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Hauterives, France

Le Palais Idéal

This whimsical castle of grottoes was the labor of love of a French postman, and one of the greatest achievements of outsider architecture.
45.2563, 5.0285
The Hole of the Sorrows
Clare, Ireland

The Hole of the Sorrows

This singular Irish dolmen is more Frank Lloyd Wright than upright stonehenge.
53.0376, -9.0760
Burren landscape
Corofin, Ireland

The Burren

A hugely vast Irish landscape of barren rock that stretches for miles.
53.0078, -9.0021
Kilmacduagh round tower in the burren Ireland
Galway, Ireland

Kilmacduagh Round Tower

The ruins of an 800-year-old monastery boasts the tallest round tower in Ireland.
53.0479, -8.8875
Kyteler's Inn today.
Kilkenny, Ireland

Kyteler's Inn

The oldest inn in Kilkenny was established by the first convicted witch in Ireland.
52.6532, -7.2532
Newgrange Passage Tomb Entrance
Meath, Ireland

Newgrange

The ancient tomb acts as a calendar that keeps perfect time.
53.6917, -6.4500
The Round Tower of Glendalough
Wicklow, Ireland

The Round Tower of Glendalough

This ancient Irish tower could easily have stood in for Rapunzel's prison.
53.0120, -6.3298
Mound of Hostages
Meath, Ireland

Mound of the Hostages

An ancient neolithic tomb that only sees the sun twice a year.
53.5797, -6.6119
Golden Hinde in London
London, England

Replica of the Golden Hinde

This one has sailed five times as far as Sir Francis Drake's famous ship.
51.5067, -0.0910
Horses - Stables Market
London, England

Stables Market

Catacombs turned marketplace.
51.5424, -0.1477
London, England

Sir John Soane's Museum

A cluttered and astounding collection of ethnographic items.
51.5168, -0.1176
London, England

Platform 9 3/4

Kings Cross Station pays tribute to its role in Britain's best-selling book series.
51.5322, -0.1240
Flower Tree
Lyon, France

The Flower Tree

A colorful piece of contemporary art cheerfully clashes with Lyon's historical architecture.
45.7560, 4.8358
Pont du Gard
Vers-Pont-du-Gard, France

Pont du Gard

This ancient Roman bridge and aqueduct still stands as a wonder of classical construction.
43.9473, 4.5355
(WikiCommons)
Carnac, France

Carnac Stones

Hundreds of prehistoric stones, arranged in perfect lines in a French field.
47.5847, -3.0778
(Flickr/zopeuse)
Lyon, France

Jardin Rosa Mir

A tiled, multi-level garden of survival in Lyon.
45.7739, 4.8251
The Abode of Chaos
Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d'Or, France

The Abode of Chaos

An art world insider finds himself battling for his artistic home.
45.8375, 4.8267
Dial of Astronomical Clock of Lyon.
Lyon, France

Astronomical Clock of Lyon

For hundreds of years, automatons moving to metallic music have been marking the passage of time.
45.7608, 4.8266
Pont d'Arc
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc, France

Pont d'Arc

A natural arch carved by a river gave its name to the so-called "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
44.3820, 4.4160
The suspended houses of Pont-en-Royans.
Pont-en-Royans, France

Suspended Houses of Pont-en-Royans

Quaint French houses dangle precariously over a precipice.
45.0606, 5.3441
Nantes, France

Machines of the Isle of Nantes

Massive puppet-automaton machines created by French artist collective Machines de l’Ile.
47.2056, -1.5640
One of the detailed miniature scenes
Lyon, France

Musée Miniature et Cinéma

Monsters and miniatures are held in equal esteem at this wondrous museum.
45.7621, 4.8273
Traboule de Lyon
Lyon, France

Traboules Secret Passages

Hundreds of hidden passageways weave through the old quarters of Lyon.
45.7620, 4.8274
"The Lady and the Unicorn" tapestry
Paris, France

Musée de Cluny

Medieval museum built over Roman baths that features famous tapestries of a lady and a unicorn.
48.8472, 2.3444