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Places visited in Guilin, China
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Ice cream cone from the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.
New York, New York

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory

Celebrate Thanksgiving with pumpkin pie ice cream.
40.7154, -73.9982
Kaneohe, Hawaii

Ha'iku Stairs

A Hawaiian Stairway to Heaven.
21.4046, -157.8250
New York, New York

Union Square Metronome

The most confusing clock in New York.
40.7346, -73.9903
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Vatican City

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy.
41.9065, 12.4534
Street view of Casa Batlló
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design.
41.3917, 2.1650
Japanese Gardens.
San Francisco, California

Japanese Tea Garden

Relics of the 1894 Midwinter Exposition continue to delight visitors today.
37.7702, -122.4702
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
View of the ruins from the hillside. The original stairs would have come down on the far left. The curved edge of the original aquarium and the outline of the diving well are on the right.
San Francisco, California

Ruins of the Sutro Baths

The seawater playground of gilded-era San Francisco burned to the ground in 1966.
37.7799, -122.5137
Oyster bar
New York, New York

Grand Central Terminal Whispering Gallery

Whisper secrets in a busy station only to be heard on the other side of this acoustic arch.
40.7527, -73.9772
Berlin, Germany

Vestiges of the Berlin Wall

On the Spree bank, discover one of the last reminders of a symbolic wall that divided, and was torn down by the people.
52.5050, 13.4397
Crown Fountain
Chicago, Illinois

Crown Fountain

The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
41.8816, -87.6242
San Francisco, California

Palace of Fine Arts

The last remaining relic of San Francisco's glittering 1915 Panama Pacific Exposition.
37.8029, -122.4482
The glowing Times Square Ball as it rests today.
New York, New York

One Times Square

This historic address is home to the beloved ball and is an almost totally empty building among the most expensive real estate in the world.
40.7563, -73.9864
Gum Wall window ledge
Seattle, Washington

Gum Wall

A wall of chewing gum moonlights as collective art.
47.6081, -122.3403
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
40.7392, -74.0083
The church's interior
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.
41.4036, 2.1744
Locks on the Pont des Arts
Paris, France

Paris Padlocks of Love

The celebrated eyesore created by starry-eyed sweethearts.
48.8578, 2.3374
The top of the Space Needle exemplifies Googie architecture. (Wikimedia Commons)
Seattle, Washington

Space Needle

Iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest.
47.6201, -122.3484
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Folk art environment, gallery space, and nonprofit showcasing the work of mosaicist Isaiah Zagar.
39.9429, -75.1593
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
Stones and Henge, respectively.
Wiltshire, England

Stonehenge World Heritage Site

Famously misunderstood wonder of the ancient world.
51.1797, -1.8265
Brooklyn, New York

Morbid Anatomy Museum

A museum devoted to bringing to light forgotten or neglected histories through exhibitions, education and public programming.
40.6729, -73.9901
Eilean Donan
Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

Eilean Donan

The most iconic structure in Scotland has been home to bishops, colonels, and Sean Connery characters.
57.2739, -5.5162