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May 6
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A bear playing in the Český Krumlov moat
Český Krumlov, Czechia

The Bear Moat at Český Krumlov Castle

Be(w)ar(e) the moat around this historic Czech castle.
48.8167, 14.3167
Pena National Palace
Sintra, Portugal

Pena National Palace

This unreal Portuguese palace looks as though it's made from a pile of different castles
38.7876, -9.3906
From the water
Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower Rhinoceros - Torre de Belém

A king's pet, a pope's gift, an artist's inspiration, and a tragic shipwreck
38.6916, -9.2160
Santa Justa Lift
Lisbon, Portugal

Santa Justa Lift

This Industrial Age architectural and engineering gem helps visitors and residents alike traverse Lisbon, “The City of Seven Hills”
38.7121, -9.1394
The tomb of Ines de Castro at the Monastery of Alcobaca
Alcobaça, Portugal

Tomb of Ines de Castro

The Corpse Bride of Portugal
39.5481, -8.9793
De Vargas Street House
Santa Fe, New Mexico

De Vargas Street House

This southwest-styled home in Santa Fe claims to be the oldest house in America thanks to an ancient bit of foundation
35.6836, -105.9374
Xochicalco, Mexico

Xochicalco Pyramids

Pyramids in an ancient Mayan city where you can see remnants of people's day to day life.
18.7872, -99.2994
A coati atop the Pyramid of El Tepozteco
Tepoztlán, Mexico

El Tepozteco

High atop a Mexican rainforest mountain, this ancient pyramid once drew pilgrims countries away
18.9848, -99.0931
Looking down to the lower level structures
Urubamba, Peru

Wiñay Wayna

These steeply terraced ruins are a stop along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
-13.1930, -72.5366
Ollantaytambo, Peru

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Preserved Inca city and site of the last Inca stronghold against the Spanish Conquistadors
-13.2581, -72.2633
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers
-13.1547, -72.5254
Mortsafe at Greyfriars Cemetery
Edinburgh, Scotland

Greyfriars Cemetery Mortsafes

Protecting the dead from opportunistic body snatchers
55.9469, -3.1928
A street in the close.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Mary King's Close

17th century streets hidden under Edinburgh were once a breeding ground for the black death.
55.9501, -3.1882
Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle Dog Cemetery

The final resting place of soldiers' loyal canine companions
55.9483, -3.1981
Lionhead carved on a pendant in the Rosslyn Chapel
Roslin, Scotland

Rosslyn Chapel

A church that bred legends, and served as an inspiration for the Da Vinci Code
55.8561, -3.1591
The Hole of the Sorrows
Clare, Ireland

The Hole of the Sorrows

This singular Irish dolmen is more Frank Lloyd Wright than upright stonehenge
53.0376, -9.0760
The vastness of the Burren landscape.
Corofin, Ireland

The Burren

A hugely vast Irish landscape of barren rock that stretches for miles.
53.0078, -9.0021
Çatalhöyük
Çumra, Turkey

Çatalhöyük

The largest Neolithic ruins in the world hide a notably clean prehistoric metropolis
37.5739, 32.7810
Özkonak Underground City
Özkonak Belediyesi, Turkey

Özkonak Underground City

This ancient subterranean megalopolis is known for the hot oil traps that were installed above each of its entrances
38.8131, 34.8394
The region of Cappadocia (Capadokya) is located in central Turkey, and is the setting for one of the strangest landscapes in the world. The deep valleys and soaring rock formations are volcanic rock formations, slowing eroding away to create the strange "Fairy Chimneys" (so called because locals thought they were so magical and extraordinary that only fairies could have created them). Many of these fairy chimneys have been hollowed out by industrious ancient people, who created homes, chapels, tombs and pigeon houses from the soft, carve-able rock. They also tunneled below, creating underground cities, some 8 stories down.
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

Entire cities carved into ancient volcanic rock formations
38.4174, 34.1382
Pushkin, Russia

The Amber Room

An 18th century wonder of the world, lost in WWII, re-created at the Catherine Palace
59.7173, 30.3942
Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa Museum

Remains of a 17th-century version of the Titanic
59.3280, 18.0914
Viking Fest Parade
Poulsbo, Washington

'Little Norway on the Fjord'

The small town of Poulsbo in Washington state is the next best thing to the Kingdom of Norway.
47.7359, -122.6465
Seattle, Washington

Seattle Underground

A walk through the historic city center, under the streets of Seattle.
47.6015, -122.3343