Navagio Beach on Zakynthos Island, Greece

Also, known as Shipwreck Cove! The most commonly accepted story regarding the wreck of the Panagiotis maintains that she spent the later part of her life as a smuggler ship. In 1980, Panagiotis was making its way from Turkey with a freight of contraband cigarettes (for the Italian Mafia, as some versions of the story assert).

The crew was suspected by authorities, and so the Panagiotis was pursued by the Greek Navy. Encountering stormy weather, the ship ran aground in a shallow cove on the west coast of Zakynthos, to the north of Porto Vromi, where the crew abandoned her to evade the pursuing Navy.

To this day, the wreck remains at the site which is now called “Navagio”, Greek for “shipwreck.”
Locals raided the cargo of cigarettes and whisky, and for the following four years no ‘official’ tobacco products were sold on the island.

The Olympics Uses Special Sand That Doesn’t Stick to Beach Volleyball Players

“This sand is fabulous. It’s so soft it tickles your feet,” said U.S. defending champion Kerri Walsh, who has competed on many of the world’s most famous beaches.

The sand used for beach volleyball is strictly regulated by the international federation — no stones or shells, not too coarse nor too compact, nor too fine so it does not stick to players’ bodies.

China had just the answer.

Last year, the luxuriously soft sand was shoveled into bags on the palm-fringed beaches of Hainan, nicknamed “China’s Hawaii” despite being far less developed as a tourist centre than its U.S. namesake.

It was then shipped from China’s island province to Tian Jin, piled on to trucks, driven to Beijing and tipped out in the Chaoyang stadium and practice courts, where it is hosed and raked regularly to keep it from packing down too densely.

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