Venice is a city of Italy, capital of the Veneto region. It is known as the city of canals and is situated in the northeast of the country, a group of islands that stretch for a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. This is a very important city touristically and it receives each year more than 15 million visitors.

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Lately, Venice has encountered several problems that include increased water level (Acqua Alta, 150 centimeters) and, as a result of it, a series of floods in various tourist areas of the city, like in the Plaza de San Marcos. The water level tends to rise between spring and autumn because of the heavy rains and it has direct effects on tourism, as most traders cannot open and the terraces are no longer so popular. According to a study, it is expected that the water level would rise up and flood frequency of 1.4 to 18.5 times per year by the end of the century that would affect 75% of the city.

What do YOU think?

Do you think that because of frequent flooding in Venice tourism will disappear? Will flooding affect the choice of tourists?


The Plastinarium is an “Anatomical Teaching Centre” located in Guben, Germany. This 3000 sqm’s museum is unique in the world. Its particularity is to expose human corpses and to explain the process of plastination, a technique used in anatomy to preserve bodies using silicone to replace the different organic liquids. The visits may also include particular workshops for groups.

Founded in November 2006 by Gunther von Hagens (physician and inventor) for doctors, students and even amateurs to know more about the topic, it has received more than 100 thousand visits since its opening.

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The opinions about this attraction are divided, which make it an important controversial tourism spot. In fact, using those expositions with a medical purpose may not be a bad idea; nevertheless it’s not necessary to show corpses in all-day activities (playing poker, riding a horse, playing tennis…). Those bodies aren’t supposed to be a show and the expositions should be focused on a specific public. Why would it be interesting for everyone to learn with such details how are our bodies from inside? Moreover, even if donations of human corpses to von Hagens’ exhibitions are done, isn’t it a bit morbid and immoral to expose them so coldly?

 Have YOU visited and liked the Plastinarium? Would you recommend it and to who? Don’t you think some expositions aren’t appropriated for everyone?

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!

Auschwitz

Posted: January 3, 2013 in Europe, Morbid
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Auschwitz was a complex of various concentration camps built by the medical experimentation regime after Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland in 1939, at the beginning of World War II.

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The Auschwitz concentration camp is considered the largest center of history and the most visited, in 2008, the number of tourists was 1.2 million visitors and in 2010 that figure was higher, with 1.38 million visitors. In the last ten years has tripled the number of visits, which implies greater interest in the place.

Following this, Auschwitz has become a tourist destination that is as a place of memory due to its high number of visitors and this may affect the area in a positive way as income increases but in turn the of tourists makes some people not as proper area or not behave respectfully.

Do you think the area is well classified as a place to promote tourism? Can affect the flow of tourists to the area?

Devil Island

Posted: December 27, 2012 in Abandoned, Africa, Morbid
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Devil’s Island is located off the coast of French Guiana, specifically in the archipelago of the Salvation Islands, in South America. This island was used as a French penal colony and was opened in 1851 by Napoleon III to house prisoners, getting to be about 80,000 prisoners, who were forced to live on this island. Currently, the island is one of the best known colonies and ranks high among the main tourist attractions of French Guiana.

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The opinions about this destination may be different since using this area as a tourist destination can be quite shocking to some people because of the events that happened or it may be only a trip for those interested in the details of the events happened and there can also be considered as an adventure destination.

Is the Devil Island is an attractive place to visit? Have you ever visited Devil’s Island?


On 26th April 1986, at 1 A.M. in Ukraine, the reactor #4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded because of unauthorized reactor tests. About 9 tons of radioactive materials (90x Hiroshima bomb) contaminated the zone, now known as “Forbidden Zone”, on 19 miles (30 km). Finally, 40 hours later, took place the evacuation of Prypiat at 2 P.M. on April 27th. To speed the evacuation, the inhabitants were said that they would be able to return to their places only 3 days after. It has been calculated that more than 4000 people developed lethal cancers because of the radioactive exposition they suffered.
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Nowadays, the Forbidden Zone is open for tourism. Travellers can find on the Internet tours starting at 170$ (130€). These are generally for 1 or even 2 days, with a time visit of 5-6 hours per day in the Forbidden Zone. On average, 20 to 30 travellers can enter each day the zone. Those visits include the visit of Prypiat and outsides of the reactor #4. Although visitors are authorized to get close at 200km of the sarcophagus, the guides would always tell you not to step on the moss or walk on plant-covered zones. In fact, the radioactive materials have the tendency to “enter” in the plants. The most appalling evidence of this phenomenon is the Red Forest next Prypiat which has been contaminated and is now the most radioactive place in the zone, with also the Vehicle Scrap Yard.

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An article from the CNN explained, in 2010, that “most radioactive material has sunk into the soil, and visitors receive a dose comparable to the exposure they would receive on a trans-Atlantic flight”. Moreover, the visits are only allowed with a professional guide, under huge restrictions.

However, Chernobyl is considered one of the most dangerous places on Earth because of the still present level of radiations.

 And YOU, would you enjoy visiting the Forbidden Zone? Why? Are you scared of the impacts it could have on your health? Or do you think, as Mycio (author of “Wormwood Forest”), that it’s going to become a “nuclear Disneyland”?


In New York, United States of America, since 2001, “Ground Zero” is understood to be the site of the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the September 11 attacks. After this event, the site of the disaster has been changed into a memorial for the victims. Nowadays, where the twin towers where located, is being constructed a new Center. It will be formed by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Memorial Plaza, two ponds where used to be the old Twin Towers, Main Station WTC and four numbered towers.

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The area where the disaster took place, the Ground Zero, is now one of the most visited tourism destinations of New York. The Memorial and Museum are here to recall the events of the 11-S. Thanatourism, the tourism of horror and disaster has always existed and many visitors of the Ground are motivated by the morbid curiosity. The issue that we are facing nowadays is the following:

Is the Ground Zero transforming into a superficial tourism attraction? Is it losing his initial meaning?

So… What do YOU think?


As you may have heard about, a new casino complex is been considered in Madrid, Spain. Its name is Eurovegas. The father of the project is Sheldon Adelson, owner of several casinos in Las Vegas, Bethlehem, Macau and Marina Bay. To Spain, the creation of such a complex represented employment, external investment but, most of all, a posible exit for this recesion situation. However, the large part of the population question the beneficits of Eurovegas.

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First of all, some laws unfavourable for Sands Corporation are going to be modified and the complex will benefit from a special treatment. Moreover, it would be another rival for the local casinos.

Then, it’s important to emphasize that most of Sheldon Adelson’s employees outside America aren’t natives, they are also americans. It could not increase, in that case, the rate of employment in the country.

Finally, the complex would most likely increase the number of gambling addictions due to the laws’ modifications and the size of the place, like it was the case in Las Vegas?

So, what do you think? Is Eurovegas a blessing or a scourge?