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A perfect day of rain

A perfect day of rain

A rainforest hike outside Auckland, New Zealand reveals waterfalls, towering ferns, palm trees and a black-sand beach.
The gorgeous gorges of Verdon

The gorgeous gorges of Verdon

Gorges du Verdon - Lower Section 2. Photo by Tim Morch It's not the destination , it's the journey," or so goes the adage, and there is a kernel of truth in that declaration. Samson's Corridor - Gorges du Verdon.
Japan's beloved red-crowned crane makes a miraculous come back

Japan's beloved red-crowned crane makes a miraculous come back

photo by Suzanne Morphet If there's one animal the Japanese love—other than cuddly dogs—it's the Red-crowned crane.
How the world celebrates Christmas

How the world celebrates Christmas

In most Christian countries , Christmas is the most special time of the year.
CERN: Where Art, Science and Emotion Collide

CERN: Where Art, Science and Emotion Collide

July 4, 2012: Sensational headlines were everywhere—and they had nothing to do with America's Independence Day. CERN was at the heart of them.
Hokkaido's surprising winter adventures

Hokkaido's surprising winter adventures

Photo by Suzanne Morphet The young man from the U.K. is most apologetic. "I wish you were able to see the resort at its best—it's a very special place," he says wistfully.
Hampton Court Palace: Far from the madding crowd

Hampton Court Palace: Far from the madding crowd

Shutterstock.com Lexicographer Samuel Johnson famously mused: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.
A hike to Portofino

A hike to Portofino

Morning bread and wine are the preferred refreshment on this Italian Riviera excursion
Remote Ranong

Remote Ranong

Thailand's isolated coast
A weekend in the Yukon: Summertime sights in the land of the midnight sun

A weekend in the Yukon: Summertime sights in the land of the midnight sun

PHOTO BY GAIL JOHNSON If life is short, vacations are even shorter. Travelling to the Yukon might seem like one of those trips you need a week or two to even consider, but it's possible to make an epic long weekend of it.