Contest #48 Answer: Marvao, Portugal

Boy, Karel is really throwing some tough ones. The last two have really separated the wheat from the chaff. The 3D layer was really throwing a curve.

The answer is Marvao, Portugal, a place I can say with all honesty I have never heard of before this contest (note to self, when in Portugal, visit Marvao.)

The castle in Marvao was built in the 13th century, and is an excellently preserved example of the period.

Storming the ramparts for this one:

  • Kieth M
  • PK
  • Pan
  • ACG
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • jvo
  • Davis S
  • Brian T
  • Ewen

This one also set a record for incorrect answers. You are free to guess, but take a second to check the spot on the map first.

Contest #47 Answer: Philae, Egypt

Sorry for the delay in getting this one up. I was in Bintan, Indonesia the last week and Internet access was sparse to say the least. I’m in lovely Kuala Lumpur right now and have all you can eat wifi.

This was probably one of the harder contests we’ve had, as everyone noted in their submissions. The answer is the Philae Templein the Nile river in Egypt. Many of the ancient temples on the island were moved when the Answan High Dam was constructed. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Agilika island was also accepted as an answer.

Those who walked like an Egyptian:

  • Pan
  • jvo
  • David S
  • Skip
  • Kieth M
  • Michael T
  • ACG
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Brian T
  • PK
  • Ewen

Contest #46 Answer: Maeslantkering Surge Barrier, Netherlands

Karel stayed at home for contest #46 picking the Maeslantkering storm barrier in the Rotterdam Harbor in the Netherlands. The barrier is part of the Deltawerken project to prevent flooding of the lowlands, after the great 1953 flood.

Reminder, please don’t use just your first name when answering questions. Use an initial, or a last name, or a nickname or something unique.

FYI, if we should have a tie for winner this set of contests (41-50), winning a past set will be used as a tie breaker. So even if you don’t get to do 51-60, getting all 10 correct will still set you up to pick locations for a future contest.

Those who put their finger in the dike for this contest:

  • brian clements
  • Joey Hazlett
  • Brian
  • Enrique S
  • Kieth M
  • Minkas
  • Pan
  • Linda Holland
  • ej
  • Sierralapiedra
  • charlie my boy
  • jvo
  • Brian T
  • Ewen
  • Michael
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Willem
  • David S
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • ACG
  • PK

Contest #45 Answer: Governors’ Island, New York

This one was pretty simple for me. I had previously been to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, which is of the same, distinctive star shaped design as the fort in the image. I had a hunch it was an American fort built in the 19th century. The star shape and sloped walls were built so the fort had no 90 degree angles. That way canon balls wouldn’t hit the wall with full force and would glance off the wall.

I had been reading (listening actually, with audiobooks) a lot of Revolutionary War history, so my first guess was New York….and I was right. It is Governor’s Island.

A lot of people got this one right:

  • Sierralapiedra
  • ej
  • jvo
  • Kieth M
  • Brian
  • PK
  • Michael
  • Ewen
  • Willem
  • Romes
  • RDaneel
  • Joey Hazlett
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Linda Holland
  • Brian T
  • Martha
  • Andy McAllister
  • ACG
  • Wendy N
  • Skip (Austin, TX)
  • Minkas
  • Nathan D
  • David S

Contest #44 Answer: La Sagrada Família, Barcelona, Spain

Ok, I have to confess. I would never have gotten this one. While I’ve seen photos of the cathedral, I didn’t know its name nor did I know what city it was in. On top of that, I was guessing the buildings around it were more Soviet or Eastern Block, so I was thinking Russia or East Germany.

Many of the people who got it right knew that the rounded corners of the buildings were indicative of Spain, or at least that the roof tops were something you’d see in Spain or Italy. I wasn’t even thinking in those terms.

Then again, I was only able to search for an hour before a correct answer came in…

If I had known more about the Sagrada Familia, I’d have known that the cranes were the give away. It has been under construction for about 100 years now and still isn’t complete.

I’m back from the outback of Australia now and will be in Singapore in a few days. Singapore as free wifi all over the country, so expect the contests to get put up a bit faster for the next five contests or so. Karel as also sent me the remaining contests, so there shouldn’t be any delay.

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Those who earned my respect on this contest:

  • Jeff Steinberg
  • Enrique S
  • Fergymadrid
  • PK
  • Charlie My Boy
  • ej
  • jvo
  • RDaneel
  • Milosh, Serbia
  • Andy McConnell
  • Sierralapiedra
  • ACG
  • Brian T
  • Willem
  • Michael
  • Lindsey
  • David S
  • Skip (Austin, TX)