May 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM ET
Alas, despite dire predictions to the contrary, this weekend brought no Rapture, no Armageddon and nary a cataclysmic earthquake, lake of fire or single flesh-eating zombie (although a volcano in Iceland did erupt).
Still, if it’s heaven you seek, there’s hope — and you don’t have to float off into the firmament to experience it.
Instead, check out “Heaven on Earth: The World’s Must-see Destinations” (Time Home Entertainment, $29.95), a new book from the editors of LIFE.
Featuring more than 100 color photographs and accompanying text, the hardcover book celebrates divine destinations from the Olympic Peninsula and Acadia National Park to Iguacu Falls and the Okavango Delta.
“Some of these places are culturally significant; some are historically significant, and some are just beautiful from a natural standpoint,” said Bob Sullivan, managing editor for LIFE Books. “They’re places that resonate as paradises and that anybody can enjoy.”
Especially since we’ve apparently been given more time to do so.
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Rob Lovitt is a longtime travel writer who still believes the journey is as important as the destination.