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The Afsluitdijk.
Breezanddijk, Netherlands

Afsluitdijk

The 20-mile causeway that separates the Netherlands from the sea.
53.0083, 5.1903
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Mackwoods Tea Plantation Sign

A Sri Lankan tea factory's ironic take on the Los Angeles landmark.
7.0243, 80.7191
The Letters of Utrecht, and the poem with no end.
Utrecht, Netherlands

Poem With No End

'The Letters of Utrecht' lays out a ribbon of poetry one letter at a time, with no final verse in sight.
52.0862, 5.1219
The Tsunami Memorial
Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Tsunami Memorial at Yala National Park

Only the foundation remains of the rest stop building that was hit by three large tsunami waves, killing 47 visitors.
6.3442, 81.4973
Cloaca Maxima's outfall is near the Ponte Rotto bridge.
Rome, Italy

Cloaca Maxima

The "Greatest Sewer" of ancient Rome is one of the oldest sewer systems in the world, and is still in use.
41.8889, 12.4803
One of the 13 entrances of the complex
Vĩnh Thạch, Vietnam

Vịnh Mốc Tunnel Complex

This network of tunnels housed an entire village for years, and even had a hall for screening movies.
17.0743, 107.1098
Front of the building as seen from Freedom Park across the street.
Sukhumi, Abkhazia

Abandoned Council of Ministries Building

Ruins of a former government building destroyed during the Georgian-Abkhaz war in the wake of the fall of the Soviet Union.
43.0041, 41.0192
Hospital Cave, rear entrance
Trân Châu, Vietnam

Hospital Cave

This cavern was used as a hidden hospital and safe house during the Vietnam War.
20.7719, 107.0126
Manneken Pis in US Air Force uniform
Brussels, Belgium

Manneken Pis

A little sculpture with a large wardrobe.
50.8450, 4.3500
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

El Avion Restaurant and Bar

Sister plane of the C-123 shot down during the Iran-Contra Affair has found a new purpose in retirement.
9.4024, -84.1532
The interior of Hang Sung Sot.
tt. Cái Rồng, Vietnam

Hang Sung Sot

Ha Long Bay's "Cave of Surprises" houses a popular phallic rock formation.
21.2359, 107.6319
Temple of the Tooth
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Temple of the Tooth

This elaborate temple was built around one of the Buddha's teeth.
7.2931, 80.6372
Diving suit and totem
Formerum, Netherlands

Wrakkenmuseum

Pull up and have a drink at a museum filled with hundreds of years worth of shipwreck artifacts.
53.3892, 5.3147
IJsseloog
Dronten, Netherlands

IJsseloog

This artificial ring island was built to hold cubic tons of polluted dirt.
52.5989, 5.7425
Sagrat Cor, the church at the very top of Tibidabo. (Wikimedia Commons)
Barcelona, Spain

Tibidabo

Mountain where Jesus was first tempted by the Devil.
41.4218, 2.1191
Houses inside Park Güell designed by Gaudí
Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell

Gaudí's famously flamboyant architectural style is on full display in this sprawling park and garden.
41.4136, 2.1528
The Citadella
Budapest, Hungary

The Citadella

From Austrians to Nazis to Soviets, this historic Budapest fortress has a history as complex as the city itself.
47.4869, 19.0466
Nave of San Giovanni
Rome, Italy

The Sweating Cenotaph at the Archbasilica San Giovanni in Laterano

Stone memorial that's said to predict the death of the pope and the site of the Cadaver Synod.
41.8858, 12.5068
The Arch of Gallienus, the Church of Saints Vito and Modesti on the left
Rome, Italy

Arch of Gallienus

This Roman arch marks the location of an ancient gate at one of the Seven Hills of Rome.
41.8958, 12.5009
Inside the giant whale fountain (Flickr/Jorden rundt og hjem igen)
San Gennaro, Italy

Pinocchio Park

Walk through a fairytale in Tuscany.
43.8979, 10.6371
Rome, Italy

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

One of four skulls claiming to belong to the beheaded St. John the Baptist is on display at this Roman church.
41.9021, 12.4811
Fresco erotic scene in the Lupanar
Pompei, Italy

The Ancient Brothels of Pompeii

In the Lupanare Grande the walls are still adorned with the services there offered.
40.7503, 14.4868
San Gimignano, Italy

Towers of San Gimignano

These medieval skyscrapers dominate the skyline of this small Tuscan town.
43.4676, 11.0431
(Kuriositas)
Pompei, Italy

Thermopolia of Pompeii

Ancient snack bar of the Roman Empire re-opened.
40.7507, 14.4841