Canapes under the canopy? Paris gentrifies rusty mall

May 14, 2016

Canapes under the canopy? Paris gentrifies rusty mall

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Swapping burgers for lobster souffle and rusty welding for a state-of-the-art canopy roof, Paris’ mayor this month unveiled a $1 billion revamp of the city’s dilapidated main shopping and transport complex, Les Halles. Paris authorities view the building project — which made central Paris ...

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

May 7, 2016

Walk in the footsteps of landscape artist Olmsted

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If you’ve visited parks in New York, Boston or many other places around the U.S., you’ve probably experienced the landscapes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted designed hundreds of parks, gardens and other public spaces, including Manhattan’s Central Park, Boston’s “Emerald Necklace,” the grounds of ...

Exploring Guyana's most-isolated rain forest

Apr 30, 2016

Exploring Guyana's most-isolated rain forest

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From 1,800 meters above Guyana’s rain forest, the jungle canopy below spread to the horizon in every direction, like wall-to-wall green carpeting. Winding, mud-brown tributaries of the Demerara River shimmered in the sunlight. My endless view of the jungle and the aggressive hum of ...

Running at Disney is all about costumes

Apr 23, 2016

Running at Disney is all about costumes

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At Walt Disney World, you might find Darth Vader, Tinker Bell or a classic Disney princess running alongside half-marathon participants. These events are no ordinary races, and the trips that participants take are no ordinary Disney visits. Few care about race times, particularly with ...

Finding serenity in an ancient Cairo mosque

Apr 16, 2016

Finding serenity in an ancient Cairo mosque

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Amid Cairo’s cramped mass of humanity and traffic, with its incessant honking and haggling, visitors will be hard-pressed to find some solitude. However, if you’re willing to go off the beaten tourist track a bit, serenity can be found. The expansive Mosque of Ahmed ...