Lantern Festival – Singapore

The Lantern Festival is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Moon-Cake Festival and is one of the most popular events celebrated by the Singaporean Chinese community. It takes place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the Lunar Year and has been celebrated for more than 1000 years in China….

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White-Chested Emerald Hummingbird – Trinidad

I always enjoy seeing hummingbirds! They are amazing to watch as they are hovering over a flower when they are eating the flower’s nectar. The White-Chested Emerald Hummingbird is a pretty humming bird. The emerald color on its back is bright when it is in the sunlight and the white on its chest makes for…

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Monument to the Discoveries – Portugal

The Monument to the Discoveries is located in Lisbon, Portugal and was built to honor the Portuguese discoveries during the age of great geographical discoveries in the 15th and 16th centuries. The monument is impressive in its size and architectural design. The monument stands 171 feet tall, 151 feet long and 66 feet wide. The…

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Taj Mahal – India

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum constructed primarily from white marble on the south bank of the Yamuna River near the city of Agra, India. The memorial was completed in 1653 but it took 22 years to build using a labor force of 20,000 people and 1000 elephants. The Taj Mahal is one of the…

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Temple of Literature – Vietnam

The Temple of Literature is a place of study rather than a religious landmark and was originally built in 1070 as a university dedicated to Confucius. Originally the university only accepted students from elite and royal families but later became a university for exceptional students from all over the nation. The layout of the temple…

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Mendenhall Glacier – Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier is located near Juneau, Alaska. It is a 13 mile ribbon of ice that flows from the Juneau Ice Field which is a 1,500 square-mile frozen plateau. Seeing a glacier is a special experience. While glaciers are not really rare, they are only found in a relatively few locations around the world so…

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Pena Palace – Portugal

Pena Palace stands on top of a hill in the Sintra Mountains just outside the town of Sintra, Portugal near Lisbon. The palace was originally built as a chapel in the middle ages and was expanded to a monastery in 1493. The monastery lasted until 1755 when it was turned into rubble by an earthquake….

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Remarkable Rocks – Australia

Australia is a continent known for unusual things. One of the unusual things that I discovered in my travels throughout Australia is that there are many unusual rock formations distributed around the country. The Remarkable Rocks are located on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is known as the Galapagos of Australia for its access to wildlife…

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Palm Tanager – Trinidad

The Palm Tanager is a medium size song bird that lives in the tropical Americas. They are commonly seen at the edge of the forest but they also live in the forest canopy deep in the interior of the forest. Palm Tanagers normally travel in pairs but they also can be found in small groups…

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Paris Casino – Las Vegas

The Paris Hotel and Casino is one of the most recognizable Casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. What makes the Casino so recognizable is the half scale replica of the Eiffel Tower from Paris. Similar to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the replica Eiffel Tower changes its look as the time of day changes from…

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St. Michael’s Cave – Gibraltar

St. Michael’s Cave is located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve on the Rock of Gibraltar. The entrance to the cave is at a height of 300 meters above sea level. The cave is not the biggest or most impressive cave that I have been in but it has a huge cavern and a lot…

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Eclectus Parrot – Australia

Parrots are one of my favorite birds because they are very colorful and they have fun personalities. When I watch parrots they remind me of mischievous teenagers. Sometimes they even laugh at themselves. While I was watching the parrots shown in this post interact with each other, the male seems to be very affectionate to…

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