Earlier this month I talked about Globe Genie as a way of vicariously seeing the world without actually paying for the plane fare. (On my other blog I presented a learning module for writers using the site.)
Today I learned about Atlas Obscura, a collaborative project the goal of which is to curate the wonderously different, bizarre, and unusual places on our blue planet.
[from the Atlas Obscura website about page]; "Welcome to the Atlas Obscura, a compendium of this age's wonders, curiosities, and esoterica. The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks and are ignored by the average tourist. If you're looking for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, phallological museums, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them."