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These “Secret” Places Gave Me the Travel Bug Again

There are some places in the world that despite their uniqueness and staggering beauty, still remain little known, if at all. So before you book your next trip, consider one (or more) of these places as your next destination.

White Temple - The Wat Rong Khun, is a Buddhist temple in Thailand. The building suffered heavy damage in May 2014 due to an earthquake, but the designer, Chalermchai Kositpipat, said he would devote his life to restoring it.

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Keukenhof Park – If you take a car and drive out of Amsterdam, around 30 minutes later you’ll get to Lisse. Lisse is the home of the Keukenhof Park, where seven million tulips bloom every year.

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Cappadocia - known for its gorgeous tall, thin towers of rock (known as Hoodoos). There are balloon rides available daily, offering spectacular views of the vineyards, rock formations, pigeon houses, and orchards.

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The Fairy Pools – Hidden in Glen Brittle, on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, the Fairy Pools ripple with cold, crystal clear water, beckoning to anyone brave enough to take a dip.

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Castello di Sammezzano – Built in 1605 in Tuscany, Italy, and remodeled in the late 1800’s in the Moorish Revival style. This palace has 365 rooms, each uniquely decorated in the Moorish style.

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The Alcázar - Located in Segovia, Spain, this castle might look familiar to you. It was the inspiration for the castle in Cinderella in the famous Disney movie.

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Lycian Tombs – The ancient burial site in Lycia, Turkey, is made of many such tombs that were cut out directly from the rock. Fun Fact: the Lycians were considered to be rebels and pirates by the Ancient Egyptians.

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Blagaj - Blagaj is a village-town in the south-eastern region of the Mostar basin, Bosnia. It is one of the most valuable mixed urban and rural structures in Bosnia. Blagaj is situated at the spring of the Buna River and a historical monastery. The Blagaj Tekija was built around 1520, with elements of Ottoman architecture.

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Hanging Bridges - These bridges hang in Ai-Petri, Ukraine, and are located at a peak of the Crimean Mountains. The wind at this altitude can reach 110mph, so there is a cable car that takes those brave enough to the bridges.

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Litlanesfoss - East Iceland hides this spot where a waterfall fed by the Lagarfljót Lake crosses with lava flow. The result are these columns, the result of cooling basaltic magma over 60 million years ago.

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Rainbow Mountains - Part of the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in China, these mountains are the result of different colored sandstone and minerals pressed together over the course of 24 million years.

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Popeye Village - Known as “Popeye Village” from the Popeye film starring Robin Williams, Sweethaven Village, is located in Anchor Bay on the island of Malta. Originially built for the film, there are still performers and animators there today, providing entertainment and for tourists.

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Grotta Palazzese – Nestled inside a cavern in northern Italy, the Grotta Palazzese restaurant offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea, 74 feet above sea level, allowing diners to watch the waves lap the shores just beneath them.

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Wahuang Palace – Said to be where the goddess Nvwa “used smelted stone to patch the broken sky and earth to make humanity”. Built by the Chinese Qi Dynasty Emperor Wenxuan, it is the biggest and earliest place of worship for the ancient Goddess Nvwa.

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