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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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Cruising Through Polar Bear Country in the Barents Sea

A timelapse I shot while our ship was punching through the polar ice pack in the Barents Sea near Sjuøyane, Svalbard.
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The Chicken Buses of Central America

Central America is where American school buses go to retire. In the balmy tropical climes of places like Guatemala and Honduras, they're given a new, colorful lease on life.
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Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Just outside Antigua, Pacaya is one of several active volcanos that make up the Central American Volcanic Arc.
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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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Climbing Kilimanjaro: Tips, Gear Recommendations & What to Expect

Tips and gear recommendations if you're going to climb Kilimanjaro for the first time. Includes suggestions for choosing a guide, mountain etiquette, and what to expect.
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Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica

The interior of Old Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica has to rank it as one of the most stunning churches or cathedrals in North America.
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A Beautiful Underground Oasis at Cenote Dzitnup

Cenote Xkeken, near Valladolid, is one of the prettiest of the 3,000 or so underground cenotes scattered across Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
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Soon Oo Pon Nya Shin Pagoda

It's one of the oldest--and from all appearances, richest--of the many pagodas in Sagaing. Sitting high on top of Nga-pha Hill, it was built in 1312.
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Bruges by Night

The docks and canals of Bruges once bustled at night. Now it's still. And beautiful.
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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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Gliding Through the Glassy Calm Waters of Antarctica's Kodak Gap

That the Lemaire Channel is nicknamed "Kodak Gap" is a pretty good indication that it's reliably scenic. When the conditions are right, it's spectacular.
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The Lakes of Hanoi

Hanoi has a lot of lakes. They provide a respite from the crushing traffic and incessant bustle in other parts of the city.
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Myanmar's Scenic U Bein Bridge

U Bein Bridge has become one of Myanmar's iconic landmarks. Spanning 3/4 of a mile, the foot bridge is reputed to be the longest teak bridge in the world.
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Ushuaia's Maritime Museum

It's the jail at the end of the world. It would have been very cold, very drafty, and, even compared to the low bar set by late-19th-century prisons, altogether rather unpleasant. But if you could sneak to a window, what a view!
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Ek'Balam, Maya City of the Jaguar

It might not be for the vertigo-challenged, but getting to the top of the Acropolis at Ek Balam is definitely worth the effort. It is, quite literally, a view fit for a king.
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Istanbul's Beautiful Mosques

Istanbul's mosques dominate the city's skyline, and their understated and elegant interiors can be stunningly beautiful.
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A Washington Winter Wonderland

Heavy snow shuts down Washington DC, but it also transforms the National Mall, its monuments, and other Washington landmarks like the White House into a winter wonderland.
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On Top of Mandalay Hill, Myanmar

Sitting on top of Mandalay Hill, Sutaungpyei Pagoda features a large patio that offers a wonderful views over Mandalay City and the Ayeyarwaddy.
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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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The Buddha Statue Workshops of Mandalay

Covered from head to toe with thick white dust, crouching low on their launches, the young men and boys use angle grinders to carve statues of the Buddha out of solid blocks of white marble.
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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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Waterloo Panorama Virtual Tour

This 360° panorama captures the entire painting inside the Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo.
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Istanbul's Grand "New" Mosque

In Istanbul, new is relative. The New Mosque might be newer than the Blue Mosque or Hagia Sophia, but having been completed in 1665 it is historic in its own right. And it's also stunningly beautiful.
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Sydney Harbour at Night

Sydney Harbour is a beautiful setting for Australia's largest city, and at night it really sparkles.
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Highclere Castle

You don't have to be a fan of Downton Abbey to appreciate the beauty of Highclere Castle sitting on a stately hill in the English countryside of Hampshire about two hours west of London.
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Dinner on Top of the World

Bangkok is crowded, crammed, and chaotic. But if you're lucky enough to be able to rise above that, it's a different kind of beautiful from above.
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Chichicastenango's Cemetery

Chichicastengo's colorful cemetery is well worth a visit if you're in town for the famous market day.
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The Teak Monastery of Bagaya Kyaung in Burma's Old Royal Capital at Amarapura

Constructed entirely of teak, the Bagaya Monastery (Bagaya Kyaung) in the old royal capital of Amarapura has fared much better from the region's earthquakes than its stone neighbors.
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Saucer Magnolias at the Enid Haupt Garden in Washington DC

I took this photo last spring during the very brief blooming of the tulip magnolias (or saucer magnolias) in Washington DC. They're one of the spring's first dramatic blooming varieties in the DC area, usually beating the more famous cherry blossoms by a couple of weeks.
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Holger the Dane at Kronborg Castle

One of the most famous attractions at Kronborg Castle, Holger the Dane sits sleeping in the tunnels below the castle. Legend has it he will awaken when his country needs him.
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Kronborg Castle's Chapel

The Chapel at Kronborg Castle isn't especially large, and it's not ornate by the standards of other European churches, but it has its charms.
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Kronborg Castle's Royal Apartments

The Royal Apartments at the 16th-century Kronborg Castle are where King Frederick II and his young queen, Sophie, lived and worked.
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Kronborg Castle / Hamlet's Castle

Known as Hamlet's Castle because Shakespeare's play was set there, Kronborg Castle is a 16th-century castle on a strategic peninsula on the Sound, just north of Copenhagen.
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Copenhagen's Surprisingly Little Mermaid Statue

Perched on a rock about 10 feet from the shore in Copenhagen, the century-old bronze statue of The Little Mermaid has become a national treasure.
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Maritime Museum of Denmark

The Maritime Museum of Denmark isn't your typical maritime museum. It takes a modern approach to telling the stories of commercial seafaring.
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North Pole Expedition Museum in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Formerly known as the Spitsbergen Airship Museum, Longyearbyen's North Pole Expedition focuses on several attempts around the beginning of the 20th century to reach the North Pole by air.
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Courier-Mail on Santiago, Chile

The Courier-Mail (and its sister publications the Herald Sun and Perth Now) used one of my photos from downtown Santiago, Chile.
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Daily Mail on Stradroke Island

The UK's Daily Mail used one of my photos from Point Lookout in a story about drug overdoses at a party on North Stradbroke Island.
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FourSeasons.com on Things to Do in Washington DC with Kids

The website of the luxury hotel chain Four Seasons is using one of my photos from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in a post on things to do in Washington DC with kids.
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Rough Guides on 20 Places to Get Utterly Lost

The Rough Guides travel guidebook company is using one of my photos from the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in a feature article on their website on 20 places to get utterly lost.
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Newsday on Romantic Weekend Getways Close to Long Island, NYC

Newsday used one of my photos from Montreal in a feature article on romantic getways near New York.
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Vogue.com on Traveling in Auguste Rodin's Footsteps

Vogue.com used on my photos of the impressive Brussels Stock Exchange building, which has ornamentation by August Rodin, in a feature on traveling in Rodin's footsteps to mark the centenary of Rodin's death.
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Business Insider on War Remnants Museum

Business Insider used several of my photos in a feature on Ho Chi Minh City's Vietnam War Remnants Museum.
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Templo de la Enseñanza

It might be small, but the Templo de la Enseñanza packs in an incredibly ornate Mexican Baroque interior.
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Kuthodaw Pagoda, Home of the World's Largest Book

It's known as the world's largest book. But it doesn't look much like any book you've seen before.
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The Mural of the Biblioteca Miguel Lerdo de Tejada

The Tejada Library features a massive wrap-around mural by painter Vlady that depicts various aspects of revolution.
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Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City's Cathedral of Art

Originally designed to house the national theater, the Palacio de Bellas Artes has become a cultural hub in arguably the most beautiful building in Mexico City.
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Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico

The Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico is an Art Nouveau gem in the heart of Mexico City's historic district.
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Nuruosmaniye Mosque

Nuruosmaniye Mosque is newer than many of the other mosques in Istanbul, and its ornate Baroque style sets it apart.
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