A Minute Away: Travel destinations in 60 seconds

That’s time enough for this original video series in which – brace yourself – nothing much happens. Except you see the world. And hear it. And get a minute’s respite from whatever surrounds and afflicts you. Each video includes about 60 seconds of brain-cleansing, narration-free escape, perhaps to an underground river in Mexico, perhaps to the reading room of the New York Public Library. (Some last 95 seconds if you count the introduction and credits.) See Moscow in a snowstorm, Machu Picchu on a sunny day, the Golden Gate Bridge at dusk. Videos by Christopher Reynolds.

Under Swinging Bridge, Wawona, Yosemite

"Hey. It's not that cold," he lied, 0:18. Photo op, 0:24. Two on a boulder, 0:28. Toes on granite, 0:40. Submersion, 0:49. Lone bather, 1:05.

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Race Day in Ypres, Belgium

View from the clock tower, 0:11. Tulips, 0:17. Community orchestra, 0:19. St. Martin's Cathedral, 0:27. The green canal near Boezinge, 0:35. Lively hum at the main square, 0:45. Drummers, 0:55. Lead vehicle, 1:00. Heavy traffic, 1:08.

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Flanders Fields, Belgium, 100 years after World War I

"Known unto God" (what the British put on graves of unidentifiable soldiers), 0:16. "Brooding Soldier" sculpture, 0:35. Teens in WW1 uniforms, Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ypres, 0:40. "Last Post" buglers and paper poppy wreaths, Menin Gate, 0:51.

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Sacred Sarajevo

Sacred Heart Cathedral, 0:11. A golden glow in the Church of Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel, 0:22. Candles up close, 0:34. Gazi Husrev-bey Mosque, 0:35. Mosque dome brilliance, 0:43. Three cats, mosque courtyard, 0:52. Jewish Museum, 0:55.

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Sarajevo at peace

Cemetery, 0:08. Shrapnel scars, 0:11. Teahouse backpackers, 0:31. Bullet/pen souvenirs, 0:45. Break dance, 0:47. Chicken feed, 0:59. Museum closed, 1:10. Mall open, 1:12.

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Colorado Cliff Dwellings, Mesa Verde National Park

Filing past the window, 0:32. About their bathrooms, 0:46. Dark, tight passage, 0:56. On the ladder, she dares to look down, 1:16.

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Shopping by skylight, Brussels

Galeries Royales St.-Hubert, building 1847: 0:18. Lunch for two, 0:26. Roma mother begging, 0:34. Jewelry-shooter, 0:46. Bar and menu, 0:52.

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Grand Place, Brussels

Horse and blinders, 0:01. Mounds of fancy sweets, 0:16. Map check, 0:25. The cobblestone angle, 0:30. Faces on the wall, 0:42. Teamwork, 0:52. Sculptures up top.

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The Sarajevo bridge where World War I began

Cityscape with cemetery, 0:08. Yellow streetcar, 0:13. Latin Bridge, where Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, on June 28, 1914. Dog becomes old man, 0:54. Old man becomes young man, 0:57.

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All quiet in Humboldt County

Downtown Arcata, 0:15. Slow afternoon in the Samoa Cookhouse, 0:20. Trickle between redwoods, 0:30. Gould Grove Nature Loop Trail, 0:35. Fallen giant, 0:39. Roosevelt elk, 0:45. Straight up, 0:58.

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Driving through the redwood, Leggett, Ca.

Chandelier Tree, Underwood Park, Leggett, 0:04. Traffic, 0:13. We enter the tree, 0:18. Steaming bark (after rain), 0:35. Where we are, 0:48. Dew on the roof, 1:06.

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The Klamath and the sea, Northern California

Mouth of the river, 0:12. Building from 1914, 0:26. Redwood bits, 0:36. Looking for whales, 0:48. Pacific panorama, 1:09.

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Valley low, mountain high, Kauai

Taro patch, 0:01. Hanalei Valley, 0:10. Kalalau trailhead, 0:21. Red birds, 0:35. Na Pali coast, 0:48. Half-mile marker, 0:57. Uke, 1:01.

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Resort living, Princeville, Kauai

Feral roosters greets the morning, 0:05. Pool at Hanalei Bay Resort, 0:18. Tennis thwacks, same place, 0:27. Green umbrellas, St. Regis Hotel, 0:38. Reflecting pool, St. Regis terrace, 0:44. Beady-eyed lizard, 1:00. The beach at St. Regis, 1:07.

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Day and night, Hanalei Pier, Kauai

General gorgeousness, 0:15. Big splash, 0:23. Fast water down below, 0:25. Killer view from the former Club Med property, 0:35. Red blouse, green mountains, 0:43. The old man, the GMC pick-up, the bonfire and the sea, 0:54.

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Scrabble at Ruby Montana's, Palm Springs

Trembling watermelon, 0:15. My tiles, 0:22. The red office door, 0:34. Disturbing clown lamp, 0:39. Consulting the dictionary, 0:48. The score, 1:06. Za and Aw, 1:06.

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New day, Jerome, Ariz.

Up the old elevator: 0:01. Dawn light, 0:08. Old phone, 0:19. Flag skull, 0:21. Flat Iron Cafe, 0:36. "The best piece in town," 0:42. Raw skull, 0:53. Red rocks, 1:04.

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On Sand River, outside Phoenix

Wet panorama, 0:19. Put-in, 0:26. Needles, 0:43. Mountains, 0:54. Nose of the kayak, 1:01.

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Cerveza y mariachi, Hussong's, Ensenada

Cool boots, 0:16. Big blender pour, 0:20. Rowdy vocals, 0:27. Nice blue slacks, 0:36. Gratuitous violins, 0:58.

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Trail of the Pony Express. St. Joseph, Mo.

St. Joseph, Mo., 0:11. Cool motel sign, 0:18. Missouri River, 0:20. Salt Lake City, 0:27. This is the Place Heritage Park, 0:41. Old Sacramento, 0:49. End of the trail: the Wells Fargo office, 1:03. Pony Express rider statue, 1:07.

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Beyond the magic kingdom, Orange County

Train at Disneyland station, 0:16. Snoopy at Knott's, 0:26. The big orange aloft, 0:32. Chihuahua, 0:39. Subversive parking directions, 0:48. Live Oak Canyon Trail, O'Neill Regional Park, 0:54. Richard Serra sculpture in Costa Mesa, 1:02.

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Parade and rodeo, Cody, Wyoming

Irma Hotel, 0:12. Rodeo queens, 0:19. Trick rider, 0:50. Bucking bronc, 0:57. Fireworks, 1:05.

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Downtown L.A.

Downtown L.A. Central Library globe chandelier, 0:01. Grand Central Market, 0:12. Angels Flight, 0:16. Disney Hall, 0:18. A lot of Fellini, 0:33. Bradbury Building, 0:37. Murals on parade, 0:46. Do you weight what you should?, 1:01.

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Steam, spray and beasts, Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful, 0:12. Dog in backpack, 0:33. Morning Glory Pool, 0:39. Singing the state song, 0:42. Old Faithful Inn, 0:46. Deer, 0:58. Bison in traffic, 1:04. Rainbow, 1:09.

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Summer under the Grand Tetons

Teton dawn, 0:02. Horse breakfast, 0:24. Red boots, 0:35. On Jenny Lake, 0:41. Roaring water, 0:59. String quartet, 1:02.

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Snow falling on skiers, Mammoth Mountain

Zippy snowboarder, 0:20. Boarders in a row, 0:37. Antler chandeliers, 0:47. Draught beer, 0:54. Beast with tusks, 0:58. Snowdog, 1:01. Slalom, 1:08.

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Night falling, Glacier Point and Half Dome, Yosemite

Just engaged, 0:13. Picnic from the pan, 0:17. The big picture, 0:19. Sunset colors, 0:25. The big camera, 0:30. Distant waterfall, 0:38. Glacier Point at high speed, 0:46. Half Dome's close-up, 1:02. Ahwahnee below, 1:07.

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Spring in Yosemite

Sun strikes waterfall, 0:16. Bridge, groom and preacher, 0:24. A pine cone falls, 0:30. Wading the Merced River, 0:54. Still water at Mirror Lake, 1:01. Farewell on two wheels, 1:17.

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Song and dance, Lesedi, South Africa

Best neckties ever, 0:16. Tourists, not blending in, 0:23. Winning smile, 0:29. The dance begins 0:32. High kicks, 0:53. All join in, 1:07. High five and ten, 1:15.

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Santa Barbara's wine country

Grape leaf, 0:15. Nake grapes, 0:22. Cold Spring Tavern, 0:35. Hippies use side door, 0:41. Owl scaring nobody, 1:02. Smiling salad, 1:10.

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Soweto, high and low

Wheel on a stick, 0:01. Echoes of the stooges, 0:12. The old power tower, 0:25. Jumping instructions, 0:30. So how long is the rope? 0:50. Countdown, 1:08. Flight: 1:10.

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History and grit in L.A. Union Station

The clock tower, 0:12. Lonely old ticket concourse, 0:16. Concrete, disguised as ceiling woodwork, 0:23. Deep sleeper, 0:30. Balloonist, 0:36. Aquarium, 0:48. The Surfliner rolls out, 1:03.

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At the end of Africa with baboons, penguins and wind

My guide runneth over, 0:12. Sea lion in harbor, 0:24. Where you come to learn to surf, 0:29. Penguin, 0:35. Penguins, 0:37. Wind-blasted whitecaps, 0:47. Baboon, 0:51. Vertiginous trail, 1:00. Cape of Good Hope, 1:09.

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Whispers and burbles, Mission San Diego de Alcala

The sanctuary, 0:14. Serra in sculpture, 0:20. Mission school class photo, 0:28. Wishing well, 0:34. Life imitates Diego Rivera, 0:44. The fountain burbles, 1:04.

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Snow and Sochi, Russia

Skiers with a soccer ball, 0:01. The River Mzymta, 0:16. Olympic athlete bedroom, 0:32. Fisht Stadium going up, 0:40. Sidelong look, 0:42. Snow cat, 0:52. Cross-country race, 0:57. Collapse at finish, 1:11.

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Gnawing at the San Diego Zoo

Slurping, nibbling, gnawing at the San Diego Zoo. First koala munch, 0:27. Panda crunch, 0:33. Tortoise nibble, 0:52. Flamingo gulps, 1:02.

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Tolling bells, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Adobe and wooden beams, 0:16. Burbling fountain, 0:20. Lowbrow art, 0:29, highbrow sculpture, 0:33. Singcowboy, 0:46. Rolling train, 0:56. Tolling cathedral, 1:01.

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Approaching Twain, Hannibal, Mo.

The great rotating root beer, 0:01. Twain sound, 0:08. The Mississippi, 0:25. Llama intrudes, 0:56. The infamous white-washed fence (which was, of course, fictional): 1:04.

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Pool and fountain, Balboa Park, San Diego

Lilies afloat, 0:17. Jugglers, 0:31. Fiddler, 0:42. Kids invade fountain, 1:01.

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Summer monsoon, Monument Valley

Restless legs, 0:14. Horse horse rears up and time slows, 0:28. Cloudburst, 0:42. Lightning at lower left, 0:52. Night falls, 1:07.

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Good, bad and ugly roads of Arizona

Monument Valley dirt, 0:34. Page mud, 0:49. Crossing a lake; 1:00. Q: "Still have brakes?" A: "We'll know in a minute," 1:16.

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In the slot canyons of Arizona

Alone in Rattlesnake Canyon, 0:13. A crowd in upper Antelope Canyon, 0:27. Shutterbugs in the dark, 0:50. A real tarantula, 1:00.

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Seafaring flair, Titanic ghosts, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Lighthouse, 0:10. Crepe-making at the Farmers Market, 0:20. Old man Cunard, 0:33. Titanic modelers 0:44. Titanic cemetery, 0:53. Fiddle and bass, 0:58.

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One boat, calm water, Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Family at the abyss, 0:13. Lone boat, 0:32. The bend revealed, 0:53. Directions, 1:04.

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Lions and bystanders, Trafalgar Square, London

Silver man, 0:12. Big Ben, 0:26. Lion's embrace, 0:44. Disappearing shirt, 1:08.

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Parks, pods and pianos of Portland's West Side

Mosquito on lily pad at 0:18, sizzling beef at 0:29, hula hoops at 0:35, saw player at 0:46, trail near Pittock Mansion at 0:58.

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Hangin’ around, Hawthorne Boulevard, Southeast Portland

Didgeridoo on bike, 0:12. Girls with guns, 0:23. Lucky Lab, 0:28. Sketchy back alley sale, 0:42. Powell’s, 0:44. Orange ber and red hair, 0:53.

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Russian lovers, Tretyakov faces, Moscow

Locks of love, 0:13. The face parade begins, 0:35. Big picture, 1:11.

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Art, life and Bentonville, Arkansas

Art, life and Bentonville, Arkansas. Where Wal-Mart was born, 0:20. Pig parts: 0:28. Cool architecture, 0:41. Razorback, 0:47. Rosie the Riveter, 0:54.

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Dawn and descent, Haleakala, Maui

Cotton candy sky at 0:14, mist creeping the rim, 0:29; whooshing bikes at 0:43.

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Dancing and dinner, Lahaina, Maui

Hula dancers in coconuts and grass skirts at 0:03. Slide guitar lick at 0:25, gourd-slapping at 0:44.

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Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Hills

Street drummer at 0:16, El Capitan Theater at 0:46, Sunset Ranch at 0:55. Horses at sunset, 1:00.

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San Francisco at a sprint

Lombard Street at fast forward, 0:14. Embarcadero pedicab ride at 0:36, then Tadich Grill and a cable car on Powell.

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Zoltar and mojo, Stearns Wharf, Santa Barbara

The all-knowing Zoltar speaks at 0:18, shark and birds at 0:50, working mojo at 1:02.

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Night falls on the Golden Gate Bridge

Lenghening shadows at 0:48, leaping tourists at 0:55, river of headlights at 0:58, twinkling city at 1:00.

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In Mexico, afloat and underground

Big jump at 0:14, massive cave at 0:49.

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Ruins and cities, Yucatan, Mexico

Iguana at 0:17, horse at 0:31, yellow convent at 0:55. Cities: Merida, Izamal, Valladolid.

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Boat, fog and rocks, Carmel to Monterey

Itchy seal at 0:26, poppies at 0:39, Lone Cypress at 0:49, wrinkled rock at 0:57, orange orb at 1:09.

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Light traffic on Bixby Bridge, Big Sur

Mist in motion at 0:35. Inland angle at 0:49.

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James Dean's last highway, Cholame, Calif.

Cholame, Calif., in glorious black and white. Job opportunity at 0:51.

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Machu Picchu

Another day begins on the coolest mountaintop in Peru. Mystic humming at 0:23, llama lip-smacking at 0:2, big picture at 0:44, sheer cliff trail at 0:54.

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lat surf. Day’s end. Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

Boards on the Ladera Street steps at 0:24, rock-hopping at 0:32, lonely sailboat zoom-out at 0:58.

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Thoroughly wet, Multnomah Falls in Oregon

Observation bridge at 0:17, a closer view at 0:50.

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Tumult and hush at the New York Public Library

Break-dancing at 0:32, reading room shot at 0:45.

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Damp and dark in La Jolla

Kayak convention at 0:21, cave creeping at 0:41.

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Fishing poles, flotation devices at Lake George, N.Y.

Platform plunge at 0:11, Sagamore resort at 0:33. Slow-motion tubing at 0:54.

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Granite, sand and Joshua Tree

Spooky cyclist at 0:13, gesticulating rock-climber at 0:33, falling boulderer at 0:53.

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Dead calm at June Lake, Calif.

Near Mammoth Mountain. Flapping ducks at 0:18, 88-cent lunch at 0:32.

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Pelting snow in downtown Moscow

Bolshoi Theater at 0:14, Red Square at 0:17. Shaky pirouette at 0:23, kiss on the ice at 0:56.

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