The Sunken Paths of Europe

A sunken lane (also hollow way or holloway) is a road or track that is significantly lower than the land on either side, not formed by the recent engineering of a road cutting but possibly of much greater age.
Various mechanisms have been proposed for how holloways may have been formed, including erosion by water or traffic, the digging of embankments to assist with the herding of livestock, and the digging of double banks to mark the boundaries of estates.
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La Meauffe, France – By Romain Bréget (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Hiking the Mudflats through the Wadden Sea

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The Wadden Sea is one of the last remaining natural large-scale intertidal ecosystems in the southeastern part of the North Sea. Mudflat hikers are people who, with the aid of a tide table, use a period of low water to walk and wade on the watershed of the mudflats. Belts of this shallow sea lie off the mainland of the Netherlands,  off the coast of northwestern Germany and off the coast of southwest Jutland in Denmark.
In 2009, the Dutch and German parts of the Wadden Sea were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List and the Danish part was added in June 2014.
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Brazil’s Little Castle of Horror

By Natalia Naomi Aoi B. – https://www.flickr.com/photos/aoibara/5388278813, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

Castelinho da Rua Apa is a residential building from the early 20th century, built by the family “Dos Reis” in 1912, having as a mold the French castles. In addition to its historical and cultural value, the Castelinho is known to have harbored a family tragedy in 1937, in which all the residents – mother and two children – were found shot dead and to this day it is unknown who was responsible – which makes  Castelinho a  mysterious haunted place. After the family tragedy the property was left without heirs passing to the patrimony of the Federal Government.
In 1996, the non-governmental organization Club de Mães do Brasil was granted the rights to use Castelinho da Rua Apa. Maria Eulina dos Reis Hilsenbeck is the founder and president of the Club and has been using the space ever since. Little Castle’s restoration was completed in April 2017, and now operates as a social assistance business, providing help to the homeless and chemical dependents in Sao Paulo.
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Magical Photos Capture Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool

By Forest Wander from Cross Lanes, USA – Elakala Waterfalls Swirling Pool Mossy Rocks, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

The Elakala Falls are a series of four waterfalls of Shays Run as it descends into the Blackwater Canyon in West Virginia. They are within Blackwater Falls State Park and are quite popular among photographers, with the ease of access for the first waterfall, and the relatively low traffic of the other waterfalls in the series. Photos capture the swirling pool nestling at the bottom of the small lovely waterfall.
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Naxi people taking part in festival underneath one of China’s most mystical mountain ranges

Photo by CEphoto, Uwe Aranas, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

The Naxi  are an ethnic group inhabiting the foothills of the Himalayas in the northwestern part of Yunnan Province, China. The Naxi, along with Bai and Tibetans, traded over the dangerous overland trading links with Lhasa and India, on the so-called Tea and Horse Caravan routes.
Photos depict Naxi people  taking part in spectacular song and dance festival beneath 18,300ft peak of China’s mystical Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
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Backstugas – earthen cabins in Sweden

A backstuga (literally “hill cottage”) is a cottage built into the southern slope of a hill, alternatively with a low floor and its walls stretched halfway down into the ground. This phenomenon is known from the early 1600s and was disliked by the government seeing it as a way to evade taxes. Such cottages were typically raised on land useless for farming. Backstugas may have been inhabited by craftsmen, or by those of the peasantry not active in the productive life of the community, such as old people who could no longer work, retired servants and the community destitute who had no relatives to care for them. Nowadays earthen cabins built partially buried in the ground  can be rent on Airbnb.

A backstuga in Småland – By Photographer: A. Steijer – http://libris.kb.se/bib/1323571, Public Domain, Link

Salt Wonderlands

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The world’s largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers (4,086 sq mi). It is located in southwest Bolivia, near the crest of the Andes.

By Luca Galuzzi (Lucag), edit by Trialsanderrors – Photo taken by (Luca Galuzzi) * http://www.galuzzi.it, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

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