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A Chicago River Nightcap – Chicago, USA


Photo of the Day – A Chicago River Nightcap – Chicago, USA

Although often referred to as the second city, there is certainly one thing Chicago can boast above New York City – the epic Chicago River. The Chicago River perfectly slices into Chicago’s mass of high-rises and provides incredible points of view to truly feel the size of some of the World’s best architecture.

This was one of my first ever HDR photos – probably my 3rd ever actually. I think it does a pretty good job of showing off the towering lights that you can be submersed in while wandering the streets of downtown Chicago.

A Chicago River Nightcap - Chicago, USA

Coming Down From A Sugar High – Rio de Janerio, Brazil


Photo of the Day – Coming Down From A Sugar High – Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Upon exiting perhaps the scariest tram ride of your life, the dividends start paying out immediately. The view back towards Rio from the platform is absolutely breathtaking. Look left and your eyes can wander up the full length of the famous Copacabana beach. Focus straight ahead and you can explore the heart of the city, one that goes ignored by most of the tourists who head straight from the airport (far out of right side of the frame) to the steamy beaches. If you squint your eyes and look very closely off in the distance on the right, you can even see Cristo standing tall atop Corcovado mountain, looking over all of the wonder that is Rio de Janeiro and protecting for all to enjoy forever.

Hopefully by now your hands have managed to dry off from the nerve wrecking ride up. Take out your camera and snap away!

Coming Down From A Sugar High - Rio de Janerio, Brazil

City on the Hills – Hong Kong, China


Photo of the Day – City on the Hills – Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong skyline is unparalleled in the number of buildings that shoot up from the edge of Kowloon Bay to the steepest parts of the nearly mountains that make up Hong Kong island. I remember taking the tram up to the top and being blow away by the sheer number of buildings. And I’m not talking about small 30 or 40 story buildings (ha!), I’m talking about 60+ story buildings!

City on the Hills - Hong Kong, China

Twisting To The Sky – Infinity Tower – Dubai, UAE


Photo of the Day – Twisting To The Sky – Infinity Tower – Dubai, UAE

Everywhere you turn in Dubai, there is something in front of you that defies imagination. This spiraling, over 1,000 foot tall tower on the Dubai Marina was one of the most impressive things we saw on our short visit to Dubai earlier this year.

Twisting To The Sky - Infinity Tower - Dubai, UAE

South Beach View of Miami – Miami, USA


Photo of the Day – South Beach View of Miami – Miami, USA

Most people heading to South Beach immediately head to the beach to check out the ocean view. I personally find the view over the harbor back to downtown Miami to be far more interesting. If you look off into the distance you can spot several cruise ships loading up with passengers to float down to the crystal clear blue waters of the Caribbean.

South Beach View of Miami - Miami, USA

Hello Romans – St. Peter’s Square – Rome, Italy


Photo of the Day – Hello Romans – St. Peter’s Square – Rome, Italy

My favorite part of visiting St. Peters Basilica was climbing to the top of the dome and looking out across St. Peters Square with the feeling that, for a brief second, the entire city of Rome was looking up at me as if I was the pope! You have to climb quite a few stairs to get up there, but I highly recommend putting in the effort while you’re taking in the Vatican.

Hello Romans - St. Peters Square - Rome, Italy

Tropical Chicago Beach View – Medal of Honor Park – Chicago, USA


Photo of the Day – Tropical Chicago Beach View – Medal of Honor Park – Chicago, USA

I landed back into Chicago at 2am last night after several weeks on the road working and traveling to two beautiful national parks (Yosemite & Grand Teton). Right now I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world. Chicago during the summer is one of the most fun and beautiful places I’ve ever been. The city is very alive, with an endless number of activities going on every weekend that you can easily jump into.

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to bike along the lake past the various beaches that make up the coast from my apartment on the north side of the city towards downtown. There is a small and somewhat hidden park that you can find right before you hit Navy Pier called Medal of Honor park. The park is never crowded and it offers some of the best views of the city, including a full length look at the famous Hancock Building rising above the “tropical” summer Chicago water.

Tropical Chicago Beach View - Medal of Honor Park - Chicago, USA

The Moscow Kremlin at Night – Moscow, Russia


Back Home in the Good Ol’ USA

After three long flights (Dubai to Cairo to NYC to San Francisco – almost 20 hours of flying) Will and I find ourselves sitting in a Starbucks outside of San Francisco, just several minutes away from getting back to the daily grind at our current technology consulting jobs. We had an absolute blast traveling over the last 10 days and we hope that you had fun following us through Russia and Dubai. While this trip is over, there are many more trips planned and we look forward to sharing those with soon!

Speaking of trips, Will and I are always looking for exciting travel destinations. If you have been to a particularly amazing place that you think we absolutely (pun intended) need to check out, please share your travel experience with us so we can make plans to check it out!

Photo of the Day – The Moscow Kremlin at Night – Moscow, Russia

On our last night in Moscow, Will and I strapped on all of our camera gear and hit the streets in search of some great pictures that would show what Moscow looks like under the dark sky. Our adventure took us first through the Moscow Subway as Will described yesterday. After exploring several magnificent subway platforms we took what had to be the world’s longest escalator back up to street level and started walking back towards the AbsoluteVisit #50 – The Moscow Kremlin and our hotel.

Our walk led us down the Moscow River where we found several bridges that we were able to walk across and get great views of the Kremlin brightly lit up at night. Here is my favorite picture that I was able to take from the bridges. You can even see the top of AbsoluteVisit #45 – St Basils Cathedral.

The Moscow Kremlin at Night - Moscow, Russia

City of Darkness – New York City, USA


Photo of the Day – City of Darkness – New York City, USA

I have written about this park before (here and here), but this is the picture that made me fall in love with this location (map). I took this shot from Gantry State Park and whether you are going to the park to take photos or to relax, it is well worth it.

This shot was taken on a particularly overcast night where it stormed about an hour after I left. The thick clouds give this impression of imminent doom, but also help to highlight the skylines colors (even as muted as they are!).

I could write several thousand words easily on the buildings that are in this picture. Just another reason why the New York skyline is AbsoluteVisit #69!

City of Darkness - New York City, USA

Eiffel Tower Sunset View of Paris – Paris, France


Photo of the Day – Eiffel Tower Sunset View of Paris – Paris, France

Here is another photo from the solo trip that I took to Paris for a weekend back in December. Paris could easily be the easiest place in the world to take beautiful photos. You can see the other five POTD pictures I already have posted here, here, here, here and here. Of course the Eiffel tower was an Absolute Must Visit on this trip!

This trip was really my first experience at traveling alone. It’s actually not all that bad, but it can get lonely at times, especially when traveling in a country where you can’t speak the language.

The wait to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower is often over an hour and on this particularly sunny winter day the line was LONG. I was really not in the mood to stand in silence for the two hours waiting to get to the top so I came up with a plan to avoid the misery.

I stood near the end of the line pretending to take photos and waited for two English speaking Americans to get in line. I very casually (and very calculated) stepped in line right behind them and joked “Do you have any idea how long this takes”? Of course the English connection led to us instantly becoming friends, which meant I had friends to keep me company for the next two hours!

In this photo you can see the River Seine cutting through the heart of Paris. Look even closer and you can see the Eiffel Tower’s shadow extending right through the middle of the photo.

Eiffel Tower Sunset View of Paris - Paris, France
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The Top 100 Places in the World
1 Great Wall of China
2 Pyramids of Egypt
3 Machu Picchu
4 Serengeti Migration
5 Galapagos Islands
6 Grand Canyon
7 Angkor Temples
8 Antarctica Cruise
9 Taj Mahal
10 Iguazu Falls
11 Amazon Rain Forest
12 Great Barrier Reef
13 Bora Bora
14 Victoria Falls
15 Bagan
16 Petra
17 Potala Palace
18 Karnak
19 Mt Everest
20 Cappadocia
21 St Peters Basilica
22 Fjords of Norway
23 Jerusalem Old City
24 Burj Khalifa
25 Borobudur
26 Forbidden City
27 Kashmir Valley
28 Li River Cruise
29 Ladakh
30 Alhambra
31 Louvre Museum
32 Perito Moreno Glac.
33 Banaue Terraces
34 Colosseum of Rome
35 Easter Island
36 Venice Canals/Alleys
37 Kathmandu Valley
38 Wat Phra Kaew
39 Yellowstone NP
40 Pompeii
41 Rio Panoramic View
42 Palace of Versailles
43 Dubrovnik
44 Golden Temple
45 St. Basils Cathedral
46 Vatican Museum
47 Florence Cityscape
48 Acropolis
49 Amalfi Coast Drive
50 Kremlin
51 Hong Kong View
52 TerraCotta Warriors
53 Mezquita Cordoba
54 Chichen Itza
55 Damascus Old City
56 Shwedagon Stupa
57 Sahara Desert
58 Mont St Michel
59 St. Marks Square
60 Egyptian Museum
61 Hagia Sophia
62 Angel Falls
63 Delphi
64 Teotihuacan
65 Baalbek
66 Banff NP
67 Santorini
68 Matterhorn
69 New York Skyline
70 Neuschwanstein
71 Chartres Cathedral
72 British Museum
73 Prague Old Town
74 Burj al Arab
75 Yangtze River Cruise
76 Yosemite NP
77 Hermitage Museum
78 Torres del Paine
79 Chambord Chateau
80 Lijiang
81 Portofino
82 Great Ocean Road
83 Tongariro Alpine
84 Las Vegas Strip
85 Tikal
86 Topkapi Palace
87 Sydney Opera House
88 Eiffel Tower
89 Luxor Temple
90 Kerala Backwaters
91 Golden Gate Bridge
92 Cinque Terre
93 Metropolitan Mus
94 Uffizi Gallery
95 Ayers Rock
96 Cliffs of Moher
97 Pacific Coast Hwy
98 Shanghai Skyline
99 Glacier Bay NP
100 Wulingyuan
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