Galesnjak Island, located in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Croatia, became famous when its unusual shape was highlighted on Google Earth in 2009. The privately owned island is available for engagements, weddings and tourism.
Castle Combe, Britain.
Known for its picturesque scenery, Castle Combe in Britain’s Wiltshire County about 20 miles east of Bristol was named the country’s prettiest village in 1962 in a national poll conducted by British Travel Assn., precursor to the British Tourist Authority.
Church of ice and snow, Germany.
In December 2011, a church made of snow and ice opened in Mitterfirmiansreut, a town in southeastern Germany about 100 miles northeast of Munich, marking the 100th anniversary of an act of protest. A century ago, Mitterfirmiansreut residents demanded a church in their town. When they were denied, they built their own out of snow and ice.
“Tiger and Turtle — Magic Mountain” sculpture in Germany.
From a distance, “Tiger and Turtle — Magic Mountain” looks like a conventional roller coaster, but get up close and you’ll realize its curves aren’t meant for a quick adrenaline rush. The steel structure, which made its public debut Nov. 13, is actually a giant sculpture by German artists Heike Mutter and Ulrich Genth.
In the Karakum Desert in northern Turkmenistan, a fiery pit has burned since at least the 1970s. The burning crater, called the “Gates of Hell” by some locals, was formed by accident. Engineers who were drilling for natural gas had stumbled upon a cavern with gas emanating from it. To contain the potentially harmful gas’ release, they set it ablaze, hoping it would burn out in a few days.
Bay of Fundy, Canada.