Monday, July 20, 2009

Glorious Mountain Towns

Lakeside at Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and boasts only 946 residents.

Zermatt by the Matterhorn
Zermatt, Switzerland, is a mountaineering and ski resort on the north side of the Matterhorn.


A True Italian Fishing VillageVernazza, the fourth of the "five lands" of Cinque Terre, Italy, is a fishing village on the Italian Riviera.

Taormina's Holy Beauty
Sicily's Taormina boasts the Convent of San Domenic, classical architecture, and popular beaches.

Hydra Rears Its Heads
Despite its monstrous name, Hydra, Greece, offers a delightful respite for vacationers, and bans all motor traffic except garbage trucks.

Pretty on the Panhandle
On the Alaska Panhandle and near Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Skagway, Alaska, was featured in Jack London's book "The Call of the Wild."

Petrified Beauty in Petra
Petra, Jordan, is famous for the ancient dwellings carved into the hidden mountain passes, made of stone that appears pink, red, or gold depending on the light.

Plenty to Do in the Dolomites
Towns in the Alpine Dolomites, like the one here in Italy, offer skiing, mountain climbing, base jumping, paragliding, and other outdoor activities

Fun at the Bottom of the World
The capital of Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia, Argentina, lies just by a glacier and provides skiing opportunities.

Reflections of the Fjords
Mountains reflect in water near Sognefjord, Norway. The villages along the fjord keep in contact via boat and some of the steepest railways in the world.

Snowy Slumber in Obertauern
Obertauern, Austria is a famous tourist destination, and was the setting for the Beatles' 1965 movie "Help!"

Touching God's Finger
"God's Finger" is the most famous peak in Teresopolis, Brazil. Part of Serra dos Órgãos National Park lies within the city limits.

Santorini by the Sea
Santorini, Greece, is an ancient settlement atop the site of a volcanic explosion, and is legendary for its stunning vistas.

Sunny in Gruyere
Before it was a cheese, Gruyere was a medieval mountain town in Switzerland. It specializes in cattle breeding, milk production, and, yes, cheese.

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