The Eiffel Tower was originally painted "Venetian red" in the workshop before it was assembled.

The Eiffel Tower Could Be Repainted Its Original Vibrant Color

Souvenir Dolls, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of New Orleans

The Big Easy might get all the fame, but places from Alabama to the south of France also know how to party before Lent

In Iceland, There's a Word for an Ice Cream Road Trip. Here's Where to <i>Ísbíltúr</i> This Winter

Why Winter Is the Perfect Time to Visit Bavaria

This corner of Germany is the ultimate cold-weather playground, a place where sledding down a mountain, or knocking back beers are equally worthy pursuits

Women grieving over the coffins of those killed in the Kielce pogrom as they are transported to the burial site in the Jewish cemetery.

Kielce: The Post-Holocaust Pogrom That Poland Is Still Fighting Over

After World War II, Jewish refugees found they could never return to their native land—a sentiment that some echo today



Spot the Ultra-Rare Caucasian Leopard in Armenia's Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

Impressive local fauna is thriving again in Southern Armenia's new Caucasus Wildlife Refuge

Chair Illusion


Inside the Mind-Bending World of the Museum of Illusions

Perception or reality? This museum in Vienna, Austria, may cause you to do a double take

The British Museum was the first free, public natural history museum in the world—but its creator, Hans Sloane, was intricately connected with the slave trade.

The British Museum Was a Wonder of Its Time—But Also a Product of Slavery

A new book explores the little-known life and career of Hans Sloane, whose collections led to the founding of the British Museum

How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destination

Epic new trails in the Armenian Highland are putting the country's outdoor offerings on the map

Northern lights over a wilderness cabin near Fairbanks, Alaska.

Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Find out where to witness the aurora borealis, with reindeer sleigh rides, ice hotels and hot springs included


This Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls

Step inside Europe's largest intact collection of painted remains


Armenia Might Be One of the Oldest and Youngest Beer-Making Countries in the World

 Frozen waterfalls inside Austria's Eisriesenwelt.


Descend into the World’s Iciest Gateway to Hell

Austria's Eisriesenwelt, the world's largest ice cave, mixes science with folklore

Visit the Real-Life Winterfell Castle for a 'Game of Thrones' Festival

Fiskars, Finland

How This Tiny Town Drew World-Class Artists Into the Forests of Finland

Fiskars, Finland — an hour west of Helsinki — was a knife-making village on the decline. Now it's one of the world's most successful artist havens.

Switzerland Just Opened the World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge

You won't — but you definitely will — want to look down

The annual swan upping ceremony of the queen's swans on the Thames.


The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain's Swans

The aristocratic bird's has a legacy as a luxury status symbol that dates back centuries

Protestors in London attack the coalition between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party from Northern Ireland on June 17, 2017.

History of Now

Why the New U.K. Political Coalition Could Undermine Peace in Ireland

Theresa May’s deal to control Parliament may endanger the 1998 Good Friday Agreement

Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Time

Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this July

In 1971, Folkways Recordings released the album Raimon: Catalonian Protest Songs, and in the liner notes, Pete Seeger wrote: “Censors, in every corner of this world, tend to be shallow, literal-minded people. Raimon is a poet. There is no need to say more.”

This Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression

The director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage recognizes the lifetime work of the singer activist Raimon

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