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The Eiffel Tower 

France’s Eiffel Tower is one of the country’s top tourist spots and just taking a picture beside this astonishing Tower is the signature clue that you are in Paris, without even having to tell anyone!

Believe it or not, at 1050 feet, this structure was the world’s tallest building for over 40 years before it was overtaken by the Chrysler building in New York in 1930. Also, it was initially built as an entrance to the World Fair Exposition in 1889 to mark the 100th anniversary of the French revolution.

 

It took roughly two years and two months to complete this stunning structure, which was from 1887 to 1889. Three hundred steelworkers and well over 17000 metallic parts, 40 tons of paint, and 2.5 million rivets are what it took to birth the glamorous Eiffel Tower. 

An amazing fact about this great structure is that it moves while also being able to withstand the heaviest winds, and never sway more than 4.5 inches! In 1913, a renowned expert on aerodynamics named Eiffel published “The Resistance of the Air.” He and his team actually designed the Tower never to sway more than 4.5 inches and have heavy wind resistance.

 

Eiffel Tower is named right after the talented genius who brainstormed and designed this structure, Gustave Eiffel. France remains top of the list of most visited countries in the world.

Paris, the capital city of France is definitely on so many travellers’ must-visit list for a reason, the popular French cuisines, wine, croissants, cheese, baguette bread, historic monuments, friendly locals and so much more.

France is a globally loved nation, also famous for high-end fashion shows, skincare products, and designer perfumes. 

Israel promoting tourism in Dubai amidst clash with Gaza

 

Despite the recent Israeli-Gaza conflict, a senior Israeli tourism official saw it normal to encourage persons in Dubai to visit Israel, as she described it as a must-see destination for Muslim visitors. 

Israeli-Gaza conflict

This generally seems like bad timing for such promotion, especially considering the fact that major airlines have discontinued flight operations to Israel due to the increased violence from the conflict.

 

However, at the first physical travel and tourism event in Dubai, the Arabian travel market, Israel had a decorated stand exhibiting the Country as “the land of creation” along with promotional videos urging tourists to visit and book their trips now!

Israeli exhibition at the Arabian Travel Market Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Israeli new market development director in the Tourism Ministry, Ksenia Kobiakov, stated “We were not talking about it. We are talking about the future. We are talking about what we can do to bring tourism to Israel.”

 

She further made clear ‘the hope is that Emirati citizens and foreign residents of the UAE will visit Israel in return and help its tourism sector rebound when the country is open again to tourists.’

Kobiakov also added “People don’t feel safe to travel now to Israel. It’s understandable. But this escalation, it will finish one day,” she said. “We know that all the conflicts are coming and they are going. Tourism is staying forever.”

 

Turbulence

 

Yemi Bankole is a long-time friend of mine. His friendly and calm nature makes him a perfect fit for his job as a flight attendant with a reputable local airline, which he has been doing for the last five years.

Just yesterday, he called to tell me he had the most terrifying flying experience ever.

 It was extreme turbulence.

Turbulence can be very frightening and uncomfortable. The mere experience of being 37,000 feet above the ground and being violently tossed from side to side in an aeroplane cabin is nerve-wracking for anyone. The interesting thing is that turbulence is no cause for alarm and even severe turbulence is hardly dangerous. 

 

Turbulence is just like a bumpy ride in the sky. It may be regarded as an unsteady or violent movement of air that causes the aircraft to bounce or shake.

 

Why turbulence?

 

Turbulence occurs for a number of reasons, which include a change in the airflow, jet streams, hot rising air usually from thunderstorm clouds, landscapes (objects near the plane like mountains or skyscrapers). It is not because the aeroplane is faulty. 

What to expect during extreme turbulence?

 

Actually, for a moment, the aeroplane may be out of control. You may feel severe shaking of aircraft, a noticeable strain against your seatbelt, and even objects and luggage not properly secured away may even fall or be tossed around.

Mild turbulence may even go unnoticed by passengers. Extreme turbulence happens once in a very rare while. Just like Yemi who has been flying every day of his life for the past five years just experienced extreme turbulence for the first time.

 

What is the first thing to do if turbulence occurs?

 

Keep calm and buckle your seatbelt immediately. If you happen to be in the toilet or standing, rush to your seat and buckle your seatbelt. Do not panic and try to reassure other passengers seated next to you. The most likely way anyone would sustain an injury during turbulence is if your seatbelt is unbuckled, the force of the turbulence may hit you against an object and injure you. 

 

Most times, pilots already know when they are going to hit turbulence from weather and radar reports. Turbulence is completely normal and many of us have experienced mild turbulence while in flight without even knowing. 

 

Can Turbulence cause a plane to crash?

 

“it is rare and the industry has worked over the years to reduce the risk,” says American Senior Aviation Consultant Adrian Young.

New Travel Resolution

The year 2020 is tapering to an end, and the best part of the New Year is coming – making New Year Resolutions. 

I love taking a marker to a calendar of the New Year my dad got for me and writing out the goals in the months I expect to have achieved them. What I like most about it all is the time it takes to reflect on what I want my year to look like and reviewing them towards the tail end of the year to mentally put together the lessons learned, percentage of pre-set goals achieved, and molding experiences I went through.

This year is all about Travel. Do you have Travel Resolutions for the coming year? If you don’t, we can go through my list together.

Backpacking

I love the idea of backpacking a country. The beautiful fact about it is, you have lived your entire life in a country and might not have seen half of it. 

Every country has Historical spots, sights, and sounds, or places just known for a particular thing or collective memory. Why not take the time to draft out sights you must see in your country of residence or one you have been pining to go and make it your new travel resolution.

Hitchhiking

There are so many ways to enjoy a travel experience. Hitchhiking is one of them. Try to imagine taking a trip to your travel destination with the sites along the road, delicacies on the streets during stops, and memories of your travel companion as a guide through it all.

Meeting fellow travelers is definitely a travel resolution for the year.

Boat Cruise

I have never been on any vessel that braves the water before, and that is why this is a new travel resolution.

Seventy percent of the world is water, and enough views of water lapping against water, driving waves ashore unlike the view you have for the land is intriguing enough to make a boat cruise a fun activity. Having a party on land is one thing, having a party on a rocking boat is something else.

Museum

History sometimes is underrated. Growing up, my Secondary school took us on countless excursions to museums. There is nothing more fascinating than seeing the world then with the eyes we have now, and hearing stories that make comic book heroes sound more realistic.

It is time to view the world with brand new eyes and minds in order to appreciate where we are now even more.

How it is Made

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Factories are fascinating to me. Do you know how your favourite item is made? 

If you are a car lover, pastry lover, or wine lover (whatever you love), find out if the factories they are made in allow tours in them. Collect a brochure, make a schedule, and find out how what you love most is made to appreciate it even more.

Sky Diving

Some people love the adrenaline rush, others are more hesitant. It is time to break the binds and do something outrageous, or better still, something you can recount at that gathering and sound like a badass.

Sky diving is high on my new travel resolutions because I want to see the world from the bird’s eye view while feeling like I can fly; no restraint, only the rush.

Mountain Climbing

If it is a challenge you want, mountain climbing is one thing to add to your new travel resolution for the year. And I think once in a while, one should test their strength. 

To go mountain climbing, one has to train for months, build the required strength, and still not make it to the top. But, it is the journey that counts and the knowledge that you can make it through it all is a thrilling reward.