Long before the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire, when Moscow was still a small settlement emerging from the marshlands, Kyiv was the capital of the Rus—a Slavic people from which all Russians, Belorussians, and Ukrainians trace their ancestry. Over the course of a millennium, this city by the banks of the Dnieper River flourished, floundered, and rebuilt itself on more than one occasion. Today, it is Ukraine’s economic center and a podium from where its citizens demonstrate time and again their resilience, determination, and strength in the long struggle for freedom and justice.
For seekers of eternal sunshine or for those looking to escape the wrath of winter, the islands of Madeira are a balmy sanctuary, far from the grasp of the blistering cold.
Visiting Iceland in the depths of winter might not sound logical, but if you can brave the chill, you’ll be bestowed with some of our world’s most magnificent scenery. Harsh winds and snowfall render many places in Iceland difficult to access in wintertime, but these three routes will guide you through the best of this veritable Viking wonderland. Continue reading “Discovering the Best of Iceland in Winter”
I used to be fascinated with mythology as a child. The Greek pantheon, in particular, had always intrigued me with its tales of adventure and debauchery in faraway lands. Stories like Theseus and the Minotaur, the Birth of Aphrodite, and the Abduction of Ganymede untethered my attention from the ennui of school and homework. I dreamt often of these figures and of the vivid landscapes they inhabited; I dreamt that one day, I too, would traverse them on the way of my own adventure…
Continue reading “Scenic Santorini: On the Trail from Fira to Oia”
The Mont Saint-Michel Bay is one of Europe’s most captivating sites, so much that its reputation often eclipses the area around it. A stone’s throw from the preened citadel of the Mont, neighboring Brittany (Bretagne)—traditional homeland of the Celtic Bretons—appears rugged and untamed in comparison. But drive through this corner of northwestern France and it will begin to enchant you with its rich palette of hills, mounds, rivers, and seascapes. Here’s how to make the most of your visit to Mont Saint-Michel, its bay, and the surrounding region. Continue reading “5 Beautiful Places Around the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel”
If the idea of exploring the cradle of western civilization seems daunting, don’t be intimidated. Athens is chock-full of history, but there’s no reason why it can’t be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. This low-stress itinerary can also be spread out over a weekend and will take you through the most beautiful areas—and flavors—of the Hellenic capital. Continue reading “A Day in Athens”
A garland of islands cast into the middle of the ocean, hundreds of leagues away from the nearest landfall—it is difficult to believe that anyone had ever managed to reach the shores of the Maldives by boat. First settled by fishermen from the coasts of present-day Indian and Sri Lanka, the atolls were ruled for centuries by successions of chieftain-queens and Buddhist kings before becoming a sultanate and, later, a British protectorate. Continue reading “The Hidden Side of the Maldives”