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Gary Arndt  Mpls 3x Travel Photographer of the Year. @GAdventures Ambassador 🌎Over 130 countries and all 7 continents. Download my FREE travel photography ebook!

I first visited Notre Dame back in 1999. It was the first real European cathedral that I ever visited.

I've visited it several times since then, most recently in 2015.

There is an incredible amount of history in this building. It was where Napoleon was crowned Emperor of the French (not of France).

It contained priceless works of art and some of the best-stained glass in the world.

Moreover, it was one of the most iconic and best-known buildings in the world, and certainly in France.

It will be rebuilt and it will take years and hundreds of millions, if not billions, of Euros to complete.

I will back to see and photograph it when it is done.

This isn't the first cathedral to suffer such a fire, and even though it doesn't happen very often anymore, it probably won't be the last.

#everythingeverywhere #notredame #france #paris

Today’s image was taken in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, which is directly across the border from Glacier National Park in Montana. The building in the photo is the Prince of Wales Hotel, which is one of the most iconic national park hotels in Canada.

I’ve been on the road the last week, quite literally.

I drove from Minneapolis to Cincinnati and back for a conference and along the way visited several national park service sites. I didn’t post much on Instagram because I was behind the wheel of a car most of the time.

I’ll be home again for a stretch before starting my travels again next month. It should be quite a busy summer for me, I should get close to visiting all 61 national parks in the US. I’m pretty close to my goal.

#everythingeverywhere #explorecanada #explorealberta #travelalberta

One of my favorite places not only in Ireland, but all of Europe, is Skellig Michael. ⠀
You are probably familiar with it as the place where Luke Skywalker lived in the two most recent Star Wars movies. It is a real place, and was originally inhabited 1,200 years ago by ascetic monks who were looking to get away from civilization. ⠀
They couldn’t have found a better place.

Since Star Wars has come out, demand to visit Skellig Michael has increased quite a bit. It isn’t the easiest place to visit. Boats only visit during the summer months, and it frequently rains which can result in cancelation of trips. If you want to visit, it is now best if you reserve a spot on a boat at least several weeks in advance.

It is well worth the effort to visit as it is one of the most remote and rugged places you will find in Europe.
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#everythingeverywhere #ireland #loveireland #unesco #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #worldheritagesites #skelligmichael #skellig #island #europe

It is amazing how temporary things can sometimes come to define a city.

The Eiffel Tower in Paris was originally not meant to last beyond the World’s Fair. It was scheduled to be torn down and the metal used for scrap.

Likewise, this mural of Leonard Cohen on the side of a building in Montreal, was created in a relatively short period of time after his death. Since then, it has quickly become one of the defining features of the Montreal skyline.

This photo was taken this week on Mount Royal, the feature which gives the city of Montreal its name.
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#everythingeverywhere #explorecanada #mtlmoments #quebecoriginal #montreal #quebec #canada

If you were to ask people to name a mountain range in the United States, most people would say the Rocky Mountains, or maybe the Appalachian Mountains, or even the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In fact, if you do a Google search on “mountain ranges in the untied states”, you’ll find that most people only list those three ranges.
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However, there are however other mountain ranges that most people forget. One of the ranges is unknown because on a small fraction of Americans have ever laid eyes on it. It is the Brooks Mountains in Northern Alaska.
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The Brooks Range is home to Gates of the Arctic National Park, which is the northernmost and one of the least visited national parks in America. It is also has some of the most stunning scenery of any national park in the country.
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The only way to really visit the park is by float plane as there are no roads, trails, campsites, or visitor centers inside the park boundaries. ⠀⠀
#everythingeverywhere #alaska #nps #nationalparks #nationalpark #nationalparkgeek #gatesofthearctic #findyourpark

This winter has gone on way too long. We are supposed to get another 12” (30cm) of snow this weekend here in Minneapolis.
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That is why I have mentally checked out to some of the islands in the Pacific. I took this photo on the island of Funafuti in the country of Tuvalu.
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Tuvalu is one of the smallest countries in the world, both in terms of population and land area. There are a bit under 10,000 people in the whole country. I spent a whopping 4 days there, and there really isn’t a whole lot to do. Watching the sunset was the highlight of my time there.
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I also want to give a shout out to everyone at my alma mater, Appleton East HS in Wisconsin. @appletoneastpatriots I was there this week to receive an alumni award and I got a chance to meet with many of the students and teachers. I know a bunch of them started following me on Instagram. Go Patriots!
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#everythingeverywhere #tuvalu #pacific #polynesia #sunset #islands

The 7th photo in this series is from Paradise Bay, Antarctica.

One of the great things about going to Antarctica is seeing all of the different ice formations. They are infinite in variety and every trip there is different. I was amazed that ice could be in some of the shapes which I saw.

It wasn’t just the shapes, it was also the colors. The different shades of blue and white were things that you don’t see outside of polar regions.
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I went to Antarctica back in 2012 with @gadventures and I’m looking forward to returning in the future.

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#everythingeverywhere #gadventures #gwanderers #antarctica

I realized that my last 5 photos on Instagram were taken on 5 different continents. I figure I should run with this theme!

This photo is of the Long Wall, also known as the Wall of Death, which is a 100m (300ft) high sand dune that runs along the coast of the Southern Atlantic Ocean. It is the highest costal dune of its type in the world.

This image was taken out of an airplane, but just a few days before, I was camping out on the dunes itself! Traveling in the Namib is one of the coolest trips I’ve ever been on and Namibia remains my favorite African country.
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#everythingeverywhere #namibia #desert #worldheritage #unesco #dunes #sand #sanddunes

Sometimes you never know where you’ll find a great photo.

Several years ago I spent 3 months in the city of Girona which is located not far from the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains. While up in the mountains, early in the morning, I turned around to see these blue layers in the hills and mountains behind me.

The shot is abstract and doesn’t show any details, but it is one of my favorite images which I’ve taken in Spain. ⠀
The great part about the Pyrenees is that they are very accessible as mountain ranges go. There are several great national parks in the region, which are filled with not only natural attractions, but many cultural ones as well.

#everythingeverywhere #ingirona #incostabrava #InPyrenees #VisitSpain #travelgram #travel #instatravel

It might not come first to mind, but one of the best places to see glaciers is in Argentina. In particular Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia.

Not only is it a great place to experience a glacier, but it is one of the better glaciers in the world to see. It is an extremely clean glacier without much of the dirt and debris which other glaciers carry. It also comes right down to a viewing platform, which you can see in this photo.

Occasionally, the ice will come all the way to the land where the viewing platform is located and block the water on either side of the ice. This will cause the water on the left side the build up and eventually it will break through the ice damn in a dramatic fashion. This last happened several years ago and it was covered live on Argentine television.

It is also (surprise) a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the 340th world heritage sites that I visited.

#everythingeverywhere #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #unesco #nationalpark #argentina #visitargentina

There are certain travel photos where everyone takes the exact same photo, taken from the exact same place. The Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu are two of the best examples. Lake Moraine in Banff National Park is another one.
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To take this photo you have to go to Lake Moraine, which is very close to Lake Louise, and take the path up the hill of rocks that borders the lake. You can’t really miss it. It isn’t a difficult walk and at the top you see this view.
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As with most iconic photos, you want to get there before the tour buses show up. Summer in Banff is incredibly crowded, so you want to get here as early as possible after sunrise. ⠀⠀⠀
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I visited Banff in the winter a few years ago, and the road to Lake Moraine was closed and wasn’t plowed.
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In other news, I am now officially on the board of advisors for @tripscoutapp! ⠀⠀⠀
#everythingeverywhere #banff #alberta #explorecanada #explorealberta #travelalberta #worldheritagesite #unesco #worldheritagesites

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