https://instatbt.com/Place/central-park/12318445Central ParkDid you know 20,000 laborers used more gunpowder to rid Central Park of unwanted rocks than soldiers used while fighting the Battle of Gettysburg? Why? Because it wasn’t easy to build. Central Park might look effortlessly beautiful today, but it was once filled with mud, swamps, and rocks. Trees and plants couldn’t grow in its soil, so 500,000 cubic feet of topsoil was imported from New Jersey and dumped onto the grounds (some modern estimates indicate that there’s now a total of 10 million cubic yards of New Jersey topsoil on Central Park). Its swamps were drained, and city water pipes were installed to create its lakes and streams. The park was also strewn with rocks, which had to be blown up with gunpowder and carted out via carriage.
https://instatbt.com/Place/eden-rock---st-barths/304077170Eden Rock - St BarthsWhat’s my favorite island in the world? Easy question and answer: St. Barths / St. Barts / St. Barthelemy / St. Barth’s, and any other names called for this island, is a small luxury island in the Caribbean islands. Known for it’s high-end, high-class way and cost of living, it’s not surprising why it is frequented by many rich and famous tourists all year-round.
Getting to St. Barths can be done either by air or by water. By air, you take a small plane which lands on a very short landing strip (pictured on the top right of this photo), just enough for you to hold your breath right before hitting the near front of the water. 😬 On the other hand, others take a ferry or the celebrities get there by yacht. 🚢
https://instatbt.com/Place/bayon-temple-ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន/115315279135953Bayon Temple ប្រាសាទបាយ័នOf all the original features of the Bayon Temple near Angkor Wat in in Siem Reap, Cambodia, it is the over 200 gigantic stone faces that probably stand out the most. These faces, dubbed the ‘Mona Lisa of South East Asia’ came in sets of four, each identical, and pointing to a cardinal direction. The location of the faces – on the 50 odd towers of the Bayon Temple, symbolizes the omnipresence of the person whose face is being depicted. According to some scholars, the statues depict the face of the Avalokitesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion. This is supported by the features of the face, in particular the closed eyes and mysterious smile, which represent the achievement of the state of Enlightenment. Others, however, have argued that the faces depicted Jayavarman himself, as they bear an uncanny resemblance to other images of the king. Unlike other temples in the region that are aligned facing to the east, this temple was aligned to the west. It faces sunset and the evening sun adds to its beauty in the evening.
https://instatbt.com/Place/christ-the-redeemer/1027464031Christ the RedeemerIs this the largest Christ Statue on earth? Read below to find out. 👇🏿Fun Facts:
Today, Christ the Redeemer is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Christ the Redeemer is the largest art deco statue in the world. It is 98 feet tall (not including the 26 foot pedestal), and the arms stretch to 92 feet wide.
The statue weighs approximately 635 tonnes.
Christ the Redeemer is located in the Tijuca Forest National Forest, at the top of the Corcovado Mountain.
The statue is considered an icon of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.
Christ the Redeemer is the 5th largest statue of Jesus. Do you know where the others are???
https://instatbt.com/Place/certovka-středočesky-kraj-czech-republic/615826351Certovka, Středočeský Kraj, Czech RepublicWho has attached a love lock, kissed the key and tossed it in the river below? No better romantic gesture right? The love locks trend has made its way from Paris to Prague. There’s no doubt these couples mean well. But the rate at which these locks are multiplying has this act of “love” turning into vandalism. In Rome anyone caught attaching a lock to a bridge is charged 50 EUR. Paris, where the trend has exploded in recent years, started removing sections of the Pont des Arts for repair when pieces of the bridge started collapsing under the additional weight. Padlocks have even started showing up on one of Prague’s most treasured attractions: Charles Bridge. The memorial marking the spot where St. John of Nepomuk was martyred is a particularly favored place to attach a lock. While TSK is not responsible for this structure, another organization has stepped in to help. The Charles Bridge Artists Association (CBAA) is working to keep this trend from damaging a UNESCO World Heritage site.
CBAA’s Roman Kotrč told us they started removing the locks from various locations, including the Charles Bridge in 2006. In one year, they filled five boxes of locks; each weighed in at around 50kg. As previously reported by iDNES leftover locks were distributed to an art school while some were kept by a Prague museum. In Paris, expats are among those leading the charge for more responsible expressions of love. Lisa Anselmo and Lisa Taylor Huff started a social media campaign in early 2014 called No Love Locks to encourage government involvement and responsible tourism, and to educate the public about the many dangers of this trend. That list includes rust, river pollution, and creating an environment where other forms of vandalism, such as graffiti, become more acceptable. Who would have thought?? 🤦🏽♂️
https://instatbt.com/Place/hamilton-island/733468537Hamilton IslandWho craves perfect weather all year round? Hamilton Island in Australia lies on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the Northern Hemisphere and Mauritius in the South. It has a year round tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 Degrees Celsius (80.6 Fahrenheit). ☀️ It is one of the 74 tropical Islands in the Coral SeaI, between the Queensland Coast and Great Barrier Reef and is the largest island in the Whitsundays.
https://instatbt.com/Place/easter-island/239019996Easter IslandLike Stonehenge, the Moai Statues on Easter Island have always been a mystery. Since the island was treeless by the time the Europeans first visited, the movement of the statues was a mystery for a long time; pollen analysis has now established that the island was almost totally forested until 1200 CE. The tree pollen disappeared from the record by 1650, and the statues stopped being made around that time.
It is not known exactly how the moai were moved across the island, but the process almost certainly required human energy, ropes, and possibly wooden sledges (sleds) and/or rollers, as well as leveled tracks across the island (the Easter Island roads).
https://instatbt.com/Place/the-ritz-carlton-bacara-santa-barbara/366343The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraMy first drone post! I’m still learning how to use it but the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is amazing! It’s so easy to learn and takes amazing photos and videos. This photo was taken over the Ritz Carlton Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara.
https://instatbt.com/Place/the-ritz-carlton-bacara-santa-barbara/366343The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa BarbaraDid you know the the oldest human fossils found in the US were excavated about 30 miles from downtown of Santa Barbara, California? It’s also a great place to celebrate Valentine’s Weekend. 😂
https://instatbt.com/Place/cliffs-of-moher-ireland/890856621Cliffs Of Moher, Ireland10k in 6 months 🎉
Thank you for all of your support and encouragement in allowing me to share what I’m most passionate about. Travel to me is educational, energizing, and it gives me life! I hope my photos inspire you to do the same.
https://instatbt.com/Place/navajo-antelope-canyon/309192696197915Navajo Antelope CanyonHappy Valentines Day! What are everyone’s plans for the day/night? Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona, United States.
A slot canyon is a narrow canyon, formed by the wear of water rushing through sandstone over thousands of years. A slot canyon is significantly deeper than it is wide.
The mysterious and beautiful Antelope Canyon is one of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world.
It is sculpted into beautiful undulating curves and hollows that vary from one to 3 meters (3.2 to 9.8 feet) wide and up to 50 meters (164 feet) deep.
https://instatbt.com/Place/prague-czech-republic/207409165Prague, Czech RepublicWho’s a beer drinker? The locals drink more beer per capita than any other country in the world. This is probably the Czech’s best known claim to fame. The total consumption – divided by every man, woman, grandparent and baby in the country – equals approximately 150 liters per year, or in other words almost half a liter daily, for every person. Impressive! But after tasting a foam-topped pint from the birthplace of Pilsner, understanding why becomes much easier. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s cheaper than water on most menus. 🍻
https://instatbt.com/Place/intercontinental-bora-bora-resort---thalasso-spa/403422788InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso SpaHow’s this for some Monday morning motivation? Did you know that Bora Bora is one of the most secluded islands on the planet? To demonstrate this, the Island of Hawaii gets more visitors in 10 days than all of French Polynesia gets in a whole year.
https://instatbt.com/Place/ngorongoro-crater-lodge/162559050621883Ngorongoro Crater LodgeLike a box seat in a fabled opera house or Sports Arena, andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge sits on the southern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, offering sweeping views at every turn. The only thing between guests and the world’s largest intact caldera are the cool mists that swirl above the crater each morning. Far below, on the crater floor, an astounding assortment of creatures intermingles, from leopards and hippos to some 500 bird species. At twilight, it's not unusual to hear a lion's roar waft up from the depths of the caldera. One morning we had a Buffalo greeting us at our window. One of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had.
https://instatbt.com/Place/atlantis-the-palm/42770957Atlantis The PalmAs the world’s largest artificial islands, The Palm is composed of Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. The world saw the Island’s first ever resort, Atlantis, The Palm open its doors to the public in late 2008. This picture was taken from the hotel room.
https://instatbt.com/Place/fehrnsehturm/249312996FehrnsehturmDid you know: The Fernsehturm or TV Tower as it is known to many English speakers stands at 368 meters, making it the tallest building in Germany?
https://instatbt.com/Place/1-hotel-south-beach/7015619411 Hotel South BeachDid you know the 1 Hotel boasts the largest rooftop pool in South Beach? The 26,000 square foot adult only 1 Rooftop features a 110-foot-long ocean view swimming pool along with rooftop restaurant and lounge. The property has three additional distinctive swimming pools throughout the property – Center Pool, Cabana Pool and South Pool. It’s always my first choice when visiting Miami.
https://instatbt.com/Place/venice-italy/213296852Venice, ItalyDid you know the population of Venice has decreased from 120,000 to 60,000 in the last 50 years? Some experts believe Venice could be a ghost town by 2030 with only tourists visiting by day.
https://instatbt.com/Place/belmond-hiram-bingham/1845556152385678Belmond Hiram BinghamHave you ever wanted to take a journey, of sorts, back into the more recent past? If so reserve some seats on the luxury Hiram Bingham train. Named after the famous American explorer that brought Machu Picchu to the world’s attention in 1911, the Belmond Hiram Bingham is one of South America’s most luxurious train rides. Operated by PeruRail, the train is the most glamorous way to travel to the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu.
Composed of two dining cars, a bar/observation car and kitchen car, the Hiram Bingham has a capacity to transport 84 people in the most elaborate fashion. Modeled after the Pullman carriages of the 1920’s, the Hiram Bingham has deluxe cars that were made with the highest standards. Appointed with fine beige fabric seats, tables draped with bright white linen and finished in dark wood veneer with polished brass fittings, the Hiram Bingham offers elegance from every angle.
https://instatbt.com/Place/pisa-tuscany-italy/217021725Pisa, Tuscany, ItalyDid you know the Pisa tower's foundations were built on soft subsoil which had difficulty supporting the tower's weight (14,500 ton). When the second story was started the lean became noticeable and only got worse as construction continued.
Originally the tower leaned at an angle of 5.5 degrees. After restoration work between 1990 and 2001 this angle was reduced to 3.97 degrees.
https://instatbt.com/Place/coronado-california/214905745Coronado, CaliforniaDid you know Coronado played a key role in America's Naval Aeronautical Development, starting with World War I? Coronado also has quite the history, from its involvement in early train travel to some of its early inhabitants and the famous visitors it has enticed.
https://instatbt.com/Place/chitwan-national-park-nepal/149562881846993Chitwan National Park, NepalCan you guess how I got this closeup? 😮 Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the famed one-horned rhino (officially called the “greater one-horned rhinoceros”). Chitwan National Park is considered to be one of Asia's best national parks for viewing wildlife so it’s an essential part of Nepal you absolutely have to visit if you have the chance to.
https://instatbt.com/Place/galapagos-islands/1788392401442280Galapagos IslandsSally Lightfoot crabs and Galapagos marine iguanas have an “absolutely-disgusting-but-mut relationship.
They have formed what is known as a symbiosis. This means that each participant in the relationship gets something of value.
In this case, the Sally Lightfoot Crab eats skin parasites and dead skin off of the marine iguanas. So the iguana gets a bath (sort of) and the crab gets a delicious meal of disgusting dead stuff nobody else wants.
https://instatbt.com/Place/crater-rojo---volcan-osorno/1025938865Crater Rojo - Volcan OsornoAt first glance did you think this was Mount Fuji? Osorno Volcano is said to be a replica of Mount Fuji. It is also renowned as one of the most active volcanoes in the country of Chile. You may have experienced riding on a ski lift countless times, but riding on it with the volcano as the background is another story. The thrilling experience it provides is incomparable.
https://instatbt.com/Place/slea-head-drive-on-dingle-peninsula/353971331682413Slea Head Drive on Dingle PeninsulaThe Slea Head Loop from Dingle town is the most famous drive in the area and definitely should not be missed. The whole route is only 42 km (26 miles) long, so in theory it could be completed in less than an hour. But why would you want to? The scenery is never short of breathtaking and in places is astoundingly dramatic and beautiful.
https://instatbt.com/Place/harrys-bar/1671247Harry's BarI don’t normally post photos of travel Urinals but when I do they better look like a beautiful flower. 😂 🌸 Apparently Bermuda is more then just amazing beaches and turquoise waters.
https://instatbt.com/Place/stonehenge/945717270StonehengeIs Stonehenge the most famous prehistoric monument in the world? Built in several stages, Stonehenge began about 5,000 years ago as a simple earthwork enclosure where prehistoric people buried their cremated dead. Some of the stones are so huge and heavy, it's a mystery how they got there. It is believed that many of the stones (some are over 25 tons) had to be dragged more than 150 miles to reach the site's location. 😲😱
https://instatbt.com/Place/grand-hotel-tremezzo---lake-como/242507980Grand Hotel Tremezzo - Lake ComoGrand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, Italy, lives up to Its name. If you want to vacation like George Clooney but can’t afford a $10M villa, this makes for a great back-up option. 😂 The hotel dates back to 1910 at a time when Europe’s leisure class went on their grand tours for months at places like the Villa D’Este and Serbelloni, but Enea and Maris Gandola wanted something smaller, more secluded and more intimate for guests, who, after World War I, increasingly came to the area for health and sport.
https://instatbt.com/Place/rothenburg-ob-der-tauber/219170638Rothenburg ob der TauberDid you know Rothenburg ob der Tauber was considered to be an example of ideal town life to the German citizens, by Nazi Germany during World War II, when it was also armed for enemy protection.
The town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber was partially bombed during World War II, and approximately 45% was destroyed before the Germans surrendered, however, it was rebuilt in the original style with financial contributions from around the world. Tag someone you’d like to visit this charming town with.
https://instatbt.com/Place/amangiri/2015631545316803AmangiriWould you walk cross this bridge? 😬This Hoodoo suspension bridge near the Amangiri Resort is 18″ wide, 237 feet long and 500 feet above the ground. It’s only accessible through via ferrata ascent of this popular sandstone tower (one of four via ferratas located at Amangiri). Can you see me in the photo?
https://instatbt.com/Place/imerovigli-santorini/1066157343514997Imerovigli, SantoriniDid you know there is so little rain on the island of Santorini, that wine is more plentiful than water? And that there more donkeys then Men?
https://instatbt.com/Place/papeete/640887451Pape'eteWhat’s your favorite way to travel? Airplane, train, bus, boat, car? For me there’s nothing better then takeoffs (and landings) from Islands. This particular shot was leaving the Island of Tahiti.
https://instatbt.com/Place/tower-of-london/636076297Tower of LondonDo you prefer The Old or the New? One of my favorite things about London is you get both. This photo was taken from The Tower of London (started building in 1066). In the background is the Shard, Europe’s tallest building which started construction in 2009.