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Century-old rats
Paris, France

Julien Aurouze and Co.

A Parisian exterminator's shop whose storefront displays stuffed rats hanging from traps.
48.8598, 2.3467
The Reading Room as it appears today, pre-renovations
Paris, France

Labrouste Reading Room

This off-limits room in the National Library of France is home to a system of pneumatic tubes, once used to bring books to readers.
48.8673, 2.3384
Voltaire in marble resting atop his real, fleshy heart (as captured in 1924)
Paris, France

The Heart of Voltaire

In the best of all possible worlds, everyone will get a chance to see this statue in which Voltaire's heart is interred.
48.8673, 2.3384
The cour des miracles as imagined in an illustration to The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
Paris, France

Cours des Miracles (Court of Miracles)

Beggars were miraculously "cured" of their fake ailments when they returned home to this 17th century Paris slum each night.
48.8680, 2.3483
Beware of Words.
Paris, France

Beware of Words

A French artist's vague warning hangs over Belleville.
48.8731, 2.3818
Paris, France

Argonaute Submarine

The Argonaute submarine was the French navy's pride and joy in the 1950's.
48.8936, 2.3898
Flame of Liberty
Paris, France

Flame of Liberty

This life-size replica of the Statue of Liberty's flame is also a tribute to Princess Diana by default.
48.8647, 2.3014
Paris, France

Arènes de Lutèce

Remains of Roman amphitheater hidden in a sleepy quarter of Paris.
48.8450, 2.3530
Paris, France

La REcyclerie

This Parisian cafe bucks the usual trend of the area and sticks almost exclusively to an ethos of reuse.
48.8976, 2.3441
La Conciergerie
Paris, France

La Conciergerie

This former “ante-chamber to the guillotine” has been refurbished to illustrate the brutal history of French justice.
48.8555, 2.3459
The ceilling of Le Louxor
Paris, France

Le Louxor Palais du Cinema

Egyptian Revival movie palace abandoned for decades and restored in 2013.
48.8834, 2.3498
Paris, France

Foucault's Pendulum and the Paris Pantheon

19th century pendulum and a clock restored by a rogue group of guerilla artists.
48.8468, 2.3459
Paris, France

Montparnasse Cemetery

A Parisian cemetery where the elite and artistic are interred beneath an eccentric collection of tombs.
48.8387, 2.3262
The Defender of Time
Paris, France

The Defender of Time

A mechanized clock where a man fights off a dragon, crab, and rooster.
48.8625, 2.3526
Shakespeare And Company bookshop situated at 37 rue de la Bûcherie, in the 5th arrondissement.
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

This iconic Parisian bookstore doubles as the "Tumbleweed Hotel" for traveling writers.
48.8526, 2.3471
From the water
Lisbon, Portugal

Belem Tower Rhinoceros - Torre de Belém

A king's pet, a pope's gift, an artist's inspiration, and a tragic shipwreck.
38.6916, -9.2160
Opening to a cave at Boca do Inferno.
Cascais, Portugal

Boca do Inferno

A unique seaside cave where Aleister Crowley faked his own death.
38.6914, -9.4306
The palace's stunning spiral stairway.
Sintra, Portugal

Quinta da Regaleira

Eccentrically decorated palace and gardens replete with grottoes, fountains, underground tunnels, caves, and numerous statues.
38.7963, -9.3960
Typical Boston gravestones showing the winged death head
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's Old Burying Grounds

Macabre headstones carved with winged skulls, dancing skeletons, and pithy reminders of impending death.
42.3573, -71.0613
'The Thinker', often seen as a separate sculpture
Palo Alto, California

Gates of Hell Sculpture

Rodin's famous depiction of Dante's 'Inferno', amidst a sculpture garden of many of his other works.
37.4329, -122.1702