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Wine Path at Barossa Valley, Australia

Generations of families have invested their passions to produce some of the most iconic wines in the world. The Barossa Valley is a major wine-producing region and tourist destination of South Australia With over 80 cellar doors and 150 wineries. It is a compact valley, just 25km long, yet it manages to produce 21% of Australia’s wine, and it makes a no-fuss day trip from Adelaide, 65km to the...

Joshua Tree National Park Photos

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. The park encompasses nearly 800,000 acres of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts, conserving two separate desert ecosystems at different altitudes. The name of the park is derived from the distinctive Joshua Tree, a tall-growing variety...

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in LA

Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the La Brea Tar Pits are one of the world’s most famous fossil localities. Back in 1875, a group of amateur paleontologists discovered animal remains in the pits at Rancho La Brea, which bubbled with asphalt from a petroleum lake under what is now Hancock Park. Some 130 years later, the pros are still at work here, having dragged more than 3.5 million...

Reasons for Visiting Montpellier

Montpellier is every bit the equal of Marseille and Nice. With its elegant buildings, grand hôtels particuliers and stately boulevards, it’s a quietly stylish metropolis with a old quarter and shady backstreets. It is the 8th largest city of France, and is also the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years. The city’s medieval origins are visible from the charming narrow streets...

Sea to Sky Gondola Halfway Between Vancouver and Whistler

The gondola, a ski-lift-type aerial ride, takes sightseers surging up massive granite cliffs to a mountain ridge near the small town of Squamish, halfway between Vancouver and Whistler. Squamish has a complex and rich history with Canada’s First Nations population. This population is referred to today as the “Squamish Nation”, and are descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal Peoples who occupied...

Chobe Riverfront, Visit Botswana

Perhaps the park’s greatest attraction is its northern boundary, the Chobe River. In the dry season animals converge on this stretch of water from the whole of northern Botswana. The scenic Chobe Riverfront area is also known as Serondela. The Chobe National Park is the 2nd largest National Park in Botswana. It covers about 11,700km² of the northern Kalahari, much of it impenetrable thorn bush...

Humpback Whales – Exploring Marine Life, Dominican Republic

Humpback whales are a cosmopolitan species, found in most of the world’s oceans. Thousands of humpback whales from the North Atlantic migrate to the waters of the Dominican Republic each winter to mate and give birth. Their most popular winter rendezvous is Silver Bank, the 3,000-square-kilometer reef system approximately 70 miles north east of Puerto Plata. Dominican Republic offers a unique opportunity...

The Sea Fortress of Suomenlinna, Finland

The fortress of Suomenlinna is one of Finland’s most popular sights. It is only a very short ferry crossing away from Helsinki. Just a 15-minute ferry ride from the Kauppatori. The Suomenlinna ferry is part of Helsinki’s public transport service. Set on a tight cluster of islands connected by bridges, the UNESCO World Heritage site was originally built by the Swedes as Sveaborg in the mid-18th...

Oneonta Gorge Hike, Oregon

Oneonta Gorge is one of the many wonders of the National Scenic Area. It is not accessible by trail. Rather you must walk up the creek bed, over a large and perhaps unstable log jam, through the gorge, and up to your waist in water until you finally see falls. Lower Oneonta Falls probably dropped just under 100ft in a backdrop surrounded by steep vertical-walled cliffs and fronted by clear pools. The...

Looking into the Marble Cathedral

This spectacular Marble Cathedral is set in the General Carrera lake in Chile’s Patagonia – the second largest freshwater lake in South America. The caves are on the Chilean side of the lake. The Cathedral and the Caves are a unique geological formation featuring a group of caverns, tunnels and pillars created in monoliths of marble and formed by waves over the last 6,000 years. The level...

Bonsai Lodder – One of the Largest Bonsai Store in the World, Netherlands

Lodder Bonsai were the first company in Europe to be commercially involved with bonsai. It is a family business that has its roots in specialty plants. The lodder bonsais range is unique in size, diversity and quality. credit: jeremy_norbury

Cute Dogs Underwater by Seth Casteel

We love this underwater dog series from award winning photographer Seth Casteel, credit: digiaimo

A Land of White – Cuverville Island, Antarctica by David Stanley

Cuverville Island is a dark, rocky island lying in Errera Channel between Arctowski Peninsula and the northern part of Rongé Island, off the west coast of Graham Land in Antarctica. It hosts a large colony of breeding Gentoo Penguins, as well as a large number of South Polar and Brown Skuas. Antarctica is the world’s coldest continent, the world’s most extreme continent and the world’s...

Hitachi Seaside Park, Hitachinaka, Japan

The park is a sprawling 470 acre park located in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki, Japan, that features vast flower gardens including millions of daffodils, 170 varieties of tulips, and an estimated 4.5 million baby blue eyes. You can explore the colorful fields by walking or cycling. Beware that this is not a park for free. The entrance costs about $4 per adult. The Seaside Park is easily and quickly accessible...

Geologic Treasure – Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument is located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona. It includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. The Monument borders Kaibab National Forest to the west and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the east. The 3,000-foot escarpment of the Vermilion Cliffs reveals seven major geologic formations in layer-cake fashion. This remote, unspoiled 294,000-acre...