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Man Builds Modern Cave House In 250-Million-Year-Old Sandstone Cliffs

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Forget all the out-of-the-box homes you’ve probably seen, this one takes “eccentric” to the next level!

Cave homes have come a long way since the Flinstones, and this one take the cake.

The 6 Rules to Never Eat at The Wrong Restaurants in Europe Again

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Randy Lemoine

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Europe is a gourmand’s paradise. Each region has its own distinctive and delicious cuisine, and a walk down the street in most European cities is a dizzying tour of the delicious smells wafting from cafes, restaurants and bars. The sheer number of places to eat, however, can be daunting. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it is very hard to choose the best possible restaurant and avoid tourist traps. These tips take some of the mystery out of choosing the right place to eat, and with them in mind you should never have to eat a bad meal in Europe.

1. Stay Away from Famous Places

Most European cities have certain restaurants that are renowned for inventing famous dishes or for their historical importance. For the most part, these restaurants should be avoided. While it is true that these places became famous for a reason and were probably excellent at some point, they often devolve into overpriced tourist traps that coast on their reputation and serve mediocre food.

Randy Lemoine
Randy Lemoine

2. Takeout is your Friend

Some of the best food in any city is served in places with no seating, like food carts and hole­in-the­wall takeout joints. These sorts of establishments can’t rely on providing a pleasant atmosphere and a luxurious dining experience to keep customers happy. They live and die on the back of their food, and their product reflects that. Small places like food carts also tend to do a high volume of business with very little storage space, so you know your food is going to be prepared fresh instead of being retrieved from under a heat lamp.

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3. Find the Immigrant Cuisine

While you should certainly dive into the native cuisine of whatever European country you’re in, you shouldn’t limit yourself just to the local food. Many European countries have large immigrant populations that bring their distinctive flavors to their adoptive homes, and you’ll notice that locals eat just as much of this food as they do their native cuisine. Follow their lead! For example, you can’t leave Germany without eating Turkish food, and the U.K. has some of the best curry in the world.

Jessica Spengler
Jessica Spengler

4. Ask a Local

This tip should seem obvious, but so few people actually do it! Though guidebooks and Yelp can be invaluable resources, they can’t begin to equal the average local person’s knowledge about what is good to eat. It can seem awkward to strike up a conversation with a stranger, but most people are happy share their favorite places. I’ve found that it’s better to ask people who work in the  neighborhood you want to eat in rather than random passerby on the street, because you know for sure that workers spend a lot of time in that area. When you’re deciding what cafe to get lunch in after seeing some art, just ask the person at the front desk. They will know exactly where you should go.

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Natalie Sayin

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5. Use the Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide is the go­to resource for finding the absolute best cuisine available in Europe. Its ratings are much more reliable than the ones in Yelp or in most guidebooks, because they are  the product of a highly qualified team of professionals and are updated every year. You know that a place has seriously good food if it has a Michelin star. If budget is a concern, check for restaurants that have been labeled Bib Gourmand, which means that they won’t break the bank. Alternatively, you can check if the chef of a place with a Michelin star operates a more informal,  lower­priced bistro. These places often serve food that is just as good as the stuff at their fancier siblings.

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Michelin Guide

6. Do Some Research

Before your trip, take some time to look up what the area you’re going to does well. In North America, we tend to think of different European countries as having monolithic, uniform cuisines, but in reality different regions of the same country can specialize in completely different types of food. For example, Italian food is often thought of by North Americans as being synonymous with the use of tomatoes and olive oil. This kind of cooking, however, is only traditional in southern Italy. In the north, while pasta with tomato sauce and olive oil is available, it is a more recent innovation and often not very good, so if you’re up there stick with more traditional meat and butter based dishes. This kind of thing is true for most European countries, so make sure to have at least a little familiarity with the regional cuisine to have the best possible dining experience.

Luca Nebuloni
Luca Nebuloni

Filmmaker Displays The Beauty of Dubai in Amazing 3 Minute Time-Lapse Video

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If you were wondering where to go on your next trip, let Rob Whitworth convince you where to go. Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the country.

A prominent urban filmmaker, Rob’s first impressions of Dubai upon arrival was that of super-tall buildings popping out of the desert sand. However, after 3 months of exploration, research and filming, his lasting impression is of the eternal wonder of the desert and the importance it holds for the Emirati people. The result of his 3 months exploration is also stunning to watch.

Dubai may be home to the world’s most outrageous skyline but Dubai’s desert dunes and historical creek are where you’ll find its soul.

Fun Fact: The 2020 World Expo will be held in Dubai.

This time-lapse video is a must see.

26 Tips for Women Traveling Alone Summed Up In 3 Images

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As a woman, traveling alone can be a little bit scary. Some places make us automatic targets just because of our gender, clothing or mannerisms. While it is unfair, it is something we have to prepare for. Next time you travel solo, remember these tips to keep yourself safe.

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  1. Know the potential risks in each area you plan to visit.
  2. Plan most of your trip ahead to avoid any problems with your travel visa.
  3. Learn about the cultural differences of your destination. What is “the norm” for women in each area? Blending in is the best defence.
  4. If you are going somewhere that does not speak English, learn key phrases of their language.
  5. Pack lightly and casually to draw less attention to yourself.
  6. Always be aware of your surroundings.
  7. Remember that not only men can be threats!
  8. Keep your most important belongings close to you (keys, passport, cellphone).
  9. Know where you are going before setting out each day, or keep a small (digital) map handy. Large maps draw unwanted attention.
  10. If you’re lost, stay calm. Vulnerability may draw predators. Ask someone you are sure is safe for directions.
  11. Do not hitchhike! Ever!
  12. Ask someone at the airport or your hotel which taxis to look for.
  13. Bring a rubber door stop for extra protection in rooms without locks.
  14. Avoid isolated areas. Whether that’s streets, walkways, train cars, etc. stay where the people are.
  15. Choose accommodations in a busy area.
  16. Ask a female working at your hotel or hostel what areas she would avoid.
  17. When heading out alone at night, tell your hotel when to expect you back.
  18. Don’t share your accommodation information with anyone that may be unsafe.
  19. Never tell new friends to meet you at your room. Choose public places until you know they are safe.
  20. Don’t tell strangers what you do for a living. In some countries, anything that may signal wealth makes you a target.
  21. Look out for other women traveling solo. Check online, or with your friends back home. Maybe you’ll find a companion for a few days!
  22. Ask to be paired with other women on overnight train rides.
  23. Don’t keep all of your money in one place. Separate a smaller amount before you leave for the day to avoid flashing large amounts of cash near prying eyes.
  24. Wear a fake wedding ring. It sounds tacky, but some male predators avoid married women.
  25. Stay in touch with home.
  26. Don’t be afraid to be loud. Bring a whistle, or shout if you feel you are in danger.

23 Travel Instagrammers That Will Inspire You To Travel

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Still unconvinced about seeing the world? Well here’s 23 reasons that’ll change your mind.

1. travelalberta

“Welcome to Alberta, Canada. Home of the Canadian Rockies, breathtaking landscapes & experiences.”

@travelalberta is a compilation of multiple Instagrammers. Use #explorealberta to get your Canadian photo on this popular Instagram.

2. treyratcliff

“I’m a warm-hearted, old-school-gentleman explorer with really cool toys.” Trey Ratcliff posts photos from every corner of the globe.

3. wanderlust.nl

“Two girls with a Strong Desire to Wander, Travel & Explore the World..” This Insta-duo captures what it’s like to travel with a partner in crime.

4. travelbugplanner

“Here to share and inspire with photos from my travels and adventures.” @travelbugplanner will give you a bad case of the travel bug. Her snapshots are colourful, diverse and awe-inspiring!

5. kirstenalana

I thought that being in the MET Museum in NYC, after it closed to the public for the day, was the coolest thing I've ever done in a cultural institution. But today, @fsbosphorus trumped that when they arranged for their guests (and myself as the trip photographer) to have access to Istanbul's Hagia Sophia when it was closed to the public and completely empty of anyone but a few guards. The looks on everyone's faces were pure awe but none so more than mine. When I was here a few years ago on my own, Hagia Sophia was my favorite of the city's landmarks but the crowds made it tough for me to get the photos I wanted and in the end I just walked around looking at it all. Hagia Sophia has been a public museum since 1935 but it started its long life as an Orthodox cathedral in the year 537. It was then a mosque from the year 1453. Its Turkish name is 'Ayasofya' which I think sounds more beautiful actually than the more common "english" title most know it by. The interior features I love most are the elaborate chandeliers once lit with oil that have since been electrified, the gold tile mosaics featuring portraits of people like Mary and Jesus and the time-worn stone ramps that lead you from the main floor to the upper galleries. These ramps feature huge stones which are so aged that their surface is like that of a newborn baby's skin and when I think of how many people have walked on the same stones I tread, every time I visit, it just makes my head feel like it's going to explode with wonder. I also like the fact that this one structure was deeply meaningful to both Christians and Muslims over the course of the centuries, yet they've found a way to peacefully preserve it for the world to share in now. #FSJet

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“Photographer listed by HuffPo, BAHighLife, HarpersBazaar, DailyMail, etc.” Kirsten Alana’s posts anything and everything while she travels, and each photo is accompanied by a small blog post to help you follow her wandering life.

6. fursty

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“Outdoor adventure and lifestyle photographer from the Pacific Northwest.” If Dylan Furst can’t inspire you to travel, I don’t know who can.

7. goldie_berlin

“Instagrammer from Germany/Berlin. My diary around the world in colors.” Sylvia’s travel diary lets you follow her around the world. She lands in a new place literally every week!

8. adventurouskate

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“Full-time traveler specializing in solo and independent travel for women! 57 countries so far and still going.”

Kate McCulley quit her day job to become a full-time traveler, and we thank her for it. How else would we be able to see the world through our smart phones?

9. legalnomads

“Former lawyer, now eating my way around the world, writing a lot about soup.” Follow Jodi Ettenberg as she eats her way around the world.

10. youngadventuress

“Immensely curious in the world. Storyteller. Adventuress. Hurricane.” Liz Carlson is an American girl living the wanderlust dream. She is currently capturing New Zealand.

11. mariannehope

“Norwegian photogr. and traveler living in Holland. This feed iPhone only.” Marianne Hope can do a lot with an iPhone camera. Check out her whimsical shots!

12. pausethemoment

Hammock life at its finest ☀🌊🌴

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“Blogger, Digital Influencer, and World Traveler with a passion for adventure.” Don’t be jealous of Ryan’s travels. Use his Instagram to inspire your own adventure!

13. earthxplorer

Good Night #capetown #meetsouthafrica #lovecapetown

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“travel is my life, 93 countries, 7 continents, creating award-winning videos, photographs & social media campaigns – love what u do & do what u love” JD Andrews has been traveling the world for years for your enjoyment.

14. justtravelous

“Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere. Be travelous, go everywhere! Yvonne Zagermann takes you on trips around Asia and Germany, among others.

15. ourwildabandon

“Born to Run. Vancouver to Anywhere.” Jill and Kyla go on the roadtrip of everyone’s dreams.

16. Airbnb

“Airbnb opens the door to the world’s most interesting places to stay.” Airbnb’s Instagram gives you more than just cool destinations. You can even book your next trip from the feed!

17. wildjunket

“Travel writer, blogger and social media junkie. Love adventures, languages and mojitos, 90 countries across 7 continents.” Nellie, based out of Spain, covers a lot of ground, creating one of the most travel-inspiring Instagrams out there.

18. rachelroams

“Explorer. TV Host. EMMY-nominated TV Producer. Camera Operator. Writer.” You don’t want to miss her fabulous life and travels.

19. storytravelers

“Visual Storytelling Artists Loving Travel. Photos by Caspar Daniel Diederik.” Caspar is a world-travelling videographer who knows his way around a photograph as well.

20. world.in.hd

A night at the Salt Hotel.

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“Intrepid traveler. Currently in Argentina. Photographer & Journalist.” Follow James for some extra special adventure shots and clear blue skies.

21. travelsintranslation

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“Asia Expert. Travel Photographer.” Beth Williams is currently photographing Asia for us, but scroll back in her feed for so many more faraway escapes.

22. jaredchambers

Just floatin around.

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“Photographer. Los Angeles, CA.” Jared Chambers is an LA photographer whose photos take him around the world.

23. traveltall

Day 227: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia🌍While walking around Addis Ababa today I thought back to the beginner photography class I took just before I left to travel around the world. (I had zero photography experience.) The class met at a community college once a week for six weeks. I was the only one in the class that didn't own a camera. Everyone would pull out there expensive lenses and equipment and I would just sit there and watch. I can still remember sitting there and telling all the other students that I was going to travel the world as a photographer. They had to have thought I was crazy, not only did I not own a camera, but I didn't turn in any of the assignments because I was worried about what they were going to think of me. I didn't actually learn to much from the class, but I did learn the only thing I ever needed to know about taking photos. The first minute of the first class the teacher pointed to a chair and said, "Here is a chair, you see a chair, he sees a chair, she sees a chair, but a photographer sees unlimited possibilities."🌍🌎🌏Join along as I 📝, 🎥 and 📷 my way around the 🌎 at TravelTall.com.🙏

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A self-taught photographer and writer traveling around the world by all means possible.

Husband Experiences Labor for Mother’s Day and Leaves his Wife in Tears of Laughter

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Of all the mother’s gift a husband can give his wife, experiencing childbirth in order to be able to relate to the pain of giving birth probably ranks first. Penn Holderness did just that by simulating the pain thanks to an online purchase his wife made as well as bringing in an M.D. to make it look official. How did Penn’s little experience came to be? Well here’s his story and what happened:

Penn: I’ve unsuccessfully done monther’s day for 8 years.

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Kim: The presents were very thoughtful. I just think to fully embrace fatherhood, you should experience what it took to become a mother.

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Holderness Family

Penn: So that brought us here, with a real doctor who’s going to simulate labor pain and delivery for a man.

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Holderness Family

As you can see Kim can’t stop laughing.

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Holderness Family
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Holderness Family

The look every wife gives their husband after birth blaming them for putting that baby in them.

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Holderness Family

Share this with your friends so they can have a good laugh.

31 Reasons You Should Not Visit Spain

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Who needs sunny skies, terraces and tapas, when you can just stay in your cozy office cubicle? Spain, especially, should be avoided. The beaches are just too white, the parties are too exciting, and the landscape is too green.

1. You won’t like the wine.

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2. Who cares about amazing food? Madrid may be a major culinary hub of Europe, but your microwave works wonders!

3. You’ll absolutely hate the Reina Sofia Museum, where you’ll find work from both Picasso and Dali.

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4. Stay away from the bullfighting! Daytime soap operas are much more interesting.

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Nathan Rupert via Flickr

5. The summertime weather is too sunny.

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6. The locals are too welcoming.

7. Barcelona’s beachfront is 5km too long.

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8. The parties go all night long.

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9. The Museum of the Americas is bound to be a bore.

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10. Don’t forget about Ibiza.

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11. There’s too many golden beaches.

Golden Beach
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12. You can see Inland Spain on the Internet – why bother with real life?

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13. Alhambra’s red walls are just so ugly.

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14. The history of Alcazar of Seville is not exciting enough.

Alcazar of Seville
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15. The Great Mosque of Cordoba will not blow your mind.

Great Mosque
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16. You will hate the waves that are perfect for surfing.

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17. The tapas are too tasty and are also free at the most authentic Spanish taverns.

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18. You won’t like the scheduled Siestas!

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19. Spain’s Canary Islands promise too much adventure.

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20. The shops are too hip, and too unique. You should stick with your familiar Westernized brands.

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21. There’s too much music: free shows, festivals and performers flood the summer months.

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22. The mountains of Northern Spain aren’t inspiring enough.

Northern Spain Mountains
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23. The mountains also have too much space to hike, camp, fish and explore.

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24. No one needs to see medieval architecture.

25. Leon Cathedral’s immensity is overrated.

Mariluz Rodriguez via Flickr
Mariluz Rodriguez via Flickr

26. Don’t bother visiting Toledo to experience the incredible religious influence.

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27. The markets are bursting with fresh produce, but you should stick to your takeout at home.

Mercat de la Boqueria, Barcelona
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28. The Roman ruins of Merida are a waste of time.

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29. Laguardia, the walled city, is a blast from the past that you should skip. The village might be central to the Roija wine region, and from the 13th century, but you won’t like it.

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30. Valencia’s Oceanografic is too big and too mesmerizing. You don’t need to see Europe’s largest aquarium when you can stay home with your pet goldfish.

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31. Did I mention that you will hate the wine?

Ya, Spain will make you miserable. You should probably not go.

21 Most Beautiful Parks You Won’t Want to Visit

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Good city parks can feel miraculous. In a matter of moments parks let you escape the hectic bustle of the city and relax amongst manicured gardens and beautiful old trees. You can picnic with friends or relax with a book and live out your fantasies of country living. For a little inspiration, here’s a list of some of the prettiest city parks in the world that’ll leave you dying to get out of the house and catch some rays somewhere grassy.’

1. Mont Royal Park, Montreal

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Flavio Freitas

2. Central Park, New York City

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Christine und Hagen Graf

3. Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

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Michael W Murphy

4. Audubon Park, New Orleans

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Antrell Williams

5. Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

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Christian Ronnel

6. Metropolitan Reserve, Panama City

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Mon Gonzalez

7. Stanley Park, Vancouver

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matt northam

8. Keukenhof, Lisse, Netherlands

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Patrick Mayon

9. Namba Parks, Osaka

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kenmainr

10. Englischer Garten, Munich

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Heribert Pohl

11. Balboa Park, San Diego

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Tim Evanson

12. Ueno Park, Tokyo

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Maiko Aizawa

13. Griffith Park, Los Angeles

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jakeline

14. Shanghai Houtan Park, Shanghai

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trevor.patt

15. Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

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HandsLive

16. Forest Park, St. Louis

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Jon Dickson

17. Park Guell, Barcelona

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Massimo Mastropietro

18. Royal Chateau of Drottningholm Park, Stockholm

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Bernard Blanc

19. Lumphini Park, Bangkok

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Irvine-

20. Hyde Park, London

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fiddledydee

21. Luxembourg Park, Paris

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Gabriella Alu’

Which Beautiful Park Will You Visit First?

Insane 4K Base Jump in Dubai Will Have You Sweating in Your Seat

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These guys took the leap of faith to a whole new level. These professional athletes simply base jumped off the world’s second tallest residential building. In case you were wondering which tower are they jumping off from, it’s the Princess Tower in the heart of the Dubai Marina. For most of us, this would be a nightmare but for some of us, this would probably be one of the most thrilling activity to do in Dubai.

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If you haven’t seen this yet, you’ll definitely enjoy it. The mix of high quality video and first person view will make you feel as though as you were the one jumping from the tower.

SkydiveDubai and XDubai have partnered with DreamJump to bring dreams to extreme reality when they opened the opportunity for limited people from the public to jump using the DreamJump System. And what is the Dream Jumps? According to the official site,

Dream Jump is a patented technique of giving jumps from the height with use of assurance construction made of dynamic lines and pulley.

Would you dare base jump at this height? Let your friends know.