On the Rocks: World's Cliff-Hanging Wonders

Like your views on the rocks? Check out these dramatic works of architecture, perched high on cliffs, mountains, plateaus and more. Living on the edge never looked so good.

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Guinness

Guinness

A trip to Dublin wouldn’t be complete without a properly poured pint at the Guinness Storehouse, Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction. 960 1280

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Time for a pint?

Time for a pint?

This Dublin sign asks the question that you were probably already asking yourself. 960 1280

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Nude food

Nude food

Why have “dressed” food when you could have “nude” food? 960 1280

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Bailey's Irish Cream

Bailey's Irish Cream

This Dublin sign promotes another world-famous Irish beverage, Bailey’s Irish Cream. 960 1280

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Why Go Bald

Why Go Bald

This sign, advertising a hair and skin clinic, was about to be removed and trashed when it was rescued and restored by the original sign maker. The “Why Go Bald” sign is so popular that it even has a Facebook fan page, and U2’s Bono claims that it’s his favorite Dublin landmark. 960 1280

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Karma

Karma

This sign reminds Dubliners to recycle, because, well, it’s just good karma. 960 1280

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Paddy Power

Paddy Power

This Paddy Power (an Irish bookmaking chain) location changed its name to O'Bama Power in honor of the US President and First Lady’s visit to Dublin. 960 1280

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Saletime

Saletime

What time is it? Apparently, it’s saletime! Do you really need any more information than that? 960 1280

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Irish pub

Irish pub

Apparently, this Irish pub doesn’t just serve food, it serves “good food.” 960 1280

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Stop sign

Stop sign

When in Dublin, make sure you wear your parachute while driving, in preparation for when you may need to eject from your moving vehicle while it’s falling off a cliff into water. 960 1280

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Restaurant sign

Restaurant sign

What more could you need? 960 1280

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Leprechaun Museum

Leprechaun Museum

This helpful sign points you in the right direction of the “Louvre of leprechauns.” 960 1280

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Hairy Lemon Pub

Hairy Lemon Pub

This pub was named after a Dublin street character of the 1950s, a haggard-looking dog catcher who was said to have a face that resembled a hairy lemon. 960 1280

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Free Beer

Free Beer

This seems like a pretty great deal to us! 960 1280

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Dublin store

Dublin store

We’re not sure what kind of adults you can get on final clearance, nor are we curious to find out. 960 1280

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Burano Island

Burano Island

An island in Northern Italy's Venetian Lagoon, Burano is a 40-minute motorboat ride away from Venice. The quiet village is known for its brightly colored homes and authentic, handmade lace that can cost $1,000 to $2,000 for a 10-inch doily. 960 1280

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Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

More than a million people visit Doge’s Palace each year. The palace, once home to the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice, is now one of 11 museums run by the Fondazione Musei civici di Venezia, a foundation that manages and develops the cultural and artistic heritage of Venice and its islands. 960 1280

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Dolomites Mountains

Dolomites Mountains

Looking for adventure? From late spring to early autumn, the Dolomites mountains become a tourist mecca for mountain biking, base jumping, hang gliding, paragliding and hiking. The mountain range, located in northeastern Italy, is also the spot for skiing in the winter. 960 1280

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Hotel Gritti Palace

Hotel Gritti Palace

This luxe hotel was once home to Andrea Gritti, the Duke of Venice from 1523 to 1538. International royalty, rock stars and literary giants have stayed at the Hotel Gritti Palace -- the most luxurious and classiest hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice. The rooms have tented curtains over tall windows, inlaid antique furnishings and ornate built-in dressers hand-painted in 18th-century Venetian style. 960 1280

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Cortina d'Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo

We recommend skiers visit Cortina d’Ampezzo. This popular winter sports resort town is known for its ski ranges, shops and après-ski scene. Nestled in an alpine valley surrounded by the Alps, Cortina was also a popular movie location for films including The Pink Panther, Cliffhanger and the James Bond flick For Your Eyes Only. 960 1280

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Aqua Palace Hotel

Aqua Palace Hotel

Located in Venice’s Castello Quarter, the luxurious Aqua Palace Hotel is a 4-star hotel that strikes a perfect balance between traditional Venetian style and the modern comforts of home, along with beautiful panoramic views of the city. The hotel’s convenient location provides guests easy access to the Grand Canal via a gondola ride or fun sightseeing to visit nearby tourist attractions, including Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square. 960 1280

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Handcrafted Glass

Handcrafted Glass

Take a half-day trip to the Murano and Burano islands to learn how handcrafted glass and lace are made. Glassmakers use a unique technique called lampworking, where a torch or lamp is used to melt the glass. In a molten state, the glass is then formed by blowing and shaping with tools and hand movements. 960 1280

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Murano Island

Murano Island

Visit beautiful Murano, an island located off the shore of Venice, Italy. Glassmaking in Murano may have originated in Rome during the 8th century, with significant Asian and Muslim influences; by the 10th century, Murano had developed a strong reputation for the craft. 960 1280

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Romantic Gondola Ride

Romantic Gondola Ride

A trip to Venice wouldn’t be quite as perfect without a romantic gondola ride through a quiet canal. A standard gondola ride is usually 40 minutes, but the fare can be expensive. We recommend negotiating for a shorter trip during the day, when fares are lower than at night. 960 1280

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Locanda Cipriani

Locanda Cipriani

Stay at a Locanda Cipriani for a romantic getaway. Once a rustic wine shop, this country inn was where literary great Ernest Hemingway wrote Across the River and Into the Trees. The Santa Fosca room seemed to inspire him the most, with its original oak floors and balcony overlooking the garden. Owned by the Cipriani family, the inn has been open for business on the corner of the lagoon -- known as Torcello -- since the late 1920s. 960 1280

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St. Mark's Square

St. Mark's Square

Visit one of the world’s most beautiful squares, Piazza San Marco, aka St. Mark’s Square. Located in the heart of Venice, the Piazzetta is an extension of the Piazza toward the lagoon. These 2 spaces combined form the social, religious and political center of the city. 960 1280

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Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

One of 2 main stops on any brew to-do list in Dublin, St. James's Gate is the home of Guinness, and, as a result of all the thirsty visitors pouring into the city, the Guinness Storehouse is the country's most popular attraction. Tours, tastings and Guinness-pouring master classes are all part of the allure. 960 1280

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Old Jameson Distillery

Old Jameson Distillery

If you've finished your pint, move to the north side of the river and to the next round at the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin's old horse market area, Smithfield. Jameson's legendary triple-distilled drams are on offer at the end of tours, but if you prefer to hot the bottle right away, there's a bar and restaurant on premises, too. 960 1280

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

Founded in the year 1028, the Cathedral remains an important part of Ireland's religious life and identity. A vast medieval crypt lurks underneath and ghoulish sights, such as the heart of Dublin's patron saint, Lawrence O'Toole, and a mummified cat and rat, are on show. 960 1280

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Grafton Street

Grafton Street

The heart of Dublin's traditional shopping district, the half dozen short, colorful blocks that make up Grafton Street are crammed with shoppers, strollers, buskers and tourists ambling the pedestrian street from Trinity College up to leafy Stephen's Green. No visit is complete without a stop at legendary "clattery café," Bewley's, for tea and a bun. 960 1280

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National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

Actually a trio of impressive institutions, the National Museum of Ireland is divided between 3 locations; Kildare Street's Archeology and History Museum, Merrion Square's Natural History Museum and the riverside's Decorative Arts and History Museum. Almost unchanged since it opened in 1857, and nicknamed the “Dead Zoo” by Dubliners on account of its ancient collection of 10,000 stuffed, pickled and otherwise preserved creatures, the Victorian Natural History branch is perhaps the most atmospheric. 960 1280

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National Gallery of Ireland

National Gallery of Ireland

Like the trio of National Museums, the National Gallery is free to visit. With masterpieces dating back to the Renaissance and a fine collection of Irish art through the ages, the grand, airy building sits on Merrion Square, close to Trinity College and 2/3 of the National Museum. 960 1280

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Dalkey Neighborhood

Dalkey Neighborhood

Once a charming fishing village outside Dublin, Dalkey is now one of the city's priciest neighborhoods, home to celebrities, reached by a scenic ride south on the swift DART train. The village offers some lovely, breezy, coastal strolls, plus charming pubs, such as Finnegan's and The Queen's, where U2's Bono often pops in for a pint. 960 1280

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Temple Bar

Temple Bar

Temple Bar -- a cobbled street parallel to the River Liffey -- is a colorful 10-block stretch, crammed with restaurants, cafes, galleries and traditional pubs with people and music spilling out. Crowds pack the narrow street, which is actually comprised of Temple Bar, plus a few blocks of both Fleet Street and Essex Street East. Those who follow the street west across Parliament Street will be rewarded by encountering the quieter, quirkier Cow's Lane with its incredible cake cafe, design stores and excellent bookshop, The Gutter. 960 1280

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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Dating back to the year 1204, Dublin Castle is not an ancient-looking castle, but one with a hodge-podge of interesting corners. Visit the stately State Apartments, the Viking defense bank, the Gothic Chapel Royal and the lofty Chester Beatty Library, with its impressive Middle Eastern, Asian and North African paintings, manuscripts and prints, plus the Library's hidden gems, the Silk Road Cafe and secret roof garden. 960 1280

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The Book of Kells at Trinity College

The Book of Kells at Trinity College

A visit to view the 9th century, painstakingly handwritten and decorated manuscript, the Book of Kells, is a 2-in-1 since the ancient tome is kept in Trinity College Dublin's stunning Old Library. The cobble stone squares and elegant colleges of Trinity, alma mater of Irish luminaries such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker (Dracula) and Jonathan Swift (Gulliver's Travels), date back to the year 1592. 960 1280

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O'Connell Street

O'Connell Street

A grand, broad thoroughfare stretching north from the River Liffey, O'Connell Street had a pivotal place in Irish history. Among other events, the street's General Post Office bore the brunt of bombardment during 1916s Easter Rising; bullet holes still scar pillars. O'Connell Street also boasts the gleaming Spire, the world's tallest sculpture, at 398-feet high. 960 1280

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Old Kilmainham Gaol

Old Kilmainham Gaol

Book ahead for tours of the Old Kilmainham Gaol jail that held heroes of Ireland's fight for independence from the 1780s to the 1920s, in addition to regular Dubliners including 7-year-old children arrested for petty theft. The eerie cells and execution sites might make your hair stand on end. More recently, the jail has starred as the location for movies, including The Italian Job, In the Name of the Father and Michael Collins. 960 1280

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