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Galapagos Islands

The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve.
The islands are famed for their vast number of endemic species and were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection.

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    LITHUANIA Vilnius

    Vilnius is classified as a Gamma global city according to GaWC studies, and is known for its Old Town of beautiful architecture, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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    MEXICO Chichén Itzá

    Chichen Itza was one of the largest Maya cities and it was likely to have been one of the mythical great cities, or Tollans, referred to in later Mesoamerican literature. The city may have had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles at the site.

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    MEXICO Teotihuacan

    Located about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of modern-day Mexico City, Teotihuacan was one of the largest urban centers in the ancient world. No one knows who built it. The city flourished between 2,100 years ago, when construction began, and about 1,400 years ago, when it went into a period of decline, including a fire that caused great damage. However, even with the decline, the city was never truly “lost” — the Aztecs made regular pilgrimages to the site in later periods.

    What the city’s own inhabitants called the city and its structures is unknown. The current name, Teotihuacan, was given to it by the Aztecs and means “the place where the gods were created.”

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    FINLAND Lapland
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    FINLAND Helsinki

    Helsinki is Finland's major political, educational, financial, cultural and research centre as well as one of northern Europe's major cities. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.

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    LATVIA Riga

    Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia's population.
    Riga was founded in 1201 and is a former Hanseatic League member. Riga's historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.

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    ESTONIA Tallinn

    Tallinn occupies an area of 159.2 km2 (61.5 sq mi) and has a population of 430,772.[2] It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km (50 mi) south of Helsinki, east of Stockholm and west of Saint Petersburg. Tallinn's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[5] It is ranked as a global city and has been listed among the top 10 digital cities in the world.[6] The city was a European Capital of Culture for 2011, along with Turku in Finland.

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    MEXICO The Yucatán and Mayan Ruins
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    Fotki Contest (they are some of my favorite photos)

    Collection of photos that were entered in the 'friendly' fotki contest. Thank you all for the kind words and your votes, greatly appreciated.

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    MONGOLIA The Gobi Desert

    The third largest non-polar desert in the world with an area of almost 1.3 million square km., The Gobi (from Mongolian gobi, meaning “waterless place”) stretches across huge portions of both Mongolia and China. The sceneries, however, are amazing, day or night, and yes, it does rain in Gobi.

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    MONGOLIA Nadaam Festival 2013
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    MONGOLIA Ulaanbaatar
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    MADAGASGAR Western

    Madagascar is a very special place where people, animals, and nature are in harmoneous existance. The fourth largest island on earth split from India around 88 million years ago allowi native plants and animals to evolve in relative isolation. Consequently, Madagascar is a biodiversity hotspot; over 90 percent of its wildlife is found nowhere else on Earth.

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    MADAGASGAR The Chameleons

    Chameleons are a distinctive and highly specialized clade of lizards. The approximately 160 species of chameleon come in a range of colors, including pink, blue, red, orange, turquoise, yellow, and green. They are distinguished by their zygodactylous feet; their separately mobile, stereoscopic eyes; their very long, highly modified, rapidly extrudable tongues; their swaying gait; and crests or horns on their distinctively shaped heads. Some species can change color, and many have a prehensile tail. Uniquely adapted for climbing and visual hunting, they are found in warm habitats that vary from rain forest to desert conditions.

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    MADAGASGAR Nosy Be

    The Nosy Be Archipelago is situated off the north-west coast of Madagascar. It’s tropical climate and superb location makes it Madagascar’s beach-resort destination per excellence. The name of Nosy Be means "big island" in Malagasy, though the island has been granted several nicknames over centuries, being probably “Nosy Manitra” (the perfumed island) the most popular of all.

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    MADAGASCAR The Lemurs
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    Phuket Regatta 2012
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    SPAIN The Alhambra (Granada)

    The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista (reconquest) by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was "discovered" in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories

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    SPAIN Seville

    Situated on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville has a rich Moorish heritage, and used to be a prosperous port that carried out trade with the Americas.
    The streets and squares in the historic quarter of the capital of Andalusia are lively and busy. They treasure many constructions that have the World Heritage designation.

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    JAPAN Shirakawa-go Gyoto Tokyo

    UNESCO world heritage site, religious shrine, the amazing LED decorations. Part of Japan culture.

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    JAPAN DisneySea

    A one of a kind Disney theme park near Tokyo, Japan.

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    JAPAN Snow Monkeys

    The Jigokudani Yaenkoen park opened in 1964 and since then many thousands of people from around the world have visited the park to observe the lifestyle of the Japanese Macaque. The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata) is a monkey species native to northern Japan, and is the most northern-living non-human primate, surviving winter temperatures of below -15 ° C. They have brown-gray fur, a red face, hands and bottom, and a short tail - and often seem remarkably human like.

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    CANADA Polar Bear @ Seal River Lodge

    The sea ice on Hudson Bay, on the coast of which Churchill is situated, melts completely every summer, forcing the bay's polar bears ashore en masse. There, they wait out the warm months in cool, earthen dens, and then, come the fall, they head back to the shores of the bay, waiting for the water to freeze again. As they journey to the coast and as they anticipate freeze-up, some wander through or past Churchill, or onto nearby tundra, in plain view.

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    NORWAY Lofoten Islands

    Lofoten is a group of islands in the northern part of Norway. With its postcard looking small fishing villages nestled in fjords, dotting a very rugged coast with abrupt peaks rising directly from the ocean, the archipelago is often described as one of the most scenic parts of Norway.

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    BARENTSBURG Russian settlement in Svalbard

    Barentsburg started as a Dutch mining town in the 1920s.[2] In 1932 the Dutch sold their concession to the Soviet Union.[3] Since 1932 the Russian state-owned Arktikugol Trust has been operating on Svalbard. The main economic activity is coal mining by the Arktikugol (Арктикуголь) company, although tourism is beginning to be developed. The distance from Longyearbyen to Barentsburg is about 55 km but there are no roads connecting the two settlements. Most contact between the two is by boat, or helicopter.

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    SVALBARD Longyearbyen

    Longyearbyen is the largest populated area on the terrirory of Svalbard, located in the high Norwegian Arctic. (78degree North) The settlement is popular as the most easily accessed frontier in the Arctic.

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    SPAIN Cordoba

    It has been estimated that in the 10th century Córdoba was the most populous city in the world, and under the rule of Caliph Al Hakam II it had also become a center for education under its Islamic rulers. Al Hakam II opened many libraries on top of the many medical schools and Universities which existed at this time. Such Universities contributed towards developments in mathematics and astronomy. During these centuries Córdoba had became the intellectual center of Europe and was also noted for its predominantly Muslim society that was tolerant toward its Christian and Jewish minorities. Today it is a moderately-sized modern city; its population in 2011 was 330,033.

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    DEUTSCHLAND Dresden

    Dresden carries visitors away with a synthesis of the arts: fascinating buildings and art treasures, impressive museums, as well as orchestras and choirs of worldwide reputation. Dresden offers attractions in great variety and combines three aspects which complement one another: notable art treasure, architectural sights and a charming landscape.

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    SPAIN Dali Museum in Figueres

    Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) was a prominent Catalan surrealist who is remembered as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. His brand of Surrealism combined with his eccentric behavior has guaranteed him a legacy. Though what he might be less remembered for was his brilliant technical mastery of the art of painting.

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    SPAIN Barcelona II 2013
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    PORTUGAL Sintra

    Sintra is a small beautiful town near Lisbon which is where this remarkable Pena Palace situated. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It is also used for state occasions by the President of the Portuguese Republic and other government officials.

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    PORTUGAL Lisbon

    Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest city in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by hundreds of years.

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    INDONESIA Mt.Bromo

    Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 metres (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

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    INDONESIA Borobudur & Promanan

    Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. A main dome, located at the center of the top platform, is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues seated inside a perforated stupa. the monument was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Prambanan Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and is one of the largest Hindu temples in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples.

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    POLYNESIA Bora Bora

    A paradise in every sense.

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    NEW ZEALAND Queenstown

    Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.

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    ARGENTINA El Calafate Perito Moreno Glacier

    The Perito Moreno Glacier is a glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in the south west of Santa Cruz province, Argentina. The 250 km2 (97 sq mi) ice formation, and 30 km (19 mi) in length, is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field located in the Andes system shared with Chile. This icefield is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water.

    The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that is growing. The reason remains debated by glaciologists. The terminus of the Perito Moreno Glacier is 5 kilometres (3 mi) wide, with an average height of 74 m (240 ft) above the surface of the water of Lake Argentino, in Argentina. It has a total ice depth of 170 metres (558 ft).

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    SPAIN Barcelona

    Founded as a Roman city, Barcelona became the capital of the County of Barcelona. After merging with the Kingdom of Aragon, Barcelona became one of the most important cities of the Crown of Aragon. Besieged several times during its history, Barcelona has a rich cultural heritage and is today an important cultural centre and a major tourist destination.

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    SPAIN Barcelona 'Casa Batlló'

    Casa Batlló is a key feature in the architecture of modernist Barcelona. It was built by Antoni Gaudí between 1904 and 1906 having been commissioned by the textile industrialist Josep Batlló.
    It seems that the goal of the designer was to avoid straight lines completely. Much of the façade is decorated with a mosaic made of broken ceramic tiles (trencadís) that starts in shades of golden orange moving into greenish blues. The roof is arched and was likened to the back of a dragon or dinosaur. A common theory about the building is that the rounded feature to the left of centre, terminating at the top in a turret and cross, represents the lance of Saint George (patron saint of Catalonia, Gaudi's home), which has been plunged into the back of the dragon.

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    ANTARCTICA 1 The Best of

    The last continent discovered by men, the sight of Antarctica cannot be described with ordinary words as it was often difficult to tell where the land ended and the sea began. Some used the term "Whitescape" to depict the white and shades of blue with so much reflection that there are no real dark shadows, and I tend to agree with that. It is not a lifeless land; however, as the predominant faunas are the much beloved penguins and the ever presence seals. Seabirds also found refuge along the coasts and the outlying islands. It is what this earth suppose to be.

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    ANTARCTICA 2 For the Love of Penguins

    These photos were taken in Antarctica Peninsula, Deception Island, Elephant Islands, South Georgia Islands, Falkland Islands.

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    ANTARCTICA 3 Faunas of the Antarctics

    These photos were taken in the Antarctica Peninsula and the outlying islands, namely, South Georgia Islands. The main faunas in the region consist mainly of penguins (prior album) and different variations of seals; predominantly the elephant seals. Then there are few species of sea birds that live their lives mainly in the ocean until the time for mating which they will find a cliffs on land. The reindeers are not native of Antarctica, someone (Norwegians?) brought them here a century ago and they did survive on the cold islands. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Barca vs Sporting Camp Nou 030312

    FCB-Sporting: Superior football (3-1)

    Barça put in a gritty performance to see off an ultra defensive Sporting team despite playing most of the second half with ten men after Piqué was sent off

    Late goals from Keita and Xavi sealed the win after Iniesta had opened the scoring in the first half

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    Sumo

    Sumo is a competitive full-contact sport where a wrestler (rikishi) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or to touch the ground with anything other than the soles of the feet. The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. (wiki)

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    ARGENTINA Caminito

    Caminito ("little walkway" or "little path" in Spanish) is a street museum and a traditional alley, located in La Boca, a neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The place acquired cultural significance because it inspired the music for the famous tango "Caminito" (1926), composed by Juan de Dios Filiberto.

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    CHILE Patagonia Torres del Paine

    Jutting out some 2800m above the Patagonian steppe, the Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) are spectacular granite pillars that dominate the landscape of what may be South America's finest national park. These breathtaking spires are flanked by the summit of Paine Grande (3050m) and the sharp tusks of black sedimentary peaks known as Los Cuernos (The Horns; 2200m to 2600m). The National Park has been part of Unesco's Biosphere Reserve system since 1978.

    With breathtaking Snow-capped mountain peaks, cascading rivers and waterfalls, glaciers and mirrored lakes, this 598,593 acres park is internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful, unique and uncontaminated places on the planet. Yes, these are the famous Patagonian mountains that you see on posters and book covers all over the world.

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    SCOTLAND Edinburgh old town

    Edinburgh is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea. It's a town intimately entwined with its landscape, with buildings and monuments perched atop crags and overshadowed by cliffs - in the words of Robert Louis Stevenson, 'a dream in masonry and living rock'. From the Old Town's picturesque jumble of medieval tenements piled high along the Royal Mile, its turreted skyline strung between the black, bull-nosed Castle Rock and the russet palisade of Salisbury Crags, to the New Town's neat grid of neoclassical respectability, all columns and capitals, porticoes and pediments, the city offers a constantly changing perspective. And it's all small enough to explore easily on foot.

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    HONGKONG from high

    Photos were taken from 111st floor of ICC building across the harbour.

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    GERMANY Monschau

    With its historical Old Town and unique location amidst the famous hedges and impressive scenery of the surrounding Venn region, Monschau is a health climate resort with plenty to offer. As a stroll through its winding alleys will soon reveal, the romantic half-timbered houses harbour a rich mosaic of art, culture and museums.

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    BELGIUM Ardennes

    Belgium’s French-speaking southern half. Step across the linguistic divide to seemingly enter a different country. Gone are the flat fields and affluence of the north – here it’s forested hillsides, intimate villages and industrial decay. Then burrow down in the Ardennes, Wallonia’s southeastern corner, where ancient castles loom over tranquil hamlets.

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    NETHERLAND Amsterdam

    Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands with impressive architecture, lovely canals that criss cross the city, great shopping, and friendly people who nearly all speak English well. There is something for every traveller's taste here, whether you prefer culture and history, serious partying, or just the relaxing charm of an old European city. Amsterdam has over a million inhabitants in the urban area, and is in the Province of North-Holland. Amsterdam is not the seat of government (which is in The Hague), but it is the biggest city and the cultural and creative centre of the Netherlands.

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    LUXEMBOURG

    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a constitutional monarchy, is an independent sovereign state, tucked between Belgium, France and Germany (cf Luxembourg in Europe map). The country is 84 km (51.7 miles) long and 52 km (32.5 miles) wide, encompassing an area of 2586 square kilometres (999 square miles) with a population of 502 066

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    NETHERLAND Flower Parade 2011

    The bulb growing area’s Flower parade on Saturday 16 April 2011, follows a forty kilometers route from Noordwijk to Haarlem and passes Keukenhof in the afternoon, over the ‘Keukenhof Corso Boulevard’ [Parade Boulevard]. This parade is called the ‘face of Spring’ for very good reason and is the most famous parade in the Netherlands. The procession consists of about twenty floats and more than thirty vehicles all covered with flowers and decorated lavishly. A festive promotional convoy precedes the procession. Musical groups lead the procession along the length of the ‘Keukenhof Corso Boulevard’.

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    NETHERLANDS Fields of Flowers
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    BELGIUM Brugge

    Bruges (Brugge) was founded in the 9th century by Vikings who settled here at the end of the little river 'de Reie'. In the 14th century, Bruges was an economic powerhouse, a centre for the export of Flemish cloth which was an important product in medieval Europe. When its sea trade dried up in the 16th century, the city lost its leading trade position to Antwerp.
    Bruges today is cosidered to be one of the most beautiful gothic cities in Europe, "The Venice of the North", and I couldn't disagree more.

    The historic center of Bruges has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site in since 2000.

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    Vegas2010
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    FRANCE Luberon

    Luberon region is the real Provence, full of character. A sweet dolce vita of a climate and pure clean air which just breathes the incredible contrasts between a rich, and variable natural environment : the blue strides of lavender, the subtle nuances of green in the forests. This is the living Luberon, where everything goes back to "man's " relationship with the basic element. The dry stone walls and bories, the imposing "bastides", villages perched on the sides of hills between church and château. It's one of those places where time is of no essence.

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    FRANCE Cassis
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    FRANCE Perched Villages
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    FRANCE Versaille and the Japanese Manga

    A much criticized exhibition by Takashi Murakami in the Château de Versailles.
    Murakami, who was born in Tokyo in 1962, displaying his sculptures and paintings in 15 rooms in the palace's Hall of Mirrors and the apartments of the King and the Queen during 14 Sept to 12 Dec, 2010.

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    FRANCE Paris
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    SPAIN Madird

    The capital of Spain since 1561, is located on the geographic center of the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its central location and high altitude, the climate of Madrid is characterized by warm dry summers and cool winters. Madrid is a city of great monuments. Among its highlights are the medieval center dating back to the Habsburg Empire and the Prado Museum.
    But Madrid is not just a cultural destination. It is also a lively metropolis with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs open late into the night. Don't be surprised if you get stuck in a traffic jam at four in the morning, and the people you meet are not necessarily going off to work..

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    SPAIN Canaries Tenerife

    Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Tenerife has an area of 2034.38 square kilometers, and 899,833 inhabitants. It is the most populated island of the Canary Islands and Spain. About 43% of the population of the Canary Islands is on this island. About five million tourists visit Tenerife each year, which is also one of the busiest Spanish resorts and the first of Canary Islands.

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    SPAIN Canaries Fuerteventura

    Fuerteventura is the oldest island in the Canary Islands dating back 20 million years to a volcanic eruption from the Canary hotspot. The majority of the island was created about 5 million years ago and since then has been eroded by wind and weather. The climate on Fuerteventura is pleasant throughout the year. The island is also often referred to as the island of eternal spring. The sea adjusts the temperature making the hot Sahara winds blow away from the island. The island's name in English translates as 'strong fortune' or 'strong wind', the Spanish word for wind being 'viento'.

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    SPAIN Canaries Gran Canaria

    Gran Canaria (in English, "Grand (or Great) Canary") is an island of the Canary Islands. Located in the Atlantic Ocean about 150 kilometers (~93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa and about 1350 km (~838 miles) from Europe.[1] Gran Canaria is the second most populous island of the Canary Islands after Tenerife.

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    SPAIN Canaries La Gomera

    La Gomera is one of Spain's Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. In area, it is the second-smallest of the seven main islands of this group.

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    SPAIN Canaries Lanzarote

    Lanzarote is of volcanic origin. The island was created about 35 million years ago by the Canary hotspot. Alfred Wegener arrived in 1912 and studied the island and showed how it fitted in with his theory of continental drift. The island along with others was created after the breakup of the African and the American continental plates. The greatest recorded eruptions occurred between 1730 and 1736.

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    Sydney AUSTRALIA
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    The ever so cute Koala
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    The Opera House Light Show 2010

    Bathed in an ever-changing display of brilliant light, this is Sydney Opera House as you've never been seen it before. The iconic building - famed throughout the world for its graceful white 'sails' - has been transformed into a canvas for a kaleidoscopic array of images. Called 77 Million Paintings, the installation is the work of artist and music producer Brian Eno and features 300 of his drawings.

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    Höfn, Iceland

    A small town in the southeast part of Iceland, the landscapes are just breathtaking.

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    Iceland from Above

    Spectacular landscape of Iceland taken from a small airplane.

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    Reykjavik, Iceland
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    Gullfoss, Iceland

    Gullfoss is actually two separate waterfalls, the upper one has a drop of 11 metres and the lower one 21 metres. The rock of the river bed was formed during an interglacial period.

    Water flows over Gullfoss at an average rate of 109 cubic metres per second. The heaviest floods have recorded a flow of 2000 cubic metres per second.

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    ICELAND Pingvellir

    Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is the National Park where the Althing – an open-air assembly, which represented the whole of Iceland – was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. Over two weeks a year, the assembly set laws – seen as a covenant between free men – and settled disputes.

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    Jökulsárlón

    Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is one of Icelands most spectacular sights, located about 60 km east of Skaftafell National Park and almost 400 km from Reykjavik. Jokulsarlon borders south and east part Iceland, at the roots of Europe's largest glacier Vatnajokull.

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    Nine Dragon Falls

    One of the most scenic water falls in Southern China.

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    Amazing Rice Terraces @ Yuan Yang

    For more than 1,300 years, the ethnic people of Hani in the Southern China's province of Yunan have been terracing the sides of mountains planting rice, the backbone of their diet. In Yuanyang, the area of terraced fields amount to more than 11,000 hectares, with more than 3,000 steps of fields stretching from the foot of a hill to the top. During the magic hours of sunrise and sunset, the scenes become amazing calaidosopes of reflection that these photos cannot really do their justice.

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    Luoping The field of rapeseeds.

    It is reported that Chinese scientists have successfully cultivated a kind rapeseed whose oleaginousness goes as high as 54.72% which is 2% higher than the oleaginousness of cabbage which had been considered the highest in the world. Rapeseed also has excellent characteristic of short grow period and disease-resistance. More important is that the rapeseed is not transgenic production and it could grow in high areas.

    These fields of rapeseed were taken near the city of Luoping, China.

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    SWEDEN's Stockholm

    Stockholm is built across 14 islands and is often called the Venice of the North. With more foreign visitors than any other city in Scandinavia it is also considered to be the Capital of Scandinavia. Stockholm is situated at the point where the vast Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea and was built on this strategic spot in the mid 13th century, enabling the founder to tax merchant vessels going in and out of the lake.

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    Copenhagen The Colorful
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    Phuket King's Cup Regatta 2009

    The Phuket King's Cup Regatta is Asia's biggest and most popular regatta. Inaugurated in 1987 to celebrate the 60th birthday of His Majesty the King of Thailand, the event has been held every year since during the first week of December.

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    Ålesund .. The art deco town

    Alesund, Norway is found on the northwest coast of Norway midway between Bergen and Trondheim.
    Alesund has a wonderful look and feel--most of the buildings are a mixture of Art Nouveau and traditional styles. This look is the result of the rebuilding of Alesund after a devastating fire in 1904 destroyed over 850 structures. The views of the city, surrounding mountains, and fjords from the summit of Mount Askla are not to be missed.

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    Stockholm

    Stockholm is situated at the point where the vast Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea and was built on this strategic spot in the mid 13th century, enabling the founder to tax merchant vessels going in and out of the lake.

    Some basic facts: 1,3 million people live in the greater Stockholm area. The average temperature in Stockholm is around -2 C (28 F) in January and about 18 C (64 F) in July.

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    Stockholm's Skansen

    Artur Hazelius, who had previously founded the Nordic Museum on the island of Djurgården near the centre of Stockholm, was inspired by the open-air museum founded by King Oscar II in Kristiania in 1881 when he created his open-air museum on the hill that dominates the island. Skansen became the model for other early open-air museums in Scandinavia and later ones elsewhere. The name "Skansen" has also been used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums and collections of historic structures, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe, but also in the United States, e.g. Old World Wisconsin and Fairplay, Colorado. (wiki)

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    Geirangerfjord

    The Geiranger fjord (Geirangerfjorden) is a fjord in the Sunnmøre region, located in the southernmost part of the county Møre og Romsdal in Norway. It is a 15 km long branch of the Storfjord (Great Fjord). At the head in the fjord lies the small village of Geiranger.
    The fjord is one of Norway's most visited tourist sites and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, jointly with Nærøyfjord, since 2005. (wiki)

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    Lærdal, Norway

    A very picturesque town in the western part of Norway that can be reached by driving over a snowy mountain or through the longest tunnel in the world (23kms).

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    Sognefjord in Fall

    Photos of the town of Flam, Sognefjord in the western part of Norway.

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    Flåmsbana The most beautiful train ride

    The train journey provides some of Norway's wildest and most magnificent scenery. On the 20-kilometre long train ride you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascade down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms that cling dizzily to sheer slopes.

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    Aurland and the Fjord

    A small town but not so small on the scenery a few kms from the famous town of Flam in Norway.

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    Mountains
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    Rome Eternally
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    The Vatican
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    Portofino
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    Cinque Terre

    The five fishing villages in northern Italy, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Bellagio and Lake Como
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    Villa Meltzi, Bellagio, Lake Como
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    Villa Balbianello, Lenno, Lake Como
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    Positano
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