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POTD: Easter Island: Ahu

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Easter Island is a very enigmatic place. Located about 6 hours by flight from the nearest landmass, Easter Island is home to the moai. No one really knows why they were built but there is a lot of speculation. One theory is that they were built to represent one of the rulers of the island. Hopefully one day we can unlock their secrets.

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POTD: Jordan: (Ad Deir) the Monastery of Petra

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The Monastery, the largest of the buildings of the Rose Red City of Petra, is one of the most beautiful at the site. It can be reached after a 20-30 minute hike up from the main site. The effort is definitely well worth the effort.

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POTD: England: Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located on the plains of Salisbury, about 40 minutes drive west of London. It is believe that construction of Stonehenge happened some time between 3000 an 2000 BC. Stonehenge's ring of standing stones are set within earthworks in the middle of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds. Stonehenge could have been a burial ground from its earliest beginnings. Deposits containing human bone date from as early as 3000 BC, when the ditch and bank were first dug, and continued for at least another five…

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POTD: Chile: Torres del Paine

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One of the most beautiful areas of the world that I have had the pleasure of visiting is Patagonia. A vast wilderness located at the far reaches of the earth, in southern Chile and Argentina. The highlight of the area, in my opinion, is spending time hiking through Torres del Paine National Park.

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POTD: Egypt: Great Pyramid of Egypt

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Located just a short distance from the city of Cairo lies one of the most magnificent wonders of the ancient world: The Great Pyramids. Pictured here is Khafre's pyramid, the only pyramid at Giza still having some of the original casing stones along the outside. Built as a tomb for the Fourth-Dynasty pharaoh, Khafre (Chefren), who ruled from around 2558 to 2532 BC, is the second tallest and second largest of the ancient pyramids.

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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: Tanzania: A lone cheetah

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There is nothing more exciting than being on a safari. You're out in a vehicle, tracking animals. This cheetah was seen on my second day in the central Serengeti. It was an absolute wonderful time, seeing her not long after feeding on her kill.

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