40 Unbelievably Real Heart-throb Destinations You Must Engrave On Your Bucket List Before Its Too Late 

These are places you absolutely, unequivocally cannot miss for anything in your life. There is something about these places that just makes you wanna go there right now. Its about time that you get your bags packed and get ready to soak up all the awesomeness that this world has to offer you because these places redefine living. You have one life...live it and live it good.

1. Agueda's Colorful Umbrellas, Portugal.

1. Agueda's Colorful Umbrellas, Portugal.
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Even when it rains you’ll still remain dry while walking in the streets of Agueda, Portugal. Thanks to the hundreds of colorful umbrellas suspended in the air, tourists can traipse merrily in the city streets no matter what the weather. The Umbrella Sky Project by Sextafeira Produções first hung this colorful installation over the Aguedan skies in 2012. Photos of the floating umbrellas got quite viral over the internet, sending many tourists to walk down Portugal’s most colorful street for themselves. This year, the art group made a comeback using a new palette of umbrellas for a different effect. The result is a vibrant shower of color over the cobblestone floor. In some parts, umbrellas with prints are hung to create playful shadows on the streets below. They say it’s a truly magical experience walking down the colorful street yourself. Take the crowd’s advice and drop by Agueda if you can!

2. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan.

2. The Door to Hell, Turkmenistan.
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The Door to Hell was originally a gas field set alight by Soviet scientists that has been burning continuously for over 40 years. Inexplicably, spiders seem to love this place and swarm there by the thousands.

3. The Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Romania.

3. The Merry Cemetery, Sapanta, Romania.
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The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in the village of Sapanta, Maramures county, Romania,that is famous for its colorful tombstones with the native paintings that represent scenes from the life of the buried persons and even poetry in which those persons are described.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The unusual feature of this cemetery is that it grows apart from most of the European cultures, that consider death something solemn. Sometimes this is put in connection with the Dacian culture, whose philosophy was based on the immortality of the soul and the belief that somebody's death was a joyful moment, as that person was getting to a better life.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The cemetery has its origin in some crosses sculpted by Ioan Stan Patras ,born 1908 - died 1977,his own grave will be seen here ,made by himself before dying. In 1935, Patras sculpted the first epitaph and since the 1960s, the whole cemetery was populated with over 800 such crosses, sculpted from oak wood, and it became an open-air museum and a tourist attraction.

4. The Spiral Staircase, China.

4. The Spiral Staircase, China.
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This humongous staircase is located in the Taihang Mountains and is a whooping 91 meters high. Just looking at these stairs is enough to give anyone vertigo, but they are expected to attract thousands of tourists in China. The 300ft spiral staircase has been installed on the wall of the Taihang Mountains in Linzhou to offer the thrill of mountaineering without the danger. But senior climbers beware – you have to be under 60 to be allowed on the staircase!  The Taihang Mountains consists of peaks ranging from 5,000 to 6,500ft and this staircase gives you the trekking experience....risks excluded!

5. Zhangye Danxia Mountains, China.

5. Zhangye Danxia Mountains, China.
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Zhangye Danxia Landform in China is just one of those places that are hard to believe really exist. Located in Gansu province, a naturally formed landscape astonishes its visitors with the burst of colors – its streaks of yellow, orange and red to emerald, green and blue make it hard to believe it’s all real. The vast area of intensely colored valleys, waterfalls and natural pillars looks surreal in the pictures, reminding more of a impressionistic painting than a photograph. Formed from red-colored sandstones and conglomerates, Danxia landform is a unique example of petrographic geomorphology.

6. Bagan Village, Burma.

6. Bagan Village, Burma.
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Bagan in central Burma is one of the world’s greatest archeological sites, a sight to rival Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat but – for the time being at least – without the visitors. The setting is sublime – a verdant 26 square-mile plain, part-covered in stands of palm and tamarind caught in a bend of the lazy-flowing Irrawaddy river and framed by the hazy silver-grey of distant mountains. Rising from the plain’s canopy of green are temples, dozens of them, hundreds of them, beautiful, other-worldly silhouettes that were built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287, when their kingdom was swept away by earthquakes and Kublai Khan and his invading Mongols. Some 2,230 of an original 4,450 temples survive, a legacy of the Buddhist belief that to build a temple was to earn merit. This is a true cultural paradise...one you can not afford to miss at any cost.

7. The White Temple Wat Rong Khun, Thailand.

7. The White Temple Wat Rong Khun, Thailand.
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Voted one of the most beautifull temples in Thailand, Wat Rong Khun was born from the devotion of National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. A deeply devout Buddhist famed primarily for his religious-themed paintings, Chalermchai began the White Temple in 1997. Wat Rong Khun however is no traditional temple. Chalermchai re-imagines Thai art for the modern world. As you move through the temple grounds, you find yourself in the artist’s surreal vision of Buddhist teachings. Superheroes, movie stars and cartoons make their entrance into temple murals depicting traditional Buddhist motifs. Fantastical sculptures and architecture cover the landscape. Much of the temple’s messages refer to escaping desire, greed and passion and moving towards the sublime through Buddhist teachings.

8. Gardens of Marqueyssac, France.

8. Gardens of Marqueyssac, France.
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The Marqueyssac gardens are on a hill overlooking the Dordogne River, with splendid views. The primary planting is boxwood hedging, with cypress and wild cyclamen. The box is more sculpted than clipped, with the organic shapes harmonizing with the landscape. The clipping is done, by hand, with only four gardeners and the planting dates from the nineteenth century. The gardens of Marqueyssac are one of France's listed 'Jardins Remarquable'. They sit high above the Dordogne river and as you wander through the gardens you get some amazing views of the river below. These gardens are the most visited in the Perigord area.

9. Lake Hillier, Australia.

9. Lake Hillier, Australia.
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Lake Hillier is a pink-colored lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, Western Australia. From above the lake appears a solid bubble gum pink. It is such a significant distinguishing feature of the archipelago that air passengers often crane their necks to take a glimpse of it. The cause for the color is still not clear, but speculations indicate that the color is due to a dye released by the bacteria that reside in it.

10. The Chand Baori, India.

10. The Chand Baori, India.
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Chand Baori in Abhaneri village in eastern Rajasthan, India, is one of the most overlooked landmarks in the country. It is one of the oldest stepwell in Rajasthan, and is considered to be among the biggest in the world. Chand Baori looks like anything but a well. This incredible square structure is 13 stories deep, and lined along the walls on three sides are double flight of steps. 3,500 narrow steps arranged in perfect symmetry descends to the bottom of the well 20 meters deep to a murky green puddle of water. Built during the 8th and 9th century by King Chanda of Nikumbha Dynasty, provided the surrounding areas with a dependable water source for centuries before modern water delivery systems were introduced. As the green water at the base attests, the well is no longer in use, but it makes for an interesting stop-over to an architecturally impressive structure that is over 1000 years old.

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11. The Engulfed City of Shi Cheng, China.

11. The Engulfed City of Shi Cheng, China.
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At the foot of Wu Shi Mountain lies an ancient city known as Shi Cheng ("Lion City"). It was built during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25 - 200) and was first set up as a county in AD 208. The city of nearly 1,339 years of age, situated in east China's Zhejiang Province, has been submerged under Qiandao Lake since 1959 for the construction of the Xin'an River Hydropower Station. International archeologists vividly named the city submerged in water "time capsule." Since it is shielded from the erosion by wind, rain and sun, a city submerged in water comparatively maintains a stable condition, thus making the city a virtual time vessel. Seen from the pictures of Shicheng City, stairs in ancient houses, walls and memorial arches remain the same as they were thousands of years ago.This city acquired the name "Shi Cheng" from nearby Wu Shi Mountain, which is located just behind the city. At present Shi Cheng remains undisturbed at a depth of 26-40m. Big Blue, a dive operator based in Shanghai, runs year-round weekend trips twice a month to Qiandao Lake and has begun exploration of this submerged city.

12. Lake Natron, Tanzania.

12. Lake Natron, Tanzania.
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The lake that turns animals into stones! Yes, this bloody red lake is not unique for its vibrant red color alone, but legend has it that there, lying on the earth as still and stiff as statues, were calcified corpses of a variety of birds and bats that had met their untimely demise after crashing into the deadly waters. "No one knows for certain exactly how [these animals] die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake," photographer Brandt writes in his new photo book Across the Ravaged Land. "The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Blood-red color comes from the bacteria that live in it. The salt lake is steaming hot, with temperatures that can reach up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Calcified Birds...

The Calcified Birds...
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13. The Cliff Restaurant, Italy.

13. The Cliff Restaurant, Italy.
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Stunning views over the Adriatic, a warm summer night's breeze and world class dining - the only thing the Grotta Palazzese is missing is four walls. The enchanting restaurant in Polignano a Mare in Southern Italy was built inside a cave centuries ago, allowing for one of the world's most unique dining experiences. Carved from the cliff face's limestone, the restaurant juts out 74 feet above sea level, allowing diners to watch the waves lap the shores just beneath them. The dramatic view over the sea is best viewed from one of the dimly-lit tables for two that sweep along the cave's edge.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And if diners want to work up an appetite before the meal, they can meander through the narrow streets of the medieval town, built on sheer cliffs with scattered white buildings and natural caves. The setting also provided a feast for the eyes for local nobility during grand banquets at the restaurant as far back as the 1700s. Regal isn't it!

14. Fort Bourtange, Netherlands.

14. Fort Bourtange, Netherlands.
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Established during the Eighty Years' War, the Bourtange Fort is a charming destination in the Northern Netherlands, right on the border with Germany. Its stunning architecture makes it one of the best surviving examples of a star fort in Europe. The star shaped fort was designed and built at the orders of William I of Orange, during the Dutch Revolt against Spain. The fort served a simple goal: to control the main road through the Bourtange swamps to Germany.

15. Alcazar of Segovia, Spain.

15. Alcazar of Segovia, Spain.
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The fairytale good-looks of el Alcazar de Segovia have made it Spain's most famous castle. It's also rumoured that this little fortress was the inspiration behind Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World. The Alcazar is located in the stunning town of Segovia, which is an-hour-and-a-bit from Madrid - and so a popular daytrip from the capital. The Alcazar of Segovia is particularly special in that it was built upon a large rock promontory, which is shaped rather like the bow of a ship. Indeed, if you stroll along el Camino de la Cuesta de los Hoyos, the small, wooded road which runs in front of the castle, it almost appears as if the alcazar is sailing towards you - cutting through the arid plains of Spain, perhaps in search of the New World.

16. Souk of Fez, Morocco.

16. Souk of Fez, Morocco.
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A souk is the part of the medina (old town) of an Arab city where most of the stores congregate. A market if you will. It’s often informally divided into sections based on what’s being sold: leather goods, Berber traditional medicines, so on and so forth. They’re almost always crowded, almost always run by men, and they’re always fun to explore. Each souk has its own personality.  Everything you ever imagined about a middle eastern market is here, and you're 1000 mile from the middle east. You need 3 days to savor the place...its an adventure for your nose as you will encounter all sorts of smells here ... sweet, spicy, dirty, pungent, divine and some new mixes of odors you've never come across your life. Its a must visit destination.

17. Jeju-do Island, South Korea.

17. Jeju-do Island, South Korea.
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Located southwest of the Korean Peninsula, Jejudo Island, is a volcanic island in the shape of an oval that measures 73km from west to east, and 31km from north to south. As Korea’s most southern region, the weather on Jejudo Island remains significantly warmer than the mainland even during the cold winter months. Jejudo Island is sometimes referred to as “Samdado Island” (meaning the “three many”) because of its abundance of rocks, women, and wind. Wind from the ocean blows steadily throughout the year and past volcanic activity has littered the island with an assortment of beautiful and unusually-shaped black rocks. The island’s reputation of having an abundance of women points back to the time when fishing was the primary means of income and many men were lost at sea.

18. Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan.

18. Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan.
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The Leshan Giant Buddha is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. The statue makes itself the most renowned scenic spot in that city. Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the statue took people more than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about 30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground.

19. Psychedelic Salt Mine, Russia.

19. Psychedelic Salt Mine, Russia.
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Deep beneath the Russian industrial city of Yekaterinburg is what looks like an exquisitely painted temple from some magnificent forgotten civilization. But the psychedelic stripes of color that snake through these vast tunnels are actually an incredible naturally occurring phenomenon. The miles of colorful passageways were once a salt mine deep underneath the Earth’s crust. The bold stripes that electrify the walls are made up of layers of a mineral called carnallite, which is used in plant fertilization and can appear in a rainbow of colors. The mines are huge and stretch many kilometers in width and length, a single tunnel can be over four miles long. It is hard to describe how it feels being so far down, you lose all track of time and the air is very dry, you always feel thirsty. "The danger element is part of the fun," says Mishainik, a brave explorer. "It’s a special feeling being somewhere very few people have seen."

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20. The Park Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.

20. The Park Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
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One of the top 10 indoor gardens of the world and arguably the nation’s most beautiful masterpiece, Gardens by the Bay, features the best of horticultural, sustainability and architectural design. It is filled with wonders from every continent except Antarctica. Explore diverse plant life from around the world displayed in its spectacular Cooled Conservatories or marvel at the Supertrees - towering vertical gardens that extend into the sky. Be inspired by nature and let your wonder bloom and experiences flourish.

21. Mount Roraima, Venezuala.

21. Mount Roraima, Venezuala.
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It is one of the oldest mountain formations on Earth. It might look like it's straight out of a sci-fi movie, but this natural wonder is completely real, and fully awe-inspiring. Mount Roraima, bordered by three different countries (Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana) whose border lines intersect on the massive shelf, is surrounded on all four sides by sheer 400-meter high cliffs.

22. Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Iran.

22. Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, Iran.
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In the middle of Shiraz, Iran, there is one of the most beautiful things any human will ever see. The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, also known as the Pink Mosque, stands apart from so many other architectural wonders I have ever seen. Every day, when the sunlight hits the mosque, the entire building is flooded with a rainbow of color. Almost every color imaginable dances across the floor. The walls and ceilings, intricately painted, glow bright with their colors. It’ll take your breath away.

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23. Palace Regaleira : Portugal.

23. Palace Regaleira : Portugal.
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Quinta da Regaleira stands out as one of the sightseeing gems in the historic centre of Sintra, Portugal. The Regaleira Palace’s and Chapel’s beautiful 19th century gothic architecture creates an absolutely stunning appearance that enchants and intrigues visitors. The surrounding garden within the estate is enormous and filled with unique and interesting structures, pathways, hidden labyrinths, ponds, and buildings. Walking through the garden and buildings transports you back to 19th century Portugal as you encounter the antique artefacts, elaborate rooms, and mysterious passageways used by previous occupants. The Palace’s impressive architecture alludes to the romantic and gothic periods. Its pinnacles, balcony, tower, and gargoyles give it a mythical presence. Once inside, the appearance changes completely to one of esteemed royalty.

24. Oasis of Huacachina, Peru.

24. Oasis of Huacachina, Peru.
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Called the 'Oasis of America', Huacachina is one of the few remaining natural oases in North and South America. Just 8 km away from the city of Ica, in southern Peru, this picturesque desert oasis of Huacachina. lies built around a small natural lake and surrounded by enormous sand dunes that stretch several hundred feet high, Huacachina has the looks and feel of a remote Saharan outpost, but in reality is only an hour’s drive away from the Pacific coast. Huacachina has long been a tourist destination for wealthy local families from the nearby city of Ica, and lately a major destination for sandborders who travel from all around the world to ride the peaks. The oasis is basically a collection of resorts and restaurants around a blue-green lagoon surrounded by huge sand dunes, with a permanent population of around 100, who depend entirely on tourism.

25. The Popeye Village, Malta.

25. The Popeye Village, Malta.
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Tucked away in the small European country of Malta is a place you’d probably never expect to find in the real world– Popeye’s Village. Also known as Sweethaven Village, is the ideal place for a family with children to go when visiting Malta. No wonder it is one of Malta’s major tourist attractions! This Maltese fun park is all about Popeye the Sailor and the universe around this character. Popeye Village is the actual set used by Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Productions to shoot the film based on the comic strips by E.C. Segar. If you're a Popeye fan..this place is for you.

26. Litlanesfoss Falls, Iceland.

26. Litlanesfoss Falls, Iceland.
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Not far from Egilsstadir, Iceland, there is a jaw-dropping waterfall, Litlanesfoss Falls. This impressive waterfall passes through a field of remarkably regular six-sided columns of volcanic rock, called pillar basalt, were created when lava cooled down over a long period of time. The most special thing about the waterfall are multicolored layers in the basalt rock behind waterfall The fall is located on the hike to Hengifoss Falls (about half way from the car park of the 2.5km overall hike). There are smaller waterfalls deep in the gorge adjacent to the trail...but this one takes the cake and leaves everyone who visits it in awe with its inspiring beauty.

27. Bishop's Castle, USA.

27. Bishop's Castle, USA.
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The craziest castle in Colorado, Bishop's Castle is unique not only because it's a medieval castle in cowboy country, but also because it was constructed by one man. When he was age 15, Mr. Bishop bought the 2 1/2 acres of land in 1959 for $1,250. The structure that started as a family cabin in June 1969 grew over 37 years into the castle visitors see today. Fearless children clamber up its concrete steps and along the wrought-iron balconies. Their more inhibited parents move cautiously behind them, marveling at the craftsmanship of the hand-laid stone and metal work, including a basket-style lift that runs on a track from the ground up to the castle's great hall level. If not for a dozen cars pulled to the side of this scenic mountain highway, it would be easy to zoom past Bishop Castle, a little slice of "Lord of the Rings" -- or maybe "Mad Max" -- in the Rockies!

28. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa.

28. To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa.
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If you could imagine the most beautiful, natural swimming pool in the world surrounded by trees, forests and the exotic aroma of Mother Nature, this is your heaven! To Sua Ocean Trench is one of the ideallic sites that is located in Lotofaga village. Few sites are situated in the same area, including blowholes, and an incredible small beach on the western side. To Sua is otherwise translated as 'big hole' that is converted into a large swimming area. A ladder is installed on site for visitors access to and fro into this 30 meters deep seawaters. This site is surrounded with beautiful colorful gardens and is a delight o be in.

29. Monastery Taktshang, Bhutan.

29. Monastery Taktshang, Bhutan.
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Hanging precariously and magically from a rather steep cliff, the Taktshang monastery is a monument of genuine pride for the Bhutanese nation. It defies architectural principles to the core and amazes tourists from around the world. It is a sight to behold. Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is called, it is widely regarded is one of the most important monuments of spiritual significance in Bhutan. Its history is deeply associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the revered Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rinpoche flew into the cave from KurtoeSingyeDzong in eastern Bhutan while riding on a tigress. When he landed in the cave, he took the wrathful form of Guru DorjiDrolo who is regarded as one of the eight manifestations of Guru Rinpoche to decimate the demons. Several saints have chosen this sanctuary to pray and meditate in solitude. The monastery was built in 1692 by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgaye who is said to be one of the reincarnations of Guru Rinpoche.

30. Pangong Lake, Leh-Ladakh, India.

30. Pangong Lake, Leh-Ladakh, India.
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Just about 160 km from Leh is a beautiful lake named the Pangong Lake in Ladakh. A drive to this lake will result in one of the most wonderful experiences. It is one of the most beautiful places in India but the serene tranquil Pangong Lake is not just a tourist’s paradise. It is also a geologist’s domain. And also, from the political perspective, this place is a melting pot of confusion and for sure it in no fun for the army in the biting cold to take care of the strategic landscape.

31. Sao Miguel Island, Portugal.

31. Sao Miguel Island, Portugal.
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Sao Miguel, also known as the green island, due to the abundance of pasture and forest covered peaks, is the largest and most enchanting islands on the Azores. On Sao Miguel you can spend as much time as you have. The nature is so beautiful, and does encourage for tours and for walks. In the summertime the landscapes full of flowers. If you want to " see it all ", you must stay for a longer period. The island is about 65 x12 km. Sao Miguel would be a natural start on a holiday on the Azores. About 140.000 people live on Sao Miguel. Its vegetation is exoticly bewitching and its a must see destination for all you nature lovers.

32. Mount Ai-Petri, Ukraine-Russia.

32. Mount Ai-Petri, Ukraine-Russia.
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Ai-Petri (Greek for ‘Saint Peter’) is one of the most famous Crimean mountains. Its picturesque peaks, which fence off Yalta from the outer world, have become the symbol not just of the southern coast, but also of the entire Crimean peninsula. This legendary massif is attractive for tourists because from its peaks, one can get an amazing view over the whole southeastern coast of Crimea. In order to see these fantastic panoramas, numerous travelers climb the Ai-Petri all year round.

33. The Fort of São João Baptista, Portugal.

33. The Fort of São João Baptista, Portugal.
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Built on a rock adjacent to the Berlenga island and connected to it by a small bridge, there stands the Forte de São João Baptista, a Manueline military fortress built in 1502. Built to prevent this island being occupied by North-African pirates or enemy powers, the fort's most famous episode occurred in June 1666. It was then that the Forte de São João Baptista was besieged by a Spanish fleet, composed of fourteen warships and a caravel, commanded by Don Diogo Ibarra. The enemy's fierce bombardment for two days, inflicted heavy casualties on the besieging forces. The final numbers amounted to five hundred dead, one sunken warship and two others that were heavily damaged, in contrast to one dead man and four wounded amongst the Portuguese forces. It was when the supplies and ammunition ran out and one of the soldiers deserted to the enemy that Don Diogo Ibarra became aware of the dramatic situation of the Portuguese garrison, and the episode ended in the capitulation of the Forte de São João Baptista.

34. Lena Pillars National Park, Russia.

34. Lena Pillars National Park, Russia.
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Lena Pillars Nature Park is marked by spectacular rock pillars that reach a height of approximately 100 m along the banks of the Lena River in the central part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). They were produced by the region’s extreme continental climate with an annual temperature range of almost 100 degrees Celsius (from –60 °C in winter to 40 °C in summer). The pillars form rocky buttresses isolated from each other by deep and steep gullies developed by frost shattering directed along intervening joints. Penetration of water from the surface has facilitated cryogenic processes (freeze-thaw action), which have widened gullies between pillars leading to their isolation. Fluvial processes are also critical to the pillars. The site also contains a wealth of Cambrian fossil remains of numerous species, some of them unique.

35. The Small Island of Procida, Italy.

35. The Small Island of Procida, Italy.
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For travelers in search of the opportunity to relax by the sea - yet still partake in an active cultural and social scene - a trip to the lovely island of Procida is definitely one for the bucket list. A long weekend is ideal for enjoying the beauties on display on this island and for living both nature and the sea to their fullest. Not only is the sea an important trait of Procida, but also its narrow streets and churches, which somehow pair the tranquility of the beach, with walks through the town center to admire the architecture of centuries past                                                                                                                                                                           It is the smallest island in the Campanian Archipelago, has been chosen by renowned directors time and again as the ideal setting for several cinematic masterpieces. Of volcanic origin, Procida is also connected to the Island of Vivara by a narrow bridge.

36. The Montreal Botanical Garden, Canada.

36. The Montreal Botanical Garden, Canada.
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The Montréal Botanical Garden, one of the city’s jewels, is recognized as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens. It offers a colourful program of events, exhibitions and activities all year long. With its collection of 22,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Frédéric Back Tree House, and more than 20 thematic gardens spread out over 75 hectares, it’s also a perfect place to enjoy fresh air and natural beauty. Located just minutes from downtown Montréal, right near the Biodôme and Olympic Park, the Montréal Botanical Garden is a veritable living museum of plants from the four corners of the globe.Associated with the Montréal Botanical Garden, the Insectarium welcomes you to discover the world of insects.

37. Santa Maria dell'Isola, Italy.

37. Santa Maria dell'Isola, Italy.
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Santa Maria dell'Isola, built on a rock with sea on three sides and a beach on one. From the belvedere at the bottom of the main square, Piazza Ercole, the church and Benedictine monastery of Santa Maria dell'Isola glisten on a rocky promontory above an aquamarine sea. The path out to the church is lined with fishermen's caves. Dating to medieval times, the church was remodeled in the Gothic style, then given another face-lift after an earthquake in 1905.

38. The Great Blue Hole

38. The Great Blue Hole
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The Great Blue Hole is a large submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It is an underwater sinkhole that researchers believe is the largest of its kind. Circular in shape and characterized by its rich, blue color, it is over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep. It lies in the center of an atoll called Lighthouse Reef, where an island of coral encircles the shallow, light turquoise-colored waters of a lagoon. Water levels there are so shallow that parts of the ring surrounding the dark blue sinkhole are even known to crest the surface at low tide. It is listed as one of the top 10 diving sites in the world...in short it is a diver's paradise and an adventurous visit.

39. The Fly Geyser, USA.

39. The Fly Geyser, USA.
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Located on a gated parcel of private property within the million-acre Black Rock Desert, Fly Geyser is not a natural phenomenon. It was created accidentally in 1964 from a geothermal test well inadequately capped. The scalding water has erupted from the well since then, leaving calcium carbonate deposits growing at the rate of several inches per year. The brilliant red and green coloring on the mounds is from thermophilic algae thriving in the extreme micro-climate of the geysers.

40. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand.

40. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand.
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The magnificent Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the most mystical and mysterious landmarks of Thailand but only a few travellers get a chance to take a picture of it. The reason is simple: this gold and green pavilion is hidden inside a hard to reach cave and only a handful of dedicated visitors will do the effort to visit it. Those who do are rewarded with a stunning vision that looks like it's straight out of an Indiana Jones movie.