It has been 33 years since the explosion of reactor No. 4 of Chernobyl but although security measures increased (sarcophagus covering reactor 4), there is still radiation in the surroundings.
According to the tour guides, the radiation to which we expose ourselves when visiting Chernobyl is much higher than usual. But they also say that it is not greater than what would produce us take a couple of x-rays. Although in certain points of the route, it can even triple. the radiation. Very confusing, right?
We are not going to detail the accident because it is very well known and it is not the reason for this note. We will recommend which accessories to take to those who wish to visit this area and do the so-called dark tourism.
Before starting the note our maximum respect and remembrance for all the victims of this unfortunate event.
The visit to the exclusion areas of the Chernobyl reactor and the city of Pripyat can only be done with a guide. It is illegal, besides dangerous to make them without guides. But how protected are we doing with a guide? There are places like being near the reactor or at the Pripyat amusement park that still contain high levels of radiation.
There are radioactive contamination detectors at the end of the dark tour and leaving the exclusion zone. If this is detected, there is a procedure for decontamination. It reaches the clothes and the human body itself.
To reduce risks you can take extra precautions and bring the following travel gadgets to Chernobyl Zone
T-shirts, shirts or jackets with long sleeves
Footwear not opened
That is to cover the largest amount of skin surface of the human body
Take iodine pills as a precaution may seem like an excess. But if you need them you already have them and will not wait for them to be given or if they are available. They prevent thyroid cancer from exposure to ionizing nuclear radiation.
Some European countries since 2015 are already taking this precaution (Belgium and France). these countries distribute Iodo tablets to the inhabitants within a 60-mile radius of a nuclear power plant
The difference between the tolerated levels lies in the risk-benefit that their use implies.
Finally, the radiation is classified into colored zones, from gray (milder radiation) to red (harmful radiation).
Gray or blue zone: from 0.0025 to 0.0075 mSv / h.
Green zone: from 0.0075 to 0.025 mSv / h.
Yellow zone: from 0.025 to 1 mSv / h.
Orange zone: from 1 to 100 mSv / h.
Red zone: more than 100 mSv / h.
Radiation in Pripyat & Chernobyl
In Pripyatthere are still areas in which the level of radioactivity is twelve times higher than that which exists in the capital, Kiev. Especially dangerous are the roofs that are still standing, since they have the highest radiation rates. Also some games of the amusement park. The most advisable thing is to always carry a dosimeter controlling the level of radioactivity.
A year ago (June 8, 2018), New York Times: Milk in towns 225 kilometers away from the Chernobyl nuclear plant exceed up to five times the official limit of the Ukrainian government for adults, and more than 12 times the limit for children, according to scientists at the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter in Great Britain and the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology.
Without a major intervention, radiation will remain above the adult level until at least 2040 and above the level for children even longer, they predicted.
In summary, the chernobyl travel accessories that are necessary are
In 1686 when Louis XIV reigned over France from the palace of Versailles, in Paristhe Cafe Procope opened its doors. Just 20 years after the introduction of coffee in the court of Louis XIV.
An Italiannamed Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli opened an establishment near Saint-Germain-des-Prés where this infusion would be tested in society. The establishment was opened to sell coffees and ice cream, specialties that the Italians exported to the main European capitals
Three years later, the installation of the recent Comédie Française on the same street attracted the show’s clientele.
Founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on a marsh that was filled. It used hundreds of thousands of workers who built the city and connected with bridges about 50 islands
St. Petersburg is part of the select group of cities that are connected and built on a network of canals. As in Venice, Amsterdam or Bruges, water is the medium of transport and communication.
In just a few meters, separated only by the Moika river and the Griboyedo canal, the old town has three beautiful temples. They are about: The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, also known as the Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.
Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, neoclassical style resembles the temples of Ancient Greece. Its set of colonnades distinguishes it from the rest of the buildings on Nevsky Avenue.
Ingredients for onion soup. French traditional recipe
6 large and sweet onions
30 ml (1 oz) of extra virgin olive oil (2 tablespoons)
60 g (2 oz) of butter
1 clove garlic
2 (70 oz.) Liters of meat broth
12 slices of baguette bread
3 tablespoons of wheat flour
1 teaspoon of sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
30 ml (1 oz) of brandy or cognac
120 g (4 oz) of soft grated cheese (Gruyère type)
How to prepare French Onion Soup
Onion French Soup: a exquisite, traditional and basic recipe in any self-respecting kitchen. A delicious and simple dish that can be a first course at Christmas or a unique dish with a large bowl of soup at a homemade dinner.
Today we present the modern version of this soup originating in France, made with dry bread, broth and caramelized onions.
Leonardo da Vinci Drawings Exhibition at Queen’s Gallery
The 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, is remembered this year. For this reason, an exhibition brings together more than 200 of the best drawings of the Renaissance master in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in more than 65 years.
The drawing served as the laboratory of Leonardo da Vinci. This allowed him to develop his ideas and seek the universal laws that he believed that sustained and explained all creation.
The art gallery of Buckingham Palace transformed four rooms into Escape rooms with Puzzles and riddles related to Leonardo da Vinci; as a reason for the 500th anniversary of the death of the artist.
The activity called Escape Room: Leonardo Artmergency! You can enjoy until October 12, every Friday and Saturday at 18:15, 18:45, 19:15 and 19:45.
In the challenge, teams of between four and eight people can participate, who must work together to solve a mystery or a riddle. These activities can only involve travelers over 14 years and the price is 150 pounds sterling for each team.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the official page of the Buckingham Palace art gallery. The Queen’s Gallery will be transformed into four rooms of thematic puzzles and riddles as you solve the mystery of the missing curator.
The escape rooms match with the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition: A Live in Drawing, which is exhibited in the Buckingham Palace Gallery, and shows 200 of the artist’s best drawings, from the Royal Collection itself.
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The Tower Bridge in London, England, celebrates the 125th anniversary of its opening. The design was chosen among more than 50 alternative projects, some very extravagant.
Known throughout the world for its two Gothic towers under which the bridge opens to let the ships pass. This monument is one of the obligatory points to visit in London, the British capital.
The current design was one of the 50 that tried to give a solution to the need for a new fluvial crossing. He had to allow the crossing between the banks and passage to the ships. At that time the port of London was the largest concentration of ships in the world.
50 designs for the Tower Bridge
The head of the Tower Bridge, Chris Earlie, explains that there were very extravagant and very creative ideas. Here are some examples
The civil engineer Sir Joseph Bazalgetteproposed this traditional design, based on the towers of London. The bridge was very high with long accesses. But it turns out that it was discovered that the horses that pulled the cars would be exhausted before reaching the top of the bridge. There were other designs with eccluds, rotating and even with tunnels.
Finally he won the project presented by the engineer Sir John Wolfe Barry and the architect Sir Horace Jones. A bridge that opens in the center, with huge chambers at the feet of the two towers to accommodate the counterweights that swing downward as the two parts of the walkway rise up.
The 125th anniversary was June 30 of this year 2019. Some of the alternative designs are exhibited in the exhibition halls. There were also actors who recreated the workers, engineers and inhabitants of the Victorian era.
The construction of the Tower Bridge
It worked for eight years to build the Tower Bridge, which was inaugurated on June 30, 1894 by the Prince of Wales Albert Edward of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Future Edward VII). The same day of its inauguration, the prestigious specialized magazine The Builder described it as monstrous and grotesque. Its construction cost about 1.6 million pounds, which is equivalent to approximately 250 million dollars today
In the first year, the bridge operated by a steam engine was opened more than 6,000 times. Now it works with power generators and grid electricity and opens about 850 times a year. Most of the bridge openings are due to the passage of tourist boats, which must be notified 24 hours in advance. River traffic has priority over cars and pedestrians.
The old steam engine can be accessed by accessing one of the towers and is a steel and iron structure that combines three different types of bridges: suspension, beam and swing.
Visitors to the Tower
Some 870,000 people visited the interior of the monument in 2018. The money raised goes to a charity of the City of London and adds more than 6 million pounds a year. There is a replica of London Tower bridge in the Chinese city of Suzhou and a future copy is prepared in the Philippines.
The travelers that think to visit the Taj Mahal will only count on three hours to be able to cross it. Otherwise, if they take longer, they will have to pay a fine equivalent to the total price of their ticket.
Local authorities implemented new restrictions to visit the Taj Mahal, one of the Wonders of the Modern World and World Heritage of Unesco. It aims to limit the number of daily visitors as long as it is sustainable and does not saturate the site. The maximum limit of daily travelers will be only 50,000 per day.
If the travelers do not comply with the visiting schedule, they must pay at the exit door the fine explained above.
Passengers who do not arrive at the scheduled time of their visit will also be sanctioned, so they will not be allowed to enter and must buy a new ticket without refund of the previous one.
The full entrance to the Taj Mahal costs around 18 U$S Dollar. For this price you can not exceed three hours of visit.
The entrance allows a maximum of three hours in the building and the gardens that surround it. Upon reaching one of the doors, visitors must mark their pass on a machine and if they have already exceeded the established time, they must pay the penalty.
In addition to avoid crowds, the entrance ticket must be purchased in advance with a set schedule, if you do not arrive at the time printed on it you will lose the right to enter the monument.
The inhabitants of Paris (France) claim more space in the streets and to achieve it. It will seek to prohibit the entry of tourist buses into the city center.
Emmanuel Gregoire, Deputy Mayor of Paris, informed that it is necessary to attend to a complaint from the inhabitants of Paris. It is about securing more space of circulation in the streets of the City.
The way to achieve this is to prohibit the entry of tourist buses that circulate in the center of the city of Paris. We are talking about all the companies that have tourist buses.
The price per trip will cost between 200 and 225 dollars and will cover the route between Manhattanand the JFK airport. Uber launches its helicopter tour service in New York tomorrow
The vehicle rental company with driver Uber will start on July 9 the helicopter service that will connect the island of Manhattan with one of the airports that serve the city, the John F. Kennedy, with a transfer price between 200 and 225 dollars.
UBER launches its “Uber Copter” through the Uber Elevate division, a subsidiary founded three years ago to explore the possibilities of shared air transport. The service will be available to its members with platinum and diamond status.
Uber said a few weeks ago that the price of the service may vary according to demand, as well as its land division.
The Coffee shop Majestic located in Rua de Santa Catarina N ° 122, opened its doors in 1921 with the name of “Elite”. It was designed by architect Joao Queirós inspired by the work of maestro Marques da Silva. At its inauguration attended all the personalities of the political and artistic world
Art Deco in Porto
In 1922, the name was changed to the current one. Art Deco style was one of the most luxurious places in Oporto. The marble facade is adorned with plant motifs of sinuous shapes. A trio of charming columns marks the facade. In the upper part a pediment crowns the decoration with the Majestic’s initials. On the sides there are two representations of children who, amusing, invite the passer-by to enter.