The 33 Most Surreal Places On Earth

Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia


During the rainy season, the world’s largest salt flat becomes the world’s largest mirror. The Salar was born when several prehistoric lakes joined into one. The salt flat is so reflective, it’s used to calibrate satellites.

Tianzi Mountains, China


These unqiuely tall and thin mountains are so alien that they were used in James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Formed underwater 380 million years ago, the flow destroyed surrounding sandstone, leaving only resilient stone pillars. Some of the columns have reached over 4,000 feet above sea

This 240-meter-long cave system has been one of Guilin, China’s most popular attractions for over 1200 years. The beautiful stalactites, stalagmites and pillars were all created through water erosion. In the present day, they are highlighted by multi colored lights which create a truly surreal

Skaftafell Ice Cave, Iceland

Ice caves are temporary structures that form at the edge of glaciers when flowing water melts a hole into glaciers. The tightly packed ice has very few air bubbles and absorbs all light except for blue, giving the ice its unique

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

This canyon was formed by millions of years of flowing water that carved out a deep, yet narrow crevice. Since significantly less light makes it down to the deeper depths, the walls often appear to be different

Bigar Waterfall, Romania


The locals call this waterfall “the miracle from the Minis gorge.” The moss formation which the falls travel over is 8 meters tall, creating one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.

Grand Prismatic Hot Spring, Wyoming


Grand Prismatic Hot Spring is the largest hot spring in the United States. The vivid colors in the spring are the result of pigmented microbes, which grow around the edges of the mineral-rich

No, the above images are not surrealist paintings. They’re photographs of “dead valley,” where trees stand against a background of the highest sand dunes in the world. Once a thriving forest, the approaching desert has killed all

Turquoise Ice, Lake Baikal, Russia


Lake Baikal is the oldest freshwater lake in the world. In the winter, the lake freezes, but the water is so clear that you can see 130 feet below the ice. In March, frost and sun cause cracks in the ice crust, which results in the turquoise ice shards we see at the

One third of the plant life on Socotra Island is found nowhere else on planet Earth. One of the most bizarre forms of life is the dragon blood tree, which resembles an

Zhangye Danxia Landform, Gansu, China


These colourful rock formations are the result of red sandstone and mineral deposits laid down over 24 million years. Wind and rain then carved amazing shapes into the rock, forming natural pillars, towers, ravines, valleys and

Tunnel of Love, Klevan, Ukraine


This tunnel was shaped over many years, as trains traveled the line three times time a day, molding the surrounding trees. Now abandoned, the track is a romantic spot for an afternoon

Glowworm Caves, Waitomo, New Zealand


Thousands of tiny glowworms hang to the ceiling of this grotto and radiate a luminescent light, creating a scene straight out of a sci-fi

The farming techniques in Yuanyang County have created a landscape which is truly amazing from the air. These rice fields are located on the slopes of Ailao Mountain, where the terraced levels help create flat surfaces along an uneven

The pink color of this lake is thought to be the result of a dye created by algae and bacteria in the water. Despite the odd hue, the lake doesn’t seem to have any adverse effects on humans or local

Over millions of years, the hotsprings in Pamukkale have transformed the landscape. Although it may look like these terraces are made of ice and snow, Turkey has bikini weather all year round. The ground is just coated in white

Due to its extensive habitat of fauna and flora, this flowing river appears in yellow, green, blue, black and red as you travel along it. The rocks here are around 1.2 billion years old, and those who visit call it the most beautiful river in the

Patagonia Marble Caves, Chile


Formed by thousands of years of waves crashing against calcium carbonate, these caves have smooth, swirling walls, which reflect the lake’s azure

Around 50 to 60 million years ago, intense volcanic activity in the area formed a lava plateau. Over time, the lava cooled and fractures created columns that are so perfect, they almost look

Fly Geyser, Nevada


Fly Geyser was accidentally created when a well was drilled and left uncapped. Minerals and algae started to rise from the geyser and accumulated to form an alien-like

Underwater Waterfall, Mauritius Island


Strong ocean currents continually drive sand from the shores of Mauritius into the abyss below, creating this one-of-a-kind underwater

This tabletop mountain is one of the oldest mountains on Earth, dating back two billion years when the land was lifted high above the ground by tectonic activity. The sides of the mountain are sheer vertical cliffs, with several waterfalls, making it nearly impossible to

Aogashima, Japan


Aogashima is a volcanic island located 200 miles off the coast of Tokyo. Even more amazing than the view is the geography – there’s a smaller volcano within the volcano

Like the Giant’s Causeway, this cave was formed by lava cooling and fracturing over millions of years. The jagged formations on the outside are entirely nature’s

Underwater River, Cenote Angelita, Mexico


Underneath the water of Cenote Angelita is another flowing body of water. The river is full of hydrogen sulfate, which is much heavier than normal salt water. When it sinks to the bottom, it forms a flow of its

This silver mine is coated in crystals as big as 50 feet long and 4 feet wide. They Were formed by hydrothermal fluids rising from the magma chambers below. This is a must see on any cave lover’s bucket

Hidden Beach, Mexico


This magnificent hidden beach was created by a military explosion test in early 1900s. The surrounding islands were deemed a nature park, with the hidden beach only accessible by swimming through a fifty foot

Lake Natron, Tanzania


This lake has a uniquely high salt content. Salt-loving microorganisms thrive and produce red pigment, colorizing the water. For other animals, the salt is deadly and many calcify (effectively turning into stone) after taking a dip in the

The Eye of Africa, Mauritania


Found in the middle of the Sahara Desert is a deeply eroded bowl, over 24 miles in diameter. The natural formation is so impressive that for a long time, scientists believed it was the site of an asteroid

The isolated highlands of Iceland have some of the most superb natural sights in the Northern Hemisphere. The mindblowing glaciers, craters, lakes and geysers are breathtaking by day, but when night falls, the area becomes one of the best places to witness the aurora

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia


Plitvice National Park is the largest of its kind in Croatia and the oldest in Southeast Europe. Over thousands of years, water flowing over limestone and chalk created natural dams and eventually, beautiful lakes, caves and


Top Honeymoon Destinations


If you’re looking for the ultimate escape, pampering, and R&R honeymoon, then the Maldives are hard to beat! Set over thousands of small atolls, the beaches here have soft white sand and clear turquoise waters.


Looking for some of the World’s finest cuisine, greatest culture, stunning landscapes, and a short flight? Italy is without a doubt one of Europe’s best honeymoon destinations catering to pretty much everyone; whether you want a ski honeymoon, a city break and beach combo, or a relaxing lakeside spa break.


Not, perhaps, the most obvious of choices, but at Original Travel Oman is a firm honeymoon favourite. The selection of sophisticated hotels combined with huge range of desert, mountain, and coastal activities, all with great weather it’s hard to resist! Caribbean There are numerous spots throughout the Caribbean offering a laidback vibe, beautiful beaches, and high quality hotels. Our pick of the bunch is Anguilla; not only is still relatively unknown, but there’s also fantastic food (the lobster here is to die for), gorgeous beaches, and rum punch sun downers… Bliss!

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Besides a whopping 4,500 miles of coastline and islands to explore, honeymoons to Brazil can also take in the amazing Amazon and its wildlife. Add to this the vast vibrant cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo and you see, Brazil really does offer something for everyone.


Dive enthusiasts, luxury connoisseurs, and beach bums alike will be more than content on a Seychelles honeymoon. A real romantic paradise, the islands each have gloriously white sand beaches and clear sea water with turtles swimming around pristine coral reefs.


For the perfect mix of activity and beach flop, Tanzania is ideal. From safaris and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro inland, to the beautifully scented spice island of Zanzibar with its picture perfect beaches a short distance offshore, Tanzania is unforgettable.

Bali & Lombok

A couple of Indonesia’s finest islands; Bali and Lombok make an ideal honeymoon combination. The islands have some of the world’s finest and most romantic hotels with excellent spas and set in jaw-dropping scenery. The culture and food here are also great to discover here!


From ancient Mayan ruins to beautiful beaches and magnificent sunny weather, Mexico honeymoons offer the perfect mix. Add jungle, wildlife, elegant colonial haciendas, and historic towns, and you realise why you won’t get bored here!

French Polynesia

A volcanic island covered in jungle, Bora Bora and the other islets and islands that make up French Polynesia, are encircled by heavenly turquoise waters great for diving. On the island, the views are incredible and the climate a charm, plus there’s delicious French-influenced cuisine.


Most BEAUTIFUL CITIES in the World


Among those who’ve seen it in person, the conclusion is unanimous: Venice is the most beautiful city in the world, and the only one that can truly be described as unique. Each building is a work of art, with their beauty enhanced when reflected on the canals that cross the city. Its magical scenery is fascinating and breathtaking at first sight, evoking the feeling of entering the setting of a real-life fairy tale. It’s perhaps even unfair to all other cities to call Venice a city, as it is a place unlike any other, that no other can compare to, or ever be like.


The Seine and the bridges that cross it, the grand boulevards, the monumental squares, the magnificent monuments, the charming streets of Montmartre — these images of Paris confirm that it is indeed the most elegant and sophisticated of all cities. It has inspired practically every major world capital, with every city claiming its own Champs-Elysèes, and Place des Vosges becoming the prototype of residential squares throughout Europe. Sit at an outdoor café table or go on a boat tour of the Seine and see it all romantically flash before your eyes.-SEE THE PARIS CITY GUIDE»


It is known as the city of the thousand spires because of its profusion of grand, beautifully-preserved historical monuments dating from practically every period in history. Those spires are best admired from the bridges that cross the Vltava River, especially from the magnificent Charles Bridge, or standing in the stunningly beautiful Old Town Square. Add the atmospheric alleyways and cobbled streets that lead to it, and you know that few other cities delight the senses as much as Prague.


Magnificently sited on a series of hills running down to the grand Tagus River, Lisbon is one of the world’s most scenic cities. Beautiful unexpected views are found at every turn down its colorful, picturesque streets, and especially from strategically-placed viewpoints or terraces at the top of each hill. The city has an unpolished, seductive appearance; an effortless beauty with captivating details such as cobbled designs, tiled façades, and pastel-colored buildings blending together to give it a singular atmosphere now lost in so many other cities. In such a stunning place, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s great explorers questioned what other beauties lied beyond the horizon when they departed from here in the 15th century.


Rio de Janeiro
There are those who say God created the world in six days and devoted a seventh to Rio. The city is indeed blessed with one of the most stunning settings in the world, making it the most naturally beautiful city in the world. Even if it was deserted of buildings and population, anyone standing at the top of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain or by the Corcovado statue would see one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Green, tropical luxuriance mixes with the blue of the ocean and the brightness of the sand at the beaches, proving that this is indeed “the marvelous city” as locals call it.


Each of the thousands of buildings that line Amsterdam’s main canals can be classified as a monument, beautifully kept as apartments, offices, cafés, restaurants, and even brothels. All together they form an aesthetic uniformity that make the city one of the most charming in the world, a stunning place of bridges and bikes crossing canals, picturesque cobbled streets, and strikingly elegant architecture.


Florence is synonymous with the Italian Renaissance, known for the artistic heritage in its palaces and museum collections. Yet with all the beauty both inside and outside its palazzi’s walls, it is the city as a whole that impresses the most. See it from Piazzale Michelangelo, a 19th century terrace overlooking the entire city, and you’ll be looking at one of the most storybook-perfect cityscapes. You’ll see its unspoiled skyline, the towers and domes of the heart of the city, its bridges, the hills in the distance, and the magnificent Duomo standing in the middle of it all. Few other places in the world will leave you as awestruck.

8 | ROME

The city standing on seven hills by the Tiber River is a treasure-trove of monuments among some of the most beautiful squares and classical architecture in the world. Because everyone visits Rome for its landmarks, its picturesque streets are often overlooked, such as those of the Trastevere district, filled with charming lanes, faded palazzi, and lovely homes decorated with flower boxes. It is on streets like those that Rome proves itself to really be eternal.


Split in two by the Danube River, Budapest is the result of the merging of three cities. Buda is the hill with the royal palace and an old town filled with baroque and gothic monuments looking over the mostly-19th century Pest, crossed by broad avenues lined with elegant neo-renaissance buildings. Admire its setting and remarkable architecture (including the stunning Parliament Building) from the monumental Chain Bridge, and step into the old town for some of the most romantic lanes you’ll ever stroll through.


It’s a small city, in a small country, hardly a metropolis, but huge on beauty. It’s one of the world’s best preserved medieval cities, filled with gothic and baroque monuments surrounded by an oval canal and extraordinarily romantic cobbled lanes. It’s no wonder that it is one of Europe’s most visited cities, helped by its location in the very center of the continent. It’s an unmissable destination when in Brussels, and easily accessible from anywhere in central Europe. Its combination of gorgeous architecture and pretty, peaceful spots crisscrossed by canals make it one of the most magical sites to be experienced in the world.

10 Amazing Works of Art that are Lost Forever

The Colossus of Rhodes: Lost in an Earthquake
The Colossus of Rhodes: Lost in an Earthquake

The Colossus of Rhodes was an enormous statue of the Greek Titan Helios, the personification of the sun, which was built in the Greek city of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. This massive statue stood nearly one hundred feet high and rested on a fifty-foot high marble pedestal. This masterpiece is considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The striking bronze Colossus took over twelve years to build, and it stood facing the city of Rhodes for over fifty-six years before an earthquake hit the city, collapsing the statue into hundreds of pieces, where they have lain for centuries.

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Picasso’s “The Painter”: Lost in a Plane Crash
Picasso's 'The Painter': Lost in a Plane Crash

This signed 1963 Collotype called “Le Peintre” (The Painter), by famed artist Pablo Picasso, was lost in the crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on September 2, 1998. In addition to this painting, which was valued at about one-and-a-half million dollars, the plane’s shipment also contained almost a half a billion dollars worth of precious diamonds and other jewels.

En route from JFK airport in New York City to Geneva, Switzerland, the pilots sent a distress signal and were attempting to make an emergency landing in Nova Scotia when the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all two hundred and twenty-nine souls on board. Though ninety-eight percent of the plane was recovered from the water, only about twenty centimeters of the Picasso work were located, and the jewels were nowhere to be found. (Source | Photo)

Fourteen Paintings by Gustav Klimt: Destroyed by Nazis
Fourteen Paintings by Gustav Klimt: Destroyed by Nazis

Pictured above: “Schubert at the Piano” (1899).

Gustav Klimt was a prominent Austrian symbolist painter whose work often focused on the female form. Serena Lederer was a wealthy Viennese art patron who collected fourteen of Klimt’s paintings. Lederer sent her collection to the Schloss Immendorf museum for safe keeping in 1943. Nevertheless, the collection was lost when the retreating Nazi party set Schloss Immendorf on fire in 1945.

Works ranging from 1898’s “Musik II” to 1917’s “Gastein,” as well as the famed Vienna Ceiling Paintings, were destroyed in the fire. (Source | Photo)

Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”: Destroyed by Fire
Claude Monet's 'Water Lilies': Destroyed by Fire

Claude Monet, a founder of the French impressionist movement, created several beautiful water lily paintings beginning in 1883. New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was thrilled to acquire two of these paintings in 1957, only to have them both destroyed a mere one year later.

On April 15, 1958, a fire on the second floor of MoMA destroyed an eighteen-foot-long “Water Lilies” painting, along with a smaller (but still large) version of water lilies. Apparently, the fire was started when workmen who were installing an air conditioning unit took a smoking break near paint cans, sawdust, and a canvas drop cloth, igniting the canvas. The fire spread rapidly.

One worker was killed in the fire and several firefighters suffered from smoke inhalation. Museum staff tried valiantly to save as many paintings as possible, but between the fire, the water damage, and the destruction caused by firefighters who worked to control the blaze, the large “Water Lilies” painting was a total loss. For three years, the museum tried to restore the smaller of the two paintings, but in 1961 it declared that the work was also damaged beyond repair. (Source | Photo)

Sutherland’s Portrait of Winston Churchill: Destroyed by Churchill’s Wife
Sutherland's Portrait of Winston Churchill: Destroyed by Churchill's Wife

In 1954, Graham Sutherland was commissioned to paint a full-length portrait of Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, that was presented to Churchill at a public ceremony on his eightieth birthday. Sutherland was a modernist painter with a reputation for capturing the “real” side of his subjects. Instead of depicting Churchill as stately, Sutherland painted him as he truly looked, and apparently neither Churchill nor his wife liked the painting.

After the public presentation in 1954, the painting was taken to his country home at Chartwell but was never displayed. It wasn’t until Lady Churchill died in 1977 that the truth was discovered; she had destroyed the painting shortly after it was delivered. (Source | Photo)

Michelangelo’s “Leda and the Swan”: Simply Disappeared
Michelangelo's 'Leda and the Swan': Simply Disappeared

This painting of “Leda and the Swan” was created circa 1530 by Michelangelo. The story goes that Michelangelo gave the painting to his friend and student, Antonio Mini, who took it to France. Mini may have sold the painting, because it was last seen in the royal collection at Fontainebleau in the early 1530s. The court painter, Rosso Fiorentino, painted a copy of it, which is the only existing version that remains. (Source | Photo)

John Banvard’s Mississippi River Panorama: Cut into Pieces
John Banvard's Mississippi River Panorama: Cut into Pieces

The work above is another of Banvard’s paintings.

John Banvard was an American panorama and portrait painter. Banvard’s magnum opus was a huge panorama of the Mississippi River Valley. In 1840, the artist spent months traveling up and down the river in a boat, sketching the scenery. He then transferred the sketches to an enormous canvas.

The finished work measured twelve feet high by a mile and a half long. The massive panorama was advertised as the “three-mile canvas,” (a slight exaggeration), and was brought on a tour of the entire United States. Towards the end of the 19th century, the panorama was cut into several pieces for storage, and the pieces have never been recovered. (Source | Photo)

Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Painter on His Way to Work”: Destroyed by Fire
Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Painter on His Way to Work': Destroyed by Fire

Vincent Van Gogh created nearly two thousand works of art in his lifetime; this is one of just six of his paintings that we know are lost forever. “The Painter on his Way to Work” was housed in the Kaiser-Friedrich Museum in Berlin before being destroyed by fire during World War II.

This is one of Van Gogh’s many self-portraits, depicting the artist laden with painting supplies on the road to Montmajour in 1888. (Source | Photo)

Antoine Watteau’s “Spring”: Lost, Found, then Destroyed
Antoine Watteau's 'Spring':  Lost, Found, then Destroyed

Antoine Watteau was a French painter who lived in the early 1700s. Circa 1716, Watteau painted a series of seasonal images for Pierre Crozat, among them Spring (Printemps), Autumn, Winter, and Summer. Of these four paintings, only one remains today. “Spring” was rediscovered in 1964, only to be destroyed by fire two years later, and “Autumn” and “Winter” have never been found.

Incidentally, another of Watteau’s works, “La Surprise,” (circa 1718) was found during an insurance evaluation in 2007. The oil painting was sold at auction on July 8, 2008 for 15 million Euros, setting a world record price for a painting by Watteau. (Source 1 | Source 2 | Photo)

Johannes Vermeer’s “The Concert”: Stolen by Thieves
Johannes Vermeer's 'The Concert': Stolen by Thieves

In one of the most famous art heists in history, Johannes Vermeer’s “The Concert,” valued at around two hundred million dollars, is considered to be the most valuable stolen work of art in the world. In 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers stole thirteen pieces of art from the Isabelle Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston. None of the Gardner Museum’s missing works have surfaced since they were stolen.

30 Amazing Large Scale Street Art Murals From Around The World

1. Ordes, Spain

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2. Murcia, Spain

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3. Atlanta, USA

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4. Katowice, Poland

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5. Boston, USA

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7. Pittsburgh, USA

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8. Arhus, Denmark

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9. Lisbon, Portugal

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10. Bristol, UK

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11. Bydgoszcz, Poland

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12. Warsaw, Poland

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13. Lyon, France

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14. Valencia, Spain

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15. Krakow, Poland

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16. Moscow, Russia

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17. Lodz, Poland

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18. Baltimore, USA

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19. Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

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20. Mexico, Mexico

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21. Murcia, Spain

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22. New York City, USA

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23. Madrid, Spain

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24. Besançon, France

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25. Lofoten, Norway

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26. Vienna, Austria

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27. New York, USA

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28. Dublin, Ireland

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29. Agde, France

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30. Berlin, Germany