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Halong Bay Sunrise

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Situated in northeast Vietnam, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known for its thousands of limestone karst islands in various shapes and sizes of which there are between 1,960 and 2,00 of them. The limestone in this bay has gone through continual change over the past 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments.

This particular morning sunrise saw a calm sea swathed in the usual fog (said to be caused by excessive pollution inland). Junk boat tours with companies like Paradise Cruises operate year-round in Halong Bay.

Assos in Kefalonia

Assos in Kefalonia

Kefalonia, Greece

Assos is a village on the west coast of the Greek island of Kefalonia. It was founded under Venetian rule and it served as the administrative capital of northern Cephalonia from 1593 onwards.

The famous Myrtos beach is located a few miles south of Assos, and both areas are naturally popular on the tourist trail.

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Navagio Beach in Greece

Zakynthos, Greece

Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove and only accessible from the sea. It is often referred to as “Smugglers Cove”, on the coast of Zakynthos, in the Ionian Islands of Greece.

On 2 October 1980, during stormy weather and poor visibility, a freightliner, the MV Panagiotis, ran aground in the waters around Zakynthos Island on Navagio Beach. It is thought that the ship was smuggling contraband cigarettes, wine and women. Having been abandoned the ship now rests buried in the limestone gravel of the beach that now bears the nickname Shipwreck.

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Roundstone Harbour

Connemara, Co.Galway, Ireland

The small village is a popular holiday resort in this remote part of the west of Ireland. At the busy harbour local fishermen ply their trade and deliver the day’s catch, which includes a mix of Crab, Lobster, Shrimp, Mackerel and Cod plus a wide variety of other fish. Local restaurants also serve a seafood chowder, a favourite dish of the region.

Roundstone is renowned among artists, photographers and naturalists for the amazing beauty of the surrounding mountains and seascapes.

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Cliffs of Moher

Co. Clare, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region. They rise 120 metres (390 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag’s Head, and, eight kilometres to the north, reach their maximum height of 214 metres (702 ft) just north of O’Brien’s Tower, which is a round stone tower near the midpoint of the cliffs. From the cliffs, visitors can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, and Twelve Pins mountain range to the north in Connemara, County Galway.

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Connemara Coast

Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland

The term Connemara refers to the northern area of County Galway to the west of Lough Corrib. This photo was taken in Cashel Bay not far from the popular village of Roundstone on the southern coastline which overlooks the Aran Islands in Galway Bay.

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Formation

Beaufort, North Carolina

Seagulls in search of a meal as they encircle the dock area. With several boats moored and occupied in this attractive small town on the North Carolina coastline, there is always an opportunity for food.

It was around these shores that the notorious pirate Black Beard, aka Edward Teach from England, plied his trade in the 17th and 18th-centuries. It was in Beaufort inlet that his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge ran aground on a sandbar and was damaged beyond repair.