EXPERIENCE INCREDIBLE PICTURE PERFECT VISTAS

There are some places on earth that are best experienced from the top of a mountain or the deck of a cruise ship, either because they are hard to reach or because they are best viewed from a distance. The Sydney Harbor (above) is one of the most photographed destinations in the world. But there are many more.

LET’S LOOK AT JUST A FEW

Norwegian Fjord
Glacier Bay, Alaska

SEE GLACIERS THOUSANDS OF YEARS OLD

There are several tidal glaciers in Glacier Bay, Alaska. The glaciers are around 4,000 years old, but the ice in them is about 100 years old – that’s the time it takes for snow and ice to move through the entire glacier. John Hopkins Glacier is about one mile wide, two hundred fifty feet tall above sea level and another two hundred feet deep below sea level.

​You can’t appreciate their size until you are close up right next to them – then their enormity hits you. Recent estimates are that these magnificent glaciers could vanish by the end of this century as the climate changes.

THE PEACE AND MAJESTY OF MILFORD SOUND, NEW ZEALAND

Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “8th Wonder of the World.” Tranquil and ink-dark waters, forest clad cliffs and playful dolphins make this one of the most serene places on earth.

Look on the banks and you might see fur seals basking in the sun or large endangered Kea parrots perched high on a branch – be careful, they are playful and like to steal food from passersby or drop stones on them.

Milford Sound is truly a natural wonder not to be missed.

Tranquil Milford Sound

WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO

Willemstat is the capital of the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao and is known for its pastel-colored colonial architecture. This UNESCO Heritage site is divided into two districts divided by the bay. Punda is neatly laid-out and full of shops and museums. Otrobanda, literally meaning “the Other Side” is a crazy maze of residential streets.

Restaurants offer delicious dishes fusing Dutch and Afro-Caribbean cuisines.

THE CLIFFS OF SANTORINI

The cliffs of Santorini were formed by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century. But it is the whitewashed houses with their blue roofs that add charm and grace to the harsh and imposing ridges of the crater.

Akrotiri is a Bronze Age settlement that was preserved by the ash from the eruption, much like Pompeii was.

In the evening, head to Oia and get pictures of the sun setting over the old fortress.

​HALONG BAY’S FLOATING VILLAGES

The bay is comprised of around 1,600 limestone monoliths topped with thick jungles which spills down their sides. Less than 2,000 people live in four floating fishing villages in the bay. With over 200 species of fish and 450 types of mollusks, the villagers have plenty of food. The rock formations and caves are jaw dropping.