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Abidjan is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of West-Africa".
A different way to see Christchurch is "punting the Avon" (pictured) - gliding down the Avon river in Cambridge University style with an uniformed boatsman.
It takes about 5 million steps to walk the whole 2100 miles/ 3500 km long Appalachian Trail.
Maritiman in Gothenburg calls itself "the world's biggest floating museum of ships" and consists of 19 boats of all sizes.
Buddha Park (pictured) outside Vientiane is a bizarre outdoor collection of huge concrete sculptures of Buddhist and Hindu deities and real and imaginary beasts.
The old town hall in Leipzig was built in 1556 in Renaissance style and remains one of Germany's largest. The position of the tower follows the ancient ideal of "golden mean".
In Bundaberg rum distillery you can take an interactive tour and learn about the history of rum making.
Kujukuri-hama (九十九里浜) beach (pictured) in Chiba is, for many travelers (coming in from east), their first glimpse of Japan: it's the long coastline you see from the plane coming in over the Pacific into Narita.
The day trip by train from Salta up in the mountains and back is aptly named tren a las nubes - the train to the clouds.
According to a legend, Church of St. Mary of Zion (pictured) in Aksum, Ethiopia is the repository of the Ark of the Covenant.
The yearly Calgary Stampede fills the city with Western-themed events, the most popular being the rodeo and chuckwagon races.
A local joke has it that New Orleans really does have four seasons: Summer, Hurricane, Christmas, and Mardi Gras.
The Zytglogge clock tower (pictured) in Berne plays an animatronic show each full hour and the locals are proud to tell you it's "the longest running act in show business".
Chongqing is claimed to be the place of origin of the Chinese dish hot pot, and the locals are said to be the only ones who are able to stand a real (spicy) one.
There are so many bars along Rue Saint Michel in Rennes that locals call the street Rue de la Soif, ie. "thirst street".
Harissa (pictured) is a very hot spicy chili paste (sometimes tempered with carrots or yogurt), served with bread as a starter at almost any meal in Tunisia.
A supernatural creature called "Mothman" was reportedly sighted on several occasions in the 1960's around Point Pleasant in West Virginia. Today there is a Mothman themed museum, research center, statue and festival in the city.
The official book depository of the United Kingdom, the British Library in Camdenholds a copy of every book ever printed in the UK, and a wide variety of periodicals.
Indiana's motto is "The Crossroads of America" (pictured).
Huangshan is a granite massif consisting of 36 separate peaks, rising above 1,800 m. Famous throughout Chinese artistic history, Huangshan represents the typical mountain in Chinese paintings.
Wurstkuchl in Regensburg is thought to be the oldest fast food restaurant in the world.
Table mountain (pictured) in Cape Townis the home of a small animal, the rock rabbit (known locally as the 'Dassie') whose closest relative, DNA-wise, is the elephant.
Gloucester is America's oldest seaport. Established in 1623, the city's roots are tied to the sea.
Aberdeen has got many nicknames - among others "the Granite City", "the Rainbow city", "Silver City" and "Oil Capital of Europe".
Perth (pictured) is the most isolated capital city of over 1,000,000 people in the world.
In the Earthquake Awareness and Preparation Center in Yokosuka visitors can experience a strong earthquake in controlled surroundings, learn how to avoid injury, put out fires, and escape a smoky building.
A running joke among Moscow's taxi drivers is to take an unwary tourist from one of the three railway stations around the huge "Three stations square" to another.
Because the Earth is not a perfect sphere but a little bit "thicker" near the Equator, the peak of Chimborazo (pictured) in Ecuador is the point farthest away from the Earth's center.
The three largest artificial islands in the world are the Palm Islands located just off the coast of Dubai.
The Palais Royal du Roi Toffa in Porto-Novo, Benin, is a museum in a former royal residence and a gives the visitor a nice look into how African royalty really lived.
Königsallee, the main shopping street in Düsseldorf, is divided by a canal (pictured) and sometimes referred to as the German Champs-Élysées.
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center is the tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western hemisphere.
A sandwich filled with ice cream is a popular afternoon snack in Thailand.
The touristy way to see Taketomi is from cart pulled by a water buffalo (pictured) (水牛車 suigyūsha), complete with guide telling folk stories (in Japanese) and twanging on a sanshin while at it.
The Brazilian national flag flown in the Square of the Three Powers in Brasilia is the largest flag regularly hoisted in the world.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has the busiest Burger King in the world with 1.3 million visitors a year. It has never closed since its opening in 1993.
The Police Boat 813 (pictured) in Khao Lak was swept 2 kilometers inland in the 2004 tsunami, and it has been left where it was as a memorial and historical landmark.
Istanbul is situated on two continents - the western part in Europe and the eastern in Asia.
Founded by Christopher Columbus's brother Bartolome Colombus in 1496, Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas.
A popular day trip from La Paz goes to Coroico along the scenic "Death Road" (pictured), regarded as the most dangerous road in the world.
Invented in Damascus, Syria over 2000 years ago, the only place where the traditional making of Damascene can be found today is far from its origins, in Kyoto, Japan
At a Howler's Inn in Bozeman two rooms overlook wolf enclosures, so guests can enjoy a wolf serenade by moonlight.
Fishermen used to have their boats blessed in Marseille's cathedral, Notre Dame de la Garde (pictured), and you can still see many boat models hanging around in the church.
At 105 hectares Abuko Nature Reserve is one of the smallest (if not the smallest) protected areas in Africa, but it still offers a good introduction to the Gambian wildlife.
Khan Shatyry in Astana is a shopping and entertainment center hosted in a giant transparent tent big enough to hold 10,000 people.
La Antigua Guatemala (pictured) was the colonial Spanish capital of Central America. It is a World Heritage Site, and is arguably the most popular tourist destination in Guatemala.