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The House in the Loire.
Couëron, France

House in the Loire

The sunken structure looks like the victim of a catastrophic flood.
47.2061, -1.7162
Villa cheminée with the chimneys of the power station in the background.
Bouée, France

Villa Cheminée

This tiny hotel perched atop a 50-foot tower really puts things into perspective.
47.2816, -1.8964
Suite de triangles.
Saint-Nazaire, France

Suite de Triangles

These red marks, seemingly placed at random, are in fact not.
47.2753, -2.1984
The facade.
Paris, France

'Les Spécialistes' Fake Door

This banal Parisian entranceway is not what it seems.
48.8629, 2.3577
Vienna, Austria

Gasometer Town

Apartment complexes built into huge repurposed natural gas tanks.
48.1848, 16.4203
Chartres, France

Labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral

The famous winding walk at Chartres is surrounded in mystery and myth.
48.4472, 1.4878
Piazza dell'Anfiteatro in Lucca.
Lucca, Italy

Piazza dell'Anfiteatro

This bustling Italian plaza is built on the ruins of an ancient Roman amphitheater.
43.8453, 10.5061
the Devil's column
Milan, Italy

The Devil's Column

The mark of the Devil's horns on a marble column in Milan.
45.4640, 9.1757
Florence, Italy

Fresco of John Hawkwood

In Florence's great Duomo, a 26 foot fresco honors a mercenary famous for attacking Florence.
43.7735, 11.2566
Vasari Corridor
Florence, Italy

Vasari Corridor

This private skyway is filled with art and was expanded explicitly so that Hitler could appreciate a river.
43.7710, 11.2480
Apothecary jars in main room
Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy

The oldest operating pharmacy in the world features 800-year-old recipes.
43.7736, 11.2484
The Squero di San Trovaso.
Venice, Italy

Squero di San Trovaso

Where Venice's gondolas go for a tune-up.
45.4303, 12.3259
The columns looking out over the Venetian Lagoon.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
45.4330, 12.3388
Torcello
Venice, Italy

Torcello

The small peaceful island off the Venice tourist circuit is where the city began more than 1,500 years ago.
45.4963, 12.4153
Straight on view of Support
Venice, Italy

Giant Hands of Venice’s Grand Canal

A new sculpture calls attention to climate change in the centuries-old city it threatens.
45.4406, 12.3344
Libreria Acqua Alta
Venice, Italy

Libreria Acqua Alta

This Venice bookstore has resigned itself to constant flooding by keeping its books in bathtubs and boats.
45.4380, 12.3423
Beware of Words.
Paris, France

Beware of Words

A French artist's vague warning hangs over Belleville.
48.8731, 2.3818
The Basilica viewed from the west of Vezelay
Vézelay, France

La Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

This church sits upon a peaceful hill and a long, turbulent history.
47.4664, 3.7476
The cour des miracles as imagined in an illustration to The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.
Paris, France

Cours des Miracles (Court of Miracles)

Beggars were miraculously "cured" of their fake ailments when they returned home to this 17th century Paris slum each night.
48.8680, 2.3483
Paris Bird Market
Paris, France

Paris Bird Market

For one day a week a famed French flower district turns into an avian bazaar.
48.8551, 2.3470
Early 60s Jaguar Mark 2
Bordeaux, France

Falling Car of Bordeaux

This Bordeaux parking garage has 712 indoor spaces, and one outdoor.
44.8351, -0.5723
Main Fourvière theatre.
Lyon, France

Ancient Roman Theaters of Lyon

Lyon, France is home to two remarkably preserved Roman theaters, one dating back to 15 BCE.
45.7598, 4.8199
The figures of "La Mort" (Death) and "L'oiseau de Feu" (the Firebird).
Paris, France

The Stravinsky Fountain

A series of abstract, silly sculptures represent the works of a great modern classical composer.
48.8595, 2.3515
The gardens of Jardin d'Acclimatation
Paris, France

Jardin d'Acclimatation

In this Parisian garden's grotesque former life as a zoo it fed exotic animals to the bourgeois and put humans on exhibit.
48.8775, 2.2631