The best way to see the country is to turn off the interstate and get yourself lost. Bring the GPS or map so you can find your way home, but get lost. It's the scenes on the backroads that are waiting to be discovered by those with the time and curiosity. Like the backpacker that climbs the backcountry, the road less traveled is where many of the hidden gems are found. This lonely old Appalachian barn in North Carolina was sitting by the road waiting for us to discover it.
Paris from Above
Like many older cities, Paris has its historical part of downtown and the more modern sections. This view of downtown Paris is from the Montparnasse Tower. At 59 stories, it’s the only modern building in the historical part of Paris, which stands out from most other buildings at six stories.
We were told that after they built it, it seemed out of place, so no other tall, modern buildings would be allowed. With its 360 degree view on the roof, it does have a great view of the Eiffel Tower and the modern office district in the background. Though it was late in the afternoon when we arrived, it was still hours until sunset. The backlight made it difficult to shoot a cityscape with my wide-angle lens, but I did my best.
The Houston Zoo Lights is a new tradition that many visitors enjoy every December.