Asian Water Monitor – Thailand

The Asian Water Monitor live throughout South and Southeast Asia. The Asian Water Monitors that I have seen have all been in Thailand and they seem to be fairly common as I have seen them in multiple locations (Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Damnoen Saduak). They are the second largest lizard behind only the Komodo Dragon. They…

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Thap Rua Tower – Vietnam

Thap Rua Tower in Hanoi is also known as Turtle Tower. Thap Rua Tower is built on a small island in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. The tower honors Le Loi, who freed the Vietnamese from Chinese forces in 1427. After the liberation from China the Le Dynasty…

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Great Barrier Reef – Part 2 of 2 (Coral of the Reef)

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1400 miles over an area of 133,000 sq. miles. The reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest structure made…

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Great Barrier Reef – Part 1 of 2 (Fish of the Reef)

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1400 miles over an area of 133,000 sq. miles. The reef is located in the Coral Sea off the coast Queensland, Australia. While the reef itself is technically just the coral, the…

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Casa Batllo – Spain

Casa Batllo is a renowned building located in the center of Barcelona. The building is designed by Antoni Gaudi and is considered one of his masterpieces. Gaudi’s contribution to the original building was that he remodeled the building in 1904. The building is also known as the house of bones by the local because it…

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Bayon Temple – Cambodia

The Bayon Temple is a Khmer Temple that is part of the Angkor Complex located in Cambodia near Siem Reap. Prior to my visit, I knew about the stone faces that I thought was part of Angkor Wat but I did not know about The Bayon Temple or Angkor Tom. Angkor Wat, Angkor Tom and…

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White-Cheeked Pintail Duck – Dominican Republic

The White-Cheeked Pintail Duck are also known as Galapagos Ducks or Bahama Pintail Ducks. They are primarily seen in shallow marshes and rivers rather than large lakes or bays. They are dabbling ducks which means that they prefer shallow water where they can tip their head under water and find food rather than submerging or…

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Cathedral of Florence – Italy

The Cathedral of Florence is the dominant building in the Florence Cityscape as it towers over all of the other building in the city. The building is a renaissance style Catholic Cathedral, built in the 13th century and is the 4th largest cathedral behind St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Paul’s in London and the Duomo…

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Rainbow Falls – Hawaii

Rainbow Falls, also known as Waianuenue Falls, is located in Hilo, Hawaii. The waterfalls earns its name because on sunny mornings rainbows can be seen in the mist thrown up by the impact of the falling water. Rainbow falls is not one of the tallest waterfalls that I have seen, only 80 ft. tall, but…

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Shwedagon Pagoda – Myanmar

Tachileik is a city in the north east corner of Myanmar. The Tachileik Shwedagon Pagoda is a smaller version of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda that is located in Yangon, Myanmar. The pagoda in Tachileik is located on the top of a high hill which provides a great view of the city below and across the…

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Bridge of Sighs – Italy

The most famous bridge in Venice is the Bridge of Sighs. The bridge connects the court rooms in the Doge’s Palace to the prison directly across the canal. The bridge is said to have gotten its name from convicts that were entering the prison. When convicted prisoners crossed the bridge on their way to prison…

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Venice Canals – Italy

Venice is a city that is comprised of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked together by over 400 bridges. The islands are located in the shallow water of the Venetian Lagoon that lies between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of the…

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