You might be thinking of water — a tidal wave, a rippling lake, a rhythmic river. However, all of the above qualities echo in the gorgeous spirals and formations of Antelope Canyon, found in Navajo Nation, Arizona.
Exotic white sand? So passé. You don’t have to travel across the world to see surreal locales in technicolor palettes — we’ve got some hidden gems right here at home in the USA. This week’s royal shades of purple and pink are located at Pfeiffer Beach, a local favorite along the Big Sur mountain range in California.
I could name tons of conventionally beautiful bodies of salt water that I’d love to dip my feet into: The Dead Sea, The Great Lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and so on. Salt flats, however, are an entirely different story — an otherworldly natural confection. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, spanning over 4,000 square miles in Bolivia. Among cacti-lined islands and flamingo populations, the snow-white sea of salt looks as if it came straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. But this scene is no mirage- it’s a very real place that won’t disappear if you pinch yourself.
There’s a hidden gem in Madrid’s largest park — the Crystal Palace, or “Palacio de Cristal.” The imposing structure is built almost entirely of glass on an iron framework. Decorative ceramic inlays add embellishment to its columns and facades. At its feet, steps lead down to a reflective lake. Rainbows refract and light up its various domed rooms.
The Palacio de Cristal is unquestionably beautiful — but where did it come from? What was the inspiration behind its striking design?
Pamukkale literally means “cotton castle” in Turkish, and it’s easy to see why — this geological wonder is famous for its pillowy rock structures and spectacular, pastel springs. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the landscape has been a tourist attraction for literal centuries, back when it was home to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis.
Egypt isn’t just home to pyramids and hieroglyphics. Beautiful and rich as the presence of ancient art there is, it would be unfortunate to overlook the region for its equally stunning natural features. Today, we’re dreaming about one of Egypt’s natural treasures – the White Desert. Continue reading