If you love visiting and taking pics of lighthouses, here's a fun one to explore in Hawaii. Sitting on the coast of Oahu, take a short hike for some great photo opportunities.
We continue to add more collectible stickers to the Duckwyn Travel Passport. Today, you can visit St. Petersburg in Russia to add this new sticker.
St. Petersburg has gone through a few name changes throughout its 300 years of history. It was known as Petrograd from 1914 to 1924 and Leningrad from 1924 to 1991). The city was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703. Named after the apostle Saint Peter, the city served as the capital of Russia from 1713 to 1918. The city's center and monuments are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's also home to the Hermitage, one of the largest art museums in the world (Wikipedia).
Get your passport today and start collecting stickers from the historical cities that you visit.
The Eagle's Nest in Germany becomes the 213th destination to be added to the Duckwyn Travel Passport. Located high in the mountains of Germany, the Eagle's Nest is a popular destination for tourists and people who love World War II history. Hitler, however, didn't love the location. His fear of heights, the opportunity for bad weather, and the thin mountain air led to his dislike (Wikipedia). He did end up going there on at least 14 occasions when he wanted to entertain and impress guest. The house survived an Allied bombing raid on 25 April 1945. It was captured by the Allies a few days later on the 4 May.
The best time to visit is during the warmer months when there isn't a risk of snow closing the road. There is a restaurant and beer garden located at the site.
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The Arles Amphitheatre dates back to 90 AD. Inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, the amphitheater was designed to hold over 20,000 people while they watched chariot races and hand-to-hand battles (Wikipedia). In the 5th century, it became a fortress with a small 200 house village inside.
In the early 18th century, the amphitheater returned to its original use as an arena. The houses were removed but the medieval towers remained. Today, it remains in use for bullfights, plays, and concerts.
Constructed in 1869 by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle was built to be his own private retreat. He built it in honor of Richard Wagner, a German composer and theatre director. Unfortunately, he died having only spent 172 days living there. It was never fully completed. Shortly after his death, the castle was opened to the public and it remains a very popular tourist attraction to this day.
The Great Sphinx of Giza is one of the most iconic symbols of ancient Egypt. The mythical creature, a lion with the head of a pharaoh, represents pharaoh Kharfe. It stands 20 m (66 ft) tall and measures 73 m (240 ft) long. It dates back to the reign of Charge from 2558 to 2532 BC. It joins the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Pyramid of Kharfe as the must see destination in Egypt that are now part of the Ducwkyn Travel Passport.
The Pyramid of Khafre is the second-tallest of the 3 Ancient Pyramids of Giza. It is the tomb of the pharaoh Khafre who ruled from 2558 to 2532 BC. It is now one of 3 sites in Egypt that you can add to your Duckwyn Travel Passport.
More information: Wikipedia
The first Ducwkyn Destination in Egypt is the Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu. It's the oldest and largest of the Giza pyramids and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Wikipedia). The pyramid was built as a tomb for the pharaoh Khufu around the 26th century BC. It stood as the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3800 years. It's amazing to think about the skills, strength, and ingenuity that was needed to build such a structure without the help of modern tools.
Now you can collect the new stamp and sticker when you visit the pyramid complex using your Duckwyn Travel Passport.
Nuremberg Castle located in Bavaria, Germany is the latest castle to be addd to the Duckwyn Travel Passport. At its peak, it was considered one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortifications (Wikipedia). Built around 1000 AD, the castle went through three construction periods over several centuries. Today, you can visit the rebuilt and restored castle and enjoy learning about its long history.
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Chris Wills, founder and developer of the Duckwyn Project, a Travel Passport app for parents and kids to explore and document their travel adventures.