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Driving the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada... often described as one of the most beautiful roads in the world.

It starts in Jasper National Park and goes for 230km through to Banff National Park. The scenery along the way is incredible and it's hard not to constantly stop to take photos like this!

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Have you done much star photography? It's harder than it looks!
 
But at the Dark Sky Festival at Jasper this weekend, I have been inspired to try it a bit more. Here's one of my shots, with the stars over Pyramid Mountain.
 
Jasper National Park has the world's second-largest dark sky preserve, which means it's a bit easier to take photos like this here.
 
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It's just one WOW moment after another at Jasper National Park in Canada. This is Athabasca Falls - just one of the spots I'm going to share with you after a full day of adventure around the park during the Dark Sky Festival.

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Mountain goats on the road in Jasper National Park in Canada. They lick the surface to get salt to help with digestion. For drivers... well, you've just got to avoid the herd because they're not moving until they're done!!

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My first night at Jasper National Park here in Canada and... NORTHERN LIGHTS!!

I've never seen them before. And wow!

Jasper has the world's second-largest dark sky reserve and there's a big festival on this weekend, which included this special star viewing from the top of the SkyTram.

I'll have more info about the events over the next couple of days.

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At the top of the Pont Du Gard in France is the original stone pipe that the Romans created 2000 years ago so water could flow through the aqueduct. These days, you can walk through it, 50 metres above the river below!
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Across a river in the Old Town of Vilnius, you find a self-proclaimed republic called Užupis. It is made up mainly of artists, who have used the streets as their canvas. The community even has its own constitution, with proclamations such as "A dog has the right to be a dog".
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A grey afternoon at Trakai - but this castle just outside Vilnius is still pretty spectacular.
 
Trakai Castle has existed on this island in a lake since the 14th century and was originally a centre of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The version you can see here, though... well, it was built in the 1960s.
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I've been told not to call this "the fort on the hill". In Vilnius, it is referred to as "the castle on the mountain".
There has been a stone fortress up there since the 1300s but this is all that remains these days.
In the foreground is the National Museum of Lithuania.
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And so a short trip to the US comes to an end. I just popped over for a wedding of two great friends but managed to squeeze in some other catch-ups and some hiking. A great time was had by all!
 
 
Now for a hellish series of flights to my next destination: Las Vegas - Dallas - Madrid - Paris - Vilnius.
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