Chichicastenango’s Cemetery


Chichicastengo's colorful cemetery is well worth a visit if you're in town for the famous market day. Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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.… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Templo de la Enseñanza

It might be small, but the Templo de la Enseñanza packs in an incredibly ornate Mexican Baroque interior. Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

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… Read More

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. Read More

Nuruosmaniye Mosque

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

Rustem Pasha Mosque

Nestled in a market area near the Spice Market, Rustem Pasha Mosque features exquisite Iznik tiles in its compact yet… Read More

Myazedi Stupa

Myazedi Stupa, which translates as "emerald stupa," has an ancient stone tablet that includes the earliest known example of written… Read More

Nagayon Temple

Dating to around the end of the 11th century, Nagayon Temple lies just south of Myinkaba Village. Its dark interior… Read More

Manuha Temple

With several oversized statues of The Buddha crammed into spaces barely big enough to hold them, Manuha Temple is one… Read More

Apeyadana Temple

Apeyadana Temple is dedicated to an 11th-century chief queen consort of King Kyansittha of the Pagan Dynasty of Burma (Myanmar)… Read More

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… Read More

Thatbyinnyu Temple

Thatbyinnyu Temple is the tallest of Bagan's temples and occupies a prominent place near Old Bagan and the famous Ananda… Read More

Taungbi Village Pagoda

This small but ornate pagoda lies deep in Taungbi Village, just to the northeast of Old Bagan and not far… Read More

Dhammayazika Pagoda

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

Lemyethna Pagoda

Dating back to the early 13th century and featuring impressive frescoes, Lemyethna Pagoda is located in the eastern part of… Read More

Tayok Pye Temple

Tayok Pye Temple is in the eastern part of the Bagan Plain and features ornate stucco decoration and impressive frescoes. Read More

Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora

The Monastery of Sao Vicente de Fora is a 17th-century monastery that features impressive polychromatic marble and the tomb of… Read More

Lisbon’s Castelo de Sao Jorge

Sitting high on a hill overlooking the center of Lisbon, the Moorish Saint George Castle looks exactly how a castle… Read More

The Antikythera Mechanism, The World’s Oldest Computer

When sponge divers off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900 stumbled upon shipwreck, they had no… Read More

The Golden Shwezigon Pagoda in Nyaung-U

The impressive gold stupa at the heart of the complex is reputed to encase a bone and tooth of The… Read More

Shwenandaw Golden Palace Monastery

There's not quite so much of the gold left that once covered the wood, but it's ornately carved teak is… Read More

The Luminaries of Portuguese History and Culture

Under the distinctibe white dome, the National Parthenon pays tribute to luminaries in Portuguese history and culture, including navigators, kings,… Read More

Panama City’s Casco Viejo

Casco Viejo is up-and-coming part of Panama City. Which might sound like an odd thing to say about some of… Read More

Defending Charleston Harbor

Fort Moultrie isn't as famous as its neighbor, Fort Sumter, but it has played crucial roles over the centuries in… Read More

Lisbon’s Royal Town Square

In a space once occupied by the royal palace, Lisbon's Praça do Comércio (or Commerce Square) occupies not just prime… Read More

Palace of Sintra

The Palace of Sintra sits in the heart of the old town section of Sintra. From 1385 through 1880 it… Read More

Portugal’s Maritime History Museum

Lisbon's national Maritime Museum pays homage to Portugal's proud maritime history from centuries ago. Read More

Museu de São Roque

Attached to the Igreja de São Roque, the Museu de São Roque displays artifacts related to the church's history, collections… Read More

Lisbon’s Military Museum

Lisbon's Military Museum, housed in a 16th-century cannon foundry next to the Tagus River, showcases Portugal's important military history. Read More

Igreja de São Roque, Portugal’s Oldest Jesuit Church

Portugal's oldest Jesuit church is plain on the outside, but inside it's beautifully decorated with a series of Baroque chapels. Read More

Lisbon’s Graffiti

Lisbon has nowhere near the level of rampant graffiti that Athens has, but there is still some creative and impressive… Read More

Belem Tower, Guarding the Entrance to Portugal’s Global Empire

One of Portugal's iconic landmarks, Belem Tower (Torre de Belém) was built in the early 16th century to guard the… Read More

Chapultepec Castle (Mexico’s National Museum of History)

Sitting high above one of Mexico City's best green spaces is Chapultepec Castle. It sits on top of a hill… Read More

Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens, Greece

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens is one of the grandest churches in this ancient city. And in typical Greek Orthodox… Read More

The Dimotiki Agora in Athens

If you want to see where many of the Athen’s restaurants gets their fresh seafood and meat, head to the… Read More

Ananda Temple

Ananda Temple is one of the most famous, most visited, and most renovated temples in Bagan, and it has been… Read More

Athens is Paradise for Graffiti Artists

The Greek economy might be in the toilet, but at least one group is clearly thriving in Athens: graffiti artists. Read More

Mexico’s Cultural Treasures

Mexico City's impressive National Museum of Anthropology showcases the region's endlessly rich and diverse pre-Columbian cultural heritage. Read More

Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral

Dominating the northern side of the Zocalo in the historic quarter of Mexico City, the Metropolitan Cathedral is the largest… Read More

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… Read More

Thisa-wadi Temple

Dating to 1334, Thisa-wadi Temple isn't the grandest of the thousands of temples, stupas, and pagodas in Bagan, but it… Read More

Htilominlo Temple

Htilominlo Temple is a large, two-story, 12th-century temple in the northern part of the Bagan plain best known for its… Read More

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… Read More

Myinkaba Village’s Morning Market

Tucked away in a narrow dirt side street of Myinkaba Village is the morning market, a little slice of local… Read More

Dhammayangyi Temple

Dating back to the 12th century, Dhammayangyi Temple is the largest temple in Bagan. Just mind the bats! Read More

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… Read More

Nyaung-U Airport

If you're flying to Bagan, this is the airport you'll fly into. As small as it is, it's the airport… Read More

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda

Oo Hmin Thone Sel Pagoda is an explosion of color, with almost 50 statues of the Buddha looking out from… Read More

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… Read More

Pictorial Guide to Pagan (Bagan)

This guide was produced by the Burmese Ministry of Union Culture in 1963 and contains fascinating historical photographs as well… Read More

Panama City’s Seafood Market (Mercado de Mariscos)

Panama isn’t an island, but with such a high proportion of coastline to land, it might as well be. So… Read More

Templo de San Bernardo

Dedicated to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Templo de San Bernardo dates to 1680 and was once part of a larger… Read More

Iglesia de Santa Ines

It's not the most lavish of the many churches in Mexico City's Centro Historico district, but this church dedicated to… Read More

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. Read More

Iglesia San Francisco de Asis

The bell tower of Iglesia San Francisco de Asis stands tall above the rest of Casco Viejo, on the waterfront… Read More

Iglesia San Jose

Iglesia San Jose, in Casco Viejo and dating to 1673, is most famous for its massive Golden Altar (Altar de… Read More

The View from Ancon Hill

You can spot Ancon Hill from all over Panama City. It makes for wonderful views out over Panama City and… Read More

La Iglesia de la Merced

Dating back to 1680, La Iglesia de la Merced sits in the heart of Casco Viejo, just a couple of… Read More

Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Arco Chato

The Iglesia Santo Domingo in Casco Viejo is mostly crumbling ruins but is best known for its Flat Arch spanning… Read More

Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción

The Catedral Metropolitana in Casco Viejo, Panama City's old quarter, is one of the largest churches in Central America at… Read More

Panama City’s Biomuseo

Opened in late-2014, the Frank Gehry-designed Biomuseo focuses on Panama's biodiversity and how the isthmus of Panama has changed the… Read More

Granada, Nicaragua

With its colorfully painted buildings, cobblestone streets, and Spanish colonial architecture, Granada is a picturesque town that wears its history… Read More

Granada’s Parque Central

Parque Central is a hustling, bustling center of town. As in so many Spanish colonial towns, the park forms the… Read More

Iglesia de la Merced | Granada

Behind the run-down facade of Iglesia de la Merced is one of the most important churches in Granada. And its… Read More

La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora

La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora isn't the grandest or most famous of Granada's churches. But it makes a credible claim to… Read More

Catedral de Granada

The distinctive yellow and white Granada Cathedral dominates the city's skyline and is Granada's most important of the city's several… Read More

Granada’s Waterfront by Lago Nicaragua

Historic and pretty Granada is on Lake Nicaragua (Lago Nicaragua), but the lakefront isn't all it could be. Read More

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… Read More

Granada’s San Francisco Convent and Museum

Behind that impressive facade, standing above most of the city of Granada, is the city's main museum. Its exhibits are… Read More

Granada Cemetery

Granada's city cemetery is Nicaragua's oldest. And because of Granada's historical significance, the cemetery is unusually beautiful and ornate. Read More

Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge has multiple personalities. It spans the Golden Horn from Eminonu to Karakoy and provides both a real… Read More

The Karakoy Waterfront

It's one of Istanbul's real treats to sit on the waterfront of Karakoy sipping Turkish tea, Rika, or a cold… Read More

The Imperial Council Hall at Topkapi Palace

These three chambers, between the Harem and the rest of Topkapi Palace, are where Ottoman Sultans met with their imperial… Read More

The Blue Mosque

There are good reasons why the Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul's prime attractions and one of the world's iconic… Read More

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… Read More

Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar

You can get a lot more than spices at Istanbul's Spice Bazaar, but spices are the undeniable stars. Read More

The Tombs of the Sultans at Hagia Sophia

The Tombs of the Sultans at Hagia Sophia show that the Ottomans were as serious about their art and decoration… Read More

National Palaces Painting Museum

Reopened in a newly renovated space in the Crown Prince's apartments of Dolmabahce Palace, the National Palaces Painting Museum showcases… Read More

Istanbul’s Ancient Basilica Cistern

This isn't just any old water tank. Buried under the streets next to Hagia Sophia might well be the most… Read More

Sport Diver / Tear Sheet

Tear sheet from Sport Diver, March 2015 Read More

Istanbul Naval Museum

If I was picking a name for this museum, I wouldn't use the word "naval." Istanbul Maritime History Museum would… Read More

Jade Emperor Pagoda

Nestled in a quiet, hidden little enclave in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, the Jade Emperor Pagoda offers a calming… Read More

Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace

What is now known as Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City served as the home and office of South… Read More

La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery's most famous resident is Eva Peron. But her plain burial site might just be the least ostentatious… Read More

The British Museum

The British Museum in central London is one of the world's great museums and is devoted to human history and… Read More

Santiago’s Mercado Central

Santiago's Mercado Central is a mecca for fresh seafood. And a series of restaurants in the center of the market… Read More

Ushuaia, The World’s Most Southern City

Ushuaia claims the title of the world's southernmost city. These days its main industry is tourism, serving as a gateway… Read More

Conwy Castle

The medieval castle at Conwy is imposing and impressive--as it was meant to be. But its key virtue was location. Read More