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30 Spectacular Aerial Photos Of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites That Will Take Your Breath Away

30 Spectacular Aerial Photos Of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites That Will Take Your Breath Away

Are you ready to experience 30 breathtaking places that don’t even feel like they belong on planet Earth? UNESCO has amassed over 1,000 amazing heritage sites and I have gone through all of them to pick out some of the best ones!

UNESCO’s heritage sites range from natural landscapes to beautiful cities and gardens. All of which have to go through a rigorous selection process. Let me know in the comments which is your favorite!

1. Iguazu National Park, Argentina/Brazil

Iguazu National Park

    The 80-meter-high waterfall is right in the center of this site and is 2,700 meters across. The waterfall is made up of many different cascades and is one of the most amazing waterfalls in the world.

    2. Great Barrier Reef, Australia

    Great Barrier Reef

      This very well-known reef off of the north-east Australian coast, is beaten by few in beauty. It holds the world’s largest collection of coral reefs and has 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 kinds of mollusk.

      3. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

      Galapagos Islands

        Located in the Pacific Ocean, the Galapapos Islands sit 1,000 kilometers off the South American coast. There are 18 islands that belong to the chain and the local marine life has been called a “living museum and showcase of evolution.”

        4. Simien National Park, Ethiopia

        Simien National Park

          This Ethiopian park has gone through massive erosion, which created this stunning area. The valley digs deep and can drop as much as 1,500 meters. The park also has extremely rare animals including the Gelda baboon, the Simien fox, and the Walia ibex.

          5. Timbuktu, Mali

          timbuktu

            During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Timbuktu was known as an intellectual and spiritual capital and was a pivotal point for the propagation of Islam throughout the African continent.

             6. Cape Floral, South Africa

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            Cape Floral

              This African site is made up of eight protected areas and covers 553,000 ha of land. For soil quality, this is one of the richest areas in the world, which results in lush vegetation. This heritage site represents only 0.5% of the area of Africa, but has nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.

              7. Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan

              Bamiyan Valley

                Bamiyan Valley is home to the remains of the artistic and religious developments that occurred between the first and thirteenth centuries. The area has many Buddhist monastic ensembles and sanctuaries, as well as buildings from the Islamic period.

                8. Península Valdés, Patagonia

                Valdes

                  This peninsula is a huge focal point for the conservation of marine mammals. The peninsula is important for the breeding population of endangered southern right whales, southern elephant seals and southern sea lions.

                  9. Ischigualasto, Argentina

                  Ichigualasto

                    There are actually two natural parks in this area. The first one (which is shown) is Ischigualasto and the second is Talampaya. Together they cover a massive 275,300 ha. Throughout the parks there are many fossils of plants, dinosaurs, and mammals.

                    10. Quebrada de Humahuaca, Argentina

                    Quebrada de Humahuaca

                      This valley has been used as an important trade route over the past 10,000 years and has been home to many prehistoric hunter-gatherer communities of the Inca Empire.

                      11. Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

                      Qhapaq Ñan

                        Over several centuries, the Incas created a trade and defense network of roads covering 30,000 kilometers. This network stretched from the peaks of the Andes, through rain forests, valleys and deserts.

                        12. Shark Bay, Australia

                        Shark Bay

                          Shark Bay, on the western point of Australia, is home to five species of endangered animals and has vast sea-grass beds that cover 4,800 square kilometers, making them the largest in the world.

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                          13. Historic Center of the City of Salzburg, Austria

                          Historic Centre of the City of Salzburg

                            This historic city reaches back to the Middle Ages, when it first became a city-state. It was ruled by prince-archbishops all the way until the nineteenth century. It’s known for its beautiful Gothic art and for being the home of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, among others.

                            14. Purnululu National Park, Australia

                            Purnululu National Park

                              The Purnululu National Park stretches across a total of 239,723 ha and is located in Western Australia, like Shark Bay above. The rock formations are made of Devonian-age quartz sandstone, which have been eroding over the past 20 million years.

                              15. Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia

                              Greater Blue Mountains Area

                                This area in New South Wales is called great for a reason, it consist of 1.03 million ha of sandstone plateau! The area is known for the ecological diversity of the eucalypts associated with its many different habitats. This is one of the most bio-diverse areas on the planet.

                                16. Macquarie Island, Tasmania

                                Macquarie Island

                                  Macquarie Island is in the Southern Ocean and is the exposed crest of the undersea Macquarie Ridge. The formation comes from the Indo-Australian tectonic plate being pressed against the Pacific plate.

                                  17. Gondwana Rainforests, Australia

                                  Gondwana Rainforests

                                    This rainforest is next to large shield volcanic craters and has a high number of rare and endangered species. This forest is very important for scientific research and has many different protected areas.

                                    18. Ningaloo Coast, Australia

                                    Ningaloo Coast

                                      In total this coast stretches over 600,000 ha, along a remote part of the western edge of Australia. It is one of the longest near-shore reefs in the world and has a network of underground caves and water courses.

                                      19. Belize Barrier Reef, Belize

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                                      Belize Barrier Reef

                                        Home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, Belize has mangrove forests, coastal lagoons, estuaries and more. There are seven sites attached to this reef and it’s a significant habitat for threatened species.

                                        20. Nahanni National Park, Canada

                                        Nahanni National Park

                                          Nahanni is located along the South Nahanni River in the Canadian Northwest Territories. The park is home to deep canyons, massive waterfalls, and unique limestone caves. You can find many different animals here such as wolves, caribou, and grizzly bears.

                                          21. The Great Wall, China

                                          The Great Wall

                                            The most well-known place on this list, it was built in 220 B.C. under Qin Shi Huang and used as a defense system against invasions. Construction on the wall didn’t stop until the Ming Dynasty took over in the mid-fourteenth century.

                                            22. Mount Huangshan, China

                                            Mount Huangshan

                                              Represented as the ‘loveliest mountain of China,’ it has been the feature of many artistic works and literature. The sea of clouds and granite rocks create an amazing view that not many other places in the world can beat.

                                              23. Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo

                                              Virunga National Park

                                                The park is home to a massive diversity of habitats that cover swamps, steppes, lava plains, savannahs, and the Rwenzori mountains, which reach as high as 5,000 meters. You can also find mountain gorillas, nearly 20,000 hippopotamuses, and many different species of birds.

                                                24. Banks of the Seine, Paris

                                                Banks of the Seine

                                                  Paris is home to many outstanding achievements, filling it with beauty, and the Seine is one of them. The Seine has many different bridges that span its gap and it runs past the Cathedral of Notre-Dame and the Sainte Chapelle.

                                                  25. Upper Svaneti, Georgia

                                                  Upper Svaneti

                                                    Filled with medieval-type villages and surrounded by mountains, the village of Chazhashi has over 200 unusual houses, which were not only used to live in but as defense positions against many of the invaders who surrounded the region as well.

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                                                    26. Wadden Sea, Denmark/Germany

                                                    Wadden Sea

                                                      The Wadden Sea is the world’s largest unbroken system of inter-tidal sand and mud flats. It was originally added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2009 and was later extended to cover the section of it in Denmark.

                                                      27. Mount Athos, Greece

                                                      Mount Athos

                                                        The history of Mount Athos is very rich and unique. It has been used as an Orthodox spiritual center since 1054 and is an autonomous statute. It is known as the ‘Holy Mountain’ and has been forbidden to women and children.

                                                        28. Tikal National Park, Guatemala

                                                        Tikal National Park

                                                          A major site of Mayan civilization, Tikal is surrounded by vegetation in the center of the jungle. It was inhabited from the sixth century B.C. until the tenth century A.D. There are multiple temples and palaces in the ruins.

                                                          29. Masada, Israel

                                                          Masada

                                                            Masada is located in the Judaean Desert and looks over the Dead Sea. Many view it as the symbol for the ancient kingdom of Israel. It came to a violent end in 73 A.D., destroyed by the Roman army as the Jewish patriots fought their last battle.

                                                            30. Durmitor National Park, Montenegro

                                                            Durmitor National Park

                                                              Originally formed by glaciers, followed by rivers and underground streams, the Durmitor National Park is home to the Tara River Canyon. The canyon has the deepest gorges in Europe and a dense pine forest throughout.

                                                              So, which was was your favorite?

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                                                              10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                              10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                                              The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                                              Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                                              Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                                              In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                                              Before You Download

                                                              As you are no doubt aware, there are all kinds of calendar apps available. Instead of you sifting through the hundreds of them, we’ve handpicked 10 of the best calendar apps you can get. On top of glowing reviews from each one, we’ve considered the following aspects when creating this list:

                                                              • User Interface – How you navigate the app should be smooth and simple. The buttons on the app should be clear, obvious and easy to move through.
                                                              • Synchronization – Whether it’s with other calendar apps or with other apps, syncing apps should be easy and enhance your overall experience with the app.
                                                              • Additional features – Since there are so many options for calendars, many of these apps offer additional features. These features make the apps stand out from the other apps and provide unique experiences to you.

                                                              1. Any.do Calendar

                                                                This calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                                                Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                                                What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                                                Any.do Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                                                Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                                                Download Any.do Calendar here!

                                                                2. Google Calendar

                                                                  Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                                                  Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                                                  Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                                                  The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                                                  Download Google Calendar here.

                                                                  3. IRL Event Social Network

                                                                     

                                                                    One of the most unique apps on this list is the IRL Event Social Network app. As you can guess from the name, the core focus of this app is social networking. Unlike other social media platforms, you can consider this platform to function similar to Meetup.com. It’s a site where you can connect with other people within your area that share a similar interest.

                                                                    IRL is that while also providing a convenient calendar for you to schedule events and plan out your day. Though due to it being a secondary focus, you’re lacking a lot of the syncing aspects that other apps have on this list. Regardless, because of this huge social feature, it’s worth considering for those who want to make more connections.

                                                                    Download IRL Event Social Network here.

                                                                    4. Business Calendar

                                                                      Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                                                      The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                                                      You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                                                      The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                                                      Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

                                                                      Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

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                                                                      Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                                                      A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                                                      Download Business Calendar here.

                                                                      5. Calendar

                                                                        Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                                                        A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                                                        Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                                                        Download Calendar: Meeting & Scheduling here.

                                                                        6. aCalendar

                                                                          aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                                                          Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                                                          Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                                                          When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                                                          Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                                                          The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                                                          The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                                                          Download aCalendar here.

                                                                          7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                                            DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                                            With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                                            Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                                            The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                                            Download DigiCal Calendar here.

                                                                            8. SolCalendar

                                                                              SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                                              The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                                              Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                                              Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                                              Download SolCalendar here.

                                                                              9. Today Calendar

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                                                                                Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

                                                                                The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                                                If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                                                Download Today Calendar here.

                                                                                10. Timepage

                                                                                  Timepage is an intuitive calendar app that will manage your time in a way that other calendar apps can’t. It offers the same sort of functions that you’d expect from other calendar apps: opportunities to record events, notifications and reminders, weather, and driving duration to a particular event. However, the app goes beyond those functionalities in two ways.

                                                                                  The first way is that while the app sends you notifications, it also has reminders for you for what is coming up next. That bit of extra time can allow you to prepare and make adjustments to your day if need be.

                                                                                  The second function – which is more important – is the heat map when you go to see the full view of your calendar. This heat map indicates what days you are most busy and other days where you are freer. This heat map provides a quick glance to determine broadly what days are good to add more events and other tasks.

                                                                                  Download Timepage here.

                                                                                  Our Verdict

                                                                                  Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                                                  Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                                                  Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                                                  The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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