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Seine River
Seine River

Seine River

Begin your tour of Paris with a stroll along the Seine River. Explore Île Saint-Louis and Île de la Cité, 2 small islands linked to the banks of the Seine by a series of bridges. Head to Île de la Cité to see the Notre Dame Cathedral or head east to visit the charming hotels, cozy restaurants and small shops. 960 1280

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The Louvre

The Louvre

Be one of 8 million people who flock to the Louvre each year. This grand art museum houses 35,000 masterpieces, including the great Venus de Milo, Leonardo da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa," Eugene Delacroix’s “Liberty Leading the People” and, in the Egyptian wing, “The Seated Scribe.” If it’s your first visit, we recommend taking the introductory guided tour for an overview of the museum’s most famous works. 960 1280

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Moulin Rouge

Moulin Rouge

Eat dinner and see a show at the Moulin Rouge -- the birthplace of can-can in its modern form. Located in Paris’ Pigalle district, this tourist attraction was co-founded in 1889 by businessmen Charles Zidler and Joseph Oller. Artists of all stripes soon flocked to the cabaret, including French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and, in the decades to come, singer Edith Piaf. 960 1280

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Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Take a day trip outside of Paris and explore the Palace of Versailles. This enormous castle and gardens was once home to 3 generations of French kings and queens, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the last reigning king and queen of France. See the Hall of Mirrors, the Chapelle Royale, the Grand Trianon, estate of Marie-Antoinette and beautiful gardens. Between April and October, the Musical Fountains Show is worth seeing. 960 1280

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Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica

Montmartre and the Sacre Coeur Basilica

Walk the cobblestone streets of Montmartre and make the steep climb to visit the Sacre Coeur Basilica, also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. The basilica is located at the highest point in the city, making it the perfect place for panoramic views of Paris. 960 1280

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Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

French engineer Gustave Eiffel spent 2 years trying to erect the Eiffel Tower for the World’s Fair in 1889. And once he did, Parisians were not immediate fans of the metal monument. Today, of course, it has become part of the city’s familiar landscape. We recommend making a stop at the tower at night to see the amazing light show that usually ends at 1 a.m. 960 1280

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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

For tourists looking for some amusement park fun, we recommend visiting Disneyland Paris. Although the park has been molded to appeal to European tastes (it has plenty of patio seats for outdoor eating), it is still styled similar to the original theme park, with a Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. 960 1280

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Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais

Pont Alexandre III and Grand Palais

Cross over the River Seine, by walking along the ornate Pont Alexandre III bridge, to see Grand Palais. The main exhibition space hosts large-scale shows. Previous must-see art shows included an Edward Hopper retrospective, “Marie Antoinette,” and “Picasso and the Masters.” We suggest you book tickets online before you go. 960 1280

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Musee d'Orsay

Musee d'Orsay

For art lovers, we suggest a visit to the Musée d'Orsay. Once a railway station, this museum now holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces in the world. Monet, Degas, Renoir and van Gogh are just a few painters whose works are on display at the museum. 960 1280

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Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

One of the most famous monuments in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. Located in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle -- at the west end of the Champs-Elysees -- the monument has the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its surface. There is a vault beneath the arc that holds the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. 960 1280

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Champ-Elysees

Champ-Elysees

Champs-Elysees is to Paris what Times Square is to New York City. This famous avenue is a popular destination for shoppers with deep pockets, but shopping isn’t the only reason why people flock to this area. Stop by the statue-lined plaza-terrace at the Place du Trocadero for the city’s best view of the Eiffel Tower. Check out a world-class collection of art from all over Asia at the Musee Guimet. Choose from more than 2 dozen flavors of macaroons at Laduree. 960 1280

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

The bishop of Paris from 1160 to 1196, Maurice de Sully spearheaded the movement to rebuild a cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Located on the Île de la Cité, Notre Dame Cathedral offers guided tours, but the 360-degree views of the city are what’s really amazing and not to be missed. 960 1280

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Palais Garnier Opera House of Paris

Palais Garnier Opera House of Paris

Built between 1861 and 1875, the Palais Garnier is known for its opulence and architecture, and, most notably, for being the setting for Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera. Palais Garnier does provide unaccompanied tours, which also include a walk through the Paris Opera Library-Museum. Designed by Charles Garnier, this palatial, nearly 2,000-seat opera house is now primarily used for ballet performances. 960 1280

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Les Marais

Les Marais

Les Marais is the cool neighborhood in Paris, with hip boutiques, art galleries, designer hotels and fashion houses. Although Les Marais is the hub of the city’s gay community, there are numerous must-see attractions here, including Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, Musee Carnavalet, a museum that shows how Paris has evolved, Musee des Arts et Metiers, Europe’s oldest science museum, and Centre Pompidou, which houses a large public reading library and the National Museum of Modern Art. 960 1280

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French Riviera
French Riviera

French Riviera

Welcome to the French Riviera aka Côte d'Azur! The southeast coast of Provence, France, is sprinkled with some of the world’s most popular beaches and destinations, including Monaco, Nice, Cannes and Saint Tropez. Many celebrities, such as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in the region. 960 1280

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Hotel Negresco

Hotel Negresco

The Hotel Negresco is where self-made millionaires and wannabes rub shoulders as this 1906 landmark. The luxury hotel is named after Henri Negresco, who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. Built to attract wealthy vacationers, the Hotel Negresco has 119 guest rooms and 22 suites. 960 1280

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Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival

In the spring, Cannes becomes the backdrop for the annual Cannes Film Festival. Celebs donned in the best attire walk the red carpet surrounded by adoring fans and a crowd of paparazzi. 960 1280

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Monte Carlo Beach

Monte Carlo Beach

Monte Carlo Beach -- the most fashionable of all the French Riviera’s beaches -- was once frequented by Princess Grace. The sand was imported to the beach which conveniently runs along the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. The best time to visit the coastal beach is between July and August. 960 1280

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St. Tropez

St. Tropez

St. Tropez has been called the playground to jetsetters, fashion models, and millionaires. It’s also known as the place were French actress Brigitte Bardot was discovered. In addition to the town’s acclaim for its clothing-optional beaches, it also hosts an annual regatta at the end of September that draws numerous superyachts aka luxury yachts. 960 1280

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Museum of Oceanology

Museum of Oceanology

Perched on a cliff on the coast of Monaco, the Oceanology Museum main draw is the famous aquarium with tanks containing every imaginable species of fish, crab and eel. The main floor displays skeletons and taxidermy of enormous sea creatures; as well as, submarines and diving gear from the Middle Ages. Other top attractions in the Riviera include Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, Jardin Exotique de Monaco and Colline de Chateau in Nice. 960 1280

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Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival

If you didn’t know already, the Nice Carnival attracts over a million visitors every year. The first celebration on record dates back to 1294, which probably makes it the original carnival celebration. The Carnival spans a 2-week period with the final day on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). 960 1280

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Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Chapelle de la Miséricorde

Visit Nice’s Chapelle de la Miséricorde to marvel in the chapel’s beautiful architecture, which includes crystal chandeliers and a magnificent altarpiece by Renaissance painter Ludivico Brea. 960 1280

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Nice

Nice

The 2nd largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille, Nice is also the 2nd-most visited place in France after Paris, receiving 4 million tourists every year. The city has a university, several business districts, museums, a national theater, an opera house with a regional library and several concert halls and casinos. Between May and October is the best time to experience the warm Mediterranean climate of this coastal city. 960 1280

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Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat

The Grand Hotel, built in 1908, competes with the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc as the Riviera’s most opulent. Set in a well-manicured garden, it was once a winter haven for royalty. This posh place to stay has a private beach club with a heated seawater pool and a Michelin-starred restaurant that uses fresh ingredients from the local markets. 960 1280

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Lemon Festival

Lemon Festival

Experience the annual Lemon Festival in Menton. The festival lasts a few days and consists of different bands passing through the city streets on foot or on truck trailers. The Casino Gardens, in the center of the town, are decorated in the theme of the festival, using lemons or citrus fruit to cover the exhibits and huge temporary statues. Past festival themes include Viva Espana, Disney, Neverland and India. 960 1280

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Cannes

Cannes

Cannes is one of the most popular and glamorous resort destinations in Europe. This French coastal city caters to the upscale travelers. Although it’s known as a haven for sun worshippers, the city takes center stage for the annual film festival. Most beaches along La Croisette are owned by hotels and or restaurants. Tourists can rent a sailboat at the port or at some of the beachfront hotels. 960 1280

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Château de la Napoule

Château de la Napoule

Château de la Napoule has the reputation for being the Riviera’s most eccentric and most fascinating château. The castle was constructed in the 14th century for the Countess of Villeneuve. In 1918, Henry Clews Jr. and his wife, Marie Clews, restored and moved into the castle. The American sculptor created a menagerie of scorpions, pelicans, gnomes, monkeys and other odd sculptures around the castle. 960 1280

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Plage de Tahiti

Plage de Tahiti

Visit Plage de Tahiti, St. Tropez’s sizzlin’ sandy beach. This is France’s most well-known beach because it’s frequented by topless or nude sunbathers. Ever since the days of actress Brigitte Bardot, this beach has been a movie star favorite, and it’s been known to be a cruisy spot for singles. 960 1280

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InterContinental Carlton Cannes

InterContinental Carlton Cannes

Not surprising, the InterContinental Carlton, a 1911 hotel that survived World War II attack, is packed during the Cannes Film Festival. The hotel has 343 rooms, including 39 renovated suites, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, 10 meeting rooms and a private beach. With breathtaking views over the Bay of Cannes and its location near city’s shopping district, this is the place to be in Cannes. 960 1280

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Divers play underwater checkers in Kaerepere, a small borough in Kehtna Parish, Rapla County in central Estonia on Jan. 13, 2013. 960 1280

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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

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Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Aleutian Islands, Alaska

Clean waves and a clear day are in place in the Aleutian Islands, also known as the "Cradle of Storms". Surfer Alex Gray lets his fins loose on this wave along the coastline. Find out more about Chris Burkard's adventures in our Q&A interview and get his photography tips, best beach picks and more. 960 1280

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Homer, Alaska

Homer, Alaska

Surfer Keith Malloy finds solitude up north near Homer, AK, where he enjoys the entire coastline to himself to prepare to surf. 960 1280

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Big Sur, California

Big Sur, California

This photo of Big Sur showcases its cold beauty on an unexpected snowy day not far from home. 960 1280

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Big Sur Stargazing

Big Sur Stargazing

High above the clouds in Big Sur, CA, is one of the most magical places to camp and gaze at the stars. 960 1280

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Art in Motion

Art in Motion

Big Sur is a place where people -- like surfer Crystal Thornburg -- journey to find peace. It's the only word to describe her elegant dance down the line. 960 1280

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Guadalupe Dunes

Guadalupe Dunes

The Central Coast of California offers a variety of amazing landscapes. Two surfers trek through steep sand dunes along the coast in search of waves. 960 1280

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Caribbean Colors

Caribbean Colors

From the turquoise waters to the vivid sunsets, the colors in the Caribbean fully bloom at sunset. 960 1280

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Caribbean Surf

Caribbean Surf

Our efforts paid off traveling to the Caribbean to surf undiscovered waves. Here, is a glimpse into the view each surfer had countless times while on the trip. 960 1280

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Jökulsárlón Beach

Jökulsárlón Beach

There are very few places in the world where you can find ice on the shores of a beach. On the way to the water, we walked around huge glacial ice chunks. There was no question that this was going to be the coldest photo session of the trip. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Iceland Surf Trek

Iceland Surf Trek

Surfer Phillip Gold watches his step along snowy rocks en route to a chilly point break. 960 1280

Chris Burkhard  

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

Camping (Vik, Iceland)

We chased the sunset as we made our way back up the cliffs over Vik. We hadn't seen sun the entire trip, and moments after setting up camp we caught of glimpse of it before it dropped behind the mountains in the distance. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

Godafoss Waterfall (Iceland)

A hiker explores the stunning Godafoss waterfall, located off a beaten path in north-central Iceland at the beginning of the Sprengisandur highland road. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Jökulsárlón Lake (Iceland)

Ice chunks drift from nearby Jökulsárlón Lake and scatter the beach on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Apparently, they make nice ice recliners. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Picture Perfect Iceland

Picture Perfect Iceland

As the weather shifts in the southern tip of Iceland, the clouds part to give way to a perfect rainbow. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Lofoten Islands, Norway

As the sun fades away and the Arctic begins to turn dark and cold, Dane Gudauskas finds enough warmth to take flight in Lofoten -- an archipelago and traditional district in the county of Nordland, Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

Arctic Barrel on Lofoten Coast

With air temperatures just as cold as the water, Sam Hammer hopes to be found somewhere in between as he pulls into another arctic barrel. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Reine, Norway

Reine, Norway

A man looks across the bay at the dynamic city of Reine in Norway. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Norway's Northern Lights

Norway's Northern Lights

With the reflection of the dropping tide below and the bursts of Northern Lights above, this scene in Norway was as close as you could get to a natural light show. It seemed that the greens of the Northern Lights were reflecting off everything in sight. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

South Falls (Oregon)

South Falls (Oregon)

The largest state park in Oregon, Silver Creek Falls has a series of waterfalls that are accessed by the Trail of 10 Falls hiking trail. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon Coastline (near Florence)

Oregon impresses visitors with its dynamic coastline and sheer cliffs. One of many gorgeous views along Oregon's coastal Highway 101, this beautiful headland is located near the famous Sea Lion Caves and Heceta Head Lighthouse. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

Hanging in Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)

A climber in Oregon's Smith Rock State Park hangs on tight as he inches his way up a tough route. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

Off-Road Route (Jackson Hole, WY)

This inviting road awaits the next off-roader near the Teton Range in Jackson Hole, WY. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

Mount Moran (Wyoming)

With the Snake River in the foreground, this picture captures the majestic Mount Moran located in Grand Teton National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley (California)

Yosemite Valley awakens to another sunny day. Snow-capped Half Dome is one of the most majestic rock formations in Yosemite National Park. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

The Grandeur of Yosemite

The Grandeur of Yosemite

A hiker basks in the early morning light on a hike up Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Want more photos? Visit Chris' website, Chris Burkard Photography, to see more eye-catching photography. 960 1280

Chris Burkard  

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games (London)

Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games (London)

French athlete Renaud Lavillenie competes in the men’s pole vault during the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games, held at the Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 960 1280

Paul Gilham / Getty Images  

Harbin Ice Wonderland (Bangkok)

Harbin Ice Wonderland (Bangkok)

It’s a winter wonderland in Bangkok! A mother and child get ready to take a chilly but quick dash down a slide at Harbin Ice Wonderland, which provides many Thais with their first opportunity to visit a frozen, wintry landscape. 960 1280

Taylor Weidman / Getty Images  

Seepark (Niederweimar, Germany)

Seepark (Niederweimar, Germany)

It’s all about capturing the right moment at the right time. Wakeboarder Moritz Petri and kneeboarder Cedric Schmidt perform during a training session at Hot Sport Seepark in Niederweimar, Germany. 960 1280

Thomas Lohnes / Getty Images  

CONCACAF Gold Cup (Philadelphia)

CONCACAF Gold Cup (Philadelphia)

You can’t see him, but Mexican soccer player Andres Guardado is the one lifting the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup trophy after Mexico beat Jamaica in the final at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 960 1280

Matthew Ashton - AMA  

St. Annes Kite Festival (St. Annes-on-Sea, England)

St. Annes Kite Festival (St. Annes-on-Sea, England)

The sky becomes crowded as kite enthusiasts participate in the St. Annes Kite Festival on the seafront in northwest England. The festival features single-line kites of all shapes and sizes, including the world's largest teddy bear kite. 960 1280

OLI SCARFF / AFP / Getty Images  

Holi Festival (Moscow, Russia)

Holi Festival (Moscow, Russia)

Watch the rainbow fly as people throw colored powder during the Holi Festival in Moscow. The festival was first held in northern India by revelers throwing colorful powders onto one another to celebrate spring and ward off evil spirits. 960 1280

ALEXANDER UTKIN / AFP / Getty Images  

Giant Panda Birthday Party (Hong Kong)

Giant Panda Birthday Party (Hong Kong)

Someone celebrated a birthday! Giant panda Jia Jia chows down on a bamboo stick next to her cake, made of ice and fruit juice, to mark her 37th birthday at an amusement park in Hong Kong. It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 years old (about 100 in human years) made Jia Jia the oldest giant panda in captivity. 960 1280

PHILIPPE LOPEZ / AFP / Getty Images  

Sunflowers With a View (Nogi, Japan)

Sunflowers With a View (Nogi, Japan)

A boy rides on his father's shoulders through a field during a 3-day sunflower festival in the town of Nogi, about 43 miles north of Tokyo. A total of 200,000 sunflowers welcomed guests for the summer event. 960 1280

KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / Getty Images  

Synchronized Diving (Kazan, Russia)

Synchronized Diving (Kazan, Russia)

At the 16th FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) World Championships, Suji Kim and Eunji Ko of South Korea warm up before the final of the women's 10-meter platform synchronized diving event at the Aquatics Palace in Kazan, Russia. 960 1280

Clive Rose / Getty Images  

T. Rex Scare (Jerusalem, Israel)

T. Rex Scare (Jerusalem, Israel)

A child walks past a towering replica of a Tyrannosaurus rex during a visit to the dinosaur exhibit at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. 960 1280

MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP / Getty Images  

Awe-Inspiring Alps (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)

Awe-Inspiring Alps (Crans-Montana, Switzerland)

A player putts with the Alps in the background during the second round of the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. 960 1280

Stuart Franklin / Getty Images  

Sunset on Manly Beach (Sydney)

Sunset on Manly Beach (Sydney)

Take a gander at this photo of an undeniably beautiful sunset in Sydney as ocean paddlers train on surf skis at Manly Beach. 960 1280

Cameron Spencer / Getty Images  

Sydney Harbour Bridge Rainbow (Sydney)

Sydney Harbour Bridge Rainbow (Sydney)

It’s a magical moment Down Under. A man takes a photo of a rainbow over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 960 1280

Cameron Spencer / Getty Images  

Camels Walking (Dubai)

Camels Walking (Dubai)

Handlers walk their camels in the early morning in Dubai. 960 1280

Francois Nel / Getty Images  

Porthmeor Beach (St. Ives, England)

Porthmeor Beach (St. Ives, England)

Beachgoers enjoy the sunny weather at Porthmeor Beach in St. Ives, England. 960 1280

Matt Cardy / Getty Images  

Tapestry of Handmade Carpets (Antalya, Turkey)

Tapestry of Handmade Carpets (Antalya, Turkey)

These handmade carpets from different regions in Turkey are laid under the sun in Antalya to soften their colors and sanitize them. 960 1280

Mustafa Ciftici / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images  

Tour de France Photo Finish (Paris)

Tour de France Photo Finish (Paris)

In Paris, German cyclist Andre Greipel of the Lotto-Soudal team celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 21st (and final) stage of the 2015 Tour de France, a 68-mile stretch between Sevres and Paris’ Champs-Elysees. 960 1280

Doug Pensinger / Getty Images  

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