The Angel of the North, England

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The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture designed by Antony Gormley. It seems destined to become a new symbol for Tyneside and one of the most recognisable landmarks in England. It is one of the most viewed pieces of art in the world. It is reported that every second the structure is seen by more than one person travelling by, that’s over 90,000 people everyday or nearing 34 million each year. It hard to believe but the body weighs in at 100 tonnes, and the two wings weigh in at 50 tonnes each totaling a massive 200 tonnes. It stands over 65 feet, higher than four double-decker buses. Its wingspan stretches 175 feet almost the length of a jumbo jets wings.

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Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, North Island of New Zealand

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New Zealand has become synonymous with the Middle-earth of JRR Tolkien’s famous books since the release of the blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy, directed by New Zealander Sir Peter Jackson. On the most picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbiton Movie Set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour. Due to copyright, all the intricately constructed movie sets around the country were dismantled after filming, but Hobbiton’s owners negotiated to keep their hobbit holes, which have been completely rebuilt for the filming of The Hobbit.

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The Wave aka North Coyote Butte, Arizona

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The Coyote Buttes contain some of the most intricate and beautifully colored rock formations on the planet. The area is divided into two parts, the North Coyote Buttes and the South Coyote Buttes. The Wave is located in the Coyote Buttes North area of the Arizona Strip. This remarkable sculptured sandstone sits in the shadow of the Coyote Buttes. The Wave is best photographed midday so as to minimize the extensive shadows, the other areas listed above are best photographed mid-late afternoon.

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The Largest Collection of Dinosaur Fossils in North America

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The Royal Ontario Museum aka “The ROM” is an incredible museum that all visitors to Toronto must see. The Exibits are all fantastic and amazing! There is definitely something for everyone here. Permanent exhibit of dinosaurs including tyrannosaurus, parasaurolophus and triceratops. The museum is situated north of Queen’s Park and east of Philosopher’s Walk in the University of Toronto.

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Inside North Korea

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Redefining the term rogue state through its isolationism, controversial nuclear weapons programme and missile testing, North Korea is probably the most mysterious country in the world today and one almost entirely untouched by tourism. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is a country in East Asia, occupying the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Pyongyang. The Korean Demilitarized Zone serves as the buffer zone between North Korea and South Korea. The Amnok River and the Tumen River form the border between North Korea and the People\’s Republic of China. A section of the Tumen River in the far northeast is the border with Russia. More than 23 millions inhabitants live in this country. In comparisson, North Korea is slightly smaller than England and around 2000 square kilometers larger than South Korea. Special thank you for unique photos to John Pavelka.

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Panorama Hall of the Operation for the Liberation of Taejon (Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum)

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Skyline from the Monument to Victorious Fatherland Liberation War

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Ryugyong Hotel

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Arch of Triumph

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Monument to the Foundation of the Worker’s Party

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Entrance to Kim Il Sung Stadium

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Pyongyang Traffic Girl

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Puhung Station (Pyongyang Metro)

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Yonggwang Station (Pyongyang Metro)

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Mansudae Grand Monument

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Mansudae Grand Monument

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Bronze Sculpture at Monument to Victorious Fatherland Liberation War

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Defending the Skies of the Homeland   (Monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War)

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Monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War

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Three Charters for National Reunification Monument

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Kim Il Sung Statue (Kaesong)

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Kumsusan Memorial Palace

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9-Story Quadrangular Pagoda (Pohyon Temple Mt. Myohyang Region)

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Stone Memorial (Pakyon Falls Kaesong Region)

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