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Fiat Tagliero in Asmara

Fiat Tagliero is a futuristic-style gas station building in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, a former Italian colony. It was completed in 1938 to a design by Italian engineer Giuseppe Pettazzi in an airplane-like form. The building has been declared a national asset of Eritrea. In 2017, the city was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Asmara - the modernist city of Africa. 1)


Although Vitoria is not as large and well-known as Bilbao or San Sebastián, it is in this city, called Gasteiz by the Basques, that the capital of their autonomous community is located. 2)

Salvador de Bahia

Salvador, a city in eastern Brazil, on the Atlantic Ocean. Its historical name is São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos (Holy Savior of the Bay of All Saints). Until 1763 the capital of Brazil (Portuguese colony), moved to Rio de Janeiro. The agglomeration has 4 million inhabitants. 3)

The Fortress of Luxembourg

The Fortress of Luxembourg is a complex of fortress-type fortifications located around the city of Luxembourg, capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The fortress was of great strategic importance from the 17th century until 1867. The French engineer Lazare Carnot declared in 1793 that it was the best fortress in Europe outside Gibraltar, which led to Luxembourg. being called the “Gibraltar of the North”. 4)

Yamuna River

The Yamuna River was the historical boundary between the provinces of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. Its flood plains provided fertile floodplain soil suitable for agriculture, but they tend to recur in floods. The Yamuna, a sacred river in Hinduism is the only major river flowing through Delhi. 5)

Moving Day in New York

Until the 1920s, May 1 was celebrated as “Moving Day” in New York City. If you were going to change apartments of a given year you waited until that date, so that everyone would move at the same time. As the city grew, the tradition, which dated back to colonial times, began to die out, because Moving Day became too chaotic and the streets were blocked by horse-drawn carriages with luggage. 6)

Cabbies exam in London

Drivers of London's black cabs (cabbies) must learn street names and local maps for up to four years before they can take a knowledge exam and become certified. Only then are they allowed to sit behind the wheel of one of the world's most famous cabs. Navigation is seen as a matter of shame here. Drivers are required to learn 320 popular routes through some 25,000 streets, memorizing 20,000 tourist attractions and popular spots in the city so that they can drive across London without a map. 7)

Museums in Berlin

Boasting more than 170 museums, Germany's vibrant capital has more museums than rainy days in a year. From Museum Island to diverse and eccentric places like the Topography of Terror, the Spy Museum, or the GDR Museum, where visitors can experience life in Germany during communism, and even a museum of happy currywurst (curry sausage). There is sure to be something for everyone. 8)

Oshiya of Tokyo

Tokyo's subway and underground train system is vast and extremely crowded. During rush hour, Oshiya (i.e., squeezers) are employed to even squeeze people into train cars at the most crowded stations. So if you decide to visit Japan's capital remember to move around the city during off-peak hours. 9)

Hollywoodland in Los Angeles

When it was first erected in 1923 the world-famous “Hollywood” sign originally: “HOLLYWOODLAND” was an advertisement for homes being erected on the hills above. In 1949, the Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation tried to remove the sign, but the entire city voted against it, so only the “LAND” part was removed, and the 9 remaining letters remain an icon of Los Angeles to this day. 10)

The fastest internet in Seoul

Seoul is a global center of technology and innovation, and the entire country is considered to have access to the fastest internet in the world! And that means 26.1 megabits per second of broadband, as well as the best 4G system on the planet, get ready to load up Instagram with news, in South Korea, you'll have access to the Internet 95% of the time! 11)

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

The Sagrada Familia, one of the city's most famous sites has been under construction longer than Egypt's Pyramid of Giza. Designed by Gaudi, it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Construction began in 1882 and is currently estimated to be completed in 2026, making it the longest architectural project in the world. 12)

Penguins in Cape Town

Spectacular South Africa is known for its world-class safaris. And in Cape Town, you can see 2,000 local penguins, which can be admired on Boulder Beach, which tourists are eager to do. Penguins, which are a must-see in any guidebook, have been seen ashore for the last 30-40 years and that's because humans exceeded sardine catch limits in the 1960s and 1970s, causing penguins to have to start looking for food outside their natural habitat. 13)

Lisbon one of the oldest cities

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded in about 1200 BC and is the second oldest European capital after Athens, and at least 400 years older than Rome. The long history has shaped the city we know today changed after the great rebuilding that resulted from the earthquake that nearly destroyed Lisbon in 1755. 14)

Smiling railworkers in Beijing

When China opened a high-speed rail link between Shanghai and Beijing, two of the largest and most important cities in finance, business, and politics, railroad workers were trained to show exactly 8 teeth when smiling. 15)

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