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Can you spot the climber's kayak in this week's extreme photo? Jonathan Siegrist climbs in the Verdon Gorge, France, Photograph by Keith Ladzinski

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The Icon: Sydney Opera House

The billowing Sydney Opera House was a gamble when it started. Literally.<p>Costs were estimated at $7 million, but the building’s final price tag came to $102 million, with the money coming mostly from the State Lottery. And the punters who paid for it had to wait to hear the fat lady sing — the …

The view from the 97th floor: Fog rolls into Chicago from Lake Michigan. A beautiful photo contest submission: Submit your unreal photo for a chance to be featured in a weekly gallery: Photo submitted by Bob Gaudet

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Top 5 Dreamiest Overwater Bungalows (PHOTOS)

For more than 30 years, pictures of overwater bungalows have generated drool from travelers and fans of <i>Islands</i> magazine.<p>So we sent three Islands staff photographers to Tahiti to capture the best of the best. We started with roughly 10,000 images. Are you ready for the top 5?<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Five …


Buildings Shaped Like Animals (PHOTOS)

It's a Jonah-and-the-whale kind of moment. You wake up, and your guest room appears normal. But as you get your bearings, you realize that you're in the belly of a reptile--otherwise known as Australia's Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn.<p>The curious trend of zoomorphic architecture--that is, buildings …

Best TV & Film Tours Around the World

Taking a vacation can be all about escape -- and the same can be said about losing ourselves in the movies and TV shows we love. It's only natural, then, for film and TV buffs to combine the two when we travel by visiting famous filming locations around the world.<p>Sometimes you'll find out that a …

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D.C.’s ‘Downton Abbey’ Mansion: Living Artfully at The Hillwood Estate

In a new exhibit, The Hillwood Estate offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of its richest owner.<p>Always dreamt of visiting a European …

Engagement Photography Tips and Techniques

The precursor to the actual event, engagement photography is what helps show the couple’s spark with each other and creates widespread awareness of …

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