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Kayaking in Antarctica

There are worse places to be than gliding silently at water level amongst the icebergs, seals, and penguins of Antarctica.

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2014 US Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial

Every Tuesday during the summer since Eisenhower’s first term, the Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon have conducted a public parade against the backdrop of the famous Iwo Jima Memorial next to Arlington National Cemetery.

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Cathedral of Saints Michael & Gudula

Most churches count their blessings to have one patron saint. This one has two.

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Wordie House, An Antarctic Home Away from Home

It must have felt like winter was never going to end for the men who signed up to go to the icy end of the earth and found themselves at Base F.

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The Colors of Antarctica

When you think of Antarctica, you probably think of lots of white and blue. I was surprised to find that it’s a lot more colorful than that.

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The Church at the Bottom of the World

Trinity Church is not the only church in Antarctica, but it may well be the most elaborate.

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Cenote Dzitnup: A Beautiful Underground Oasis

Cenote X’kekén, near Valladolid, is one of the prettiest of the 3,000 or so underground cenotes scattered across Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. These days it’s used as a swimming hole and makes for a fun, refreshing place to visit to escape the Yucatan heat.

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The Rugged Charm of the Top of the Land of a Million Elephants

The rugged, mountainous terrain of northern Laos is beautiful. While well off the beaten track and not really on the road to anywhere else, Luang Namtha and Oudomxai provinces are well worth seeing.

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Climbing Kilimanjaro

We’re on top of Mount Kilimanjaro. 19,341 feet. It’s no wonder that we’re lightheaded, breathing hard, and tired. But the view is spectacular.

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Luang Prabang’s Morning Market

Southeast Asia’s morning markets are much more interesting than the night markets. Luang Prabang’s morning market is no exception.

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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul’s Byzantine Jewel

Hagia Sophia is old. Very old. The building that currently stands on the first of Istanbul’s famous seven hills dates back almost 1,500 years and has had a remarkable and colorful history. It’s also a beautiful place to visit.

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A New Home for Phra Bang

From its fearsome gold naga guarding the main stairs, its incredibly lavish gold and red interior, and multi-tiered roof, the Haw Pha Bang at Luang Prabang’s Royal Palace looks ancient. But it’s not.

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Hoan Kiem Lake, Home of Hanoi’s Giant Turtle

Hoan Kiem Lake (also known as Sword Lake, Ho Guom, or Lake of the Returned Sword) is at the very heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and a cultural heart of the city. And it’s rather beautiful.