Friday, August 07, 2009
World's Unique Tourist Spots
Seattle’s Wall of Gum
Since the 1990s people have been depositing their masticated gum, resulting in a colourful sight on this wall in Seattle, US. The wall started in the 1990s, when people waiting in line didn't have a place to discard their gum, so they tacked it on the wall. The idea stuck, and now the wall has accumulated almost 20 years worth of chewed gum. Now, the 15 foot high and 50 foot wide wall is thick with gum! Some intrepid visitors have even moulded shapes and faces out of their masticated gum.
Forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater
Here people get down on their hands and knees to place their fingers in the moulds of their favourite stars. Grauman's Chinese Theatre is a movie theater in Hollywood, famous for the footprints, handprints and autographs by nearly 200 film stars. But during this intimate look at Hollywood's best, hands can get a bit grimy given that millions of fans sprawl on the ground and place their fingers in the molds of their dream stars.
Oscar Wilde’s Tomb in Paris
This tomb has a rainbow of hundreds of visible kiss marks adorning the grave. The graffiti on the monument is from admirers and fans of Oscar Wilde, the great Irish author, over the years - in lipstick. The tomb has been covered in all of its glory with lipstick, as fans dutifully clamour to leave lipstick traces on the monument. The oils from the lipstick threaten the tomb, and visitors have also been asked to stop kissing the tomb, although the practice still continues
St. Mark’s Square in Venice
It is full of hungry pigeons that are often touched and petted by tourists. St. Mark's Square lies in the heart of Venice and is one the most photographed attractions in the world. During the day, it is filled with people, pigeons and music. Feeding the pigeons in the square is a popular activity among the travelers. A visitor can purchase packets of corn from the vendors in the square and take his pictures balancing the birds on the arms.
Blarney Stone in Ireland
The stone at Blarney Castle gets kissed by up to 400,000 mouths every year. It is located in the village of Blarney about 5 miles (8 km) northwest of Cork, Ireland. The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle. It attracts millions of visitors from around the world who wish to tour the castle and kiss the stone. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab, eloquence or skill at flattery