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Locks on the Pont des Arts
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
48.8578, 2.3374
The figures of "La Mort" (Death) and "L'oiseau de Feu" (the Firebird).
Paris, France

The Stravinsky Fountain

A series of abstract, silly sculptures represent the works of a great modern classical composer.
48.8595, 2.3515
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
Paris, France

The Last Original Standard Metre

An overlooked marble is the only surviving in-place 18th century example of the measurement that changed how we define distance.
48.8493, 2.3355
Clément Ader's Avion III
Paris, France

Musée des Arts et Métiers

France's national museum of scientific and industrial instruments.
48.8666, 2.3555
Paris, France

Musee de la Magie

A museum of magic with a Sadist past.
48.8532, 2.3614
The Flashing Streetlights of Ai Nati Oggi
Ghent, Belgium

The Flashing Streetlights of Ai Nati Oggi

Each time a baby is born in Ghent, these streetlights flash in silent celebration.
51.0567, 3.7213
Water still flows through
London, England

Traitors' Gate

The watery entrance for condemned prisoners heading to the Tower of London is still visible along the Thames.
51.5074, -0.0769
London, England

Hackney City Farm

A flourishing garden with pigs, donkeys, goats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, and sheep.
51.5320, -0.0660
London, England

Houseboats of Regents Canal

A community of artists and entrepreneurs seeks a simpler life on London's waterways.
51.5162, -0.0337
1870 drawing room
London, England

Geffrye Museum

Explore nearly 400 years of English middle-class home life.
51.5316, -0.0763
Angels around
Paris, France

Napoleon's Angels

Twelve grave-faced marble angels guard the emperor's tomb at Les Invalides.
48.8552, 2.3126
Pont de la Concorde
Paris, France

Pont de la Concorde

Bridge built from the rubble of the Bastille prison.
48.8634, 2.3196
National Building Museum
Washington, D.C.

National Building Museum

Fittingly, America's museum of architecture is itself a magnificently designed old building.
38.8978, -77.0175
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum
Auburn, Indiana

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum

A singular collection of hand-built art deco cars are held in a building with style to match.
41.3558, -85.0575
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
Lincoln City, Indiana

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

The farm where one of America's greatest leaders was raised is now a well-appointed landmark.
38.1135, -86.9961
Ancient Agora, Athens
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
37.9758, 23.7247
Athens, Greece

Syntagma Square Metro Station

Where commuters walk through remnants of an ancient Greek necropolis.
37.9757, 23.7340
Chartres, France

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral

The famous winding walk at Chartres is surrounded in mystery and myth.
48.4472, 1.4878
Christ's entombment from the Isenheim Altarpiece.
Colmar, France

The Isenheim Altarpiece

This unusual piece of Renaissance art depicting the bodily horror of crucifixion and skin disease may have been inspired by fungus-induced hallucinations.
48.0796, 7.3554
The head of Sibelius.
Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Monument

An abstract monument to a symphonic composer.
60.1821, 24.9134
Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church

A subterranean house of worship carved right out of the bedrock.
60.1730, 24.9250
Sunrise over Atitlán.
Guatemala

Lago de Atitlán

Central America's deepest lake is actually a volcanic caldera, surrounded by three volcanoes.
14.7000, -91.2000
Man Mo Temple Complex (from left to right): Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Temple, Kung So
Hong Kong

Man Mo Temple Complex

A serene space tucked amid the skyscrapers of Hong Kong's bustling financial district.
22.2839, 114.1502