Archive for March, 2012

360° panorama by Andrey Tolokov.
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Кабина вертолета Ми-8МТВ-5 Авиационная база Шинданд Афганистан Российские вертолеты используются для обучения пилотов-афганцев. В кабине установлена американская авионика
360° panorama by Saša Stojanović.
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Belgrade is the capital and largest city of Serbia. The city is located at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, where the Pannonian Plain meets the Balkans. Its name in English translates to White city. The city proper has a population of over 1.1 million, while its metropolitan area has over 1.6 million people, making it one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe.One of the largest prehistoric cultures of Europe, the Vinča culture, evolved around the area Belgrade in the 6th millennium BC. In antiquity, Thraco-Dacians inhabited the region, and after 279 BC Celts conquered the city, naming it Singidūn. It was conquered by the Romans during the reign of Augustus, and awarded city rights in the mid 2nd century. It was settled by the Slavs in the 520s, and changed hands several times before it became the capital of King Stephen Dragutin (1282–1316). In 1521 Belgrade was conquered by the Ottoman Empire and became the seat of a the Sanjak of Smederevo.[9] It frequently passed from Ottoman to Habsburg rule, which saw the destruction of most of the city during the Austro-Ottoman wars. Belgrade was again named the capital of Serbia in 1841. The north of Belgrade remained a Habsburg outpost until 1918, when it was merged into the capital city. As a strategic location, the city was battled over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times.[10] Belgrade was the capital of Yugoslavia (in various forms of governments) from its creation in 1918, to its final dissolution in 2006.Belgrade has a special administrative status within Serbia. Its metropolitan territory is divided into 17 municipalities, each with its own local council. It covers 3.6% of Serbia's territory, and 22.5% of the country's population lives in the city.Belgrade lies 116.75 metres (383.0 ft) above sea level and is located at confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. The historical core of Belgrade, Kalemegdan, lies on the right banks of both rivers. Since the 19th century, the city has been expanding to the south and east; after World War II, Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) was built on the left bank of the Sava river, connecting Belgrade with Zemun. Smaller, chiefly residential communities across the Danube, like Krnjača and Borča, also merged with the city. The city has an urban area of 360 square kilometres (140 sq mi), while together with its metropolitan area it covers 3,223 km2 (1,244 sq mi). Throughout history, Belgrade has been a crossroads between the West and the Orient.On the right bank of the Sava, central Belgrade has a hilly terrain, while the highest point of Belgrade proper is Torlak hill at 303 m (994 ft). The mountains of Avala (511 m (1,677 ft)) and Kosmaj (628 m (2,060 ft)) lie south of the city. Across the Sava and Danube, the land is mostly flat, consisting of alluvial plains and loessial plateaus.Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BelgradePhoto: Virtualne ture, 360 Serbia
360° panorama by Christian Bersano.
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Pendant la coupe de canne à sucre, l'usine fabrique l'électricité à l'aide de la bagasse (Résidu de canne à sucre). Le reste de l'année, l'énergie est fabriquée avec du charbon.During the cutting of the sugar cane, the factory makes the electricity using the bagasse (Residue of sugar cane).  The remainder of the year, the energy is made with coal.
360° panorama by Raghavendra Kopalle.
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Muri mix as it is popularly is known as is a mixture of muri(puffed rice), raw mango, chopped onions, lemon juice, etc., a must eat at Vizag beach. This panorama captures a beach side muri mix vendor in action.About Vizag-Vizag(Visakhapatnam) with its buzzing beaches is one of the best beaches to visit on the East coast of India. Vizag is a cosmopolitan city, with large migrant population from many parts of India who contribute to the energy of the city. The beaches are thronged by visitors from far & wide, from nearby states of Orissa to West Bengal and also the Vizagites who steal every chance to relish the city's relaxation hub. Vizag is destined to be the most sought after tourism destination in the city of Andhra Pradesh and is major revenue source for AP Tourism.
360° panorama by hiroshima munetaka.
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Uyuni salt lake
360° panorama by Burkhard Koerner.
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360° panorama by Mikhail Nagaitsev.
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Livraria Lello & Irmão, also known as Livraria Chardron or simply Livraria Lello (Lello Bookshop) is a bookshop located in central Porto, Portugal. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal. In 2011, the Australian Travel Guides and Guidebooks editor Lonely Planet classified Livraria Lello as the third best bookshop in the world. The actual company goes back to the establishment of the "Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron" in 1869, down in the Clérigos street. After the early passing of the founder at the age of 45, the firm was sold to "Lugan & Genelioux Sucessores". In 1881, José Pinto de Sousa Lello based a bookshop in the nearby Almada street. In 1894, Mathieux Logan sold the old Chardron Library to José Lello which, holding a partnership with is brother Antonio Lello, kept Chardron with the registred name of "Sociedade José Pinto Sousa Lello & Irmão", which then would be referred to as "Livraria Lello e Irmão" (1919). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livraria_Lello_%26_Irm%C3%A3o
360° panorama by Wojciech Sadlej.
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wikipedia: The Cathedral of Siena (Italian: Duomo di Siena), dedicated from its earliest days as a Roman Catholic Marian church and now to Santa Maria Assunta (Most Holy Mary of Assumption), is a medieval church in Siena, central Italy.The cathedral itself was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from a hexagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.
360° panorama by Toni Garbasso.
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The shipwreck of the Costa Concordia on January 17th 2012. Photo shot from the ferry connecting the Giglio Island with Porto Santo Stefano
360° panorama by Kudo Kenji Photograph.
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梅乃   http://www.kyoto-umeno.com/   Kamishichiken is a district of northwest Kyoto, Japan. It is the oldest hanamachi (geisha district) in Kyoto, and is located just east of the Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine. The name Kamishichiken literally means "Seven Upper Houses." These refer to the seven teahouses built from the equipment and material leftover from the rebuilding of the Kitano Shrine in Muromachi era (1333–1573).Kamishichiken is located in Kyoto’s Nishijin area, which is known for traditional hand-woven textiles. The quiet streets of Kamigyo-ku are made up of dark, wooden buildings, mainly o-chaya (teahouses) and okiya (geisha houses).Unlike the other remaining districts, which are located close to the city center, Kamishichiken is further away, and accordingly significantly quieter and attracts fewer tourists. The geisha of this district are known for being subtle and demure, few in number but each highly accomplished dancers and musicians. There are approximately 25 maiko and geiko in Kamishichiken, along with 11 teahouses.The district crest is a ring of skewered dango (sweet dumplings). On lanterns they appear as red circles on white paper (as opposed to Gion, which uses a similar design, but with the reverse colors – white dango on a red background).京都 上七軒  Kamishichiken