The saying goes that seven is a liar account. There are those who attribute religious value to the appearance of this expression, while others simply repeat the phrase because they heard it one day. Anyway, on this April 1st, April Fools’ Day, I gathered seven facts to test your nose for fake news.
It says, who has never been on a trip and was a bit of a goat with that guide telling facts and more facts about a church, a square, a statue? It is part of the show to value the destination, assign historical value or great achievements to addresses so that they are not limited to being a mere point on the map. Here are curiosities from around the world that may even inspire a trip in the future, just to see with your own eyes what you read here.
In the fjords of Norway, the hostel has a staircase of 4,444 steps – Photo: Florli 4444
Hostel in Norway has a staircase with 4,444 steps
A hard and painful truth. Holidays are sacred, they should not be synonymous with penance. But to admire Norway’s famous fjords, sometimes it takes a little sacrifice. Florli 4444 is a mountain hostel in a region of the country where cars don’t arrive – ferries make transportation there. To get there you have to face 4,444 steps on a wooden ladder! And the hostel plays clean, tells the truth when it explains that the walk of about 3 hours is suitable for adults and young people in shape. And it does not recommend climbing when it is snowing, at the risk of a bad fall. However, when you reach the top of the stairs, the view is beautiful, above the level of the trees. Well, see the images and draw your own conclusions. They don’t lie.
Jamaica has James Bond beach
Truth. The country is all about the most famous secret agent in cinema. The beach is in the Bay of Oracabessa, close to the city of Ocho Ríos, in the north of Jamaica. For those who are a fan of 007, it is worth visiting GoldenEye, a property in the same region that belonged to Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond. There, in an old hut, he wrote Casino Royale, first of the 13 books in the series, which would later end up on the cinema screens. The debut film, The Satanic Dr. No (1962), it was shot in Jamaica. Nowadays, GoldenEye is a boutique hotel that brings together private villas, cozy cottages and cabins, all surrounded by private beaches and lush nature. In fact, the announcement of the 25th film in the franchise, No Time To Die, was done at the hotel. Jamaica is again among the locations for the feature film, whose release had to be postponed twice due to the covid-19.
In Park City, a curfew bell always sounds at 10 pm
Lie (or half-truth). Founded in 1884, in the middle of the gold rush in the American West, the city of the state of Utah has become one of the main destinations of ski in the United States. After suffering from a major fire in the late 19th century, the city adopted a bell to warn of new catastrophes. A test was done every night, always at 10 pm, and ended up becoming a kind of curfew for the youngest. The bell was replaced by an electric siren, which continues to ring at the same time until today just by tradition. Therefore, no one, especially tourists, need to leave the bars and restaurants on Main Street, the main street where Park City’s nightlife and entertainment are concentrated.
Park City, old town of the Wild West – Photo: Visit Park City
Pavarotti sang for an empty Teatro Amazonas
It’s summer. In the mid-1990s, Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti made a stopover in Manaus and took the opportunity to visit Teatro Amazonas. A postcard of the capital of Amazonas, built at the end of the 19th century with money from the Rubber Cycle, the venue was closed. An employee was called in so that he could gently open the doors of the theater for the illustrious visitor. Pavarotti took the stage and, practically in the dark, intoned two arias from the opera Tosca, immortalized in the voice of Enrico Caruso, Pavarotti’s idol and to whom he was always compared during his career. The small and unique presentation of the Italian tenor at the opera house in Manaus had an audience of no more than five witnesses, it is estimated.
A spa offers a wine bath treatment
In vino veritas, which in good Latin means “no wine the truth is there ”. While in the Czech Republic it is possible to relax in a hot tub full of beer from a spa, in the Portuguese island of Madeira a hotel has made wine the source of benefits for the body. At The Vine Hotel’s Divine Spa, guests have therapies ranging from exfoliation sessions with grape seeds to massages with the famous Madeira wine and even a drink bath (although it could be true to be in the bathtub in this room, right? ?).
Wine bath in Portugal, on Madeira Island – Photo: The Vine Hotel
Canada has a 1 million coin
More pure truth, like the gold used in its making. In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint, Canada’s mint, coined the first copy of the Big Maple Leaf, a coin with a face value of 1 million Canadian dollars (estimated value at 3.75 million euros). On one side is the raised figure of Queen Elizabeth II; on the back was the famous maple leaf in Canada, a symbol of the country. Another five currencies like it were custom-made and purchased by investors from Canada and abroad. Weighing 100 kg and measuring is not the kind of change to take in your pants pocket, you know. Still, in 2017, bandits stole a specimen exhibited in the numismatics collection at the Bode Museum in Berlin. In a cinematic action, it took them about 30 minutes to take away the coin, which was never found. The police believe it was broken into smaller pieces. Arrested, three thieves were convicted of theft last year.
The name of a hill has 85 letters and is in Guinness
True.Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu is a word, although it looks more like a tweet. The expression is in Guinness – Record Book and refers to a geographical location in New Zealand, a hill that is in Hawke’s Bay (North Island). The place yields good photos, but requires permission to enter as it is a private property. The meaning of the expletive is “the place where Tamatea, the man with big knees, who slipped and swallowed mountains, known as the ‘earth eater’, played the flute for his beloved”. But you can call it Taumata that everyone knows.
New Zealand hill has 85-letter name – Photo: New Zealand Tourism
* I am a travel journalist and I also write Como Viaja with tips and experiences in Brazil and abroad. Follow me on Instagram @ComoViaja for news and curiosities
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