Essex -The Perfect American Small Town

A dignified, Revolutionary War—era spirit lingers in Essex, a mint-condition one-traffic-light village on the Connecticut River, where early colonial and federal houses tell of the town's shipbuilding heyday. On Main Street, white picket fences...

Polar Nights & Northern Lights

Just  about  every  attraction  in  Tromsø, Norway,  bills  itself  as  the  “world’s  northernmost”  this  or  that—the  northernmost university,  the  northernmost  cathedral, the  northernmost  golf  course,  the  northernmost  brewery.  What  else  would  you expect of...

The Forbidden City

The Ming design was that of two walled cit-ies: one in the north, which was square, and the other in the south, which was rectangular. The Forbidden City incorporated symmetry and   harmony from the larger city...

The Rift Valley

Some 20 million years ago, the earth's crust weakened and tore itself apart, causing a jagged rift, thousands of kilometres long across the African continent. The land on either side then erupted, creating great...

Crystal River-The Real Mermaids

Manatees,  which  early  sailors  may  have mistaken  for  mermaids,  love  to  spend their   winters   around   the   clear,   warm waters  of  Florida’s  west  coast,  heading inland  along  spring-fed  rivers  where  the temperature is generally a...

Cappadocia,Turkey’s Most Unique Destination

With its incredible landscapes, ancient rockcarved churches and underground cities, cave hotels, activities like hot-air ballooning and hiking and delicious local food and wine, the Cappadocia region in Turkey’s heartland in central Anatolia offers visitors a one-of-a-kind travel experience. Cappadocia’s striking, otherworldly landscapes...

Nizwa-A Microcosm of Oman’s Early Days

While coastal Oman was involved in lucrative sea trade with Zanzibar, India, and China in medieval times, inland Nizwa was the seat of the imams who ruled much of the interior for centuries. Renowned...