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Hallerbos (Halle Forest)

Location: Belgium

Believe it or not, the mystical and fairy tale-like forest portrayed in these beautiful photos actually exists – it’s called Hallerbos (or Halle Forest in Dutch), and it’s located in Belgium.

The reason this forest looks like it’s been lifted right out of a fairytale is its dense carpet of bluebell flowers. These flowers thrive and bloom in spring and early summer, and it is their characteristic explosion of blue and violet that gives bluebell forests like this one their name.

The early spring blooms attract visitors (and photographers) to Hallerbos and to other forests like it in droves. Foggy conditions are especially good for photographers, giving the woods a mysterious and ghostly atmosphere.

Dense carpets of bluebells are usually an indicator that the forest in question is very old. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the trees in the area are old, only that the area has consistently remained wooded for at least 300-400 years.

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Las Lajas Sanctuary

Location: Columbia

Las Lajas Sanctuary (Spanish: Santuario de Las Lajas) is a basilica church located in the southern Colombian Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales and built inside the canyon of the Guáitara River.

The church was built between January 1, 1916 and August 20, 1949, with donations from local churchgoers. It rises 330 feet high from the bottom of the canyon and is connected to the opposite side of the canyon by a 160 foot tall bridge.

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Cristo Redentor - “Christ the Redeemer”

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer is a colossal statue of Jesus Christ at the summit of Mount CorcovadoRio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil. It was completed in 1931 and stands 98 feet tall, its horizontally outstretched arms spanning 92 feet. The statue, made of reinforced concrete clad in a mosaic of thousands of triangular soapstone tiles, sits on a square stone pedestal base about 26 feet high, which itself is situated on a deck atop the mountain’s summit. The statue is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the world and is one of Rio de Janeiro’s most recognizable landmarks.

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Kelimutu Crater Lakes

Location: Flores Island, Indonesia

Kelimutu is a small, but well-known volcano in central Flores Island of Indonesia, close to the small town of Moni about 50 km to the east of Ende. At the summit of the volcano there are three crater lakes of varying colors. Although they share the crest of the same volcano and are practically side-by-side, the lakes periodically change colors from red and brown to turquoise and green, independent of each other.

The peculiar colors and thick mist surrounding the volcano have earned Kelimutu a supernatural reputation. Local villages believe that the spirits of the dead go to rest in one of the lakes based upon the deeds performed on Earth. Consequently, the lakes are named Tiwi Ata Mbupu (Lake of Old People), Tiwu Nua Muri Kooh Tai (Lake of Young Men and Maidens) and Tiwu Ata Polo (Lake of Evil Sprits, or Enchanted Lake).

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Yosemite Valley
Location: California, United States
© Sasha Buzko

Yosemite Valley

Location: California, United States

© Sasha Buzko

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St. Basil’s Cathedral

Location: Moscow, Russia

Every capital has a well-known landmark making it easily recognizable. In Moscow, the Cathedral of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God, better known as the Cathedral of St. Vasily the Blessed (or St. Basil’s Cathedral, as it is often called in English), is such a landmark, and has been for nearly 450 years.

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"Pearl of the Adriatic" (Dubrovnik)

Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik is a stunningly intact walled city on the Adriatic Sea coast of the extreme south of Croatia. Although its population barely exceeds 40,000, it is one of the most prominent tourist resorts of the Mediterranean and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Dubrovnik is steeped in stunning architecture and sculptural detail, and boasts spectacular churches, monasteries, museums, and fountains. And did I mention King’s Landing? Yes, if you are a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, you have probably already recognized this place. Now go on, get the chance of feeling like GoT royalty by visiting this amazing destination.

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Angel Falls

Location: Venezuela

With a plunge 15 times the height of Niagara Falls, Angel Falls streams from the tabletop mountain called Auyantepui. The site was named after Jimmy Angel, a U.S. aviator who was the first known person to fly over the falls. His ashes were scattered there in 1960. In addition to its undeniable beauty, you may notice that the area is similar to Paradise Falls from Disney’s Up, a clear inspiration for the movie.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Location: Germany

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people travel to view his private refuge.

Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”.

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Sea of Stars

Location: Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

The famous group of islands are known for being a heaven on Earth, but Vaadhoo Island has a lot of surprises that are revealed at night.

The mesmerizing shining water looks like a mirror that reflects the sparkling stars above. However, the secret is this: phytoplankton. The marine microbes are bioluminescent and emanate the blue glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.

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