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Boat House Row Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Boat House Row was taken by James Blakeway. It features a twilight view of a National Historic Landmark and one of Philadelphia's most recognizable locations. Boat House Row is located in Fairmont Park along the Schuylkill River and is home of the "Schuylkill Navy" of Philadelphia and its member rowing clubs. The classic Tudor structures along the riverside are outlined with thousands of lights. In May, the nations leading scholastic, collegiate and club rowing crews compete in many regattas including the Dad Vail.

Chrysler Building (Day) Picture - Panoramic Picture
Completed in 1930, the Chrysler Building is an exquisite example of Art Deco style and is considered to be the quintessential skyscraper design. It remains the world’s tallest brick building.

Chrysler Building (Twilight) Picture - Panoramic Picture
Adorned with hubcaps, gargoyles shaped like radiator caps, fenders, and hood ornaments, the Chrysler Building is a tribute to the automobile and epitomizes Art Deco design.

Columbia - Shuttle Taking Off Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph was taken by Christopher Gjevre on January 16th, 2003, Columbia’s final liftoff. Columbia was the first orbiter of the shuttle fleet into earth orbit in 1981.

Eiffel Tower (Day) Picture - Panoramic Picture
Completed as a temporary structure for the 1889 International Exposition, the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world at 985 feet. It has become an enduring symbol of Paris.

Eiffel Tower (Twilight) Picture - Panoramic Picture
This 985-foot tower was an engineering marvel in its day, designed by Gustave Eiffel, the winner of competitive plans submitted for the entrance to the 1889 International Exposition.

Empire State Building Panoramic Picture - Panoramic Picture
The famous 103-story Empire State Building was, for 40 years, the world’s tallest building at 1,454 feet. Completed in 1931, it was built in just 410 days. Its name is derived from New York’s nickname, the Empire State.

Empire State Building Picture - Panoramic Picture
New York’s famous 102-story Empire State Building, once the worlds tallest building at 1454 feet, was built in 1930 and 1931. On the 86th floor, at 1,050 feet is the observation deck.

Great Wall Of China Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of The Great Wall was taken by James Blakeway. It features a view of The Great Wall as it winds its way along the peaks of mountains while offering a line of defense against enemies. It was originally an earth wall and later connected during the Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.) by slave labor. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the wall took its present form. The brick and granite wall was enlarged and sophisticated designs were added. The watchtowers were redesigned and modern canons were mounted in strategic areas. Straw was used to build signal fires.

Kansas City Panoramic - The Plaza Picture
This twilight panorama, taken by Christopher Gjevre, features Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza, often referred to as The Plaza. This 55-acre site was the first shopping center in the world designed to accommodate shoppers arriving by automobile. Designed in 1922, it is an outdoor museum featuring Spanish architecture and European art. Thanksgiving evening, thousands of visitors officially welcome the holiday season at the annual lighting of this upscale shopping district. Tens of thousands of multi-colored lights, spanning dozens of miles, outline the buildings and creates a magical wonderland that continues through mid-January.

Lake Tahoe Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Lake Tahoe was taken by James Blakeway and features one of the most beautiful places on earth. Lake Tahoe is located along the border of California and Nevada in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This freshwater lake is known for incredible water clarity and the beauty of the surrounding mountains on all sides. The area is home to many ski resorts. You can water ski and snow ski on the same day. Lake Tahoe is the second deepest lake in the United States and the twelfth deepest in the world with a maximum depth of 1,645 feet. The lake has 72 majestic miles of shoreline.

Madrid, Spain-Plaza Monumental Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Madrid’s famous Plaza Monumental de las Ventas was taken by James Blakeway. It features Spain’s premier bullring. With a capacity of 22,000 seats, it is the largest bullring in Spain and attracts the top bullfighters, who appear before a demanding and knowledgeable crowd. Las Ventas was built in the Mudejar style, characteristic of many bullrings, with brick walls and ceramic decoration. Between 70 and 72 bullfights are held every year beginning in April. Since medieval times, the most popular entertainment in Madrid has been bullfighting.

Miami Beach, Florida Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Miami Beach was taken by James Blakeway. It features a spectacular twilight view of the Art Deco District in the South Beach area of Miami Beach. The whole area has fanciful architecture from the 1920’s and 1930’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These buildings are further accented with an abundance of neon light, porthole windows and colorful etched glass. The area is located on a long narrow island between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Ocean near Miami Florida. It is a world famous, year-around resort, with beautiful hotels, ornate nightclubs, and extensive sand beaches.

New Orleans, Louisiana-Bourbon Street Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Bourbon Street was taken by Christopher Gjevre. Bourbon Street, located in the famous French Quarter, is quaint and tranquil by day and a music-filled center of excitement and activity by night. People stroll the brightly lit streets, some of which are closed to automobile traffic in the evening, and take rides in horse-drawn buggies. The streets are lined with restaurants offering exquisite fare, antique shops, souvenirs stores and the best jazz in the world. There are 100 square blocks in the French Quarter. New Orleans is one of few cities that is lively 24 hours a day.

New York, New York - Central Park Panoramic Picture
This aerial panorama of New York was taken by James Blakeway and features a view of Manhattan, looking south over Central Park. The southern third of New York’s 843-acre Central Park is visible in this panorama. Central Park, created in 1853 and opened to the public in 1859, stemmed from the admiration of public grounds in London and Paris. Also visible, in the center of this panorama, is New York’s tallest building, the 103-story Empire State Building. Manhattan is bordered by the Hudson River on the right and the East River on the left. Visible in the distance, just right of the Empire State Building, is One World Trade Center and, further to its right, is the Statue of Liberty.

New York, New York- City Skyline Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of New York was taken by James Blakeway. It features a spectacular twilight view of lower Manhattan across the East River. Shown is the world famous Brooklyn Bridge and the 110 story twin towers of the World Trade Center. Lower Manhattan, in which Wall Street is located, is known as the financial capitol of the United States. In the distant far left is the Statue of Liberty which was given to the United States as a gift from France. The Brooklyn Bridge, built in 1869, is the first steel-wire suspension bridge in the world. It spans the East River, linking the boroughs of the Manhattan and Brooklyn in New York City.

Niagara Falls Night Picture - Panoramic Picture
This twilight panorama of Niagara Falls was taken by James Blakeway. The waterfalls are located on the Niagara River in western New York State and southeastern Ontario. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: the American Falls to the left of center, Bridal Veil Falls just right of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls on the right of the panorama, which is on the Canadian side of the border. Every evening, after sunset, illumination of the falls displays a rainbow of colors in the rapidly moving water and mist. Lighting up the sky most weekends is a colorful fireworks display.

Niagara Falls Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panorama of Niagara Falls was taken by James Blakeway. The waterfalls are located on the Niagara River in western New York State and southeastern Ontario. Niagara Falls consists of three waterfalls: the American Falls to the left of center, Bridal Veil Falls just right of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls on the right of the panorama, which is on the Canadian side of the border. The amount of water falling over the crest line of the Falls is more than 6 million cubic feet every minute. The Falls are capable of producing over 4 million kilowatts of electricity, which is shared by the United States and Canada.

Northwest Airlines A330
Northwest Airlines operates the largest Airbus A330 fleet in the world and the youngest trans-Atlantic fleet of any North American or European carrier. The A330 also operates on trans-Pacific routes. The A330 fleet consists of 32 fuel-efficient aircraft comprised of 11 A330-200 and 21 A330-300 aircraft. The A330-300 is 208 ft. 10 in. in length, wingspan 197 ft. 10 in., and the tail height is 55 ft. 2 in. The twin aisle aircraft offers lie-flat seating for 34 World Business Class passengers and 264 passengers in the main cabin. The cruising speed is 545 mph and has a range of 5300 miles. Northwest Airlines was based out of Minneapolis, MN.

One World Trade Center Panoramic Picture

One World Trade Center

This aerial panorama was taken by James Blakeway and features One World Trade Center, which is located in the area known as Lower Manhattan. One World Trade Center stands a symbolic 1,776 feet to the tip of the spire, which was installed on May 10, 2013.

Paradise Picture - Panoramic Picture
For mankind, paradise is a place where all the senses are pleasurably stimulated simultaneously. One can imagine the sweet, fragrant smell of foreign flowers and the setting sun’s final warm touches upon the face. A body’s eyes are filled with a symphony of light resounding off the sky and the ocean waters. The gentle ocean breeze lends harmony as it passes through the palms, filling the ears with the sounds of the Earth breathing. All that remains is taste. Could this perfect moment be completed with the taste of an exotic fruit drink, and possibly knowing the location of this photograph?

Pisa, Italy Picture - Panoramic Picture
The panoramic photograph of Pisa was taken by James Blakeway. It features Pisa Cathedral and its famous leaning bell tower. The two structures are part of Pisa’s beloved Campo dei Miracoli, or Field of Miracles. Construction of the Romanesque Cathedral began in 1063 and work began on the Leaning Tower in 1174, which began to lean almost immediately. Pisa is also known for its famous University, founded in 1343, with over 30,000 students enrolled today. One of the university’s most famous scholars was Galileo. This former maritime republic was a very important commercial center during the Middle Ages and controlled a significant Mediterranean fleet.

Pyramids Of Giza, Egypt Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of the Pyramids of Giza was taken by James Blakeway. The three largest pyramids from left to right are the pyramid of Menkaura with its subsidiary pyramids, the pyramid of Khafra, and the Great Pyramid of Khufa. The Great Pyramid of Khufa is the largest. It covers 13 acres and had an original height of 481 feet. The apex of the pyramid was probably covered with gold. Khufu's son Khafra constructed the second pyramid slightly smaller than his father's but similar in proportion. Khafra's son Menkaura built his pyramid less than half the height of the previous pyramids of his father and grand father.

Rome, Italy-Coliseum Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of the Roman Coliseum was taken by James Blakeway. The Coliseum is one of Rome’s most visited tourist attractions. When the Coliseum was completed in 80 A.D., the opening was celebrated with 100 days of games. It sat over 50,000 spectators, was over 160 feet high and had eighty entrances. Public events such as gladiator fights and wild animal hunts were held with professional fighters, volunteers or people who were captured to fight. The gladiator fights were held until 404 A.D., and for much of that time, according to tradition, Christians were thrown to the beasts.

Statue Of Liberty Picture - Panoramic Picture
Located in New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the people of the United States. It was dedicated in 1886 and designated a national monument in 1924.

Stonehenge Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Stonehenge was taken by James Blakeway. Stonehenge is one of the most important and visited prehistoric monuments in Britain. What we see today was completed about 3500 years ago. The stones are composed of bluestones from the Preseli Mountains in southwest Wales. They weigh up to 4 tons each and were dragged on rollers and floated on rafts on their 240 mile journey. The larger stones are sarsen stones, which were probably brought from Marlborough Downs near Avebury, about 20 miles north of Stonehenge. The largest stone weighs 50 tons and would have required 500 men to pull it.

Stonehenge Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Stonehenge was taken by James Blakeway. Few places have generated as much controversy and wild speculation as Stonehenge. Constructed over 4000 years ago, this monument was built with bluestone from a quarry over 200 miles away. Most archeologists agree Stonehenge was used for some type of religious ceremonies. In 1963 the British astronomer Gerald Hawkins theorized that Stonehenge was used as a huge astronomical instrument. Modern theory suggests that Stonehenge was built by three tribes over three separate time periods, beginning around 3000 B.C..

Stourhead, England Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of Stourhead was taken by James Blakeway. Henry Hoare II designed this exquisite garden, beginning in 1741 and continuing for the next forty years. The design was classic 18th century style, a more natural look than formal landscapes of earlier years. The garden is dotted with classical structures designed by architect Henry Flitcroft. The Temple of Flora can be seen centered with its four columns. To its right are Bristol Cross, St Peter’s Church, and the Turf Bridge. Sir Richard Colt Hoare, heir to the property, continued work on the garden. Henry Hoare II did not live to see the garden in its entire splendor.

Sturgis, South Dakota Picture - Panoramic Picture

This panoramic photograph of Sturgis was taken by Christopher Gjevre. It features Main Street in Sturgis during the annual Sturgis motorcycle rally. Each August, Sturgis and the Black Hills of South Dakota attract hundreds of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world. The rally began in 1938 with a dirt track race and nine riders. It is now South Dakota’s largest tourism event and the world’s largest motorcycle rally. The week’s entertainment and fun includes Main Street action, concerts, races, road tours and bike shows. Much of the history of the Sturgis Rally and Races can be found at Sturgis’ National Motorcycle Museum.

Taj Mahal, India Picture - Panoramic Picture
This panoramic photograph of the Taj Mahal was taken by Christopher Gjevre. Completed in 1648, this marble structure stands in Agra, India and was ordered built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to serve as a mausoleum for his favorite wife Mamtaz Mahal who died in childbirth 17 years prior. Considered by many to be the finest example of late Indian Muslim architecture, the Taj Mahal was designed by a Turkish architect and was built by 20,000 paid laborers. Its exterior is decorated with semiprecious stones, floral designs, and arabesques and its dome stands over 180 feet high. This view is of the south face, the main entrance to the tomb.

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