It's about that time of year when people in North America have had enough of winter, and begin dreaming of warmer sunnier places - usually involving a beach. The Caribbean hosts plenty of islands to choose from, and Saint Lucia has plenty of beaches. While the name "Pigeon Island Beach" probably doesn't read well in a travel magazine, the photos certainly do. With good reason: Pigeon Island is in fact a National Park protected by Saint Lucia National Trust. With crystal-clear waters for snorkeling, and historic forts for exploring, there's plenty to do beyond seeking out secluded sandy beaches.
There's something about the winter sun that, when it shines, colors seem to pop out of an otherwise ordinary scene. This view in Innsbruck, Austria was captured in a brief moment when the sun broke through - a few minutes earlier or later would not have justified a picture. Innsbruck is a popular destination for winter sports, having hosted the winter Olympics more than once. While winters elsewhere may feel dreary, cold, and long, there's something about Innsbruck that that keeps it exciting and invigorating, with spectacular scenery, plenty of activities, and an inviting atmosphere.