Lac Rose - Senegal's Pink Lake

Lac Rose: Senegal’s Pink Lake

Lac Rose -- Senegal's Pink LakeSometimes, when I’m trying to find the dreamiest places on earth to feature here, my astonishment is a bit more reserved and polite. You know — in that way where you’re like “wow, I can’t believe this place exists on earth,” but it’s not entirely a sublime experience and you’re also like “well, of course it would.” Like, “this place is amazing, but not stretching any realms of possibility — it’s just really beautiful.”

That is so not the case here. There is nothing reserved about the pinkness of the Pink Lake. It isn’t politely pink. It isn’t “pink when you fiddle with the hue/saturation levels.” It is real, honest to goodness, cotton candy pink — “naturally fuschia,” which is a strange and beautiful phrase. It literally seems like a figment (pigment?) of the imagination, but there is a “pink lake” on this green earth, and the water is legitimately this Barbie-Dream-House, cupcake-icing, nauseatingly cute shade of pink.

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Palacio de Cristal -- Weekday Wanderlust

Palacio de Cristal

There’s a hidden gem in Madrid’s largest park — the Crystal Palace, or “Palacio de Cristal.” The imposing structure is built almost entirely of glass on an iron framework. Decorative ceramic inlays add embellishment to its columns and facades.  At its feet, steps lead down to a reflective lake. Rainbows refract and light up its various domed rooms.

The Palacio de Cristal is unquestionably beautiful — but where did it come from? What was the inspiration behind its striking design?

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