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Gallows Point Resort

...Gallows Point Resort is a great place on a small headland on the south-western side of Cruz Bay on the beautiful St. John in the US Virgin Islands (not to be confused with St. John’s, which is in Antigua and Barbuda). It’s one of the few places around that...
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North Stradbroke Island, Australia

...Ocean. At one point, it was joined to what is now known as South Stradbroke Island, but a storm in 1896 blew a channel between the two sand islands. As you would hope for open ocean, marine wildlife thrives here. Dolphins play in the surf, whales come in nearby regularly...
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Istanbul's Beautiful Mosques

...and in the purity of the lead on its domes.” — Orhan Parmuk, *Istanbul*[^fn2] Perched strategically on many of the city’s highest points, Istanbul’s elegant mosques dominate the city’s skyline. With their Ottoman-style domed central structures and minarets towering over...
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Granada's Market

...I love morning markets, and I always make a special point to go to them if a town has one. They’re often one of the best ways to get a good dose of local flavor. They’re an essential part of the life-blood of the local community, and the locals...
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Sydney Harbour at Night

...and ringed by high ground. The combination makes for a spectacular place to put a city. And the layout of the city affords panoramic views from multiple vantage points of two of Australia’s architectural icons–the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The view from Kirribilli...
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Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

...August 13, 1961. In a surprise move, Soviet and East German troops sealed the border between East and West Berlin, paving the way for Berlin Wall, construction of which began shortly thereafter. That left only a few crossing points. The most famous in the West was Checkpoint Charlie; the Brandenburg...
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The Antikythera Mechanism, The World's Oldest Computer

...it is; estimates range from 100 BC to 205BC. But its raw ingenuity and sophistication for its era is mind-boggling. It wasn’t until about 1500 years later, with the development of astronomical clocks, that European technology finally caught up again to a similar point. The Antikythera Mechanism’s...
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La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora

...The main feature of its exterior is a tall, narrow facade over the main entrance. Like many Latin American churches where repainting the stucco is part of the routine maintenance, the church’s exterior color has changed over time. At one point, it was a kind of muddy yellow blue trim....
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A Caribbean Island 100 Miles from the Sea

...lake. The natural protection afforded by the water helped protect the settlement for a while, but eventually, it succumbed to the Spanish. The settlement was razed and the Spanish built their own colonial village there. They built a church in the center of the island on the highest point fronting...
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Fireworks in Chichicastenango

...being showered with burning sparks, not just the falling, cooled ash that’s normal at most fireworks displays. At one point, when things were hotting up–literally and figuratively–and screaming fire was shooting in every direction, I actually had to put the camera up to my face because...
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The Waterfront of Punta Arenas

...parallel well below the cities of Australia and New Zealand. Punta Arenas, which translates as Sandy Point, is a town shaped by the sea–by trade and by exploration. Ferdinand Magellan, the 16th century Portuguese explorer (sailing for Spain), may as well be the town’s secular patron saint....
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Granada's Parque Central

...both a showpiece and a living, breathing public space. There are fountains and statues dedicated to mothers and to beloved Nicaraguan poet Ruben Dario. And while it gets sleepy in the heat of the middle of the day, despite the shade offered by the covering of ficus, mango, poinciana, and...
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The Iron Lady of Paris (The Eiffel Tower)

...is an oddly industrial tribute to a city that prides itself more on culture, history, and tradition. By day, the Eiffel Tower is a focal point of the Paris skyline. Set amidst parkland in downtown Paris right next to the Seine, it becomes a spring outdoor meeting place. By night,...
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Boston's City Skyline at Night

...the end of Long Wharf looking back at the city. At one point during the colonial era, Long Wharf was the busiest pier in America. It was also much longer at the time–in the centuries since, landfill has created reclaimed land, but originally the shoreline was up near Faneuil Hall....
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Cu Chi Tunnels

...the area, a muddy moonscape devoid or any visible life. Signs now helpfully point out bomb craters left by American bombs. There are plastic dummies dressed in military fatigues, looking more western than Vietnamese and wearing uniforms that the Vietcong didn’t have. You can climb over a captured...
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The Belfry of Bruges

...sparked a fire that destroyed the wooden top and damaged many of the bells. A new wooden spire was added, but it too burned—in 1741. At that point, they just gave up and decided that it looked good as is. So the Belfry that you see now is actually shorter...
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Defending Charleston Harbor

...a week later. And it was that action that gave the fort it’s current the name. It was originally called Fort Sullivan. After the Revolutionary War it was renamed after Colonel William Moultrie, the fort’s victorious commander during that battle. From the higher points of Fort Moultrie’s...
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Maritime Museum of Denmark

...with a stuffy, old-fashioned (or time-honored, depending on your point of view) collection of model ships and maritime artifacts. And I can well imagine that the curators are probably a little tired of people like me expecting something more traditional. It’s just not what I expected when I...
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Ushuaia's Maritime Museum

...so they could forget about them. The violent ones. The re-offenders. It was the jail at the end of the earth. It might not have been as cold as the salt mines in Siberia, but it was hardly a picnic. At one point, not long before the jail was built,...
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Lemosho Route / Day 2

...set off this morning at about 8:30–after a hearty breakfast thanks to our wonderful camp cooks–it was into the low 50s. I feel good as we set off, but that changes. There’s no point mincing words–today was bloody hard, unexpectedly so. Part of it was the terrain. During the...
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The Mighty Maya City of Tikal

...and from Tikal and within the National Park itself. Read the current advisories here and here. The most convenient access point to the region is Flores, which has a small airport with flights from Guatemala City. There’s also a overnight bus from Guatemala City. To do the sunrise or sunset...
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Lemosho Route / Day 4

...up here to get the mineral nutrients in the alkaline soil.) Soon we’re walking through a harsh, rocky, grey landscape that could pass for the surface of Mars. Everything around us has, at some point in the distance past, been spewed out of the volcano. That includes Lava Tower itself,...
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Phonsavan's Morning Market

...most famous in the west as a launching point for exploring the archeological sites of the Plain of Jars. But it’s also a cultural hub for the Hmong population of the region. You can see that in full, colorful display if you happen to be there for the Hmong new...
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Lemosho Route / Day 6

...than our bodies are used to. At this point, we’re constantly exhausted. Our resting heart rates are elevated. We have nausea and headaches. But tomorrow is summit day. Nearly at the top of the Western Breach. Photo © David Coleman / HaveCameraWillTravel.com The rising sun casts a shadow...
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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul's Byzantine Jewel

...The first questions every stranger asks as his steamer rounds Seraglio Point from the Mormora or descends the Bosphorus from the Black Sea are: “Where is Sancta Sophia?” “Which is Sancta Sophia?” To catch the earliest possible glimpse of its outline the eye of every traveler...
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Lemosho Route / Day 7

...Unbelievably, even up here, there are traffic jams of climbers getting their photos taken at the sign marking the highest point. We’re the only ones this morning making the ascent from Crater Camp–everyone else is coming from the other direction, taking the Marangu Route, having started...
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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. A recent job in the Newark area required hanging out of a helicopter to get some footage. On the way back from the...
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The View from Ancon Hill

...little further up again, you go through a security checkpoint. That’s because of who lives here, most notably, the residence of the Panamanian President is here on your right (out of view from the road, but you’ll notice the signs saying not to point cameras in that direction). You can,...
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Ushuaia, The World's Most Southern City

...prison has long since been converted into a museum. Now the town’s main industry is tourism. While the region definitely has charms of its own, and it serves as a jumping-off point for hiking in the Tierra del Fuego and even offers skiing resorts nearby, Ushuaia is best known as...
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Iglesia Santo Domingo and the Arco Chato

...the things that local advocates pointed to when talking up Panama City’s seismic stability when the choice for where to build a canal linking the Pacific and Atlantic oceans was down to a choice between Panama and Nicaragua. The Flat Arch did eventually fall–in November 2003–and...
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Palace of Sintra

...It sits in the heart of Sintra’s old town. It’s well beneath the hill with the Moorish Castle, but it still manages to be out on a point, overlooking the surrounding countryside and the new section of Sintra. And it’s two large conical spires can be seen from miles...
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Ocracoke Island Lighthouse on the Outer Banks

...Ocracoke Island isn’t what you’d call a buzzing metropolis. Fewer than 1,000 people call it home permanently, although the population swells significantly during the summer as tourists pour into town. On the southernmost point of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, it’s a sliver...
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Panama City's Seafood Market (Mercado de Mariscos)

...safer, albeit longer, route is to follow the waterfront boardwalk under the highway and around the point. It’s a great option if you’re traveling with kids. There’s lots of room, they won’t be disturbing anyone, and the nearby waterfront is basically a big park (check out the...
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Towamba River Valley, a Beautiful Spot in the Australian Outback

...after the sun has disappeared behind the mountain ranges of Egan Peaks is looking straight down the Towamba valley from Towamba. It’s actually basically the same vantage point as the timelapse video below. The Towamba River Like many river systems throughout the Australian outback, the Towamba...
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Hoover Dam

...guides are careful to point out that the purpose of the dam is not to supply power to Las Vegas and that in fact none of the electricity generated at the Hoover Dam finds its way to that poster-child for consuming electricity with wanton abandon. And aside from generating electricity,...
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Hanoi's One Pillar Pagoda

...The One Pillar Pagoda is almost a thousand years old. Sort of. In another in a long line of despicably pointless destructive acts committed by colonial military forces, the French destroyed the nearly 1000-year-old pagoda in 1954 on their way out. The Vietnamese government subsequently rebuilt it....
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Australia's Blue Mountains

...a long string of mountain ranges running almost the entire east coast of Australia known as the Great Dividing Range. The most famous landmark in the Blue Mountains is a trio of rocky spires known as the Three Sisters. Standing next to Katoomba and clearly seen from Echo Point, they...
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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 is reliably scenic. Steep rocky mountains covered in glaciers and snow rise almost vertically out of the water, creating a narrow channel less than a mile wide at its narrowest point and just under...
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The Town that Defied God and the Government

...off point for destinations in Guatemala’s highlands like Chichicastenango. There are a number of charming, and might I say, surprisingly inexpensive hotels scattered near the Parque Central in the center of town and plenty to see. And while there, you won’t help but notice some of the...
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Sydney Opera House, Australia

...The Sydney Opera House, dominating Bennelong Point on Sydney Harbour next to Circular Quay, is one of Australia’s most recognizable landmarks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the two main architectural icons of Sydney along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It serves as the venue not...
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Belem Tower, Guarding the Entrance to Portugal's Global Empire

...net to protect Lisbon Harbor, the hub of Portugal’s trading and naval empire. The tower, above all, served as a fort, lookout, and platform for dozens of heavy-duty cannons pointed out over the Tagus. It was built during Portugal’s golden age of discovery, from 1514 to 1520. It was a...
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Up Close and Personal with the Great Barrier Reef

...are all specialists on landing on and taking off from Lady Elliot. Flights leave from several points along Queensland’s southeast coast. Lady Elliot Island is not for everyone, and visitors will enjoy it far more if they go with realistic expectations. This is not a luxury resort where your...
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Granada, Nicaragua

...writing, the CDC does not consider Granada city to be a malaria-risk area. But if you’re using Granada as a launching-off point for nearby areas such as the islands on the lake, those areas might be quite different. And things change, so it’s a good idea to check with a...
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The Hanoi Hilton

...continuous loop shows the prisoners being treated well, cooking Christmas dinner, even joking with their jailers. The prisoners should be so lucky as to be imprisoned by the Vietnamese, the narration says. And in an astonishing display of willfully missing the point, the narrator says that the POWs...
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Kronborg Castle / Hamlet's Castle

...It’s known as Hamlet’s castle because Shakespeare set his play at the castle in Elsinore, the Anglicized version of the town’s Danish name, Helsingør. Kronborg Castle sits on a peninsula of the Sound that leads down to the Baltic. It’s on a narrow point between Denmark...
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