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Taxidermy animals and a whale skeleton
London, England

Natural History Museum of London

70 million natural history specimens call this gargantuan museum home.
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London Stone
London, England

The London Stone

This legendary stone is of unknown origin, and throughout history has been a literal touchstone for British leaders.
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Public Standards of Length at the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
London, England

Public Standards of Length

19th-century scientists would make the pilgrimage here to verify the precision of their measuring sticks.
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John Harrison's H1 marine timepiece
London, England

John Harrison's Marine Chronometers

The handiwork of a underdog clockmaker who solved an impossible problem for an Empire, and forever revolutionized seafaring.
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The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian
London, England

The Real Greenwich Prime Meridian

Thanks to modern navigational tools we now know that the true prime meridian runs through a park next door.
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Greenwich Foot Tunnel
London, England

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

A 1,215-foot tunnel transports pedestrians beneath the River Thames.
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London's smallest police station.
London, England

London's Lilliputian Police Station

London's smallest police station is barely the size of a phone booth.
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The mouth of the River Fleet, entering the River Thames beneath the Blackfriars Bridge, London.
London, England

The Lost River Fleet

The largest of London's subterranean rivers and once a mad, bad center of London life.
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London, England

Temple Church

An unusual round church in London with a Templar past.
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East Highgate
London, England

Highgate Cemetery

London's creepiest cemetery was once the site of dueling magicians and mobs of stake-carrying vampire hunters.
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The central interior of Leadenhall Market
London, England

Leadenhall Market

This ornate Victorian marketplace was the setting for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter films.
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Peter Pan is the boy who never grows up.
London, England

Peter Pan Statue

A statue marks the exact spot where The Boy Who Never Grows Up made his first literary appearance.
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The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East
London, England

The Ruins of St. Dunstan-in-the-East

One of the few remaining casualties of the London Blitz, this destroyed church has become an enchanting public garden.
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London, England

Pelicans of St James's Park

Giant, friendly pelicans in Central London, the most unlikely of places.
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Orator at Speakers' Corner at 1974
London, England

Speakers' Corner

London's last remaining public soapbox site has seen speeches from Karl Marx, Vladmir Lenin, and George Orwell.
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London, England

Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret

In this cobwebbed old operating theater, you can practically hear the screams of the unanesthetized patients.
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London, England

The Cross Bones Graveyard

Medieval prostitute cemetery.
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London, England

Houseboats of Regents Canal

A community of artists and entrepreneurs seeks a simpler life on London's waterways.
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William Wallace memorial plaque at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London.
London, England

William Wallace Memorial

A plaque hangs near the execution place of the Scottish Independence leader famously depicted in "Braveheart."
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Golden Boy of Pye Corner
London, England

The Golden Boy at Pye Corner

A portly statue of a golden boy commemorates an unusual cause of the Great Fire of London: the sin of gluttony.
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The Hardy Tree
London, England

The Hardy Tree

This churchyard arbor is surrounded by hundreds of gravestones placed there by author Thomas Hardy.
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The Bridge today
Ban Tai, Thailand

Death Railway Bridge

This bridge made famous in novel and on-screen wasn't actually built over the river Kwai.
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Dragonfruit and mangosteen bungalows.
Ban Tai, Thailand

Banphasawan

From dragonfruit to mangoes to durian this Thailand resort allows guests to stay inside all manner of giant fruit.
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World's Largest Book at Kuthodaw Pagoda
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

World's Largest Book at Kuthodaw Pagoda

This golden temple is surrounded by hundreds of stone tablets that comprise the "world's largest book."
22.0050, 96.1133