Monday, December 12, 2005

Beautiful, Peaceful Places

The Mekong River
Fishing boats float in the Mekong River with Luang Prabang, Laos, in the distance.

Ephesus, Turkey
Visitors walk along Curetes Street to explore the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, on Turkey's western coast. "In all its classical beauty, Ephesus looks important," says writer James Morgan ("Lost in Time," Traveler October 2004). "You can glance at a cobblestone and imagine it being touched by any of the passing personages there, from King Croesus to Alexander the Great."

Bodrum, Turkey
Writer James Morgan ("Lost in Time," Traveler October 2004) sails in the waters off Bodrum, a bustling port on Turkey's southwestern coast, aboard the 69-foot Kalyeta, a traditional two-masted rig known as a gulet.

Tersane, Turkey
Çaydanliks (Turkish tea pots) line the windowsill of a home on Tersane, the largest island in the Gulf of Fethiye.

Dalyan River, Turkey
A water taxi ferries passengers up the Dalyan River in southwestern Turkey toward funerary rock tombs that resemble the porticoes of small Ionic temples.

Hobart, Tasmania
The vibrant blue-and-black façade of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's rehearsal studios brightens historic downtown Hobart.

Freycinet National Park, Tasmania
Visitors watch the sun rise over Wineglass Bay from a wooden walkway around the base of Cape Tourville Lighthouse.

Cradle Mountain—Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania
Heavy fog hangs low over indigenous eucalyptus trees. "Tasmania could be the set for the next J.R.R. Tolkien film, with its mist, rain, rolling hills, bogs, and thick forests," says photographer Kris LeBoutillier.

Ocean Beach, Tasmania
Surfers eat breakfast on Ocean Beach, a pristine 30-mile stretch of sand on Tasmania's western coast. "Their van was amazing," says photographer Kris Leboutillier. "It was kitted out with a folding flat screen television, DVD player, refrigerator, and stereo, all powered by a big marine battery."

Riga, Latvia
A family cuddles on Jurmala Beach, 14 miles outside of Riga, Latvia's capital. "A storm was rolling in, and soon after this photograph was taken, an afternoon-long downpour hit," says photographer Alexandra Avakian. "Weather changes very quickly in Latvia."

Riga, Latvia
His canvas illuminated by an overhead projector, artist Andris Vitolins paints at midnight in the old Soviet-era Artists Union Building.

Riga, Latvia
Designed by Mikhail Einstein, this residential and commercial building on Elizabetes Street is one of the most striking examples of art nouveau (Jugendstil) architecture in Riga's Old Town.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Young girls bike through the intersection of Sisavang Vong and Kitsarath Sethanthirath. The main street of Sisavang Vong is named after the former king of Laos, who ruled for 54 years starting in 1904.

The Mekong River
A child does homework on the banks of the Mekong River, which forms the border between Burma and Thailand, as others play on the boulders that dot the shoreline.

The Mekong River
At sunset, a young boy waters crops on the banks of the Mekong River, which forms the border between Burma and Thailand

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