Worldy Vistas: Macau

Macau - Chinese special administrative region

Centre of Macau
Photographed in Macau, China

Here is another beautiful place inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the center of Macau is a beautiful collection of streetscapes, churches and temples. It assimilates both the Chinese and Portuguese cultures that make Macau unique.

Although Macau is best known as a gaming playground, it is also a culturally interesting place to visit.


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Worldly Vistas: Kinabalu

Early morning in Kinabalu Park, Borneo

Early Morning in Kinabalu Park
Photographed in Borneo

Located in the State of Sabah on the northern end of Borneo, Malaysia, Kinabalu Park is dominated by Mount Kinabalu (more than 13,400 feet), the highest mountain between the Himalayas and New Guinea. It has a very wide range of habitats changing at various elevations.

Kinabalu Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre of Plant Diversity for Southeast Asia. Maybe these interesting trees are but an example of why!


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Worldly Vistas: Temple Ruins

Ta Prohm, Cambodia

Ta Prohm
Photographed in Cambodia

Ta Prohm was built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. and is a templae at Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

After the fall of the Khmer Empire in the 15th century, the temple was abandoned and neglected for centuries. In the early 21st century, when an effort to conserve and restore the temples of Angkor began, the École Française d’Extrême-Orient decided that Ta Prohm would be left largely as it had been found. But as of 2013, Archaeological Survey of India had restored large parts of the temple complex, mostly to protect the fragile ruins from the huge influx of tourists.

The trees that grow out of the ruins are perhaps its most distinctive feature. UNESCO inscribed Ta Prohm on the World Heritage List in 1992.


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Europe: Cat on a roof

Cat on the Roof, Riga

Riga “Kitty”
Photographed in Latvia

Riga is a lovely city and has some fascinating touches, including many rooftop cats! The historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its Art Nouveau/Jugendstil architecture and 19th century wooden architecture.

In the area? It’s worth a stopover to spend a day exploring this beautiful place.


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Asia: Treasury First View

Petra, Jordan

Petra
Photographed in Jordan

Petra is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.  It was established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

I took this photo as we came to the end of the Siq (the narrow passage that leads into Petra) and it is the first view of what lays ahead!


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Asia: LOVE!

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
Photographed in India

A symbol of his love, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This immense mausoleum of white marble was built in Agra between 1631 and 1648.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.”

On a personal/photographic note: I did NOT PhotoShop this image. We planned the shoot the day before; I was the first person through the gates and ran to the designated spot. I was able to photograph this magnificent site, without a single person in my shot, just as the sun was rising.


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Europe: From the City Wall

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik
Photographed in Croatia

A UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Dalmatian coast, the old city of Dubrovnik became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although it was severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, the city managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Armed conflict damaged the city again in the 1990s, it is now undergoing a major restoration program.


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Asia: Giving Alms

Alms Giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang

Monks of Luang Prabang
Photographed in Laos

The UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang is the perfect place to see one of the most sacred Lao traditions, Tak Bat—the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony, This is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang. This morning ritual is where monks silently line the streets while locals (and interested tourists) put gifts of food into the bowls carried by the monks.


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Europe: Butrint

Mosaic tile of heart from Butrint UNESCO World Heritage Site in Albania

Butrint Mosaic
Photographed in Albania

Inhabited since prehistoric times, Butrint, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been a Greek colony, a Roman city and a bishopric. Also being under Byzantine administration,and then a brief period of Venetian occupation, the city was abandoned in the late Middle Ages.


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North America: Monarch Butterfly

Monarch butterfly in Mexico’s central highlands during the winter migration

Monarch Butterfly
Photographed in Mexico

The Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing most of the over-wintering sites of the eastern population of the monarch butterfly. It is located on the border of Michoacán and Mexico State,. Millions of butterflies arrive in the reserve annually, though there is much concern as the population is decreasing.


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