The Golden Bridge at Ba Na Hills in Central Vietnam  for    Lonely Planet

The Golden Bridge at Ba Na Hills in Central Vietnam
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Dramatic limestone hills in Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, Vietnam © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Dramatic limestone hills in Phong Nha Ke-Bang National Park, Vietnam
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Banana plantation in Phong Nha, Vietnam © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Banana plantation in Phong Nha, Vietnam
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Locals in Phong Nha, Vietnam © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Locals in Phong Nha, Vietnam
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Greek Zodiac hiegroglyps carved into the ceiling of the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Greek Zodiac hiegroglyps carved into the ceiling of the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, Egypt
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A water buffalo grazes alongside a traditional house on the Nile River © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

A water buffalo grazes alongside a traditional house on the Nile River
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Temple hieroglyphics in Luxor, Egypt © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Temple hieroglyphics in Luxor, Egypt
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Ancient statues in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Ancient statues in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, Egypt
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Northern Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is filled with brightly-colored mineral pools © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Northern Ethiopia’s Danakil Depression is filled with brightly-colored mineral pools
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A priest shows ancient parchments inside one of Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches in northern Ethiopia © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

A priest shows ancient parchments inside one of Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches in northern Ethiopia
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Inside an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Inside an Ethiopian Orthodox church in Ethiopia’s capital city of Addis Ababa
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An Ethiopian Orthodox monk quietly reads outside an ancient rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

An Ethiopian Orthodox monk quietly reads outside an ancient rock-hewn church in Lalibela, Ethiopia
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Bartender serves a Moscow Mule at popular Russian restaurant, Kachka, in Portland, Oregon  for    San Francisco Chronicle

Bartender serves a Moscow Mule at popular Russian restaurant, Kachka, in Portland, Oregon
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A beautiful beet salad at Kachka Portland  for San Francisco Chronicle

A beautiful beet salad at Kachka Portland
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Handpainted lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam  for    Alaska Air

Handpainted lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam
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Grilled octopus street food  for Alaska Air

Grilled octopus street food
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Lit up bridge in historic Hoi An, Vietnam  for    Alaska Air

Lit up bridge in historic Hoi An, Vietnam
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The sanctuary of Pallas Athena near Delphi, Greece © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

The sanctuary of Pallas Athena near Delphi, Greece
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An orthodox nun prays inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

An orthodox nun prays inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel
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A view of the enormous medieval citadel that towers above Carcassonne, France. © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

A view of the enormous medieval citadel that towers above Carcassonne, France.
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Christmas lights designed by local artists in Ljubljana, Slovenia. © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

Christmas lights designed by local artists in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
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This historic center of Lyon, France — a UNESCO World Heritage site © Kim I. Mott, all rights reserved

This historic center of Lyon, France — a UNESCO World Heritage site
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