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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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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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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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Hanoi's Vietnam Military History Museum

The Vietnam Military History Museum in central Hanoi celebrates the Vietnamese victories of the 20th century, first over the French and then the United States. And, of course, it presents a version sanctioned by the Vietnamese Communist Government.
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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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 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 Citadel in the Imperial City of Hue

Inside the Citadel walls was once lavish and opulent, with ornate gardens and intricate pagodas. But the Vietnam War was not kind to the Imperial City. Large parts of it are now nothing more than rubble.
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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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Vientiane, City on the Mekong

Vientiane's waterfront seems purpose-built for beautiful sunsets. With a wide promenade and park, it's well used. And right across the river is Thailand.
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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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Up Close and Personal with the Great Barrier Reef

Ever fancied a pre-breakfast swim with turtles and manta rays? If you've ever had a hankering to get up close and personal with Australia's extraordinary Great Barrier Reef, there aren't many better ways than a trip to Lady Elliot Island Resort.
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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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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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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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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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