Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

The peloton of the Presidential Tour of Turkey took some time to admire the fabulous vue on the bay of Marmaris but they quickly went for serious racing. After 15 kilometers, an escapee of eight riders took shape, comprising: David Cañada (Saunier Duval), Benoît Joachim (Astana), Rouslan Ivanov (Serramenti PVC-Diquigiovanni), Aïtor Perez (Extremadura), Vytautas Kaupas (Mitsubishi-Jartazi), Christoph Meschenmoser (Team Ista), Kuca Zanasca (Centri della Calzatura-Partizan) and Filippo Savini (CSF-Navigare).

It was the right one. The Karpin-Galicia team of race leader David Garcia Dapena took care of the chase. The breakaway got a maximum lead of 7 minutes. With 53km to go, the gap went down to 5.42. At this stage, Benfica started giving a hand to Karpin-Galicia and the advantage of the leaders kept going down: 3.49 with 25km to go, 3.22 with 15km to go. Continue reading “Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey”

UNESCO world heritage site to develop tourism

The Curonian spit is a long thin peninsula north of Russia’s Kaliningrad. This national park separates the Baltic Sea from the Curonian lagoon. Half belongs to Russia, the other half to Lithuania. The six resorts along the Lithuanian stretch are crammed with hotels, bars and restaurants, while the Russian part is underdeveloped. Now the Kaliningrad region authorities eye to improve the situation. However, the move might have a negative affect.

Although the Russian side of the Curonian Spit is beautiful and serene, there’s hardly anyone here to appreciate it. Very little has been done to accommodate tourists. The government now wants to change that.

Kaliningrad’s governors have ambitious plans to transform this area and attract one million tourists a year.

But for local bird experts this news is worrying. Anatoly has worked for thirty years there at one of the world’s oldest bird-research station. As part of the main migration route, the Curonian Spit is a resting place for our feathered friends.

With millions of them stopping there each year, it’s been dubbed Bird’s Bridge.

He says the tourists will do more harm than good. Continue reading “UNESCO world heritage site to develop tourism”

Northern Ireland Attractions

Always the industrial workhorse of Ireland, since becoming the capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast obviously has reached even greater prominence in the last century. Today Belfast is undergoing an economic renewal unlike anything seen since the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when the city was a world centre for shipbuilding and textiles. The Titanic was constructed at Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyards from 1910-1912.

West of Carrick-a-rede is Northern Ireland’s most famous attraction. The Giants Causeway provides a truly unique and memorable travel experience. Nobody is exactly sure how the Giants Causeway was formed, but scientists say the process involved the unusually rapid and even cooling of lava eons ago. Some prefer the legendary theory as to how the causeway was formed.
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