Worldly Vistas: Alley inside the Medina

Alley inside the Medina, MarrakeshMarrakesh Medina
Photographed in Morocco

The fortified old city is a huge, crowded square that has just about everything imaginable happening, and every shop and cart surrounding it. What I found much more interesting were the narrow alleyways which lead to/from the main areas. Old, lopsided and fascinating. No tourists here; just an occasional local entering the doors going home.

The Merrakesh Medina is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Worldly Vistas: Troglodyte Dwellings

Troglodyte Dwellings, TunisiaTroglodyte Dwellings
Photographed in Tunisia

Local Berbers dig large pits into the ground, taking advantage of the natural topography, and live in these artificial caves. Some have multiple rooms, connected by trench-like passageways; others have a center “courtyard.” In either case, they are fascinating.


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Worldly Vistas: Ajloun Castle

Ajloun Castle, JordanAjloun Castle
Photographed in Jordan

This stairway is inside the 12th century Muslim castle located in northwestern Jordan. Although parts of the castle were destroyed by the Mongols in 1260 AD, parts were restored and used as a storehouse for crops and provisions. Over the centuries, various small groups —both military and not—used the castle for various reasons. As late as 1812, a Swiss traveller found it inhabited by about 40 people.

Ajloun dealt with more than just man-made assaults. Two major earthquakes struck it in 1837 and in 1927. It is currently undergoing a restoration and consolidation project.

It’s a great glimpse into the past!


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Worldly Vistas: The Old Wall

Cartegena, ColombiaCartagena
Photographed in Colombia

Cartagena is located on the Caribbean Sea, and its walled Old Town, has lovely town squares, narrow cobblestone streets and colorful colonial buildings. It also has this wonderful 16th Century stone wall.

The colonial walled city and fortress are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


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Worldly Vistas: Impenetrable Forest

 

Bwinidi Forest, Uganda photographed by Ann-Rhea S. FitchBwindi
Photographed in Uganda

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is appropriately named! The bamboo and thick ground cover of ferns, vines, and other plant growth severely hinder direct access on foot. No matter. It was worth the challenge since half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas live here.

The forest has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance.


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Worldly Vistas: Venice of the East

 

Suzhou, China photographed by Ann-Rhea S. FitchSuzhou
Photographed in China

Founded in 514 BC, Suzhou is located on the lower reaches of the Yangtze River and only 61 miles from Shanghai. It remains a major  economic center and has a growing population of over 5 million people! Yet, what makes it so interesting to me are the city’s canals, stone bridges, pagodas, and  gardens.

The Classical Gardens of Suzhou are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


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Worldly Vistas: Hard Coral Garden

Hard Coral, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Yellow Porites
Photographed in Yap

This bright yellow coral is one of the toughest stony corals we see on reefs. What makes diving in Yap so extraordinary was seeing fields of it. We kept diving and diving and diving, yet never seemed to reach the end of it.

Yap? You ask. Yes! It’s an island located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, and is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.


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Worldy Vistas: Agra Fort

Fort Agra, India

Agra Fort
Photographed in India

A historical fort in the city of Agra, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.

Shah Jahan built the beautiful Taj Mahal in the memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. At the end of his life, Shah Jahan was deposed and restrained by his son, Aurangzeb, in the fort. It is rumored that he died in one of its towers that had a view of the Taj Mahal.

The Agra fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


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Worldly Vistas: Volcano Licancabur

Licancabur Volcano, Atamaca, ChileAtacama
Photographed in Chile

Located on the Chile-Bolivia border, Volcano Licanbur towers over the Atacama Desert at over 19,400 feet. Its summit crater lake is among the highest lakes in the world!

The Atacama Desert has so many special vistas; this is but one.


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Worldly Vistas: Parliament

Budapest, HungaryBudapest
Photographed in Hungary

Dawn. Floating into Budapest on the Danube River and seeing the beautiful Hungarian Parliament come into sight. It remains the largest and tallest building in Budapest. What a majestic view!


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