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The Lovely Historic Town of Arpino in Italy

Visiting small towns can sometimes prove even more fulfilling than spending time in a famous metropolis. While noisy, busy cities do have a lot to offer and are fascinating in many ways, the charm of a small historic town is really peerless. So if you’re planning to discover something unique in a lovely little place, …

The Historic Stirling Castle in Central Scotland

One of Scotland’s largest and most significant castles, the imposing Stirling Castle is famous both for its architecture and its rich history. It is located in Stirling, the largest city in Central Scotland, UK, and it dominates the landscape from a strategic position on Castle Hill. Steep rocky cliffs flank it on three sides, giving …

The Fascinating Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Once holding eighty-five intricately adorned temples, the sight of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments is now home to only twenty still surviving temples, spread over a surface of 2.3 square miles. These spectacular monuments were built between 950 and 1050 CE and they represent a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can find them in Madhya …

The Fascinating Ancient Caves of Ajanta and Ellora

The most astonishing thing about the Ajanta and Ellora Caves is the fact that they were carved out of solid rock by people living millennia ago. They can be found in northern Maharashtra, India, approximately 250 miles from Mumbai. Even though the two sites are over 60 miles apart, they are usually mentioned together because …

Beautiful Shiofune Kannon-ji Temple

Among the many magical places of Japan, the Shiofune Kannon-ji temple is one of tranquility, serenity and wonder. Even its location is special, being situated in a small depression shaped as a bowl with its walls beautifully decorated with rich floral motifs. The flowers attract numerous visitors every year between April and May when they …

Thermal Joy at Lake Hévíz in Hungary

Lake Hévíz is interesting and curious for a number of reasons. First of all, it is Europe’s largest and the world’s second largest thermal lake, covering an area of 4.44 ha. Surrounding it are 60.5 ha of beautiful nature that make up a natural conservation area. Its water has a unique chemical composition, which has …

Idyllic French Riviera Hilltop Villages

Looking like penguins huddling together for warmth and protection, the tiny hilltop villages on the French Riviera are wonderful to look at and fascinating to visit. They are perched on the rocky shores of the Mediterranean, overlooking the sea and enjoying the safety that is in numbers. Most of them were established during the 12th …

The Larchwandschragaufzug Funicular in Austria

In the mountains of Kaprun, Austria, the largest funicular in Europe welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Called The Larchwandschragaufzug, it covers a vertical distance of 1,414 feet, stretching over 2,657 feet and being capable of carrying about 185 people at a time. You can find it in the Hohe Tauren National Park, where it …

The Beautiful Madeira Archipelago

The best island destination in Europe is actually in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a Portuguese archipelago called Madeira, and it is far away from pretty much everything: 540 nautical miles from the European continent and 280 nmi from the African coast. This is a magical place, with spectacular views of rocks …

Serrania del Hornocal – A Colorful Destination in Argentina

You might be tempted to think that these are paintings of imaginary landscapes, but they are actual photos of a wonderful place right here on our planet. What you are looking at here is the narrow mountain valley of Quebrada de Humahuaca in Argentina. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the province of …

The Judean Desert’s Monastery of St. George of Koziba

Canyons are pretty impressive on their own, but when you find carefully camouflaged human settlements in the rocky landscape, things become ten times more intriguing and fascinating. Take for instance the vast Wadi Qelt canyon in the Judean Desert and its beautiful monastery that seems to emerge straight from a rocky wall. The Monastery of …

The Majestic Wat Phra Dhammakaya Temple in Thailand

Built between 1970 and 1982, the Wat Phra Dhammakaya temple looks nothing like the traditional Thai temples that you’ve seen before. Maybe the fact that it was built in modern times explains its resemblance to a sports stadium, or as others put it, to a UFO. Though we don’t imagine any flying saucer to be …

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