The Route des Grandes Alpes (Great Alpine Road) is a 684km long route trough the French Alps. This alpine road trip takes you from lake Geneva to the Mediterranean and includes some of the highest and most beautiful mountain passes in Europe.
The BAM Railway can be hardly named as a popular tourist attraction. Most people even never heard of it. However, this railway winding trough the Siberian Mountains and beautiful nature is a very good alternative for its famous counterpart: the Trans-Siberian line.
The BAM Railway, (3400km / 2113mi) stands for Baikal-Amur Mainline. The Trans-Siberian, was already in operation when, in 1938, Soviet leader Josef Stalin ordered a second line from Tayshet city to the Pacific Ocean. We will take a look into the BAM’s amazing construction history, being maybe the greatest civil engineering endeavor the world has ever seen.
This article will take you to some of the biggest bunkers in France. These bunkers can be found in The Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. This French region is (like the name mentions) the most northern region in France. It is well known for its Channel tunnel and the ferry connections to Great-Britain but that’s about all. You also won’t find many tourists over here; they go to more popular vacation regions like the Provence and the Mediterranean in the South. For those who are interested in World War II however, this region has a lot to offer. Because the Germans thought that the D-Day landing would take place near Calais (where the Channel has its smallest part) and not in Normandy, the whole region is filled with bunkers and gun positions that were part of the Atlantikwall defense line.
The Transfagarasan mountain road or national road 7C is one of the most spectacular roads in the world. It is 90 km (56 miles) long and is located in Romania. It runs trough the Fagaras mountains (trans + Fagaras), a part of the Transsylvanian Alps. The road connects Transsylvania with Muntenia. The Transfagarasan starts at Bascov, near Piteçti. It follows the valley of the river Argea and after mounting to the highest point, it descends to Cartisoara in the Olt valley, where the road ends.
On April 26, 1986, Reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, located in Ukraine, exploded. Nearly nine tons of radioactive materials - 90 times as much as the Hiroshima bomb - were hurled into the sky. The explosion took place at around one in the morning while the neighboring town of Pripyat slept. Only forty hours later, the residents of Pripyat were ordered to evacuate, and most never returned. The exclusion zone of 30 km (19 mi) that was set up around the reactor is still in place today. Long term access to the zone is forbidden, but short term visits for tourists are allowed.