Monasteries at Meteora – Greece

The Monasteries at Meteora are located in the Thessaly Region of Greece near the town of Kalabaka. Most of the monasteries were built during the Middle Ages and are perched on the peaks of towering sandstone pillars. The Greek word for meteora means “suspended in the air” and the term appropriately describes these Greek Orthodox…

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Frenchman’s Rock – Australia

Frenchman’s Rock is located near Penneshaw Beach on Kangaroo Island in Australia. The rock marks the location where Nicolas Baudin found freshwater when navigating the North Coast of Kangaroo Island in 1803. Baudin released pigs into the wild to provide food for future explorers and a crew member carved details of the expedition into the…

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Old Town Munich – Germany

Munich is the capital and most populous city of the German state of Bavaria. The city sits on the banks of the River Isar, north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich’s old town is located in the heart of Munich and is only 1.25 square miles but it is packed with charming architecture. One of the…

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Wat Maha That – Thailand

Wat Maha That is believed to be one of Ayutthaya’s oldest temples and is thought to have been built by King Boromaraja I around 1370 to 1388 A. D. It is located on the city island in the central part of Ayutthaya and is also called the Monastery of the Great Relic. The points of…

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Everglades National Park – Florida

Everglades National Park was established in 1947 and is the largest subtropical wetland in the United States. It is located 30 miles west of Miami, Florida and covers an area of 1.5 million acres. Most of the park is protected for wildlife preservation and is accessible to the public but an area near Miami is…

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Alhambra Gardens and Generalife Palace – Spain

This post is a continuation of my previous post on the Alhambra Palace. The Alhambra Palace and the gardens are so spectacular that I wanted to dedicate one post to the palace and a second post to the Alhambra Gardens and the Generalife Palace. The gardens cover a vast amount of space but they are…

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Alhambra Palace – Spain

The Alhambra Palace is a massive complex with multiple sites within the Nasrid Palace. The complex was once a fortress and is made up of several separate buildings with different access point and garden areas. The Alhambra is located west of the city of Granada in Spain. It sits on top of the al-Sabika hill…

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Columbus Lighthouse – Dominican Republic

The Columbus Lighthouse is a massive building shaped like a cross located in the city of Santo Domingo on the island country of the Dominican Republic. This building is not a lighthouse in the traditional sense that is intended to warn approaching ships but it is actually a museum and mausoleum dedicated to the explorer…

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Inti Raymi Festival – Peru

Each year on June 24 (winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) Cusco celebrates the Inca Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi). The Inti Raymi was established in 1430 and lasted until 1572 when the Spanish prohibited it as they considered it a pagan ceremony but it continued to be celebrated secretly. In 1944, the festivity…

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Liberty Square – Taiwan

Liberty Square is an enormous plaza in Taipei, Taiwan. The plaza covers more than 240,000 square meters and is in the center of four important buildings. On one end of the plaza is the Gate of Great Centrality and Perfect Uprightness and on the opposite end is the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. The two sides…

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – Texas

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are similar to other woodpeckers, they drill holes into trees for food but they are not searching insects like most woodpecker, their food source is the tree sap. They spend most of their time at their sapwells either drilling new holes or licking sap from existing wells. Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers are mostly black and…

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South Island of New Zealand

The South Island of New Zealand is the larger of the two main islands but it has only about one-third of the population. New Zealand’s South Island is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful places. The island is packed with everything an outdoors person could imagine. The island has golden sand beaches,…

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