October 24, 2014

Dome of the Rock: Up Close and Personal

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This photo of the Jerusalemís Dome of the Rock was photographed deliberately from a close angle to provide a more modern perspective of this ancient pilgrimage site. Touring the site of this mosque is one of many unique things to do in Jerusalem.

Rooted Buddha

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This giant head from an ancient Buddha statue has remained upright while the roots of a banyan tree have grown up around it. Itís one of the many unique photo opportunities at your disposal during a visit to the ancient city of Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Precious Moments Peruvian Style

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This young girl was photographed playing on the floating islands of Uros, on Lake Titicaca between the nations of Bolivia and Peru. Her colorful clothing and reed play area are typical of this indigenous group.

Market Man of Otavalo

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; † (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This gentleman was photographed at the animal market in Otavalo, Ecuador, which is a popular weekend getaway or daytrip from Quito.

Chestnut Horse on Trail

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This gorgeous horse awaits a trail ride with his owner in Virginiaís Shenandoah National Park. Horseback riding is one of the many activities you can choose for enjoying this park thatís within a dayís drive for many on Americaís eastern coast.

Postcard from Pisa

medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The piazza in the town of Pisa, Italy is one of the most picturesque in the world. It is a popular day trip for visitors to this romantic European country.

Young Monks of Angkor

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); These two young men enjoy the serenity of Cambodiaís Angkor Wat while working on their monastic studies. The orange robes are a common site in this part of Cambodia.

Bahai Gardens and Shrine

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This scenic shot was taken in the Bahai Gardens, which is one of the most popular things to do in Haifa, Israel. The location offers a commanding view of the Mediterranean, and a peaceful place from which to contemplate your exploration of this part of Israel.

Colorful Bangkok Architecture

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); † This colorful structure can be enjoyed via an affordable Bangkok river bus ride, which allows travelers a peek at the waterfront venues and daily life often missed by traditional tours.

Colorful Cottages of St. Kitts

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This colorful cottages are located on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, known for its UNESCO-honored fort, batiks and decadent Guava cheese.

Classic View of Machu Picchu

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This classic view of Machu Picchu greets travelers from around the world as they enter the site. Itís perhaps the most famous attraction in Peruís Sacred Valley, although there are certainly many more sites equally deserving of your tourist time.

Bedouin Boy with Goat

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This young Bedouin boy with his goat is enjoying the afternoon sun in Petra, an archaeological site thatís a must-see on any national tour of Jordan.

Three Women with Braids

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; † (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); These three braided women wearing colorful wraps were photographed during a daytrip from Quito, Ecuador to the Saquisili market. This is where the locals go for weekly bargain shopping, socialization and sometimes to have things mended that they havenít gotten around to sewing themselves.

Photo Feature: Island Golf

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medianet_width=’300′; medianet_height= ’250′; medianet_crid=’270296581′; This photo was taken on a recent island get away with colleagues. While Iím not a golfer myself, the view from the oceanfront restaurant inspired me to step outside as I waited for coffee to snap a few pictures of those who were out enjoying this particular sport for the day. [...]