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Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster Castle

This ominous Albanian fortress houses tanks and downed planes as a reminder of their victories over Western imperialism.
Sarandë District, Albania

Syri i Kalter: The Blue Eye

A naturally beautiful, seemingly bottomless deep blue spring.
Palasë, Albania

Big Bunker

Climb into Albania's communist history while enjoying a spectacular ocean view.
Durrës, Albania

Amphitheater of Durrës

The largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans once held over 20,000 people, but managed to lay hidden for hundreds of years.
Shkodër, Albania

Rozafa Castle

According to a local legend, this old castle could only be built after a woman was immured in the walls.
Krujë, Albania

Krujë Castle

The elliptical citadel resisted the advance of the mighty Ottomans several times, thanks to the military prowess of the "Dragon of Albania."
Fushë Kruje, Albania

George Bush Statue

In this town's main square resides a statue of none other than the 43rd President of the United States.
Tirana, Albania

Bunk’Art 2

In the heart of Tirana, this underground nuclear bunker has been transformed into a museum.
Tirana, Albania

Pyramid of Tirana

An Albanian monument to the Communism that nearly crushed the country is now a crumbling wreck.
London, England

'The Cornerstone'

A quirky statue in Bermondsey made by 100 public participants with goggles, chisels, and mallets.
London, England

Spencer Perceval Memorial

A place of remembrance for the Prime Minister that met a violent end.
London, England

Endangered Species Doorway

An archway adorned with vulnerable flora and fauna.
Venice, Italy

Piraeus Lion

Thousand-year-old Viking runes adorn an ancient Greek lion at the entrance to the Venetian Arsenal.
Venice, Italy

'Dragon Bones' of Santa Maria e San Donato

Hanging within this medieval church are the bones of a beast allegedly slain by a fourth-century saint.
Venice, Italy

Scuola Grande di San Marco

The marble facade hides a little-known medical museum with early surgical instruments and rare copies of canonical texts.
Venice, Italy

The Flooded Crypt of San Zaccaria

As can be expected from a centuries old church built in a canal city, the undercroft of this house of worship is beautifully flooded.
Venice, Italy

Libreria Acqua Alta

This Venice bookstore has resigned itself to constant flooding by keeping its books in bathtubs and boats.
Venice, Italy

Portrait of the Four Tetrarchs

This Roman statue is missing a limb from when the Venetians stole it from Constantinople during the Crusades.
Venice, Italy

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

This palatial spiral staircase was so unusual the name "snail" was given to the noble family who built it.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio)

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
Venice, Italy

Isola di San Michele

Venice's island of the dead.
Nantes, France

Hamster Villa

Sleep in the hay, spin the wheel and eat grain pellets to your heart's delight.
Nantes, France

Nantes' Natural History Museum

Home to the "Rat King" of Nantes and other wonders of the natural world.