Bright Nights Auckland

Bright Nights is a waterfront lighting festival at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.

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This free festival opened last night and runs from 6pm till late until Sunday 13th May.

The trail begins at the KZ1 boat outside the Maritime Museum and ending at Waitematā Plaza.

As well as various light installations there is a silent disco, ‘glow-in-the-dark’ gelato, and roving street performers.

The event is curated by Angus Muir Design

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St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kolkata

St. Paul’s Cathedral is the Church of North India of Anglican faith in Kolkata.

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The cathedral was built to replace St. John’s Church, which was becoming too small for Kolkata’s growing congregation. The foundation stone was laid by Bishop Daniel Wilson in 1839. The church was completed and consecrated in 1847.

The church was refurbished following an earthquake in 1887. An earthquake in 1934 destroyed the original spire. The tower was rebuilt in the style of the central Bell Harry tower of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England.

St. Paul’s is located at 1A, Cathedral Road, Kolkata.

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Rabindra Sarobar Lake

Rabindra Sarobar Lake is a man-made lake in south Kolkata, India.

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The Calcutta Improvement Trust acquired 192 acres of marshy jungle to develop for residential use. The lake, which covers approximately 72 acres of the park space, was originally named Dhakuria Lake. In 1958, it was renamed after the writer and Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. There is a statue of Tagore at southern entrance to the park.

Some of the trees and shrubs surrounding the lake are over 100 years old.

There has been issues in recent years with pollutions levels in the lake but it is still a nice walk.

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Mother House Kolkata

Missionaries of Charity Mother House in Kolkata, India is home to the religious congregation of the Missionaries of Charity. It is where Mother Teresa lived and worked, and is her final resting place.

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Mother Teresa was buried on the ground floor of the Mother House on 13th September, 1997.

Photography is only permitted at Mother Teresa’s Tomb and by her statue. There is a small museum with information about Mother Teresa’s life and work. Many of Mother Teresa’s possessions are on display, such as her crucifix, dinner bowl, rosary, sandals, and sari.

Upstairs you can see the simple room in which she slept and worked from 1953 until her passing in 1997.

Mother House is open every day except Thursdays from 8am to 12 noon and 3pm to 6pm. It is closed on 22 August, Easter Monday and 26 December.

The Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity is located at 54A, A.J.C. Bose Road, Calcutta.

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Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb is a ski resort in British Columbia.

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Whistler and Blackcomb were originally two separate ski mountain resorts. Whistler was conceived as part of a bid to host the 1968 Winter Olympics. Although the 1968 Winter Olympics went to Grenoble, France the plans went ahead anyway and the resort opened in 1966.

Blackcomb opened for business in 1980. Intrawest Resort Holdings, which developed Blackcomb purchased Whistler in 1997, and the two ski resorts merged in 2003. Together at 33 km (8,171 acres) Whistler and Blackcomb form the largest ski area in North America.

In 2008 the Peak 2 Peak Gondola opened. This tri-cable gondola connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. It is a 11 minute, 4.4 kilometre (2.7 mile) journey.

Whistler was the centrepiece for the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted by Vancouver.

The ski resort is located approximately 121 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver.

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Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls is the third largest waterfall in British Columbia, Canada.

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Shannon Falls is located in the Shannon Falls Provincial Park, and is named after early settler William Shannon.

The waterfall has a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet).

There is a kiosk located at the trail entrance, which has snacks, souvenirs, and park information. There are also a flush toilet block.

The Shannon Falls Provincial Park is located 58 kilometres (36 miles) north from Vancouver and 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) south of Squamish on the Sea to Sky Highway.

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Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls is a waterfall off the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park.

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The waterfall has a drop of 24 metres (80 feet) and a width of 18 metres (60 feet). While not the largest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies it is the most powerful due to the volume of water passes over the waterfall.

Athabasca River runs 1231 kilometres (765 miles) from the Columbia Icefield to Lake Athabasca. Athabasca means ‘there are plants after one another’ in Woods Cree.

It is important to stay to the designated paths. There are several memorials to people who have their lives.

Athabasca Falls is approximately 30 kilometres south of Jasper township. There is a parking lot on Highway 93A.

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