Offbeat albumiconic landmarks

 

Mei-Mei and her husband Randy have a lot more adventures ahead, but here's a tour of classic sites so far.

2019 Africa Victoria Falls Zimbabwe side

Victoria Falls, from the Zimbabwe side

2019 Zermatt Kleine Matterhorn  best Mat

Matterhorn from Kleine Matterhorn cable, Zermatt, Switzerland

2019 Murren Schilthorn best

Schilthorn views of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, Switzerland

2019 Jungfrau Sphinx best IMG_8953

Jungfraujoch, Switzerland

2019 Jungfrau First best IMG_8585

Grindelwald-First views of Eiger and more

2019 Jungfrau 4 mile Eiger trail hike be

Eiger North Face trail, Switzerland

2019 Chamonix France ride to Helbronner

Mont Blanc, from Helbronner, Italy

2019 Iceland Jokulsarlon lagoon sunset b

Gorgeous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

2019 Iceland Skogafoss IMG_4129

Double rainbow at Skogafoss, Iceland

2019_Iceland_Snæfellsnes_Peninsula_Kirkj

Famed Kirkjufell mountain, Iceland

2019 Iceland Dettifoss, Europe's most po

Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, Iceland

Table Mt best pano SA 2019 IMG_4976

Table Mountain overview of Lion's Head, Robben island, Cape Town, Blouberg and Devil's Peak #southafrica

Camps Bay view of Table Mt cable car SA

Table Mountain cable car from Camps Bay. #capetown #southafrica

2018_Sarajevo

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, from the ancient Jewish cemetery

2018 Sarajevo assassination corner

The corner in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina where Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, kicking off WWI.

2018 Plitvice Lakes Croatia IMG_5133

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

2018 Sarajevo IMG_8611

Sunset in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

2018 Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina famed br

Mostar's famed bridge, Bosnia-Herzegovina

2018 Lake Bled, Slovenia best 8.25

Lake Bled, Slovenia

2018 Ljubljana, Slovenia famed dragon br

Dragon bridge and fortress at Lubljana, Slovenia

2018 Budapest Marriott St

Fireworks over Budapest, Hungary

2018 Budapest view of Buda St

Budapest, Hungary looking at the Buda side.

2018 river cruise Rothenburg 8.12

Rothenburg, Germany

2018 river cruise Nuremberg trials court

Nuremberg Justice Center where Nuremberg trials were held

2018 Dubrovnik from Fort Lovrijenac best

Gorgeous Dubrovnik, Croatia

Machu Picchu best with llamas 2017-03-25 200

Machu Picchu, Peru

Huayna Picchu hike best overview Machu Picchu 2017-03-26 094

Machu Picchu view from Huayna Picchu hike. Peru

Panama new Cocoli locks tour IMG_2467

Panama Canal, new cocoli locks

Panama canal on Pacific Queen northbound Miraflores double gates 2017-03-31 158

Panama canal lock crossing on Pacific side.

Rome Colosseum from terrace 2017-05-14 219

Colosseum from the top terrace. Rome, Italy.

Pompeii Forum Main Square Temple of Jupiter  2017-05-13 421

Pompeii Forum in the main square, with Mt. Vesuvius behind. Italy.

Jerusalem from Mt of Olives. Dome of the Rock mosque built in 7th century. 2017-05-08 235

Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, with Dome of the Rock glittering. Israel.

Masada, site of last Jewish rebel battle in 73 or 74 AD best IMG_8733

Masada, Herod's winter palace and site of the alleged last Jewish rebel stance. Israel.

Jerusalem Dead Sea IMG_8822

Dead Sea, Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Western or Wailing Wall best  2017-05-08 405

Western or wailing wall. Jerusalem.

Herculaneum best IMG_9062

Herculaneum, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius, which blasted it in 79 AD. Italy.

Carcassonne 2017-05-19 215

Carcassonne, France.

Haifa Hwy 1 convoy skeletons that brought supplies to besieged Jerusalem during 1948 Arab war 2017-0

Convoy of skeleton vehicles along Highway 1 from Haifa to Jerusalem. Israel.

Athens Acropolis from Filopapou Hill  2017-05-02 043

Acropolis from Filopapou Hill. Athens, Greece.

Skellig Michael best best north peak to monastery 2017-07-08 222

Skellig Michael, 7 miles into the Atlantic from Ireland, where monks lived in the 8th century. The new Star Wars was filmed here.

Skellig Michael 8th century monastery and Lesser Skellig best best 2017-07-08 177

Beehive huts from 8th century monks who lived here on Skellig Michael, 7 miles into the Atlantic from Ireland.

Newgrange 5000 yrs old best  with kerb of 97 stones best best IMG_1248

Newgrange tombs from 5000 years ago. Ireland.

Rock of Cashel best best  2017-07-06 012

Rock of Cashel church and fortress. Ireland.

Kerry ring best best 2017-07-07 172

40 shades of green along the Kerry Ring. Ireland.

Dublin castle original tower 1200s best best 2017-07-04 002

Dublin Castle original tower and chapel. Ireland.

Jerusalem Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The spot where Jesus was cruicified. best  2017-05-08 344

Site of Jesus' crucifixion, Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Jerusalem, Israel.

Beijing wall best IMG_5497

The Great Wall at Jinshanling outside of Beijing

Beijing wall best best Jinshanling section 2016-07-17 164

The Great Wall at Jinshanling outside of Beijing

Beijing wall best best Jinshanling section 2016-07-17 098

The Great Wall at Jinshanling outside of Beijing

Beijing wall best 2016-07-18 003

The Great Wall at Jinshanling outside of Beijing

Xian terra cottas best emperor Qin 221 BC 2016-07-15 030

Terra Cotta warriors, Xian, China

Xian terra cottas 2016-07-15 029

Terra cotta warriors, Xian, China

Beijing Tiananmen Square and Mao gate best 2016-07-16 017

Tiananmen Square, Beijing

Beijing Forbidden City  2016-07-16 052

The Forbidden City, Beijing

Beijing Temple of Heaven 2016-07-17 021

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Hong Kong harbor best 0721

Hong Kong harbor at night

Hong Kong Victoria Peak best best IMG_5142

Hong Kong skyline from Victoria Peak

Xian ancient city walls 13th century 2016-07-15 051

Ancient City wall of Xian

Xian ancient wall bike ride IMG_5094

Ancient City wall of Xian

Xian ancient wall biking 8.7 miles around 2016-07-15 103

Ancient City wall of Xian

Shanghai bund 2016-07-09 161

The Wall Street bull, on the Bund, Shanghai

Shanghai Fairmont Peace Hotel where Noel Coward wrote Private Lives 2016-07-10 121

Fairmont Peace Hotel on the Bund, Shanghai

Guilin Longji rice terraces best 2016-06-30 060

Guilin Longji rice terraces best best 2016-06-29 067

Guilin Yao Mountain best 2016-06-29 079

Yao Mountain, Guilin

Guilin Yao Mountain best 2016-06-29 091

Yao Mountain, Guilin

Sydney opera house and bridge best from Mrs. Macquaries point

Sydney Harbor, Australia, with Opera House and Harbor Bridge

Sydney 2016-12-09 009

Sydney Harbor, Australia

Sydney bridge walkers best 2016-12-09 027

Harbor Bridge, Australia, with bridge climbers on both rails.

Sydney 2016-12-10 063

Sydney Opera House

uluru best sunrise MM 2016-12-12 087

Uluru, or Ayers Rock, at sunrise, Uluru, Australia

uluru MM 2016-12-12 002

Uluru, Australia

uluru best moon  R2 2016-12-13 036

Uluru in the moonlight, Uluru, Australia

uluru R2 2016-12-13 072

Uluru and Kata Tjuta at sunrise, Uluru, Australia

uluru MM 2016-12-12 123

Kata Tjuta at sunrise, Uluru, Australia

Mt Cook drive best sheep R 2017-01-05 005

Mount Cook at Lake Pukaki, with sheep, New Zealand

milford sound best facing Bowen Falls and Milford Village MM 2016-12-24 08

Milford Sound, New Zealand

milford sound best Stirling Falls MM 2016-12-24 106

Milford Sound Stirling Falls, New Zealand

hobbiton best MM 2017-01-09 182

Hobbiton Bag End, New Zealand

hobbiton best R 2017-01-09 086

Hobbiton, New Zealand

Tongariro park best Mt Doom or Ngauruhoe MM 2017-01-06 092

Mount Doom, aka Mt. Ngauruhoe, at Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

Tongariro hike best best w Doom and Ruapehu sort of 2017-01-07 184

Tongariro, with Mt. Doom hidden behind, New Zealand

Tongariro hike best 2017-01-07 079

The Emerald Lakes along the Tongariro Alpine hike, New Zealand

2003 Europe Prague library

Prague, Czech Republic monastery library

2003 Europe  Prague IIMG_3954

Prague Czech Republic

2007 Istanbul Blue Mosque from hotel balcony_edited

Blue Mosque, Istanbul Turkey

2007 Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul Turkey

eiffel tower paris france at night

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

2005 Europe Notre Dame Paris

Notre Dame Paris France

2002 notre dame Paris France

Notre Dame, Paris France

2005 Europe sacre coeur

Sacre Coeur Paris France

Sénanque Abbey, near Gordes, France

Sénanque Abbey, near Gordes, Provence, France

Pont du Gard viaduct Nimes Italy

Pont du Gard viaduct, built between 40-60 AD to bring fresh water to Nimes, France

Salzburg Austria festung

Salzburg Austria

11.13 Iguazu 2 MMc 047

Iguazu Falls, on border of Argentina and Brazil, higher than Niagara, with 275 waterfalls

11.13 Iguazu 2 MMc 118

Iguazu Falls, on border of Argentina and Brazil, higher than Niagara, with 275 waterfalls

11.13 Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls, on border of Argentina and Brazil, higher than Niagara, with 275 waterfalls

2013 Torres del Paine Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile

2013 Torres Del Paine Chile

Torres del Paine, Chile

Cuba 10.14 Havana classic cars

Havana Cuba classic 1950s rush hour in modern day

Hermitage St Petersburg Russia

Hermitage St Petersburg Russia 2015

St Petersburg spilled blood MM 298

Spilled Blood Church St Petersburg Russia 2015

St Petesburg spilled blood church

Spilled Blood Church St Petersburg Russia 2015

St Petersburg catherine's palace

Catherine's Palace St Petersburg Russia 2015

St Petersburg catherine's palace

Catherine's Palace St Petersburg Russia 2015

St Petersburg Peterhof Russia

Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia, the summer palace.

Copenhagen 7.7 little mermaid MM 031

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen 7.7 best canal

Canals of Copenhagen, Denmark, 2015

Copenhagen 7,7 canal ride best bridges

Canals of Copenhagen, Denmark with narrow passage above and side to side

Cophenhagen 7.18 Tivoli Gardens

Tivoli Gardens, Cophenhagen, Denmark, second oldest amusement park in the world (1843)

Tyne Port 7.5 tour Alnwick castle best lion MM 164

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, UK, popular filming site including Downton Abbey and Harry Potter

Stavanger Norway 6.28 to Pulpit rock best

Pulpit Rock peekaboo, Stavanger, Norway, a cliff rising 1982 feet

Stockholm 7.14 Abba museum MM 347

Abba Museum, Stockholm, Sweden (soon to become an iconic landmark)

Stockholm 7.14 Vasa warship

Vasa warship, Stockholm, Sweden, sank on maiden voyage in 1628 and salvaged in 1961

Oslo 6.26  ski jump Norway

Oslo, Norway, famed Holmenkollbakken iski jump

Shetland Islands, UK 6.29 best pony joke

Shetland pony, Shetland Islands, UK

S Queensferry Scotland 7.4 Edinburgh castle best IMG_1334

Edinburgh castle, Scotland

Glasgow Doulton fountain

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow, Scotland, largest terracotta fountain in the world 2015

Scotland Urquhart loch ness

Urquhart castle on Loch Ness, Scotland 2015

Berlin 7.17 tour checkpoint 051

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany 2015 (cleverly taken by my spouse from the McDonald's balcony across the street)

Berlin 7.17 Reichstag

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany 2015

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany 2015

2003 Europe  Berlin IMG_3741

Berlin war remnant, Germany

2003 Europe Auschwitz Germany

Auschwitz, Germany

2012 Rome Pieta St. Peter's Vatican

Michelangelo's The Pietà (1498–1499), St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

2012 Rome Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Italy

2012 Rome Vatican

St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City, Rome 2015

2012 Rome Coliseum

Coliseum, Rome, Italy

Tower of Pisa Italy

Tower of Pisa Italy

2012 Florence Trevi fountain

Trevi Fountain, Florence, Italy

Duomo Florence Italy

Duomo Florence Italy

Cinque Terre Italy

Cinque Terre town, Italy

Madrid Franco grave Valley of Fallen

Francisco Franco grave and "Valley of the Fallen" monument to honor Spanish Civil War, in El Escorial near Madrid

2011 Barcelona Spain Familia

Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, still under construction

2011 Spain MM 5 604

Barcelona Gaudi lizard parc guell

Famed Gaudi lizard at Parc Guell, Barcelona, Spain

2012 Monaco Carlo casino

Monte Carlo Casino

2012 Monaco Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco 2012

2012 Europe Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, Monaco 2012

2011 Spain Montserrat Barcelona

Montserrat monastery, near Barcelona, Spain.

2011 Gilbratar Spain

Gibraltar

2007 Greece Santorini; Ia

Santorini, Greece, town of Ia

2007 Greece Olympic runner at original starting line

Olympia, Greece, original Olympic games starting line

2007 Acropolis Greece Athens

The Acropolis, Athens Greece

2007  Greece Athens; Temple of Zeus

Temple of Zeus, Athens Greece

2007 Egypt Sphinx guarding Khafri tomb

Cairo, Egypt sphinx and pyramids

2005 England Windsor IMG_8132

Windsor Castle, England

London Bridge England

London Bridge, London, England

2005 England Westminster cathedral

Westminster Cathedral, London England

2000 Europe 00 Buckingham London

Buckingham Palace, London England

Le Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy France

Le Mont-Saint-Michel, Normandy, France 2001

2005 England Shakespeare's birthplace

Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England

Oxford library England

Oxford library England

2003 Germany Neuschwanstein Ludwig

Neuschwanstein Castle by "Mad" King Ludwig, Hohenschwangaum near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany

Las Vegas strip overview

Las Vegas strip

Bellagio fountains Las Vegas

Bellagio fountains Las Vegas

2009 Bryce best ampitheater Utah

Bryce ampitheater, Utah

Yosemite view with El Capitan

Yosemite with El Capitan, California

Olylmpics national park Washington

Olympics National Park, Washington

Death Valley 5

Death Valley National Park, California

Bonneville salt flats 9 Utah

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah

Hawaii Maui mm sunrise

Maui Hawaii sunrise

2009 mountains Glacier Logan Pass 1

Logan Pass at Glacier National Park, Montana

Lincoln memorial DC

Lincoln memorial, Washington DC

DC 9.12 White House

The White House, Washington DC

Jefferson Memorial Washington DC

Jefferson Memorial Washington DC 2007

DC washington memorial

Washington Memorial Washington DC

2004 Alaska Mount McKinley Denali

Mount Denali or "the Great One" (officially renamed from McKinley by President Obama on Aug. 31, 2015) is the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet

Alaska Mount Denali McKinley

Mount Denali or "the Great One" (officially renamed from McKinley by President Obama on Aug. 31, 2015) is the highest peak in North America at 20,310 feet

NYC 2007 Central Park

Central Park, New York City 2007

Mount Rainier reflection Washington

Mount Rainier, Washington

Mount St. Helens Washington

Top of Mount St. Helens in Washington July 26, 2004, weeks before it blew again on Oct. 1, 2004.

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