1. Disneyland Paris
Disney's Imagineers were well aware of the irony at play when they were designing the centrepiece of Europe's first Disney amusement park. After all, the ornate châteaux of the Loire Valley, which had inspired every other Disney castle, were just down the autoroute from Disneyland Paris. Even so, the 19-square-kilometre park opened in 1992 with a European-style Sleeping Beauty Castle (pictured), fuelling French critics' accusations of cultural imperialism. One even went so far as to call the place a "cultural Chernobyl" — pretty far from the happiest place on earth. But after a slow start, partly attributed to the global recession of the early '90s, the park took off with Europeans. Today it receives more visitors each year than the Louvre and Eiffel Tower combined. Now that's irony.
The world's last remaining wooden whaling ship has sailed again. Built in 1841, retired 80 years later, and kept on display since then, the Charles W. ... More The world's last remaining wooden whaling ship has sailed again. Built in 1841, retired 80 years later, and kept on display since then, the Charles W. Morgan set sail in July in the waters off Cape Cod. Once it roamed the seas to harvest whales. After more than five years of restoration, the majestic sailing ship is now used as a tool at Mystic Seaport to educate the public about preserving and protecting whales. Read more about the Charles W. Morgan: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140724-whaling-ship-new-england-boston-connecticut-sailing/
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