Sweden's ICEHOTEL is known for many things - Its 'out of this world' location, gorgeous architecture and even freezing comfort. But the one thing it is not, is longevity! The hotel located in the village of Jukkasjärvi has to be rebuilt from scratch every year because it is carved entirely from ice blocks that melt when the summer comes along. The great part about that is, each rendition gets increasingly better!
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Looking for something offbeat to do this Christmas vacation? How about the Ice Hotel? Located in the village of Jukkasjarvi, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, it is as the name indicates, built entirely from ice blocks lugged in from the nearby Torne River.
For the next 50 days, visitors to the Belgian city of Bruges are in for a real treat. That's because this year the city's Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival features the 'Happiest Place On Earth' - made entirely out of ice! The theme was selected to mark the 20th anniversary of the Disneyland's Paris location.
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It's 1943 and WW II is raging. To escape the Blitz, 10 yr old Wesley and 14 yr old Charles were evacuated from England. After a treacherous ocean crossing, they arrive in America and are staying with the large and rowdy Ratcliff family on their farm near Richmond, Virginia. Suffering from both culture shock and the trauma of traveling across the U-boat-infested Atlantic, the brothers search for ways to adjust to the rural South, get the hang of American slang, and deal with being cut off from their parents. Author L. M. Elliott brings to light this meticulously-researched story of World War II on U.S. soil.
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Remember how your mum always tells you never to stick your tongue out, even if it is at an object like a traffic sign? Well, an Oklahoma youngster obviously wasn't paying any attention and what happened next, sounds eerily like the scene from the movie 'Christmas Story'.
Sweden's ICEHOTEL, the world's first and largest hotel made of ice and snow has just turned twenty. The hotel, which traces its beginning to a 60sq. meter Igloo lodging, has grown to become a 5,500 sq. meter artistic splendor that is visited by thousands of people, each year.
Now in its 26th year, China's annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, is one of the largest and most popular festival of its kind in the world. Held in Harbin, the capital of the Heilongjiang Province in Northeast China, the annual event attracts thousands of visitors each year, despite arctic-like temperatures.
Imagine lighting fire to a hard-packed snowball to get warm! While that may sound impossible, Tim Collett, a research geologist from Denver, Colorado seems to think it is not only possible, but that it may be the best way to produce clean energy in the future.
Talk about the ultimate green building. This hotel houses and entertains guests all winter and then as summer approaches and the temperatures rise, it simply melts into one giant puddle, only to be re-built, the following year.