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Win a holiday to Phuket worth £5,000 - THE WHERE ARE YOU? TRAVEL COMPETITION: OCTOBER 2016 @ Conde Nast Traveller

We're offering a five-night holiday to Phuket in Thailand. Phuket is known for its stunning scenery, heavenly beaches and superstar hotels - and the winner and their guest will be staying at one of the best on the island: COMO Point Yamu, set on the tip of a peninsula overlooking Phang Nga Bay and the twinkling Andaman Sea. They will be staying in a Verandah Pool Suite, half board with its own private pool and day beds for lounging.

The prize includes return flights from London to Phuket International, and hotel transfers, all arranged by Scott Dunn; plus two Mulberry passport holders to celebrate COMO's 25th anniversary this year.

To enter, click here to see a photograph of a mystery destination. Read the clue and see if you can identify the location in the photograph.

Please see comment#1 for the clues and my answer, Good luck!

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Thank you for entering this competition, and good luck!

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The Picture Clue:

http://cdni.condenast.co.uk/1080x720/s_v/verdant-landscape-conde-nast-traveller-7jan16-sarah-freeman_1080x720.jpg



The Clues:
This rugged region, dominated by imposing, snow-capped mountains and flurries of verdant pines, is perhaps best known for the circular ultramarine lakes hidden among the slopes. According to legend, the beautiful waters were magically created so that an abducted queen could gaze at them from her captor's castle and remember home. Compared to destinations such as Val d'Isère and Verbier, playgrounds for Europe's affluent ski set, this area is fairly off piste. These mountain trails remain relatively untrodden, except by the chamois who live here all year round. The exceptionally clean air has been famed for healing respiratory conditions since a spa was built here in the late 19th century, which pioneered the use of therapeutic bathing techniques. It's also a thrilling destination for adventurous hikers, but camping is not the only option: at regular intervals along the mountain trails, huts provide resting spots for the evening, protecting occupants from storms. With comforting foods such as bratwurst and sauerkraut, goulash and potato dumplings on the menu, you can expect a more rustic experience than at La Folie Douce.

Identify the place described above, and its location,...

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MY ANSWER: High Tatras, Slovakia

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"These mountain trails remain relatively untrodden, except by the chamois who live here all year round."

http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/mammals/Artiodactyla/Bovidae/Rupicapra/Rupicapra-rupicapra.html
The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra), is a goat-antelope species and native to the mountainous regions of Europe, the European Alps, the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, the Tatra Mountains, the Gran Sasso areas of the central Italian Apennines, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and parts of Turkey. The chamois is also found in the South Island of New Zealand, where they call it 'a shammy'. Since this species is on the verge of extinction, it is a protected animal under the "European Habitats Directive".

Countries
Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Switzerland and Turkey

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"This rugged region, dominated by imposing, snow-capped mountains and flurries of verdant pines, is perhaps best known for the circular ultramarine lakes hidden among the slopes."

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/slovakia/east-slovakia/high-tatras
The High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry), the tallest range in the Carpathian Mountains, tower over most of Eastern Europe. Some 25 peaks measure above 2500m. The massif is only 25km wide and 78km long, but photo opportunities are enough to get you fantasising about a National Geographic career – pristine snowfields, ultramarine mountain lakes, thundering waterfalls, undulating pine forests and shimmering alpine meadows.

http://blog.timeforslovakia.com/5-breathtaking-mountain-lakes-in-high-tatras-slovakia/
These mountains are full of breathtaking mountain lakes. Every mountain lake in the High Tatras is called “pleso”. Pleso is a tarn created either by the melted glacier or by the rain water. In Slovakia, plesá (pl. from pleso) are located mostly in the High Tatras and they are characterized by their circle shape.

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"According to legend, the beautiful waters were magically created so that an abducted queen could gaze at them from her captor's castle and remember home."


http://blog.timeforslovakia.com/5-breathtaking-mountain-lakes-in-high-tatras-slovakia/
The legend says the lakes were created by a powerful man called Dunajec who wanted to help his friend, The Fairy Queen of the High Tatras, who was captured by the cruel ruler of the North Sea. The ruler of the North Sea was lonely and sought a wife which he found in the Tatras. He promised his future wife, the Fairy Queen, that once they’d get married, they would visit her beloved old home every year. But after the marriage, he locked her up in his castle in the North Sea. The old friend, Dunajec, showed up and created the mountain lakes – Plesa, so the Fairy Queen could see her old home through them.

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"The exceptionally clean air has been famed for healing respiratory conditions since a spa was built here in the late 19th century"

http://www.discoverzakopane.com/slovak-tatras.html
Visitors have been coming to Slovak High Tatras since the late 19th century, when spa or health resorts were founded, first at Strebske Pleso, tehn Stary Smokovec and Tatranska Lomnica.

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"It's also a thrilling destination for adventurous hikers, but camping is not the only option: at regular intervals along the mountain trails, huts provide resting spots for the evening, protecting occupants from storms."

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-slovakia-main-20150628-story.html
A secret range of stunning mountains? Hikers, meet Slovakia's High Tatras.
The High Tatras cross the upper spine of Slovakia and stretch almost to the Polish border. During four days I hiked for 30 miles, only slightly denting the 360 miles of trails that are as well marked as the California freeways.
At the end of every day was a comfy, homey hut, many of which have been around since the early 1900s. Dozens of huts, evenly spaced apart, feature hot meals, cold drinks and warm beds.

"With comforting foods such as bratwurst and sauerkraut, goulash and potato dumplings on the menu, you can expect a more rustic experience than at La Folie Douce."

http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-slovakia-main-20150628-story.html
The food is like Slovakia: hearty and warm. Lean bratwurst with tangy sauerkraut. Thick goulash. Soothing onion soup. Fat potato dumplings topped with crisp, sizzling-hot bacon bits for a dish called bryndzove halusky.

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Good luck!

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Thanks marba, detailed research as always!
Edited by: "treoes" 4th Sep 2016

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Thanks Marba and good luck

I couldn't decide where to go on holiday in Thailand. But then I just thought - Phuket.

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Thanx marba

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Looks like New Zealand to me, sorry guys

Actually looks like Snowdon nodding off!

Cheers again, marba!

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