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Places visited in Oxfordshire, England
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Fremantle, Australia

Tom Edwards Memorial Fountain

A monument to a working class martyr.
Taizé, France

Taizé Community

A Christian retreat founded to welcome refugees fleeing from the Nazis during World War II.
Grindavík, Iceland

Blue Lagoon

Medicinal spa created with the discharge from a geothermal energy plant.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive.
Padua, Italy

St. Anthony's Tongue

The incorrupt tongue of the saint of lost things is venerated in this basilica.
Orkney, Scotland

Maeshowe

Thanks to both terrific preservation and historic vandalism this ancient site is known as the "Heart of Neolithic Orkney."
Kamakura, Japan

The Great Buddha of Kamakura

A bronze statue dating back as far as 1252, still has remnants of gold around its ears from its ancient gilding.
Tokyo, Japan

Hachiko

After a profound show of devotion for his master, a dog becomes the symbol of loyalty for an entire nation.
Yamagata, Japan

Yamadera Temple Complex

The Buddhist temples of Yamadera, built into a mountain side, feature a viewing deck with sweeping views.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, France

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Even France's favorite aquatic son Jacques Cousteau, couldn't get to the bottom of it.
Whitby, England

Ruins of Whitby Abbey

The gloomy ruins that inspired Bram Stoker to bring Dracula to life.
East Molesey, England

Hampton Court Maze

England's oldest surviving hedge maze has been confusing visitors for over 300 years.
Oxfordshire, England

Uffington White Horse

The granddaddy of English geoglyphs dates back to the late Bronze Age.
Cerne Abbas, England

The Cerne Abbas Giant

Giant naked man on a hillside.
Wiltshire, England

Avebury

The largest stone circle in the world has ended up bringing up more questions than it has answered.
Wiltshire, England

Woodhenge

The first archaeological site discovered by aerial photography.
Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Famously misunderstood wonder of the ancient world.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
Berlin, Germany

Führerbunker Parking Lot

The bunker where Hitler took his own life is hidden under this deliberately ordinary parking lot.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Friedrichstrasse Railway Station

Cold war icon and onetime "hole" in the iron curtain.
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Família

Construction of Barcelona's iconic (but controversial) church is expected to be completed in 2026—a century after the death of its architect.
Syracuse, Italy

Ear of Dionysius

Italian cave with exceptional acoustics and an unsavory history.
Rome, Italy

Lacus Curtius

A mysterious chasm in the heart of the ancient Roman Forum, the Lacus Curtius was once believed to be a gateway to hell.