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Mission Gate of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is a small colonial city in the state of Guanajuato in the Bajio mountains of central Mexico. Founded as "San Miguel el Grande" in 1542 by the Franciscan monk Juan de San Miguel, it became a centerpiece in the war for Mexican independence from Spain. After the war, in 1826, San Miguel was given city status and renamed San Miguel de Allende after Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement, the "first Mexican soldier" and a native of the city. In danger of becoming a ghost town in the early 20th century, the town was declared a national monument in 1926 and building became heavily restricted in the town's historic centro district, allowing the city to keep the colorful native facades that have become the backdrop of many famous works of art and even modern motion pictures.

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Château on the Hill, Rocamandour, France

Château on the Hill, Rocamandour, France

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Széchenyi Chain Bridge at Dusk, Budapest, Hungary

Széchenyi Chain Bridge at Dusk, Budapest, Hungary

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Maasai Village, Tanzania, Africa

Massai Village, Tanzania, Africa

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Cityscape of Flat Iron Building, Toronto, ON Canada

An icon of the Toronto streetscape, the red-brick Gooderham Building was the headquarters for the Gooderham and Worts distillery. The Gothic Romanesque structure was built in 1892. The much-photographed “flatiron” building is the architectural anchor for the St. Lawrence market neighbourhood.

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Reflections of Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta

There is no image more iconic of the Canadian Rockies or Canada for that matter than Moraine Lake. The alpine lake is a wild turquoise blue fed by glacier melt and set with a backdrop of the Ten Peaks

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Kananaskis River, Alberta

Winding through the picturesque landscape of Kananaskis Country, the Kananaskis River is a great experience in the Canadian Rockies

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Wall Mural, Flat Iron Building, Toronto, ON

On the back of the Flat Iron building is a mural created by Canadian artist Derek Besant. It’s a mirror image of the Perkins Building located directly across the street creating the ‘trompe l’oeil effect’ (trick of the eye) which creates an optical illusion that the objects shown really exist.