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The Discover page is an archive of about strange but true trivia about destinations around the world, previously featured in the Discover section on the main page. You can contribute and add or edit future facts to the list here. Previously displayed facts from this year are below. You can find older facts from previous years using the links at the bottom of the page.

February 2020Edit

  • The former Eckerö mail and customs house (pictured) was hugely oversize for the village, as it was built as a symbol of the Russian Empire at the main mail route to Sweden.
  • Hiring a motorhome and travelling around New Zealand is a popular and relaxing way of seeing the country.
  • The market in Kisumu is second largest open air market in Kenya, and one of the oldest.
  • Placentia (pictured) was the French capital of Newfoundland in the early 17th century.
  • California doesn't have a very well-defined cuisine of its own, but rather a remarkably diverse food scene defined by its large population of immigrants of varied ethnic backgrounds.
  • Spa in Belgium is known as the "original" spa, i.e. a place where tourists came in to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of water and hot springs in particular.
  • Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin was built to honor past Thai kings (statues pictured) from the Sukhothai period to the current Royal House of Chakri.
  • The Pioneer Settlement in Swan Hill gives a twee look back at white Australias roots, complete with 1850s cottages, horse-drawn carriages and river cruises.
  • The Horseless Carriage museum in Fenelon Falls is a museum specializing in pre-1914 transportation and early mechanical technology.
  • Dishes made with potatoes (draniki pictured), called "the second bread", are common in Belarus.
  • Pokhara is Nepal's top yoga destination and there are over a dozen yoga retreats.
  • The Vine City area of Atlanta holds the U.S.'s largest concentration of African-American colleges dating back to the post-Civil War era.
  • From as early as the 16th century, the windmills (pictured) are one of the most recognized landmarks of Mykonos.
  • Keszthely has a Balaton Museum presenting the development of the lake, its flora and fauna and the historical relics of its surroundings.
  • Royal Oak is home to Detroit Zoo, recognized as one of the top zoos in the U.S.
  • Founded in 1730, San Antonio de Areco is proud of its gaucho tradition (gaucho and horse pictured), and visitors can explore the surrounding villages and ranches.
  • To do scuba diving you don't need to be a strong swimmer or super-fit, but you do need to feel comfortable in the water.
  • For a nice view of Dodoma and surroundings, head to Lion Rock (also called Simba Hill) north of the city.
  • The Hands of Harmony monument (pictured) in Homigot outside Pohang are at the easternmost point of South Korea, and a popular place to shoot pictures of the sun rising through the fingers of the hand.
  • The name of Helmsdale derives from Norse Hjalmundal, meaning the "Dale of the Helmet".
  • Yeoor Hills in Thane has the highest density of leopards in India.
  • The vast Parque Grande José Antonio Labordeta in Zaragoza has impressive features, arrangements and a monumental fountain staircase (pictured).
  • The temple complex of Wilcahuaín outside Huaraz is virtually undamaged, providing a unique opportunity to see a complete pre-Columbian building in Peru.
  • In Simi Valley you can visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum.


January 2020Edit

  • In the Greek cuisine salads (horiatiki salata pictured) and vegetables play an even bigger role than in other Mediterranean cuisines.
  • Muzium Padi in Alor Setar is a museum that teaches all you need to know about paddy and rice.
  • McCaig's Tower in Oban was supposed to become a replica of Colosseum in Rome, but only the circular shell was eventually completed.
  • Turkish coffee (pictured), served in tiny cups, is strong and tasty, and very different from the so-called Turkish coffees sold abroad.
  • Guan-Yue Temple in Quanzhou has a huge ritual furnace for burning joss paper, becoming very busy around the holidays such Yuanxiao, when people line up to burn their offerings.
  • Quezon City has no single place considered the city center; it is a multipolar city, with central business districts and commercial centers scattered at different points.
  • Sibiu (downtown pictured) has Romania's largest German community, and due to initiatives by the local government, the Germanic feel of the area has been maintained.
  • Besides pronunciation differences, there are also significant lexical differences between European and Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Almost everything about Mashhad relates to its role as the holiest city in Iran, even its name – literally: "burial place of the martyr".
  • At the Museum of Former Changchun Film Studio Site (pictured) you can learn about the history of the Chinese movie industry.
  • Edmonton is the birthplace of two major Canadian restaurant chains: Boston Pizza and Earl's.
  • Le Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier is France's oldest botanical garden.
  • Paarl has a monument (pictured) and a museum to the Afrikaans language.
  • Suquamish means "place of clear salt water" in the Native Lushootseed language, and has been the primary home of the Suquamish people since ancient times.
  • Manama has a busy nightlife by Gulf standards and is a getaway for Arabs and expats residing in Arab countries where alcohol is banned.
  • Asado, Argentine barbecue (pictured), is maybe the most famous dish of the Argentine cuisine.
  • Situated nearly at the center of the north Pacific Ocean, Hawaii marks the northeast corner of Polynesia.
  • A neo-Norman Victorian fantasy castle from the 19th century, Penrhyn Castle in Bangor contains a collection of "Norman" style furniture and old masters' paintings.
  • Embodying several centuries of history, Catedral de Santa Ana (pictured) can be seen from almost any point in the city center of Las Palmas.
  • Mizoram is a kaleidoscopic "pleasure trove" for the discerning visitor, with its wide array of festivals and dances, handicrafts, flora and fauna, breathtaking natural beauty, and temperate climate.
  • Phra Kahn in Lopburi is site of a small shrine, the remains of a Khmer prang (tall tower-like spire, usually richly carved), a few stalls and lots of monkeys.
  • The Palacio Estévez (pictured) in Montevideo was the office building of Uruguayan presidents until 1985. Today it is a museum of the Uruguayan presidency.
  • Böttcherstrasse in Bremen is an incredible Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) street that runs from the main square towards the river.
  • Barbecue is the mainstay of many Texan's diet and some Texans will frown at you if you call it B-B-Q.
  • Liechtenstein is together with Uzbekistan, doubly landlocked; one of only two countries to be landlocked by landlocked countries (location map pictured).
  • Sano is famous for Sano Premium Outlet, Sano ramen-noodles and Sano Yakuyoke Daishi which exorcises people in unlucky and critical ages.
  • Oljeön ("the Oil Island") outside Fagersta is the world's oldest preserved oil refinery.
  • The Erebuni Museum of History (pictured) in Yerevan stands at the foot of the Arin Berd hill, on top of which the Urartian Fortress Erebouni has stood since 782 BCE.
  • The annual motorcycle Australian Grand Prix is held at the 1950s purpose-built Motor Racing Circuit at Phillip Island, and draws a massive contingent of motor sport fans every year.
  • Greetings in Swahili are very important and long and drawn out.
  • Maresias beach (pictured) outside São Sebastião is part of the international surf circuit and regarded as "the Ipanema of São Paulo".


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