Blagaj is a village-town (kasaba) in the south-eastern region of the Mostar basin, in the Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It stands at the edge of Bišce plain and is one of the most valuable mixed urban and rural structures in Bosnia and Herzegovina, distinguished from other similar structures in its urban layout. Blagaj was most likely named for its mild weather patterns since "blaga" in Bosnian means "mild" Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna river and a historical tekke (tekija or Dervish monastery). The Blagaj Tekija was built around 1520, with elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style and is considered a national monument. A 360° virtual tour of the latter can be seen here.
Glass Beach, Fort Bragg – California
GLASS BEACH: We're not talking the occasional piece of seaglass as you stroll along. There are several awesome coves, covered with sea glass, some more than others. Obviously, the easily accessed coves have less glass remaining, but coves beyond are dazzling with huge amounts of sea glass that have been rounded by the rolling waves!!
"Glass Beach" is on the Mendocino Coast in Fort Bragg, California, 120 miles north of San Francisco. Believed to have the highest concentration of sea glass in the world. Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches in the world, not only because nature's beauty, but because time and the pounding surf have corrected one of man's mistakes.
Italian Islands – Levanzo, Sicily
Levanzo is the smallest of the Egadi islands and can sometimes feel like a time machine, transporting its guests to a bygone age where motorized transport is rare, nature dictates the local diet and fresh water is hard to come by. Its small fishing village, containing just 220 inhabitants, sits at the entrance to the valley running south-north through the island. Levanzo is a steep, rugged island and supports little life. The resulting tranquility is to be treasured. Elevated above the perimeter of the fishing harbour and comprising the single busiest stretch of road on the entire island, the esplanade through Levanzo village leads you amongst whitewashed sugarcube houses with their blue shutters, occasionally revealing glimpses of the turquoise waters that lie at the foot of inexplicable alleys.
Mountain Stream in Torres del Paine, Chile
Torres del Paine National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Torres del Paine) is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia. The Cordillera del Paine is the centerpiece of the park. It lies in a transition area between the Magellanic subpolar forests and the Patagonian Steppes. The park is located 112 km (70 mi) north of Puerto Natales and 312 km (194 mi) north of Punta Arenas. The park borders Bernardo O'Higgins National Park to the west and the Los Glaciares National Park to the north in Argentine territory. Paine means "blue" in the native Tehuelche (Aonikenk) language and is pronounced PIE-nay.
Torres del Paine National Park is part of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas Silvestres Protegidas del Estado de Chile (National System of Protected Forested Areas of Chile). In 2003, it measured approximately 242,242 hectares. It is one of the largest and most visited parks in Chile. The park averages around 150,000 visitors a year, of which 60% are foreign tourists, who come from all over the world.
The park is one of the 11 protected areas of the Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica (together with four national parks, three national reserves, and three national monuments). Together, the protected forested areas comprise about 51% of the land of the region (6,728,744 hectares).
The Torres del Paine are the distinctive three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range or Paine Massif. They extend up to 2,500 meters above sea level, and are joined by the Cuernos del Paine. The area also boasts valleys, rivers such as the Paine, lakes, and glaciers. The well-known lakes include Grey, Pehoé, Nordenskiöld, and Sarmiento. The glaciers, including Grey, Pingo and Tyndall, belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.