Over Thanksgiving break I traveled to Egypt with my family and a family friend. Although we had flight problems at the beginning and the end, the trip was worth it. The first day, we stayed at Cairo and visited the pyramids. All of my family except for my sister and I rode on camels that day. The next day, we woke up at 4 am to fly to Aswan. Another man by the name of Michael joined us on our trip. Later in the trip, we learned that he is from New Hampshire and owns a 3-legged black cat. He also has a daughter who is a veterinarian. At Aswan, we visited a temple and the High Dam. Our Egyptologist and tour guide was Abrahim. He taught us about the Egyptian gods and taught everything he knew on the history of Ancient Egypt. Later that day, we boarded on a river cruise which we stayed on for the next three days sailing down the Nile River. Throughout those three days, we went on excursions to more temples and the burial chambers of the famous Egyptian king nd queens. Michael left on the third day since he had been in Egypt the previous week and had already done most of the sightseeing already. On the last day, we flew back to Cairo from Luxor and went to the Cairo Museum. We also went to the churches, mosques and synagogues in Cairo. It was amazing to learn that all three religions live in peace together in Egypt for thousands of years. The next day, we flew from Cairo to LAX airport, but lost our luggage.
Keukenhof, meaning “kitchen garden”, is a flower garden located in South Holland. It is known as the Garden of Europe and is 72 acres in area. In 1857, the architect Jan David Zocher and his son Louis Paul Zocher both redesigned the garden. It wasn’t until 1949 when 2o bulb-experts decided to make Keukenhof a permanent flower exhibit. The garden is home to 7 million flower bulbs. Famous for their tulips, the garden also has hyacinths and daffodils.
The Poison Garden is located at the Alnwick Garden in England. Surrounded by black iron gates, this side garden attraction is filled with one hundred deadly and toxic plants. It was created by Jane Percy, who became Duchess of Northumberland after the death of her brother. Upon her husband and her arrival, her husband suggested that she should plan something for the garden which was filled with Christmas trees. In 1996, Jacques Wirtz, a landscape architect, was hired to design her garden. Percy wanted a garden that differed from the typical landscapes of England, so when she had learned of lethal plants, she planned out the Poison Garden. According to her, “I thought, ‘This is a way to interest children,'”…..”Children don’t care that aspirin comes from a bark of a tree. What’s really interesting is to know how a plant kills you, and how the patient dies, and what you feel like before you die.”‘ (Smithsonianmag.com) Some of the plants in the garden include the mortal plants, hemlock, foxglove, and Brugmansia. For the public’s safety, some plants are caged up to prevent fatalities and injury.
Lake Hillier is a lake located on the Middle Island of the Recherche Archipelago which is to the west of Australia. The 1969 ft long lake has a vibrant and vivid pink hue and is surrounded by a salt crust deposits. The color of the lake is caused by the micro-algae, Dunaliella Salina, that can live in the extreme concentrations of salt. There are no other organisms living in the lake besides the algae. Lake Hillier is only one of the multiple pink lakes found around the world.
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