A Wondrous World
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts."

Rachel Carson
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London, England
Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans in 43 AD.This lasted for just seventeen years and around 61, the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudica stormed it, burning it to the ground. The next, heavily planned incarnation of the city prospered and superseded Colchester as the capital of the Roman province of Britannia in 100. At its height during the 2nd century, Roman London had a population of around 60,000.

London, England

Although there is evidence of scattered Brythonic settlements in the area, the first major settlement was founded by the Romans in 43 AD.This lasted for just seventeen years and around 61, the Iceni tribe led by Queen Boudica stormed it, burning it to the ground. The next, heavily planned incarnation of the city prospered and superseded Colchester as the capital of the Roman province of Britannia in 100. At its height during the 2nd century, Roman London had a population of around 60,000.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
Amsterdam’s founding is relatively recent compared with much older Dutch cities such as Nijmegen, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. In October 2008, historical geographer  Chris de Bont suggested that the land around Amsterdam was being  reclaimed as early as the late 10th century. Amsterdam was granted city rights in either 1300 or 1306. From the 14th century on, Amsterdam flourished, largely because of trade with the Hanseatic League.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam’s founding is relatively recent compared with much older Dutch cities such as Nijmegen, Rotterdam, and Utrecht. In October 2008, historical geographer Chris de Bont suggested that the land around Amsterdam was being reclaimed as early as the late 10th century. Amsterdam was granted city rights in either 1300 or 1306. From the 14th century on, Amsterdam flourished, largely because of trade with the Hanseatic League.

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Porto, Portugal 
Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, the history of Porto dates back to the 4th century, to the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Celtic and Proto-Celtic ruins have been discovered in several areas, and their occupation has been dated to about 275 BC. During the Roman occupation, the city developed as an important commercial port.

Porto, Portugal

Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, the history of Porto dates back to the 4th century, to the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Celtic and Proto-Celtic ruins have been discovered in several areas, and their occupation has been dated to about 275 BC. During the Roman occupation, the city developed as an important commercial port.

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Peillon, France
On top of a high narrow rocky peak, with the compact collection of  houses in grey stone and narrow little streets winding up and down  through low, vaulted passages and sometimes by steep stairs, Peillon is  considered as one of the most beautiful perched villages of the Cote  d’Azur.

Peillon, France

On top of a high narrow rocky peak, with the compact collection of houses in grey stone and narrow little streets winding up and down through low, vaulted passages and sometimes by steep stairs, Peillon is considered as one of the most beautiful perched villages of the Cote d’Azur.

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Tuscany, Italy
Known for its beautiful landscapes and rich artistic legacy, Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. It has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci, Luca Pacioli, and Puccini.

Tuscany, Italy

Known for its beautiful landscapes and rich artistic legacy, Tuscany is widely regarded as the true birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. It has been home to some of the most influential people in the history of arts and science, such as Petrarch, Dante, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo Galilei, Amerigo Vespucci, Luca Pacioli, and Puccini.

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Valley of the Kings, Egypt
For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC,  tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New  Kingdom, the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt.

Valley of the Kings, Egypt

For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom, the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt.

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone, with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs. It’s  possible to see 300 million year old river channels cutting through,  forming unconformities at the base of the cliffs.

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale and sandstone, with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs. It’s possible to see 300 million year old river channels cutting through, forming unconformities at the base of the cliffs.

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Pamukkale, Turkey
Meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, it is a natural site in the Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.

Pamukkale, Turkey

Meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, it is a natural site in the Denizli Province of southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. People have bathed in its pools for thousands of years.

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Sossusvlei, Namibia
Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.

Sossusvlei, Namibia

Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes, located in the southern part of the Namib Desert, in the Namib-Naukluft National Park of Namibia.