Schwetzingen Palace

Baden-Württemberg, Germany

49°23′03″N 8°34′14″E


Schwetzingen Palace is located in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Built in stages from 1700 until 1750, the grounds of the palace feature ornate gardens that were designed in the styles of the the "French formal garden" and the "English landscape garden”.



Shanghai at night

Shanghai, China

31.230416000°, 121.473701000°


Shanghai, China - seen here at night from the International Space Station - is the largest city in China with a population of more than 24 million people. Image courtesy of Nasa.



Port Hercules


43.735°N 7.426°E


Port Hercules, the only deep-water port in Monaco, provides anchorage for up to 700 vessels. Monaco has an area of 0.78 square miles and a population of 36,371, making it the second smallest and the most densely populated country in the world.



Burning Man

Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

40°47′13″N 119°12′16″W


In just a few days I’ll be heading to Burning Man — a week-long, annual event held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, USA. Drawing more than 65,000 participants in 2014, the event is described as an experiment in community, art, self-expression, and radical self-reliance. The temporary residence of the campers is arranged in a series of concentric streets with the “Man Sculpture” and his supporting complex at the center.




Thessaloniki, Greece

40.642068798°, 22.946650988°


With a population of nearly 790,000 residents in its urban area, Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece after Athens. Following a massive fire in 1917 that destroyed much of the city, large sections of the downtown area were reconstructed according to a European-style urban plan that we see on the right in this Overview.



Palm Jumeirah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

25°6′52.8″N 55°8′16.07″E


The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is an artificial island that was created with 3.3 billion cubic meters of sand and 7 million tons of rock.




Mount Shasta

Siskiyou County, California, USA

41°24′33″N 122°11′42″W


Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano located in Siskiyou County, California, USA. At 14,179 feet, Mount Shasta is not connected to any nearby mountain and stands nearly 10,000 ft above the surrounding terrain.



New Century Global Center

Chengdu, China

30° 34' 20" N, 104° 3' 39" E


This morning I’ll fly to Chengdu, China. The city is home to the recently constructed New Century Global Center - a multipurpose facility that contains numerous shopping malls, an IMAX cinema, a “mediterranean village," a pirate ship, a skating rink, and a 500x130 foot screen that displays artificial sunrises and sunsets. The structure contains the largest amount of floor space for a single building with approximately 18 million square feet.



Hong Kong International Airport

Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong

22°18′32″N 113°54′52″E


Tonight I’m headed off on a trip to China, via Hong Kong International Airport. The facility handles more than 63 million passengers each year. Terminal 1, seen here, is the third largest airport passenger building in the world, measuring more than 6 million square feet. I’ll do my best to post during my travels but apologies in advance if internet connection is spotty!



Sun Lakes

Sun Lakes, Arizona

33.209006502°, -111.867132413°


Sun Lakes, Arizona is a planned community with a population of nearly 14,000 residents. According to US census data, only 0.1% of the community's 6,683 households have children under the age of 18 living there.