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All that remains of the bridge is two girders entangled on the edge of the sandur plain.
Iceland

Skeiðará Bridge Monument

Twisted girders are all that remain of an Icelandic bridge that was wiped out by a combination of volcanic heat and glacial floods.
63.9760, -17.0018
Þingvellir
Iceland

Þingvellir

The picturesque birthplace of Icelandic democracy is drenched in the blood of its brutal past.
64.2581, -21.1250
Rainbow
Iceland

Gullfoss (Golden Falls)

If a glacial river suddenly diving into a sheer chasm via a dramatic, multi-stage waterfall isn't peak Iceland, it's certainly close.
64.3270, -20.1200
The Reynisdrangar from the cliffs above.
Vik, Iceland

Reynisdrangar

Three columns of volcanic rock shoot out of the ocean.
63.4087, -19.0173
A Strokkur geyser eruption
Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Field

This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir," which originated the English word.
64.3104, -20.3023
Hekla with Reflection
Iceland

Hekla

A stratovolcano located in the south of Iceland, with a long history of charted activity and a rich mythology attached.
63.9035, -19.3520
Hallgrimskirkja
Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja

The tallest building in Iceland, and certainly one of the most visually impressive.
64.1417, -21.9266
A aerial view of the Masada fortress.
Masada, Israel

Masada

This daunting 1st century fortress was purportedly the site of one of the most dramatic revolts of the Jewish-Roman wars.
31.3156, 35.3555
The now-vacant Wiñay Wayna Pub from the back
Urubamba, Peru

The Former Wiñay Wayna Pub

This is why we can't have nice things on the Incan Trail.
-13.1928, -72.5364
Looking down to the lower level structures
Urubamba, Peru

Wiñay Wayna

These steeply terraced ruins are a stop along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
-13.1930, -72.5366
Laguna Quilotoa
Ecuador

Laguna Quilotoa

A turquoise lake within a volcanic crater.
-0.8612, -78.8973
Rusty wrecks in Tikal
Tikal, Guatemala

Archaeologists' Abandoned Camp

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17.2240, -89.6227
Warning signs at the Phillip Island penguin site
Ventnor, Australia

Penguin Parade At Phillip Island

An unphotographable nightly march of tens of thousands of "fairy penguins" from sea to shore.
-38.4833, 145.2333
New York, New York

Wall Street Bombing Scars

Unrepaired walls from a 1920 anarchist bomb attack.
40.7068, -74.0109
(WikiCommons)
New York, New York

Strawberry Fields Memorial

Central Park mosaic dedicated to John Lennon, groomed for years by a Beatles super-fan.
40.7756, -73.9747
New York, New York

The High Line

Elevated freight railway turned wildly successful urban park.
40.7392, -74.0083
(WikiCommons)
Rome, Italy

Via Appia

2300-year-old Roman road connecting the empire.
41.8675, 12.5028
Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia

Dinosaur of Ta Prohm

Hoax, mistake, or evidence of dinosaurs in human times?
13.4348, 103.8893
Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia.
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Ta Prohm

A battle between nature and architecture in the Cambodian jungle.
13.3586, 103.8626
Cu Chi Tunnels
Nhuận Đức, Vietnam

Cu Chi Tunnels

A nightmare for the claustrophobic lies hidden in Southeast Asia.
11.0624, 106.5272
A street performer on Las Ramblas.
Barcelona, Spain

Street Performers of Las Ramblas

The iconic boulevard is the perfect place to catch sight of a bicycling skeleton, a levitating Satan, or a chef with his head stuck in a pizza.
41.3812, 2.1733
Water puppet show
Hanoi, Vietnam

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Home of the unusual art of water puppetry, one of Vietnam's oldest curiosities.
21.0317, 105.8531
Hanoi, Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh's perfectly preserved body has been on display here since 1975.
21.0373, 105.8360
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