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  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by KondoR
    +11 +1

    The Last Communist City

    A visit to the dystopian Havana that tourists never see

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by hxxp
    +12 +1

    Inside Bulgaria's Spaceship-Like Socialist Monument

    Photographer Romain Veillon travelled to Buzludzha to photograph this strange relic. Documenting the past is a big part of his practice: “Places full of history where time is frozen let us imagine what must have been the life of a time not so long ago. And more importantly, it lets us create our own stories.”

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    5 years ago
    by TNY
    +38 +1

    Sphinx Observatory in Switzerland

    The Sphinx Observatory is an astronomical observatory located above the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland. It is named after the Sphinx, a rocky summit on which it is located. At 3,571 m (11,716 ft) above mean sea level, it is one the highest observatories in the world.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by ppp
    +19 +1

    The Town Named After a Sex Toy

    When famed British explorer and cartographer Captain Cook mapped the coast of Newfoundland in the late 1700s, he had no reservations about enlisting his crude sense of humor. With a complete disregard for future residents, he went about pervishly enshrining towns across the island - Cuckolds Cove, Blow-Me-Down, and Come-By-Chance among them.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +3 +1

    Awra Amba, the place of happiness

    The words of Hossain Bogale, who passed away recently at around 90 years of age. Hossain was a wise and elegant man and one of the founding members of a community called Awra Amba. He did not live there until he was older, but helped build the village and moved there once his children had left home. Hossain spent the latter part of his life living in Awra Amba, which he considered his spiritual home.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by geoleo
    +20 +1

    How a Pennsylvania Coal Town Became Hell on Earth

    Not many people can claim Hell as their hometown. But Todd Domboski, and the several thousand former residents of Centralia, Pennsylvania, come closest to that distinction. In 1981, a 12 year-old Domboski fell into a pit that suddenly appeared in his grandmother’s backyard. He grabbed onto a tree root, and his cousin pulled him out from the steam-emitting hole in the earth.

  • Current Event
    5 years ago
    by BoredDaddy
    +12 +1

    20 SECRET PLACES YOU HAVE TO VISIT BEFORE YOU DIE

    Do you love to explore the world just like us? Than you should check out our awesome list of 20 “secret” or less known places you just have to visit.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +19 +1

    An entire island nation is preparing to evacuate to Fiji before they sink into the Pacific

    This has to be the weirdest business deal of the week: The Church of England just sold a chunk of forest-covered land on the Fijian island Vanau Levu for $8.8 million to the government of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. For the moment, Kiribati plans to use its 20-square-kilometer (7.7-square-mile) plot for agriculture and fish farming. But the investment is really a fallback for its 103,000 residents—a place to live if they must leave their home island.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by wetwilly87
    +25 +1

    The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Opens Its Gates Again

    In the almost 20 years since Action Park first shut its doors, the amusement park’s reputation has only grown. Maybe it was the insane ride designs (looping water slide, anyone?), or perhaps the allegedly inattentive, underaged employees, or the unfortunate rate of injury that kept its infamy alive.

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by macavoy
    +14 +1

    Live inside an Active Volcano on Aogashima Island

    Have you ever dreamed of moving to a quaint, faraway island where, at first, you can’t adjust to the locals’ slow-paced ways, and they just don’t seem to understand your big-city talk; but after a few weeks of kismet encounters and possibly even a flirtation with a sweet local cattle-herder, you and the locals begin to mesh together as you all realize that the only way to live life–no matter where you are in this world–is with an open heart and an open mind?

  • Expression
    5 years ago
    by dianep
    +12 +1

    Kyoto's Sagano Bamboo Forest: One of the most beautiful groves on Earth

    In Japan's Sagano Bamboo Forest, on the outskirts of Kyoto, towering green stalks of the famously versatile plant sway in the wind, creaking eerily they collide and twist, leaves rustling. The sun filters through the densely packed grove, projecting thin slashes of light onto the dozens of camera-clutching tourists shuffling down the wide trail that cuts through the middle of the forest as they awkwardly angle their shots, attempting to crop human forms out of their frames.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +16 +1

    Larry Ellison Bought an Island in Hawaii. Now What?

    Henry Jolicoeur is a retired French Canadian hypnotherapist and a glass-products importer who enjoys making very low-budget documentary films. In the summer of 2012, Jolicoeur read that Larry Ellison, a founder of the Silicon Valley giant Oracle and the fifth-richest man in the world, had bought 97 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai — not a 97 percent stake in some kind of company, but 97 percent of the physical place. Jolicoeur was curious, so he booked a flight and packed his camera.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by jcscher
    +17 +1

    Bermuda, The Shipwreck Capital of the World

    IT’S an area shrouded in mystery with stories of unexplained disappearances and strange happenings. So its no wonder that Bermuda is also home to one of the biggest shipwreck sites in the world.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by jcscher
    +18 +1

    Top 10 Homes of Literary History

    History and literary buffs will rejoice as VirtualTourist members uncover the list of the "Top 10 Historical Homes From Literature."

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by baron778
    +12 +1

    Inside South Africa's whites-only town

    In the sparsely populated Karoo desert in the heart of South Africa's Northern Cape, the spirit of apartheid lives on. I spent a few days in Orania, a town established in 1991 where no black people live. I was part of a BBC crew, including Zimbabwean journalist Stanley Kwenda, who were accredited to visit.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by aj0690
    +22 +1

    Abandoned Walmart is Now America's Largest 1-Floor Library

    There are thousands of abandoned big box stores sitting empty all over America, including hundreds of former Walmart stores. With each store taking up enough space for 2.5 football fields, Walmart’s use of more than 698 million square feet of land in the U.S. is one of its biggest environmental impacts. But at least one of those buildings has been transformed into something arguably much more useful: the nation’s largest library.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    The Bridge to Sodom and Gomorrah

    The biggest slum in struggling Ghana is bounded by a burning dump and a sewage channel. Meet the hustlers, builders, prostitutes, entrepreneurs, bad boys, and dreamers who live there, illegally but cheaply, gambling that they’ll come out better than when they went in.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by imokruok
    +8 +1

    The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

    The town of Hogeway, outside Amsterdam, is a Truman Show-style nursing home.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +27 +1

    'A Universe Beneath Our Feet': Life In Beijing's Underground

    In Beijing, even the tiniest apartment can cost a fortune — after all, with more than 21 million residents, space is limited and demand is high. But it is possible to find more affordable housing. You'll just have to join an estimated 1 million of the city's residents and look underground. Below the city's bustling streets, bomb shelters and storage basements are turned into illegal — but affordable — apartments.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by roxxy
    +17 +1

    Hitler's old house gives Austria a headache

    What do you do with the house Hitler was born in? For years the building in the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn has been rented by the Austrian interior ministry to prevent misuse by neo-Nazis. It was once a day-care centre for the disabled. Now it is empty, as the owner has not agreed to any plans for its future use. Braunau am Inn is a pretty little town in northern Austria, right on the border with Germany. But it has a heavy legacy.