Great Places

Sealy Lookout Forest Sky Pier

March 27, 2018

Banana plantations were started in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, in the 1890’s. Today, this Australian community is built almost entirely around the farming of bananas. Coffs Harbour is also home to a popular tourist attraction and amusement park, The Big Banana, which features a large walk-through banana built in 1964. The Big Banana was […]

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The Big Prawn

March 27, 2018

Australia is home to more than 150 unique pieces of architecture and sculptures collectively known as “the big things” of Australia. These quirky, supersized attractions can be found in every Australian state and territory and have become something of a cult phenomenon. Ballina, NSW is home to the “Big Prawn,” constructed in 1989 to honor […]

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UNESCO: Melaka, Historic City of the Straits of Malacca

May 8, 2014

Melaka, Malaysia was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on July 7, 2008. George Town was also inscribed on that date, and together, they are recognized as the Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca. Melaka and George Town reflect a multi-cultural heritage that evolved from their strategic location along the trade routes from […]

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Barcelona, Spain From Monument a Colom

March 11, 2014

The Monument a Colom (Christopher Columbus Monument) stands at the foot of Las Ramblas, near the Barcelona Harbor. It was built in 1888 to honor the explorer and his discovery of America. The statue stands atop a sixty-meter-tall column (197 ft.) that overlooks the sea. The pedestal of the monument contains a gift shop and […]

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Star of India, San Diego, California

February 12, 2014

The Star of India was built in 1863 at Ramsey in the Isle of Man. She was first known as Euterpe, the muse of music. This full-rigged iron windjammer ship made excursions between Great Britain and India and then to New Zealand. She was later used to haul salmon from Alaska to California. The ship […]

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Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, California

February 12, 2014

The Hotel del Coronado is a luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, California, across the bay from San Diego. This beachfront property was developed in the mid-1880’s during San Diego’s first real estate boom. When it opened in 1888, the Del was the largest resort hotel in the world. To this day, it remains […]

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Parc de la Ciutadella Fountain, Barcelona

February 3, 2014

The fountain in Parc de la Ciutadella is commonly known as the Cascada, which refers to the triumphal arch at the center of the waterfall and fountain. The original structure was designed by Josep Fontsère and his student, Antoni Gaudi. About seven years after its initial construction, several adorning features were added for the Universal […]

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Fish by Frank Gehry, Port Olimpica, Spain

February 2, 2014

Fish is a landmark in Port Olimpica, Spain. In the Catalan language it’s known as Peix. This sculpture sits at the base of one of the tallest buildings in Spain, Hotel Arts. Renowned architect Frank O. Gehry was commissioned to build the piece of art for the 1992 Summer Olympics, which were held in Barcelona. […]

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from Mt Washington

February 1, 2014

Mount Washington is a neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s south city area. The best (and easiest!) skyline photos of Pittsburgh can be taken from here because of the elevation of the hill overlooking the river valley and the location of downtown Pittsburgh below. The Monongahela and Duquesne Inclines allow access to Mt. Washington’s overlook. These are […]

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Bloemenmarkt, Amsterdam

January 23, 2014

Description: This “floating” market on the Singel began in the 1860’s when nurserymen would sail up the Amstel to sell flowers and plants directly from their boats. Today, the 15 stalls are permanently moored and sell a huge variety of flowers, bulbs, and tourist trinkets. Photographing This Landmark: Visit early in the day! The light […]

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