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"The Lady and the Unicorn" tapestry
Paris, France

Musée de Cluny

Medieval museum built over Roman baths that features famous tapestries of a lady and a unicorn.
48.8472, 2.3444
Paris, France

Tombées du Camion

Stroll through retro Paris while shopping for old postcards and discarded doll heads.
48.8863, 2.3332
The oval reading room at the Bibliothèque nationale.
Paris, France

Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France)

This massive library holds what was once largest book collection in the world.
48.8679, 2.3395
Thanksgiving Grocery, "Cuisine de la Louisiane."
Paris, France

Thanksgiving Grocery

An all-American grocery store in Paris sells U.S. "cuisine" like Pop-Tarts and Heinz ketchup to homesick ex-pats.
48.8535, 2.3618
59 Rivoli in 2005.
Paris, France

59 Rivoli

Notorious artist squat renovated into legal studios.
48.8592, 2.3458
Exterior of Centre Pompidou
Paris, France

Centre Pompidou

An "inside out" building in the historical center of Paris, featuring Europe’s largest modern art museum.
48.8606, 2.3526
Locks on the Pont des Arts
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
48.8578, 2.3374
Coleraine, Northern Ireland

Dunluce Castle

The ruins of this medieval castle in Northern Ireland have inspired artists from C.S. Lewis to Led Zeppelin.
55.2108, -6.5797
County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway

Northern Ireland's Brobdingnagian stepping stones.
55.2417, -6.5112
Mount Tremper, New York

Kaatskill Kaleidoscope

The world's largest kaleidoscope, designed by a 1960s psychedelic artist.
42.0441, -74.2836
The Virgin of Nuremberg, aka the Iron Maiden
Prague, Czechia

Museum of Torture Instruments

Take a break from the beauty of Prague to explore a more gruesome side of history.
50.0867, 14.4154
Museum of Communism
Prague, Czechia

Museum of Communism

This Prague museum collects brutalist relics and memories from the country's former Soviet rule.
50.0879, 14.4301
Brooklyn, New York

Pratt Institute Engine Room

Haven for steampunks.
40.6922, -73.9630
Brooklyn, New York

Bomelstein's Jewelers Clock

The only surviving sidewalk clock in Brooklyn.
40.7262, -73.9523
Brooklyn, New York

Monsignor McGolrick Park

Once called Winthrop Park in 1889, home to a decidedly sexy tribute to the Monitor vs. Merrimac battle.
40.7256, -73.9445
Brooklyn, New York

Pencil Factory

Once part of a vast Pencil empire and where the first colored pencils were produced.
40.7297, -73.9576
Brooklyn, New York

Transmitter Park

Once a ferry dock, radio transmitter, and now a new Greenpoint park.
40.7299, -73.9608
This laundromat is more than it seems.
Brooklyn, New York

Sunshine Laundromat

One of New York's best collections of pinball is hidden in a secret bar in the back of this laundromat.
40.7293, -73.9536
A boat being serviced using a dry dock. (amberjol/Flickr)
Brooklyn, New York

The Brooklyn Navy Yard

A decommissioned military complex that's now a modern industrial park.
40.7026, -73.9698
City Reliquary Museum
Brooklyn, New York

City Reliquary

Brooklyn has some great collections and some weird collections. This is both.
40.7140, -73.9558
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York.
40.7346, -73.9903
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
40.7392, -74.0083
(Flickr/pvsbond)
New York, New York

Life Underground Sculptures

An artist's cute bronze subway sculptures belie his violent artistic past.
40.7398, -74.0025
One of the many pieces of taxidermy.
Brooklyn, New York

Red Hook Bait and Tackle Shop

A Red Hook dive bar that is holding onto its roots.
40.6790, -74.0110