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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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Chichen Itza's Maya Ruins

Chichen Itza is one of the most famous, most impressive, and most visited of the Mayan ruins sites on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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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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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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Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

One of the world's most visited museums, the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum has an incredible array of original artifacts from the history of flight and space exploration.
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Granada's Market

Granada's market is especially good. It's large and colorful, pungent and bustling. And it's the only show in town, so everything is concentrated here.
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North Stradbroke Island, Australia

Known to the locals as "Straddie," North Stradbroke Island near Brisbane separates southern Moreton Bay from the Pacific Ocean. With miles of spectacular ocean beaches and an abundance of local marine life such as whales, sharks, turtles, and dolphins, it's a popular summer holiday destination.
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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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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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The Town that Defied God and the Government

If God and the government had their way, Antigua wouldn't exist. But it's a good thing it does. With charming Spanish colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and a vibrant cultural life, it's a wonderful place to visit.
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The View from Mexico City's 44th Floor

The open-air observation deck on the 44th floor of the Torre Latinoamericana offers spectacular views out over Mexico City.
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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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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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Guatemala City's Zona 1

Guatemala City isn't a popular tourist destination, in large part because of the scourge of violent crime, but there are some things worth seeing in this otherwise crowded and poverty-stricken city.
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The Churchill War Rooms

This was British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's underground command bunker during some of the most dangerous days (and nights) of World War II.
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Climbing Kilimanjaro

We've made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. 19,341 feet. We're on top of Africa, far above the clouds. And though we're right next to the equator, it's very, very cold and there are thick ice glaciers.
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Newark at Night from the Air

Newark, New Jersey, isn't exactly known as a jewel of the American northeast. But from certain vantage points, it can actually be quite pretty. Glittery, even.
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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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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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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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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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Mexico's Cultural Treasures

Mexico City's impressive National Museum of Anthropology showcases the region's endlessly rich and diverse pre-Columbian cultural heritage.
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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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Winter Charms of Old Quebec City

Quebec City is a kind of Paris-in-miniature, set on a beautiful spot on the Saint Lawrence River and full of old-world charm. At Christmas it really shines.
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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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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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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, Spitsbergen

Formerly known as the Spitsbergen Airship Musuem, 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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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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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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Rustem Pasha Mosque

Nestled in a market area near the Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque features exquisite Iznik tiles in its compact yet opulent interior.
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Myazedi Stupa

Myazedi Stupa, which translates as "emerald stupa," has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written Burmese language.
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Nagayon Temple

Dating to around the end of the 11th century, Nagayon Temple lies just south of Myinkaba Village. Its dark interior hides some impressive frescoes and interesting design features.
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Manuha Temple

With several oversized statues of The Buddha crammed into spaces barely big enough to hold them, Manuha Temple is one of the easiest temples in Bagan to visit. It's also one of the oddest.
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Apeyadana Temple

Apeyadana Temple is dedicated to an 11th-century chief queen consort of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty of Burma (Myanmar) and maternal grandmother of King Sithu I of Pagan.
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Mani Sithu Market in Nyaung-U

Mani Sithu Market is Nyaung-U's main market in the middle of town and offers food and daily supplies for sale to the local community.
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Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest of Bagan's temples and occupies a prominent place near Old Bagan and the famous Ananda Temple.
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Taungbi Village Pagoda

This small but ornate pagoda lies deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan and not far from the much better known Htilominlo Temple.
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Dhammayazika Pagoda

Its gleaming gold stupa certainly stands out against the surrounding countryside. Completed in 1198, it features an unusual 5-sided design.
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