Salar de Uyuni by Nightfall

Salar de Uyuni

I could name tons of conventionally beautiful bodies of salt water that I’d love to dip my feet into: The Dead Sea, The Great Lakes, the Pacific Ocean, and so on. Salt flats, however, are an entirely different story — an otherworldly natural confection. Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, spanning over 4,000 square miles in Bolivia. Among cacti-lined islands and flamingo populations, the snow-white sea of salt looks as if it came straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. But this scene is no mirage- it’s a very real place that won’t disappear if you pinch yourself.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia -- Weekday Wanderlust

Transforming: Salar de Uyuni is said to be most heavenly after rainfall

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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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