Week 23 View from the roof of the Taj Mahal Mausoleum
by William Donelsen - Armchair Travel
The pyramides of Giza, the Great wall of China and the Taj Mahal in India are some of the greatest buildings of the world.
I had the great opportunity to climb the Cheops pyramid back in 1962. If QuickTime VR had been invented I would probably have made one from the top.
To climb the Cheops pyramid is not alowed any more and if you visit Taj Mahal you will not be able to see the view you are invited to see here in a Full Screen panorama from Armchair travel.
Enjoy the view and visit the Taj Mahal site to see more.
Basilique du Sacré Coeur and 24 B Place du Tertre
by Antonio Moya
When visiting Paris the Basilika of Sacré Coeur is a must to see. Situated on the hills of Montmatre overviewing Paris the view from it, is perhaps just as impressing as the inside.
The outside reminds you very much of the Taj Mahal and perhaps it was inspired by it as it was built 250 years after Taj Mahal.
From the Basilika take a short walk to Place du Tertre the place in the heart of Montmatre which is normally filled with artists trying to sell you their pictures. In the panorama by Antonio Moya the place is empty. It´s early in the morning and at Le Sabot Rouge only a single customer is having his morning café au lait. The tables at the square are empty, the waiter is preparing the tables and the artists has not arrived yet.
This impressive atmosphere was caught by Antonio Moya a French photographer from Strasbourg who you can read more about in my first feature page.
Paris Pages; Basilique du Sacre Coeur
Week 25 Peterman Island Antarctica by Jan van der Woning
Most people think of Antarctica as a landscape of ice and snow but not all of it is covered with ice. The Antarctic area also includes islands like the Peterman Island where the panorama by Jan van der Woning was made . This Island situated in the west area of Antarctis is an important breeding ground for Adelie penguins, Blue eyed shags and other birds.
In the panorama you can see the Blue eyed shags sitting on the edge of the rocks.
Read more about the Blue eyed shags.
The panorama was made at an expedition in december 2000.
Jan van der Woning is a photographer and multimedia designer from Amsterdam Nederland.
You can see more panoramas from the expedition at his website.
Sankt Hans - Midsummer Bonfire at Knebel Djursland Denmark by Hans Nyberg
Sankt Hans is hold the 23st of june with Bonfires all over Denmark. The tradition with Midsummer Fires is a very old tradition, more than 500 years old. It has been common over most of Europe and can even be found in North Africa among moslems.
In many countries it is not in use any more but Denmark celebrates it with a fire in every little town and village. In Denmark a speech is hold at the fire usually by a well known person of the local community. Another tradition in Denmark is to sing Danish songs at the fire. The song which "has" to be sung is the Midsummer song by Drachmann who is one of the most wellknown 19th century poets in Denmark.
The midsummer song was written in 1885. Listen to the song in Danish.
The panorama was made yeasterday, 23 of June 2002 at Thorup Bay a small place in Djursland Denmark.
Midsummer Night in Denmark
Independence Day Fourth of July at Rebild Bakker in Denmark by Hans Nyberg
Monday I complained about the lack of any panoramas from 4th of July celebrations in USA.
I decided to make one myself from our own 4th of July in Denmark.
Yes we do celebrate the Independence Day in Denmark.
Actually this year we had a 90 year anniversary of the celebrations at Rebild Bakker which is situated in the north of Jutland.
The celebrations at Rebild is the largest outside USA.
The founder was a Danish-American Max Henius who emigrated to USA in 1881 and settled in Chicago. He never forgot Denmark and he donated the Hills at Rebild to be used as a place for Danish American relations.
During this 90 years the celebrations have been attended by many known Americans including former presidents.
Raymon Burr, Richard Nixon, Hubert H Humphrey, Danny Kaye, Walther Cronkite, Victor Borge, Walter Shirra, Walt Disney are a few of the keynote speakers from the last 40 years.
Today10-15.000 people where gathered to celebrate the day together with Margrethe II - Queen of Denmark, Prince Henrik, the Primeminister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Mr R. Michael Mondavi from California who was the american main speaker and many other representants from USA and Denmark.
A special guest was firefighter Joe McKay from New York. Click for an image of the Queen of Denmark with Joe McKay in the front talking to the compére.
Unfortunately the weather was not with us this year. At the middle of the celebrations heavy rain made many people leave the place before the celebrations was over.
President Bush's Rebild Message
Ambassador Stuart Bernstein's Remarks at Rebild
Rebild Celebrations from Aalborg Tourist
All the keynote speakers from 1928 to 2002
Olympic Rain Forest, Queets River, Olympic National Park, Washington
by Donald Bain
This weeks Full Screen photographer is Donald Bain from VirtualGuidebooks.
Virtual Guidebooks is one of the largest panoramasites on the internet with more than 2.100 panoramas online.
He also made the Full Screen of week 18 from Sierra Nevada.
I let Don himself tell about this weeks panorama.
On the west coast of North America there is a narrow strip of land on the seaward slope of the coast ranges that is considered to be a temperate rain forest. Many of the largest trees in the world grow here, from the famous redwoods of northern California, to the Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. This view was taken on the Queets River in Olympic National Park, Washington. Annual rainfall here totals about 140 inches (355 cm).
The rain forest is multi-layered. The ground is covered with oxalis and ginger, between clumps of sword fern. A low canopy of vine maple, thickly hung with club moss, arches over at about twenty feet (6 m). Above this soar bigleaf maples and red alders, up to a hundred feet (30 m) tall. The tallest trees are Sitka spruce and western hemlock. The huge Sitka spruce tree seen here measured about eight feet (2.5m) in diameter - above the basal swelling. The largest spruce in the world, just a few miles away, has been measured as 15 feet (4.5 m) in diameter and 248 feet (75.5 m) tall.
Week 31 Dalai Lama in Ljubljana Slovenia
by Bostjan Burger
In July Dalai Lama was visiting Slovenia by invitation of the University of Ljubljana. The visit was organized by the Slovenian Tibet Support Group.
The panorama was made in the Tivoli Park, Ljubljana at a public talk held by His Holiness on Saturday 6 July.
View more panoramas from Slovenia by Bostjan Burger
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Slovenia: