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Top 8 Strangest Places in the World

Cities above the sea and floating mountains-can places get any stranger than these? All over the world, we are treated to several places which no one, in spite of hundreds of years worth of research, can ever explain. For the tourist that enjoys something different, these places are worthy of their time. From time to time, it is nice to have our reasons challenged, and just stare in wonder.

Sure, travel guidebooks abound, and every corner of the earth has been scoured, but these places somehow remain untouched because of their ability to defy reason. Furthermore, these places will challenge your perspectives, and change them. In a world thats becoming familiar too fast, a trip to these natural wonders-or enigmas-will prove that some things are just beyond our grasp, and will prove to be refreshing. So if youre a seasoned traveler who thinks youve seen them all, think again as you look at this list of the strangest places in the world.

Blood Falls in Antartica

Top 8 Strangest Places in the World

South of New Zealand is Victoria Land, where the 35-mile long Taylor Glaciers white face is marred with what looks like blood stains. Rest assured, however, that this is not actual blood but a result of a community of sulfur-eating bacteria, which stays underneath the glacier in underground lakes. Their iron-oxide excretions are the color of red, and these dye the ice, creating an illusion of a waterfall of blood. What seem to complete the sordid picture are the corpses of lost penguins and seals scattered in the area, which never decompose. To see this, get a cabin in the final voyage of Kapitan Khlebnikov, a Russian icebreaker which will spend ten days in that region, during October of next year.

Las Pozas in Mexico

Top 8 Strangest Places in the World

This surreal sculpture gardens was created by Edward James, a Scottish poet, trust-funder, and a great fan of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali. It is located in the rainforests of Xilitla-north of Mexico City. Building it in 1949, he kept adding to this wondrous architecture with staircases that lead nowhere, turrets that are off-kilter, and atriums with open sides, until he died in 1984. His own home was a mock Gothic castle that he shared with hundreds of birds, forty dogs, and a boa constrictor. You can visit Xilitla between April and July, for perfect warm weather. His home has also been turned into a budget hotel called La Posada el Castillo.

Eye of the Sahara in Mauritania

Top 8 Strangest Places in the World

In the town of Ouadane is a thirty-mile-wide series of concentric rings, which remind you of crop circles. Unlike their famous counterparts though, we know how these circles came about-the natural erosion of the upwelling of the sedimentary rock has created a rippled pond. Its not quite easy to travel to Mauritania, as the roads are bad and banditry abound. It is also not easy to see the shape at ground level, so in order to have a great view of the place, hop inside a charter flight from Morocco. The Eye of the
Sahara can be seen from space.

The Boneyard in Arizona

Top 8 Strangest Places in the World

When fighter jets die, where do they go? Where else but Boneyard, Arizona. Its a dirt lot near Tucson, around three thousand retired military aircrafts final resting place. These aircrafts range from really old (harvested for parts) to still working (a little polishing will make them fly again).

Aficionados will enjoy the one hour tour organized by Pima Air and Space Museum. Where else can you find B-52 bombers? Make sure to reserve weeks ahead, as plenty of people visit.

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