natural history tourism

Die Lüneburger Heide is an extensive region of heath, nature, woods, and farmland in the state of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) in Northern Germany, located roughly between the cities of Hamburg, Hannover, and Wolfsburg. Historically, it was where Montgomery received the German surrender at the end of WW2. The area has very rural feel to it. Dense pine forests alternate with green meadows and cultivated fields with purple heath. Its leafy villages are clustered around ancient farmhouses with vast thatched roofs sweeping down over red brick and timber-framed walls. The area has many attractions suitable for families such as the Heide Park, an amusement park near Soltau, the Walsrode Bird Park, the Serengeti Park, and 3 wildlife parks. More recently a big indoor ski slope has been opened, the SnowDome near Bispingen, as well as the Schumacher go-kart hall. There also is a wealth of museums, covering every field from agriculture to science, from warfighting to local history. Lying on the North German Plain, the region is relatively flat and there are excellent cycling routes over a network of cycle paths.


Essay #2 — Dissertation on Night at the Museum and the American Museum of Natural History, NY!

Here is it. It’s not completely done but I wanted to get it up so anyone who wants to can look over it before the weekend. You guys were so wonderfully, brutally honest with the last essay. Don’t hold back xD

If you can, please get feedback back to me within a couple of days so I have time to edit before submission :)

This is due on the 24th Oct.

Below are two ways to access the paper. Hopefully, it will all work as planned, but if not let me know!

Google Docs
This is a link to a copy of the dissertation in Google Docs. The formatting got a bit screwy when I opened it in Google, and it totally ate my tables, but otherwise, it’s good. Google should let everyone comment collectively, so feel free to comment more than once on an error etc. Let me know if you cannot leave suggestions. You can see the tables properly in the Word document.

Google Drive — Word Doc.
This is a copy of the Word film as I wrote it with formatting and tables If you prefer to read and leave comments/suggestion in Word then by all means :) Just either use the editing tools or mark any changes to the text with pink highlights so I can spot them. Just download the file then re-upload it to the folder with your name in the title once you’re done.

What you can help with

  • Spelling and Grammar — The usual.
  • Does the content flow smoothly?
  • Be brutally honest! Better you than the markers.
  • All suggestions are welcome, make them as long as you like. The more the better.
  • Would some sections benefit from being in a different place? Do share!
  • Basically, anything that comes to mind!


  • I’m in New Zealand and use English spelling, so bear that in mind.
  • Highlighted text is to remind me to double-check things later
  • I still have to write the conclusion, but hopefully, it’s pretty self-explanatory from the rest of the paper?
  • I still need to make some of the table and all of the graphs, and scan the maps and handouts I have.
  • Some of the boring formatting stuff like image references are incomplete but the text is more or less in final draft stage.

Thank you SO MUCH — AGAIN!!

P.S. Now I shall eat and sleep. So tired.


Gjirokastra is situated in the Drino valley which lies between the dramatic Lunxheria mountain range to the east and Mount Gjerë to the west.  It has a population of 35,000, and is the economic and administrative centre for the Gjirokastra District, which includes the town of Libohovë and communes of Antigone, Lower Dropulli, Upper Dropulli, Lazarat, Lunxhëri, Odrie, Picar, Pogon, Qendër Libohovë, and Zagori.



The historic Rudkhan Castle in northern Iranian province of Gilan enchants every visitor with its magnificent structure and breathtaking nature.

Located 25 km southwest of the city of Fuman, Gilan province, Rudkhan Castle used to be a military complex constructed during the Sassanid era (224-651 AD), and later rebuilt during the Seljuq era.

Die Partnachklamm in Bayern (Bavaria), Southern Germany, is a deep gorge that has been incised by a mountain stream near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It’s 700 m long and, partly, over 80 m deep. It was designated a natural monument in 1912. The gorge was already being used by local peoples in the 18th century who, at risk of their lives, transported firewood from the Reintal valley on timber rafts to Partenkirchen. From the 1700s to the 1960s the river and gorge were used as a rafting stream. In spring, the logs, marked with an owner’s symbol, were thrown into the stream and carried by meltwaters down the valley. The freeing of jammed logs required much daring and many men were lost in carrying out this task. Since 1912 the gorge has been developed for tourists and can be visited year round. An entry fee is charged in summer from 8 am-6 pm and in winter from 9 am-5 pm. Outside these times the gorge may be visited at individual risk. During snowmelt in spring, it may be closed for a short period as the water rises too high.

If you’re ever near Denver and you like dinosaurs, I can’t recommend the Morrison Natural History Museum enough.  It’s small, but the staff are incredibly passionate and knowledgeable.  I got an essentially-private tour from a woman who was a working paleontologist and wanted to nerd out really hard over micro-fossils and mineralization processes and it was wonderful.  This is the connoisseur’s dinosaur museum.  Go there.