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Garraf, Spain

Bodegas Güell

This whimsical winery by Antoni Gaudí looks ripped from the pages of a fairytale.
Valencia, Spain

Holy Chalice of Valencia

Of the many chalices in the running for the Holy Grail, this one in Valencia Cathedral sure looks the part.
Valencia, Spain

Central Market of Valencia

This amazing example of Valencian Art Nouveau looks more like a cathedral than a public market.
Valencia, Spain

Parque Gulliver

This massive fiberglass Gulliver turns every visitor into a Lilliputian.
Lyon, France

Ancient Roman Theaters of Lyon

Lyon, France is home to two remarkably preserved Roman theaters, one dating back to 15 BCE.
Lyon, France

Lumière Villa

Antique cinematography artifacts fill this museum dedicated to the inventors of the moving picture.
Marseille, France

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

This modern museum of Mediterranean culture is surrounded by a surreal concrete honeycomb.
Marseille, France

Notre-Dame de la Garde's Nautical Ex-Voto

Sky ships, planes, and portraits left as unique tokens of hope and thankfulness.
Marseille, France

Château d'If

This historic island prison holds one of the dungeons from the Count of Monte Cristo even though it is a work of fiction.
Arles, France

Arles Amphitheatre

This ancient theater was once the home of fierce gladiatorial battles.
Bordeaux, France

Miroir d'eau

The world's largest reflecting pool is just two centimeters deep.
Bilbo, Spain

Jeff Koons' Puppy

Giant topiary dog once played a role in a terrorist bomb plot.
Pak Ou, Laos

Pak Ou's Caves

Thousands of effigies of Buddha watch from caves set high above a legendary river, plus whiskey.
Laos

Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre

Buried in the Laos jungle is a sanctuary for bears that would have otherwise been milked to death by poachers.
Laos

Kuang Si Waterfalls

This tiered waterfall is so pretty it may cause visitors to cry tears of their own.
Phonsavan, Laos

Plain of Jars

Believed to have once stored either human remains or rice wine, thousands of mysterious stone jars lie in ruin.
Ban Napia, Laos

Spoon Village

Heavily bombed during the Vietnam War, this small town turns unexploded munitions into utensils.
Vientiane, Laos

Patuxai

When the USA donated cement and funds to expand the airport in Laos, the Laotians built a massive monument instead.
Vientiane, Laos

Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park)

More than 200 statues filled with cryptic symbols give this park spot an aura of horror vacui fantasy.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kbal Spean

This Cambodian riverbed is covered in ancient Hindu carvings both above and below the waters.
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Neak Pean

A small 12th-century temple surrounded by waters believed to have curative properties.
Angkor, Cambodia

Phimeanakas

A secluded, little-known temple hidden amid the dense jungle.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Wat Phnom

The capital of Cambodia is named after the hill on which this ancient temple complex stands.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phsar Thmei (Central Market)

One of the biggest markets in Asia, under one of the continent's largest domes.