11 Must Visit Places That’ve Probably Been Teleported From a Different Universe
There are about 200 countries and more than 2.5 million cities on our planet and each of them has something interesting for tourists. But sometimes those places of interest are so unique that you may feel as if you are on the set of some movie.
Bright Side would like for you to put these 11 cinema-like places on your travel list.
Catatumbo lightning, Venezuela
The estuary of this river would be the perfect place to film thrillers and horror movies. A unique natural phenomenon happens here — numerous flashes of lightning appear along the shore of this river on approximately 200 nights a year, as if Zeus himself lived there. As a rule, they mostly hit the same place all the time and they look somewhat like the plasma lamp invented by Tesla.
Nikola-Lenivets, Kaluga region, Russia
In 2000, a small village in the Kaluga region called Nikola-Lenivets suddenly became an object of contemporary art thanks to its numerous installations. Later it grew into a big trendy art park where many different festivals are held annually and which could easily serve as a backdrop to some modern movies.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
Frequent fog, huge boulders, storms, and a cold airflow turn this part of the Namib desert’s coast into the second Bermuda Triangle for ships and whales. Just imagine the skeletons of thousands of drowned, but once majestic, ships lying in the sands and waters of the place where the endless desert joins the raging ocean. It looks like the secret place of Davy Jones — the endless desert with a Black Pearl — where Captain Jack Sparrow explored with the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Szimpla Kert, Budapest, Hungary
The passion of Hungarian people to hang various things on walls can be found at its most robust in this huge 2-storied squat called Szimpla Kert. Those who have visited this place will agree that it is unique. There are many halls in this semi-destroyed building in the center of the capital where one can have hot drinks, sit near a bonfire, admire fantastic are installations and dance to trippy music. Generally speaking, it’s the dream place of an art director for arthouse genre movies.
Pig Beach, the Bahamas
Big Major Cay is an uninhabited island in the Caribbean sea. Well, not completely — there are no humans here, but there are many feral pigs inhabiting this area. Nobody knows for sure how these pigs managed to occupy the entire Bahamian island but the most wide-spread versions say that they got here after a shipwreck or that pirates brought them to the island to keep as an edible stash which eventually wasn’t used. Anyway, not only did these animals manage to survive on the island but they also learned to swim. It could be a great location for some philosophical movie where the main character sits at the seaside pondering the meaning of life with swimming pigs in the background.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
In the first photo, it might seem like this guy is taking a picture with a frozen winter lake in the background. In fact, that is a dried salt lake in a hot area of Bolivia. It has different modifications: during the monsoon season, it is a huge mirror reflecting the sky due to a thin layer of water, during the dry season, it gets covered with picturesque 6-angled crusts and at sunset it becomes pink. Here one can easily see some beautiful lamas and flamingos, as well as huge cactuses growing along its shore.
Père Lachaise, Paris, France
Père Lachaise is a place that turns death into greatness. The legendary cemetery in the French capital is a place where beautiful sculptures, crowds of tourists, and immortal celebrities buried here are combined together. Here are just a few of them: Honoré de Balzac, Molière, Frédéric Chopin, Jim Morrison, Georges Bizet, Eugène Delacroix, and Édith Piaf. By the way, a while ago it was recommended that Jim Morrison’s grave be reburied due to the eccentric behavior of his fans that used to sing The Doors’ songs right at his grave, as well as smoke marijuana, and litter.
And different celebrities have different traditions. The tombstone of Oscar Wilde, for example, is covered with the prints of women’s lips because his female fans have a custom of kissing it. This tradition is depicted in the movie Paris, I love you.
Hobbiton, Matamata, New Zealand
When creating the legendary movie The Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, a film director, refused to work on an artificial set and drove around all of New Zealand searching for the real Shire. And he found this place — it was one of the farms on the outskirts of Matamata village, which today is called Hobbiton.
During the filming, this area was fenced off by the military to keep it a secret before the premiere. It was transformed into a real Hobbit village with gardens, backyards, mills and 37 hole-like houses. Today it is the pilgrimage place of Tolkienists. Unfortunately, it’s forbidden to go inside the houses but it’s possible to sit in a pub, drink Elfin ale, and buy The One Ring.
A picturesque seaport located between the ocean and hills is considered one of the most unusual cities of Latin America. Shabby houses and endless labyrinths from old and colorful buildings with graffiti on them leave an unforgettable impression. One tourist described it this way, “In order to create Valparaíso, you need to combine a handful of Italian Sorrento, with a couple of tablespoons of old Lisbon, boil it for some time and season with San Francisco at the end.”
The area is ideal for a light, nostalgic, and romantic comedy.
The Austrian village of Hallstatt, located between the lake with the same name and the Alps, is a real Austrian black pearl. Also, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area between the mountains and the lake is so narrow that the authorities had to build the railway on the opposite side of the lake. That’s why the residents of the village have to take boats if they want to get on a train. The village itself resembles a fairy-tale. It would probably be a great location for Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Fly Geyser, Nevada, USA
This rainbow-colored phenomenon was created as a result of well-drilling by a geothermic company in 1964. It was searching for sources of geothermal energy but found out that the waters were not hot enough. After some time, the company tried to re-seal the geyser but it was too strong and resulted in spewing 5-foot-high waters. Eventually, it was decided to leave the geyser as is. Over the years, it has grown over with minerals and colorful algae and turned into an out-of-this-world mound that nowadays attracts many tourists.
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