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Striking on the outside, unimaginable on the inside, Casa Batlló has been described as "a proclamation of joy, a canvas of marine inspiration, and a dream world that evokes nature and fantasy." A UNESCO World Heritage site and an icon in Barcelona — one that welcomes over 1 million visitors each year — the eclectic structure is a must-see for anyone wanting to learn more about Gaudí’s work and modernism at its finest. (📷: @dariovero_ 📍: Barcelona, Spain)
The #BDTeam’s @matiasderada and @storyofsage share some outstanding views from #PontedeiSalti in Lavertezzo, Switzerland. “Switzerland wasn't originally part of our travel plan, but after a two-hour drive down some incredibly scenic roads, we had to stop at Ponte dei Salti.” Travel tip: The double arch bridge is a popular spot for diving, but it's generally quite busy between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Arrive earlier or later if you'd like to avoid the crowds — just be aware that the water will feel a lot colder after the sun goes down! (🎥: @matiasderada & @tomjauncey 📍: Lavertezzo, Switzerland )
Created as a first-of-its-kind cultural collaboration between the United Arab Emirates and France, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal art museum that opened its doors in November of 2017, showcasing both ancient and contemporary works from across the globe. Beyond being home to an incredible collection of art, the museum itself is also an artistic and architectural feat. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, it's unique appearance was inspired by the natural features of the surrounding environment — specifically, the juxtaposition between sand and sea and between shade and light. Travel tip: Keep an eye out for a never-before-seen paper collage of a woman's face by Picasso. The museum's project manager says that "it tells a beautiful story of the life of Picasso and the life of this lady" — and we always love a good story.
📍: @louvreabudhabi
'Let's Go' to the midwest, to the bustling city known for its diverse neighborhoods, its famous skyline, and its mouthwatering culinary masterpieces. This destination is home to a cultural, American charm all of its own; locals and visitors agree — it's a true gem. Let's go to Chicago, Illinois. 
Join the #BDTeam’s @loganstrongarms as he shares the sights from his recent trip to Chicago — a destination famed for its diverse neighborhoods, soothing jazz music, delectable cuisine, and, of course, its compelling locals. 
Are you ready? Let's go. See our IGTV for more! (🎥: @loganstrongarms 📍: Chicago, Illinois 🎶: “How Did I Get Here” and “Don’t Stop” by @odesza )
Winding water walkways, colorful weather-worn facades, and a seemingly infinite number of charming corridors and side streets to wander through — this is all a part of the bewitching charm of one of Italy’s most beloved cities. Venice — a place that seems to sit precariously between the past and present —  a fairytale balancing on stilts, hovering on the line existence. This is the charm of the city —  this is the beauty in loving a place whose life is finite. The appreciation that comes with the understanding we don't get forever. Photographer @kohki gives us an alternate view of this magical land from above — have you been to this architectural wonder? (📷: @kohki
📍: Venice, Italy)
Travel photographer @waterproject describes this scene at Dana Point as “the sunset heard around the world.” Sherbet hues, neon pinks, moody violets, and tangerine yellows bleed in swirled wondrous clouds across the sky, painting the ripples and curls of the ocean in rust and copper reflected hues. Where’s your favorite part of the world to watch the sunset? (🎥: @waterproject📍: Dana Point, California 🎶: Suddenly You're In Love by @Sarcastic.sounds )
“Travel,” (verb): meaning to make a journey, typically of some length or abroad. For some, this may be crossing an ocean to a distant land. For others, it may be taking a risk by eating out that first meal alone or trying to learn a new skill. And for others still, a journey may not involve the movement of the physical body at all, but just that of the mind. Travel can mean so many different things — the beautiful part is how different that is interpreted uniquely by each one of us. But at the end of the day, the most important journey — no matter how close or far the distance — is that with which you take yourself. As the year comes to a close, we find ourselves reflecting on the trips we’ve made as well as those that we did not. Where did your path take you this year? (📷: @philngyn 📍: Peru)
#BDteam content creator @tomjauncey shares with us his mesmerizing footage of the milky blue waters at Iceland’s famed Blue Lagoon one afternoon, as patrons flock around the healing spa and warm up from the arctic temperatures outside. Interestingly enough, the pools, located on lava fields in the Reykjanes Peninsula, were an accident — the result of a nearby power station releasing excess water into the area. After several years, these geothermal bodies formed and their popularity quickly spread by word of mouth. Travel tip: For an extra clean and detox, opt for a lava face mask. The combination of the sulfur and silica minerals are an excellent treatment for the skin — plus you’ll be able to snag a funny photo for the memory. (🎥: @tomjauncey 📍: Blue Lagoon, Iceland 🎶: “Underwater” by @rufusdusol )
Burrowed in the quiet rolling terrain of the evergreen-laden hills of South Bohemia, hugged by the curving banks of the Vitava River, lies a peaceful borough that seems to exist in a time forgotten. The town of Rozmberk in the Czech Republic is home to around 330 citizens, and although it may be small, the sheer beauty of its still-standing Gothic churches, castles, and ruins are worth a visit — as are the surrounding nature reserves. Travel tip: Pack some snacks and a thermos of coffee or tea and head to Čertova stěna-Luč, a nearby nature park. The dense greenery of the land makes it the perfect spot to watch the seasons slowly shift. (📷: @sassychris1 📍: Rozmberk, Jihočeský Kraj, Czech Republic)
The start of day bathes the “the Garden Isle” in soft golden waves, spilling into the crevices of the rippled land as the sun begins her journey up from the waters’ edge and into the center sky. Light refracts into a bow of rainbow hues, reaching into the misty cloud cover that hangs lazily over the mountain range. Photographer @nolanmura describes his time on this breathtaking island as “just a memory” — and what a beautiful memory it is indeed. (🎥: @nolanomura 📍: Kauai, Hawaii 🎶: @odesza “Just a Memory”)
@alexanderneimert captured this enchanting shot in the Nipfjället Nature Reserve in Western Sweden. The reserve is part of Gränslandet, a vast landscape of protected land divided into nine different areas between Sweden and Norway — this particular section sits at almost 1,100 yards above sea level. Mesmerizing shots like these are a reminder that those who truly seek beauty in the everyday — in the seemingly ordinary — will eventually find it. (📷: @alexanderneimert 📍: Nipfjället, Sweden)
A pastel dusted sky sits behind the regal Gothic facade of the Duomo, (“Italian cathedral”), in Milan, as pigeons flutter around the piazza in a frenzy before the last licks of light from the fading sun disappear. Travel tip: For stunning, 360-degree views of the country’s fashion capital, head to the top of the Duomo to its roof and stunningly intricate terraces. Tickets start at 3.50 euros — approximately four dollars — and can be purchased online or at the booth on the side of the cathedral. (🎥: @sennarelax 📍: Milan, Italy )