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I was 26 when I visited Michelangelo's house in Florence. There were no other tourists and a guard taking an early siesta let me have the place to myself. Although the Master never lived there, the collection of his earliest works made me feel the genius to come. In a word, wow!

Lido di Venezia, Venice, Veneto Picked for me? I better start sharing these with you more often.

Elevation Drawing of Michelangelo's c.1519 design for the New Sacristy (the Medici Chapel) in the Church of San Lorenzo, c.1519

This hole in the heavens was 11,000 feet up in the Andes. With the winds whirling around me, I felt like I could be sucked into oblivion at any moment. I'm not sure I would've minded...

When I saw the New Mexican mesa at top of this photo, it struck me as nature's answer to the Potala in Lhasa, Tibet.