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Tallinn, Estonia

Linnahall

An empty relic of the Moscow Olympics crumbles away in Estonia's capital.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dippy the Dinosaur

A model of a dinosaur that was named for Andrew Carnegie stands outside the museum that also bears his name.
Marseille, France

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

This modern museum of Mediterranean culture is surrounded by a surreal concrete honeycomb.
Krakow, Poland

Wawel Dragon's Den

This Polish cave has housed a dragon, a brothel, and an enduring legend.
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.
Paris, France

House of Nicolas Flamel

The oldest stone house in Paris was built by its most famous alchemist.
Paris, France

The Defender of Time

A mechanized clock where a man fights off a dragon, crab, and rooster.
Paris, France

Le Passe-Muraille

This surreal statue brings a famous French novel about a supernatural cad to arresting life.
Paris, France

I Love You Wall

Paris' linguistic guide to the international language of, yes, love.
Paris, France

Jules Lavirotte's 29 Avenue Rapp

A scandalous Art Nouveau collaboration that set Paris all atwitter at the turn of the century.
Paris, France

Petite Ceinture

Abandoned railway line circling the city of Paris.
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.
Paris, France

Salvador Dalí Sundial

A surrealist timepiece by the artist of melting clocks.
Paris, France

Un Regard Moderne Bookstore

A counter-culture bookstore like no other hides in plain sight in the streets of Paris.
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

This iconic Parisian bookstore doubles as the "Tumbleweed Hotel" for traveling writers.
Paris, France

Paris Point Zero

The very center of Paris is surrounded by a bevy of strange good luck rituals.
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
Paris, France

59 Rivoli

Notorious artist squat renovated into legal studios.
Darmstadt, Germany

Waldspirale

A German apartment building hosting as many trees as human occupants.
Boston, Massachusetts

Lucy Parsons Center

Radical Bookstore and Community Space.
Podgarić, Croatia

Podgaric Monument

This stunning, out-of-the-way Croatian monument commemorates a community's uprising against occupying fascist forces.
Brussels, Belgium

The Musical Instrument Museum

Three floors of musical instruments coming from all corners of the world and hundreds of years of musical history.
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Metelkova

This abandoned Slovenian military barracks has become a punky-political art squat.
Roquevaire, France

Maison de celle-qui-peint

Artist Danielle Jacqui decorates nearly every inch of her home inside and out with her work.