Archive for the “Unusual Places” Category

Unusual Place of the Month: The Cathedral of Junk

The Cathedral of Junk is just what it sounds like: a bunch of junk built into the shape of a cathedral. It was started in 1988 by Vince Hannemann and has grown over the years through donations from people around both the city and the world. Nowadays, it contains over 60 tons of junk. A number of years ago the city of Austin tried to shut it down, saying it was too much junk and a safety concern. (The neighbors […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Mini Holland

As if Holland wasn’t small enough to travel around, if you are really pressed for time, you can visit the whole country all in one day by visiting Madurodam. Madurodam is a miniature “city” located just outside The Hague, Netherlands. Madurodam is a scale model of the country and all the attractions and geographical features that make Holland famous. You can see the canals of Amsterdam, the Red Light district, Rotterdam harbor, Maastricht, Utrecht, the dikes that made Holland famous, […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Edinburgh Ghost Tours

In honor of Halloween (my favorite holiday), this month’s unusual place is Edinburgh, Scotland, or, more specifically, haunted Edinburgh. Edinburgh is supposed to be one of the most haunted cities in the entire world. When I was there a few years ago, I took part in some of the city’s many ghost tours. Now whether you believe in ghosts or not, these tours take you on an adventure that not only teaches you a part of Edinburgh’s history, but also […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Borobudur

Borobudur is an 8th-century Buddhist monument in Indonesia. There’s nothing “unusual” about this place (at least, not like the Island of Dolls) except that it is unique in the world for the type of temple it is. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. I’ve always been fascinated by this place since the first time I heard about it on National Geographic television. When I […]

Unusual Place of the Month: The Island of Dolls

Known as “La Isla de la Munecas” in Spanish, the ‘Island of the Dolls’ is perhaps one of the creepiest tourist attractions in the world. You half expect Chucky to come out and slash you. It reminds me of those horror movies like “The Hills Have Eyes” where someone searches inside the house and it looks like no one has been there for years and there are lots of ruined dolls on the floor. Yes, this is a creepy place […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Hutt River Principality

Located in the desert of Western Australia is the Principality of Hutt River. The principality is an “independent sovereign state” in Australia, though it’s not recognized by any nation in the world. It lives in a legal limbo and has an uneasy and tenuous relationship with Australia. Hutt River was founded on April 21st, 1970 by Leonard George Casley. Casley founded the “country” in response to a dispute with the government of Western Australia over what he considered draconian wheat […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Jellyfish Lake

Palau is an island in the South Pacific and is often overlooked for Fiji, Bora Bora, or the Cook Islands. This makes Palau a great destination if you are looking for a nice, beautiful, and quiet tropical island. But more importantly, Palau has the amazing Jellyfish Lake. The Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau and is probably Palau’s most famous attraction. Everyday, millions of golden jellyfish migrate across the lake. While they do […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Chernobyl

Ever thought of visiting a nuclear power plant? How about one that had a meltdown? Well, think no more. Over twenty years after Chernobyl blew up, you can tour the area. They have been running tours for the last few years to the site of the worst nuclear catastrophe known to man. The Chernobyl Power Complex, lying 130 km north of Kiev, Ukraine, had a critical meltdown in 1986. The accident destroyed Chernobyl 4 reactor, killing 30 operators and firemen […]

Unusual Place of the Month: The Paris Sewers

Some of the best sights in Paris are the ones underground – the catacombs of Paris, the Paris Crypt, and the Paris Sewers. The Paris Sewers provide people with something really different, and a little bit stinky, to see while in Paris. Paris is a big city with a very long history. From its early days as a Roman outpost through modern times, the city has had to deal with waste. How would they handle waste from millions of people? […]

Unusual Place of the Month: Rosslyn Chapel

Dan Brown may have brought this chapel into popular culture in his book “The Da Vinci Code”, but this chapel was famous in its own right long before that. Rosslyn Chapel has been loved for both its amazing decorative artwork as well as the mystery that surrounds it by people for decades. Located 45 minutes outside of Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, properly named the Collegiate Church of St. Matthew, was founded on a small hill near Rosslyn Castle in the mid-15th […]