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POTD: Germany: Moritzberg Castle

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Moritzburg Castle, located just to the northwest of Dresden, Germany, was built in the Baroque style as a hunting lodge between 1542 and 1546. It is named after Duke Moritz of Saxony. The surrounding woodlands and lakes have been a favorite hunting area of the electors and kings of Saxony.

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POTD: Peru: Wiñay Wayna

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Built along the mighty Urubamba River, deep in the Andes Mountains, lies one of the most spectacular ruins built by the Inca people. The ruins of Wiñay Wayna, known as "Forever Young" in the Quechua language, were lost to the world until 1940 when they were "rediscovered" by the Wenner Gren Scientific Expedition to Hispanic America. Paul Fejos and his team documented a number of sites on or near the trail that leads to Machu Picchu (known as the Inca Trail). Sadly, not much is known about what the purpose of the ruins are. However, they are shaped by the…

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POTD: Australia: Uluru

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The more I traveled the world, the less I wanted to visit Australia. I am drawn mostly to the developing world. But in 2012 a friend of mine from Sydney finally convinced me to come for a visit. For me, no visit to Australia would have been completed without a visit to Uluru or Ayers Rock. A giant monolith, found in the "Red Center" of Australia, is a sacred place for the Aboriginal people. According to the Aṉangu, traditional landowners of Uluru: The world was once a featureless place. None of the places we know existed until creator beings, in…

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POTD: Myanmar: Dattawgyaik Waterfall

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Located halfway between Mandalay and the city of Pyin Oo Lwin sits one of the most beautiful waterfalls, Dattawgyaik. The trip to Dattawgyaik starts with a 30 minute car ride from Pyin oo Lwin, followed by a 45 to 50 minute hike down a steep, curved road in extremely high temperatures. Once you're at the bottom of the "canyon" you gaze upon the waterfalls. Set idyllically amongst the site is a buddhist shrine. I hadn't thought too much about the trek to the waterfalls until it was time to come back, realizing that now I had to go up, up,…

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Spotting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (pt 3)

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The following are a select few from Day of my weekend of Spotting: Monday Airline: Delta Air Lines Aircraft Airbus A330-300 Registration Number: N815NW Flight Number: DL 160 Departing to: Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands Airline: Delta Air Lines Aircraft Airbus A330-300 Registration Number: N815NW Flight Number: DL 160 Departing to: Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands Airline: United Airlines Aircraft Boeing 737-800 Registration Number: N77261 Flight Number: UA 1722 Departing to: O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA Airline: Air France Aircraft Airbus A340-300 Registration Number: F-GLZS Flight Number: AF 694 Arriving from: Charles-De Gauelle International Airport, Paris, France Airline: Air France Aircraft…

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Spotting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (pt 2)

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Every once in a while I like to go and fulfill my need of watching planes take off and land. The weekend is not always the best time to go due to them being slower days at MSP International Airport. However, this weekend was a pretty good weekend for me. I was able to catch a few widebody takeoff & landings as well as, of course, the narrowbody aircraft. For this weekend's adventure I decided to try and shoot from the upper level of the Terminal 2 Paring Garage. It wasn't an awfully busy weekend, regarding arrivals/departures, but I was…

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Spotting at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (pt 1)

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Every once in a while I like to go and fulfill my need of watching planes take off and land. The weekend is not always the best time to go due to them being slower days at MSP International Airport. However, this weekend was a pretty good weekend for me. I was able to catch a few widebody takeoff & landings as well as, of course, the narrowbody aircraft. For this weekend's adventure I decided to try and shoot from the upper level of the Terminal 2 Paring Garage. It wasn't an awfully busy weekend, regarding arrivals/departures, but I was…

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