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    The campsite: one of the biggest tourist attractions in France

    More and more French people now prefer to spend their holidays camping. In fact, the occupancy rate of camping sites often exceeds that of hotels during the summer. The rise in popularity has been partially attributed to the freedom that camping sites offer to vacationers and tourists. Some will prefer to camp by the sea, others in the mountain and others in a tent or caravan. So, unlike hotels and holiday clubs, camping allows you to do what you want and when you want.

    A variety of destinations:

    France is the number one camping destination in Europe and the second in the world. It has more than 7,800 varied campsites spread over the entire territory. The campsites are in varied locations, which is perfect for lovers of tourism. Whether you are looking to camp by the sea, in the mountains or even in the rural areas, there is definitely something for you.

    Camping sites in France are very modern in nature. This is probably one of the reasons why the activity has flourished in the region. For one, vacationers have a wide choice of accommodation. Tourists who do not want to spend the night in a tent can rent a tree house or even a mobile home. Second, the camping sites come with sanitary facilities and relaxation activities.

    A good price-value ratio:

    The continued success of campsites in France can also be attributed to the fair prices charged by the establishments. Campsites are a great alternative to hotels as they provide well-equipped accommodation at a much cheaper price. Surprisingly, prices have remained stable for the past 5 years despite the increased popularity. According to statistics, 65% of campers have been regular vacationers for 10 years and 20.3% for 5 years.

    Further, players in the camping sector have responded to the expectations of their customers by implementing effective marketing strategies. For example, the competitive prices charged on French territory have attracted a significant portion of foreign tourists. Although German tourists are the most interested in the offers of French campsites, campers arrive from several other European countries too.

    Various activities:

    The outdoor camping sites in France allow you to enjoy a variety of activities. You may choose to take a dip in the swimming pool at the campsite or have fun with the animation team who will help you burn some calories. Some campsites even form partnerships with other leisure facilities in the region to offer you competitive prices.

    Choose your atmosphere:

    There is great diversity in the camping sites in France, so you can quickly find the best campsite for your desires and needs. There is a campsite for young people, for families, and even for naturists. You can even find some campsites that are customised for different demographics, all in one location!

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    At 17, she was chosen by NASA to be the first human to set foot on Mars

    NASA and other space exploration companies are now focused on the planet Mars. This is set to be the most daring human quest ever, and NASA in particular has been setting all the plans in motion. The aeronautics company was recently in the headlines over a 17 year old girl who is keen to set her foot on the red planet. Alyssa Carson, 17,  is one of the future astronauts who will participate in NASA’s Martian mission.

    SpaceX—the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk—and NASA are engaged in a very serious technological battle. They are fighting to see who will be the first to send a human to the planet Mars. Space X intends to carry out this mission in the year 2024 while NASA will wait a bit longer for the year 2033.

    Alyssa Carson, 17, is part of the NASA Mars mission crew. She dreams of being the first human to walk on the surface of the red planet.

    Alyssa Carson is originally from Louisiana, Baton Rouge more precisely. She has been training with NASA to become an astronaut from the age of 15. She is the youngest person to graduate from Advances Possum Academy. Without this diploma, you cannot train to become an astronaut.

    Alyssa thinks the hardest part for her is her age. She finds it impressive to have accomplished so much at her age while others are still in high school. She finds the training to be quite demanding for her age. However, in an interview, she tells Bored Panda that she is on the right track.

    Not only is the young woman training to become an astronaut, but she is also taking language courses. She is learning English, Spanish, French and Chinese. She is fully aware of the sacrifices she will have to make to transform her dreams to reality. For example, she can’t get married or have kids for the next few years.

    As a “young astronaut” in training, Alyssa made the following statement: “All astronauts, especially women, have charted this path that I have chosen to follow.” Her story is so inspiring that she is now an ambassador for space and aeronautics among young people. She thinks she can inspire in them the same dream she has carried for a long time. They can later participate in space conquest missions for another planet.

    If you want to know more about this young astronaut in training, follow her on her Facebook page, or on her Instagram account. You can also visit the NASA Blueberrry site to learn more about her daily life.

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    Scientific facts that you believed to be true but which are not at all!

    Life in itself is a big mystery. So we are constantly asking ourselves questions to interrogate what we see in the movies or confirm if the scientific facts that we learn at school are true. This is why we have decided to come up with a list of some scientific facts that you thought to be true but which are not at all! Here are the biggest science myths that will make you reconsider everything you believe.

    1. States of matter

    Elementary science has led us to believe that there are three main states of matter, namely: liquid, solid and gas. But no, we do not have 3 states of matter but 4.

    I bet you were taught that at school! But what is this fourth state? The plasma state is often referred to as the fourth state of matter but it is rarely ever discussed. This is probably because it is a unique state that is quite rare and unusual, even under ordinary terrestrial conditions. The state can be observed in lightning during thunderstorms. This is probably the only time you will witness the state of plasma on Earth. And yet, it exists!

    2. The other planets

    No, Mercury is not the hottest planet in the solar system even though it remains closest to the sun.

    In contrast, Venus is by far the hottest planet with a staggering temperature of 432 °C. As for the rings of Saturn, they are not rigid but rather composed of particles of ice and dust that extend over several meters long!

    3. The age of the dogs

    It is often said that a human year equals seven years for dogs. However, this is not the case.

    Dogs grow faster in the first two years of life, then their growth slows down. It also depends on the breed of dog you have. For some dog breeds, a human year equals 14 years for the dog!

    4. Silent weapons

    You’ve probably watched a lot of movies where the guns used did not make a lot of noise.

    Silent guns are often quite loud, despite the name. In fact, silencers are as loud as police sirens! However, they are 100 times quieter than a standard firearm …

    5. Tires against lightning

    You probably think that car tires will protect you from lightning in the event that a thunderstorm strikes while in the car.

    Well, it’s not the tires on your vehicle that protect you from an electric shock. Rather, the metal body of the car transmits electricity to the ground.

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    The Incredible True Story of Larry Walters, Who Flew As High As Planes In His Balloon-Filled Chair

    Many of us like to think we have sky-high ambitions, but often even our wildest dreams still fall somewhere in the reality of down-to-earth ideas. And even in that case, even with the best of intentions, oftentimes we don’t always end up achieving our wildest ideas—as life sometimes gets in the way or we forget about it.

    But for Lawrence “Larry” Walters, he would follow his dreams all the way to the sky—and make headlines and history in more ways than one.

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    And the Award Goes To: 40+ Memorable and Awkward Award Show Moments

    One of the most exciting things about award shows is you never know what’s going to happen. While celebrities grace the red carpet in the most glamorous and extravagant outfits, our favorite part of the night is the drama!

    Between embarrassing falls and wardrobe malfunctions to confrontations and awkward acceptance speeches, we can always count on award shows to be exciting. Here are over 40 memorable and embarrassing award show moments we can’t stop thinking about.

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    Man Living In Vietnam Claims To Be Missing Prisoner Of War

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    During the Vietnam War in the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of soldiers fought for the United States during an era when the nation was divided about the country’s involvement in the conflict. Many of these soldiers became prisoners of war (POWs).

    Missing & Presumed Dead

    Those who were unlucky enough to be captured were often starved, tortured, and sometimes killed by the Vietcong. When the war ended in 1975, many of the POWs were released. Still, others remained missing and were presumed dead, including Special Forces Green Beret Master Sgt. John Hartley Robertson.

    However, the POW actually started a new life in the Vietnamese jungle, and he was found in 2008. But his story wasn’t what it seemed.

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    This Man Thought He Married The Perfect Woman Until He Discovered Her Dark Past

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    Few things in this life are more devastating than finding out the person you love most in the world isn’t who you thought they were. That’s exactly what happened to Blake Ruff. When he married the love of his life, all he could think about was starting a family with her. Then everything went south. After years together, Blake learned the truth about who his wife really was, and he would never be the same again. This is the story of Blake and Lori, and their fairytale marriage that turned into a nightmare.

    Love At First Sight

    It was 2003 when Blake Ruff first laid his eyes on Lori Erica Kennedy. It was love at first sight, and he knew his life would never be the same. He had no idea, however, just how much it would change.

    After a year of courtship, the two were married, despite the fact that Ruff barely knew anything about his wife. Was she hiding something from her past? In time, the answers would reveal themselves, although Lori wouldn’t be the one to tell.

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    Top 5 most expensive sports to practice

    Games and sports are an excellent way to unwind after a long day or even week. Whether you’re into running, swimming or cycling, there is definitely something for everyone and for all budgets! But some sports are becoming more and more expensive to play and unfortunately, some people can’t afford to invest large sums of money in sporting activity. This is why you need to know 5 of the most expensive sports to practice:

    1. Golf

    It is arguably one of the most expensive sports in the world and it requires full equipment right from the word go.

    For example, you will need around €50 for a golf lesson to learn the basics of the sport. You will need ten of these lessons, or an investment of €500. Add on to that the equipment used to play and membership in a club and the cost will balloon. So you should probably think twice before committing to this sport as it requires a heavy investment.

    2. Horse riding

    Although horse riding is now cheaper than it was before, the sport still requires a heft investment for you to begin.

    Many equestrian centers lend you the accessories you need for horseback riding, but it is more hygienic to have your own shoes and boots! In addition, you will need suitable riding pants, a license to practice this sport in the equestrian center of your choice and an annual subscription which varies between 100 and 600 euros.

    3. Surfing

    You obviously need to live near the sea for this sport. But if you live further inland, do not despair, you can always practice while on vacation. The sport remains expensive as you will need to fork up to €1,500 in the first year alone.

    Ocean water is often cold, so you will need a wetsuit if you intend to spend some time in the water. A wetsuit costs around $100, and you will also need a board for a cost of up to $600. Consider surfing during your vacation, it will cost you less!

    4. Diving

    Although many swimming pools now offer introductory diving lessons, you will need to live near the sea to practice this sport. Nonetheless, diving in swimming pools can be a great option if you are looking to save on the costs.

    For the equipment, again, it is a budget that you have to accept to pay between fins, snorkel, wetsuit and oxygen bottles, it takes around 1000 €. Plus the price of diving lessons, be careful not to sink your budget!

    5. Hockey

    Any sport that requires relatively large equipment will require a heavy initial investment on your end.

    So with that in mind, it is not surprising that ice hockey is on this list. Memberships to play in a club can go up to €500, depending on the club. Then, you have to invest in the equipment which includes a helmet, gloves, protection and of course, the hockey stick!

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    6 totally free beauty tips

    Are you always on the lookout for new beauty products? Stay calm, we are not here to blow your budget. After all, this is what happens to most of us. We are only going to provide you with a little help in your search (we must help each other)! Here are 6 beauty tips that will save your wallet. Think of this as a small gift, but you have to keep this gift a secret! Drum rolls… let’s go!

    1. Hydrate regularly

    For those who did not know, hydration is very important when talking about beauty and skin care.

    Drink enough water to keep your body in good shape. Consume a little more water and less sugary drinks for visible results.

    2. Use a moisturizing mist

    Before applying your serum, use a moisturizing mist.

    This little trick ensures better penetration of your beauty treatments.

    3. Sleep on a silk pillowcase

    As bizarre as it may sound, you should use a pillowcase made of silk.

    Compared to other materials, silk plays two roles. First, it is a hypoallergenic material, so it prevents the formation of wrinkles. Second, it protects your hair while you sleep.

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    Asexuality: what is it?

    Asexuality is a sexual orientation, just like being homosexual or heterosexual is. It is different from celibacy or abstinence. Asexuality exists on a spectrum, with great diversity in experiences, desires within a relationship, attraction and arousal of people. Moreover, it is estimated that 1% of the population is asexual, although experts believe the numbers could be higher. So let’s take stock of asexuality together to get a better understanding of it.

    What is asexuality?

    Asexuality is a sexual orientation, just like homosexuality, bisexuality, and heterosexuality. Asexual people are sometimes called “ace” for short. According to the Trevor Project, asexuality is a general term that exists on a spectrum. He further describes a variety of ways a person can express themselves within the spectrum.

    Although most asexual people are not very interested in sex, they do experience romantic attraction. But most may not. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everyone else. Most of them desire and form emotionally intimate relationships with other people. Also, they may be attracted to people of the same sex or to non-binary people. Each asexual person will have a different experience, which may include:

    • falling in love
    • excitement
    • having orgasms
    • masturbation
    • marriage
    • having children.

    The different spectra that exist

    In LGBTQIAP+, the A represents the spectrum of asexuality. This famous spectrum has two orientations: sexual orientation and romantic orientation. Several identities fall into these categories.

    Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everyone else. But everyone is different, and the way individuals meet these needs varies widely. Some aces may want romantic relationships. They may feel romantically attracted to other people, who may be of the same gender or of the other sex. Other aces may prefer close friendships to intimate relationships. Some will experience arousal, and others will masturbate with no interest in having sex with another person. Some asexual people do not want to have sexual contact, while others may feel sexually “neutral”. Other asexual people will have sexual contact to form an emotional connection.Other common identities that fall on the asexual or aromantic spectrum include:

    Aromantic

    Aromantic is a romantic orientation, which is different from a sexual orientation. While the two are intertwined for most people, they are different. Aromantic people feel little or no romantic attraction. They prefer close friendships and other non-romantic relationships. Many aromantic people will form queer platonic partnerships, or QPP. QPPs are platonic, but have the same level of commitment as romantic relationships. Some people in QPP choose to live together or have children together.

    Demisexual

    Demisexual people experience sexual or romantic attraction, but only after they have established a close emotional bond with someone.

    Graysexual or gray-romantic

    People who belong to this category identify with a point between the sexual and the asexual. This may include, but is not limited to:

    • people who sometimes only feel a romantic attraction
    • people who sometimes only feel a sexual attraction
    • people who are sexually attracted but have very low libido
    • people who desire and enjoy sexual or romantic relationships, but only under very specific circumstances

    How do you know if you are asexual?

    Asexuality is a sexual orientation. Often times, an asexual person has never had an interest in sexual contact with other people. But it should not be confused with suddenly losing interest in sex or choosing to abstain from sex while experiencing sexual attraction.

    Asexuality is not the same as celibacy or abstinence. If a person is single or abstains from having sex, it means that they have made a conscious decision not to participate in sexual activity despite their sexual attraction.

    It’s also important to note that asexuality is not the same as hypoactive sexual desire disorder or sexual aversion disorder. These are medical conditions associated with anxiety about sexual contact. Social pressure can make asexual people anxious about sex, but it’s different.

    Just as some people are gay or bisexual, others are asexual. If a person is asexual, it means that they have little or no interest in sex. They may still feel a romantic attraction, but it is also possible that they may not. There is a wide range of identities on the asexuality spectrum, from people who experience no sexual or romantic attraction to people who have sexual touching under certain conditions. Many asexual people form meaningful and lasting relationships, and some get married or have children. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy or abstinence, both of which mean that someone experiences a sexual attraction, but chooses not to act on it.

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    The essentials to know about gluten-free alcohols

    Most types of alcohol are made from gluten grains, including most beers and liquors. So if you are on a gluten-free diet, you may want to stick to gluten-free alcoholic beverages. It’s definitely harder than it sounds, but don’t despair, you actually have a lot of choices! If you are on the look-out for gluten-free alcoholic drinks, here is a small list that might interest you …

    Wine

    Anyone with celiac disease can still enjoy a glass of wine. It is made from grapes, which does not affect people with gluten sensitivity.

    You can indulge in red, white, rosé or champagne, depending on your preferences. Just watch out for additives that might trigger symptoms. Wine has been the subject of extensive studies over the years and has been proven to be an effective elixir. Besides, who said that a man needs a fountain of youth to live long? Thanks to an element called resveratrol, which is a polyphenol found more particularly in red wines, you can prolong your youth. It is a powerful antioxidant found in grape skin and red grape juice. Antioxidants help the body fight free radicals that can damage our cells and organs. Studies show that resveratrol promotes health and longevity by increasing the activity of a protein called sirtuins. Sirtuins are responsible for protecting the body against signs of aging.

    Vodka

    There is one major exception here: Vodka distilled from cereal grains is obviously not gluten-free. Look for bottles made from potatoes, grapes, or corn.

    Gluten-free vodka drinks are not as hard to find as you might think. Plus, vodka can increase blood flow and circulation in your body, which then prevents clots, strokes, and other forms of heart disease. Vodka can also help lower your cholesterol levels. Additionally, those who are watching their weight may want to consider it as it is generally considered a lower calorie alcohol. You may have heard that red wine is a natural relaxant, but this is nothing compared to vodka, which studies have shown to relieve tension better than wine. We have already mentioned how vodka can soothe toothaches, but drinking a little bit of it can also help fight bad breath. Unlike beer or wine, a glass of vodka can actually lower blood sugar levels. Vodka is most effective when taken pure, so order it pure or with ice cubes. Everything in moderation of course.

    Cider

    Most ciders are gluten free because they are brewed from apples, not wheat like beer.

    Cider—like red wine—contains a number of antioxidants as it is derived from apples, a popular superfood. Antioxidants are compounds found in fresh foods and vegetables that help to slow down free radicals in your body. They reduce the likelihood of developing health problems such as cancer, heart disease, and ageing. In fact, apple cider contains more antioxidants than green tea, and when consumed in moderation, it can deliver positive results beyond the buzz. The antioxidants are accompanied by vitamin C, the immune system’s best friend. Vitamin C has been praised for decades by healthcare professionals and dieticians, and it continues to stand out in the healthcare community for all of its benefits. Some of the most common benefits of this vitamin include boosting the immune system, helping control asthma symptoms, and the potential to boost your mood.

    Tequila

    Remember to look for 100% agave tequila, which is naturally gluten free. Further, previous studies have shown that consuming tequila can improve health.

    A recent study conducted at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Mexico concluded that consuming tequila is good for the bones. A substance found in the tequila plant, agave tequilana, improves the absorption of calcium and magnesium—minerals that support bone health. Agave tequilana also contains high levels of insulin, which improves digestion by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Some people also take a bite from the plant before a meal to boost their metabolism. According to research presented to the American Chemical Society, the sugar in the agave plant, called agavin, helps to lower blood sugar levels. Agavins also make people feel fuller for longer, so they end up eating less.

    Rum

    Rum is traditionally made from sugar cane. So it’s not the healthiest alcohol, but it’s often gluten-free. Plus, you can always look for simple bottles and add your own elements to make the drink more interesting. Unfortunately, flavoured rum may at times contain ingredients that are unsuitable for a gluten-free diet.

    According to various studies, drinking rum in moderation will give you a healthy and strong heart and lower cholesterol levels in the body. It is also a good drink for preventing peripheral artery disease. As a blood thinner, rum can be used to fight artery blockages, prevent heart attacks and heart disease. Consuming a small serving of rum can also relieve a sore throat and help treat colds. This is due to the antibacterial property of rum, which makes it ideal for curing colds. It is also often said that consuming a tablespoon of rum per day could lower blood sugar levels.

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    Important principles of minimalism

    Minimalism is a concept that could change your life for the better. Sadly, many people get it wrong due to the lack of knowledge. Principles of minimalism involve omitting unnecessary things from our lives, but not necessarily getting rid of everything we have. This means that after the fact, whatever is left must count for something and have a purpose. To help you better understand this discipline of life, here are some basic principles you should know.

    Possessions and purchases

    Dictating what a person should and should not have must have a useful purpose. Are there things you can get rid of? Is everything you own important? Does everything you own have a purpose?

    When it comes to shopping, minimalist principles dictate that people should only buy what they need and will use regularly. If an object is needed and is not used regularly, a person should try to borrow or rent it. Before buying anything over a certain limit, there should be a waiting period of about 7 days, to protect against impulse buying and to ensure that the item is really needed. It will also ensure that the person does not fill their life with unnecessary items again after decluttering and cleaning them.

    Diet and health

    Minimalist principles dictate that a person should eat only when they need to and eat simply. Don’t eat just because you’re bored, because you’re having fun, or because it is time to eat.

    How much food does a person really need to eat in order to survive? And do they really need chilli and cheese for their fries? Why should a person fill their diet with cakes and sweet snacks? Foods in which the packaging has greater nutritional value than the contents inside? Eat a simple diet in which all foods and ingredients count and provide additional nutritional value, thereby promoting lasting health.

    Activities

    As part of the minimalist lifestyle, a person’s activities should have a positive purpose, a positive meaning and add value to their life. A person’s work activities and daily to-do list should be filled with activities that matter to them.

    In other words, life should not be filled with things that satisfy another person’s schedule or things that are a waste of time. So, when embracing the minimalist lifestyle, the to-do list should be filled with tasks that are really important to your positive long-term goals. It should also be noted that life should include interactions with good friends and family.

    The various life goals

    Minimalist principles dictate that a person’s goal in life should not be to make a lot of money at all costs.

    Money can solve some basic and immediate problems and should be sought. But it doesn’t have to be the main goal of life. Earn what you need and proceed to enjoy life’s many simple pleasures along the way. This is what you will need to do if you want to adopt a minimalist lifestyle. Also, focus on a few important goals that are really important to ensuring success. Less is more, this is the basic principle of a minimalist lifestyle. And you can be assured that you will have all the wealth you could possibly want or need if you adopt minimalism.

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