Hellhole!

Me to the Mister: “Listen, let’s go to the ‘Door To Hell’ sometime soon.”

He: “Honey, I already did!”

Me: (outraged) “WHAT!!!???!!! WHEN???!!!???”

He:  (with a straight face)  “The day I walked through the chapel doors down the aisle with you!!!”  😆

While I socked him in the eye real good, I’m hoping he’ll be forgiving enough and sporting enough to make a trip with me YET AGAIN to the “Door to Hell” 😀 …the real one this time! 😉

Illuminating the dreary landscape of the Karakum desert in Turkmenistan is ‘The Door’, a blazing crater the size of a football field! 😯 It’s a place that can easily rival the most superbly constructed set of a Hollywood sci-fi flick! See for yourself!

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The origin of this gigantic flaming pit makes for a rather interesting read. About 40 years ago, a couple of Soviet geologists tried to bottle natural gas from the said site for private gains. Their experiment turned out to be nothing short of an unforgivable ecological disaster when the earth under their drilling rig caved in, creating a gargantuan abyss spouting deadly gases! 😮

In a desperate bid to avoid further atmospheric poisoning, they threw a burning match in the gaping void 😯 hoping the fire would burn out the gas reserves completely. Well, it’s been 42 years and we’re still counting!

Here’s an explosive review (pun intended) 😉 courtesy 4GuysInACar!

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As incredible as it sounds, it is an experience that has ‘MUST-VISIT’ etched in BIG BOLD LETTERS all across it.

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The burning hole might burn a hole in your pocket 😉 what with it being in an exotic location and all, but make sure you set eyes on Lucifer’s earthly abode 😛 before the doors close permanently as ordered by the Turkmen President recently.

QUICK FACTS:

What: The Door To Hell/ Gates of Hell, a natural gas field that has been ablaze for over 4 decades!

Where: Derwaze/ Darwaza village in the middle of Karakum Desert, 260 kms north of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

For whom: For those who love all things bizarre!

Go Green!

Didn’t Tom Cruise propose to Katie Holmes atop the Eiffel? Kaunsa bada teer mara? Today each is hunting the other down with a rifle!!! 😆

No happy ending there.

If you’re furiously scratching your head as to where to pop the question, Ukraine’s Tunnel of Love in Kleven is nothing short of heaven! Not only would the unusual choice of location earn you considerable brownie points from your partner, locals swear that the leaves billowing in the gentle breeze are actually whispering a prayer to the Love Gods on behalf of the romantics they deem to be sincere. So there!

Image Courtesy: mydesy.com

Andrew Spiering writes:

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This arboreous archway really is as much a design of nature as it is of man. The goods train supplying timber to a local fiberboard factory located smack in the middle of Kleven’s lush forests kept parting the dense foliage flanking its tracks. Journeying thrice a day, back and forth, for decades together resulted in the brilliant green passageway that exists today.

This leafy canopy bursts with happy color at the onset of spring so you might want to time your proposal for around then.

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Just make sure the train doesn’t pop you off before you pop your question! 😆 😆 😆

Here’s to evergreen love then!

QUICKS FACTS:

What:    The 1.8 miles long Tunnel of Love

Where: In the forests of Kleven, East Ukraine

For Whom: Everybody in love. Or those on the lookout for it!

Ah! Belize-imo!!!

As a kid, I couldn’t get over my addiction for the mint with the hole. Now, after setting eyes on this wicked design of nature, I suspect I’ll have trouble getting over the hole with the mint (green waters)! 😆 This what they call life coming a full circle, eh? 😉 Great Blue Hole, Belize City, USA That was the Great Blue Hole, gaping right back at you, perhaps just as open-mouthed as you are right now! 😛  A perfectly-rounded pool with azure waters calmer than the Buddha’s peaceful countenance, this sunken basin is actually one of many entrances to a 14km-long stretch of submarine caves! A fellow-blogger, TahitianGoddess, describes this natural wonder brilliantly: 2013-06-25 00_12_37-Great Blue Hole, Belize _ I'd rather be living in Bora Bora A cross-sectional view of the Blue Hole shows it to resemble a bust, the headless figures you see in those lingerie shops! 😛

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There’s of course the widely-photographed mouth, followed by a vertical cylindrical neck that opens into a roomy cavern sprouting frighteningly beautiful stalactites from its sturdy shoulders. blue-hole-diving scuba-diving-the-giant-blue-hole The farthest most divers have managed is between 100 to 170 feet. Less than half the entire depth of the trough! The final chamber is the stomach, a place that lies almost 400 feet down below. No one usually reaches here for they must first battle those deadly limestone incisors waiting in the shadows to slice them right open. I fervently pray that the Great Blue Hole eventually taunts the hydrophobic in me enough to let go. It’d sure be a shame to enjoy this marvel merely by sitting in front of the screen of my Apple! 😆 Quick Facts: What: The Great Blue Hole  Where: Near Belize, Central America. Approx 50 miles off the Belizean coast. For Whom: A certified haven for marine conservationists, scuba divers and naturalists.