This week’s Top 5 travel experiences: Tunisia’s Star Wars houses, Plato’s Academy and The Giant Hand of the Desert

Visiting Matmata's unique underground homes is one of the many travel experiences you can have in Tunisia which you won't soon forget. (Images via Creative Commons)

Every week, we write about interesting and unique experiences travellers can have all over the world. Here are some of our favourites from this week:

Experience the underground dwellings of Matmata, Tunisia

Matmata’s subterranean homes stand as a remarkable architectural achievement, ingeniously carved into the earth to mitigate the scorching desert temperatures. Beyond their cinematic fame in the Star Wars franchise, these dwellings offer a captivating glimpse into the resourcefulness of the Berber people. Visitors are invited to delve into these underground homes, some of which have been transformed into unique hotels, promising an unforgettable stay. Exploring these dwellings not only unveils their practical design but also provides insight into the cultural heritage and daily life of the Berber community. It’s an immersive experience that blends history, architecture and hospitality in an extraordinary setting.

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Ponder ancient philosophies at Plato’s Academy in Greece

Plato’s Academy, the revered site of ancient philosophical discourse, invites modern minds to wander through its historical significance. This park, once the cradle of Western philosophy, now offers a serene escape from the city’s pace. Visitors can stroll through the same grounds where Plato and his contemporaries once debated and taught. The adjacent museum provides a deeper understanding of the site’s historical context and the profound impact of Plato’s work. It’s a place that encourages contemplation and offers a tangible connection to the philosophical heritage that continues to influence thought across the world.

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Discover the Giant Hand of the Desert in Chile

In the Atacama Desert’s vastness stands the ‘Mano del Desierto,’ a sculpture that captures the essence of solitude and human presence in nature. This giant hand reaches out from the sand, inviting contemplation and wonder. Visitors are struck by the contrast between the sculpture’s detailed features and the barren, expansive desert surrounding it. It’s a place where art and environment converge, creating a powerful and thought-provoking experience.

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Step back in time at Kings Landing near Fredericton, New Brunswick

King’s Landing is one of Canada’s premiere living history museums. Explore historic buildings, interact with costumed interpreters and immerse yourself in 19th-century rural life. From blacksmith demonstrations to horse-drawn carriage rides, every moment here is a delightful escape. Capture memories against the backdrop of charming heritage homes and lush gardens.

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Check out one of the world’s only purse museums in Little Rock, Arkansas

Located in a large storefront space in a historic building that has had many previous lives, such as a wholesale tobacco and a candy store, ESSE Purse Museum is one of only two museums in the world dedicated solely to women’s purses. It’s a bright space with several showcases displaying purses and the items their owners may have carried. Each display represents a different decade and the walls are decorated with oversized photos of women from different eras and numerous artworks that help set the mood.

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