Photos: Sweeping views of Switzerland

In honour of the recently passed national day of Switzerland, which marks the alliance between Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden against the Holy Roman Empire in 1291, here are some stunning photos of that alpine nation that remind you of its scenic beauty.

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Fiocchi di neve su gambi fioriti# fiori#montagna#svizzera#suisse#treking

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Look up!

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Photos: Colossal views of Costa Rica

It’s been more than 20 years since I was in the beautiful Central American country of Costa Rica. I have fond memories of my time there so when I was invited by their tourism board for a quick trip down, I jumped at the chance.

Compared to some of its neighbours, Costa Rica is an oasis. Its commitment to protecting natural habitats for wildlife and in turn using that as a tool to attract tourists is commendable.

I was only there for a few days in the central highlands and on the Pacific Coast, but the diversity of creatures and experiences we had was amazing.

Here are some of my photos that will give you an inkling of what I saw and did.

Keeping an eye on the white-faced monkeys in Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica.

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Hasta luego, Costa Rica! Gracias por todo!

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Love the El Ranchito guest house at the Finca Rosa Resort in Costa Rica.

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Dramatic skies over Manuel Antonio National Park on Costa Rica's Pacific coast.

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We were fascinated by a pack of #coatis roaming the property of Villa Blanca Resort near San Ramón, Costa Rica.

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Decent ocean view from my room at Si Como No Resort in #Quepos, Costa Rica.

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Crocodile yin-yang on Tarcoles River in Costa Rica.

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Hanging out at Asclepios Wellness Resort and Spa outside San Jose, Costa Rica.

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Photos: Magnificent views of Montenegro

The small, mountainous nation of Montenegro that sits astride the Adriatic Sea celebrates July 13 as Statehood Day, a day in 1878 in which the Berlin Congress recognized it as an independent state.

It was later occupied by Austria-Hungary during the First World War, became a part of Kingdom of Yugoslavia between the wars, was occupied by the Axis during the Second World War, was a member of socialist Yugoslavia for decades after the war then became embroiled in the civil war that led to Yugoslavia’s dissolution before finally regaining its independence in 2006. History is inescapable in the Balkans, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying the spectacular scenery and hospitality of the place. These photos will give you a small hint of what it’s like:

Sveti stefan 🌼 ✈ Montenegro Congrats @worldelse Use #map_of_europe #wonderful_places

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⛰➕🐑➕🚗 #durmitor #montenegro #crnagora #sheeps #mountains #letovjugosce #trip2017 #nationalpark #roadtrip

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#bay #bokakotorska #boka #montenegro #instatravel #summer #travel #explore #photooftheday #sea

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Topvakantie! 🏞👌#bobotovkuk #montenegro

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Родник с мозаичной иконой. #spring #montenegro #mosaic #stilllife #cup #chains #water

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#summer #weather #water #clouds #sky #mountain #bokokotorskizaliv #montenegro

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#Montenegro #Budva #starigrad #view #mountain #sky #beautiful #amazing #evening

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Photo: Luxurious views of Luxembourg

June 23 is officially Luxembourg’s National Day, but celebrations start a day early when the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess visit a different town in the European city each year.

The actual date has moved around over the years to coincide with various monarch’s birthdays, but the date they celebrate now was simply chosen to take advantage of the fine summer weather that typically happens in June. Sounds practical.

If you’ve never been to the tiny country, then these photos give you an idea of what it’s like:

Luxembourg City #artinthecity #ruephilippe2 #luxembourg #centreville #luxembourgville

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#sunrise #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #flag #luxembourg #nationalday

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#nature #naturelovers #rainbow #landscape #luxembourg #thunderclouds

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#architektur #architekturfotografie #arcitecture #arcitecturephotographie #citylife #city #luxembourg #luxembourgcity

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Photos: Stupendous views of Seychelles

The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Seychelles is paradise on Earth. Take a few minutes scrolling through Instagram to find photos of the 115-island nation and you’ll see a constant stream of blue skies, blue water, palm trees and pretty people who come to enjoy its beaches. This coming June 18, Africa’s least-populous nation celebrates its national day. In honour of the occasion, here are some photos that leave no doubt that it’s a land of beauty.

#nottooshabby #seychelles #ansesoleil

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#Seychelles #djiphantom #gopro #Paradise

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Today is a good day! Holidays in #seychelles 🇸🇨 #summer #beach #travel

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#takemeback #seychelles #ladigueisland #beautiful #ocean 💙💙💙 #nofilterneeded

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Лето🙆🏼 где ты🗣 #seychelles #sweetmemories #summerimissyou

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🏝🏝🏝 #seychelles #ansegouvernement #indianocean

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Photos: Awesome views of Argentina

Today marks the the Día de la Patria in Argentina, a national holiday that commemorates the country’s first national government after an 1810 revolution that ended Spanish rule in the South American country. To honour that day, here is a photo gallery of some awesome views of Argentina that just might inspire you to visit:

Awesome #moonlandscape #campodepiedrapomez #argentina

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Feliz día de la Patria #cabildo #25demayo #diadelapatria #argentina

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#Mardelplata #mdq #playa #praia #Beach #Travel #travelingram #instatravel #traveling #holiday #argentina

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Valle France in Torres Del Paine!

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Photos: Superior views of South Africa

Today marks Freedom Day for South Africa, a national holiday that commemorates the nation’s first elections after the end of apartheid.

Then president Nelson Mandela said these words at the first commemoration of the holiday:

“As dawn ushered in this day, the 27th of April 1994, few of us could suppress the welling of emotion, as we were reminded of the terrible past from which we come as a nation; the great possibilities that we now have; and the bright future that beckons us. And so we assemble here today, and in other parts of the country, to mark a historic day in the life of our nation. Wherever South Africans are across the globe, our hearts beat as one, as we renew our common loyalty to our country and our commitment to its future.”

I was lucky enough to hear Mandela speak at a rally held in his honour in Montreal back in 1990. It was an inspiring experience.

Here is what South Africa looks like today:

#mountains #roadtosomewhere #southafrica

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Travel 🇿🇦 #southafrica #travel #vacances #holidays #happy

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Learning. #capetown #southafrica #langa #travel

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Two rhino jostle at sunset #africa #krugernationalpark #kruger #rhino #safari #southafrica #krugerthroughmyeyes

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Jo'berg, you have been incredible #nelsonmandela #joberg #johannesburg #love #travel

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Photos: Powerful views of Pakistan

The South Asian nation of Pakistan has two national days, Independence Day and Pakistan Day. Today, they celebrate the latter, marking the 77th anniversary of the Lahore Resolution which called for a separate homeland for British India’s Muslim population which eventually became Pakistan.

Since the War on Terror began, tourism has dropped to Pakistan. In 2014, it only attracted 530,000 foreign visitors compared to more than 8.9 million in neighbouring India last year which is a shame because it’s an amazing place to visit. Here is what you’ve been missing:

#Deosai #Pakistan Pic by @dr_who_pk

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Modest fashion pakistani#hijabis #lahore #karachi #makeupartist #bloggers #hijabi#karachi

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Photos: Five days in Cuba

Just got back from my first trip to Cuba, a country that I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time. It totally delivered.

Music is everywhere, old American cars are omnipresent and not just on show for tourists and the people love life and are more than happy to share their country with visitors.

Here is some of what I saw during my short stay there:

Street scene from Old #Havana which actually looks newer than the rest of Havana which has seen better days.

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People watching along the Paseo del Prado in #Havana, #Cuba.

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Enjoyed the #sunset along the #malecon in #Havana, #Cuba.

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The scenery near #Viñales, #Cuba is worth the visit.

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We were blown away by a performance by Los Muñequitos de Matanzas in their home town of #Matanzas, #Cuba.

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A morning view of El Morro from the #Malecon in #Havana, #Cuba.

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Looking out at the Plaza la Libertad in #Matanzas, #Cuba from the lobby of the wonderful Hotel Velasco.

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I knew to expect to see some old American cars in #Cuba, but I didn't expect that many. They are everywhere.

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Thanks for being such a great host, #Cuba. ¡Hasta luego!

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Photos: Great views of Guyana

Today, February 23, marks Republic Day in the South American nation of Guyana. The day is celebrated with a carnival known as Mashramani that is as colourful as any other Caribbean festival, if not more so.

Guyana is one of those places that doesn’t get a lot of love from tourists, but anyone’s who’s ever been is enchanted by the dynamism of the people who live there. Happy Mash, everyone!

Owmigoy, it's almost advantage! #tequila #sash #guyana #guyanese #mashramani

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🇬🇾 Happy 47th #GuyanaRepublicDay #GTMassive #Guyana

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