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Melnik, Bulgaria

Historic Melnik

This tiny Bulgarian town offers a stunning location in the mountains and a storied history.
Thessaloniki, Greece

The Ruins of Rentina

These ruins in Volvi were once at the intersection of the Eastern and Western Worlds.
Lemnos, Greece

Volcanic Rocks of Lemnos

An alien landscape on the banks of the Aegean Sea.
Derinkuyu, Turkey

Derinkuyu Underground City

The deepest underground city in Turkey was designed to protect 20,000 people behind massive stone doors.
Hajvali, Turkey

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Live a night as a Byzantine King, with a minibar and private jacuzzi.
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

In this historic region, homes and churches are carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia

Towers of Svaneti

Fortified homes of highland warriors that are still in use today.
Mestia, Georgia

Queen Tamar Airport

Despite being tiny and rural this Georgian airport looks like a sci-fi boondoggle.
Georgia

Katskhi Pillar

Small church on top of a huge rock column.
Chiatura, Georgia

The Cable Cars of Chiatura

These Stalin-era industrial death traps are still in use by daredevil commuters.
Georgia

Uplistsikhe Cave Town

Ancient rock-hewn town that witnessed key events of Georgian history.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Bank of Georgia Building

Unusual building appears to be haphazardly built from randomly piled bricks.
Volgograd, Russia

Pavlov's House

The Nazis lost more men trying to take this Russian-held Stalingrad apartment block than they did when taking Paris.
Elista, Russia

Chess City

The largest Buddhist city in Europe is a haven for chess fanatics.
Neringos savivaldybė, Lithuania

The Dead Dunes

A narrow strip of land is home to the tallest migrating dunes in Europe.
Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia

Kaliningrad Oblast

A small part of Russia that does not touch any other part of Russia.
Estonia

Hara Submarine Base

A decommissioned submarine base makes a great space for graffiti art.
Kohtla-Nõmme, Estonia

Kohtla Mining Park

This old Estonian mine has been kept like a sprawling time capsule of the local shale industry.
Medvezhyegorsky District, Russia

Kizhi Island

Stunning examples of Russia's 18th-century wooden architecture.
Gildeskål, Norway

Noviken VLF Transmitter

Large military radio station without transmitting towers.
Sweden

On the Way

Enigmatic bug-like sculptures mystify drivers along a Swedish highway.
Önneköp, Sweden

Republic of Önneköp

This micronation's flag honors its favorite drink, Kaffegöken, or "cuckoo-coffee."
Jönstorp, Sweden

Yangtorp Sanctuary

A Chinese meditation center in the middle of rural Sweden, partly funded by a member of ABBA.
Carcassonne, France

La Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne

Historic medieval fortified city in southwest France.