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Compelling Portraits of People Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness

139 Compelling Portraits of People Who Abandoned Civilization for Life in the Wilderness

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, most people can only dream about escaping to the quiet isolation of the rural countryside. French photographer Antoine Bruy, however, turned that dream into a reality when he hitchhiked across Europe from 2010 to 2013, wandering through remote mountain regions without any fixed destination or route in mind. Along the way, he met several individuals who had willingly abandoned life in the city and retreated deep into the wilderness, sacrificing modern comforts for greater autonomy and freedom.

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Floating Snowflake Hotel in Norway that Offers the Perfect View of the Northern Lights

If you want to get the best view of Aurora Borealis, it is best to be as far away from light pollution as possible.

127 Floating Snowflake Hotel in Norway that Offers the Perfect View of the Northern Lights

Known as the Krystall hotel, the unusual property is being developed by company Dutch Docklands, which specialises in floating structures and will be the first floating hotel in Europe. The floating Krystall hotel will be based in the fjords near Tromso, in Norway, which sits within the Arctic Circle – the perfect spot for watching the Northern Lights.

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The Most Beautiful City Parks on Earth

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With so many areas being over developed all across the world, it’s nice to know that developers and cities are still keeping large areas allocated to one of our favorite spaces – public parks. We’ve rounded up the 14 best city parks in the world for your perusal.

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Stunning Milky Way Formation Above the Isle of Wight

“Stunning Milky Way formation above the Isle of Wight : The Milky Way shines in mesmerising colourful patterns above the Isle of Wight in these stunning photographs. Photographer Chad Powell used a DSLR camera to capture images of the spectacular constellation above the familiar beach scenes of England’s largest island. The 22-year-old, who shot the pictures over a year of stargazing on the island, often stayed up until dawn to catch the most dramatic sky-scapes.

The DSLR camera enhanced the Milky Way from the white strip visible to the naked eye into an explosion of colourful lights. Photographer Chad, a graphic designer from Ventnor, Isle of Wight, used foregrounds of abandoned theme parks, harbours and lighthouses against the illuminated sky. Chad Powell: “The perfect conditions to take these pictures are a clear sky on a moonless night. Light pollution needs to be minimal too, unfortunately in Britain there are very few areas of dark sky, especially in England”. – Barcroft Media

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The Milky Way behind Castle Haven, a small harbour in Nilton on July 2, 2014, in Isle of Wight, UK. (Photo by Chad Powell/Barcroft Media)

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Fantastic Landscapes of Tuscany, Italy

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A building emerges from the early morning fog in Belvedere farm in San Quirico d’Orcia, Tuscany, Italy. The beautiful pictures were taken by Alberto Di Donato who has a huge passion for the Tuscan landscape and is inspired by the Renaissance artists who painted the same landscapes. (Photo by Alberto Di Donato/HotSpotMedia)

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Krubera Voronya: The Deepest Cave on Earth

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Located in the massif Arabika of the Ghagra mountain range, in Abkhazia, Georgia, the Voroniya cave (Kruber caves or Krubera-Voronya) is the deepest known cave in the world. The cave has two branches: Novokuibyshevskaya (1300 meters deep) and Main (2196 meters deep), the second ramifies into several smaller branches.

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Travel Photographer of the Year Contest Exhibition

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Pokot tribe, Amaya village, East Pokot, Kenya. (Photo by Roberto Nistri)

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The Most Beautiful Caves in the World

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Caves are absolutely fascinating, but with such a large number of them out there waiting to be explored, how do you find the ones worth your while? Well we’ve outlined the 18 best caves on the planet.

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“Tiny Tattoos” Paired with the Grandiose

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Photographer Austin Tott pairs the small with the grandiose in his series Tiny Tattoos. The delightful images feature hand-drawn body art that’s positioned against a background from which they visually reference. In one photograph, we see a wrist that is marked with quotes in front of several stacks of books.

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The Luxury JR East Cruise Train by Ferrari Designer

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Ferrari designer Ken Okuyama has ventured off onto a new solo project, designing this beautiful $50 million JR East Cruise Train.

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Cheval Blanc Randheli | Maldives

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In the northwest of the Maldives archipelago, Noonu atoll reveals a preserved and exclusive exotic oasis. The islands blend elongated palm trees, tropical flowers, white sand banks, pristine turquoise water and fringing reef. The atoll waters house a dazzling sampling of multicolour fish, rays and sea turtles.

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Colorful umbrellas on the streets of Portugal

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Extravaganza of colors, hovering over the heads of passers-by in the form of colorful domes of different sizes and colors, can be called a festival of Portuguese umbrellas, but art project is known under the romantic and gentle name of a Umbrella Sky.

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World’s Biggest Ship Graveyard – Where Huge tankers are Scrapped on the Shorefront

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This is the biggest ship graveyard in the world – where huge tankers and cruise liners are scrapped on the shorefront by teams of labourers using little more than hand tools. Ships, like people, have their own lifetime. However, disposal of obsolete ships – the problem is very complicated and expensive.

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The Most Beautiful US National Parks

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There’s nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors during the summer season, and what better way to do that than exploring national parks. We’ve toured the country, and rounded up the 15 best national parks for you.

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Hellenikon – Athens’ Ghost Airport

“It’s been over a decade since Athens’ Hellenikon airport closed down after around 60 years of duty as the only airport serving the Greek capital. In 2001, just three years before Athens hosted the Olympic Games, Hellenikon was abandoned in favour of the glitzy new Eleftherios Venizelos airport, constructed to the east of the city. What has happened to Hellenikon since then? Well, the glory days of the airport are long gone. Nothing has been done with the property aside from using part of the land to construct a few secondary sports facilities for use during the 2004 Olympics. In turn, these too now stand abandoned. The former airport is now surrounded by a wire fence and weeds have taken over wherever they can. One terminal was burnt out by a fire and now sits in ruins – nobody cleaned it up after the incident. Despite a private security service operating in the area, the building shows evidence of trespassing and looting. Boxes filled with anything from travel tags to piles of boarding passes and other documents are strewn on the floor amidst other debris and garbage.

The sad spectacle continues, following me with every step as I make my way through the deserted complex. I see ghostly halls, smashed windows, broken doors. Stray dogs bark at me, reminding me that this is their territory. It’s hard to imagine how the international airport of a European capital ended up in this state. But everything may change soon. A private development group wants to turn the old airport into a seaside resort and build a huge park, hotels, and residential buildings. But the project has already run into opposition from those angered about the land’s privatisation. The left-wing political party Syriza wants to see the site turned into a massive free public park instead. Controversy over the future of the site seems strange in view that no one seemed to care that it stood abandoned for so long. Meanwhile, as the discussion continues, Hellenikon still stands a sad derelict shell on the outskirts of Athens. Visiting it left a bitter taste in my mouth”. – Yorgos Karahalis via Reuters

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An auxiliary control tower stands in front of the east terminal of the former Athens International airport, Hellenikon June 16, 2014. For about six decades Hellenikon was Athens’ only airport but it closed down in 2001 to make way for a newer, more modern airport before the city hosted the 2004 Olympic Games. After languishing for years as a wasteland of crumbling terminals, Hellenikon is set for resurrection as a glitzy coastal resort. Lamda Development, controlled by Greece’s powerful Latsis family and leading a consortium of Chinese and Abu-Dhabi based companies, has big dreams for the area since signing a 915 million euro deal for a 99-year lease in March 2014. (Photo by Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters)

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