This snake can be found throughout California, and the combination of its skin color varies in different locations – but it always remains extremely bright.
The beautiful blue-striped Mandarinfish is found in the Pacific ocean from Japan down to Australia.
Most blue-colored animals don’t naturally produce their own pigment – typically, blue animals rely on an optical illusion using light. But the Mandarinfish is an exception, since it has special chromatophores called cyanophores that contain blue pigment.
The rocky coastline of this national park features stunning views of the ocean, glacier-carved peaks, and rich forest. Ruggedly beautiful with quaint and cozy towns nestled here and there, this coastal journey is one for the books.
Five thousand people have been rendered homeless in the Padma erosion in Nariya Upazila of Shariatpur district. Business organizations in the river, the cropland experts say, will not stop the erosion unless the rain water is reduced.
What is it about this Swiss lakeside town outside of Zurich that wins so many hearts? We’re guessing it has a lot to do with the town’s storybook setting, complete with turreted buildings, picturesque Old Town, and famed Kapellbrücke (the oldest covered bridge in Europe). Lucerne also happens to be a popular departure point for the Swiss Alps, which are visible from the town.
Beloved for its endless green hills and fascinating history, Edinburgh looks great in all seasons. Aside from its beautiful Gothic buildings, cobblestoned Royal Mile, and 12th-century castle keeping watch on a hilltop, it also happens to have an extinct volcano within its parameters. Take that, Paris.
With some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe, Budapest has no bad angles. Case in point: The city’s famous thermal baths, or the gilded, slightly ostentatious Café Gerbeaud. For the very best angle, though, walk the Széchenyi Chain Bridge at night for unforgettable views of the Hungarian Parliament shining over the Danube River.
Salar de Uyuni, located high up in the Andes in southwest Bolivia at an altitude of 11,995 feet, is the largest salt flat in the world, covering over 4,086 square miles. It was once a prehistoric lake that dried up, leaving behind 11,000 square kilometers of otherworldly desert-like landscape made up of sparkling bright white salt, bizarre rock formations, and strange cacti-covered islands. The best spot to observe this surreal landscape is central Incahuasi Island.Salar de Uyuni, located high up in the Andes in southwest Bolivia at an altitude of 11,995 feet, is the largest salt flat in the world, covering over 4,086 square miles. It was once a prehistoric lake that dried up, leaving behind 11,000 square kilometers of otherworldly desert-like landscape made up of sparkling bright white salt, bizarre rock formations, and strange cacti-covered islands. The best spot to observe this surreal landscape is central Incahuasi Island.
Costa Rica has over 750 miles of shoreline, but Playa Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast is one of the most popular.
Greece and Italy might get more attention when it comes to Mediterranean beaches, but Turkey’s southwestern coast is home to some beautiful options including the small sandy cove at Kaputas Beach.
This sandy coast is home to the world’s longest-running surf competition, and showcases some of the biggest rip curls you’ll ever see. High cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to the natural amphitheater of this gorgeous Australian oasis.
Home to the Great Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza, this city was Egypt’s capital during the first pharaohs reign. It’s also a must-see on everyone’s bucket list.
This archeological area encompasses more than 2,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monuments that date back to the kingdom of Pagan in the ninth century.
This active volcano just southwest of Tokyo has a reverent status in Japanese culture, as it is believed to be the country’s holiest mountain. During springtime, cherry blossoms light up the five lakes surrounding it.
Set inside Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise is a year-round resort destination. On a sunny day, the impossibly blue lake reflects the surrounding snowcapped mountains.
Take a river cruise down the Li, which runs 85 kilometers through the region of Guangxi in southern China, for some of the country’s most incredible scenery.
One of the favorite things to do in Barcelona at night is to watch the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, at the beginning of Avinguda Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood. The large Art Deco fountain, erected in 1929, delights all ages with its light and water shows choreographed to music. It was designed by Carles Buigas for the 1929 International Exhibition, which took place in Montjuïc. The show lasts for about an hour.
Built between 1905 and 1908 as a concert hall for the choral society Orfeó Català, The Palau de la Música Catalana was designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner, in the Catalan Modernista style. But although the building is characterized by the style’s curving lines and colorful palette, unlike Gaudi’s works, this design puts function ahead of form. Although the interior décor is just as colorful and fanciful as the outside, its shape and decoration are dedicated to choral and other musical performances.
The Parc du Cinquantenaire was established in 1880 to commemorate the country’s 50th anniversary. Its centerpiece is the monumental Palais du Cinquantenaire, the two wings of which, linked in 1905 by a massive triumphal arch designed by the French architect Charles Girault, house two of Brussels’ most interesting museums. The Royal Art and History Museum is home to one of the most extensive tapestry collections in the world, and the Belgian Army Museum and Museum of Military History (Koninklijk Museum van het Leger en van de Militaire Geschiedenis) provides an overview of the development of military technology and of the major campaigns fought on Belgian soil.
This gorgeous 1906 building, designed by Victor Horta, is home to the wonderful Comic Strip Center, devoted to the history of cartoons and comic strips in the country that gave the world The Smurfs and Tintin. A constantly rotating exhibition of 200 original comic strip drawings by Belgian and French comic artists is shown here. In addition, the museum documents the rise in popularity of Belgian and French comic strips through a cleverly curated collection of original manuscripts, draft sketches, and imaginatively reconstructed sets including Lucky Luke’s saloon and Tim, Struppi, and Captain Haddock’s moon rocket.