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Paris, France

Paris Point Zero

The very center of Paris is surrounded by a bevy of strange good luck rituals.
Paris, France

The Bouquinistes of Paris

The tradition of open-air secondhand and antiquarian bookselling in Paris dates back to the Renaissance.
Dublin, Ireland

The Long Room Library at Trinity College

The gorgeous library at Trinity College is home to remarkable treasures of Irish identity.
Sequoia National Park, California

General Sherman

Quite simply the largest tree in the world (by volume).
Paris, France

Le Stryge

This demon atop the Notre-Dame de Paris looks utterly bored.
Paris, France

Thanksgiving Grocery

An all-American grocery store in Paris sells U.S. "cuisine" like Pop-Tarts and Heinz ketchup to homesick ex-pats.
Auray, France

Port of Saint-Goustan

A quaint medieval harbour where Benjamin Franklin landed in 1776.
Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France

Canadian National Vimy Memorial

A monument to the thousands of Canadian soldiers who died capturing the French ridge during World War I.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Frieze of Lions

This pair of running lions engraved on animal bone is one of the earliest artistic depictions of big cats.
Paris, France

Gobelins Tapestry Factory

This facility has manufactured stunning tapestries for France's royalty ever since the 17th century.
Saverne, France

Chappe Optical Telegraph

Before the electric telegraph, a chain of stone towers carried messages across France.
Paris, France

The Bears of Gobelins

During the summer months, giant teddy bears take over Paris near Les Gobelins metro station.
Celles, France

Celles

Half a century after it was abandoned, this ghost town is coming back to life.
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

The Venus of Brassempouy

This prehistoric figurine is the oldest known realistic depiction of a human face.
Saint-Malo, France

Grand Bé

On this romantic tidal island reachable only at low tide the tomb of a famous French writer overlooks the sea.
Chambourcy, France

The Désert de Retz

Shattered columns and Egyptian pyramids outside of Paris.
Paris, France

Notre-Dame-de-Lorette

Claude Monet was baptized in this lavishly ornate Paris church.
Paris, France

'Jeune Éléphant pris au Piège' ('Young Elephant Caught in a Trap')

This emotive sculpture was originally created for the 1878 World's Fair.
Tarascon, France

Tarasque

Sculpture of a legendary French dragon.
Noisy-sur-École, France

Les Sables du Cul du Chien

An unusual sand beach in the middle of a forest.
Paris, France

Paris Space Invaders

The video game-themed street art first popped up in the French city.
Marseille, France

Unite d'Habitation and the Radiant City

What if all public housing projects had been designed by "the Pygmalion of modern architecture," not only their prototype?
Taizé, France

Taizé Community

A Christian retreat founded to welcome refugees fleeing from the Nazis during World War II.
Cluny, France

Abbaye de Cluny (Cluny Abbey)

One of the most powerful religious centers in the Middle Ages, dubbed the founder of Western monasticism.