This famous image in Rome can be seen if you look through the keyhole in the front door of the Order of the Knights of Malta on the Aventine Hill.
The keyhole perfectly aligns with a garden arch and St Peter’s Basilica. If you are lucky, there won’t be a tour group there lined up all trying to take a look. The first time I visited, I had the keyhole to myself so I could take the time to get the image right. It isn’t an easy shot to get give how close your camera has to be to the keyhole, and how little time you usually have to get a shot.
Iguazu Falls is clearly one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. It isn’t the biggest in terms of height or water flow, but it is the most impressive in terms of sheer visual impact.
After visiting last October, I was able to visit both the Argentine and Brazilian sides of the border. My opinion on which side is better is that the Argentine Falls are better, but they are better seen from the Brazilian side.
The Namib Desert in Namibia is one of my favorite places on Earth. There is incredible beauty in the desolation you can find amongst the dunes. I spent 5 days camping in the dunes and later took a flight seeing tour over the desert to get an aerial view.
The white dots you see on the dunes here are actually small plans which grow out in the desert.
Tikal National Park in Guatemala isn’t just the top attraction in Guatemala (in my opinion) but probably the top attraction in all of Central America. While there are other impressive Mayan cities around the region, none of them express the sheer size and scope of the Mayan Empire as Tikal does.
Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta get so many visitors and get so much attention, that it is easy to overlook many of the other great parks in Alberta. Waterton Lakes National Park doesn’t get quite as much attention, but it is an amazing park. Bordering Glacier National park in Montana, they collectively form a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will find amazing scenery in Waterton Lakes, and only a fraction of the crowds you’ll find in Banff or Jasper.
Gwaii Haanas National Park in Haida Gwaii islands of British Columbia is one of the most special places in North America. It is often called the North American Galapagos because of its biological diversity.
While easier to get to than the Galapagos, it still gets very few visitors compared to other parks in Canada.
It is also the home to the last remaining totem poles which were built before the arrival of Europeans. The Haida people believe that totem poles have a life just people, so they are being allowed to decay naturally.
The Stari Most bridge in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge was originally built in the 16-century by the Ottomans. It was destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian War. The bridge was rebuilt and reopened in 2004.
The time it took to rebuild the bridge was longer than the original construction.
When I visited Antarctica in 2012 with @gadventures, one of the shots on my list that I wanted to get was a diving penguin. During our entire time in Antarctica, I didn’t see any diving penguins. However, on the last day we were there, we found a group a penguins that keep climbing a small iceberg and diving back into the water. They kept doing it over and over. It was like they knew I needed the photo and were doing their best to help out.
Ha Long Bay in Vietnam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Many visitors spend one or more nights on a boat while they visit the park and it’s attractions.