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Galway City, Ireland

Fishery Watchtower Museum

Originally built to monitor fishing, this Victorian tower now educates visitors about the local salmon industry.
Clonmacnoise, Ireland

Clonmacnoise

The ruins of a sixth-century monastery sit on the banks of the River Shannon.
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin General Post Office

The modern birthplace of Irish freedom.
Split, Croatia

Froggyland

A wonderfully strange collection of 500+ stuffed frogs doing people things.
Split, Croatia

Gregory of Nin’s Big Toe

The big toe of this towering monument to a Croatian national hero is worn from years of superstitious rubbing.
Split, Croatia

UNESCO-Protected SPAR Supermarket

When a supermarket opened up shop within a medieval building it became protected by UNESCO on a technicality.
Vela Luka, Croatia

Luka Mozaika

This work of art is considered the world's longest mosaic.
Vis, Croatia

Vis Island

Formerly Yugoslavia's "forbidden island," this sleepy little city still holds the abandoned remains of military strongholds.
Trogir, Croatia

Crkva Sv. Sebastijana (Church of St. Sebastian)

The interior of this church has been turned into a memorial to locals who died in Croatia's Homeland War.
Trogir, Croatia

Igralište Batarija

The local club's soccer field is practically surrounded by UNESCO-protected monuments.
Austin, Texas

Frost Bank Tower

Locals dubbed it the "Owl Building" because of its bird-like appearance.
Austin, Texas

Austin Moonlight Towers

Turning night into day in Victorian-era Austin to thwart a serial killer.
Austin, Texas

Mount Bonnell

Austin’s local mountain isn’t really a mountain at all.
Austin, Texas

Mayfield Park

Free public park and gardens filled with peacocks and peahens.
Burnet, Texas

Old Bluffton Underwater Ghost Town

This underwater old Texas hill town only resurfaces during harsh drought.
Marble Falls Township, Texas

Dead Man's Hole

Civil War dumping ground for the bodies of terrorized Union sympathizers.
Austin, Texas

Toy Joy

A store full of vintage and indie toys designed to bring out the kid in even the crustiest of adults.
Austin, Texas

Peter Pan Mini-Golf

Roadside Americana, fairy tale characters, and Austin quirkiness come together at this magical course in the heart of Texas' capital city.
Austin, Texas

Curia Arcanum

This eclectic Austin curiosity shop is home to all things strange and unusual.
Austin, Texas

Ghost Streets of Onion Creek

An entire subdivision was accidentally built on a flood plain, resulting in its eventual demolition—but the streets are still there.
Austin, Texas

Barkin' Springs

A free, canine-friendly alternative watering hole near the more famous Barton Springs.
Austin, Texas

Barton Springs

Home to an endangered salamander, a full moon celebration, and a large spring-fed outdoor swimming pool.
Austin, Texas

Congress Bridge Bats

Home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, estimated at 1.5 million bats.
Austin, Texas

Snake Island

A small island hides in plain sight on Austin's Lady Bird Lake.