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BUDAPEST - BUDA & PEST

Budapest is the capital and largest city of Hungary. The city is split in two by the Danube River into the Buda and Pest areas. Budapest is a beautiful European capital that is largely undiscovered by the common tourist. Today, we will take a look at the two central parts of the city.

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An overview of the city center. Pest is at the top and Buda is located at the bottom of the image.

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The Hungarian Parliament Building is the Budapest's most well known building. It is also Hungary's largest building!

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The Chain Bridge spans the Danube River and connects Buda and Pest.

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Heroes' Square is a major historical and political square in the city.

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In the hills of Buda, it is easy to find dozens of red roof buildings overlooking the city.

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The Danube Promenade on the Pest side of the city.

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Locals can always be found on Margaret Island located in the center of the Danube River. Here, we see a nightly sport match.

I hope you guys enjoyed the last update of 2010! Thank you very much for all the trixie nominations for this CJ! It won the Best City Journal award 4.gif Happy New Year!

ilikehotdogsalot

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BANGKOK - METROPOLITAN AREA

Bangkok is the capital and the largest city of Thailand. Bangkok started off as a small trading post but has transformed into one of the world's largest cities. Bangkok has close to 12 million people and the Asian investment boom gave the city vast wealth. Today, many corporations are headquartered in this financial capital. It's also very popular with tourists.

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The busy Sathon Road with the exclusive Banyan Tree Hotel on the right side of the image.

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The Baiyoke Sky Hotel is currently the tallest building in Thailand.

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  The Rama IX Bridge and the Kasikorn Bank Building on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

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U Chu Liang Building looking over Lumpini Park.

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The very modern Robot Building on Sathon Road.

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More modern buildings on Sathon Road next to single family homes.

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Rapid modernization created super residential structures like the Millenium Residence pictured here.

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MEXICO CITY 

-  FEDERAL DISTRICT

Mexico City is the capital of Mexico and the world's most populated Spanish speaking city. The metropolitan area consists of 21.2 million people and has an endless array of residential and commercial buildings. Today, we will have a look of this huge metropolis.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the center of the city near the Reform Promenade.

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Zocalo Square bordered by the Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace.

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Reform Promenade and the Mexican Stock Exchange HQ on the right.

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Torre Mayor, the tallest building in Mexico City, located along Reform Promenade.

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Chapultepec Park gives locals a little breathing room from the urban chaos.

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Torre Arcos Bosques I & II in suburban Mexico City.

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Most of the city has become urbanized, but there are still some spots in the city the developers haven't discovered yet.

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ROME

- ETERNAL CITY

Rome is the capital city of Italy and one of the oldest cities in the world. Its history spans almost over 2 thousand years and many old landmarks remain. It sits along the Tiber River and has a Mediterranean climate. It's very popular with tourists from all parts of the globe.

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The Pantheon is a temple to all gods of Ancient Rome and was built in 126 AD.

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An avenue passing through the Villa Borghese Park. 

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An aqueduct in the outskirts of the city brings in water into Rome like it has done for thousands of years.

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The Colosseum is Rome's most popular landmark. It's an elliptical amphitheatre in the city and it hosted many bloody shows. Now it's a popular tourist spot.

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The overly grand Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.

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One of the grand arches along the Roman Forum. The current street level is a few feet above the forum because centuries of construction have created many layers.

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St. Peter's Basilica, the center of the Catholic Church and centerpiece of Vatican City.

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London - 1968

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LONDON - 1968

Today we're going back to 'Swinging London', a cultural era that flourished here in the 1960's. The Beatles were the band of the decade, fashion was exciting, and it was very easy to find hippies on the street. Let's take a look...

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Trafalgar Square in Central London is a popular hang out spot in the city center.

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Mansions lining the Mall which leads up to Buckingham Palace. St. James Park is found here too.

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St. Paul's Cathedral near the City.

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The Royal Residence at Buckingham Palace.

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Rows of similarly styled homes were popular in the outskirts of London.

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One of the many rail bridges crossing the River Thames.

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The Tower of London sitting at the edge of The City.

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SINGAPORE - ISLAND COUNTRY

Singapore is a small island country off the coast of Malasia. Singapore is a world leading financial center and an important location for trading due to its port. Singapore is one of the richest states in East Asia and ranks high in quality of life surveys. This small country has very strict laws, so make sure you to get rid of your gum! 

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Ongoing construction adds new towers to the already dense Singapore skyline.

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An overview of the CBD overlooking the Singapore River.

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Cranes at the port onloading cargo containers into a ship.

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Large circular towers overlooking a quaint park near Singapore's port.

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Republic Plaza (left) and OUB Centre (right), two of the city's tallest buildings.

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The Riverview Hotel near a touristy area in Singapore.

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A cluster of ships on the very busy Phillip Channel.

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SYDNEY 

- CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT

Sydney is the most populous city in Australia after being established in 1788. Like many other cities in Oceania, Sydney has a very high quality of living. It hosted the 2000 Olympics and is an important international city. Sydney has a dense CBD stretching from the harbour to the central train station. Today, we will be look at this area.

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Deutsche Bank and Chifley Tower in the central business district.

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Ferry terminals and water taxi stands ready to take passengers across Sydney Harbour.

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AMP Tower is the Sydney's tallest structure and overlooks Hyde Park.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the city's most iconic structures.

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Skyscrapers (AMP seems popular here) overlooking the Royal Botanical Gardens. Some smaller buildings are also found in this area... (P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney?)

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The Sydney Opera House, one of Australia's most famous landmarks.

 

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Pymont Bridge, a pedestrian throughfare lined with banners and the monorail.

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CAIRO

 CITY CENTER & GIZA

Cairo is the largest city in Africa and the capital of Egypt. It sits on the Nile River and is home to about 17 million residents. Founded in 969 AD, Cairo has remained the center of Egypt. The city has a desert climate so it's most enjoyable during the winter months. Just ouside the city sits Giza, the site of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx. Beyond that is endless desert.

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Alabaster Mosque is situated in the Citadel of Cairo and looks over the city.

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A ship passes a green oasis sitting on the Nile River.

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Densely populated section of Cairo where towers sit next to lowrise buildings.

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The Giza Necropolis is home to the Great Pyramids. Here's one of the 3 pyramids.

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Residential towers rise on the shores of the Nile River.

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If you're feeling adventurous , off-roading in the sand dunes is a popular activity with tourists.

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The Sphinx in Giza, a mythological creature with a feline body and a human head.

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 AUCKLAND - CBD & SUBURBS

Auckland is the most populous urban area in New Zealand and known as the City of Sails. Consecutively ranked as one of the best cities to live in, Auckland is a beautiful city sitting between two natural harbors. Its 1 million residents enjoy the natural beauty attributed to about 48 volcanoes. This means Auckland sits on some of Earth's newest land.

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Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere and provides great views of the central business district. You can even jump off with a bungee cord!

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Metropolis Residences looking over the city's scenic Albert Park.

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Office towers along the CBD's busy Albert Street.

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East of the city center, Tamaki Drive becomes a causeway and connects to the suburbs.

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The Vero Centre is Auckland's tallest skyscraper and the first one built after the 80's.

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One Tree Hill, a terraced volcanic peak with a stone obelisk for the Maori people.

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The Northern Motorway passing through some homes on its way to the CBD.

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PORTLAND - DOWNTOWN & AROUND

Portland, also known as the City of Roses, has a downtown district like many other American cities. Here you will find most of Portland's high rises. The area's buildings are not too tall but they pack a lot of character. Many of them are very distinct landmarks for this northwestern city.

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An overview of Downtown Portland. The area's city blocks are small and narrow to encourage walking.

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6th Avenue and Broadway with a few Portland landmarks like the 1000 Broadway, Jackson Tower, Fox Center and Hilton Portland.

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The large Lloyd Center mall just outside Downtown Portland.

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The Lloyd 700 Building and Kaiser Permanente Tower near the Lloyd Center. Plenty of parking!

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Old Town's White Stag Building with the famous White Reindeer.

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Koin Center is probably Portland's most distinct buildingwith its shapes and red color.

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People out and about around the Portland Galleria.

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SAO PAULO - METROPOLITAN AREA

Sao Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere and Brazil's financial center. Its metropolitan area consists of almost 20 million people. Apartment buildings and skyscrapers can be seen for miles and never seem to end. The city is so dense that even the airports are tucked in the middle of dense areas. Let's take a look at this mega city.

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Strange and quirky architecture along Midtown's Paulista Avenue.

This is Sao Paulo's financial district.

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The Banespa Building in Sao Paulo's old business district.

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Edificio Italia and Oscar Niemeyer's wavy Copan Building.

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Ipiranga Museum is probably one of Sao Paulo's prettiest buildings. It faces a grand park.

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Sao Paulo's newest landmark is the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge over the Pinheiros River.

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Estacao da Luz (Luz Train Station) takes passengers throughout the city.

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Sao Paulo has slums. Here we see a pretty dodgy area, many of these apartments are abandoned.

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RIO DE JANEIRO

- SOUTH ZONE

Rio de Janeiro is one of Brazil's largest city and probably its most beautiful. It's located in a beautiful stretch of land in between land and the Atlantic Ocean. Rio is known for its carnaval celebration, beautiful beaches, and unequal distribution of wealth. It was picked as a venue host for the 2014 Fifa World Cup and host of the 2016 Olympics. It also happens to be my hometown. Today we will look at Rio's most populous area: the South Zone. Most of the city's landmarks are found here.

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We start off at the very southern tip of the South Zone. The two huge mountains are known as 'The Two Brothers' and hold two of Rio's favelas. The locals say they have the best view of the city.

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A look at Copacabana Beach with its tiny bikinis and mosaic sidewalks. The busy Atlantic Avenue runs along the beach.

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Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio's Guanabara Bay. The mountain holds cable cars that let you see a fantastic view of the city.

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The Botanical Garden's row of palms in its Avenue of Royal Palms.

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Hidden in the Tijuca National Park is this waterfall, it's one of the many surprises the park offers.

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Chaos of apartment buildings in the popular Leblon District.

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Christ the Redeemer is Rio's best known landmark. It's also one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.

 

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CHICAGO - DOWNTOWN &SUBURBS

Chicago is situated along Lake Michigan in Northern United States. It's known as the 'Windy City', but no one knows if it's because of its lake breezes or shaky politics. The city is a major bussiness hub with one of the nation's busiest airports. Many tall buildings can be found here, as well as famous museums, homes, and the delicious deep dish pizza!

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The John Hancock Building, Park Hyatt Hotel, and Chicago Water Tower in the midst of the Magnificent Mile.

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Looking over the Aon Center to Millenium Park's Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

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The Trump International Hotel and Tower was recently completed and hovers over the river, here's an interesting shot where all the nearby buildings fall out of the frame.

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The famous Farnsworth House in suburban Chicago lies along a beautiful river.

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Chicago's Lake Shore Drive along Lake Michigan is one of the top scenic drives in the United States.

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The Adler Planetarium is another one of Chicago's interesting buildings and a popular tourist spot.

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A tour of Chicago couldn't be complete without an image of the Sears Tower (aka Willis Tower).

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SAINT MORITZ - SKI RESORT

Saint Moritz is a ski resort town in a small valley tucked between the Swiss Alps. It is one of the oldest and most famous winter resorts in the world because of its favorable location near a lake and mountains. Skiing and snowboarding is popular in the winter along the tall mountains right outside the old city center.

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Skiiers sliding down a mountain near the cable cars. Safety nets make sure they avoid the pylons.

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Saint Moritz's old center with quaint timberframe homes and shops. Looks like the road plowers need to be called soon!

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An overview of one of the ski slopes.

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Some small homes and a train station in the outskirts of Saint Moritz.

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A diagonal ski lift in one of the taller slopes in Saint Moritz.

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Some more advanced skiiers in the unguarded restricted slopes, unfortunately this location has many accidents.

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A secluded cabin in the outskirts of the city by a frozen lake.

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NEW YORK - 1974

New York City has an impressive history spanning almost 400 years. We're going to be taking a trip back in time to 1974 and see what the most popular sections of New York City were like. I hope you like the update!

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World Trade Center towering over the Hudson River, the Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in the island.

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Madison Square Garden, located near the Empire State Building, held many memorable concerts in the 1970's.

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Rockefeller Center with newly completed additional towers on the Avenue of the Americas.

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Downtown Manhattan is a cluster of skyscrapers, so dense in some parts you can barely see the street from above!

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The Woolworth Building with late-night checker cabs heading Downtown via Broadway.

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The Metlife Building by Grand Central Station used to be the Pan Am for many years before the company failed.

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The Statue of Liberty standing proud on Liberty Island.

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TOKYO - CENTRAL CORE

Tokyo is Japan's largest city and the capital. It's a blend of modern buildings built after the city was destroyed in World War II and remaining remnants of the old city. It's a port city with many industrial centers outside the city center. Today we will look in the dense core of Tokyo where most of its well known sites are located.

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The Tokyo Tower, soon to be overshadowed by the Tokyo Sky Tree, is one of Tokyo's tallest structures.

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Tokyo Central Railway Station is located in the Marunouchi District of Tokyo. It handles many passengers coming from all over Japan.

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Some office buildings in Marunouchi near the train station and old imperial canals that lead to the palace.

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The Fuji Building in the small island called Daiba. We can see some cherry blossoms in this picture.

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The Wako Clocktower in Ginza, Tokyo's ritiziest shopping district.

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Modern buildings in a popular pedestrian crossing in the shopping district of Shibuya.

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A waterside expressway carries cars through Tokyo's Shiodome District.

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University of Tokyo's main campus is a very picturesque part of central Tokyo.

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LOS ANGELES - AROUND THE CITY

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Downtown Los Angeles rises from endless suburbs with the tallest skyscrapers west of the Mississippi River.

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Just a few steps from downtown is Frank Gehry's contribution to the city, the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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More tall buildings in downtown and the Pasedena Freeway, surprisingly empty in this picture.

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The Dodger Stadium is just north of downtown and can see large crowds coming to catch a game (or the home run ball).

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The most iconic landmark of Los Angeles, the simple but iconic Hollywood Sign.

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LA's rich citizens have started building in the Hollywood Hills. Quiet streets curve through the hills lined with expensive mansions.

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Not all parts of LA are pretty, however. The LA River has become an ugly industrial wasteland, it's best not to hang around here for too long.

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AMSTERDAM - AIRPORT SCHIPHOL 

Located a few kilometers southwest of Amsterdam, Airport Schiphol is the world's 3rd largest airport by international passenger traffic. The airport has 5 runways and a large terminal split into 3 parts. It's a major European airport and a way for thousands of passengers to arrive in the continent. It is the well known hub of the Dutch airline, KLM.

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Many large motorways lead to the busy airport just outside Amsterdam's city center.

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Airport Schiphol is constantly expanding like most other airports. It continues to add new terminals and jetways for increasing passenger usage.

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A few  KLM jets connecting to the main terminal of the airport.

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Large 747 along an old and boxy terminal area. These terminal areas can handle a large amount of passengers.

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A plane travelling across an interesting underpass.

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A nightshot of one of the terminal's 'arms'. We can see many KLM jets ready for departure.

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An Air France Cargo plane landing rapidly in one of Schiphol's runways.

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AMSTERDAM - CENTER & SUBURBS

The last city we saw was once known as New Amsterdam, today we will see the original Dutch city, Amsterdam. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, located in the province of Holland. It was built at the site of a dam in the Amstel River, hence the name. Today, Amsterdam is known for its liberal attitude, canals and stunning architecture.

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Amsterdam Central Train Station is busy at all times as passengers from all over Europe disembark in the city.

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A common scene in Amsterdam, canals lined with rowhomes and small boats.

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This image shows Muiderpoort, a gate that  was built in 1770 as an entrance to Muiden. The area is well served by trams and has several canals near it.

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Another scene of rowhomes along Amsterdam's picturesque canals.

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A few miles outside the city, windmills are a common sight. They were built to help with land drainage.

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Small Dutch villages can be seen throughout the countryside. Irrigation canals help deliver water to the grassy fields.

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Along the motorways of Holland, tulips can be seen growing in numerous colors. 

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Step 1: Open up the picture you want to work on, I picked this picture from my Shanghai update.

Step 2: Go to Layer, and down to New > Layer

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Step 3: Go to Filter > Render > Clouds, make sure your colors in the tool menu are black and white.

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Step 4: Now go to Noise > Add Noise

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Step 5: A pop up will come up, choose these settings.

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Step 6: Now, go to Blur > Motion Blur

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Step 7: A popup will also come up, choose these settings.

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Step 8: Go to the layers tab on the right side, and change the opacity to a number around 30% and change the blending to Lighter Color if you'd like.

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Step 9: It looks a little too colorful for a rainy day, so go to Image > Adjustments > Hue Saturation. Make sure you are doing this to layer 1, saturating the rain won't really do much.

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Step 10: Change the saturation to around -25 and you're done!

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NEW YORK - MANHATTAN

Manhattan is New York City's central business center and major population center. Since it's an island, Manhattan can't expand outward, therefore, everyone builds up with huge skyscrapers. Let's take a look!

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The World Trade Center Complex is now being rebuilt with numerous towers and memorial parks after the original twin towers were destroyed on 9/11/01.

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Rockefeller Center is home to NBC and the GE Building gives a great view of midtown Manhattan.

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In downtown, the area around battery park is filled with tall buildings built on top of manmade land.

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The Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan's Museum Mile was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and was one of his last projects.

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The Brooklyn Bridge was the longest suspension bridge when it was completed and continues to link Brooklyn and Manhattan 100+ years later.

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Midtown Manhattan includes many interesting towers, the Citigroup Center near the Upper East Side is one of the area's most distinct.

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The Empire State Building was built during the Great Depression 20 blocks from the financial center. It was destined to fail, but it shines as the city's beacon.

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SHANGHAI - PEARL OF THE ORIENT

Shanghai is one of China's largest and most important cities. The Pearl Oriental Tower looks something from a space station overlooking the Pudong, a modern skyscraper area with post-modern office towers and buildings. It was used as a port open to the west for many years until the communist government shut it down, but in the 1990's construction crane starting popping up and the city began to grow exponentially.

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The Shanghai World Financial Center is one of the world's tallest building. It overlooks the Pudong and sits next to the Jin Mao Center.

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Buildings located along Tomorrow Square rise next to small single family homes, making for a starkcontrast.

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The spacestation-esque Pearl Oriental TV Tower in Shanghai's modern Pudong District.

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The Bayer Building in the Pudong is a great example of turn of the century Chinese architecture.

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The 2010 World Expo is taking place in Shanghai and will last for 6 months where exhibitions from around the world will show off different cultures.

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A simple park in the Pudong to space out some of the tall towers in the area.

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Shanghai Stadium is the city's large arena and can be used for sports events and other important festivities.

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LONDON - RAINY DAY 

London is known for its fog and rainy days. Today, we'll take a tour of the areas in this British capital during a rainy day. Grab yourself a cup of tea as we explore Canary Wharf, the City, and other parts of London in this update!

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The City is London's financial epicenter. This one square mile of space holds numerous office towers important to the city.

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Big Ben chimes as the rain comes down on Westminster. Sometimes, a gnome is seen at the top , I wonder how it got up there...

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The Millenium Dome is a huge dome structure near Canary Wharf built for the 2000 celebrations. Today, it's used for concerts and other events.

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The Gherkin is one of the City's most distinct skyscraper and towers over the W2W buildings.

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A look at Canada Square with the 3 tallest skyscrapers in the city. A nice little park gives workers a place to relax away from the office.

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An overview of Canary Wharf on a rainy night. We can see many of the area's tall buildings and canals.

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The London Eye is a large ferris wheel that holds you in a sealed capsule and slowly spins to give views of the city.

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PARIS - POINTS OF INTEREST

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An overview of the Arc de Triumphe located in a roundabout. Many crashes occur here due to the laissez-faire attitude of the drivers.

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A closeup of the same area. The Arc de Triumphe was comissioned by Napoleon himself and numerous tree lined avenues lead up to it.

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The Eiffel Tower's beam circles the top of the tower as a sort of lighthouse to all the residents of the city.

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Although not the largest theatre in the city the Odeon near the Jardin du Luxembourg is one of Paris' most beautiful theatres.

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The Tour Montparnasse is Paris' lone skyscraper. Locals hated it so much that no more towers were constructed in the city center. Most of the skyscrapers of Paris can be found at La Defense.

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The Center Pompidou is one of Paris' most unusual and modern buildings. It stands out from all the other buildings in the area and is used as a modern art museum.

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The Louvre is the largest museum in the world with numerous collections of priceless paintings including the smiling lady Mona Lisa.

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PARIS 

- CITY CENTER

Paris is the capital of the European country of France. It's located in the northeast portion of the country and connected by train stations, highways, and airports to the rest of Europe. Paris is a grand city, with a master plan that includes grand, tree lined avenues, and Haussmanian styled buildings. The city has numerous parks, museums, and is known as a major fashion city. It's also a center of commerce, trade, and transportation. We will take a look in the city's center where most of Paris' beauty is located.

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Bourse de Commerces used to be a center for trade and commerce in the city, but has been transformed into a landmark and park for Paris' residents.

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The Place de la Concorde marks the start of the famous Champs de Elysees, Paris' grandest boulevard. It leads to the Arc de Triumphe and later to La Defense.

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The Moulin Rouge is a night dance club located in central Paris. It used to be a brothel where lude and illicit activities were very common. It has since been cleaned up and there are now nightly performances.

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Rue Saint-Honore is one of Paris' most fashionable streets. Here we see a tree-filled portion of the street next to the Louvre's gardens.

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The Eglise de la Madeline is located across from the Place de la Concorde in a tree lined avenue.

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Notre Dame is a beautiful church located on Paris' Ile de la Cite. It has inspired the famous book 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' and the author helped keep the church from being demolished.

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The Gare du Nord is one of Paris' largest train station and connects residents to other cities in France and the Eurostar line passes under the English Channel into Britain.