If you’re looking for a holiday with bragging rights, here are FIVE weird places to travel. From an island full of cats to wandering the haunted streets of Singapore these destinations will give you a holiday to remember and the unique photos to prove it.
Singapore is said to be Asia’s most haunted country. Visitors to the popular Changi Beach have reported sightings of headless bodies lying on the beach, heads floating in the air and ghostly executions complete with blood stains. They’re believed to be the ghosts of executed Chinese people during the Japanese occupation.
St John Island has many deserted buildings, causing tales of the supernatural. Island dwellers have heard unidentified shouts, thumping and the sound of running, others have seen a white figure roaming around the forests. If you’re planning on checking out the ghostly sightings for yourself make sure you find somewhere cosy to escape to after. While you’re there check out the uninhabited white houses dotted around Singapore, also believed to be haunted. Well-known as places of adventure and horror with tragic pasts, some have been denounced as evil and so demolished. And don’t even go near the old hospitals and cemeteries…
Photo by Brian Tomlinson
Blue houses, blue-tinted streets and blue people, well almost. Founded by Moorish exiles Chefchaouen in Morocco is certainly a weird but wonderful place to spend a holiday. Founded as a small fortress in 1471 the small mountain town became one of the largest refuge sites for Moriscos and Jews and they left their blue mark on the town. The inspiration came from the Bible commandment to dye the threads in their tallit (prayer shawl) blue, with tekhelel. So when they look at this blue they’ll think of the blue sky and God above. The Jewish population in Chefchoauen is no longer what it was, but the city still follows the old tradition and keeps their blue-rinsed homes up to scratch.
The Hill of Crosses in Lithuania has become an international pilgrimage sight for both Christians and anyone looking for a unique destination. The hill is covered with over 100,000 crosses of different sizes. The idea dates back to the 14th century when people placed crosses to symbolise the fight for independence. The sentiment behind the crosses has evolved through the years and the mount has gained in popularity.
During World War II the site suffered significant damage with attempts to level the hill and the repeated removal and burning of the crosses. But the determined Lithuanians took the hill as a symbol of nationalism and after each desecration pilgrims returned with more crosses, even risking their lives to pass armed guards.
Galleta Meadows, San Diego, US
Set in the depths of the Anza Borrego Desert, Galleta Meadows is a unique sculpture park owned by multimillionaire Dennis Avery. His personal exhibition is filled with replicas of the creatures that inhabited the area millions of years ago. Of course, you must prove yourself in getting there, the unforgivable heat of the desert means only the keenest will make the journey.
He created the park to entice tourists to his resort, country club and golf course located deep in the desert. Galleta Meadows is now home to 4-metre-high metal sculptures of all kinds of animals from mammoths to sabre-toothed tiger to wild horses and dinosaurs. Mexican artist Ricardo Arroyo Breceda sculpted the creatures from scrap metal and wire welded into shape with hammers and sledgehammers.
Better-known as ‘Cat Island’ Tashirojima, just off the coast of Japan, is the holy mecca for all cats and definitely fits into the ‘weird places’ category. The native humans believe their moggys bring them luck and protection from harm – proven, so they believe, by the island rising unharmed from the Japanese tsunami.
The cats were originally brought in years ago to put an end to the rodent population which was damaging their silk worm export. Local affection grew for the cats and the people of the island started studying their behaviour and based their weather predictions and fish patterns on it. Now Tashirojima has more cats than humans and there’s even a cat shrine and a cat-shaped building. Meoow…
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