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    Boeing 777-300ER Took Me to Pamukkale in Turkey

    I love travel and flying, airplanes and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While I was trying to satiate my curiosity on what is currently the world’s largest twin jet used by commercial airlines for intercontinental flights that I initially thought belongs to the relatively new Boeing 787 Dreamliner

    I was wrong.

    My search led me to the huge Boeing 777 as the “big brother” of the Dreamliner, commonly called the “Triple Seven” that can typically seat around 300 to 400 passengers, Boeing’s first fly-by-wire aircraft and said to be the first one designed entirely using computer aided design (CAD).

    Boeing 777 has a newer variant launched a few years ago, the B777 -300ER, with ER designation for extended range. On my next search of airlines using a fleet of B777-300ER, several airlines were shown on the search engine results page with the world’s biggest airlines but one photo stood out for me: Turkish Airlines

    (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

    Turkish Airlines got my attention because Turkey is really on my “bucket list of places to visit before I die.” The country’s land mass straddles two continents—Asia and Europe, one of only three other countries that have land masses in two continents, the others being Egypt and Russia
    Turkey is also a gateway to Europe where Asia meets Europe, where you can find ancient ruins of the Roman Empire (the Grandeur That Was Rome) and remnants of Greek history and influences (The Glory that was Greece) in what was then taught in history as a place called Asia Minor. Even the biblical city of Ephesus and the ruins of city of Troy, often portrayed in Hollywood movies can be found in Turkey.
    Turkey, actually, has 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites where I’m mostly interested in a natural wonder, besides the historic sites, called Pamukkale travertine pools in the heritage city of Hierapolis.

    Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
    Pamukkale's (literally “Cotton Castle” in Turkish) terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water coming from the hot springs. The ancient city of Hierapolis is built on top of the terraces.

    Someday, I’ll be able to visit Turkey to visit historic sites, partake of its food and dip my tired feet in the hotsprings of Pamulakke.

    How to Get to Pammukkale Thermal Pools, Denizli, Turkey:

    First, you need to fly to Turkey’s Istanbul Airport where the national flag carrier Turkish Airlines fly regularly from 175 countries around the world.
    Pammukale is located in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. From Istanbul, you can take a direct overnight bus ride that takes about 10 hours
    Alternatively, from Istanbul Airport, you can take a connecting flight to Denizli-Cardak Airport where Pamukkale can be reached after a 20 minute taxi or minibus ride and 10-15 minutes walk

    posted by backpacking philippines @ 12:12 PM, , links to this post

    Hong Kong: Interesting facts you did not know about it.

    Hong Kong is one of the most famous Asian island cities. Here are some of the most fascinating facts you didn’t know about this island.

    Fascinating Facts About Hong Kong

    When you mention the name Hong Kong, what comes into your mind? To many people, Hong Kong is just another island the British annexed from the Chinese when they defeated them in the 19th century and handed it back in 1997. But as would like to put it, there is too much to this special Chinese island. In this short post, we shall share some of the most fascinating facts about Hong Kong. Read on to discover more.

    A Funny Name

    The meaning of the name of the city itself opens our fact file with fun. The Chinese name Hong Kong means a fragrant harbor.

    The Home of Skyscrapers

    When it comes to skyscrapers, no other city in the world beats this island city. This Chinese port has more skyscrapers than any other city in the world. The only city that comes close to it is New York, whose number of skyscrapers is just half of what Hong Kong has.

    More Rolls Royce Vehicles

    Have you ever heard of any famous car made in Hong Kong? Definitely, not. Even though it does not have any popular brand it is known for, Hong Kong boasts of being the city with the most number of the prestigious Rolls Royce vehicles in the world.

    It Has the World’s Longest Covered Escalator

    Still in the list of the world’s best, this city has the world’s longest covered escalator that measures a half a mile.

    An Enterprising Island

    If you are an enterprising person, then Hong Kong is one of those places that will kindle your enterprising spirit. The residents of this city are so enterprising that in 2016, the island ranked number four in the world list of billionaires with 64 of its occupants holding more than one $ billion in the form of wealth.

    Don’t Expect to See Any Floor Named Fourth

    From wealth, we come to superstitions. If you are planning to visit this island, then you should also brace yourself to meet funny taboos. One of them is the deliberate exclusion of the fourth floor on its skyscrapers! The reason is that the word four in its Chinese dialect sounds like death, and hence, they don’t want to include it in their buildings. But funny enough, they celebrate the 8th floor because the word eight means wealth, something that resonates positively with the inhabitants’ enterprising spirit.

    The World’s Longest Bridge

    In terms of leading infrastructure, the island has them in plenty. That is why it is home to the world’s longest bridge with a functioning motorway and railroad that measures 1,377 m.

    A Place for Big Appetite

    Lastly, if you are a food lover, Hong Kong has it in plenty. Its inhabitants don’t just work hard, but they also eat big! This little island has one of the highest numbers of eating joints per person. If you want good food while visiting Hong Kong, you will get it in plenty.


    posted by backpacking philippines @ 11:01 PM, , links to this post