The passage between the eastern point of Sicily and the Italian mainland is known for a remarkable optical phenomenon where phantom objects, such as boats, appear in the horizon, often upside down. The trick is due to the curvature in light reflecting off nearby objects, but in days gone by, it was attributed to the mystical sorceress "Fata Morgana" who would use the apparitions to lure sailors to their deaths. The illusion still bears her name to this day.
Ask anybody familiar with Dick Turpin’s old stomping ground and they’ll tell you the eerie tale of Hangman’s Hill, a spot in Epping Forest where ghostly forces can pull a parked car uphill. In fact, the stretch of road is a rare example of a magnetic hill, where the surrounding forestry makes a downward slope look like it’s tilted the other way, giving the gravity-defying effect. The fact that it happens to be in the beautifully haunting confines of Epping Forest is just a stroke of good luck.
If you think ice skating means your sticky local ice rink, you need to think again. These ten locations across the world will have you lacing up in no time.
If there’s one thing people now know about Marie Antoinette, it’s that she never actually said, “Let them eat cake.” But if this — and that Kirsten Dunst movie — represent the sum of your knowledge, a visit to any or all of the following places should prove highly illuminating. For once you shine a light on her fantastical life, you see a woman who has been widely written off as vain, vapid and disgustingly self-obsessed but was, in truth, far more sinned against than guilty of sinning.