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Sun City, South Africa

Sun City Resort

A safari-themed castle in the South African bush with the largest maze in the southern hemisphere.
Cape Town, South Africa

Seal Island

Haven for Cape Fur Seals, until the Ring of Death of jumping Great White Sharks arrives.
Cape Town, South Africa

Bo Kaap

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo Kaap is a colorfully-painted suburb located in the “Mother City” of South Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice.
Lalibela, Ethiopia

Bete Giyorgis of Lalibela

An Ethiopian "Jerusalem" featuring a church hewn out of a single rock.
Tokyo, Japan

Alcatraz ER

Japan's corrupt-mental-institution themed restaurant offers diners a chance to eat inside of filthy cells.
Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara Electric Town

Once a black market electronics marketplace, now an otaku shopper's paradise.
Tokyo, Japan

Hachiko

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation.
Tokyo, Japan

Vampire Café

A taste of the macabre Tokyo's ritzy shopping district.
Tokyo, Japan

Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

Cabaret where the show girls are all androids, and the patrons couldn't be more pleased.
Rome, Italy

Monte Testaccio

This hill made entirely of ancient Roman jars was simply a garbage dump to the people of the time.
Rome, Italy

The Head of St. John the Baptist at San Silvestro in Capite

One of several skulls claiming to belong to the beheaded St. John the Baptist is on display at this Roman church.
Rome, Italy

Domus Aurea

The insane pleasure dome of ancient Rome's lunatic emperor still holds the undiscovered secrets of his mad imagination.
Rome, Italy

Arciconfraternita Santa Maria dell'Orazione e Morte

At the crypt of St. Mary of Eulogies and the Dead you are left alone to ponder mortality among piles of skulls.
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Rome, Italy

Torre Argentina (Roman Cat Sanctuary)

Hundreds of lucky felines haunt the ruins where Caesar was murdered.
Rome, Italy

Santa Maria della Concezione Crypts

The crypts of Capuchin friars decorated with the bones of over 4,000 friars, including an entire "crypt of pelvises."
Jersey City, New Jersey

The Katyń Massacre Memorial

This evocative New Jersey statue memoralizes the Polish victims of a Soviet massacre.
Hackensack, New Jersey

USS Ling Submarine

A World War II-era submarine is stuck in the mud in New Jersey.
Memphis, Tennessee

Al Green’s Full Gospel Tabernacle Church

The R&B singer's modest church guarantees a religious experience, regardless of your beliefs.
Memphis, Tennessee

Isaac Hayes' Gold-Plated Cadillac

The bad ass ride of a soul legend, housed in one of the world's few soul museums.
Memphis, Tennessee

The Jungle Room at Graceland

Elvis' own personal tropical hideaway.
Memphis, Tennessee

Sun Studio

This Memphis recording studio launched the careers of Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.
Memphis, Tennessee

Peabody Hotel Duck March

Every day a troupe of pampered water fowl walk the red carpet to their favorite fountain.