London’s Natural History Museum looks a lot like Hogwarts shifting staircases from the “Harry Potter” franchise. The place is gigantic and could take you days to explore. It holds over 80 million specimens from its five main collections, which include botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. That’s a lot of ground to cover.
You can find everything from dinosaur skeletons to various stuffed wildlife in every hall, and get lost for weeks at a time exploring each specimen in detail. Amazingly enough, you can visit London’s Natural History Museum for free, which makes this a must-see destination for anyone in the vicinity.
These Ancient Egyptian Sandals
Ancient Egyptians wore almost exclusively sandals in the Egyptian hot deserts. These sandals were discovered not so long ago, and they were attributed to the late King Tutankhamun, who presided over Egypt many centuries ago. It is said that King Tut would trample on his enemies wearing his sandals.
King Tut’s sandals featured incredible carvings and decorations at every which angle. If you’re ever in the market for new sandals, today you can search through eBay and get the same kind of shoes worn by King Tutankhamun. In his time, these took weeks to handcraft. To be fair, you can't bash the handiwork - they've lasted over three THOUSAND years.
The Waldsassen Abbey Library
Waldsassen Abbey is neatly hidden and tucked away in a house in Bavaria, Germany. Inside the house is one of the world's most beautiful and fantastical libraries. The abbey was originally founded in 1147 and was renovated in 1863 by a group of nuns. It features an incredible collection of books surrounded by stunning art and ornament plasters made by Karl Hofreiter.
Everything from the sculptures to the magnificent painting on the ceiling was done masterfully and represents some of the best artwork in human history. The books in this library are rare and unique, with many of them bound in pig and calfskin. You can visit Waldsassen Abbey next time you find yourself traveling to Europe, as this church and library are open to visitors.
This 1951 Studebaker Woodie Concept Car
The Studebaker Woodie was an early '50s vehicle made to revolutionize the design of cars at the time. However, it was never manufactured for mass consumption, which is a huge shame when you see how beautiful it was. The car featured a Ford Edsel V8 engine, which means it was powerful as well as great looking.
The vehicle in this picture is the prototype version of the 1951 Studebaker Woodie, which is as far as the company got in terms of actually producing the car. Nowadays, the Woodie is a rare collectible vehicle that has never driven on the road for more than a short test drive, which is why it maintains its brand-new look.
This 18th-Century Door
People were much more artistic back in the 19th century. Everything had to be made by hand, and a lot of craftsmen used this as an opportunity to create beautiful art. Even doors were often custom-made to represent beautiful historical and biblical images.
This door was created in Germany by a talented woodworker over 200 years ago. It probably took many hours to make, as it featured an incredible portrait of a young girl and her two parents. Many of these designs migrated from Germany into America during the late colonial period, as Germans migrated to the United States in droves back then.