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Ivinghoe Beacon seen looking north from The Ridgeway (author: Pointillist, 2009).

Chiltern Hills, England

    The Chiltern Hills form a chalk escarpment in South East England. They are known locally as "the Chilterns". A large portion of the hills was designated officially as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1965.           Location The Chilterns cover an area of 833 km2 (322 sq mi). They are 18 km (11 mi) wide at their

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The New South Wales Art Gallery, Vernon building, main entrance

Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Sydney.

    The Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), located in The Domain in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, is the most important public gallery in Sydney and one of the largest in Australia. The Gallery's first public exhibition opened in 1874. Admission is free to the general exhibition space, which

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Aerial view of w:Orlando, Florida from a commercial aircraft. Lake Apopka is in the upper-right corner

Orlando, Florida, USA.

      The City of Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors. The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is

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Autumn Yamantau (author: Tsibin Konstantin, 2014).

Bashkortostan, Rusia

  The Republic of Bashkortostan (Russian: Респу́блика Башкортоста́н, tr. Respublika Bashkortostan; IPA: [rʲɪsˈpublʲɪkə bəʂkərtɐˈstan]; Bashkir: Башҡортостан Республикаһы, Başqortostan Respublikahı), also known as Bashkiria (Russian: Башки́рия, tr. Bashkiriya; IPA: [bɐʂˈkʲirʲɪjə]) is a federal subject of Russia (a republic). It is located between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains. Its capital is the city

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Yoyogi Park and Meiji Shrine as seen from the Park Hyatt Tokyo

Meiji Shrine,Tokyo

  Meiji Shrine (明治神宮 Meiji Jingū), located in Shibuya, Tokyo, is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. The shrine does not contain the emperor's grave, which is located at Fushimi-momoyama, south of Kyoto.           History     After the emperor's death in 1912, the

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A contemporary ballet leap performed with modern, non-classical form

Ballet

      Ballet /ˈbæleɪ/ (French: [balɛ]) is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French

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A Russian fish pirog (author: Shuvaev, 2007).

Pirog, ubiquitous in Russian life

      Pirog (Russian: пиро́г; IPA: [pɪˈrok], pl. pirogi пироги [pirɐˈɡi]; Belarusian: піро́г; Northern Sami: pirog; Latvian: pīrāgs pl. pīrāgi; Ukrainian: пиріг pyrih, pl. pyrohy пироги) is a baked case of dough with a sweet or savoury filling. Pirogi are common in Eastern European cuisines. Pirogi are characterised as "the most popular and

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Lake Bled, Slovenia, taken from western end of lake at twilight, Oct. 2013 (author: Edwardwexler, 2013).

Lake Bled, Slovenia

      Lake Bled (Slovene: Blejsko jezero; German: Bleder See, Veldeser See) is a lake in the Julian Alps of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia, where it adjoins the town of Bled. The area is a tourist destination. The lake is 35 km (22 mi) from Ljubljana International Airport and 55 km (34 mi)

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Parlick, in Lancashire, England (author: Dr Greg, 2007).

Forest of Bowland, The Bowland Fells, England

    The Forest of Bowland, also known as the Bowland Fells, is an area of barren gritstone fells, deep valleys and peat moorland, mostly in north-east Lancashire, England with a small part in North Yorkshire (before 1974, some of the area was in the West Riding of Yorkshire). It was once

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Shibai Ukie ("A Scene from A Play") by Masanobu Okumura (1686–1764), depicting Edo Ichimura-za theater in the early 1740s (author: Okumura Masanobu, PD-US).

Kabuki, classical Japanese dance-drama

  Kabuki (歌舞伎) is a classical Japanese dance-drama. Kabuki theatre is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers. The individual kanji, from left to right, mean sing (歌), dance (舞), and skill (伎). Kabuki is therefore sometimes translated as "the art

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Legong dancers on performance (author: Yves Picq, 2007).

Legong Dance, Bali

            Legong is a form of Balinese dance. It is a refined dance form characterized by intricate finger movements, complicated footwork, and expressive gestures and facial expressions.           Origins   Legong probably originated in the 19th century as royal entertainment. Legend has it that a prince of Sukawati fell ill and had a vivid dream

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Neues Palais today, Potsdam (author: MaryG90, 2012).

Brandenburg and Potsdam as The Capital, Germany

    Brandenburg (Low German: Brannenborg, Lower Sorbian: Bramborska) is one of the sixteen federated states of Germany. It lies in the northeast of the country covering an area of 29,478 square kilometers and has 2.45 million inhabitants. The capital and largest city is Potsdam. Brandenburg surrounds but does not include the

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The Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India

            The Ajanta Caves site are mentioned in the memoirs of several medieval era Chinese Buddhist travelers to India and by a Mughal era official of Akbar era in early 17th century.They were covered by jungle until accidentally "discovered" and brought to the Western attention in 1819 by a colonial British

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Rock sculpture of Decebalus, king of the Dacians. (author: Cosmin Cornea, 2008).

Decebalus, The Rock Sculpture, Orșova, Romania

        The rock sculpture of Decebalus is a 42.9 m in height and 31.6 m in width carving in rock of the face of Decebalus, the last king of Dacia, who fought against the Roman emperors Domitian and Trajan to preserve the independence of his country, which corresponded to modern Romania.

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Tourist Attraction on Al Khazneh or The Treasury at Petra (author: Leon Petrosyan, 2014).

Petra, The Rock-Cut Architecture, Jordan

    Petra (Arabic: البترا, Al-Batrāʾ; Ancient Greek: Πέτρα), originally known as Raqmu to the Nabataeans, is a historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color

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The Golden Temple, Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar, India (photo: writer93 on absfreepic.com)

The Golden Temple, Sri Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar

  Sri Harmandir Sahib (The abode of God) (Punjabi: ਹਰਿਮੰਦਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ), also Sri Darbar Sahib (Punjabi: ਦਰਬਾਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, Punjabi pronunciation: [dəɾbɑɾ sɑhɪb]) and informally referred to as the "Golden Temple", is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Amritsar (literally, the tank of nectar of immortality)

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Borobudur Temple, Mahayana Buddhist Temple.

            Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The temple is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72

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The 9th century Hindu Trimurti temple Prambanan, located on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java province

Prambanan Temple, Yogyakarta

    Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta

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Javanese wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance by a famous Indonesian dalang (puppet master) Ki Manteb Sudharsono

Wayang Kulit (Leather Puppet), Javanese Culture

  Shadow puppet theater is called Wayang kulit in Indonesia and it is particularly popular in Java and Bali. The term derived from the word wayang literally means shadow or imagination in Javanese, also connotes "spirit". The word kulit means skin, as the material from which the puppet is made is

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The Duomo Church.

Pienza, Tuscany, Central Italy

  Pienza was rebuilt from a village called Corsignano, which was the birthplace (1405) of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini (Italian: Enea Silvio Piccolomini), a Renaissance humanist born into an exiled Sienese family, who later became Pope Pius II. Once he became Pope, Piccolomini had the entire village rebuilt as an ideal Renaissance

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Angkor Wat seen across lake in old green

Angkor Wat Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

    Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត or "Capital Temple") is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 sq meters). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end

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Pura Besakih, Bali

Bali Architectur, Bali.

    Balinese architecture is a vernacular architecture tradition of Balinese people that inhabits volcanic island of Bali, Indonesia. The Balinese architecture is a centuries-old architectural tradition influenced by Balinese culture developed from Hindu influences through ancient Javanese intermediary, as well as pre-Hindu elements of native Balinese architecture. Today, contemporary Balinese style is

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Notre-Dame de Paris, Our Lady of Paris

Notre Dame de Paris, Our Lady of Paris, France.

  As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame contains the cathedra of the Archbishop of Paris, currently Cardinal André Vingt-Trois. The cathedral treasury contains a reliquary which houses some of Catholicism's most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of

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The Temple Mount,

Holy City Jerusalem, Israel.

    Jerusalem. Hebrew :  יְרוּשָׁלַיִם  (Yerushalayim) Aramaic:  יְרוּשְׁלֶם  (Yərushəlem) Arabic:  القُدس  (al-Quds)   According to the Biblical tradition, King David conquered the city from the Jebusites and established it as the capital of the United Kingdom of Israel, and his son, King Solomon, commissioned the building of the First Temple. These foundational events, straddling the dawn

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Barra da Tijuca.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, the city was initially the seat of the Captaincy of Rio de Janeiro, a domain of the Portuguese Empire. Later, in 1763, it became the capital of the State of Brazil, a state of the Portuguese Empire. In 1808, when the Portuguese Royal Court

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Agung Rai Art Gallery, Bali Fine Art, Bali.

    Welcome to Agung Rai – Fine Art Gallery.   The paintings in this catalogue have been selected from the collection of Agung Rai. The collection as a whole, with works dating from the turn of the century to the present, gives the viewer a sense of the evolution of Balinese painting during

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Indonesian Cuisine.

Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavour. It is diverse, in part because Indonesia is composed of approximately 6,000 populated islands of the total 18,000 in the world's largest archipelago, with more than 300 ethnic groups calling Indonesia their

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Korean Cuisine, Korea.

Hanjeongsik, a full-course Korean meal with a varied array of banchan (side dishes).   Korean cuisine has evolved through centuries of social and political change. Originating from ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions in the Korean peninsula and southern Manchuria, Korean cuisine has evolved through a complex interaction of the natural environment and

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Ukrainian culture, Ukraine.

Chernivtsi University, Cernauti Residentia, Ukraine (Сергій-Криниця).  ( photo : Haidamac ).   Ukrainian culture and customs of Ukraine and ethnic Ukrainians. Ukraine has a shared culture and history with neighboring nations, dating back to the 9th century and the Land of Rus. Mutual customs are shared among the cultures of Russia, Ukraine,

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