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Paris, France

Au Roi de la Bière

Once a 19th-century brasserie, this McDonald's exterior celebrates Alsatian design and the "King of Beer."
Monteverde, Costa Rica

El Arbol Hueco

A secret climbing tree hides along the side of a Costa Rican road.
Potrero Cerrado, Costa Rica

Sanatorio Durán (Durán Sanatorium)

This abandoned hospital is one of the most haunted places in Costa Rica.
Panama City, Panama

Ancon Hill, República de Panamá

A pocket of jungle amidst urban expansion in Panama.
Costa Rica

Río Celeste

This neon blue river gets its color from a unique mix of bacteria and volcano minerals.
Cabuya, Costa Rica

Cabuya Island Cemetery

There is a small island in the Gulf of Nicoya where the only human inhabitants are dead.
Quepos, Costa Rica

El Avion Restaurant and Bar

The sister plane of the C-123 shot down during the Iran-Contra Affair has found a new purpose in retirement.
Geneva, Switzerland

Treille Promenade

Arguably the longest wooden bench in the world snakes around Geneva's Treille Promenade.
Geneva, Switzerland

Gravestone of Jorge Luis Borges

This famous writer's tombstone is a literary pilgrimage site that was publicly defiled by a rival.
Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Ahuehuete Multicentenario

This beloved, centuries-old tree stands at the center of a small park dotted with archaeological artifacts.
Michoacán, Mexico

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

The winter home of millions of migrating monarch butterflies.
Mexico City, Mexico

Monumental House of Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez

Resembling a 15th century medieval fortress, this home once belonged to a legend of Mexican cinema.
Mexico City, Mexico

Vía Verde Vertical Gardens

The extremely grey columns of one of Mexico City's most iconic beltways are slowly gaining a bit of color.
Mexico City, Mexico

FONART Patriotismo

This warehouse-gallery-shop hybrid showcases Mexican craftwork at its best.
Mexico City, Mexico

Museo de Arte Popular

An airy Art Deco space devoted to the weird and wonderful folk art traditions of Mexico.
Mexico City, Mexico

UNAM Central Library

This incredible college library is a visual masterpiece of mosaic art. It also looks kind of like a giant boombox.
Lille, France

'The Minotaur'

This monumental mural crafted nearly 40 years ago is still in perfect condition.
Ambergris Caye, Belize

Shark Ray Alley

This portion of a lovely Belize beach is infested with (harmless) sharks and rays.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Alcázar de Colón

After Christopher Columbus died, his son built a fancy house to rule from.
La Isabela, Dominican Republic

La Isabela

Columbus' failed colony in the New World.
Morne-A-l'Eau, Guadeloupe

Cimetière de Morne-À-l'Eau (Cemetery of Morne-à-l'eau)

At first glance, little checkered structures on the hillside look like they house the living, not the dead.
Mexico City, Mexico

Fonoteca Nacional

Mexico's National Sound Library houses music, recordings, and voices from the nation's rich past.
Mexico City, Mexico

Cineteca Nacional de Mexico

Its incredible collections are dedicated to preserving Mexico's film history.
Mexico City, Mexico

La Casa de los Azulejos

Once home to an aristocratic family and a workers' organization, this intricately tiled building now houses a chain restaurant.