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The eyeball-shaped L'Hemisfèric houses a planetarium, laserium, and IMAX theater, and uses hydraulic lifts to make the building's eyelid open and close.
Valencia destined to become new cultural hub

By • Catholic Online • 4/22/2010

Valencia is poised to become the newest jewel in the Spanish crown. The nation's third largest city is poised to come from out of the shadows of Spain's two other largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona, to become a vital cultural hub in modern Europe. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Visitors ...

The Chilean alerce has many similarities to the California redwood, just one of many things the two areas share in common.
Chile shares many things with California State

By • Catholic Online • 4/9/2010

The South American nation of Chile has many things in common with the state of California. According to National Geographic correspondent Kenneth Brower, both have ideal weather for growing grapes. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – "Chile, like California, has good grape weather. In winter, North ...

National Geographic correspondent Wade Davis described his encounter with a jaguar in the Amazon. 'Yellow eyes radiant. Fur wet with rain. The perfect image of the transformation shamans seek. The avatar of the wild.'
Amazon jungle can be as different as night and day

By • Catholic Online • 4/9/2010

The Great Green Giant that is known as the Amazon jungle is a lush and mysterious place. What is not widely known is the rolling verdant plains take on totally different personalities in the light of day and the fall of night. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – According to National ...

The Hawaiian island of Lanai remains a popular destination spot for golfers.
Hawaiian island of Lanai offers relaxation

By • Catholic Online • 4/6/2010

While Lanai is the sixth largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, the feel there is very relaxed and unhurried. It is more of a plantation that a tourist destination, and that is what it was before developers decided to transform it from a pineapple farm to a resort area. LANAI, HAWAII ...

No trip to the area is complete without a trip to the Mission Santa Barbara, the Queen of the Missions -— a twin-towered beauty still used by the Franciscan order that founded it in 1786.
Santa Barbara: A little bit of Europe in California

By • Catholic Online • 4/6/2010

Santa Barbara is a bustling coastline community that became what it is today by going through the flames of a major disaster, to re-emerge, phoenix-like, from the ashes. An earthquake in 1925 leveled its downtown area, and the city´s founder vowed to rebuild, and did so in a style that recalled its ...

Incredibly rare flora and fauna keeps the Pu'u Kukui trail off limits for most travelers, save for the 12 chosen annually in a drawing.
World´s most exclusive hike only allows 12 people annually

By • Catholic Online • 4/6/2010

The most exclusive hike in Hawaii only allows 12 visitors a year, and is quite expensive. Anyone who wants to partake of all the natural wonders on this hike most have cash in hand, and rely on an annual drawing. MAUI, HAWAII (Catholic Online) – According to National Geographic correspondent ...

For many, the jewel in Melbourne's crown is the 88-acre Royal Botanic Gardens, a splendid example of 19th-century English landscaping.
Melbourne: Australia's second city

By • Catholic Online • 4/1/2010

There's an old witticism about Australia's two major cities that isn't entirely true. "Nature has done everything for Sydney, man nothing; man has done everything for Melbourne, nature nothing." While Melbourne features a muddy river in place of Sydney's glistening seaside harbor, there are still ...

Built by the Inca in a rugged, isolated area of Peru, Machu Picchu was discovered by civilized man when geographer Hiram Bingham found it in 1911.
Peruvian city of Machu Picchu place of untold mystery

By • Catholic Online • 4/1/2010

The breath-taking Peruvian city of Machu Picchu draws countless tourists by its beauty and ancient, spiritual atmosphere. Why the Incas built such a place in such a remote area remains a fathomless mystery. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The sight before me seemed like something from an ...

'Fire' by Aboriginal artist Paddy Sims illustrates the vibrant, colorful nature of native Australian art.
Paintings by native Australians dazzle the senses

By • Catholic Online • 4/1/2010

The term "aboriginal art" is sometimes used by art critics to describe art that is unschooled and unaware of technique, as found in many naive thrift-shop paintings that clutter attics. In its most pristine form, however, Aboriginal art refers to the dazzlingly complex and beautiful work of native ...

Iguazú Falls is not the world's tallest waterfall by any means. It is easily dwarfed by Niagara Falls.  According to the National Geographic, the falls' main drawing power is in 'immensity.'
Iguazú Falls spans two nations for spectacular views

By • Catholic Online • 3/29/2010

Iguazú Falls is a sweeping natural wonder that spans over 745 miles from Southern Brazil to the headwaters in the Serra do Mar. Countless tributaries along with 70 other waterfalls provides a breath-taking experience for the most hardened world traveler. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "You ...

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