11 heavenly destinations

In this week’s pic of the week, we take a look at 11 of the most heavenly destinations on the planet. Funnily enough, upon reviewing our chosen visions of paradise, we noticed that all of these images share one thing in common – water. There’s a reason it is the lifeblood of the planet and, indeed, ourselves.

So, as you look upon these glorious visions of natural splendour, keep in mind that water is key. Drink plenty of it, conserve it and remember how important water is to our very existence – because without it, we are nothing.

Blue Lagoon, Reykjavic Iceland

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Iceland. Its warm waters are rich in minerals that are reputed to help people suffering from skin ailments. In fact, there is a research and development facility located there to help find cures for skin diseases using the mineral-rich waters of the lagoon. We just think it’s downright pretty.

 

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Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic

You’d be forgiven for thinking that this picture was a painting of a dollhouse village. Cesky Krumlov is a small city in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic and is regarded as one of the most picturesque towns in the world.

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Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua (Indonesia)

The Raja Ampat Islands is an archipelago comprised of over 1500 islands, shoals and cays surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waiego, off the coast of New Guinea. Some of the islands are also part of the northernmost lands of the Australian continent.

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The Wave, Arizona

OK, so this one isn’t technically related to water, but the title of this spectacular destination still makes it a shoe-in for this piece. Known as ‘The Wave’, this Arizona sandstone rock formation is famous for its colourful, undulating forms, making it a popular spot for hikers and photographers alike.

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The Pantanal, Brazil

The Pantanal is known as the world’s largest tropical wetlands region, and is situated in Brazil, as well as parts of Bolivia and Paraguay. It is home to over 3500 known plant species, 1000 bird species, 400 fish species, 300 mammalian species, 480 reptile species and over 9000 different subspecies of invertebrates, making it one of the most diverse biological and environmental sites in the world.

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Manarola is a small enclave located in Liguria, Northern Italy, and is known as the oldest town in the Cinque Terre (The Five Lands). The Manarolan people enjoy a reputation as some of the finest winemakers in all of Italy. Its seaside locale makes it one of the most popular destinations for Italians to visit in the summer.

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Lake Ashi, 
Honshu, Japan

Lake Ashi, or Ashinoko, is a scenic crater lake known for its magnificent views of Mt Fuji, as well as its numerous hot springs, historical sites, shrines and ryokan – a type of Japanese bed and breakfast.

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Olkhon Island, Siberia, Russia

Olkhon Island is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world and is situated in Siberia, Russia. The region features terrain rich in archeological landmarks and untouched forests. Its ruggedly spectacular appearance is the result of hundreds of thousands of years of tectonic movement.

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Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands is a group of volcanic islands situated on either side of the Equator. The islands are famous for their incredible number of endemic species, harsh climate, natural wonders and stunning landscape.

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Hamilton Pool Preserve, Austin, Texas

The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a natural pool located just outside of Austin, Texas. The summer swimming spot was created when the dome of an underground river collapsed thousands of years ago. It also consists of 232 acres of protected natural habitat featuring a jade-green pool that falls into a 15 metre waterfall.

 

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Great Ocean Road, Australia

For one of the most impressive coastal roads in the world, look no further than The Great Ocean Road. The scenic drive is approximately 250km in length and runs along the southern coast of Australia, providing some of the most spectacular scenery one could hope to see whilst driving around the Great Southern Land.

 

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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