Best Places in the World for Stargazers

    Our look at the top places to indulge your inner astronomer includes a constellation of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and veritable world wonders, all superbly accessible from a host of fine destinations. With that, time to look up at the stars.

    Further Up Yonder

    Savvy student filmmaker Giacomo Sardelli took thousands of photographs of space and made a poignant and extraordinary time-lapse video. Pretty much the perfect way to wish peace and goodwill to all this holiday season. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this YouTube video

    25 Best Places in the World to Photograph

    The most spectacular places to photograph on the planet often involve a logistical hurdle or two. Think the Himalayas, Andes, Antarctica, the Arctic, Amazon and Sahara. This top 25 definitely includes the remote and hostile but, happily, a few accessible gems for good measure.

    Most Important Art Fairs in the World

    They’re hip, avant-garde, experimental and progressive and unite the cognoscenti of the art world. From New York City to Hong Kong, these eleven art fairs steer the way.

    Best Coffee Roasters in Australia

    It likely took some espresso snobs outside of Oceania by surprise but tally up the accolades and critical kudos and it seems to us that Australia is a supreme – and singular – coffee roaster capital. This confirms the claims of connoisseurs; that for a transcendent cup of coffee, Sydney and Melbourne – not Paris […]

    10 Places to See Before They Vanish

    To plumb the depths of long-range climate change forecasts is to encounter a host of ominous, Hollywood-like, apocalyptic scenarios. The loss of the “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” was bitter but now the future looks much more dire, what with whole metropolises (Manhattan, Bangkok, London) and nations (Bangladesh, North Africa) at risk as a result of […]

    Weird and Wonderful Vending Machines Around the World

    They provide us with tabloid newspapers, second-rate coffee, fatty, salty, sugary bites in a pinch and, yes, when the occasion calls for it, contraception. Ah, vending machines. Is there anything they can’t do? Perhaps more aptly, the question is, is there anything they can’t package, stuff into and sell from a vending machine? As we […]

    Nirvana Reunion with Paul McCartney

    From Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Roger Waters, The Who to Eric Clapton, there was a ton of memorable performances at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 12 for Hurricane Sandy relief. But of all the heavyweights on stage on 12-12-12, the coolest by far had to have been […]