Place Reviews

Place Review: Mount Roraima, a Plateau of awesomeness

Hey there Bloggies!, as you can see i haven’t been able to keep up the updates on their planned date but i’ll try to keep it up for ya! so lets do this!
Today’s review is a mystic and incredible place on earth: Mount Roraima, located between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.

Guyana, Mount Roraima Tepui. Photo by Klaus Fengler

Guyana, Mount Roraima Tepui. Photo by Klaus Fengler Check out his Website!

Mount Roraima as you can see in the photos is a giant plateau with cliffs up to 400 meters height, a place that inspired fantasies and the scientific eye itself.
Its recognized by the indigenous people of the region like an alternate plane, a starting point for myths and legends, a world filled with extinct animals and organisms never seen before, inhabited by monstruous nightmares.
Mount Roraima functioned as inspiration for “The Los World” novel by Conan Doyle, it was too the filming place for the award winning documentary “The Real Lost Worlds”, where a team of scientists take off to explore Mt. Roraima’s Caves, and of course origin of the “Paradise Falls” idea where Pixar’s Movie “Up” revolves around.
The Roraima Plateau is considered one of the oldest geological formations on the planet, dated to almost 2 billion years ago.

Photo by Paolo Costa Baldi

Photo by Paolo Costa Baldi

Photo by Hiker Cissa Solo

Photo by Hiker Cissa Solo

Photo by Hiker Cissa Solo

Photo by Hiker Cissa Solo

Photo by Robelen Bajar

Photo by Robelen Bajar

A fantastic place filled with waterfalls, forests, mist and caves that makes some of us to dream of fantastic worlds and creatures in situations and events that may never take place again, for me it’s an enormous source of inspiration, what about you? would you go there? would you dream of this awesomeness?

Feel free to tell me what do you think and of course of recommend me more awesome real places!

Review Monday: The gate to hell, Derweze

Photo from far away in daytime, by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Photo from far away in daytime, by Team Detour, 2013

Hey there bloggies! so today is the start of a new week and a whole bunch of new experiences for those of us whom are willing to take them, and what a better way to kickstart my week than to let you know about this place: “The Gate to Hell”, so let’s dig into it!

Derweze was a small village located in the Karakum desert (sadly this village was disbanded in 2004, just for… kind of selfish reasons), right in the middle of Turkmenistan, it was a kind of small place, but with great surprises as you may have already figured out.
The Derweze area is really rich in natural gas and when discovered back in the 70’s by the soviets, the drilling rig had a little problem, it collapsed, leaving a 70m diameter hole in the ground.

Photo from far away, by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Photo from far away, by Team Detour, 2013

Natural gas is really poisonous, so the soviet scientists decided that the best choice was to burn it all off, expecting this would take a few days.

Silhouettes photo, by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Silhouettes photo, by Team Detour, 2013

And as you can imagine it was a big surprise when even *now* more than 40 years later the hole is still burning, thus, earning the nickname “The Gate to Hell”.

Photo by Team Detour, 2013

The Gate of Hell, Photo by Team Detour, 2013

I always thought that places like this only were real for movies and video games, but here i am writing about it, it kinda reminds me of a Sarlacc from Star Wars just after eating some chipotle.

The Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi

The Sarlacc from Return of the Jedi

Photo by Team Detour, 2013, preparing to take a selfie!

The Gate of Hell, Photo by Team Detour, 2013, preparing to take a selfie!

Photos by Team Detour! check their awesome website and read about their experience here!

So what do you think of it guys?, what does it remind you of?
Feel free to recommend me places to review! as for today is Review Monday! for real places, don’t forget to come by on wednesday for the Fictional World Review!.

The World Alchemist

Review Monday: Power Plant IM Cooling Tower, Belgium

David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


Hey there Bloggies, so a couple days ago i was surfing the net when i came across this place! a cooling tower for an abandoned power plant in Belgium, i think it’s worth sharing with you guys!
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


A brief history about this place: the IM power plant is located in the town of Charleroi, province of Hainaut, Belgium, it started operations by 1930’s and supplied electricity for over 6 million people.

This was a cooling tower for the carbon-powered energy generator and ceased functions by 2006, as of today it is in demolition queue.
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


Personally i like a lot seeing these man-made structures consumed by nature, it almost feels like they’re going back to where they came from, and as a matter of fact i´m not a big fan of emissive fuels such as oil and of course, carbon.
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography


That doesn’t turn off for me the hype to admire this place, which by the way is annually visited by many photographers and urban explorers, so tell me bloogies, what do you think of it??
David Baker Photography

David Baker Photography

Place Review: Cave of the Crystals, Naica, Mexico

Photograph by Alexander Van Driessche

Photograph by Alexander Van Driessche


Hey there Bloggies!, today is monday and that means that i will make a review of a real place for you! Let us begin then.
The place i’m gonna be talking about today is the somewhat famous “Cave of the crystals” in Naica, Chihuahua, México; its 300 meters below the surface in the outskirts of Naica, a miner’s city. Discovered in 2000 its one of the largest crystal formations known to mankind.

As a matter of fact i had the chance to be there a couple of years ago, it was one of best experiences i’ve ever had, almost like a surreal cave and near my hometown by the way!.

The temperatures inside the Cave of the Crystals go up to 59ºC (122ºF) and its humidity varies from 90% to 99% until its discovery the cave was filled with water at 50ºC allowing the formations to grow to these immense sizes, it was stated that the cave would eventually be resealed and the water level allowed to rise again, the main reason for this being the air entering the chamber deteriorates the crystals.

The crystals are made of Selenite with a max height of 12 meters, Surely reminding me of the Psyenergy caves in Golden Sun! anyone remembers??
Screenshot from Golden Sun Game for GBA

Screenshot from Golden Sun Game for GBA

Let me know what you think of this place in the comment section! and feel free to tell me about places you’ve visited too!
Have a great Monday ;D!

Place Review: The Cotton Castle, Pamukkale in Turkey

Awesome photograph of Pamukkale, couldn't find who the author of this image is, tell me if you know it!

Awesome photograph of Pamukkale, couldn’t find who the author of this image is, tell me if you know it!


Hello there, i’ve decided i’ll start reactivating this blog by reviewing awesome places to draw inspiration from, this is the one i want to start with because it really impressed me when i first saw a photo of it.
The Cotton Castle or it’s translation in Turkish “Pamukkale” is a mysterious place in western Turkey, at first you would think it’s all made of ice, but in reality, the Cotton Castle is a group of hot springs contained in carbonated mineral walls.
With a temperature varying from 35ºC to 100ºC (95ºF-212ºF approximately) the travertine hot springs are a highly touristic place to visit when going to Turkey.

“The ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis was built on top of the white “castle” which is in total about 2,700 metres (8,860 ft) long, 600 m (1,970 ft) wide and 160 m (525 ft) high. It can be seen from the hills on the opposite side of the valley in the town of Denizli, 20 km away.”
As told by Wikipedia

I find this place amazing because visually it seems cold, but in reality it may be really hot, its a deceiving and mysterious place that appears to have come from another planet or from a fantastic story, let me know what you think of it!

Photograph by Paolo Benedetti

Photograph by Paolo Benedetti


Photograph by Antoine Taveneaux

Photograph by Antoine Taveneaux


Photograph by CherryX

Photograph by CherryX

Photograph by Petr Kratochvil

Photograph by Petr Kratochvil