DECEMBER 3, 2012 Tyrol, Austria Photograph by Berthold Steinhilber, Stern/laif/Redux Homes dot a patchwork mountainside in Tyrol, Austria. The state, known for spectacular Alpine scenery, attracts nearly five million visitors a year. The largest city is Innsbruck.
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam The bus trip to and from Hanoi was good because it gave us a chance to see the Vietnamese countryside. And coming from a western country, the sight of hundreds of people working the rice fields in their rice hats, barefooted, with their water buffalos, is fantastic. Ha Long Bay is very beautiful. Thousands of huge limestones rise out of the sea, ghost-like against the sun.