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Liepāja, Latvia

Saint Nicholas Naval Cathedral

This ornate church has survived Nazi and Soviet occupation, including a short stint as a Soviet-era gymnasium and cinema.
Kuldīga, Latvia

The Venta Rapid

The widest waterfall in Europe is a natural wonder and one of the only places where fish are caught in the air.
Namibia

Tropic of Capricorn Crossing

Road signs in Namibia mark the location of one of the five major circles of latitude.
Namibia

Kolmanskop Ghost Town

The remains of diamond fever taken over by the desert.
Sossusvlei, Namibia

Dead Vlei

This "dead marsh" sits among the largest sand dunes in the world, a forest frozen in time.
Cape Town, South Africa

Chapman's Peak Drive

This road winds through the steep coastal cliffside offering spectacular views for those who brave the drive.
Cape Town, South Africa

District Six Museum

A sobering account of the vibrant multicultural neighborhood that was destroyed under apartheid.
Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands

Efteling Sprookjesbos

This fairy tale forest hides scenes from some of the more obscure and bizarre Western nursery stories.
Isfahan, Iran

Vank Cathedral

The cathedral stands in New Jufa, Isfahan's Armenian quarter that was established in 1606.
Kantubek, Uzbekistan

Vozrozhdeniye Island

Former island in the Aral Sea used to be a top-secret Russian bio-weapons facility.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ascension Cathedral

In Kazakhstan, a colorful cathedral with many lives once survived the most powerful earthquake in the region.
Dolinka, Kazakhstan

KarLag Memorial Museum

A sober museum housed in the original administrative building of one of Stalin's largest gulags.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Statue of Panfilov's 28 Guardsmen

This Soviet statue is based on a piece of propaganda that's been elevated to national myth.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Beatles Monument

A beloved tribute to the Fab Four and the freedoms they inspired.
Namibia

Hoba Meteorite

The largest known meteorite on Earth was too big to move.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Shop #47 at Mwenge Woodcarvers Market

An exquisite and eclectic selection of African masks stands out within a massive woodcarving marketplace.
Dakar, Senegal

Gorée Island

This tiny, tranquil Senegalese island serves as a powerful symbol of the Atlantic slave trade.
Mbour, Senegal

Fadiouth Shell Island

An island made out of shells, including a cemetery.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Red Terror Martyrs' Memorial Museum

A powerful tribute to the victims who suffered under Ethiopia's most devastating regime.
Afar Zone 2, Ethiopia

Gaet’ale Pond

The Earth's saltiest natural body of water belches toxic gas.
Arsi, Ethiopia

Tiya Stelae

Ethiopian standing stones featuring remarkably preserved carvings of swords and people.
Malindi, Kenya

Gedi Ruins

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

Marafa Depression

Strange sandstone canyon known as the "place broken by itself."
Iten, Kenya

Iten: Home of Champions

The Kenyan town where the best distance runners in the world are trained.