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Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

I saw this exquisite chalk drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's Lady With An Ermine on the ground in one of the main plazas in Firenze. It started drizzling and I just had to take this photo before the rain washed it away!

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Lalibela, Ethiopia
I was invited to spend New Years Day (by the Ethiopian calendar, which falls in September) with a lovely family in Lalibela. She prepared coffee the traditional way, roasting the beans over hot coals, grinding them with a mortar and mixing in a...
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Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
This picture is a case of unexpectedly perfect timing. As I stood on the road in Jaipur with my iPhone, waiting to capture the elephants on their way to the Holi elephant festival, this elephant spurted water from its trunk at the exact moment I...
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Sisavangvong Road, Luang Prabang, Laos
Wat Mai, Luang Prabang, Laos. Rubbing shoulders with tangerine-robed monks in Laos is one of the best parts about any visit to Luang Prabang. The young monks are often eager to converse with respectful visitors; this young fellow peppered me with...
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65385 Rüdesheim am Rhein, Germany
Even though the monument was scaffolded when I went, the surrounding forests made for a great walk and view. From here you could also look down at the beautiful Rhine village of Rudesheim
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3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
The Fountain of Wealth, located in Suntec City Mall in Singapore's central business district, is the largest fountain in the world. Based on a Hindu mandala representing the universe, the fountain is lovely in the afternoon, when you can enjoy its...
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Thani, Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai 64000, Thailand
While traveling through Chiang Mai during Songkran, I befriended some locals who graciously invited me to join their family for Songkran. Songkran is Thai New Year and a time where families unite, eat, pay respects and give blessings. Here is a...
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Jecheon-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
I don't know… something about this sign caught my attention at the Jecheon bus terminal. It might have been the simple design, or its message that I strongly believe in. More likely it could have just been the barista behind it making the most...
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Utah, USA
As its biblical name implies, Zion National Park has the appeal of a place out of time. Established on November 19, 1919, the canyon and its surrounding landscape feel like a natural temple, full of arches, hoodoos, and imposing walls, some of...
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Huế, Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam
Roadside stands just outside of Vietnam’s former imperial city, Hué, overflow with bundles of colorful incense. When viewed en masse, these harlequin sticks resemble a textured kaleidoscope. The smell of cinnamon and sandalwood blends wafting...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
We got to Reykjavik on a rainy night, and the first thing I saw and heard was a lot of people in the street partying and Cher's "Believe" blasting from some club, loud enough to hear it everywhere. I though then that this place was crazy, but then...
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Blloku, Tirana, Albania
As hectic as the city of Tirane may be outside, especially in traffic, I found a quiet haven in the Hotel Mondial inside. I haven't felt so spoiled in a long, long time. From the moment we entered, carrying sleeping kids, the staff knew our names...
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Xicheng, Beijing, China
This adorable old woman reminded me of my grandmother despite the fact that they look nothing alike. I saw her outside Mr. Shi's Dumplings (74 Bao Cao Hutong) which was written up by Time Out Beijing and consequently was filled with white tourists...
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Jr. Madre de Dios S/N, Cercado de Lima 15046, Peru
We got to play with water on our last day in Peru. This is a public park in Lima that from Wednesdays to Sundays put on a fountain show. There are a total of 13 different water fountains for the people to enjoy and to participate in if desired....
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Ruhengeri, Rwanda
During our gorilla trek, we came across Group 13, a family of gorillas. Here is a picture I snapped of the silverback who weighs close to 800 lbs. He was taking a nap. We thanked our lucky stars.
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24 Zhonglouwan Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Explore the back streets near Andingmen Station for a glimpse of everyday life in the hutongs of Beijing. While in the area, stop for a drink at the unexpectedly hip Siif Cafe. As the sign out front says, they have good coffee, along with...
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Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines
On any visit to the Philippines you can see people crowding into bright colored automobiles called the Jeepney. They are the most popular mode of public transportation in the Philippines! I became completely obsessed with the Jeepney upon my first...
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Heidelberg, Germany
With its half-ruined castled dominating the heights above the university-town on the banks of the Neckar river, Heidelberg is a pedestrian's dream. "Picturesque" may have become a cliché, but this German city exemplifies the meaning. I'd been here...
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Koh Phi Phi Le, Ko Phi Phi, อำเภอเมืองกระบี่ กระบี่ 81000, Thailand
Maya Bay is no real secret - Leonardo DiCarprio's The Beach took care of that - but it is still one of the most naturally stunning places on earth. The old Thai longboats that settle in on the beach help add to the atmosphere too. As far as pure...
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La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
If you're not a fan of huge resorts and big hotels, Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway from Cancun. Just catch the ferry to the island located 13km to the northeast of Cancun. The ferry ride in itself is enjoyable, as you float over shallow reefs...
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Words can do little justice to the scenery that awaits travelers to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Hundreds of forested limestone karst formations rise from emerald-green waters, looking like slumbering creatures ready to stir. The...
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9207 TX-17, Toyahvale, TX 79786, USA
After being asked to perform this wedding ceremony, I caught the bride and groom in what I feel to be a very honest moment. Three guests, one dog in attendance and a little white church made for an unforgettable day. We danced in the dirt while...
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513 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
During my last stay in Seoul, I spent most of my time in the historic heart of the city north of the Han river. I did take a Sunday afternoon, though, to walk around the Gangnam district—the chic high rise–dominated neighborhood south of the...
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San Diego, Nicaragua
A string of random events had landed me with a house/dog sitting gig in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Every morning at 5am, before the temperature climbed well into the 90s I took the dog for a walk up the dusty...
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Timișoara, Romania
Romania seemed like a far away land where people seemed to exit more than they entered. But after a long stay in Northern Croatia and a short period in Belgrade, mystic Romania was nearer than ever. My companion and I took a gloomy old train from...
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Tanjung Raya, Agam Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia
Basin Rice Paddies, Lake Maninjau, Sumatra, Indonesia. Trekking through a swampy, boggy rice paddy in a driving rain isn't the ideal vision of holiday most people might have, but for me it's a perfect slice of paradise. Lake Maninjau sees a fair...
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Mata de São João - State of Bahia, Brazil
When slave ships departed Western African, they left from Doors of No Return. If the imported people survived the journey to Brazil, they were brought here to Castelo Garcia D'Avila, a fort built around 1550, then shipped to other parts of the...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Another great reason to visit Costa Rica.
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330 Bonaventure Rd, Thunderbolt, GA 31404, USA
If you're a lover of the South like I am, beautiful Savannah is not to be missed! Savannah offers everything that gives the South is distinct charm: Spanish moss-draped oak trees, beautiful antebellum mansions and historic buildings, delicious...
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1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118, USA
Designated a national historic landmark in 1977, Hotel del Coronado has played host to a number of notable people, including presidents, celebrities, and dignitaries, over the years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the hotel several times,...
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Havana, Cuba
During a walking tour of Old Havana, I just stopped to take a quick picture of an old car.
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Cathedral City, CA, USA
An amazing example of neon signage at the Elephant Car Wash along highway 111. I drove past it several times en route to other places and stopped at night to snap this shot. The "water" sprays from the elephant's trunk.
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Desert Shores, CA 92274, USA
The Salton Sea has some amazing spots for bird watching. Here, off of the abandoned Salton Sea Marina site, was a large number of birds (I'm not sure what species). They flew all together and were very responsive to the slightest motion by me,...
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1001 Jean Paul Riopelle Pl, Montreal, QC H2Z 1H5 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal, QC H2Z 1H5, Canada
Montreal is a wonderful city and the Bixi bike sharing system (http://montreal.bixi.com/) allows one to venture further and see other parts of the city. As the sun set, the Palais comes alive at night providing a glowing example of modern...
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1100 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201, USA
I grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and remember taking field trips to the South Carolina State House. I hadn't visited since the State House was remodeled in the 90s... until this summer, when I was amazed at how unfamiliar yet beautiful the...
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Salcedo, Puno, Peru
In Puno, on shores of Lake Titicaca, the air is thin. Just walking can be an issue of mind over matter, as headaches and even nausea due to lack of oxygen can make the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other a challenge. As I slowly...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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Part of the fun of visiting famous destinations in the USA is coming up with unique, original ways to photograph them. I've seen hundreds of images of Cloud Gate in Chicago's Millennium Park, but I wanted to come up with something that was wholly...
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6 E Liberty St, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
Nothing makes me happier than stumbling upon a really great bookstore, and this one in Savannah takes the cake! While strolling down East Liberty Street in gorgeous Savannah—my favorite of all the beautiful Southern cities—my husband...
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Montreal, QC, Canada
Whenever I explore a new city I make it a point to wander through its markets. Not only do I enjoy such adventures for the food I sample, but I love seeing how food is displayed—I always find a beauty to the displays no matter how simple they may...
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Jordan
As is often the case with travel expectations, there’s so much more to a site than what we can see in the confines of a screen or read in black and white letters on a page. Often the real place is a shock of depth, colors and aromas, and the way...
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#0972 Zone 1 Sitio Diniwid Road, Balabag, Boracay Island, Malay, 5608 Aklan, Philippines
Even during the low season White Beach on Boracay Island is full on. Dance music blares out of clubs and bars. Restaurant hawkers shout out their daily deals in front of massive seafood buffets. Korean tour groups block the beach path and touts...
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Old Orhei, Moldova
If ever there was a moment when I started to doubt that everything happens for a reason, I think back to the one time I hung with monks in a cave monastery in Moldova. This is a story about a spontaneous day trip out to Orheiul Vechi, about an...
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Paraty - State of Rio de Janeiro, 23970-000, Brazil
Since it had been awhile since I had traveled on my own, I hesitantly booked a bus ticket from the Rodoviaria Tietê (bus station) in São Paulo and the friend who I was visiting there to the quaint colonial town of Parati. Not only did I make some...
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Chefchaouen, Morocco
Morocco is a great place to travel to. One of several locations I visited was the town of Chefchaouen. I had seen images of the town and wanted to capture a few of my own. I chose this alley-way for my shot and just waited for a figure to enter...
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Sonoita, AZ 85637, USA
On an scenic drive from Tucson to Sonoita along Highway 82 the desert slowly gives way to grassy ranch land, and the incessantly hot temperature dips just enough to provide some relief. The town itself is a small, quiet, cowboy establishment...
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Ul. Vatroslava Lisinskog 34, 20000, Dubrovnik, Croatia
When in Dubrovnik you have to walk atop the city walls. Try to go all the way around, its well worth it and you will get a great workout. Every corner you turn offers fantastic views.
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Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Soon after conquering Constantinople and defeating the Byzantines in 1453, Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II commissioned the beginnings of the Grand Bazaar to reinvigorate trade with the city. More than 550 years later, the bazaar is one of the oldest...
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Sudoeste, Cochabamba, Bolivia
Mercado Cancha Calatayud is South America's largest open air market, selling everything from books to furniture, clothing to diapers, live animals to mouth watering saltenas (if you do not know what a saltena is, it is reason enough to book a trip...
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Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
Nothing is a more powerful symbol of the City of Light than the Eiffel Tower. Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 Paris Exposition, it's one of the world's most-visited monuments, with nearly 7 million people ascending the 1,062-foot...
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Symphony Style Mall, Arabian Gulf Road، Salmiya 22012, Kuwait

“Buongiorno, Signor Farley,” said Umberto, the head waiter at Hotel Missoni’s Cucina restaurant. By the beginning of the third day of my stay, the staff knew my name. And what I drank with breakfast. An espresso doppio was delivered to my table a...

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1100-139 Alfama, Portugal
Walking throughout Lisbon one is struck by the well known 'blue hues' decorating the city with the exquisite tilework. They are indeed lovely in tone and vary in color temperature. Important to note is the welcoming yellow hue that has gained...
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The year I lived in Paris was the year the SMART cars were introduced--ultra compact, designed so that DEUX could park in the space for UN... A couple of years later, at the end of a visit back to France, our friends thought it would be fun for us...
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Chinchero District, Peru
On our way to Ollantaytambo from Cuzco, our local guide stopped at Chinchero after learning that I was fascinated by local textiles. Here, we visited his friend's house who was in the process of dying the yarn to use in the intricate patterned...
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Canal du Midi, France
We had long heard of the idyll and relaxation of cruising on a self-piloted, private canal boat in southern France. The voices said: No worries about navigation, you can't get lost! Visit small French villages and see the lavender covered...
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Rue de l'Hôpital Saint-Louis, 75010 Paris, France
Early spring, Paris can be a moody place. Flowers just beginning to poke up through damp soil under low grey skies, a rainstorm solidifies into sleet...then the clouds lift right at sunset, and the swollen Seine takes on the green of a newly...
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Atatürk Mh., Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Uğur Mumcu Sevgi Yolu, 35920 Selçuk/İzmir, Turkey
When visiting Turkey, a must see are the archaeological ruins of Ephesus (or Efes in Turkish) near the town of Selçuk. Ephesus was an ancient Greek city and Roman city, and there are several reconstructed ruins scattered all over, even though most...
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Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Crowds may swarm upon it daily from sunrise onwards, but exposure hasn’t dulled the impact of the largest religious monument in the world. Commissioned by King Suryavarman II in the 12th century as the centerpiece of the mighty Khmer empire,...
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Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
This was taken while waiting in line to get into the Blue Mosque. We went with a day tour group and were there fairly early in the morning. Remember to wear the appropriate clothing (cover your shoulders and your upper arms).
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267 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA
Saratoga is a magical place. The magnificent horses, powerful jockeys and dedicated trainers and barn hands energize a track that oozes old-school charm.
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Via Mario Todeschini, 7, 37126 Verona VR, Italy
Shakespeare's tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet, will forever immortalize the words, "in fair Verona". The town where these two lovers met is not just for the romantic, but also for the history and opera aficionado. I am not an expert in either...
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No matter where you are staying in the UAE, you can't leave without visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. The mosque, the third-largest in the world, is the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation's founder. Even on the...
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Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam, Netherlands
Since 1862, fresh flowers and plants have arrived by barge from the Dutch countryside to Amsterdam. While this assemblage of flora still shows up daily, it comes by van, not boat, to the Bloemenmarkt, the world's only floating flower market. Here,...
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Estr. da Vendinha, 68 - Barra de Guaratiba, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 23020-810, Brazil
Beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema are justifiably famous, but city insiders head southwest to Prainha for some of the area’s best surf and views. Join locals at Restaurante Bira for fish stewed in coconut milk or for an after-surf caipirinha...
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Lao Cai, Vietnam
As a lover of markets, this one was one of the most sensory fulfilling experiences. Visiting this location on a Sunday surrounded us with locals dressed in traditional intricate clothing, buying ingredients for meals (including a wide variety of...
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Dragoon, AZ 85609, USA
On a long haul from Austin back to Los Angeles, my curiosity was repeatedly piqued by large billboards advertising something called "The Thing?". They looked almost as old as the desert I drove through, and when I finally arrived at the place,...
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Rue Yves St Laurent By A-Maps، Marrakech 40000, Morocco
In 1923, the artist Jacques Majorelle acquired a four-acre plot of land just outside the center of Marrakech. Inspired by numerous travels around the country to paint scenes of village life, and funded by painting more illustrious portraits such...
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Bursa, Turkey
I noticed that mannequins in Istanbul and Bursa (or maybe Turkey in general) are used intensely for marketing purposes. Unfortunately, most of them are either 'abused' or distastefully dressed that it makes me wonder this could be a new business...
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1265 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55108, USA
Every year summer comes to an end in Minnesota with the State Fair. While it is easy to fill an entire day (or days) with rides, exhibits, food (I recommend Sausages by Cynthia as well as Blue Moon's sweet corn ice cream with honey bacon sauce),...
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1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613, USA
Steeped in history, loved my many, loathed by some, and sorely in need of a championship, Wrigley Field is a true cornerstone of the always controversial sporting world. No trip to Chicago is complete without a visit to this monument to to...
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2 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
How a complex of German-built factories became one of East Asia’s hottest art destinations is also the story of modern China. When construction on a number of electronics factories began in Dashanzi in 1956, the area was farmland. Joint...
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Široká, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
We took a tour that included this old Jewish cemetery. I wondered how the headstones could be so close together, and now I know. They had limited space, so they buried people in layers & put all the headstones for the layers together on top.
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Artillería 199, Valparaíso, Región de Valparaíso, Chile
Valparaiso curves around a sweeping bay anchored with cargo ships, cruise liners and small craft for work and pleasure. A great spot to survey the view is the small park near the Naval and Maritime Museum at the top fo the Ascensor Artilleria...
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Cerro Torre
The jagged peak of Cerro Torre, usually obscured by clouds, is notorious for being one of the toughest ascents in the world. A clear summer day offers a rare glimpse of the elusive mountain.