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The monasteries of Meteora in Greece. Built in the 14th century upon naturally occurring sandstone pillars with no paths to the top in order that the hermit monks could be safe from the expanding Turkish occupation, only six remain out of the original twenty constructed complexes. Access to the monasteries was deliberately made incredibly difficult, the only way up the pillars being by way of long ladders tied together, or enormous nets to haul up goods and the infirm. A stunning sight.

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Chamonix, France in winter. Utterly stunning scowscapes, with the best of the French heritage of excellent food, wine, spas, shopping, culture and scenery...

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The view along a shingle beach to Durdle Door on the southern coast of England, United Kingdom. This is known as the Jurassic Coast, extending along the coastal counties from Devon to Dorset. 185 million years of fossil and geological history in 95 miles of coastline. Breathtaking.

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The Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The result of the convergance of a few prehistoric lakes that, over millennia, dried to leave a single salt pan over a metre thick, the Salar de Uyuni covers well over 4,000 square miles. That's twenty-five times the size of Utah's own (far more famous) salt flats, which is proof that a good publicist is worth her weight in gold.

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Socotra - the island of the bizarre and the downright peculiar-looking. Seriously, this perfectly mushroom-shaped tree is the most normal picture I could find of the place. Isolated for millenia and fiercely hot almost all year, Socotra is considered the most biodiverse place on earth. No less than a third of the plant species on the island are endemic - found absolutely nowhere else on earth. One of the most remarkable places there is, frankly.

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The Lake District is a region of great natural beauty in north-west England, famous for its mountains and lakes - hence the name. Proof that you don't need to travel far to get in touch with the stunning beauty hidden in nature...

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