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  • by Gary Arndt50 FAVORITE TRAVEL PHOTOS

  • 2Introduction

    Thank you for downloading my ebook

    50 Favorite Travel Photos!

    Since March 2007 I have been traveling around the world taking photos and sharing my adventures with my readers on my blog, Everything-Everywhere.com. These 50 photos are just a few of close to 80,000 photos I have taken during that time.

    In addition to being viewed on your computer monitor, this book is specifically designed to be enjoyed on the Apple iPad. Just drag the PDF file to the Books section in iTunes, and they next time you sync your iPad it will be available in the iBook reader.

    I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

    Gary Arndt

    *Cover image was taken in Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Design and layout: Indie Travel Media Ltd

    Head Designer: Angela Lees | indietravelmedia.com Copyright 2007-2010 Gary Arndt, All Rights Reserved

  • 3Dome of the Valencia Market VALENCIA, SPAINTraces of Arab history in Spain can be found all over the country. In Valencia these Arab influences are present in both the food (such as the regional rice dish of paella, with rice having been imported by the Arabs) and also in the architecture. Many old buildings in Spain have Arabian-style, geometric designs. The dome in this photo was built in the early 20th Century but within it the influence of Arab culture still lingers.

  • 4Plaza San Marco at Night VENICE. ITALYThe Plaza San Marco is the heart of Venice. I took this photo at night when several vendors were out hawking their wares. The lights from the clothing stand visually set apart this modern, tourist creation from the older cathedral in the background.

  • 5First glimpse of the Treasury Building PETRA, JORDANPetra was recently named as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world and it is well deserved. The most widely photographed image in Petra is of the Treasury Building, which is also the very first building you see as you wind your way through the chasm which leads to Petra. This building was made famous from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

  • 6Father and Daughter Lighting Candles CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE, JERUSALEM

    The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the holiest place in Christendom, the location where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried. I visited Jerusalem during Holy Week in 2009 when pilgrims from all over the world came to celebrate Easter.

  • 7Man Praying at the Western Wall JERUSALEMThe Western Wall is the only remaining part of the Second Temple, which was destroyed in year 70 by Rome. Today Jews from around the world come to worship at the wall, which is the closest they can come to the Temple Mount. Often called the Wailing Wall, it is actually a rather festive place with many families holding Bar Mitzvahs there.

  • 8Rainbow at Milford Sound MILFORD SOUND NEW ZEALANDMilford Sound in undoubtedly one of the most incredible natural attractions Ive had the pleasure to visit. The sound (actually a fjord) is surrounded by sharp cliffs as it extends out to the sea. It had been raining for 24 hours prior to my visit to the sound and had just stopped when I arrived. This meant plenty of rainbows and spectacular waterfalls everywhere.

  • 9Pilgrims at the Stone of the Anointing JERUSALEMJust inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is the Stone of the Anointing, where many Christians believe Christs body was prepared for burial. I took several photos from the balcony above and merged them to create this ghost like effect.

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    Incoming Storm POHNPEI, MICRONESIAThis photo was taken in a small boat in the Pohnpei lagoon as a storm was approaching. We eventually got caught in the storm, but not before I managed to take some great photos of the oncoming storm clouds. If you look closely, you can see rain falling in the distance.

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    The Porch of the Caryatids ACROPOLIS ATHENS, GREECETo date, my experience in Greece consisted of an eight hour layover between Tel Aviv and Rome. While I was there, I rushed from the airport with my camera to the Acropolis to tour the site and take photos. The one thing I did get from my short time in Greece is that I will return and spend much more time exploring the country.

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    The Colosseum ROME, ITALYAlso one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the colosseum is one of the oldest and largest structures even partially standing in Rome. The colosseum is one of the best known structures in the world and is usually the iconic image of Rome.

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    Storm Clouds Over The Olympic Mountains OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WASHINGTON STATE

    Olympic National Park is the home of the only rainforest in the continental United States. The Olympic Peninsula is a very wet location due to its position between the Pacific Ocean and the mountains. The National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Felucca on the Nile ASWAN, EGYPTRiver transportation has existed on the Nile for thousands of years. The felucca is the traditional boat used on the Nile. If you are ever in Aswan, you will have more offers for felucca trips than you can count.

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    Moon Over The Mediterranean Sea BENIDORM, SPAINI woke up in the middle of the night to see this sight from my hotel window. Simple moments like this are the real reasons you travel.

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    The Eiffel Tower PARIS, FRANCEThis is a High Dynamic Range photo taken at the Palais de Chaillot, across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. What I like most about this photo are the rich colors you do not normally see in an Eiffel Tower Photo: greens and blues.

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    Gondolas Parked in the Canal VENICE, ITALYUntil you get to Venice, it is hard to realize just how much the city does in fact rely on the canals and water transportation. I spent one day literally lost in Venice. The bridges and canals form a maze which would be the envy of any puzzle maker.

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    The Kings and Queens of France VERSAILLES, FRANCEVersailles is an amazing place to visit. The grounds are so large and ornate that it is hard to imagine that it was all built for the pleasure of one person. Walking around you can easily understand why they had the French Revolution.

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    Windmill and Canal KINDERDIJK, NETHERLANDSWindmills are the symbol of the Netherlands and there is no better place to see how they worked than Kinderdijk. Contrary to popular opinion, the windmills were not used to grind wheat, but rather to pump water from lower dykes to higher ones. Today there are still electrical pumps in operation performing the same function the windmills did hundreds of years ago.

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    Mammoth Springs at Sunrise YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKYellowstone National Park is unique because it sits atop a giant volcanic caldera. This volcano gives Yellowstone its thermal features, the most significant of which is Mammoth Springs. Located at the north end of the park, it hosts many of the sulfur formations which gives the park its name.

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    Skateboarder in Mid-air VENICE BEACH SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIAOne of the best places in the world to engage in people watching is Venice Beach. You can see any types of people there from the extremely weird to the totally normal. It is also the location of a skateboard park where some of LAs best skateboarders come to show off for the crowds.

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    Abandoned Motel Sign ROUTE 66 NEAR ARIZONA/CALIFORNIA BORDERRoute 66 used to be the primary road connecting Chicago and Los Angeles. Since the development of the Interstate Highway System, however, most of the road has gone into disrepair. This abandoned motel sign near the boarder of California and Arizona is a throwback to Route 66s heyday.

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    Yosemite Valley YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK CALIFORNIAHaving been to Yosemite National Park, I can understand why Ansel Adams set up his studio there. Yosemite Valley is one of the most photogenic locations in the world. This photo is taken in almost the same location as a photo that was taken by Ansel Adams.

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    Mesas in Black and White MONUMENT VALLEY ARIZONA/UTAHWithout question, my favorite place to take photos is in deserts. There is something about the empty, stark beauty of a desert that makes for great photos. That empty beauty is best seen in the American Southwest in Monument Valley, which straddles the border between Arizona and Utah. I dont normally convert my photos to black and white, but there was something about this one which just stands out more with the color removed.

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    City of Arts and Sciences VALENCIA, SPAINI have witnessed the architecture of Salvatore Calatrava in many cities around the world. The best place to experience his works, however, is in his home town of Valencia, Spain. The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia consists of many structures designed by Calatrava. This photo shows the planetarium in the foreground and the opera house in the background.

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    The Sagrada Familia BARCELONA, SPAINThe Sagrada Familia is the iconic image of Barcelona. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, it is actually not a cathedral, but was intended to be a private church for the Sagrada family. It has actually been under construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2015-2026.

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    Barong Dance BALI, INDONESIAUnlike the rest of Indonesia, which is Moslem, the island of Bali is mostly Hindu. The Barong Dance tells the story of Balinese mythology and the fight between good and evil. In this part of the dance, one of the gods mind controls soldiers and makes them want to kill themselves. Traditionally only performed once a year, it is now perf