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Parque Lage

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Parque Lage is a public park located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The land was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife, singer Gabriela Bezanzoni. During the 1920s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodrel, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté.

In the 1960s the land became a public park, with walking trails through the subtropical forest.  The gardens surrounding the house are organized geometrically, in a European romantic style. You can stroll over bridges with the rocaille details and visit the tower and caves, all built of mortar to imitate rocks and logs. One of the caves has aquariums embedded in its walls. The twelve fish tanks, the largest with a 6,000-liter capacity, hold a variety of fish species, predominantly from Brazilian freshwater habitats. There are gravel paths that lead visitors to specific locations as ponds, artificial islands, fountain and benches, which offer visitors a pleasant moment with nature.

Inside the beautiful mansion that houses the School of Visual Arts at Parque Lage is the Café du Lage. Charming and cozy, it provides their tables with cushions in the halls surrounding the famous pool. There, you can have a delicious breakfast on weekends.

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To Sua Ocean Trench

Location: Samoa

There’s a village on the south coast of Upolu island in Samoa by the name of Lotofaga. Located in that village is To Sua Ocean Trench, one of these rare heavens to exist on Earth. To Sua (or ‘big hole’) is an actual big hole converted into a swimming area. The decor is pure and you’ll find yourself surrounded with beautiful colorful gardens. A 30m ladder is installed giving you access to water. You’ll then be able to relax and swim through the massive cave within To Sua Ocean Trench. There is a fee upon entrance ($6-$15) but visitors say the whole experience is priceless.

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Elliðaey (Ellidaey) Island

Location: Iceland

If there ever is an ultimate holiday getaway location, it has to be the island of Elliðaey near Vestmannaeyjar, a small archipelago off the south coast of Iceland, and the enchanting little house on it.

Elliðaey is the third largest island in Iceland having an area of 0.45 square km in area. It is believed to have formed in an eruption about 5-6 thousand years ago. The island is accessible via a rope on its lower east side and by a boat from the mainland. There are a few lonesome cattle to keep you company on the island and thousands of sea birds that use it for a nesting site.

Not much information is available about the island or the house, but that doesn’t make this island any less of a unique destination!

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Camel Thorn Trees in Nambia

Location: Nambia

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Location: Michigan, USA
The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore consists of a 35-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, featuring immense sand dunes sculpted entirely by the winds and waters.

"It is peaceful and serene. A place where gazing out into the world, night or day, and realizing that the universe is truly a magical, majestic mystery and humans are just a very small part of it all. Here at Sleeping Bear, I sit in awe and wonder at the perfection of Mother Nature." 
- Jim Madole, Michigan resident who nominated Sleeping Bear Dunes in Good Morning America’s “Most Beautiful Place in America” contest in 2011.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Location: Michigan, USA

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore consists of a 35-mile stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline, featuring immense sand dunes sculpted entirely by the winds and waters.

"It is peaceful and serene. A place where gazing out into the world, night or day, and realizing that the universe is truly a magical, majestic mystery and humans are just a very small part of it all. Here at Sleeping Bear, I sit in awe and wonder at the perfection of Mother Nature." 

- Jim Madole, Michigan resident who nominated Sleeping Bear Dunes in Good Morning America’s “Most Beautiful Place in America” contest in 2011.

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Edale
Location: Derbyshire, England

Edale

Location: Derbyshire, England

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Hanging Lake

Location: Glenwood Canyon, Colorado

Hanging Lake is a lake in the U.S. State of Colorado. It is located in Glenwood Canyon, about 7 miles (11 km) east of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and is a very popular tourist destination.

Early tales of the discovery of the lake tell of a man searching for gold in the canyon. The man found a dead horse at the opening of a gulch. When he followed the gulch up through the steep hillside through the canyon he came around the backside of the lake. This is how he first saw the small bowl-like basin hanging onto the cliffs below.

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The gaping flame-filled crater has been this way since 1971, when Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern of natural gas and decided to burn it off so it wouldn’t poison anyone. They thought it would take a few days. Four decades later, locals refer to this pit as the Door to Hell.

The gaping flame-filled crater has been this way since 1971, when Soviet geologists tapped into a cavern of natural gas and decided to burn it off so it wouldn’t poison anyone. They thought it would take a few days. Four decades later, locals refer to this pit as the Door to Hell.

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Derwent Moors
Location: Derbyshire, England

Derwent Moors

Location: Derbyshire, England

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