December 2009 [ edit ]
Statue of Jesus in Dili was actually built by Muslims as a gift to the local Christians. The name
Kumasi literally means "flourishing Kuma tree", attributed to the growth of a kuma tree planted there by King Osei Tutu I. Despite being famed as the
Marble City, Kilkenny's black marble is in fact a finely grained carboniferous limestone. Despite being a tropical island,
shirtless men may be arrested in Tonga if caught outside of the beaches.
Mitsukoshi, Japan's 325-year-old retailer, has only one North American location—and it's inside the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World. With a length of 800 meters,
Hilversum has the largest wildlife crossing of the world.
November 2009 [ edit ]
Among the attractions at
Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan is "Leonardo's Horse," a finished interpretation of the giant sculpture da Vinci intended to be his masterpiece. You're welcome to have as much as you like, but the
Emperor of Japan is legally barred from eating Shimonoseki's most famous dish, , the poisonous pufferfish. fugu The only place you can hear the gut wrenching screech of a live
Tasmanian Devil outside Australia, is in the Copenhagen Zoo. It was a gift from Australia to the Aussie princess Mary's first-born. Legend has it that the city of
Ljubljana was established by Jason and the Argonauts with Jason himself as the city's first citizen. The
Hotel Paisano in Marfa, Texas shows the James Dean film in a screening room off its lobby all day, seven days a week. Giant
October 2009 [ edit ]
Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku, Tokyo, you can buy — among many, many other things — a dozen types of sand for model railways. For avid
runners, the summer festival in Dunedin, New Zealand hosts a race up Baldwin Street, the world's steepest street.
Jefferson City, Missouri houses the only museum in the United States devoted specifically to veterinary medicine. Going for sushi in
Tsukiji, Tokyo? Detour to nearby Tsukudajima and sample some inago tsukudani, or pickled locusts.
September 2009 [ edit ]
While it's not considered to be the most beautiful
diving location, Dahab's Blue Hole is considered to be the most dangerous scuba diving location on the planet. China's Leaning Tower,
Huqiu Tower in Suzhou predates Pisa's Leaning Tower by over 200 years. In the
Museo Santuarios Andinos in Arequipa, Peru you'll find a mummy named Juanita, who was offered as a human sacrifice by the Inca.
August 2009 [ edit ]
world's largest church is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire Citizens of
Inis Mór placed seaweed in the dirt between cracks in the rock island to revive agriculture, transforming the area from grey rock to green fields. One of the annual "events" in
Fredericton, New Brunswick is the Great Pumpkin Sacrifice, held every Halloween. The
SkyCycle roller coaster at the Washuzan Highland Park in Kurashiki is 100% pedal-powered — no electricity is used. Time to kill at
Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport? Check out the free art museum in the transit area.
Atlanta's Georgia Aquarium now offers intrepid visitors (with some money to burn) a chance to swim with whale sharks.
July 2009 [ edit ]
Rwanda, it is against the law to use plastic bags, as an abundance of loose plastic bags were causing environmental issues.
Sumo wrestlers in Tokyo achieve their massive bulk by chowing down on chanko-nabe, a soup consisting mostly of vegetables and tofu. Hidden in a library in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan is the world's oldest Quran, written by Othman only 19 years after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. Ever wanted to take a nice
strawberry milk bath? You can do just that at the Hur Shim Chung Spa in Busan, South Korea.
Hyde Park, New York is the site of the only National Historic Site in the United States of America specifically commemorating a First Lady ( Eleanor Roosevelt).
You'll find some strangely
phallic-shaped rock formations in Göreme's Love Valley in Turkey.
Nagano's Binzuru Festival is celebrated by banging together rice scoops and rubbing down the statue of an Indian saint. The nation of
Guadeloupe is nicknamed Butterfly Island, as the two main islands look like butterfly wings.
June 2009 [ edit ]
Grand Mosque in Xian was the first mosque ever to be built in China. Despite being located at the source of the
Nile River, Jinja, Uganda is more famous as the source of Nile Beer. In the
Hawaiian language, the reef triggerfish is called the "triggerfish with a snout like a pig", and the butterflyfish is the "long-snouted fish shaped like a wiliwili leaf". For spiritual travelers, you'll find the
Gateway to God in Haridwar, India, while the Gateway to Hell is on Mount Osore in Japan. Jake and Elwood aren't always there, but the
Chicago Blues Fest, held annually in June, is the world's largest free blues music festival.
Phone books in Iceland are alphabetized by first name rather than surname. Among
Milwaukee's artistic attractions is a statue of one of its most famous fictional inhabitants: one Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli. If you visit
Antigua Guatemala and develop a craving for Indian food, Dabbawala Tandoori delivers curries, vindaloo, etc. -- via motorbike.
May 2009 [ edit ]
monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which make up a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Armenia lie atop opposite sides of a deep canyon. You can cross the
Bridge over the River Kwai, of movie fame and located in Kanchanaburi, on foot -- and then ride an elephant (for a price, of course). The fence around
Saint Petersburg's Transfiguration Cathedral is made from captured Ottoman cannons from the Russo-Turkish War.
Old Sow, off the coast of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, is the largest tidal whirlpool in the world. (Try not to get sucked in if you visit.)
Alaska's includes one Dalton Highway 240-mile stretch without services (fuel, food, etc.), the longest such no-services segment of highway in the United States of America.
April 2009 [ edit ]
Among the attractions of
Japan's Dewa Sanzan is a temple dedicated to a priest who starved to death while praying.
James A. Little Theater, one of Santa Fe (New Mexico)'s many great venues for concerts, plays, etc., is on the campus of the New Mexico School for the Deaf.
Auckland, New Zealand is built on an active volcanic field containing at least 48 separate volcanoes -- none of them currently active, fortunately. Oddly
E is one of only two letters (the other being X) that doesn't have a national capital starting with it (unless you count ). Edinburgh, Scotland The name of
Rambutsiwi Temple in Negara, Bali literally means "Hair Worship".
Le Conte Lodge, the only lodging within Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is reachable only via a 5-mile trail, and the lodge's supplies must be brought in via llama or helicopter.
March 2009 [ edit ]
If you climb
Mount Fuji via the Gotembaguchi route, you'll traverse an ash field erupted as recently as 1707. Opened December 2008, the
Jumbo Hostel in Stockholm is a Boeing 747-turned-hostel. (Book early to spend the night in the deluxe cockpit room!)
Ukraine is generally glad to be out from under the Soviet Union, but its capital Kiev still hosts a Soviet-themed restaurant -- called СССР (USSR), of course. So-called
"Hotel Laurier" at Waterloo (Ontario) isn't so much a hotel as the off-season rental of residences at Wilfrid Laurier University. The
international airport for Brisbane, Australia is at the community of Eagle Farm, appropriately enough. The altar at 1,700 year old
Echmiadzin Cathedral in Central Armenia, the mother Cathedral of Armenians is built over a preserved fire worshiping pit. Holy mackerel! The
fish market in Gothenburg, Sweden is called ( Feskekôrka Fish Church) because of the shape of its building. If you buy clothes at the
Chlorophylle Montréal retail outlet in Montreal's Quartier Latin, you may try them on first in a dressing room made of recycled sheds from northern Quebec.
February 2009 [ edit ]
Tradition asserts that the
Dattatreya Temple, in the Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, was built from the trunk of a single tree. If you're a
chessplayer and are visiting Fairbanks, Alaska, look for the Aurora Ice Museum and its chess set made of ice. The
trolley-style buses that roam Austin, Texas are known as ' Dillos -- short for Armadillo Express.
January 2009 [ edit ]
Klang, Malaysia is the original home of Bak kut teh -- or, if you prefer, pork rib tea.
Terrace Hill house in Des Moines is not only home to Iowa's governor, but formerly the home of the state's first millionaire -- although he eventually went bankrupt.