Most experienced, time-wizened travellers have traversed the wild lands of New York and heckled with the merchants of Paris, roamed the shores of Daytona and at least once marvelled at the structural integrity of the leaning tower of Pisa while making a Kamehameha pose at it. There are, however, many places that stay undiscovered by said travellers who’ve seen all the cliché sites and Instagrammed all the soul searching they’ve accomplished on the trails of Machu Picchu, beautiful secret places hidden in plain sight. Here are a few of the lesser known yet equally if not more so gorgeous places around the world;
The Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park in Madagascar
The stony forest is a UNESCO world heritage site that is strong and independent and don’t need no man. The park isn’t the one that needs protection here; the one in need of protection is anyone gullible enough to try anything stupid on its watch. The rock formations are razor sharp and you do not escape its wrath no matter how many times you tell it that it’s beautiful. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘cutting-edge style’ eh? No? Ok then.
The Azure Window in Malta
This beautiful place has been used in the TV series Game of Thrones, and no wonder too. The Azure Window is a natural arch made due to two limestone sea caves collapsing. While it must have been a tragedy for many a fishes, the incident left behind something very pretty for us to look at and a great spot for Khaleesi to bond with her soldiers.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation in United Kingdom
There’s not much you can do to emulate the acid trip that is the wonderland of Alice, and yet landscape artist Charles Jencks has done his best to achieve it. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, great name by the way, shows what it would be like if mother nature suddenly decided to follow the rules of modern mathematics.
Maly Semyachik in Russia
In Russia located in the eastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, there is a lake on top of a Volcano. Why? Because it’s Russia, that’s why. You do not question the geographic knowledge of Russia. Ever. And the fact that it is brilliantly turquoise? Deal with it.
The Hallerbos in Belgium
There is a forest in Belgium whose grounds are bathed in purple during spring. The part about faeries spilling blood in a sacrificial ritual to appease the spring goddess is yet to be confirmed. Mystic body fluids or not, the place is a great walk even though the event occurs for only a few weeks making it a beautiful place hidden in plain sight.
Fingal’s Cave in Scotland
This is like a lost level of Qbert, all natural, with natural ambiance music as well. Partially filled with water and adorning geometric wall décor due to frozen lava, the structure of the cave and the waves produces echoes that turn into an eerie melodious sound which is why it has earned the title of “the melodious cave.”