1. Disneyland Paris
Disney's Imagineers were well aware of the irony at play when they were designing the centrepiece of Europe's first Disney amusement park. After all, the ornate châteaux of the Loire Valley, which had inspired every other Disney castle, were just down the autoroute from Disneyland Paris. Even so, the 19-square-kilometre park opened in 1992 with a European-style Sleeping Beauty Castle (pictured), fuelling French critics' accusations of cultural imperialism. One even went so far as to call the place a "cultural Chernobyl" — pretty far from the happiest place on earth. But after a slow start, partly attributed to the global recession of the early '90s, the park took off with Europeans. Today it receives more visitors each year than the Louvre and Eiffel Tower combined. Now that's irony.
During a recent voyage along South America's eastern coast, Justin Hofman was surprised to get close-up footage of an unfazed mother whale and her newb... More During a recent voyage along South America's eastern coast, Justin Hofman was surprised to get close-up footage of an unfazed mother whale and her newborn calf. Hofman is the undersea specialist on the National Geographic Explorer, whose expedition team was granted special permission to dive with southern right whales in the nature reserve of Península Valdés, Argentina, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn more about the Patagonia expedition: http://www.nationalgeographicexpeditions.com/destinations/southamerica/category/patagonia?utm_source=NGdotcom-Video&utm_medium=link&utm_content=20140619_LEX_Video_RightWhaleEncounter_AllPatagonia&utm_campaign=NGdotcom Click to see more video highlights from the National Geographic - Lindblad fleet of expedition ships traveling around the globe: video.nationalgeographic.com/video/ngexpeditions/
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