These deserted spaces around the world each offer a glimpse into the past and a story of their own.
Abandoned spaces always tell a story. Whether it’s the futuristic sporting stadium left unfinished thanks to an escalating war in Lebanon or a theme park swallowed by the Indonesian jungle, each of these places—intended for people to congregate and take pleasure—are now haunting relics of the past. These ambitious projects and their subsequent failure speak to the hubris of humankind and remind us that life is, indeed, uncertain. We have a particular fascination with ruins, perhaps out of curiosity about what the world will look like after we’re gone when nature has reclaimed what was originally hers. Look no further than the glut of post-apocalyptic films and books released each year for evidence. Standing alone within the empty walls and chambers of the sites on this list, we can let our imagination run wild. That future might look something like this.
For your consideration, Paul Hollywood?
After airing more than 100 episodes and spawning multiple spin-offs, it’s safe to say the phenomenon that is The Great British Baking Show, which debuted in 2010, has brought warmth to many a home. It acts as a soothing balm and a palate cleanser for TV viewers around the globe, in contrast to the barrage of the seemingly endless supply of “original” true crime documentaries that are uploaded to [insert streaming service here] on what seems like an hourly basis. So, in an effort to keep the good vibes going, we’ve compiled our favorite TGBBS challenges below and their corresponding collections/seasons! (Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t watched all of TGBBS, there are a few spoilers from past seasons.)
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and live vicariously through these outrageous getaways.
After going through your camera roll and looking through old memories of far-off towns every day for the past year, you might be needing something new to reignite the traveler in you. While our own vacation’s past are a great way to remember why we love getting out into the world, other’s vacations, from lavish to outlandish, are what get us inspired. We’re looking at the most exciting, sometimes crazy, vacations of the rich and famous to get you about your next getaway.