Elafonisi, Crete, Greece
January 10, 2013. Jerusalem and snow don't usually go hand in hand. Snow covered the palm trees lining the road to the Damascus Gate. Winter weather rolled through the area Wednesday evening, covering the city with up to 15 cm of snow forcing the closure of schools, buses and trains. Tree branches snapped under the weight of the snow, causing damage to homes and cars. This is the most snow they have seen in 20 years.
Famed Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon stumbled on these seven island gems in 1513 and promptly dubbed them 'Dry Tortugas' for their lack of fresh water and abundance of tortoises. Through the ensuing centuries the islands gained a reputation for concealing pirates and sunken treasure, as well as their wildlife. The pirates are gone, but the Dry Tortugas, which sit 70 miles west of today's Key West, remain an unspoiled paradise rich in marine and bird species.
Dry Tortugas National Park