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Moldova

'Welcome to Gagauzia' Sign

This sign marks the entrance to a tiny proto-state within the small country of Moldova.
Cricova, Moldova

Wine Cellars of Cricova

Seventy-five miles of limestone caves host more than a million bottles of wine beneath a sleepy Moldovan town.
Chisinau, Moldova

Mileștii Mici

The largest wine cellar in the world is a 150-mile network of underground caves near the capital of Moldova.
Tiraspol, Moldova

Transnistria

A forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, Transnistria is an unrecognized country hidden behind a heavily militarized border between Moldova and Ukraine.
Sark, Guernsey

Sark Dark Sky Island

The first island in the world designated a light-pollution-free astronomical observation point.
Guernsey

German Military Underground Hospital

Underground hospital complex constructed by slave laborers during the German occupation of the Channel Islands.
Port Erin, Isle of Man

Isle of Man Steam Railway

A 150-year-old steam locomotive crosses the southern half of the island daily.
Laxey, Isle of Man

The Laxey Wheel

World's largest working waterwheel has been around for over 150 years.
Douglas, Isle of Man

The Old Fairy Bridge

This hidden bridge is where local children leave gifts and messages for the island's fay folk.
Landrethun-le-Nord, France

Forteresse de Mimoyecques

Underneath a chalk hill in France lies what Hitler hoped would be the underground launching base for a devastating new weapon.
Carnac, France

Carnac Stones

Hundreds of prehistoric stones, arranged in perfect lines in a French field.
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

This bridge was constructed from the rubble of the infamous Bastille.
Fleury-devant-Douaumont, France

Douaumont Ossuary

This modern French ossuary contains the jumbled bones of 130,000 WWI soldiers.
Stelvio, Italy

Stelvio Pass

One of the highest mountain passes in Europe has been ranked among the best driving roads in the world.
Cassino, Italy

Montecassino Abbey

This breathtaking monastery was established by Saint Benedict himself 1,500 years ago.
Pompeii, Italy

The Brothels of Pompeii

Erotic art covers the walls of the largest ancient pleasure palace.
Pompeii, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
Anacapri, Italy

Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto)

The glowing blue Nymphaeum of Emperor Tiberius.
Ercolano, Italy

Herculaneum

Pompeii's less famous neighbor is still revealing her secrets.
Oranienburg, Germany

Abandoned SS Brotfabrik

A crumbling bakery where forced laborers from the nearby concentration camp toiled to feed their fellow prisoners and Nazi soldiers.
Nuremberg, Germany

Memorium Nürnberger Prozesse (Nuremberg Trials Memorial)

A museum that chronicles the history of the Nuremberg Trials for Nazi war criminals in the building where the trials were once held.
Zossen, Germany

Winkel Towers of Zossen

Several of these strange cone-shaped bunkers can still be seen around the former Nazi headquarters.
Zossen, Germany

Wünsdorf Officer's House

A statue of Vladimir Illyich Lenin guards this abandoned building in the "Forbidden City."
Schorfheide, Germany

Finowfurt Aviation Museum

This former Soviet military base has over 10 original aircraft and an enormous amount of memorabilia on display.