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Minsk, Belarus

Minsk KFC

Remnants of the city's Soviet history hover over this modern fast-food outlet.
Minsk, Belarus

Isle of Tears

A beautiful and moving memorial set on a little island in the middle of the river in Minsk.
London, England

Pudding Lane

The Great Fire of London and the regulation of one-way streets both started in this alley.
London, England

Handel & Hendrix in London

The next-door homes of two very different musicians, George Frideric Handel and Jimi Hendrix.
London, England

World's Largest Potted Plant

The cedar tree in Highgate Cemetery earned its title by accident.
Oslo, Norway

Vigeland Sculpture Park

One man's exploration of the human form, including the bizarre and delightful "Man Attacked by Babies."
Helsinki, Finland

Fortress of Suomenlinna

This irregularly shaped sea fortress has defended not one but three different sovereign states.
Damme, Belgium

Damme Canal

Also known as Napolean's Canal, this waterway was created on the orders of the general, and construction was interrupted by Waterloo.
Riga, Latvia

Riga Aviation Museum

A vast and unlikely aviation museum kept alive for over 50 years due to one man's tenacity.
Rīga, Latvia

House of the Blackheads

The reconstruction of this prominent building fulfilled a long-written command.
San Diego, California

El Campo Santo Cemetery

This historic graveyard was partially paved over to create a streetcar line.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg the Bear Statue

A statue in a Canadian zoo remembers the WWI origins of the beloved character Winnie-the-Pooh.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Louis Riel's Gravestone

Canada's accused-traitor-turned-folk-hero is buried under a red stone in a ring of his own.
Vancouver, British Columbia

'Gassy Jack' Statue

An effigy of Vancouver's Gastown neighorhood's namesake.
Seattle, Washington

Edith Macefield's House

The tale of a strong-willed woman who stood her ground when the commercial world came rumbling in.
Seattle, Washington

Union Station

Though strikingly beautiful, Seattle's other railway station is now largely forgotten.
San Diego, California

Unconditional Surrender

A sculpture of the famous photograph stands on San Diego's "Greatest Generation Walk."
San Francisco, California

The Golden Fire Hydrant

The miraculous hydrant that saved the Mission District in 1906.
San Francisco, California

Balmy Alley Murals

Stunning street art as political theater for the masses.
San Francisco, California

The "Full House" House

This private residence was the template for one of the most beloved television homes ever.
Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia

Calvary of Banska Stiavnica

After 11 years of reconstruction work, Slovakia's finest hilltop chapel complex is finally reopen to the public.
Bratislava, Slovakia

Slavín

Thousands of slain Soviet soldiers are buried within the shadow of this enormous obelisk.
Bratislava, Slovakia

Hotel Galéria Spirit

A unique hotel for the artistic soul.
Čachtice, Slovakia

Ruins of Cachtice Castle

The blood-soaked ruins of the castle where the murderous Blood Countess was walled in alive.