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A stunning view of Laguna Beach, a region of coastline that boasts a population of dolphins greater than the Caribbean, Florida, and Hawaii combined. (๐Ÿ“ท: @waterproject ๐Ÿ“: Laguna Beach, California)
Nelson Mandela genuinely believed in South Africa's unlimited potential to be a place where people of all kinds could come together, and he strove his entire life to make that dream a reality. In his Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1993, he said, "We live with the hope that as she battles to remake herself, South Africa, will be like a microcosm of the new world that is striving to be born." Today, in honor of Nelson #MandelaDay and the 100th anniversary of his birth, the #BDTeam celebrates the beauty and diversity of South Africa and commits to continuing to work to make the world a place Mandela would be proud of. (๐Ÿ“ท: @emmett_sparling ๐Ÿ“: Cape Town, Western Cape)
All other waterfalls pale in comparison to the Iguazu โ€” literally meaning "big water" โ€” Falls. When the late Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the U.S., visited the falls, she was reportedly so struck by the view that she proclaimed, "Poor Niagara!" (๐ŸŽฅ: @loucosporviagem ๐Ÿ“: Cataratas Del Iguazรบ, Misiones, Argentina)
A memorably pink sunset in Ipanema intensifies this view of the Dois Irmรฃos (Two Brothers) mountains in the distance. @howfarfromhome , who took the photo, relayed that the setting sun was so stunning, "Even the surfers sat on their boards and took it all in." With a sky like this, we would all, undoubtedly, give our hearts gladly to Ipanema. (๐Ÿ“ท: @howfarfromhome ๐Ÿ“: Ipanema โ€” Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
An abundance of footprints in the sand and nobody around โ€” a bona fide miracle on this island off of Bali. According to @alec_basanec , this particular spot is a strenuous climb to get down to, but worth it for the empty beaches. (๐Ÿ“ท: @alec_basanec ๐Ÿ“: Indonesia)
A fantastic moving polaroid of Hamilton Island, in the Whitsunday archipelago, where you can experience Australia's exceptional biodiversity. Not only can you visit the Great Barrier Reef, but you can also spend time cuddling with koalas at @wildlifehamiltonisland , or hike up to Passage Peak to look out over surrounding islands. (๐ŸŽฅ: @asenseofhuber ๐Ÿ“: Hamilton Island)
Greece's coastline is almost 14,000 kilometers long, and its shores are world-famous, known for crystal waters and diverse ecology and culture. Sea-lovers will find solace here exploring sheltered bays and coves, golden sand dunes, pebble beaches, and coastal caves with dark sand typical of volcanic soil. (๐Ÿ“ท: @philngyn ๐Ÿ“: Greece)
To get to the emerald-green Lake Bled's little island, you'll hop on a "plenta," the same kind of boat taken to the island for centuries. When you arrive, climb the 99 steps to the church and up to the famous bell (made in the 16th century and allegedly a gift from the Pope), and ring it to have a wish come true. (๐Ÿ“ท: @manuela_palmberger ๐Ÿ“: Slovenia)
Rafting in Bosnia and Herzegovina isn't just for tourists โ€” locals are really into the sport, and some favorite rivers to raft down include Neretva, Una, and Tara. (๐ŸŽฅ: @sennarelax ๐Ÿ“: Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Boston is a walking city, and not just because visitors find it so hard to navigate traffic. Take a leisurely stroll in the Commonwealth Avenue Mall or along Newbury Street, stopping into little boutiques or shifting your gaze up to the brownstones lining the streets. Who knows, you could be walking where any number of famous Bostonians โ€” Julia Child, Benjamin Franklin, Donna Summers, Sylvia Plath โ€” have been. (๐Ÿ“ท: @yanan.aurora ๐Ÿ“: Boston, Massachusetts)
Sailing in Salcombe's waters is such a hallowed tradition that there is even a two-hundred-year-old boat named after them โ€” the Salcombe Dinghy. (๐Ÿ“ท: @tommy.clarke ๐Ÿ“: Salcombe)
A pod of majestic koholฤ (humpback whales) swims under Hobie boarders off the south shore of Kauai โ€” a truly grand and once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the Kumulipo, the 18th-century Hawaiian creation chant, palaoa (whales) are introduced in the 16th verse in the time of po (darkness) and help to usher in the time of ao (light), when humanity was created. The chant goes, โ€œHanau ka palaoa noho i kai," meaning: "Born is the whale living in the ocean." Plan your trip to Hawaii during peak humpback whale season, from January to March, to catch a glimpse of the gentle giants. (๐ŸŽฅ: @uheheu ๐Ÿ“: Hawaii ๐ŸŽถ: โ€œRunning in Slow Motionโ€ by Good News Tunes)
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