The Tuben or “Elk Showers”

Discover The Tuben or "Elk Showers" in Ludvika, Sweden: Tiny Swedish village with a distinct local phenomenon known as an "Elk Shower.".

Biologiska Museet

Discover Biologiska Museet in Stockholm, Sweden: Early habitat dioramas and home of the elusive gaff, the skvader.

The Nose Academy

Discover The Nose Academy in Lund, Sweden: One hundred plaster casts of Scandinavian proboscises.

Växjö Echo Tower

Discover Växjö Echo Tower in Växjö, Sweden: The dome-shaped reservoir of this old water tower produces unique acoustic effects.

The Dead Falls of Lake Ragunda

Discover The Dead Falls of Lake Ragunda in Jämtland, Sweden: A botched 18th-century canal silenced one of Sweden's most magnificent waterfalls.


Discover Hven in Landskrona, Sweden: This Scandinavian island is the site of the first modern observatory.

Ängelholm UFO Memorial

Discover Ängelholm UFO Memorial in Ängelholm V, Sweden: A memorial to a Swedish hockey player's "encounter" with aliens.

Vasa Museum

Discover Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden: It houses the remains of a 17th-century version of the Titanic.

Meah Shearim

Discover Meah Shearim in Jerusalem, Israel: Neighborhood in Jerusalem is home to the ultra-orthodox haredim.

Casa Rocca Piccola

Discover Casa Rocca Piccola in Valletta, Malta: Dynastic Home of the De Piro Family.

Malta Cart Tracks

Discover Malta Cart Tracks in Attard, Malta: Ancient mysterious ruts carved in the bedrock.

Jesus Tree of Malta

Discover Jesus Tree of Malta in Mdina, Malta: The Jesus tree of Malta bears a striking resemblance to Christ on the cross.

Pylons of Messina

Discover Pylons of Messina in Messina, Italy: Climb the dead electric pylons of Messina.

Wooden Books of Padova University

Discover Wooden Books of Padova University in San Vito di Cadore, Italy: While most books are made of wood, these wooden books are truly made of, and all about wood.

Fresco of John Hawkwood

Discover Fresco of John Hawkwood in Florence, Italy: In Florence's great Duomo, a 26 foot fresco honors a mercenary famous for attacking Florence.

Casa Saldarini

Discover Casa Saldarini in Piombino, Italy: An unusual house built using an iso-elastic membrane.


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