Morocco: The medina in Chefchaouen, Morocco has been painted bright blue since the late century. That’s when Jewish refugees fleeing the Spanish Inquisition settled here and turned their houses blue because the color symbolizes divinity in the Torah.
Too Much Midnight Sun - Sweden received its first-ever heat warning last week, with temperatures topping out above 86°. (The country’s historic record high of 100° was set in 1933, before warnings were given.) Photo: bumbyfoto Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).
TURKEY:Modern Turkish workmen making repairs high in the dome of Hagia Sophia found graffiti scratched into the plaster in the century. The messages were workers' pleas to God, asking for protection at those great heights. Via Travel + Leisure
After the Gold Rush - In 2013, a California couple walking their dog stumbled upon a stash of 19th-century gold coins, valued at $11 million. They’re donating some of the auction proceeds to help convert the San Francisco Mint—which produced the coins during the Gold Rush—into a museum. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com).
Mozambique. Via T+L (www.travelandleisure.com). In 2005, a previously unknown rainforest in Mozambique was discovered via Google Earth. Because the area is so isolated, scientists expect to find unique species there. So far, 126 bird species have been recorded, as well as 250 species of butterflies, and a pygmy chameleon.
Two days in Amsterdam: a guide for first-time visitors