Best Travel Photos of the Week

Take a look at what amazing photos caught our eye during the week of July 17-22, 2015, including pictures of the 16th stage of the Tour de France, children keeping it cool in Madrid, a friendly greeting from a gentle giant and a breathtaking view of the Tarentaise Valley.


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Etretat Cliffs (Normandy, France)

Etretat Cliffs (Normandy, France)

The Etretat Cliffs in Normandy are natural wonders that stand tall over the English Channel and white-pebble beach below. Tourists and locals can access them by scaling steep paths, but be careful: To preserve the cliffs, there aren’t many handrails! 960 1280

Daniel Gasienica, Getty Images  

Old Bagan (Myanmar)

Old Bagan (Myanmar)

To really take in the beauty of Old Bagan, rent one of the many hot-air balloons available to tourists and locals alike. With more than 4,000 pagodas, this ancient wonder will take your breath away. 960 1280
Sisimiut (Along the Davis Strait, Greenland)

Sisimiut (Along the Davis Strait, Greenland)

The second-largest town in Greenland, Sisimiut offers everything from dogsledding to cross-country skiing to simply taking in the beautiful scenery and sunsets across the bay.  960 1280
Unalaska (Aleutian Islands, Alaska)

Unalaska (Aleutian Islands, Alaska)

Despite its witty name, Unalaska is billed as “the gateway to the Aleutian Islands” and serves as a main port for the whole state. Hike along 38 miles of gorgeous, timeworn trails to take in the town’s picturesque vistas, and then settle down for freshly caught fish at any number of local restaurants. 960 1280
Latin Quarter (Paris, France)

Latin Quarter (Paris, France)

Located along the Left Bank of the Seine, the Latin Quarter has narrow streets that are largely known for their amazing restaurants and cafes, as well as a number of universities, including Paris’ first — the Sorbonne. 960 1280
Pumukkale (Denizil Province, Turkey)

Pumukkale (Denizil Province, Turkey)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwestern Turkey, Pamukkale (meaning “Cotton Palace”) was created over hundreds of years by mineral-rich waters running from cliffs more than 600 feet high. 960 1280
Marina Grande (Capri, Italy)

Marina Grande (Capri, Italy)

Situated on the small island of Capri off the coast of Naples, Italy, Marina Grande is the main port for small fishing boats, tourist ferries and luxury yachts. After disembarking from your ferry, stop at a cafe for an espresso andbombolone (doughnut) to chat with locals before taking the tram up the mountain to the main shopping area, where you can indulge in handcrafted Italian designs and breathtaking views. 960 1280

President Barack Obama bows to First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural ball in Washington, DC on Jan. 21, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  

Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates match point in her Women's Singles Final match against Maria Sharapova of Russia during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 8, 2013 in Paris. 960 1280

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Revelers take part in a giant pillow fight in Trafalgar Square on "International Pillow Fight Day" on April 6, 2013 in London. Mass public pillow fights have been arranged in numerous cities around the world as part of the "Urban Playground Movement" which facilitates free, public non-commercial events. 960 1280

Oli Scarff/Getty Images  

Actors playing Confederate troops raise their hats in celebration after the Pickett's Charge reenactment at the finale of the Blue Gray Alliance events marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, in Gettysburg, PA on June 30, 2013. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863, in and near the town of Gettysburg, PA and was the battle with the highest number of casualties in the Civil War. The Union army defeated a force led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee in what is often described as the t 960 1280

REUTERS/Mark Makela  

Actress Tilda Swinton sleeps in a box for her performance piece called "The Maybe." at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on April 17, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Keith Bedford   

An aerial view shows people sitting in formation to the words "thank you" and displaying signs that collectively read "Arigato" (Thank You) during an event celebrating Tokyo being chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 8, 2013. Tokyo was awarded the 2020 summer Olympic Games on Saturday, beating Istanbul in a head-to-head vote after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a charismatic plea to the International Olympic Commit 960 1280


Britain's Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge appear with their baby son, outside the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital, in central London on July 23, 2013. Prince William and his wife Kate gave the world its first glimpse of their new baby on Tuesday when they left hospital to a barrage of camera flashes with the boy who is third in line to the British throne. 960 1280

REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton   

An image of late South African President Nelson Mandela is projected on the facade of City hall in Paris on Dec. 6, 2013. South African anti-apartheid hero Mandela died peacefully at home in Johannesburg, South Africa at the age of 95 on Thursday after months fighting a lung infection, leaving his nation and the world in mourning for a man revered as a moral giant. 960 1280

REUTERS/Charles Platiau   

Nik Wallenda walks a high wire over the Grand Canyon on June 23, 2013 in Arizona. 960 1280

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People look at a light installation at the Berlin Cathedral during the opening day of the "Festival of Light" show in Berlin on Oct. 9, 2013. Several landmarks and tourist spots will be illuminated in the German capital from October 9 to 20, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz  

The Louisville Cardinals celebrate after they won 82-76 against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, GA. 960 1280

Andy Lyons/Getty Images  

A ferry sails past as a man sitting on a bench looks at a photograph projected onto the sails of the Sydney Opera House on April 23, 2013 during a display showcasing photographs taken by members of the public depicting their daily lives. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australia's population is about to tick past the 23 million mark as the country continues to grow at the fastest rate in the developed world. 960 1280

REUTERS/David Gray  

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the "super moon" rises on Coney Island in New York City. The largest full moon of the year, called the "super moon," lit up the night sky on June 22, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  

The One World Trade Center tower is seen in this picture taken from the 57th floor before the opening of 4 World Trade Center tower in New York during a press tour on Nov. 8, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Mike Segar  

Adam Scott is victorious after sinking a putt for birdie on the 18th green during the Masters sudden death playoff at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA. 960 1280

Fred Vuich /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images   

Thousands of people take part in an annual water fight on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 5, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Nir Elias   

An installation piece "Ringo" by artist Reina Kubota at the Art Students League of New York sculpture unveiling at Riverpark on June 19, 2013 in New York City. 960 1280

Rob Kim/Getty Images  

Wild ponies reach land after crossing the Assateague Channel during the 88th Annual Pony Swim in Chincoteague Island, VA, on July 24, 2013. 960 1280

Maddie Meyer/The Washington Post via Getty Images  

Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts with 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, on September 15, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson   

Tourists drive their Mini Hot Rod cars, produced by small carmaker Wenckstern, during a tour of famous landmarks in Berlin on July 27, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  

Ryan Moore riding Estimate wins the Gold Cup on Ladies' Day during day 3 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 20, 2013 in Ascot, England. 960 1280

Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse  

President Barack Obama gives the commencement address at the graduation ceremony of the class of 2013 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, on May 19, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jason Reed  

Banana Joe, an Affenpinscher, stands beside its trophy after winning the 137th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 12, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   

People walk through "Heartwalk", a Times Square Valentine Heart in New York on February 12, 2013. The heart was made from boards salvaged from boardwalks from New York and New Jersey that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy. 960 1280

REUTERS/Keith Bedford   

Numerous tents are seen during the 2013 International I Camping Festival in Mount Wugongshan of Pingxiang, Jiangxi province, China on Sept. 14, 2013. The event attracted more than 15,000 campers all over the world, according to Xinhua News Agency. Picture taken September 14, 2013. 960 1280


Some 3,500 newly-married couples applaud at the end of the mass wedding organized by the Unification Church and held in its headquarters in Gapyeong, east of Seoul, South Korea, on Feb. 17, 2013. The Unification Church, set up by Sun Myung Moon in Seoul in 1954, is one of the world's most controversial religious organizations, and its devotees are often dubbed "Moonies" after the founder. 960 1280

KIM JAE-HWAN/AFP/Getty Images  

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco raises the Vince Lombardi Trophy as he celebrates victory over the San Francisco 49ers in their NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, LA, February 3, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jim Young   

Runners pass the US Supreme Court during the Cupid's Undie Run, which raises money for the Children's Tumor Foundation and is billed by organizers as the "world's largest underwear race," in Washington, DC on Feb. 9, 2013. Organizers say they raised over $1 million between 18 US cities and filled all 1,000 slots in Washington, DC for race participants - who started and ended the 1.5-mile run by drinking at nearby bars. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

People visit the Van Gogh Alive exhibition in Tel Aviv, Israel on Feb. 2, 2013, a day before its official opening. 960 1280

REUTERS/ Nir Elias   

A visitor walks past individual sleeping quarters in Moscow's first micro hostel on Feb. 3, 2013. The hostel offers accommodation for over 100 people in self-contained prefabricated sleeping cells called sleepboxes. 960 1280

REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin    

A group of people watch the grand lighting of the Bay Lights art installation on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on March 5, 2013 in San Francisco, CA. Designed by artist Leo Villareal, the Bay Lights is the world's largest LED light sculpture, spanning 1.8 miles long and 500 feet high with 25,000 individual LED lights. The installation will be on display daily from dusk to 2 a.m. for the next 2 years. 960 1280

Stephen Lam/Getty Images  

People take part in mass yoga session on the green roof of Marina Barrage in celebration of Singapore World Water Day on March 16, 2013 in Singapore. World Water Day is a global celebration of the importance of freshwater, and the crucial need for sensible and sustainable management of water. 960 1280

Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images  

Signer Solange Knowles performs at the 10th annual FYF music festival at Los Angeles Historical Park on August 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. 960 1280

Chelsea Lauren/WireImage  

Pope Francis has his skull cap removed by a child during an audience with children assisted by volunteers of Santa Marta institute in Paul VI hall at the Vatican on Dec. 14, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito  

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds a pair of scissors after cutting a ribbon to release a bottle of champagne during the naming ceremony of the "Royal Princess" cruise ship in Southampton, southern England on June 13, 2013. The ceremony involved a blessing, the tradition of smashing a bottle over the hull of the ship and a performance by the Royal Marines Band and the pipers of the Irish Guards. 960 1280

REUTERS/Chris Jackson/Pool   

President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey in the East Room at the White House on November 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. 960 1280

Alex Wong/Getty Images  

A general view shows a "Barbie Dreamhouse" of Mattel's Barbie dolls in Berlin, May 15, 2013. The life-sized house, covering about 1,400 square meters offers visitors to try on Barbie's clothes in her walk-in closet, tour her living room and her kitchen. 960 1280

REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch  

The sculpture "Cloud Gate," commonly known as "the bean," is covered in snow on March 5, 2013 in Chicago, IL. The worst winter storm of the season is expected to dump 7-10 inches of snow on the Chicago area with the worst expected for the evening commute. 960 1280

Brian Kersey/Getty Images  

People dive into Dee Why rock pool to beat the heat on January 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Sydney temperatures reached 45.8 degrees celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit) today, breaking the previous record of 45.3 set in 1939. 960 1280

Brendon Thorne/Getty Images  

Leonid Chernobayev of Belarus competes against India's Tripathi Shaliesh during their light heavyweight World Championship chess boxing match in Moscow, Nov. 28, 2013. Chess boxing alternates between a round of chess and a round of boxing in 3-minute intervals, and demands the most of its competitors, both mentally and physically. 960 1280

REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov   

Tourists ride camels during National Day Golden Week, a 7-day national holiday, at the Mingsha Shan oasis in Dunhuang, Gansu province, China on Oct. 4, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/China Daily  

Marchers hold hands in prayer at the end of the ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, August 24, 2013. Thousands of marchers were expected in Washington, DC on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and to urge action on jobs, voting rights and gun violence. 960 1280

REUTERS/Larry Downing  

Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Christoph Waltz pose in the press room at the 85th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, CA. 960 1280

Dan MacMedan/WireImage  

Young ballroom dancers from Dancing Classrooms dance in Grand Central Terminal during centennial celebrations on the day the famed Manhattan transit hub turns 100 years old on February 1, 2013 in New York City. The terminal opened in 1913 and is the world's largest terminal covering 49 acres with 33 miles of track. Each day 700,000 people pass through the terminal where Metro-Noth Railroad operates 700 trains per day. 960 1280

Mario Tama/Getty Images  

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts between PBS Sesame Street characters Elmo and Rosita after delivering remarks on marketing healthier foods to children at the White House in Washington, DC on Oct. 30, 2013. Michelle Obama invited local schoolchildren to participate in the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden. 960 1280

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  

Actresses in period costume pose by the first-class carriages pulled by a restored steam engine built in 1898, known as Met Locomotive No. 1, after it arrives at Moorgate station in a recreation of the first London Underground journey on January 13, 2013 in London. The London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday this month, the Metropolitan line being the first stretch between Paddington and Farringdon stations. 960 1280

Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images  

Orange Bowl MVP Lonnie Pryor #24 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates after they won 31-10 against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, FL. 960 1280

Chris Trotman/Getty Images  

Dragon dancers cross Canal Street during the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 17, 2013 in New York City. This year celebrates the Year of the Snake. 960 1280

Michael Nagle/Getty Images  

Britain's Prince Harry hits a baseball while participating in a baseball clinic during the launch of a new partnership between the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harlem RBI, a local community organization in New York, New York, May 14, 2013. Prince Harry is in the midst of week-long visit to the United States. 960 1280

REUTERS/Justin Lane/Pool  

Qatar unveils the largest flag in the world of 102.000 square meters, recognized by the Guinness World Records, December 15, 2013. 960 1280

Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

Paris Saint-Germain players throw David Beckham in the air at the end of their team's French Ligue 1 soccer match against Brest at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on May 18, 2013. David Beckham broke down in tears as he was substituted in the 81st minute. 960 1280

REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes  

Hundreds of Waka Ama crew perform the haka on the beach to celebrate Waitangi Day on Feb. 6, 2013 in Waitangi, New Zealand. The Waitangi Day national holiday celebrates the signing of the treaty of Waitangi on Feb. 6, 1840 by Maori chiefs and the British Crown, that granted the Maori people the rights of British Citizens and ownership of their lands and other properties. 960 1280

Sandra Mu/Getty Images  

508 people prepare to blow out candles at the same time to recognize Earth Hour at Riverside Avenue on March 23, 2013 in Shanghai, China. Businesses and households around the world will turn their lights off for an hour at 20:30 local time today, to celebrate Earth Hour, raise awareness about climate change and to show support for the use of renewable energy. Earth hour began in Australia in 2007 and is now celebrated in over 150 countries around the world. 960 1280

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Visitors lie on the grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington, DC on July 8, 2013. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting on Monday as repair work for the earthquake damage in 2011 continues on the scaffolding-covered stone obelisk built in 2 phases, between 1848 and 1884, to honor the first US president. 960 1280

REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst   

A journalist, wearing slippers to protect the glass floor, stands in the "Step into the Void" installation during a press visit at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps, Dec. 17, 2013. The Chamonix Skywalk is a five-sided glass structure installed on the top terrace of the Aiguille du Midi (3842m), with a 1,000-meter drop below, where visitors can step out from the terrace, giving the visitors the impression of standing in the void. The glass room will open to the public on Dec. 21, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Robert Pratta    

Riva Lemanski, 6, poses on a giant 2-story rocking horse outside Christie's auction house in London on Aug. 5, 2013. The Rocking Horse is expected to sell for $38,000-$61,000 when it is auctioned at the Christie's Out of the Ordinary sale on Sep. 5, 2013. 960 1280

REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett  

Tourists take photos of a 250-pound and 7-year-old titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum) after it bloomed for the first time ever at the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC, July 22, 2013. The plant does not have an annual blooming cycle and is known to emit a putrid odor when it does bloom. 960 1280

REUTERS/Larry Downing   

J-Bay Open (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa)

J-Bay Open (Jeffreys Bay, South Africa)

American surfer Nat Young advances to Round 3 of the J-Bay Open after winning his Round 2 heat in Jeffreys Bay 960 1280

Kelly Cestari / WSL via Getty Images  

Tiananmen Rostrum (Beijing)

Tiananmen Rostrum (Beijing)

A guard stands in front of the Tiananmen Rostrum in the northern end of Tiananmen Square as it is prepared for the celebration of the 70th anniversary of China’s victory in the Anti-Japanese War. Hundreds of spectators are expected to converge on the famous landmark in Beijing to see a military parade on Sept. 3. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images  

Cleaning Up the Sheep (Van, Turkey)

Cleaning Up the Sheep (Van, Turkey)

Before shearing his sheep, a shepherd cleans his flock with soap in a lake in Van, Turkey. 960 1280

Ozkan Bilgin / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images  

Challenge Roth Triathlon (Roth, Germany)

Challenge Roth Triathlon (Roth, Germany)

Australian triathlete Carrie Lester celebrates after finishing the women’s triathlon in second place during the Challenge Roth in Germany. 960 1280

Stephen Pond / Getty Images for Challenge Triathlon  

Bastille Day (Paris)

Bastille Day (Paris)

Mexican army cadets hold up birds of prey during the annual Bastille Day military parade in Paris. The French holiday is held annually on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille fortress in 1789. 960 1280

Thierry Chesnot / Getty Images  

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (Espinho, Portugal)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup (Espinho, Portugal)

Brazilian soccer player Mauricio Pereira Braz de Oliveira celebrates a goal during the match between Brazil and Iran at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Portugal 2015. 960 1280

Alex Grimm - FIFA via Getty Images  



Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image taken by the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager aboard NASA's New Horizons when the spacecraft was 476,000 miles from the surface. The 1,050-pound, piano-size probe, which was launched Jan. 19, 2006, from Cape Canaveral, FL, on an Atlas V rocket, was traveling 30,800 mph as it approached Pluto. 960 1280

NASA/APL/SwRI via Getty Images  

2015 Pan American Games (Toronto)

2015 Pan American Games (Toronto)

Claudia Rivas of Mexico dives into the water at the start of the women's triathlon at Ontario Place during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. 960 1280

Harry How / Getty Images  

Shepherding Cattle (Bitlis, Turkey)

Shepherding Cattle (Bitlis, Turkey)

At sunset, shepherds guide a herd of cattle through the tablelands of Mount Nemrut en route to Kiyiduzu village in Turkey. 960 1280

Ali Ihsan Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images  

Xi'an Helicopter Sightseeing Tours (Xi'an, China)

Xi'an Helicopter Sightseeing Tours (Xi'an, China)

Models attend the signing ceremony for Xi'an Helicopter Sightseeing Tours and Didi Private Airplane. A deal was signed to launch 3 airline routes for tourists to visit ancient Xi'an, China. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images  

Heat Wave Cool Down (Suining, China)

Heat Wave Cool Down (Suining, China)

People converge on China’s “Sea of Death” to escape high temperatures this week. China ushered in hot weather this month, and more than 8,000 visitors from every corner of the country flocked to the area to cool off. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images  

Rhone Glacier (Valais, Switzerland)

Rhone Glacier (Valais, Switzerland)

In Switzerland, a tourist takes a picture while visiting an ice cave inside the Rhone Glacier, which is protected with insulating foams. The glacier has been shrinking under the summer sun. 960 1280


Torch Festival (Liangshan, China)

Torch Festival (Liangshan, China)

A Yi girl dons traditional clothing during the Torch Festival in Liangshan, China. For more than 2,000 years, the Yi people have celebrated the annual event, which includes a bullfight, horse racing, wrestling, singing, dancing and a beauty contest. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images  

Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa (Tokyo)

Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa (Tokyo)

People gaze at the jellyfish display at the Epson Aqua Park Shinagawa after its reopening on July 10. The popular attraction underwent extensive renovations, including animal and fish displays that were updated with high-tech neon lights, touchscreens and audiovisual shows. 960 1280

Chris McGrath / Getty Images  

Fu Yang Festival (Xuzhou, China)

Fu Yang Festival (Xuzhou, China)

People gather to eat mutton during the Fu Yang Festival in Xuzhou. More than 10 restaurants cooked the dish for locals at the annual celebration. 960 1280

ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images  

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