The iconic Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel) at Champ de Mars, Paris is one amongst the most recognisable structure in the world. With a height of 324 metres, Eiffel Tower held the title for the tallest man made structure for 41 years, from 1889 to 1930. The tower is named after engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel.
Clicked on a rainy morning at Battery Point, one of the oldest and most historic suburbs in Hobart, Tasmania.
Battery Point lies to the south of Hobart’s Central Business District and houses a number of historic buildings and cottages dating from the first European settlement in Hobart. The place gets the name from the battery of guns (non-existent now) which were established there in 1818. Battery Point ranks high in the list of places to visit in Hobart and is best explored on foot.
Machu Picchu – situated nearly 8000 ft above sea level, on a small hilltop in the Andean Mountain range, this mysterious and majestic Inca site is evidence of the glory of the Inca Empire which flourished in South America between the 15th and 16th centuries. Perhaps the most important archaeological site in South America, Machu Picchu remained hidden from the Spanish conquerors and was not “re-discovered” until the early years of 20th century. The discovery is officially credited to the American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, although every other tourist guide will tell you that the locals of the region were aware of this site long before that. It is widely believed that Machu Picchu was built by Pachacuti, the most famous among the Inca emperors.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, an engineering & architectural marvel and one of the “new 7 wonders of the world”, Machu Picchu, is situated above the Sacred Valley of the Incas (also known as Urubamba Valley after the Urubamba river that flows through it) in the Cusco region of Peru. An extremely popular tourist destination, this “lost city of the Incas” can be accessed through multiple means including the very popular 4 day / 3 night Classic Inca Trail trek, which starts from Km 82 near the town of Ollantaytambo. The trek takes the tourists through stunningly beautiful views of the Sacred Valley and lets them get the first glimpse of Machu Picchu after passing through the Sun Gate (Inti Punku) on the morning of the 4th day. Witnessing the wonder of Machu Picchu is probably the highest point in any visit to Peru which is also blessed with numerous other attractions like Lake Titicaca, the Amazon basins etc to name a few.
When the pristine blue waters of the Indian Ocean meet a scantily clouded blue sky … a view from the beach by the Le Meridien in Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius.
The famous “Painted Ladies” of Alamo Square, San Francisco. Often referred to as the “Postcard Row”, this row of beautiful Victorian style houses at 710 – 720 Steiner Street across from Alamo Square, with the skyscrapers of the financial district in the background, is one of the most photographed locations in San Francisco.
“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” – Victor Hugo
Clicked while on board the cruise to Alcatraz from Pier 33, San Fransisco, USA.