Advent Day 19…. Canal Houses, Amsterdam

Canal houses in Amsterdam facts 1.  The impressive mansions along the Amsterdam canals were built during the Golden Age of Amsterdam. The lavish interior of the Amsterdam canal houses and their architecture reflect the financial and societal success of the merchant families in 17th century Amsterdam. 2. Typical of the Amsterdam Canal Houses are theirContinue reading “Advent Day 19…. Canal Houses, Amsterdam”

Advent Day 18…. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef facts… 1. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 1,250mi (2,000km) north to south and covers some 135,000 sq mi (350,000 sq km) in total. This is bigger than Italy and almost the size of Germany. 2. The Great Barrier Reef is home to a diverse array of animals including 1,625 speciesContinue reading “Advent Day 18…. Great Barrier Reef, Australia”

Advent Day 17…. Northern Lights, Norway

Northern Lights facts and legends 1. One Norse legend has the lights as reflections from the shield and armour of the Valkyries. These female warriors would choose which of the fallen would gain entry to Valhalla. Norse legends also suggest that these pulsating green ribbons of light served as an archway into Valhalla. 2. WhenContinue reading “Advent Day 17…. Northern Lights, Norway”

Advent Day 16…. Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu tid bits! 1. According to scholars, Machu Picchu was a royal estate built for the Inca king Pachacutec around 1450. Others speculate that the Inca city was a sacred centre where the great political, religious, and economic minds of the Inca Empire gathered.  2. To combat the fact that the area of Peru isContinue reading “Advent Day 16…. Machu Picchu, Peru”

Advent Day 15…. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giants Causeway top 3 facts (ish) 1. It is believed that Giant’s Causeway formed 50 million years by volcanic action. As the lava cooled rapidly, it contracted, resulting in the instantly recognisable columnar structures. 2. There is myth that it was built by a warrior giant named Finn MacCool who create a sturdy path toContinue reading “Advent Day 15…. Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland”