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A view inside the house.
Sopot, Poland

Krzywy Domek - Crooked House

This fairytale inspired, warped building houses restaurants, shops, and a radio station.
54.4446, 18.5661
School house
Dorset, England

Tyneham Ghost Village

In 1943 the British military took control of this village, telling residents they had to leave temporarily. The villagers were never allowed to return.
50.6226, -2.1684
Horses - Stables Market
London, England

Stables Market

Catacombs turned marketplace.
51.5424, -0.1477
Gwynedd, Wales

Portmeirion Village

A miniature Italianate fantasy village on the coast of Wales and the set of ITC classic "The Prisoner."
52.9176, -4.0929
Taxidermy animals and a whale skeleton
London, England

Natural History Museum of London

70 million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home.
51.4966, -0.1765
The Churchill War Rooms
London, England

The Churchill War Rooms

The perfectly preserved underground rooms where Churchill plotted the war against Germany.
51.5021, -0.1290
The Westin St. Francis Hotel. (Wikimedia Commons)
San Francisco, California

Westin St. Francis Hotel

Only hotel where you can legally launder money.
37.7877, -122.4086
Boutique below and legs above
San Francisco, California

Dangling Legs at the Piedmont Boutique

The giant pair of sexy legs sticking out the window of this costume store have become its main draw.
37.7703, -122.4463
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
Santa Monica, California

Pacific Park Solar Ferris Wheel

A second generation sun-powered marvel lights up the night.
34.0083, -118.4978
The sign. Simple.
Santa Monica, California

Route 66: End of the Trail

A sign at the end of the Santa Monica Pier marks the end of the legendary American highway, symbolizing that this road only ended when the sea stood in its way.
34.0094, -118.4973
behind the sign, up some stairs, is the Hugh Hefner Overlook marker.
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for just short of 9 decades longer than intended.
34.1347, -118.3209