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Italy

Carezza Rainbow Lake

According to the local folklore, the myriad colors of this lake are the result of a a lovelorn wizard's blunder.
Erto e Casso, Italy

Vajont Dam

When a massive landslide hit one of the world's tallest dams it created a tragic environmental disaster.
Predjama, Slovenia

Predjama Castle

Castle and secret tunnel withstood a siege until its owner was killed by the Holy Roman Empire, while sitting on the toilet.
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge

A whimsical bridge adorned with decorative dragons.
Cave del Predil, Italy

Cave del Predil

With its mine closed, this old village is starting to resemble a ghost town.
Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France

Pont du Gard

This ancient Roman bridge and aqueduct still stands as a wonder of classical construction.
Nîmes, France

Maison Carrée Reconstructed Inscription

The lost Latin words were reconstructed using the holes from the nails that once pinned them in place.
Arles, France

Arles Amphitheatre

This ancient theater was once the home of fierce gladiatorial battles.
Oppède, France

The Ruins of Oppede-le-Vieux

These medieval ruins have survived since the 12th century, even providing shelter from the Nazis.
Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, France

Fontaine de Vaucluse

Even France's favorite aquatic son Jacques Cousteau, couldn't get to the bottom of it.
Gordes, France

Le Cercle Républicain de Gordes

This tiny cafe is one of the last meeting places of its kind, allowing revolutionaries a place to plot.
Bonnieux, France

Pont Julien

From carts to cars, this leftover Roman bridge in France has managed to survive for centuries.
Lacoste, France

Château de Lacoste

The castle where the Marquis de Sade lived out his darkest fantasies.
Lourmarin, France

The Grave of Albert Camus

The Nobel-Prize-winning author of The Stranger is buried beneath a simple gravestone in a sleepy French village.
Cadenet, France

The French Resistance Memorials of Cadenet

This stone memorial commemorates a group of French patriots slain by French fascists.
Aix-en-Provence, France

Bibliotheque Mejanes

A French library that makes sure its love of books is writ large... giant in fact.
Aix-en-Provence, France

Camp des Milles

Now a memorial, this factory was once used as a concentration camp for artists by the Vichy government.
Marseille, France

Notre-Dame de la Garde's Nautical Ex-Voto

Sky ships, planes, and portraits left as unique tokens of hope and thankfulness.
Roquevaire, France

Maison de celle-qui-peint

Artist Danielle Jacqui decorates nearly every inch of her home inside and out with her work.
La Seyne-sur-Mer, France

Pont Basculant de la Seyne-sur-Mer

Former bridge turned into an observation tower.
Nice, France

La Tete Carrée Library

This massive blockhead sculpture hides an entire library.
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France

The Rue Obscure

A medieval military street hidden beneath a charming French fishing village.
Los Albaricoques, Spain

Los Albaricoques

This small Spanish village still pays homage to the Spaghetti Western films that were shot there in the 1960s.
Güejar Sierra, Spain

Mohon del Trigo Observatory

This abandoned, turn-of-the-century astronomy hub is now the subject of more photographs than it ever took.