Tag Archives: Winter 2021

Travel Guides: ‘Takayama – Central Japan’ (HD Video)

Takayama is located at the base of the Northern Japan Alps and was initially built up by the Kanamori clan, which ruled over the region beginning in 1586. Central Takayama today retains much of the elegant architecture and flavors of the past, causing many to call it a “Little Kyoto.” In addition to the outstanding historical district here, visitors will find an ample amount of temples and shrines, shops, restaurants, cultural experiences, and year-round outdoor activities making it an excellent stop to any travel itinerary!

Analysis: How The Power Grid Failed In Texas (Video)

Texas had a rough winter in 2021. In mid-February, with temperatures dropping to the single digits, demand for electricity hit a record high throughout Texas. Supply ran short, causing the state’s electric grid operator to implement rolling power outages.

At the height of the crisis, more than 4.5 million customers lost power. The freak winter storm caused neighboring states such as Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas to also impose rolling blackouts. Texas residents shivered in the cold, as outages lasted for days at a time. They lost access to water. Some resorted to turning on their cars in their garages to keep warm then died due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The historic breakdown was a wake-up call — if the power grid in Texas was so fragile, what about the rest of the United States? The U.S. has faced a 67% increase in weather-related power outages since 2000, according to data from Climate Central. Part of the problem is an aging infrastructure. Most of today’s power grid was built in the 1950s and ’60s, with the hopes that it would last for 50 years.

Winter Walks: ‘Meiringen – Switzerland’ (4K Video)

Meiringen is first mentioned in 1234 as Magiringin. Due to its strategic location at the foot of several alpine passes, the area around Meiringen was settled at least in the Early Middle Ages. The first village church was built in the 9th or 10th century. When it was destroyed in a flood the new church of St. Michael (first mentioned in 1234) was built about 5 m (16 ft) above the old church. The current church of St. Michael dates from the 15th century and was renovated in 1683–84. The Restiturm castle was constructed in the 13th century, whilst the Wyghus fortress in the Brünig Pass was first mentioned in 1333, though it was destroyed later.

Alpine Views: ‘Skiing The Backside In Norway’

Joy of the Mountains, Off Piste Skiing Alone in Norway, Backside of Hilleknuten & Grubba, Gopro vlog, Sirdal 4k, Gopro Hero 9, Superwide mode, POV Been spending a lot if time in the snowy mountains of Norway this winter, skiing, hiking and backpacking, so I made this little video of the downhill skiing down the backsides of a couple of my favorite mountains in south western Norway in beautiful March weather.

Aerial Views: ‘Winter In The Netherlands’ (Video)

Filmed and Edited by: Tim Roosjen

The Netherlands, a country in northwestern Europe, is known for a flat landscape of canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII. Canalside mansions and a trove of works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the city’s 17th-century “Golden Age.”

Inside Views: Sweden’s Luxurious ‘ICEHOTEL’

Located in Sweden stands the world’s most luxurious ice hotel, made from two and a half thousand tonne blocks of pure ice. From beds to bars, artists carve the ice to form the interior of the hotel. But the hotel only stays standing for 4 months a year before it begins to melt away to nothing… Experience a spectacular aerial journey across Sweden with Europe From Above; stop by the restoration of Stockholm Palace, a frozen winter wonderland and a record-breaking wooden skyscraper.

Top Road Trips: 24 Hours In Yosemite For Firefall 2021

Yosemite National Park is home to firefall, one of the most amazing natural wonders that happens only a few times every year. During mid to late February, Horsetail Fall lights up with the sunset and looks like it is flowing lava.