and democratization have brought Bulgaria into the NATO fold, with EU accession celebrated in 2007. Bulgaria intends to drop its national currency - the lev, and join the Eurozone in 2015, but these plans may be on hold. Though it has a relatively stable economy and low debt, it is still one of the European Union's poorest members. For traveller's this means a poor road infrastructure, but fairly cheap meals and hotels if you look around. Increasing numbers of western Europeans travel throughout the country and many have bought vacation houses near the Black Sea or in picturesque villages. Holidays '''The Hanging of Vasil Levski''', 19 February : The day that the Bulgarian people honour the life and the work of the revolutionary Vasil Levski - the Apostle of Freedom. (this is not a public holiday) '''Baba Marta''' (Bulgarian:Баба Марта, meaning ''Grandma Marta''), 1 March. : A very old Bulgarian holiday. People give each martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница), a type of white-red yarn, as a symbol of health. (this is not a public holiday) '''Liberation Day''' (Bulgarian: Освобождение на България), 3 March. : The national holiday Bulgaria celebrates its liberation from 500 years of Ottoman domination. On 3 March 1878 the Treaty of San Stefano between was signed, ending the Russo-Turkish War 1877-78 leading to the formation of the Principality of Bulgaria. (The National Day) '''The April Uprising''' (Bulgarian: Априлско въстание), 20 April. : 20 April 1876 was the official start day the greatest uprising of the Bulgarian people against the Ottoman rule. (''this is not a public holiday'') '''Gergyovden - Day of Courage and The Bulgarian Army''' (Bulgarian: Гергьовден), 6 May. : St. George's day and official holiday of the Bulgarian army. There is a military parade in celebration of courage. '''Day of Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture, and The Slavic Alphabet''' (Bulgarian: Ден на българската просвета и култура и на славянската писменост), 24 May. : The day of St. Cyril (827-869), and St. Methodius (826-884), who created the Cyrillic alphabet. A beautiful holiday - with lots of flowers, music, and joy. Celebrated for the first time in 1851 it is known as the holiday of students and teachers. '''Day of Botev and The Fallen for The Freedom and Independence of Bulgaria''', 2 June. : Every year on 2 June at noon, sirens sound for one minute to honour the death of those who have fallen in pursuit of liberation and independence from the Ottoman Empire. On 2 June 1876 the poet and revolutionary Hristo Botev died in battle on mount Vola in the Stara Planina mountain (Balkan Mountains). (''this is not a public holiday'') '''Golyama Bogoroditsa - Assumption Day'''(Bulgarian: Голяма Богородица), 15 August. : There are big celebrations, especially in the main monasteries, with icons being paraded by the monks. (''this is not a public holiday'') '''Reunification Day''' (Bulgarian: Денят на Съединението), September 6. : The day the two parts of Bulgaria - the Principality of Bulgaria and East Rumelia (autonomous in the Ottoman Empire) - were reunited. '''Independence Day''' (Bulgarian: Денят на Независимостта на България ), 22September. : Bulgaria's ''de jure'' declaration of independence was declared on 22 September 1908 in Veliko Turnovo Regions thumb right 470px Bulgarian Regions (Image:Bulgaria Cultural Regions Map.png)


India

, situated in the heart of India, is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and attractive natural diversity. The state is full of ancient monuments, rare wildlife, exquisitely carved temples, Buddhist (Buddhism) sites, palaces, water falls, caves, rock paintings and hill plateaus. Most of these sites are untouched and unexplored, and offer a unique and alternate experience to tourists, compared to traditional destinations which have become overcrowded. For tourists who are tired


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