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Pickle ice cream! Would you try it? @girleatworld, explorer and gourmand, used our Gastro Obscura food database to find something unusual to try while she was visiting New York City, and pickle soft serve piqued her interest. The briny ice cream acts as a cooling chaser to spicy meals, and is extremely refreshing.

Enchanted by this photo @jeremybomford captured of an arctic fox in Iceland. And he described it so beautifully: “Sly eyes, intelligent and unforgiving. Pointed ears, picking up even a whisper of sound, and his thick paws, gently padding through the landscape.” The Arctic fox is the only canid with fur on its foot pads, and its coat is the most insulating of any mammal. When most people think of an arctic fox they think of it as pure white, but in the summer the foxes turn brown and grey.

The Rhône Glacier has lost almost a full mile of coverage in the last 100 years or so. The 11,000-year-old glacier has been known to recede as much as 10 centimeters in a day, and consistently loses about 130 feet a year. To slow the melting process, it has been covered in blankets. A 300-foot long grotto was carved into the glacier allowing guests to journey inside, a practice which dates back to as early as 1894. The grotto can no longer be securely carved into the dwindling ice, and is getting shorter and smaller every year. 📸: Photo regrammed from explorer and photographer @daventuree

The Fairy Glen isn’t one of the Isle of Skye’s most popular attractions—in fact, it remains quite well hidden—but it’s completely enchanting. Visiting it can feel as though you've stepped out of Scotland and into a magical realm. Although the unique geological formation is actually the result of a landslip, the otherwordly landscape looks just like the kind of place you’d expect to find faeries. The natural rock formations, cone-shaped hills, and scattered ponds and waterfalls are all within one small area, making it seem as though it’s the shrunken version of a larger-scale geological wonder. Most people assume the stone spirals are created by travelers - but who’s to say it wasn’t mischievous faeries? 📷: Photo regrammed from intrepid traveller @jack_anstey, h/t @matadornetwork

This leggy wooden lighthouse is the only active lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea, England. As such, the unusual stilted structure is both a beloved local landmark and a much-needed beacon. At low tide the lighthouse is on land, and beach walkers can stroll right up to the structure, but at high tide it’s surrounded by four to five feet of water. 📸: Photo by Oliver Herbold.

Have you guys checked out @girleatworld’s account? We love the setup of her posts: delicious food eaten in beautiful places. She took this picture in the Philippines, and it features halo-halo. From the Tagalog for “mix-mix,” halo-halo is a frozen Filipino dessert that’s meant to be stirred until the rainbow of ingredients comes together in a delicious hodgepodge parfait. The shaved ice sets the cool tone. The chewiness of red beans, gelatin, and tender coconut contrasts nicely with the crunch of toasted rice. And the sweetness of local fruits and tubers (jackfruit, banana, a purple yam–based jam) blends with the creaminess of the evaporated milk, leche flan, and dollop of lavender purple yam ice cream.

From our friends @History: Today's #TBTT (Throwback Travel Thursday) takes us to central Myanmar and one of the world’s most incredible archeological sites, Bagan (also spelled Pagan). It's a 26 square-mile plain, with the Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River running past its northern and western sides. Spread throughout are temples, hundreds of them. Built by the kings of Bagan between 1057 and 1287, the kingdom was demolished by earthquakes and the invasion of Kublai Khan. Some of an original Of the original 4,450 temples, around 2,230 survived. Most are well preserved either through good fortune or the restoration work of UNESCO, among others. One of the most popular ways to view the majesty of this site is via hot air balloon.

Hello little beauty! @sukiicat took a trip to Germany lately and posed for this gorgeous photo outside of Burg Eltz, a Medieval family castle overlooking the Elzbach river, left intact and much as it was hundreds of years ago. Swipe right to see the castle.

From our friends @History: Yosemite National Park was established in 1890. John Muir discovered that the vast meadows surrounding Yosemite Valley, which lacked government protection, were being overrun and destroyed by domestic sheep grazing in 1889. Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, a fellow environmentalist and influential magazine editor, lobbied for national park status for the large wilderness area around Yosemite Valley. A year later Congress set aside over 1,500 square miles of land (about the size of Rhode Island) for what would become Yosemite National Park, America’s third national park. Today, over 3 million people get back to nature annually at Yosemite and check out such stunning landmarks as the 2,425-foot-high Yosemite Falls, one of the world’s tallest waterfalls; rock formations Half Dome and El Capitan, the largest granite monolith in the U.S.; and the three groves of giant sequoias, the world’s biggest trees.

WARNING: Don’t watch this video unless you’re ready to be extremely hungry. Do you guys follow @migrationology? He’s one of our favorite Instagrammers right now, and watching his videos always leaves us starving. He went on a tour of Thai street food in Silom, one of the main financial districts of Bangkok. At lunchtime, all the office workers descend on the streets looking for something to eat. Check out his other posts!

Orizaba, Mexico is known for its gorgeous colonial architecture, the art nouveau Palacio de Hierro, and the Cerro del Borrego peak, accessible by cable car. The cable car runs year round through all types of weather, only stopping in heavy thunderstorms or winds exceeding 50 km/h. 📷: Photo by @agchama via @accidentallywesanderson.

This futuristic spa in Berlin allows visitors to float effortlessly in a pool of salt water while zoning out to underwater techno. From the outside the Liquidrom looks like something out of a science fiction novel, and the inside is just as strange and wonderful. .
The Liquidrom is outfitted with a variety of saunas and baths, as well as clean, new changing facilities. However, all of these standard relaxation options pale in comparison to the large salt water floating pool. Surrounded by large arches, the dimly lit pool is brought to life by multi-colored lights and music that is meant to be heard under the water. .
📸: Photos by Michael Franke, @rupertdaviies, and Aaron Muszalski.

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