Cityscape

Visiting the Long Island of the Gatsby Era

Barbara Noe Kennedy

William K. Vanderbilt II’s Eagle’s Nest estate in Centerport is a prime example. Built by the architects who created Grand Central Terminal, it’s a stunning Spanish Revival abode featuring 24 rooms. Today, it’s a tribute to Jazz Age living, with rooms exactly as William and his wife, Rosamund, left them—filled with priceless art and eclectic artifacts from around the world. There’s also a planetarium with a 60-foot theater.

Guadalajara: Mexico’s Artisanal Hub

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Some of the best bargains can be found among Tonalá’s narrow streets, where most of Guadalajara’s local goods can be purchased. In this neighborhood, you can find some of the best crafts in the country. This includes wide-mouth clay bowls designed to serve a cazuela cocktail, Guadalajara’s signature citrus punch. The area is particularly known for silver and gold crafts, hand-painted pottery, papier-mâché and clay figurines. 

A Photographer’s Journey in Scenic Ireland

Eliot Hess

There is so much to enjoy in this beautiful country: the sculpted fields dotted with thousands of sheep; ancient seaside cliffs; multitude pubs that welcome you with refreshment and great music. It is a county of storytellers and their long-winded, amusing tales. And more world-class golf courses than you can imagine. Ireland is one eternal, happy vacation, and a photographer’s dream.

Beyond the Liberty Bell: Exploring Western Philly

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The multitude of cuisines in the West Philly neighborhood is reflective of the diversity of the student population. A true foodie destination that's a bit off the beaten path, you'll find African, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Indian spots with daring fusions of flavors; upscale, chef-driven restaurants; and down-home Philly goodness. Highly recommended from the city's foodie community: Marigold Kitchen (its gin-marinated venison gets rave reviews); Aksum, which blends Mediterranean and North African cuisine; and Dock Street Brewing.

Colonial Towns in El Salvador You've Never Heard Of and Should Visit

Ellie Hattersley

After spending an initial couple of days on the surf beaches of El Tunco, the one well-trodden spot in the nation, then a further two in the capital, we boarded a series of buses and wended our way up to the mountains. Sideward glances were shared among our fellow passengers as we made our haphazard way onboard, oversized bags squeezing through the thronged aisles. 

Why New Orleans Is My Favorite American City

Panama Jackson

Cliché as this will be, I’m starting with the quite obvious ability to walk around with that drank. Sure, Bourbon Street smells like Hurl of Christmas Past and you’re likely to see a person laid out face down in the street, not dead, just passed out from all of the Everclear 151 and sugar mixtures. Hurricanes, Hand Grenades and Anti-Freeze, oh my! And the fishbowls, lawd the fishbowls. Drink responsibly, of course. But the ability to truly keep the party going at any and all times puts New Orleans at the top of the list by default. 

Four Seasons in a Day: An Expat’s Foray Into Ecuador

Lee Polevoi

Getting across Cuenca’s busy streets feels sometimes like the Wild West, except here it’s a flood of vehicles hurtling towards defenseless pedestrians, not evenly matched gunfighters in the OK Corral. Traffic on the redondel, or roundabout, spews forth an endless stream of cars, taxis, buses and motorcycles at high speed. Stoplights and stop signs offer suggestions, not mandates. Don’t count on drivers stopping to let you across. If they do, it may be accompanied by an angry chorus of car horns. 

Public Transit: The Important Economic Factor for Growing Cities

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The quality of a city’s public transportation system is an important factor for companies that are looking to expand or relocate. For example, in 2014, Atlanta’s public transportation system played a role in State Farm Insurance’s bid to locate 8,000 new jobs there. One year ago, when Amazon asked cities to create proposals for its second headquarters, the online retailer indicated that it wanted to hear from cities with access to public transit.

Why Uganda Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

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With 10 distinct national parks, Uganda gives visitors the chance to explore myriad landscapes and natural habitats, each with its own impressive characteristics and wild inhabitants. Most people only have time to visit three or four parks in Uganda, so it's important to get a feel for which one may be right for you. Book a boat safari on the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park, or head out on a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park to see elephants, giraffes, lions and more.

D.C. Ranks Among Best U.S. Cities

Stacy Brown

Washington D.C. ranks among the nation's best big cities, according to a new report. The District scored high among the list of best big cities in the U.S. to live in, according to a new report. The personal finance website WalletHub ranked America’s 62 largest cities this week based on affordability, education and health, quality of life and safety. Washington D.C., earned a total score of 56.81 out of 100 possible points.

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