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Switzerland In June 2011, we spent a week in Switzerland, flying into Geneva, with an initial stop in Montreux, followed by a picturesque stay in Wengen, located above the Lauterbrunnen valley. The alps provided a stunning backdrop to explore the area. During our stay in Wengen, a small village that is accessible by train or foot, the main sound heard was cow bells. The village of Wengen where we stayed in an alpine chalet/hotel, above the Lauterbrunnen valley. Lauterbrunnen below, with its iconic waterfall. The train system in Switzerland is excellent. The train to Jungfrau. In the village of Lauterbrunnen. Another scene from Lauterbrunnen. Alpine cable cars rise into the fog above Wengen. The lakeshore village of Brienz. Brienz. Lucerne. Alpine village of Murren. Artist H.R. Besides cows, goats and sheep tend to be outfitted with bells. A cog train at Kleine Scheidegg. Riding the train from Kleine Scheidegg back to Wengen offered stunning valley views. © 2013 John Miranda

Mystical, Magical & Magnificent Monasteries in Meteora (20 Pics) - StumbleUpon The caves in Meteora, Greece, had inhabitants for fifty millennia, but due to raids, “hermit monks” moved to the safety of sandstone rock pinnacles in the 9th century and began building monasteries. More monks and nuns came, building more monasteries perched high upon the cliffs. Wikipedia reports, “Access to the monasteries was originally (and deliberately) difficult, requiring either long ladders lashed together or large nets used to haul up both goods and people. This required quite a leap of faith — the ropes were replaced, so the story goes, only ‘when the Lord let them break.’” A view of Meteora monasteries in Greece. The Holy Monastery of Varlaam is the second largest monastery in Meteora, Greece. Meteora – The nunnery of Roussanou was built during the 16th century and remodeled and decorated as recently as 1560. Photo #5 by Gabriele Quaglia The Holy Monastery of St. The Holy Monastery of Varlaam in Meteora. Meteora – jumping from one high clifftop to another.

Incredible Wildlife Photography | Peachy Green - StumbleUpon Wildlife — By Stephanie on January 11, 2010 at 10:58 am Canada goose protects her young Ever have one of those moments when you think to yourself, “Boy, I wish I had my camera?!” Well, you can enjoy the good fortune of the photographers who were not empty handed when they shot these amazing animal pictures. These high-speed images are treasures that tell stories we rarely get to see – let alone capture – in stunning detail. Incredible wildlife photography like this takes a steady hand and sharp eye. Bringing home the bugs.... If you oohed and ahhed over the first couple of pictures, you might have to prepare yourself for the next image…. open wide! All in one bite? The best wildlife photography is often expressed through the unexpected. Hey! What is more adorable than a curious monkey – particularly one that wonders what all the photography fuss is about? Among cute animal photographs, you’ve gotta agree… this one tops the charts! Ready for my close-up! Synchronized stretching Owls in a fir tree

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