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Malindi, Kenya

Gedi Ruins

Abandoned city hidden from the world by tropical forest and isolation on the coast of Kenya.
Washington, D.C.

First Teddy Bear

The story behind this beloved toy—named for Theodore Roosevelt and owned by his grandson—is more complicated than you might guess.
Washington, D.C.

Old Post Office Tower

The National Park Service’s best-kept secret with views that rival any in D.C.
Cape Town, South Africa

The Noon Gun

From atop a hill at the center of Cape Town, a cannon has been signalling the time since 1806.
Rwanda

Nyamunini Island

This breathtaking island on Rwanda’s Lake Kivu is a haven for thousands of fruit bats.
Annapolis, Maryland

William Paca House And Garden

This Annapolis home was built by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
London, England

Wellington Arch

Once designed as the entrance to Buckingham Palace, this structure was later relocated and stands as a victory arch.
Rottnest Island, Australia

Wadjemup Lighthouse

Ships still use this historic lighthouse to navigate dangerous, island waters.
Yorktown, Virginia

Surrender Field

The location where the American Revolution ended.
Mumbai, India

The Lion & Tiger Statues

These animal carvings stand as a representation of India and Britain.
Thunderbolt, Georgia

Charles F. Mills Grave Bell

A 19th-century cemetery device to ensure that the prematurely buried would be "saved by the bell."
Mumbai, India

Bandra Fort

Designed as a 17th-century watchtower, the former fort is now a popular sunset haunt.
Bruges, Belgium

House Bouchoute

The compass on its front was a handy tool for 17th-century merchants who needed to know the direction of the wind.
Ypres, Belgium

In Flanders Fields Museum

This memorial museum chronicles the apocalyptic destruction of the First World War.
Bruges, Belgium

Smallest Gothic Window in Bruges

You can spot this teeny tiny stained-glass window from the Bonifacius bridge.
Ghent, Belgium

The Flashing Streetlights of Ai Nati Oggi

Each time a baby is born in Ghent, these streetlights flash in silent celebration.
Mumbai, India

Mumbai's Parsi Fire Temples

The place of worship for Zoroastrians, Mumbai's Parsi fire temples use fire and ash for purification.
Mumbai, India

Kothari Pyau

Constructed in 1923, this is one of several heritage drinking fountains across Mumbai.
Mumbai, India

'Urbs Prima In Indis'

Mumbai's angel.
Mumbai, India

Kala Ghoda Statue

A tribute to the area's namesake and King Edward VII.
Mumbai, India

Fort George

An 18th-century fort in the business district of Mumbai.
Mumbai, India

Ruttonsee Muljee Jetha Fountain

A drinking water fountain in the heart of Mumbai, built by a father in memory of his son.
Arlington, Virginia

Netherlands Carillon

An oft-overlooked, magically musical monolith that stands majestically between Arlington Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial.
London, England

The Fourth Plinth

Originally meant to hold a statue of King William IV, this support sat empty for years. Today, it hosts a rotating cast of public artwork.