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After a life traveling Western Canada and working in the oil, mining, and logging, the best friends came across the Toad River Lodge in British Columbia, at mile 422, during a family trip along the Alaska Highway. A regular breakfast stop for fishermen and hunters—noted for its soup, chili, and pies, as well as massive cinnamon buns)—it also hosts truckers, tourists, and hikers. In addition to the cozy restaurant, the lodge’s biggest claim to fame covers its walls (and even the ceilings): countless baseball caps that make up their vast “museum” collection. There are hard hats, military hats and several other types too, but it’s mainly the classic ball cap, featuring some global brand names but also countless local companies, gone and extant, from the thousands of miles of the Highway (and even foreign parts).
The small mountain town of Latronico, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata, hosts the little-known hot springs called Terme Lucane. The spas are located near the small hamlet of Calda, a town whose name literally means “hot,” in reference to the high-temperature springs that can be found here. The properties of the local waters are known since at least prehistoric times, as proved by some archaeological findings in the area, but the current spas were established in the early 20th century. Inside the art piece, a 7-meter (22-foot) wide opening resembling a cinema screen allows visitors to view the inside of the earth and feel like a part of it.
Fossoli Camp, near Modena in Northern Italy, was originally established in 1942 by the fascist regime as a prisoner-of-war camp. It housed more than 1,800 prisoners, largely British, South African and New Zealand military personnel captured during previous military operations in North Africa. After the surrender of Italy in September 1943, the military prisoners were moved to Germany and the camp was enlarged and transformed into a massive concentration camp. Between 1954 and 1970, Fossoli Camp was again used to house refugees, this time Italians who were escaping from the areas ceded by Italy to Yugoslavia after World War II.
Parilissia Iera, the Shrines by Ilissos, was an area with a quite high density of temples and shrines at the edge of ancient Athens, next to the waters of its most important river. The preserved part of Parilissia Iera is a wild green garden next to the archaeological site of the Columns of Olympian Zeus. Next to the running stream flora grows surprisingly wild, as it did in the time of Pericles, when the area marked the borders of the city. The side of the garden next to Syggrou Avenue is taken up by a huge rock, and it was at the feet of this rock that a chasm devoured the waters of Zeus’s great flood, and where Deucalion and Pyrrha subsequently repopulated the world by tossing stones over their shoulders.