Europe

One of the most diverse and populated continents on the planet, Europe has a long history of attracting travelers to its varied attractions.

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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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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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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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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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 several Portuguese kings.
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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 should look, with its imposing ramparts offering spectacular views over the city.
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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 idea they'd discovered the world's oldest computer.
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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, presidents, writers, poets, and even soccer players.
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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 real estate but also a central place in the city's life.
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Palace of Sintra

The Palace of Sintra sits in the heart of the old town section of Sintra. From 1385 through 1880 it was a royal residence and summer escape.
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Portugal's Maritime History Museum

Lisbon's national Maritime Museum pays homage to Portugal's proud maritime history from centuries ago.
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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 of the Jesuits, and other items.
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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.
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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.
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Lisbon's Graffiti

Lisbon has nowhere near the level of rampant graffiti that Athens has, but there is still some creative and impressive street art in the downtown area.
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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 entrance to Portugal's global empire.
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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 style, it is opulently decorated inside.
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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 Dimotiki Agora, or public market.
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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.
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Galata Bridge

The Galata Bridge has multiple personalities. It spans the Golden Horn from Eminonu to Karakoy and provides both a real and symbolic link connecting two key parts of Istanbul.
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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 beer and watching the sun setting over the striking silhouettes of the mosques across the other side of the Golden Horn.
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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 councils to conduct affairs of state.
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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 religious buildings.
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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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Istanbul's Spice Bazaar

You can get a lot more than spices at Istanbul's Spice Bazaar, but spices are the undeniable stars.
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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 in death as they were in life.
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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 the collection of paintings of the national palaces.

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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 impressive water tank you'll ever see.
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Istanbul Naval Museum

If I was picking a name for this museum, I wouldn't use the word "naval." Istanbul Maritime History Museum would be a better fit. Or better yet: Royal Water Taxi Museum. But what impressive water taxis they are!
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The British Museum

The British Museum in central London is one of the world's great museums and is devoted to human history and culture.
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Conwy Castle

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

All of the surviving castles that King Edward I had built in the late-13th century are impressive. But Caernarfon Castle was designed to be something special.
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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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Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo

The Panorama of the Battle of Waterloo, in its own building next to the Lion's Mound, brings an old-world tourist immersive experience.
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The Battlefield of Waterloo

Nearly 33,000 men died on these fields. And it was here, on 18 June 1815, that Napoleon's march toward nearby Brussels was halted and he lost his empire for a second time.
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Napoleon's Last Headquarters

Ferme du Caillou, next to the battlefield of Waterloo, is where Napoleon spent the night before the Battle of Waterloo. The next day, his empire was in tatters.
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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 Belfry of Bruges

The Belfry of Bruges is the most famous landmarks is this charming medieval city. But it hasn't all been peeling bells and glorious views in its nearly 800-year history.
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The Musical Instruments Museum of Brussels

The Musical Instruments Museum in Brussels has a lot to see. But it has even more to hear.
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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Flemish art has a well-deserved reputation for its beauty. Some of the best is on display at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels.
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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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Mannekin Pis

It's probably the most famous landmark in Brussels, perhaps in all of Belgium. And yes, it really is a statue of a little naked boy peeing.
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The Trevi Fountain

Rome's Trevi Fountain draws massive amounts of tourists into its cramped plaza all day every day.
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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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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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Paris Skyline

For a big city--12 million people and counting--Paris doesn't have the kinds of skyscrapers you might expect. Aside from a few carefully segregated clusters, most of Paris's buildings aren't more than five or six stories tall. But the things that do stand out are world class landmarks.
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Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle has stood for 700 years so far. And there's every chance it'll stand guard of this corner of the Welsh coast for at least another 700.
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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 London Eye

It's a bit like London's version of the Eiffel Tower--a towering landmark that the city's locals initially greeted with skepticism, relying on some extraordinary engineering, and becoming a iconic fixture of the city's skyline. And both offer unparalleled views of their cities.
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Prague, Bohemia's Capital

Prague (or Praha, if you're Czech), the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the continent's most charming historical cities and one of Europe's most popular travel destinations.
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The Marina Grande Waterfront in Capri, Italy

From the winding walkways through the village and along the tops of stunning cliffs over the Mediterranean (there are virtually no cars in the main village of Capri), the traditional wooden fishing boats in the harbor, the scrumptious seafood, the Roman ruins, and the role it has played in more modern...
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Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

Berlin's historic Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is Germany's most recognizable landmark and a powerful symbol of Germany history and the Cold War.
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Winter on St. Petersburg's Neva River

There's something about the tone of this photo of a tree on the banks of the Neva river that really captures my memory of the Russian winter.
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Yuri Gagarin Monument in Moscow

Fifty years ago, Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space. The Gagarin Monument in Moscow is a an apt Soviet tribute to a Russian national hero.
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Krakow's Rynek Glowny at Night

This black and white panorama of the Rynek Glowny central square in Krakow's Old Town is one of my oldest panoramas but is still one of my personal favorites.
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Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

With about 4000 individual stores, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar has endless rows of storefronts and a staggering variety of merchandise that make for an assault on the senses and, potentially, on the wallet.
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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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London by Night

Like others of the world's great cities, London really sparkles at night and dusk, making for some beautiful photo opportunities.
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The Iron Lady of Paris (The Eiffel Tower)

The Eiffel Tower is one of the world's most recognizable landmarks. Standing tall over the Paris Skyline, it has become an iconic symbol for all travelers.
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