WORLD'S STRANGEST TOWNS Dwarf Town, China This curious mountain commune in Kunming, Southwest China has become a safe haven for Chinese dwarves who live and perform at the theme park, Kingdom of the Little People. Dwarf Town may seem an insensitive place to visit, but its residents, who are no taller than four and a half feet, have said that it has helped them escape discrimination. It is overseen by an emperor, an empress and a parliament and each day the 120 residents put on a show for…
WORLD'S STRANGEST TOWNS Mijake-Jima, Japan The Japanese government pays people to live in this strange island town, which sits at the base of an active volcano, constantly exposing inhabitants to unnaturally high levels of sulphur. Residents often have to wear gas masks because of this toxicity.
WORLD'S STRANGEST TOWNS Monowi, US Elsie Eiler is the entire population of the Nebraskan town of Monowi. The 78-year-old is the mayor, librarian and bar owner. The population was 150 in the 1930s but it lost many of its younger residents to cities offering better jobs. Elsie lived in the village with her husband Rudy until he died in 2004. It may seem lonely being the only resident, but Elsie says she has visitors coming from as far as 80 miles away to drink beer and feast on burgers at the…
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD 2015 1. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain El Celler de Can Roca is run by the Roca brothers; Josep, Jordi and Joan, whose passion for cooking was inspired by their parents who run Can Roca in Taialà. The restaurant was awarded their third Michelin star in 2009.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD 2015 2. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy The head chef and owner of Osteria Francescana is Massimo Bottura who describes his cooking as "traditional seen from ten miles away". Osteria Francescana currently holds three Michelin stars.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD 2015 5. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA Eleven's balcony level private dining rooms overlook New York's beautiful Madison Park and the dishes served are often playful and interactive. Eleven Madison Park has been awarded three Michelin stars.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD 2015 6. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain Mugaritz is unique because there is no menu, instead diners are invited to try 24 individually tailored meals that are suited to their dietary needs and desires.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD 2015 10. Gaggan, Bangkok, Thailand Chef Gaggan Anand reinvents regional Indian cuisine using modernist cooking methods and he uses the street food of Kolkata and a stint at El Bulli as his inspirations.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD 2015 3. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark This two Michelin starred restaurant is run by chef René Redzepi and the name is a combination of the Danish words for ''Nordic' (nordisk) and 'food' (mad).