National Geographic just revealed the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest! Do you have any beautiful snapshots from your own journeys abroad? Or have you ever visited anywhere that was breathtakingly beautiful? Where would you still like to go?
I enjoyed a cruise (ship in top photo) on the Baltic Sea from Stockholm, Sweden, to Riga, Latvia, in July. Old Town was fascinating with buildings dating back to the 13th century. Being the largest city in Latvia, Riga is the capital and an important seaport. Among the tourist attractions is the Central Market, one of the most notable sites from the 20th century in Latvia, comprised of five pavilions constructed by reusing old German Zeppelin hangars as seen in the bottom photo. I took the picture from atop St. Peter's Church tower.
My husband and I just returned from Jamaica. While we were there, we took a Jeep tour of the island. Here is a picture of a church we visited. Our guide told us that it was originally used as a hospital for slaves on a sugar cane plantation. The structure is held together by stones that were sent from England, and sand and molasses were used as mortar. This structure is so strong that it is still used as a hurricane shelter.
While in the mountains, we were able to take in this breath-taking view. The land form to the left is Montego Freeport Harbor and is completely man made.
It's so fascinating that molasses was used as a type of mortar! As if the Caribbean countries weren't steeped enough in their sugar cane past. What a revealing building: stone from England and sugarcane mortar - very geographic! Did you see other fascinating products of a colonial past while you were there? The view in both really is breath-taking. Thanks for contributing your fantastic photos!