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11 Homes Transformed Into Amazing Mosaics
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La Maison Picassiette
The bathroom
Some of the decorations include broken crockery that have been priced back together
Mosaics stretching across every wall of the house

11 Homes Transformed Into Amazing Mosaics

If you own your property, why not bedazzle it?


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A Linguistics Lover's Tour of the World
Original letter of Abraham, the son of Maimonides found in the Cairo genizah.
A sculpture of the Tower of Babel, by Alan Baughman, from the Introductory Room of the Museum of the Alphabet
Boontling word of the week in the tap room of the Anderson Valley Brewing Company.
"Vuel Villa" by Xul Solar
Gullah Heritage Trail

A Linguistics Lover’s Tour of the World

12 places to marvel at the history of human language.


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15 Unlikely Places to Re-Up Your Luck
Bolivia's Witch Market
The Statue of St. Anthony's Pig
The Guardhouse Monkey
Lincoln Tomb
Il Porcellino

15 Unlikely Places to Re-Up Your Luck

Luck be a… llama fetus?


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What Ho, Apothecary! 18 Intriguing Pharmacy Museums
Apothecary jars in main room
18th century Viennese Apoteka
Remedies at The Chemist's Collection.
In the pharmacy cellar.

What Ho, Apothecary! 18 Intriguing Pharmacy Museums

Take a calmative and visit one of these preserved drug preparers.


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Hidden Congress: An Alternative Tour of the U.S. Capitol
The former columns of the U.S. Capitol date from 1829.
Inside the dome wall.
The tunnels all look slightly differiently
An Architect of the Capitol employee laughs next to the flag elevator.
Senate-side tower
The Main Reading Room Catalog

Hidden Congress: An Alternative Tour of the U.S. Capitol

12 far less obvious destinations in and around D.C.’s Capitol Hill.


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A Storybook Tour of London's Literary Past
The Paddington Bear statue at Paddington station.
The central interior of Leadenhall Market
221b, Baker Street
Peter Pan is the boy who never grows up.
The house was built in 1700.

A Storybook Tour of London’s Literary Past

Page through England’s capital city with Potter, Poppins, Paddington, and Pan.


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