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London, England

Pelicans of St James's Park

Giant, friendly pelicans in Central London, the most unlikely of places.
51.5029, -0.1301
Clément Ader's Avion III
Paris, France

Musée des Arts et Métiers

France's national museum of scientific and industrial instruments.
48.8666, 2.3555
The ruins of Troy
Çanakkale, Turkey

Troy

This famous city eluded concrete detection until the early 2000's.
40.1553, 26.4142
One of the many gruesome dioramas.
London, England

The London Dungeon

One part local history and 99 parts gruesome haunted house.
51.5025, -0.1188
The oval reading room at the Bibliothèque nationale.
Paris, France

Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France)

This massive library holds what was once largest book collection in the world.
48.8679, 2.3395
A Lycian rock tomb.
Fethiye, Turkey

Lycian Rock Tombs

These tombs were built into the side of a mountain so that ancient angels could reach the dead.
36.6186, 29.1168
Toad automaton.
Bourton-on-the-Water, England

Dragonfly Maze

Puzzles within puzzles hide a golden treasure in this hedge maze.
51.8782, -1.7489
Dome
London, England

Whispering Gallery at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Hear the quietest sound from across the dome.
51.5138, -0.1004
Battersea Power Staion
London, England

Battersea Power Station

Pop culture has helped to keep this iconic British building from being destroyed.
51.4817, -0.1446
The gallery of maps, showing the ceiling
Città del Vaticano, Vatican City

Gallery of Maps - Galleria delle Carte Geografiche

Breathtaking and huge 430 year old maps of Italy.
41.9065, 12.4534
Puzzlewood
Coleford, England

Puzzlewood

The mysterious, fantastical woodland inspiration for "The Lord of the Rings."
51.7817, -2.6114
Oxford, England

Oxford Museum of Natural History

Home to the most complete dodo remains known - one head, and one foot.
51.7587, -1.2555
London, England

Hyde Park Pet Cemetery

The final resting place to 300 Victorian-era pets hides inside the city park.
51.5118, -0.1726
Whitehaven Beach
Whitsundays, Australia

Whitehaven Beach

A small, but award-winning beach known for its literally spotless reputation.
-20.2798, 149.0370
Istanbul, Turkey

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

A fountain standing as a testament to a doomed alliance.
41.0071, 28.9767
Avebury
Wiltshire, England

Avebury

The largest stone circle in the world has ended up bringing up more questions than it has answered.
51.4280, -1.8538
Medieval Clock at Salisbury Cathedral. (Wikimedia Commons)
Salisbury, England

Medieval Clock at Salisbury Cathedral

Oldest working mechanical clock in the world.
51.0661, -1.7975
The Chester Rows in an earlier century.
Chester, England

Chester Rows

Mysteriously stacked storefront paths give this medieval British town an iconic style like none other.
53.1902, -2.8891
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
Paragliding above Westbury White Horse.
Bratton, England

Westbury White Horse

A giant white horse drawn on an English hillside may not have been intended to be a horse at all.
51.2676, -2.1265
World cup 2011 of Elephant Polo.
Kathmandu, Nepal

Tiger Tops

Host to the World Elephant Polo Championships since 1982.
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Bryn Celli Ddu
Isle of Anglesey, Wales

Bryn Celli Ddu

This neolithic stone grave has been altered and restored so often its now more neo than lithic.
53.2078, -4.2361
The GPO at night
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin General Post Office

The modern birthplace of Irish freedom.
53.3493, -6.2611
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