Plaza de Espana – Seville, Spain

The Plaza de Espana is located in Seville, Spain and was built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Fair in 1929. The plaza is large and covers an area of 50,000 square meters (slightly larger than 11 football fields). The plaza is shaped in the form of a half-elliptical with the main building of the plaza…

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Niagara Falls – Ontario, Canada and New York, USA

Niagara Falls is the most visited waterfall in the world and it is normally rated within the top 5 on most list of best waterfalls of the world. Niagara Falls is located on the Niagara River that flows from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. Niagara Falls is actually made up of three separate falls, the…

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Merlion Fountain – Singapore

The Merlion Fountain is one of the iconic symbols of Singapore and is easily the most popular tourist attraction for visitors to Singapore. The Merlion received its name from a combination of “mer” meaning sea and lion. This is appropriate for Singapore because of its origin of being a fishing village called Temasek meaning “sea…

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Blue Mountains – Australia

The Blue Mountains are a rugged region of Australia about 50 kilometers west of Sydney. They get their name from the blue haze created by the eucalypt forest that covers the area. Tiny droplets of oil are released from the trees and are mixed with vapor and sunlight to produce the blue haze over the…

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Changing of the Guards – Greece

The changing of the guard ceremony takes place every hour at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier” near parliament in Athens, Greece. This is an event that I would classify as a “Must See” activity when visiting Athens and I would say that it was one of the highlights of my trip to Greece. The…

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Red-Shanked Douc – Vietnam

The Red-Shanked Doucs a critically endangered primate species that is endemic to Indochina. They are only found in North and Central Vietnam and Laos. The largest population of Red-Shanked Doucs are in Son Tra Nature Reserve and are estimated to be around 1300 individuals. They are called the “Queens of the primates” and very colorful….

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Son Tra Nature Reserve – Vietnam

Son Tra Nature Reserve is the last remaining coastal rainforest in Vietnam and is home to 287 species of wildlife, of which 29 species are listed as rare including the Red-shanked Doucs (shown in the photo above) a critically endangered primate species that is endemic to Indochina. Among the 287 species of wildlife, there are…

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Belem Tower – Portugal

The Belem Tower is on the northern bank of the Tegus River and was built in 1521 as part of the Tegus estuary defense system to defend Lisbon from sea attacks. The fort was originally built in the middle of the Tegus River on a small outcrop of rocks but with changes of flow of…

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Petronas Twin Towers – Malaysia

The Petronas Twin Towers were built in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998 but weren’t officially completed until August 1999. These towers have 88 floors and are 1483 feet tall which made them the tallest buildings in the world at the time they were built. They remained the tallest buildings until 2004 and are currently the…

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Northern Shoveler Ducks – Texas

The Northern Shoveler Ducks are also known as Shoveler or Spoonbill Ducks. These ducks are common throughout the northern hemisphere. They spend the summer months in the northern regions and migrate south in the colder months. The male and female are strikingly different in their color pattern but their distinctive bill identifies then as the…

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