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Look around you and always look upwards is good advice when exploring old cities and ancient buildings. But tonight, 31 January 2018, look up when you’re outdoors and, if you’re in the right part of the world, you’ll see a super moon and a blood moon. A once in a blue moon event? Well, as it happens, there’ll also be a blue moon this evening!

This is the first time since these three events have come together since 1866.

Impress your friends by knowing what these special moon features are:

A blue moon is simply a second full moon in a single calendar month. A super moon is when the moon, on its elliptical orbit, is unusually close to Earth, so it looks it bigger and brighter. A blood moon happens during a lunar eclipse when briefly the moon takes on a red tinge.

The eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australasia and North America. If you’re not in the right part of the planet, you can watch virtually: go to https://www.virtualtelescope.eu

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The only cross-border zipline in the world links Spain and Portugal. It’s fast at 70 to 80 km/h, crosses a wide, lazy river and, if that wasn’t enough, you arrive almost an hour before you leave. No, it’s not time travel with some form of tardus or Concorde, but relies on the one hour time difference between the two countries.

The photo shows the peaceful town of Alcoutim in eastern Portugal and, across the river, the equally peaceful Spanish town of Sanlucar. The peacefulness is interrupted only by the whoops and, sometimes screams, from the zipliners.

A 4×4 will take you up to your departure point on the crest of the hill to the left of the hilltop castle. In the photo you can just make out the wooden platform where you step off terra firma for your 720 metre ride. A ferry across the river completes the round trip.

For a unique experience off the beaten track, add it to your bucket list!

While you’re in Alcoutim, you could walk a few paces up the hill to visit the 14th century castelo. Nearer the ferry quay is the Igreja Matriz, an early Renaissance church.

Or just relax and have a drink at the tables outside the restaurant near the church. You can watch the yachts that sail all the way up the river from the coast at Vila Real de Santo Antonio. The Guadiana is usually a slow moving river flanked by olive groves and vineyards, which provide a marked contrast with the dry countryside around.

More info here: http://www.limitezero.com/en/

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Planning a walk? Why not set off into the unknown with QuizTrail?

An intriguing aspect of following a trail with QuizTrail is that you don’t know your ultimate destination when you set out. The data on the trail gives you precise details of where to start and how long the trail is, but unless the Trailblazer spills the beans in the trail description, you will be heading out into the unknown.

These are the ultimate trails of discovery. In a world where almost everything is mapped, recorded and photographed, where you can check out your destination on Street View before you leave your front door, it is really refreshing to step out on a mystery trail. The Trailblazer who planned the trail will not only have set out an interesting route, but will also have devised questions at waypoints where you can engage with your surroundings.

Once you discovered the right spot, the question that pops onto your screen could be short and pithy or perhaps longer and packed with information on what you can see around you, before quizzing you on a topic of relevance.

Once you’ve answered, the directions to the next TrailPoint appear and you’re on your way again. You may be trying to second-guess where the Trailblazer is leading you, but then an unexpected change of directions takes you somewhere new.

Eventually you reach the hidden destination. What will you find? You’ll have to download and follow the trail yourself to find out!

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Wednesday May 11, 2016 sees a brilliant new trail with Leica Camera, the third in the current series.  Using the QuizTrail App you’ll discover inspiring spots to take great photos. There is a superb prize for the best photo taken on the trail: a bespoke one-hour Leica Photographic Academy session. Another Academy session will go to the player with the highest score on the trivia questions that pop up along the way.

The trail can be followed at any time between 11am and 7pm on the day, and there is a Leica gift for everyone who completes the walk. As a bonus for those finishing between 6pm and 7pm, refreshments will be waiting for you at the end of the route. The trail starts at Bank tube station, with exact directions given when you download the trail.

Brief directions on the phone screen guide you along the route and red or green lights tell you whether or not you’re heading the right way. There are ‘hints’ if you get stuck. Go at your own pace and have your knowledge of your surroundings gently tested. There will be encouragement to stop and take photos as you go.

You can submit up to three photos taken on the trail. The top images will be shown on screen in the Leica City Store, located in the Royal Exchange Building, and there are those great prizes for the best photo.

The QuizTrail App is free to download and the Leica Trail costs £2 to enter with Leica donating the proceeds to the charity PhotoVoice. Photography is optional; you can simply enjoy the trail and be in with a chance to win the prize for best score.

You can download the App and the trail ahead of time on QuizTrail.com. The trail will be available from Friday 6th May. No iPhone? Team up with a friend who has one! So liven up a Spring day with a fun, engaging walk. We’re not revealing the route, which you will ‘unlock’ yourself by answering the questions that pop up along the route, but to give you a clue, you will come across the beautiful garden shown in this image!

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Dan Snow, the History Guy, has created a series of five new QuizTrails at historic cities around the UK.

They will be launched by Dan at an event in the Great Hall in Winchester on Thursday 17 March.

The trails are located in London, Bath, York, Canterbury and Winchester; all centres of great significance in English history.

The heart of the story of each location is revealed by following the secret trails and answering the questions at each ‘TrailPoint’ along the route. The trails vary in length from a relative short walk in the City of London to a four-mile trail through Bath, discovering the best points of interest of this ancient city. In York, the trail takes you from the centre, along the city walls, past the magnificent Minster and along the river, peeling back the layers of history to the Romans and beyond. In Mayfair, go in search of the ‘Heroes’ who have lived in this fascinating part of the metropolis. In Canterbury, walk a section of the city walls and discover attractive backwaters of the River Stour before arriving at the Cathedral. In Winchester, Dan leads you around this beautiful, compact city taking you to numerous points of interest and historic significance in a walk of just over two miles.

The set of trails comprises:

  • The City through Fire and Conflict (City of London)
  • Heroes of Mayfair
  • Dan Snow’s Winchester
  • Dan Snow’s York
  • The Bath Heritage Trail

Each trail costs £2 to download on the free QuizTrail App. You can, of course, follow the trails with friends, making for an inexpensive and entertaining walk. Apart from discovering new places, the trails also allow you to compete with your friends on the leader board: each right answer to the questions that pop up will earn you ten points, while using a ‘Hint’ to help with your answers or to find your way will take away three points!

Click this link to find all Dan’s trails: http://quiztrail.com/profile/DanSnow/

 

 

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On 16 March you can undertake a journey of exploration on a trail along the Thames with Leica Camera.  Using the QuizTrail App you’ll discover quirky places and inspiring spots to take great photos. A signed copy of the brilliant book ‘Underground’ by Bob Mazzer is the prize for the best photo taken on the trail, together with a bespoke one-hour Leica Photographic Academy session. Another Academy session will go to the player with the highest score on the trivia questions that pop up along the way.  Everyone completing the trail can claim a small gift, complements of Leica.

The trail can be followed at any time between 11am and 7pm on Wednesday, 16 March, and there is a Leica gift for everyone who completes the walk. As a bonus for those finishing between 6pm and 7pm, refreshments will be waiting for you at the end of the route. The 1.4 mile trail starts at St Paul’s Cathedral takes about 30 minutes to walk.  You only discover the end location by walking the trail!

The Leica Trail will draw participants into the detail of what they can see around them, perhaps views they’ve seen many times but never really looked at properly. Brief directions guide you along the route and red or green lights on your phone screen tell you whether or not you’re heading the right way. There are ‘hints’ if you get stuck. Go at your own pace and have your knowledge of your surroundings gently tested. There will be encouragement to stop and take photos as you go.

You can submit up to three photos taken on the trail. The top images will be shown on screen in the Leica City Store, located in the Royal Exchange Building, and there are those great prizes for the best photo.

The QuizTrail App is free to download and the Leica Trail costs £2 to enter with Leica donating the proceeds to the charity PhotoVoice. Photography is optional; you can simply enjoy the trail and be in with a chance to win the prize for best score.

You can download the App and the trail ahead of time on QuizTrail.com. No iPhone? Make a team with a friend who has one! So liven up a March day with a fun, engaging walk.

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On 20 January you can explore the City from a new perspective on a walking trail from Leica Camera.  The trail starts at Bank tube station and the secret route will be revealed as you answer trivia questions on your iPhone. There are photo opportunities along the way and the best image taken on the day wins a signed copy of ‘London Life’ by celebrated photographer Colin O’Brien.

The trail winds its way through the heart of the City, posing engaging questions at waypoints along the route. The walk should take 20 to 30 minutes as you build a score with correct answers. There will be a prize for the best score on the day.

The trail can be followed at any time between 11am and 7pm on Wednesday, 20 January, and there is a Leica gift for everyone who completes the walk. As a bonus for those finishing between 6pm and 7pm, refreshments will be waiting for you at the end of the route. You can only discover the end location by walking the trail!

The Leica Trail will draw participants into the detail of what they can see around them, perhaps views they’ve seen many times but never really looked at properly. Brief directions guide you along the route and red or green lights on your phone screen tell you whether or not you’re heading the right way. There are ‘hints’ if you get stuck. Go at your own pace and have your knowledge of your surroundings gently tested. There will be encouragement to stop and take photos as you go.

If you wish you can submit up to three photos taken on the trail to be judged by Colin O’Brien and John Murphy, the manager of the Leica-City Store. The top images will be shown on screen in the Leica City Store, located in the Royal Exchange Building, and there is that great prize for the best photo.

The App is free to download and the Leica Trail costs £2 to enter with Leica donating the proceeds to charity. Photography is optional. You can simply enjoy the trail and be in with a chance to win the prize for best score. Make a note in your diary: 20 January. You can download the App and the trail ahead of time on QuizTrail.com. Wrap up well and liven up a January day with a fun, engaging walk.

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Have you ever thought of creating a walk? Be inventive and enjoy the stimulating experience of planning an entertaining trail. Researching and writing a good walk inevitably leads you to discovering more about your chosen route and its surroundings, even if it’s somewhere you know well. Add to that, if you devise questions along the way, treasure hunt style, you will create an event that people will enjoy, share with their friends and happily pay you for!

QuizTrail.com makes it easy to create good, entertaining walking trails with plenty of scope for expressing yourself and putting your own stamp on the experience. By blazing an interesting trail and setting engaging questions along the way, you delight those who follow your trail by sharing your knowledge and discoveries.

The QuizTrail App is packed with features that make it easy to follow a trail without getting badly lost. There is a “you’re getting warmer” feature with lights that show green if you’re heading in the right direction and red if you’ve veered off the trail. And there are Hints that you can use either if you get lost or when you’re struggling to answer one of the questions. The start of the trail is clearly marked on the map screen with a green pin, so Trail Seekers can confidently find the right spot to start their walk. Those features give confidence when you write the trail that you don’t have to worry about losing your followers if your directions are not spot on.

Setting trails is made easy on the QuizTrail.com website. The custom software leads you through the process from planning the route by dropping pins onto a Google map, to prompting you to write directions and provide a question and multiple-choice answers at each TrailPoint.

The best trails to create are ones that you would like to follow yourself. You might prefer trails that get under the skin of the location and capture the essence of the place. Perhaps a well researched walk that examines the history of buildings along the route. Or a scavenger style trail, which is quick to set up, where Trail Seekers are challenged to find something at each TrailPoint along the way.

You can do research from home with Google Streetview, Wikipedia and other reference sites and devise an informative walk around a neighbourhood without having set foot in it. Preferably you will walk the route, making notes as you go, before settling down with your laptop and being creative on the QuizTrail website.

The accuracy of the GPS system that powers the App means that TrailPoints can be placed precisely. So you could team up with a local retailer or café owner and create TrailPoints right at their shop fronts. Trail Seekers could be offered a discount when they show their live App screens to staff at the outlet.

Some of the best trails lead Trail Seekers to hidden gems. “I never knew that was there,” is the delighted comment from people who discover an interesting feature in an area they thought they knew well.

Take for instance Piranesi’s keyhole in Rome. The Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta was designed by Piranesi as the priory of the Knights of Malta. You could set a trail to explore the spectacular Aventine Hill with a TrailPoint at the doorway where the ancient keyhole offers the most memorable view of the basilica of St Peter’s two miles away, perfectly in line with the avenue of trees in the Knights’ garden.

Challenge yourself to create a trail, for fun or to make some cash. Set a download fee on your trail in any one of over twenty currencies and you receive 70% of the fee every time someone downloads your trail. It’s free to sign up and create trails and you get a free profile page on the QuizTrail website that you can link to your own website or social media pages to promote your trail.

It’s free and it’s fun and it will get you and your friends and followers out into the great outdoors. Unless of course you create you trails remotely on your laptop at home!

If you’d like a detailed guide to setting good trails, please email info@quiztrail.com and ask for our Trail Setting Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan Snow re-lives “The Blitz” with new interactive Trail

Unique prize for Schools on offer with students encouraged to learn as they follow the trail through the historic streets of London

 

Dan Snow’s new and innovative “London in the Blitz” Trail was created by Dan Snow to help you discover how Londoners carried on with their lives during the Blitz. On the trail you will see bomb damage and air-raid shelter signs for yourself and explore how Britain prepared and planned for the war and for the post-war future.

This 4-mile long history-based trail is aligned to the GCSE National curriculum and offers students aged 11 – 18 the opportunity to win an exclusive competition. Dan has offered a unique prize: he will visit the highest scoring pupil’s school and spend up to two hours talking to their history students.

In addition, there is a £25 prize for the best score on the trail.

“I am a firm believer that the best way to learn about our history is to get outside and see it for yourself,” Dan said. “My new QuizTrail uses the latest technology to teach and engage with students as they learn about how London survived the Blitz. I look forward to visiting the winner’s school to talk more about a subject that has fascinated me from a young age.”

The trail costs £1.99 to download and can be enjoyed on your own, with your family or with a group of friends. On the QuizTrail website, sign up and search for Dan Snow in the Trail Store. Select the London in the Blitz trail, download the free app from the App 

Store and you’re good to go. The competition is open now and runs to end of the Easter holidays (midnight on Sunday 10 April 2016).

“You can not only learn more about the spirit of the Blitz but also discover some little-known facts about London. This interactive media is a great way to learn about London and the Second World War,” Dan continued.

The scores will automatically be entered into the Competition and the winning school will be announced in November. In the event of a tie for top score, the names will be drawn from a hat.

 

Contact info@quiztrail.com for any questions about the trail and the competition.

 

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Go Southern Africa Magazine has created a number of trails in South Africa including the first Afrikaans language QuizTrail. There are two trails in Cape Town and the most recent QuizTrail, starting at in Mossel Bay on South Africa’s magnificent Garden Route coast, is waiting to challenge and entertain you. Go is delighted with the positive response the trails have received and there are more trails in the pipeline.