“Let’s take a practice shot,” Gaetan said as he backed into the square. “Just lean up against that column there.” I walked gingerly to the nearest column. It was at least 20 feet high and led up to one of a series of archways lining the Placa Massena, a public square in Nice, France. It was a populated area, right across from a large shopping center, which is probably why my photographer, Gaetan, had planned…

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There’s no place in the world quite like Florence, Italy. The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, it’s long been renowned for its culturally significant city center with endless museums, music and food to enjoy. Would-be visitors to Italy spend time fantasizing over the canals of Venice or history in Rome, but Florence is just as beautiful of a city with treasures more easily accessible than those found in the Vatican. There may not be any gondolas…

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Antelope Canyon is a singular and sacred place located in Page, Arizona. It’s a world-famous destination in its own right but also makes the perfect add-on destination to a Grand Canyon or Zion National Park road trip. When I started on my year of adventure, Antelope Canyon was high on my list of must-sees. I was drawn by the unique topography and sweeping red curves I’d seen in photos. I wanted to capture sunbeams shining in through the…

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Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed locations in the world. With sweeping curves, sunbeams and sand showers, it looks like something out of a daydream. Naturally, it was a must-see on my mission to complete 12 trips in 12 months. Located in Lake Powell Tribal Park in Page, Arizona, you can only access this Navajo site with a designated guide. There are two canyons, Upper and Lower, but the photo tours and coveted sunbeam…

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